SEI restaurant & lounge

4.6
2451 reviews
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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 everyday of the week from 5pm-8pm.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Too noisy!! Great service

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The only thing I did not love was how loud it was. Hard to even have a conversation at your dinner table, but otherwise the food was inventive and delicious, decor was very cool. Service was good.

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PP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town to celebrate two birthdays! The service was amazing!! We ordered the salmon truffle nigiri and the Hamachi with fried ginger/ smoked.... They were out of this world!! Also loved the poke roll! The kids loved the homemade crushed strawberry soda. Then to our delight, our lovely server surprised us with two bday cakes for the boys and a lovely ginger sangria for me!!! Thank you for a wonderful treat!!!

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best sushi within a minimum of a 100 mile radius!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. The fish and chips roll is my favorite.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ok. A bit too noisy

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, especially the sushi, was amazing. I recommend the Scallops with Black Rice. The dish was really unique and unlike anything I've ever had before. The food was really well prepared and just as visually appealing s it was appetizing. The restaurant was also really pretty!

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoyed my visit. I haven’t been since they first opened. They have truly upgraded and expanded! I am so satisfied that my husband enjoyed his bday dinner here! Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific sushi. When in DC its worth it

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VG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious happy hour meal and drinks on a Tues eve (around 6pm). We had the spicy pickles (AMAZING!), the wasabi guac, and the kobe sliders. We also had the Pear drink, which was excellent. I love this restaurant - it's great for a date night or for a casual friend date.

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EE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors were all delicious. We ordered seven different dishes and were pleased with all of them. The waiters were friendly and the place is beautiful.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

I came in really excited with my friend. We tried several things, all of which left us wanting more. It was disappointing. The kimchi fried rice was mushy like grits and the sushi rolls had a weird taste to it. I’m shocked it’s rated 4 stars. They must do some reviewer padding otherwise there is no way

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DQ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

SEI is my favorite sushi joint! This is the loudest dinner I've ever experienced. There were a few large tables. We we seated near one and could barely hear each other. Luckily, they left half-way through our dinner. Still, our server was prompt, polite, and on point. And as usual, the sushi was GREAT!

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ER
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was lots of fun; food is absolutely delicious and beautifully prepared. We both loved every bite. The service was attentive and immediate. We wanted a seat by the window but there wasn't any available when we came in. A few minutes after being seated, we spotted one, and the waiter and the Maitre d' helped us move. They couldn't have been nicer. It is noisy in there on a Saturday afternoon, but everything was so lovely, we look forward to returning.

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EY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good!Excellent selection of sashimi ,salads etc.

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CA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband their for his birthday and we had such a great time.

Our Meal:
Momo- cocktail
Miso Soup
Fish and Chips- sushi
Snow White- sushi
Duck Leg
Pain Seared Scallops
And they gave him a slice of birthday cake

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice store with good food. Unique sushi offerings, not your typical nigiri joint.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Mei, was outstanding. When we noted that a particular dish had an issue, she immediately took our whole order back and had it re-done to perfection. While we waited, she gave us a free appetizer. She went above and beyond to make our experience memorable. As for the food, it was delicious. Some of the freshest sushi we've had in a while. We look forward to going back soon!

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RF
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been passing SEI for years when we go to Shakespeare Theatre next door but for some reason never made a reservation for dinner. Big mistake on our part. We loved the restaurant. Lovely ambiance. Menu says small plates. We told our server we planned on ordering 3 selections each, she said most people order 2 and she was correct. The small plates are not very small and 2 each was plenty. Everyone’s choices were delicious. I had the Brussel Sprouts with Kimchi, wonderful. I also had the lamb chops (3) that comes with fingerling potatoes and onions, just the right size for a main course. I had the panna cotta with sake syrup on top. Really delicious. Also tried one of the specialty cocktails ( the spicy margarita, very good). We definitely will return regularly

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A
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was average. Service ok. Host very accommodating. Need more vegetarian options.

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WO
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryan was a great server. Food yummmy!!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI is a delight every time I've gone. The food and service are consistently fantastic. You cannot go wrong with dining at SEI.

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T
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I'm a frequent SEI customer... One of the Sushi chefs just left the restaurant and I could absolutely notice the difference. SEI is my favorite DC/Baltimore dining spot. I waited almost an hour (47 minutes) to get my first bit of Sushi. I didn't eat much and had a pretty hefty bill (over $100) compared to what I usually have with the Omakase. I'll have to adjust my target for the future.

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MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is good, noise level really bad. If you like talking tp your friends, go elsewhere

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff and just an overall great time! I will return often!

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BC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

California rolls + Spicy Salmon + Fish n Chip Rolls + Miso Soup = 💯

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MO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I had edamames. cauliflower rice, shrimp tacos and sea salt ice. The edamames were ok. The rice was bland and the shrimp in the tacos weren't deveined. The best part of the meal was the sea salt ice.

Although I received excellent service; I won't go to this restaurant again.

The food wasn't up to par.

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EW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday lunch. The food was very good and the server overheard that it was a birthday and brought a complimentary piece of cake with a candle (to go with the dessert already ordered). Very good experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink, lovely restaurant and ambience. Most courteous staff with our server being incredibly sweet and attentive. She served me a 'surprise' birthday dessert!- she only knew it was my birthday because she asked for ID before serving us Sake.

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RF
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch, great service and atmosphere! Highly recommended.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

food tasted good, service was gre

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great rolls, don’t get the sushi pieces.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented dishes, lovely service, excellent drinks. SEI provides an innovative menu using Japanese, Korean, SEAsian inspired cuisine. Go as mild or as spicy as you desire, choose from small plates to share-able platters. The Korean beef bulgogi tacos were especially memorable.

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CH
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very nice lunch/brunch with three sushi rolls split among two people. Only minor complaint is that the rolls were a bit pricey for fairly standard ingredients.

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LH
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

SEI is back! We stopped going a couple years ago because it seemed to be dipping in quality, but our experience this time was a total winner. The small plates, like the pork buns, Korean short ribs, and Asian tacos, are delicious and satisfying. Any two of those would have been enough for me for dinner (but we didn't stop there). I'm a little bit of a sushi snob, so I was skeptical about that, but I would actually go there even if all I wanted was sushi. The place has a good energy, too.

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LT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a long time fan of SEI. I think it is a good place for a work lunch as you can actually hear each other talk. The service is great.

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always here! My server Maite P was also great, I let her know I had a theater event to catch and she made sure everything was speedy and this was so appreciated!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The fish and chips sushi was great! And the decor was so pretty and nice!

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W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service. But it was very loud and hard to hear!!

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k
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Good service. Loud in weekends but food makes up for it!

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