SEI restaurant & lounge

4.6
2428 reviews
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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 everyday of the week from 5pm-8pm.
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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I'm a frequent SEI customer... One of the Sushi chefs just left the restaurant and I could absolutely notice the difference. SEI is my favorite DC/Baltimore dining spot. I waited almost an hour (47 minutes) to get my first bit of Sushi. I didn't eat much and had a pretty hefty bill (over $100) compared to what I usually have with the Omakase. I'll have to adjust my target for the future.

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MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is good, noise level really bad. If you like talking tp your friends, go elsewhere

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff and just an overall great time! I will return often!

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

California rolls + Spicy Salmon + Fish n Chip Rolls + Miso Soup = 💯

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MO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I had edamames. cauliflower rice, shrimp tacos and sea salt ice. The edamames were ok. The rice was bland and the shrimp in the tacos weren't deveined. The best part of the meal was the sea salt ice.

Although I received excellent service; I won't go to this restaurant again.

The food wasn't up to par.

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EW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday lunch. The food was very good and the server overheard that it was a birthday and brought a complimentary piece of cake with a candle (to go with the dessert already ordered). Very good experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink, lovely restaurant and ambience. Most courteous staff with our server being incredibly sweet and attentive. She served me a 'surprise' birthday dessert!- she only knew it was my birthday because she asked for ID before serving us Sake.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch, great service and atmosphere! Highly recommended.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

food tasted good, service was gre

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great rolls, don’t get the sushi pieces.

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented dishes, lovely service, excellent drinks. SEI provides an innovative menu using Japanese, Korean, SEAsian inspired cuisine. Go as mild or as spicy as you desire, choose from small plates to share-able platters. The Korean beef bulgogi tacos were especially memorable.

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CH
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very nice lunch/brunch with three sushi rolls split among two people. Only minor complaint is that the rolls were a bit pricey for fairly standard ingredients.

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LT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a long time fan of SEI. I think it is a good place for a work lunch as you can actually hear each other talk. The service is great.

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always here! My server Maite P was also great, I let her know I had a theater event to catch and she made sure everything was speedy and this was so appreciated!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The fish and chips sushi was great! And the decor was so pretty and nice!

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W
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service. But it was very loud and hard to hear!!

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k
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Good service. Loud in weekends but food makes up for it!

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M
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We love SEI! We always have an amazing experience. High quality sushi, great selection of sake and cocktails, and fantastic service. They also have happy hour everyday so highly recommend checking it out.

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BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Crowded and noisy on a Saturday night before the theater. Not unexpected. The food was very good. We will return mid week.

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JZ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like the atmosphere and the food is fantastic!

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I would recommend as the food is outstanding, but it was so loud I couldn't hear the person sitting across from me, so would only recommend for certain situation.

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R
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

SOme of the food was excellent but the sushi is overpriced. The crispy chicken bibimbap was very good and I would go back for that. Good service. Friendly and not obtrusive. Bill for two came to $180 including tip though and we were still hungry!

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l
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here numerous times. The food is always good, and the service is great.

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LI
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love SEI and this was no exception. It was a busy night at the Cap One Center though and the restaurant was packed and noisier than usual. However, the service and food were still top notch. Great and innovative food!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved the interior and our server was excellent! Food was delicious.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made this reservation due to SEI's proximity to the Capital One Arena because we were coming to town for Michael Buble's concert. I checked local restaurants, leaning toward Asian food, and found great menu choices and reviews for SEI. The staff were extremely friendly, food was superb and the whole experience helped make our evening in Washington one to remember.

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H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. WE love Sei. Had to move tables though from next to the window as it was really cold and there was a draft or air blowing from the vents above. We got a better table though after a few minutes and dinner was delicious. Especially the Pear Sangria and our favorites the fish and chips sushi and sea bass sliders. yum!

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S
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousin was visiting from out of town and loves Sushi...we were coming from a museum and I googled and found the spot. The name looked familiar. I am so glad this came up in my google search. Didn't realize it was a sister resturant to Oya which is a spot I enjoyed a few times for dinner and happy hours. Both very nice spots with a sexy decor, but not too swanky where you feel un-hip. The food was very good. My cocktail was good. The hostess was a sweetheart and we had a lovely server. Friends joined us for dinner, so it was a great spot to show my cousin visiting from San Francisco where good sushi and seafood is everywhere! I will be back soon!

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JH
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately our first and last visit. It wasn’t a terrible experience but we did almost walk out to eat somewhere else because we had no one greet us for 15 min and finally when we did the guy just introduced himself and that he would take care of us and then took off for 20 min. We decided to not order any cocktails because just getting water took forever and ordered our food right away. When we got our food it looked like a meal for ants. We left super hungry still and ended up eating somewhere else cheaper and more attentive. We hoped it would have been a great place we could visit again but we won’t be.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I do recommend this location to my friend just because the food was not bad at all. It was like eating in a small restaurant in Japan. Attractive presentation, natural and healthy principal. Because I recommend this place to my friend, I am hoping that it was because the timing was bad and not enough waiter was not there to attend us. Two other couples who came in after us has been served by before us by the same waiter. Of course the food comes later. Their guests were continuously so loud and a few of the groups were conversing screaming, and restaurant manager did not do anything about it. And because the food was good, that is the only reason I recommend this place to my friend, I really hope it was only at the time we were there was like that.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s date. Food was amazing. The setting was gorgeous. Our server was attentive

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A
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, really good service and great food; however SEI is really expensive and not sure if it's really worth it. The sushi options were very non-traditional and didn't have a lot of your standard rolls that you would expect.

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CW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. No complaints. It was a bit noisy but it was also a Friday evening. Highly recommend.

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Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I would love to love this place- I did like the food but the deafening noise precluded any conversation and we left early to escape the din. And we even went early to try to avoid this problem.
Maybe an option for lunch? or if you wear earplugs....

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LP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great. Our waiter, Brian, was wonderful with our large party. We will definitely be back!

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C
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Spent 225$ on cheap quality food, their chefs chocolate dessert was a joke, definitely not worth the money.

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RG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional place to eat love the service and food

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JB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic and the atmosphere was nice. I was disappointed with the prix fixe offerings for our Valentine's Day dinner. I was hoping to dine on sushi, but there were limited sushi options available with this special menu. I could have ordered more sushi, but it would have come at additional cost, which I declined since I was paying $200 for this meal already. We did get a giant heart-shaped cake that I didn't even really want. I would have preferred a better main course. Perhaps I'll go on a different night with the standard menu, or perhaps I'll just go somewhere else.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had to wait 30 minutes for our table despite having made a reservation a week in advance, but everything was amazing. The food was incredible, service was great, too 3 sushi in DC metro area.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good. Lots of vegetables with plenty of taste

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