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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
Bento Boxes
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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SEI You'll Be Mine!
Celebrate love this Valentine's Day with a romantic three course prix fixe @$75 per person.

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SEI restaurant & lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Romantic (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Casual (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tapas (7)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Spicy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The lunch bento box deal for $20 is great!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Atienden muy bien, se esmeran por servirte correctamente. La comida muy rica, típica japonesa, los precios no están tan caros

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Jose and Nam were totally awesome! The atmosphere was very inviting . The diamond of D. C.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Lovely atmosphere, great menu, wonderful staff. Portions are small for the price but the food was tasty.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Sei. Although it was restaurant, not everyone in our party opted for that menu, but we all felt we had great options regardless. Additionally, one member of our party is gluten free, and another has an allergy and both were accommodated very well.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Appetizers were fantastic, mains were good, desserts were interesting. Service was decent but not super attentive. Ambiance was pretty, a little hard to hear when busy. Overall, good experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 15, 2017

I went on DC restaurant week and had the 3 course meal. For starter I got crab catch roll and My friend and me did not like it. I think the roll is too dry overall and she thinks that cilantro in the roll is too much and it covers the other flavor. For my main course I had the don. That was not so bad and the portion is quite large. For dessert, I had the mochi ice cream. I will say that it is the best of the three course. Sticky rice dumpling with coffee,mochi and vanilla. However, this is kinda sad since I rated their dessert as the best of the three courses. Since there were quite a lot customers that day, the service seemed to be off. I had to looked for waiter for 3 minutes before I got my chance to ask for the check. It was really noisy that sometimes I could not hear what my friend was saying. Maybe on a not so busy day, I will go another time, but not worthwhile for a trip. BTW, their soy sauce is actually better than average sushi restaurant.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Mediocre is the best way to describe SEI. Food was subpar.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent dinner then short walk to Verizon Center for concert... Excellent in every detail...

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Oh my goodness what a great experience!!!! Nelson was AMAZING in helping out large group. We had people not show up last minute and he was so patient and accommodating. We will def be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Really enjoyed the sushi here, including some fun options like "fish & chips." Also tasty is the liquid wasabi cocktail. Some of the shareable plates were a bit steep for the amount of protein offered, and $8 beer night is a thing.
Service was friendly and attentive at the admittedly-early time we visited.
I like this place and hope to be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Tapas, Spicy, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

I always love going to SEI for the sushi! They have a variety of dishes for non-sushi eaters, and it's so good! I've been going there for the past six years. Great place for dinner with friends or business. Prices are reasonable, service is great, and food is amazing!!

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed our meal at SEI. The sushi was top notch!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

I waited 30 minutes after being seated to even get water. Waiter took our drink order, and we waited 10 minutes. We watched him talking to other waitstaff most of the time. We tried to get his attention and he didn't care, so we left.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I chose this restaurant for its online menu and availability for reservations. I visited with my 2 teenage sons and we expanded our horizons when ordering. The sushi was amazing. I miss eating there! One of the best meals per my sons. I would highly recommend this restaurant for its amazing atmosphere, quality of food, and service!

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Went here to have dinner. Hey had a pretty good menu for a sushi place which even had some land lovers fare. Food was great and service as well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Love Sei! This was my 3rd time, and the food never disappoints. I highly recommend the steak tartare and the truffle hamachi. The service always feels a bit rushed though, so make sure to pace your ordering.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I come here several times a year, at least. It had a been a little while since my last visit, and I was surprised at the new menu. It seemed to have fewer rolls and sushi/sashimi options, and didn't seem to have the 'sake flight' that I'd enjoyed in the past. Instead the emphasis seems to have shifted somewhat to small plates. Some of them were very nice. The pork belly buns were good, as were the brussel sprouts. I found the sea bass a bit overcooked and salty, but still edible. The fish&chips roll is still good but seemed to have more goop on it than I remembered. Our reservation was for 8 pm, and I had hoped the noise level would be lower because the nearby shows had started and people would have left, but in fact I now know it is pretty deafening at 8 pm. By 9 it had emptied out a bit and the noise was getting a tad less overwhelming. I will continue to go, but may begin looking for very early dinners in order to get past the noise.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Delicious food,terrific service. Sushi was incredible. Lamb chops and accompanying veges were wonderful. Great meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Been here before, worth it again and again! The food and the atmosphere are wonderful

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

As a chef, or course I was looking for something sort of above and beyond and sei most certainly delivered. The sushi and fish were high quality and fresh, the flavor profiles were delicious and the service was outstanding. Only thing I could offer is to cook the bok choy less, now if was supposed to be raised then it was perfect, but the menu just said bok choy so I was expecting vibrant green choy with texture, but it was still delicious either way. I was thoroughly impressed with sei and will return in the future for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great vibe inside! Food and drinks are amazing! We will definitely be back for another SEI dinner.

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Went for anniversary with my girlfriend. Great atmosphere for dates/romantic dinners; food was phenomenal and service was attentive and friendly. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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