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SEI Restaurant

444 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207
+1 202-783-7007
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sushi” (109 reviews)
“fish and chips” (27 reviews)
“kobe sliders” (13 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
444 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2207
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1 - 10 of 254 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

After a full day at Newseum we needed a sushi lunch to keep us going until dinner. We couldn't have been happier. The service was great...so attentive to our needs. The kale and pistachio salad with goat cheese and butternut squash was fabulous. My husband...More

Thank susie f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small-plate restaurant, which means you have to order about two dishes to have a complete meal. Kind of precious, and it's a concept I'm not in love with. That being said, food was great. I had fish tacos & spicy salmon cilantro...More

Thank hushaphone
Reviewed 14 October 2017

OK, I've been eating Japanese cuisine for 40 years with worldwide experience. I consider myself a sushi snob etc... We are visiting kids in DC and they suggested SEI. The Tuna Poki was the best I've had in my life and that is a very...More

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The beef tartare sushi was the best tartare I've ever had in my life. The marinated tuna was also very nice. Sadly, some of the cooked foods weren't as good. Specifically the sliders were well done (when ordered medium rare) and the short ribs were...More

Thank LessWork M
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed fresh sashimi and sushi. Expensive and worth it. Great service. Good wine. Friendly staff.

Thank lesliebauman
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We were there with friends and family, group of 8. The restaurant is very nice, beautiful crowd, trendy, lively. If these are your priorities, you will absolutely love this place. Now if food and service are your main priorities, it's another story. Sei serves "small...More

Thank rappasol
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I came in at about 9:00 pm for my reservation. It took about 50 minutes before we were served. We got apology gourmet nachos, but that doesn't change the fact that they have a major understaffing problem. The food is however amazing, complex, and possibly...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We ate lunch here on a whim. We were walking by and sushi is one of our favorite things to eat ( me, husband and 2 teenagers), so decided to try it without any reviews. Glad we did. Staff friendly, food was excellent.. The decor...More

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We enjoyed the sushi and several appetizers from the Happy Hour menu. Spicy salmon was our favorite. Tacos were also very good. California Roll (gluten free version) was OK, but for more tastes, it had too much of a creamy/mayo texture. Atmosphere was very trendy...More

Thank Karl A
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We have accidentally ended up at SEI Restaurant on two separate trips to D.C. We chose SEI both times due to ratings and referrals. We did not realize it was the same restaurant until we were seated. The service was great and the sushi was...More

Thank TRockCold
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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