SER

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$30 and under
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Spanish
SER is the winner of the Ballston Business Improvement District's 2014 Restaurant Challenge. It is an authentic Spanish tavern or “food house” with a casual, hipster vibe. But, take note…it’s not a tapas restaurant. It’s a gastronomical journey and cultural adventure throughout every region of Spain. It’s an easy-going gathering spot where guests can enjoy typical comfort foods and beverages from Spain at any time of the day or night. The team at SER are your foodie friends from Spain who have a mean kitchen, sharp cooking skills, and comfortable house where you hang out until the wee hours of the night.

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MM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

wow, what a great surprise! Foodies will love the adventure; non-foodies may be a little put off by goat's and sheep's milk, and squid qith squid ink, but traveler enjoy! There are so many good choices you will find with a little patient review, like the duck, the patata, the shrimp, and the vegetarian plates. And their sangria! Not only great, but great in presentation! Seek out Walter as your waiter, too! Love this find! Enjoy your evening!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Our waitress unfortunately was not very good. The reservation had that it was our anniversary so I’m not sure why they paired us with her. She was curt, forgot about us many times through our the meal, never explained the specials, and generally did not do a great job.

PJ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meat and cheese with bread appetizer was very tasteful with applesauce accompanying the blue cheese. We had fish cooked in a salt shell that was very tender and moist.

ND
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A neighborhood gem - love this place. My husband and I have been coming a few times a year since it opened in 2015 and we always enjoy our meals and the atmosphere.

N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would definitely go again. Food was delicious. And they make a fabulous old fashioned cocktail.
I’d go back for that alone.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Have been several times and enjoyed SER, but this Sunday evening visit stands out for the poor/distracted service and the $450 (+tip) for 3 people to share tapas and wine.

PH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great winter selection, wonderful food. Always a great staff.

KM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try out a new tapas restaurant and it did not disappoint! The service, food and drinks were stellar.
Our boys were super happy too, as they brought out their corn hole game for them to play. :)

OT
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good vibe with excellent wine list and outstanding food. Enjoyed a bunch of small plates including the octopus and peppers. Outstanding, including service.

TL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SER is consistently excellent. I’ve been a fan since they opened and have never been disappointed!

LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This was our second visit to SER. The first one was dinner and everything was wonderful. Our recent visit was for lunch on a Saturday...we were the only patrons. The hostess was also our waitress, which was fine, except she was dressed for lounging around the house, made no effort to explain anything, and in general seemed couldn't care less. The food was very so-so and I had ordered Wagyu steak, so it should have been worth the $38. The salad on my partner's plate was a mish mash that seemed thrown together. I wonder if this restaurant will make it...the difference from one visit to the other was startling. We will not go again.

J
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great meal here! Our waitress was a little difficult to understand at times, but we thought it was just due to other tables nearby being a little loud - obviously they were having a great time ;) This place has a bit of a theatre/show feel to it as meats are carved right at your table. Really amazing quality, overall. And, not bad pricing. Would definitely recommend!

s
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed the cheese platter, wine and baby squid plate. The night overall seemed off from what I'm used to at SER. I hope it was an anomaly because we LOVE going there, love having it in the neighborhood.

FT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Prices seemed to have gone up and quality down
$9’for four slices of cheese which was not to
My liking like other times
Oysters good but at $3 each not a value by no means
and paella at $30 each
Shrimp dish tasteless
Staff afraid to talk to us
Not sure I am returning anytime soon

By the way the place was empty

AS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten there many times and always glad we returned.

DL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my wife and my parents, who have very particular dietary restrictions. The waitstaff were amazingly accommodating, and we all enjoyed our appetizers and entrees, especially the salt-crusted dorado and a grilled turbot. The tableside-mashed potatoes were another highlight. Given all that we ordered, we were pleasantly surprised with the value we got from the meal. My wife and I will definitely be back in the near future.

H
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tapas, attentive service. Will come back to enjoy every dish.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice place, excellent wines!

We really enjoyed ourselves 😀

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and we always have great experiences. The special fish was a 10

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week menu and service. Awesome wines

RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good Spanish restaurant, cooking is very European (I’m italian). Already dined there twice

LP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Red sangria with an ice cube made out of frozen fruit was delicious. Creme and chocolate flan also were outstanding. Everything else, such as the seafood paella, short ribs, calamari, salmon, pork loin and bread were overpriced and average.

F
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding...paella is the best around. Exceptional service. Will definitely be returning.

k
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spanish food, great service and nice ambiance and location. We've been there before and will return.

K
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal for DC Restaurant Week! Will definitely go back.

RE
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit to SER after three years. Everything was great. Food was excellent and well-presented, service was prompt and friendly and the wine was terrific. One of group was also impressed with the way the Sangria was served. Absolutely happy to recommend the restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week, great menu and value. Service was amazing as usual

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited during Washington Restaurant Week and had a very enjoyable meal. I had the tortilla de patatas, grilled pork loin, and chocolate flan, and my wife had watermelon and tomato salad, pork loin, and fruit with ice cream. Each item was delicious, and the starter courses were pleasantly creative. The service and attention we received from Stacey, our waitress, and Joaquin, the owner, were exceptional and made our dinner quite memorable.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in north Arlington and SER is our #1 restaurant. This place has everything: great food, great fun bar, kid friendly, romantic dinner place.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a really good time

J
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week, so didn't order from the regular menu. The gazpacho was excellent; salmon was good, Spanish version of creme brulee also good. Narrowed our wine selection to 2 choices and server recommended the less expensive bottle (+/- $40), which was very good as well. Will return to try out the full non-Restaurant Week menu.

SF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Food just as good at Del Mar at 1/2 the price. Granted Glebe Road is not as scenic as the Wharf, but the style of the restaurant is well designed. The service is extremely hospitable and efficient. The seafood paella was first rate — on or with one we had in Valencia. Highly recommended!

TM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great!

O
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very delicious,very authentic and fresh,service was amazing,Walter our server did and exceptional job,all of our guests at the table were very impressed.
Sergio suggested some amazing wines for our dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and great friendly service

c
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience,the greeting, Demetri, Sergio, the frontstaff and back staff AMAZING!!!!!

c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SER is our favorite Spanish restaurant! It is very authentic and delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very niche very nice

YD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Over priced Mediocre food. Will not go there ever again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a very nice restaurant with fast service and good food. Would definitely consider returning.

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