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About SEI restaurant & lounge
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.
Washington, DC 20004
Asian, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
Hours of Operation:
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
7th & E
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Creative Sushi Platters
Kobe & Salmon Slider Platters
Bibimbap, Salmon, Tofu Rice Bowls
Drop Off Lunches
Navy Archives Green Line
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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SEI restaurant & lounge Ratings and Reviews
Unexpectedly very enjoyable... the pleasant greeting upon our arrival, the ambiance, the knowledgeable and personable server, the timing of food items arrived big at our table and most of all the delicious food all contributed to our first SEI experience- we very very pleased and we’ll be back! The SOS Sushi Roll and the fish tacos were exceptional!
We went to SEI for dinner on New Years eve. Great ambience and very attentive service! The reason I rated slightly lower on food was because although the rolls were innovative and delicious, the other items were only OK and some dishes lacked flavor. Also disappointed that they shut down the restaurant by 11.30 on new years eve with the last order at 11 - which we were not prepared for. The staff made up for it by serving us an additional dessert on the house.
I have dined at SEI on many occasions over the past few years, and this is, honestly the first bad experience I’ve had there.
We had a reservation for 7:30 pm, which the restaurant had confirmed by phone that day. At no time were we warned that they were closing at 8pm. Had we known our meal would be rushed by the server, we would have chosen to dine elsewhere.
Literally, 10 minutes after being seated we were told by the waitress that it was “last call” for food, and we needed to place outmr entire order right away. I just don’t This SEI should accept reservations for a time that is within 30 minutes of closing, as the diners are rushed, and the entire staff makes it clear that they just want to go home. That said, the food is always excellent here, although the drinks are extraordinarily weak - order wine or a beer instead as in even a basic mixed drink, this restaurant tends to skimp on the alcohol.
The sushi is exceptional as our the fresh, innovative small plates. Kudos to the chef. Desert was not an option for us, as the kitchen had closed by the time our entrees arrived. Such a shame for a restaurant of this caliber.
Went to SEI with my wife on Saturday night (12/16/2017) for a date night, and was absolutely blown away. We ordered nothing but sushi and drinks, so I can't speak to the rest of the menu, but everything we ordered was exceptional.
When we go out to eat, it's sushi. Practically every time. Do believe me when I say that SEI was one of the best sushi dinners either of us have ever had.
The cocktails were well executed and unexpected. The "Cambodian Mule" was, by far, my favorite. It was a Southeast Asian twist on a Moscow mule, cleverly utilizing kaffir lime-infused vodka, coconut milk, and ginger beer which, to me, was quite reminiscent of a Thai Tom kha soup, but with booze making a welcome appearance.
The sushi rolls and sashimi were 100% on point, with obvious care and hearty put into both presentation and flavor. The SOS roll smartly used not-quite-ripe strawberries to add some zing and depth to the flavor. The spicy tuna tataki maki roll was an umami bomb docked in a Black sesame sauce which immediately had me thinking of a rich, dark mole, but much, much more delightful.
The fatty tuna sashimi was the most unexpected green off them all, though. I ordered it raw, and it showed up seared. Thank God for that... The slight char in this, criss-cross lines on the surface brought the flavor to life, and I can absolutely say, without hesitation, that it was one of the best bites of tuna - no, of any food - I've ever had the pleasure to chew and, eventually, reluctantly, swallow.
SEI isn't cheap, nor should it be. This food is deserving of a connoisseur, and the care and skill taken to prepare every dish was obvious.
This place is a hidden gem for bottomless brunch! For $10, you get 2 hours of bottomless mimosas and their house take on a bloody mary. The food is delicious and also very reasonably priced. They had many specialty rolls which were great - we had the spicy salmon cilantro, spicy tuna tataki maki, and spicy snapper. We also ordered the wasabi guacamole which is a must, and the korean kalbe tacos. Definitely planning on returning to try more of the menu. Service was also great - one member of our party came very late, but our waiter was very patient and understanding and our drinks were never empty for long.
Our first visit was pre-theater and a birthday observance. From our reception by the hostess, to the friendliness of Tonio, the bartender, to the welcoming and efficient service of Kiki, our server, we had a wonderful experience. The food and beverages (great happy hour menu) were creative and delicious. We'll be back. Kudos to the whole team!
Excellent pre-theater dinner. Sushi was both unusual and first-rate. Strayed off the Japanese theme for seafood chowder, which was very good and could have been made in Boston. My wife enjoyed her kale and pistachio salad. Server was attentive to our curtain time.
SEI was incredible! Great food, great service, and great atmosphere! It was the perfect place to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. Our waiter brought him a free dessert which was a lovely surprise! We were also running a little late for our reservation due to some especially awful DC traffic. The host was extremely understanding and accommodating. Overall, it was a great experience! We will definitely be back!
Exceptional customer service...VERY attentive. Friendly staff, from the moment we walked up to the restaurant to the moment we walked out. Each member greeted us with a smile and a kind word. Service was quick. Our waitress was very helpful with food selections, ingredients, and drink selections. LOVED IT and would definitely go back again.
First, the positive: good drinks, broad selection on the menu, and nice decoration/look of the restaurant. Negatives, very, very loud, few servers, so they're always in a hurry and the sense you get is that you're almost in a train station where everybody is running around you. Also, that makes it difficult for them to be pleasant. Combinations might be too exotic; example, a california sushi roll with curry spices mixed on the crab meat. Overall, it was ok for us.
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