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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.

444 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian, Sushi, Contemporary Asian

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

Cross Street:
7th & E

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 783-7007

Website:
http://www.seirestaurant.com/

Catering:
Creative Sushi Platters
Kobe & Salmon Slider Platters
Bibimbap, Salmon, Tofu Rice Bowls
Drop Off Lunches

Parking Details:
Street Parking
Parking Lots

Public Transit:
Navy Archives Green Line

Executive Chef:
Noriyaki Yasutake

Additional:
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 reserve@seirestaurant.com for more info.

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SEI restaurant & lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
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Pre/post Theatre (19)
Special Occasion (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Casual (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Tapas (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Cozy (7)
Healthy (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Groups (5)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, service, and decor! Wonderful Asian fusion.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Evening with out of town guests. Great service, fresh food beautifully presented.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food, good drinks, great ambiance but average service

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great sushi
service was quick

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

GREAT happy hour specials

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Creative sushi dishes in addition to standard rolls. Bento boxes at lunch are a spectacular deal for downtown DC.

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food5
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 26, 2017

By fare to moisy! could not speak to each other, the food was great , service was also great...

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was one of the best dinners I have ever had. The environment, food and service is amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good food, great service, and a tad too noisy. I've been eating here for at least 10 years and wouldn't stop, just wish there was less din at dinner.....

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great cocktails! The fish tacos were fantastic and the sushi rolls were pretty good. The quinoa/edame salad was just okay but plentiful. The dessert w/ the seal salt caramel and bread pudding was absolutely heavenly! Would definitely come back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Birthday plus free dessert

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

My favorite place to eat. It never disappoints me - business meeting, birthday/anniversary, whatever the occasion.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love it! Been there many times.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We loved the food and ambiance at this restaurant. I would totally recommend it if you are in the area

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Mediocre sushi ... average staff ... not a must go to place in DC

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

First time dining at SEI. It did not disappoint! Food was delicious. Service was excellent and warm. And the atmosphere was comfortable and interesting. Will be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Creative take on Japanese/Asian cuisine. Everything tasted fresh and not overly embellished. The miso pork belly was quite tasty. Service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely come back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The very exciting menu looked good only on paper. The flavors were flat, not bad, just nothing special.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had some great sushi and fusion food with friends while visiting D.C. Great ambiance and would definitely come again!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful decor! Nice low key spot. Very romantic, the food and service is outstanding

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good and the service was great! A little pricey but overall a good experience!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I loved SEI. The waiter recommended a very reasonable and plentiful appetizer of raw tuna that the customer puts on seaweed with guacamole and eats as a role. It was fantastic.

The only negative thing I would say is that the restaurant is noisy--not more than the average noisy restaurant, but I like quieter restaurants better than noisy ones to enhance conversation.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Not for serious sushi diners. Lots of other Asian inspired dishes but nothing special.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

2nd time dining here. Brought friends who have pretty sophisticated palates and they were delighted. Portions are small- hard to share for more than 2. With 4 each of us got a bite. But service was good and food inventive. Highly recommend. However, the address in Open Table does not match where the restaurant is...not sure why.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I came for our anniversary dinner last night. We were seated right away. The wait staff was excellent and very attentive. They came over to get anything we needed and we're good about bringing out dishes as we ordered and expected them, not all at once. The cocktails, especially the Liquid Wasabi, were excellent. I highly recommend the foie gras sashimi, the zuke nigiri, and their flagship roll, the fish and chips roll. We also really enjoyed the toro sashimi and the salmon and cilantro roll.

After dinner, the waiter brought over a dessert for us and two glasses of champagne, on them. That was a nice end to a great date night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for my birthday. Above all else, the staff was great. The drinks we're really good too. The sushi was pretty standard, though the "Fish and Chips" roll exceeded expectations. Cool place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Happy Hour Review;

Sushi before the Wizards Game & followed the reviews here.

Walked in & received welcoming salutations, a positive way to start off.

Happy Hour was still active so we sat at the Bar as our Server took care of with amazing accommodation & service throughout our visit. The Citrus Salmon Sashimi was delicious.

Interior design is top grade with the contemporary mostly white furniture, unique lighting fixtures/chandeliers & distinctive artwork through different sections of the restaurant. Restrooms offers a dedicated Women stall & a Unisex stall.

The price point balances perfectly even with the Happy Hour portions.

Will absolutely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, People Watching, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I am not a regular of SEI, but each time I go I have a great meal with great service. I usually mix up the menu, trying different selections between lunch and dinner. Tried one of the bento boxes, again great! Their short ribs are tender and melt in your mouth. The staff are very attentive, they also have good drinks!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great location for a business lunch. Loved the food.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was "meh" at best. Rice was dry and hard on the sushi rolls. Sushi lacked flavor. Sides were nothing we couldn't make at home, but tasted good (asparagus and brussel sprouts). The most tasty item was the octopus which is why we rated as well as we did.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Honestly one of the best dining experiences I've ever had ! The shiso mojito was INCREDIBLE and if you dont order the charred octopus , you have missed out (Actually the resembles the taste and texture of lobster , not your typically chewy tasteless rings of calamari) Also the SOS Roll and the salmon were out of this world . Do not get me wrong , it isn't cheap (if you get cocktails too) but it was definitely worth it for a special occasion or nice date night !

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent quality, great sushi, interesting handcrafted cocktails and a nice environment. We visit Sei about once a month and the food never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great food. The sushi and short rubs were especially delicious . The service was very good

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We have been coming here the past three years. The sushi is always delicious and the service is exceptional. Great for birthdays, special occasions , dates or anyone that loves sushi. The foie gras roll is to die for.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Amazing food and server. Food came within 10 minutes. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a place to either grab a quick bite or eat out with friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I would give the food 5+. It's really one of the best places in DC. Haven't tried the sushi yet but we'll be back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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