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SEI restaurant & lounge

4.6
2170 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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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 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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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 2170 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Stratboy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as always with a delightful wait staff & some of the best sushi in the city!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This was such a treat! We tried the fish and chips roll after the server recommended it (otherwise I would've skipped it). It was amazing! All our other rolls and sashimi were excellent, so fresh and very creative. So glad we happened upon this gem!

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vipscubadiver (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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Robert (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Just great food, great menu, and great service. One of our favorites. A hidden gem downtown.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and service but the sushi had very little fish and a lot of rice. Other food items (sliders and tacos) were more substantial. Would go back but skip the sushi as it is not worth it.

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DerekM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First time at SEI and it didn’t disappoint!! Everything was ON POINT!! We will definitely return!!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

SEI always has the right atmosphere and great food. I like that the menu is very unique for Asian good. The service is excellent! One of our favorite DC restaurants.

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LindaLou (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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AdventurousDiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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vipLIsaR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Awesome service and great food. Went for bday dinner and they delivered a delicious desert and shot of the bday girl.

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vipGlobalDiner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great ambiance and delicious food. Staff is very friendly and professional.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great food in shareable plates, especially crispy brussel sprouts, charred octopus, edamame, but very noisy if the restaurant is full.

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vipFoodiewithredwine (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Fantastic sushi. Creative choices. Beef tartare nigiri and fish and chips roll a must.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything about this place was lovely. I would definitely go back.

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OhSEIcanyousay (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The sushi here is extremely well done and more creative than other spots in DC. The signature cocktails are tasty.

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Hieu (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great experience definitely will come back

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LoveToEat (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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vipConsistentlyDelicious (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Sei is consistently good and high quality. Servicer was perfect. May be a little loud for some at brunch but my wife and i love the energy/vibe.

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eatingaroundtampa (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Visiting DC for work. Found SEI, turned out to be the best meal of the trip. Simply delicious

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vipgroth13 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was its usual excellent, and the Sushi continues to be the best in town. Compliments all around.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Very delicious and unique flavor. Dishes are beautifully decorated. Good volume.
The orange pudding was the BEST.

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vipMaggie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I dine at this restaurant often. However, it was extremely loud last Friday, 1/26.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Best sushi in The entire DMV area!!!! I visit here weekly

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Cindy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

It was great. Service was very good and birthday request was on point. 10 out of 10.

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bigfanofgreatrestaurants (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great! Delicious food, lovely atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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"!

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