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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
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed March 1, 2017

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
Reviewed February 14, 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
Reviewed February 8, 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
Arlington, Virginia
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2017

Awesome, creative sushi that is delicious and fresh. Fun sides like kobe sliders and tacos. Modern decor that begs you to people watch while drinking cool cocktails.

Thank Kristina P
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2016

Beautiful restaurant with interesting menu. We had great service and everything was delicious. Prices are a little on the high side for what we are used to paying for good sushi, but we expected that in the city.

Thank Erin T
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 25, 2016

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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98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2016

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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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 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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152 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 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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141 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 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

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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
$30 - $50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 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 - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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
  • Neighborhood: 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?