SER

4.6
939 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
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week menu and service. Awesome wines

RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

LP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

k
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

RE
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great!

O
Washington DC
19 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
10 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.

TG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great meal and fantastic service

FM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood fine dining, with dishes you wouldn't cook on your own at home. Exactly what we look for in a restaurant

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food that reminded me of my time in Madrid. With the meats, cheeses and Sangria, we didn’t order any main courses. The service was laid back and the tables aren’t jammed together.

OT
Washington DC
212 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, gracious, outstanding service. Excellent food - squid special, paella, steak, etc. Better than ever - glad they were able to open quickly after building flood. A real gem.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely evening!

The food was generally good, though the short rib entrée was on the dry side and could’ve used some jus. The duck breast was a little overcooked so was tougher than it could’ve been, but otherwise was delicious. Portions were generous...the red sangria is fantastic! Really loved the fresh fruit “ice” cubes ❤️

Service from all staff was friendly and responsive. My only frustration is that the servers aren’t knowledgeable enough about gluten free menu items to provide answers to specific questions about ingredients. It’s really great that the menu offers gluten-free options that are clearly indicated, but it’s critical for all restaurant staff to know what is in the food they are serving, whether they are hosts, servers, bus persons, or managers. Responding with a polite shrug and an “I’m not really sure” instead of going back to the kitchen to find a recipe or ask the chef directly doesn’t help guests to make a well-informed choice.

People who are gluten-free/gluten intolerant have varying levels of tolerance to cross-contamination and may be able to enjoy selections that aren’t 100% gluten-free; people with celiac disease are a completely different story. Having recipe knowledge allows staff to provide exceptional service to every guest every day.

H
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the best paella I’ve ever had, and I just got back from Spain where I ate it 6 times in different quality restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Server was very patient as we were deep in discussion.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was the third time that I visited this restaurant, with different occasions, the food here always bringing me some surprise:)

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch as it wasn’t mobbed like other Ballston spots. Our server couldn’t have been more accommodating to our table full of kids. The space is great and food too!

CD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good tapas. Nothing exceptional though. Gambas were over cooked. Green tomatoes made up for it. Need better bread for dipping/soaking. Service was underwhelming.

DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food here was quite good, but the noise level is high, making conversation difficult. White wine selection (we had two different ones), was only average, but overall we will return again. The tapas small plates were great!

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food!

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great diner! Special rockfish with quinoa and caper was superb. Service was excellent.

P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on Ser’s lovely patio. Our waiter was very helpful in assisting us pick out tasty tapas. Everything was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
212 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outside dining. Jamon, rockfish and cochinillo were all amazing. Really interesting wine list. Excellent, friendly service. Highly recommended.

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

Great lunch, quick and delicious.

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dimitri is outstanding! Best Spanish restaurant on the east cost.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. SER is on par with any of the top Spanish/tapas places in DC - with amazing paella. A relative bargain that consistently delivers great food and service.

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