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SEI Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
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444 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207 (7th & E)
+1 202-783-7007
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 13:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I absolutely love SEI. Their sushi rolls are so different from your run of the mill sushi restaurant. The restaurant itself is very classy/modern looking inside, and their rolls are all delicious! Our favorite is the fish and chips roll, but we honestly have loved every roll we've tried so far. They also have a variety of... More 

Thank jennifer g
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very much enjoy this delicate beauty of a restaurant. The menu is surprisingly inventive. Love the different play on sushi combos. You feel wrapped in expensive lace or in a Miami beach club restaurant. Nice location for theater or work in Penn Quarter.

Thank ceharrison
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was average but the food made up for it. They had some great edamame which I would recommend having with sushi.

1 Thank Tommy L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What more could you ask for? I fancy myself a sushi connoisseur, so this was a great new find I'm happy to share. For tourists it's also near the upscale @CityCenterDC with numerous chi-chi shops to explore.

Thank Brandfirst
Bethesda, Maryland
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686 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is awesome. Sushi rolls were fabulous- Kobe was a stand out. Short ribs had intense flavor. The tables are close tho, and music is crazy loud. You will have to scream to talk over it, and it you are a big table, you will only talk to the people next to you.

Thank Sheryl B
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136 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sei is conveniently located near the Verizon Center and other downtown activities. While traffic and parking created a challenge for a Saturday night, the restaurant has a valet arrangement with another restaurant across the street. The menu is full of interesting and tasty Asian dishes, with an emphasis on Sushi. The wait staff were all very attentive, nice and knowledgeable... More 

Thank Panacea_Food
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to find a more tranquil & beautiful restaurant. The service and attention to detail was tops. The food presentation was wonderful. But, while the textures were good, the food tastes and flavors were bland and disappointing, which I would not have expected for the price. I'd still go back to try again.

Thank CaliforniaMarie
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

SEI is a great restaurant. I've had dinner there and been to Happy Hour. The food is all tasty and interesting. Service is superb. In the bar area, you are treated with the same excellent customer service as in the restaurant. The Happy Hour specials are very good, with a great selection of food at the bar. I highly recommend... More 

Thank Sansdc
bowie, MD
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Dined at Sei (pronounced say) for Valentine's Day. This was an amazing experience. The restaurant is beautiful, loved the decor, clean, minimalistic, intimate. The service was outstanding. Try the pear sangria, wonderful! The sushi was the best I ever he'd. It was pricy but well worth it. Our waitress, Solo was the so gracious and made me feel as if... More 

Thank momwith2boys_10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

First the decor at this place beautiful! I went for happy hour with friends and everything we had was delicious. If you stick to the happy hour menu it isn't too pricey. I would come back here

Thank travelgirl908

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
13:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 444 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207
    (7th & E)
  • Public Transportation: Navy Archives Green Line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-783-7007

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?