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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

Details

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 (32)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Pre/post Theatre (20)
Romantic (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Casual (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Authentic (9)
Business Meals (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tapas (7)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (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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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was my second time at SEI and the verdict was still the same- it's fine. The food is fine and the sushi is not bad. The decor is trendy but the restaurant is always eerily empty. We will probably be back but I'm not super excited about it

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Alexis was awesome and very knowledgeable about the menu!! Great Experience and atmosphere

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 9, 2018

A birthday lunch turned into a truly special occasion!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Weak rolls, weird atmosphere (the ikea chandeliers made an obnoxious clanking which was insufferable) terrible service.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good food, great choices. The food was really good & the service was good too. The ABBA roll was amazing! Great miso soup & edamame. We had tacos, the quinoa salad & the beef dish all really good. Definitely recommend this restaurant prices are good too!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

SEI serves Asian dishes with an emphasis on sushi. Mostly small sharable plates. The poke (raw marinated tuna) and bibimap were particularly good. Portions were generous given the price and location.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was very good especially the bibimbap and sushi. Service left much to be desired especially the front end staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Oh I just loved this little spot! Loved the atmosphere and the Fish 'N' Chips Sushi Roll. We loved everything we tried here!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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