SER

4.6
879 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had soups and some small plates. All excellent. Attentive service.

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K
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our date night very much. Everything was perfect, service, restaurant space, staff and the dinner. We started outside and it was lovely. Due to allergies we moved inside and the staff made that seamless. The menu is updated. I had the tomato salad and duck with risotto. It was amazing, just wonderful. Thank you for the marvelous evening

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an excellent dinner and the staff was very accommodating and helpful.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute tapas place in Ballston downtown area. They had a nice patio and the service was excellent.

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f
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely Mother's Day dinner here. Garlic shrimp was amazing, and enjoyed short ribs and whole fried snapper. Service was knowledgeable and attentive but it is a bit pricey.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mother's day dinner

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AM
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My girlfriends and I came here for a Mother's Day brunch. We were bummed it was the regular menu and not the brunch menu. We were looking forward to some of those items. Overall, the food was great and we had a fun, relaxing time. Our server was very accommodating with our requests. I will definitely go back for their regular brunch to try.

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OT
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fish - ventresca (tuna) and salmon. Heirloom tomato salad was excellent. Always a fun time with attentive service. Enjoyed sitting outside.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was unusually loud because of a very noisy group, but got much quieter after they left. We always order the market salad it’s extremely good and creative. Short ribs were excellent. They prepare fish very well.

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OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous service. Lamb shank was delicious.

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BC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch. On Sundays they have cooking class for kids included with your brunch. So adorable and fun.

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LF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Spicy shrimp appetizer was very good, but the croquettes and stuffed peppers were just ok. The latter had an unusual spice--cardemom?--that gave it a rather sweet flavor. The braised chicken was very good, but the kids' steak again had an unusual flavor. My other daughter was not crazy about the tortilla pasta. Server sometimes disappeared for lengths of time. Great wine list. Overall, mixed experience.

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OT
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service. Dorado for two was amazing. San Roman recommendation worth a Thursday splurge.

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JC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife & I at dinner away from kids for once. Great meal and great conversation. Will definitely do again for a special night out.

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OT
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. New menu items were nice additions.

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c
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy SER. It's got not only a Spanish flavor, but oh the pig offerings! This time, instead of the Pulpo (Octopus) Gallego, we went with the Mussels with sausage in garlic sauce as a shared appetizer. It wasn't very flavorful surprisingly, which is why I mark this visit down to a 4. It really needed seasoning; you couldn't taste the garlic nor any seasoning. But the Cochinillo (roast suckling pig) was a great experience. This is their specialty and we decided that at $85 for two, it was worth th experience. It comes with a single vegetable and the Brussels Sprouts were very good. The Gateau Basque was nice and creamy, but not outstanding. You can get wines in the $40-50 range as well as a lot more expensive.

Regardless, the service was excellent and we had a great time. Dinner for 2 including the appetizer, Cochinillo, a $44 bottle of wine, dessert, and 2 coffees was $173.80 with tax.

Note: They also do a 6 course wine dinner. Parking underneath in the garage is vaidated for $2 after 5 pm up to 3 hours.

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CS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely terrific with amazing food & wine (we got the suckling pig). Plus you can't beat the welcome and care that Javier Candon pays to each table. Was a great experience. We will go back and highly recommend.

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T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Easter dinner. Food was excellent but it seemed like they forgot half of our order which came about a half hour after everything else. The servers were very pleasant and the manager visited each table which we really appreciate.

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w
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have dined at Ser a number of times. This is the first time the hostess didn't open her mouth when we came in, but looked at us as if we had two heads. Someone needs to give that young lady a few lessons on how to great customers. I really think it soured our visit this time. In addition my chair just about fell apart. Not a great visit.

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CV
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, wonderful wine selection (and advice), a lovely experience for a weekday night. The duck and the lamb were memorable. We'll certainly be back soon.

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RB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. They were very attentive to our needs with allergies and very fast to serve and keep our drinks filled. Overall a wonderful experience.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 1

Food was ok. Just the ambience seemed loud and the staff looked rushed so it was not a place for a quiet dinner for sure.

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OT
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly, great service. Food and wine were excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and paella were incredible.

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DM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful flavors; a true slice of Spain in Northern Virginia.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

So this was a sub-par day for SER. The waiter let our drinks sit on the bar for a while before he remembered to serve them, so they were watery. AND, they mixed up our orders when they set them down in front of us, and we didn't realize they were mixed up until too late. Any my eggs over easy were hard as a rock when I got them. Disappointing, because I was bringing my cousin here for the first time.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Extensive , appealing and interesting brunch and tapas menu ( did not see regular) Our entrees were good overall, although the home fries were bland with no seasoning and appeared to be baked not fried. The tapa side did not appear until we had finished the meal ( despite us checking on status twice- its cost was deducted so kudos for good management redress). Friendly service. Easy parking with discount option. Good neighborhood place . Will go again to see how it fares at dinner. If they beef up the seasonings it can go good to very good.

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LT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The friendly service, delicious foods, fun cocktails always make SER a great place to go for dinner or drinks.

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SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat at the bar for happy hour and dinner, and Fernando, our bartender and waiter was excellent throughout the whole meal.

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The $80 seafood tower was very disappointing. Tasteless oysters and shrimp. The 'whole lobster' did not have claws, the octopus was over salted, but the best thing on the tower. The shrimp still had the heads on, but were also quite tasteless.
The lamb was requested to be rare, but was medium well.
The duck with risotto was fabulous.
We have eaten here many times and the food and service has always been impeccable, but, this last visit was not up to snuff.

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LS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood paella and red sangria was delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't decide where we fancied eating until someone local suggested a Spanish they'd been recommended but not been to yet. The food and service was fantastic. Very glad we visited.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fish. We all had the grilled Dorado.

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative cocktails, a hip environment, great music, excellent service, this place checks all of the boxes and is my favorite restaurant in D.C. area.

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall an incredible dining experience. The drinks, appetizers, and food was delicious. I would suggest the lamb shank and the fried snapper!

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JS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

SER is possibly the best restaurant in Arlington. This experience was even better than prior ones. Our large party enjoyed virtually every dish - the paella, cod, tuna, snapper, steak, duck, croquettes, fried green tomatoes, almond cake, churros, and chocolate soufflé were all outstanding. The wine was also fabulous.

The noise level was a bit high this time. The waiter disappeared a few times but otherwise delivered excellent service.

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The venue and location is great, shame about the food. We were there with actual Spanish (from Spain) customers, and the food was uniformly disappointing to them on every level. Nothing at all like the nation whose cuisine it supposedly represents. Mostly, it was without any sabor (taste). Perhaps change the name to Estar (a less permanent state of existence), or Fue (it use to be).

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place 👌to eat and enjoy authentic food. Looking forward to the next time.

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PH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great wines. Always a slow and enjoyable evening. Javier, the owner is a must gracious host!

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OT
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined here many times and this was one of the best dinners yet. New chef is very talented. The ventresca and new steak presentation were top notch. Excellent service. Get a bottle of Clio if you like a big, full-bodied red.

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