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SEI restaurant & lounge

4.6
2214 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 2214 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was excellent

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was good. Somewhat smaller portions. Had 7:30p reservations but don’t get seated until 7:45p and that was after watching someone come in after us and get seated.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We stopped at SEI before attending a play at Ford's Theater. All the food was very good. Especially recommend the brussel sprouts as an appetizer. The sushi was tasty and well presented.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The Guacamole appetizer was fantastic. We found the sushi to be underwhelming. The Kimchi fried rice was delicious as was the carmelized Chilean Sea Bass. Also the tacos were good

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Nice place but VERY loud. Had to yell to hear table conversation. I'd suggest waiting until later in the evening when the place starts to empty out a bit.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I went before the Pink concert with my friend. We shared the Spicy Crunchy Salmon roll, the Garlic Scallop roll, the Korean BBQ Kalbe tacos, the Shrimp tacos and the Crispy Brussel Sprouts. We started with just three items but they were so delicious we ordered more. 5 was too much but everything was very yummy.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Such a good brunch especially for serving asian fare, I really enjoyed the asian twists on brunch. My friends were impressed and loved the food, but our service was the most memorable part. Forgive me as I forget our server's name, but I remember her being from Mongolia. She was so authentic and truly cared about our experience. Great food, great service...kudos to a great establishment! Keep up the good work!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The sushi was extraordinary—very fresh and paired with interesting unexpected tastes in the special rolls we ordered. Service was very attentive but not obtrusive. It was more crowded than I expected for a 6:30 reservation but we were seated promptly. My only objection was noise. I had to strain to hear my daughter across the table. We could trade some comments but could not really have a conversation with the loud noise level. I would nevertheless return despite the noise. Though I might try for an off time when it might be less crowded and thus a little more quiet.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Alexis our waiter was awesome

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great Sushi Happy Hour-perfect little happy hour spot, great service and great prices.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent Asian cuisine:fresh,tasty,innovative!We are going there on every opportunity...

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Sushi and edamame were good. Crab eggs Benedict was just okay. Over cooked the eggs.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent sushi, most employing subtle flavor combinations. Very attentive service even during busiest times.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Good food and ambiance. Unique sushi rolls.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Delicious sushi, unique selections. Great staff!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

VERY friendly greeter and service. Didn't find the (Asian) food to "sing" and be all that tasty.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love SEI - there was a new bartender who was still learning, but he was very friendly and will learn quickly I'm sure. The food was good as always, and we will return. There was a large, happy crowd in the back room of the bar, but it was good-natured fun.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Unbelievable tasty sushi, have to try the SOS roll, great and very quick service, can be a little loud - but would 100% recommend and go again.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent food. Fresh. Well prepared. Nicely presented.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I'm a pretty regular patron of SEI and am continued to be impressed by the restaurant. It has a great ambiance and the sushi is always tasty with a good value for it.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The food and service were both outstanding. I highly recommend the rice bowls.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very mod/hip fusion spot. We visited for spring break and since cherry blossoms were not "in bloom" the city was not packed!!! yay! Mid week dining reservations were very easy and we had to change our ETA 30 min (no problem). Quiet place but ONLY since it was mid week. I can tell this place is very popular during weekends so plan accordingly.

Restaurant is very modern/asian style with white square tables and white leather chairs. Their fun modern lighting accented the tables and the open concept sushi bar was inviting.
My family of 3 shared 2 rolls (Spicy Tuna and Crispy Shrimp). Presentation was outstanding but the quality of foods used was what our palettes left wanting more. Glad their entrees said "small plates" since we would not have ordered apps if entrees were large (and entree prices were parallel with the size portion (its a good thing). We ordered the short rib Bibimbap, Miso Glazed Baby Lamb Chops and Carmelized Chilean Sea Bass. We thoroughly enjoyed our flavorful meals and couldnt find room for dessert.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Amazing food and service as usual!!

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food is interesting and good, as is the decor. The service can be good, but servers do get overwhelmed when the restaurant is busy. The noise level is high and not helped by having lots of speakers that apparently cannot be turned down. If the noise level were lower, my review would be higher. But as someone who values conversation, I would eat here only in off-hours.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Family was in town and went there for a lite dinner

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

First time guest and it was an overall great experience!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I regret not knowing about SEI's amaze-balls cocktails earlier. The Momo and Shoga-tini are probably the best blended cocktails I've ever had in my life. They're dangerously tasty and don't skimp out on alcohol content, so... have fun with them. ;)

The Charred Octopus is heaven-sent. Unbelievably tender and paired with addictive chili sauce. Will definitely be back for this one.
The Salmon Poke roll was delish and the habanero ikura added really nice flavor, going way beyond your typical Alaskan roll. Worth getting again.

Unfortunately, the most popular Fish & Chips roll and the Caramelized Chilean Sea Bass were
both underwhelming, the first being a bit bland and the second being a bit dry. We also tried the flan dessert, the strong ginger flavor of which we thought clashed with the saccharine raspberry(?) sauce.

But the Miso Bread Pudding!!! Our server was tipped off about it being my birthday night (love you, best friend!) and brought us a warm bread pudding sitting atop a quaint little metal stand that even came with a birthday candle. Not only was it a sweet gesture and great customer service, it was absolutely delectable. The miso sauce was very subtle, not overpowering at all, and the moist bread budding was studded with orange peel(?) bits throughout, which makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Definitely need to go back for more.

Atmosphere-wise, it was really packed and noisy on a Sunday evening, due to many pre-concert customers, so it was hard to hold a conversation across the table, and the couple at our neighboring table finished their meal by sitting on each other and eating face (EW.), but despite this we had a good time and left with a pretty great impression of SEI. :)

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great service. Very friendly staff and excellent food! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Loved it! They have the best bottomless drink deal in DC and it tastes like solid alcohol.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

This was one of my favorite Sushi Restaurants. I am not impressive with the food or quality. I now know why OYA didn't last and I have a feeling this one might not either. Too expensive for what you receive.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The sushi rolls are awesome, giving me a really special taste. The waiters and waitress are all friendly and responsive. Good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My husband and I decided to dine here directly after our wedding ceremony & reception! It was a magical experience with genuine staff, delicious food, and great cocktails! The staff treated us to champagne and dessert to congratulate us on our nuptials, and the couple next to us purchased our whole meal with out us knowing! We are grateful for the experience and can't wait to come back to try more of the menu offerings.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing sushi, killer pork buns, great cocktails, awesome service.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Always excellent food, and excellent service. A bit on the energetic side weekend evenings!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The waitress was amazing and overheard me say it was my boyfriend's birthday and brought a surprise cake. Excellent cocktails and food. Would definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We frequently eat at Sei before Shakespeare Theatre plays, and always enjoy it. But we have to remember that cooked foods take time, given their limited burners, so service can be slow.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Never noticed this place. Incredibly fresh sushi and delicious beer and sake. Friendly staff. Prices were not outrageous considering the rent they probably have to pay.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great location...perfect venue for pre-socializing before events at Verizon Center.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great birthday lunch! Billy & his team were amazing and made my day extra special!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent service, excellent food. The checkout process with Apple pay and open tempo app was super convenient.

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