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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
Oh boy! My new favorite is Sei's salmon Poke. On previous visits Sei didn't fill up until 7:00. This time it was slammed when we arrived a little before 6:00. So I had to bellow sweet nothings to my beloved.
Usually dishes come out hot-first then the cold. This time they hit the table in a rush, so the hots cooled before we could eat them. I ascribe this to being slammed. Or maybe the wanted to turn the table sooner.
Food and service at this modern Asian restaurant are great. Love the wasabi guacamole appetizer and the caramelized sea bass. Good selection of sushi and sashimi. Ask to sit at one of Alexi’s tables. He is an excellent server, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Very convenient to Shakespeare and Wooly Mamoth theaters.
SEI bills itself as Asian fusion cuisine. It is primarily a Japanese style restaurant with an bit of a twist on most dishes. The spicy salmon roll for example includes cilantro as well as traditional wasabi and cucumber. The spicy snapper included a bit of sweetness from honey. SEI has two kitchens, one for sushi and a second for other dishes. Most dishes are small, more like an appetizer than a meal. Our server recommended two per person which seemed about right. Think something like Japanese Tapas. The fish was all very fresh and delicious. An order of traditional uni nigiri was particularly fresh and flavorful. The cooked dishes were equally good. We ordered a crispy duck leg with fried kale and a Chilean sea bass with bok choy and fish sauce. Both were very good. The atmosphere is modern but very comfortable and quieter than most restaurants in this part of DC.
I love this restaurant! The food is delicious and there is so much to choose from. The ambiance is very soothing and the service impeccable. Unfortunately we always seem to go before a play at the Shakespeare Theatre and don't have as much time as I'd like to explore the menu and have dessert.
What an outstanding evening. The entire staff was attentive, friendly and welcomed our party like family. The food kept coming - fast, hot and furiously. Did I mention it was inventive and delicious. Each morsel was gobbled up. This was the perfect place to celebrate my daughter’s 21st. She and her hip friends where in their element while my wife and I felt right at home in this chic, upscale restaurant. I highly recommend it.
I went with a friend for Restaurant Week, and we ordered from the brunch menu. It was $22 for the food and an additional $10 for bottomless mimosas (plus taxes & tip), which was a fantastic deal! We got there at 2:30, and even though brunch ended at 3:00, they continued to fill our mimosas until we left. Our favorite dishes were the crispy brussel sprouts, the bibimbap bowl, and the mochi ice cream. We weren't blown away by every single dish, but it was all VERY good, and the service was FANTASTIC. Our waitress was incredibly attentive and friendly. Overall, we had a wonderful time, and we plan to go back for happy hour!
Good Restaurant Week experience. Delicious cocktail and food. Ambience was quiet at first because we were there early, then picked up as we were wrapping up. Will definitely go back to try other menu options especially sushi. Very convenient to Capital One Arena.
New found jewel in Penn Quarter. Dined here twice and carried out once. Great experience each time. Food is fresh and innovative. Sushi is the bomb! Spicy tuna roll and salmon roll are deeeelicious! Great twist on guacamole and chips. They kick it up a notch with wasabi. We've also had scallops on a bed of kale with bacon, lamb chops, fried rice with shrimp. And there are so many more dishes we can't wait to try. Signature cocktails are really good; mixologists on steroids. And the service has not disappointed at all. Professionally trained and extremely courteous. Beautiful dining room with nice accents. They call it "Asian fusion" but we call it "superb"!
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.
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