SER

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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
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went there to try the Sunday Supper as listed on their website but was very surprised to find it NOT listed on their menu. Major disappointment.They should really update their website because we’d ordered a seafood dish that I’m also not able to find it online either was made way too salty. The other dishes we’d were fine.

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for early Sunday dinner. There’re more crowd a little later. Food is great, drinks even better! We ordered churros for dessert, the waiter said it should be 4 instead of 3 pieces we got. So, they generously compensate the 1 piece of churros with a whole plate of flan which is very tasty! Highly recommended!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always great. I was disappointed that in a Spanish restaurant the server did not speak Spanish. The restaurant was nearly empty as it was brunch on a Sunday. There was no noise but a bit of Spanish (not Mexican or salsa) music would’ve appreciated.

J
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Good food, great wine selection, good cocktails

F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at SER. The seafood paella is the best ever. Excellent service...thank you, Walter!

ST
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was kind and excellent. The food was wonderful. Especially the butternut squash soup. I made a special request for another mayonnaise instead of the tartar sauce on my smoked salmon sandwich and the chef kindly changed it. This was my first time and I will be returning.

ML
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was great! Nice ambience, but really surprised by how disappointing the food was. Looked great, yet very wet texture (for salmon) and lacked flavor. Good wine selection. I had high expectations I guess.

ES
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I brought my mother- in- law for restaurant week dinner, although we chose to dine off the regular menu, we thought it was pretty affordable for a special night out. We had a great time and she will be being my father- in- law back to eat.

AM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I've been to SER multiple times and enjoyed the experience, so I was excited to try their Arlington Restaurant Week menu. The appetizer and dessert portions were fairly good, but the pork loin main dish really was a disappointment. The meat was sliced incredibly thin, pre-cooked, and then finished on the grill. To make it look good, deep grill marks were pressed into the thin loin cuts, which left too much ash on the meat and made it terribly hard and dry. The plate had some very good vegetables but there wasn't any sauce, so the meat was even more glaringly not a success. All in all I wish I'd ordered off the regular menu.

TB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu- portions perfect for lunch. The food was delicious and attractively presented. This was our second visit to Ser. We look forward to the next!

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way! We had the Sunday supper menu that included a wonderful bottle of wine.

P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. The four of us asked our server to bring a selection of her favorite appetizers (we selected a couple that we didn’t want to miss). Our only instructions were to bring enough so if we added a paella for three (there were four of us) we’d be satisfied. Our server picked wonderful items. For dessert we shared the Arroz con Leche.

The red sangria is excellent too.

One of our favorite restaurants.

NP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic! The service is awesome! I always feel like I'm visiting friends!! DJ nights are the best!!!

DE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All though the interior does not have much of a Spanish vibe the food does. Definitely has some great suckling pig and paella. A nice selection of Spanish Wines a region often overlooked at other restaurants.

CG
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The staff took very good care of us for a special occasion dinner (including a couple flutes of cava to toast on the house!). The stuffed trout special was outstanding - one of the best fish entrees I’ve had in recent memory. Cocktails were very good, with some unique touches. This was a noticeable step up from our previous experience here which was nice but not memorable, and didn’t really live up to expectations. This time our expectations were exceeded!

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot for authentic spanish food.
Never disappoints.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! I loved the food, and the service was fantastic.

DD
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, friendly welcoming service by all staff members. Delicious food. Tableside hand-sliced premium Negra ham. Refreshing chilled Gazpacho for a warm evening. Excellent iced Oysters on the half shell. Cheeses very good with jams. Colorful tasty grilled vegetables. Delicious octopus with potato.

OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal of 2019 so far. Thanks SER!

NN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

White sangria - absolutely the BEST. The suckling pig is superb. Two companions had the short ribs and noted the meat was tender and rich. Brussels sprouts were good, but average. Menu tilts toward seafood. Table service was on the slower side and semi-friendly. Ambience is pleasant with big windows and decent space between tables. The whole experience had a European type of feel to it. I would go back with pleasure.

D
New York Area
322 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was attentive and friendly. The menu had a lot of options but we opted for the day’s specials of fried red snapper which was delicious. The presentation was amazing with the whole fish curved on the platter. The meat of the fish was in chunks, fried and very crispy outside and fish moist inside. Serve with potatoes cubed. The beef tartar was very tasty. The 1/2 dozen oysters very fresh, however the shrimp which came with it were very mushy...the only disappointment. The cappuccino was robust and the chocolate soufflé delicious.

AA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is great

WD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

So I've liked SER in the past, but tonight there were several plates that were under cooked and just not flavorful. For the amount we paid, I expect the food to be cooked and have some seasoning. Service was great. But for a nice night I think I'll try another spot.

MM
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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 on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

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 on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
222 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
39 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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