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SEI restaurant & lounge

2166 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Asian, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
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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
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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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Creative Sushi Platters
Bento Boxes
Kobe & Salmon Slider Platters
Bibimbap, Salmon, Tofu Rice Bowls
Drop Off Lunches
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Cross street
7th & E
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Parking details
Street Parking
Parking Lots
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Public transit
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 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 2166 People Are Saying
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Robert (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.