SEI restaurant & lounge

4.7
2339 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Modern Asian small plate cuisine from award winning Sushi Master Noriaki Yasutake. The intimate space, located next to the Landsburgh Theater, features seating for 70, sushi bar seating 10 and a cozy lounge area. Yasutake offers his modern spin on traditional sushi, specialty rolls and Asian fare. SEI offers an outstanding Happy Hour with crafted cocktail & sushi specials Monday through Friday.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Brunch:Saturday 11am - 2:30pmSunday 11am - 3pmDinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm - 11pm
Saturday: 3pm - 11pm
Sunday: 3pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 783-7007
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Noriyaki Yasutake
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Catering
Creative Sushi Platters
Bento Boxes
Kobe & Salmon Slider Platters
Bibimbap, Salmon, Tofu Rice Bowls
Drop Off Lunches
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th & E
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Street Parking
Parking Lots
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Public transit
Navy Archives Green Line
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Special events & promotions
We offer small bar/lounge area perfect for corporate cocktail receptions or social get togethers. The restaurant can also accommodate up to 65 ppl sit down or 100 for reception. Please email reserve@seirestaurant.com for more info.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2339 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent quirky menu—great service too!

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere from an attentive and helpful service team

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CK
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It's been a few years since I was last at SEI, and unfortunately I was a little disappointed in the food quality this time around. I used to think it was one of the best places in the city to get sushi, but I found the sushi this time to be just slightly better than average - especially since it is a bit on the expensive side. It's still a good place though, just not as good as it used to be in my opinion.

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D
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great vibe!!!

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T
Philadelphia
216 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Is this the most underrated restaurant in DC? Our answer is yes. We enjoyed yet another superb experience at SEI and were again so impressed that our conversation centered on its lack of notoriety. The crispy shrimp sushi roll, the spicy cilantro tuna roll, the waygu beef sliders, the caramelized Chilean sea bass, etc,. were all 'world class' in flavor and presentation. We now dine here each time we visit DC (often).

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were a little pricey but the overall dining experience was great.

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun but so expensive

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Solo diner - Spectacular sushi. Some of the best I’ve had. A little uncomfortable to be seated at the sushi bar and I was the only one there which made it a little bit lonely. Had some very large parties around me that were a bit raucous but not too bad.

Does it really need to be this expensive? Personally, I don’t think so. So many great options with more affordable pricing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a variety of small plates and they were all fabulous!

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ML
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite sushi places in the DMV! Definitely will be back again!

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg this is my new favorite sushi in DC. The atmosphere is beautiful almost like my fav NYC sushi spot Morimito! The service was great, very attentive and the server even suggested two dishes that I would have never picked but are now my favorite and I can’t stop thinking about....truffle hamachi and some sort of seared salmon. The kimchi fried rice was delicious and enough for 4 people to share. Oh! The pear sangria is my new favorite cocktail in DC also. It’s light and refreshing. I just love love love this restaurant and will go weekly! I was shocked at how inexpensive it is considering their level of freshness, attention to detail(beautiful plating) and service. Wow! I’m a bad food photographer so just trust its beautiful and impressive. My only gripe is that it gets loud in there And even tho I’m sensitive to loudness I’d still go back. If that bothers you go earlier or something because you don’t wanna miss this place!!!!

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MB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed it very much. Nelson, the server was excellent! Excellent! He smiled all times and was very helpful. The manager was great. I love the white colour. I just love it for good energy.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great times. Great drinks. Amazing flavor.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious delicious delicious!! Unique flavors, super fresh sushi.

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EE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with Sushi the highlight. Also interesting Tapas-like dishes. Service is fantastic and the ambience is fresh and quiet.

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food in fun setting. Great service!!! Little pricy, but overall a great restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i love this place. great ambiance for dates, special occasions and after work. great small plates that are easy to share. sushi always fresh and well-prepared. happy hour snacks are great. cocktails are inventive altho they discontinued my absolute favorite: the painted lady (please bring it back; it was delish and i loved the paprika salt rim. )

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l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved it! so good! happy hour drinks and food were amazing

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B
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not over the top. Uni was good. Ok her items just average.

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NV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server Alexis was awesome, he has been my server all the times I’ve visited and he was awesome. Definitely coming back.

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TA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran calidad gastronómica y servicio ad hoc. Muy amables en la atención. Muy esmerados

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D
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the great lunch bento boxes - delicious and good value!

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j
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI is one of my favorite brunch spots in town. Consistently great food and some of the friendliest service in town!

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c
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Ummmm it was overall ok. The food was good but some machine was making a weird rhythmic humming sound that was annoying and weird. I’d probably come back but not for dinner. Way too noisy.

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P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI is one of my favorite spots in the city. The sushi is amazing! The service is great. Every time I come back and enjoy sushi, I fall in love with the place again.

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N
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Liked this place but it was just too loud/- couldn't have a conversation

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JF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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b
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place! They took such great care of us with and made excellent suggestions. They knew it was our anniversary and made it very special.

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M
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my favorite place! The shrimp burger is the best!

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ND
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable food and great service. But it’s too loud to have a conversation comfortably.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat patron. Always a Gallery Place/Verizon area favorite! Awesome fish n chips roll!

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L
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi and service here are excellent. Great specials and sake menu.

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KM
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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R
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting decor. Decent food. Extremely loud noise level.

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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience here on a Saturday night. We made a reservation for three, and we were promptly seated shortly after our reservation time. Drinks and food are fantastic! Sushi is very fresh; in fact, you see the chefs making it at the bar. Sake is obviously a must! Highly recommend.

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p
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at SEI in 2016 and had a wonderful experience. We were traveling to DC again from Fort Lauderdale and wanted to sample some dishes we hadn't tried the first time.
Often when I have a great first experience at a restaurant and return a year or more later it can be a let down. SEI wasn't. It was as good as I remembered and the 6 of us had great food, great drink, great service and a good time.
When I got the bill I didn't have my glasses but the price looked about right and I gave a little over 20% tip which was about $70.
After our waiter took away the signed bill he came up to me a short time later and privately explained that
the tip had been included and if I wanted to redo the tab accordingly. I did and still left an extra $20 because of the great service and the honesty of our waiter.

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GR
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was great. We stopped in for a late bite and didn't order much yet all the staff was warm, friendly and professional. We ordered 2 sushi dishes which were original, fresh and delicious. Can't wait to return!

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AD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a really delicious cocktail, the shiso mojito. I’d go back just for that and the tater tots. Otherwise, food was so so. Ambiance was interesting in a good way. We thought we saw Victoria Beckham, or a wannabe, so definitely fun for people watching. Not all bad, but will not become a routine destination point.

PS noise level too high.

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