SEI restaurant & lounge

4.6
2471 reviews
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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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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and attention to detail with an inventive menu. They were very good with the need for gluten free selections, having a complete gf menu as well as information on whether other items from the full menu could be adapted to be gf.

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WG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

What a surprise to learn, after we were seated, that SEI did not have its liquor license so could not serve alcoholic beverages. Because we had theater tickets, we stayed, not wanting to risk missing dinner. It would have been better customer service if we had been informed before we made our reservation.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, but they didn’t have any liquor the night we came in which was very disappointing.

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RJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and cuisine. The staff went to great lengths to accommodate my specific seating requests. The tables are well spaced, the noise level is perfectly reasonable, the staff are attentive but not intrusive, and the specialty sushi rolls are unforgettable. Spent 2.5 hours over dinner here on a first date and could not have asked for a better place or experience.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

SEI is a great choice for a business lunch. The food is quite good (the Bento box choices at lunch are a nice value) and the service is attentive and prompt. Plus, you can actually carry on a conversation around the table.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are a lot of interesting dishes on the menu. We enjoyed sushi, nigiri, and tuna poke, and a chocolate mousse pancake dessert. For some reason the restaurant was not serving alcohol that evening.

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JR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting variations on tradition sushi. Convenient to theater.

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R
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI is a wonderful restaurant and lounge. Our waiter, Alexis, was superb and suggested wine and delectable dishes, and he made the birthday celebration very special. I highly recommend SEI to all my friends.

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GK
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Read the rest of the comments regarding the noise level. Too loud to have a conversation without a raised voice. Service was mediocre at best. Had to flag down the waiter multiple times to get my water refilled.

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

Pre-theatre dinner. Love the service. Food is gorgeous and delicious! Bonus - gluten free menu and gf soy sauce! Love it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time!

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SW
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before heading to the Shakespeare Langsburgh Theater to see Oslo. We walked in and were seated as I made the reservation and the host was most gracious. Our waiter took the time to ensure we knew the specials for the day and to answer our questions about the menu. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Penn Quarter area. We were in/out in time to not only have a cocktail in the theater lounge but to be in our seats and ready to go for the 1930 curtain....can't wait to go back again in the future.

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AC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very chic space! Food was great. Went during Happy Hour and they had great selections! Definitely recommend the fish and shrimp tacos.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This restaurant is beautiful but too noisy! I would not go there for any type of meeting. My guest and I were screaming to hear each other. Also, the food was a bit slow coming out.

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JG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI May be the best place for sushi in Dc. Many unique and different choices.
They go above and beyond with service - for instance, we had a party of 6 and paid the bill and the manager tracked us down on the street and told us gratuity was included - so we could remove the extra tip of the check. Not many places would do that.
Highly recommend.

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M
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Louder than usual. This is one of my favorite places to dine. I was disappointed with my shrimp burgers which i have been eating for sometime now. It was not good at all. It was rubbery/chewy and not as crispy. The lunch took along time to be served. The waiter was great!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such nicely prepared food and drinks. Delicious and creative, highly recommend!

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EL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

the environment of restaurant is very nice, the washroom is super clean! The waiter / waitress are friendly. But the food is taste normal and the portion are weight too small(I’m a girl) we had to find another restaurant after this however we alrdy spent 130 usd there! And we didn’t order any expensive fish or meat, Norma food expensive price and super small portion. Others are 10 out of 10.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. The only downside would be that the restaurant was quite loud but that shows it was a busy, energetic night. Luckily we had a table on the wall which gave us a bit of privacy as a group of two. I would definitely recommend to others.

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GU
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Too noisy!! Great service

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
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
2 reviews
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
5 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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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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