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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
13:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across this restaurant by chance and proved to be an excellent find!! Refreshing menu with some key staple sushi dishes but also some innovative creations. We ordered several dishes that came at a steady pace combined with attentive service! The portions were a refreshing break from oversized plates of food that you get elsewhere. Unknowingly understated and would... More 

Thank CK1255
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not quite sure of what to think of this place. The food was good, as was the service. Is it a sushi place? Is it a tapas place? I suppose eclectic is a good word. The sushi was pretty good, but I would have rather been at a proper sushi place for a better selection and more traditional sushi. A... More 

Thank AlexLine1
Palo Alto, California
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Had lunch here with a friend and had an excellent meal. The restaurant is quiet enough to have a conversation. The staff was friendly and efficient and the dishes were very interesting.

Thank Tom H
Atlanta, Georgia
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127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Awesome food selection as well as cheap drinks. I got the sundried tomato sushi, sliders, and two tacos (shrimp and fish). All was outstanding! Louis at the bar was friendly and fabulous - great place and fun atmosphere!

Thank LisaAS6427PG
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135 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Interesting selection of rolls, noodle bowls, and the best Miso soup I've ever had. Staff were attentive. Food was excellent. Stingy wine pours by the glass: buy a bottle. Had a very good dining experience.

Thank cooncat123
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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982 reviews
512 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Yes, another small plates sharing place, but this one pulls it off not just because the food is terrific (e.g., citrus salmon sashimi, Korean tacos, lamb chops...and more, yummy!) but because the service matches. Our server Alexis was excellent, helpful (although we really should have ordered more food...we had 2 dishes per person; we were 4 and we had plenty... More 

Thank PlatinumHoney
Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I was in DC for 3 nights and ate at SEI twice because it was so good the first time. Some amazing tuna, especially the Aburi. Salmon Aburi was also excellent. Miso Soup was also great.

Thank Harper D
Orlando, Florida
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very modern, all white décor, sushi restaurant. Service was excellent. Went there for lunch and was a bit surprised with limited selection of rolls.

Thank AMkM1234
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105 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We made an early reservation at SEI before a concert at the Verizon Center. It's very close to the venue. The restaurant is beautiful- with white tables and bursts of color in their artwork. The waitress was very attentive, and made fantastic suggestions. The drinks are unusual. The sushi was great - with a recommendation from the waitress, I tried... More 

Thank J Eliza A
Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Several dishes were ok to good but the lambchops were the thin, overcooked, tasteless, and like rubber. What is that about?

Thank grossini

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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
US$30 - US$50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?