SER

4.7
1366 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipTM17
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had the pleasure to dine here multiple times and always consider this our favorite local restaurant. Dimytri is an absolute gem, who knows how to run this restaurant with specialized service, incredible food and a staff that is engaging and knowledgeable. Angel, our waiter/bartender did an outstanding job. We had the salmon and the smoked Pork shoulder which were both incredible. Don’t miss the eggplant! I can’t speak enough to the level of service, as the team makes you feel welcomed every time and the conversations are real and genuine. We love SER and would highly recommend to everyone when in Ballston. Buen provecho!

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DougT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Mothers Day experience at SER was great. The food was fantastic. Friendly and attentive staff as well.

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puplove1017
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is one of my favorite restaurants in the DC area. Every single thing on this menu is amazing - from drinks to small plates to mains to dessert. The staff is very friendly and appreciative of its patrons. Safety precautions for COVID were great (sanitizing, masks, gloves, distancing, etc.). Whether your party is big or small, you couldn't make a better choice for your dining excursion.

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vipLynn
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service- waitress and staff were masked and tables were spaced nicely. These safety precautions made us feel as though they care about other important aspects of their business, employees, customers and quality of food. We enjoyed all of our choices. We ordered from the menu and shared as a table. Cheese plate, charcuterie, patatas bravas, garlic shrimp, octopus, croquetas, squid with habanero aioli, lamb and bread. Drinks- red wine and sangria and we were all happy. We ate outside and will return in warmer weather. Friendly and professional.

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vipRachel
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and wine was amazing! Love sharing small plates and cheese and meat platters with a friend. Due to the weather, we purposefully made a reservation indoors. When we arrived at our reservation time, however, they told us that due to the weather, they were putting original outdoor reservations inside. We ended up waiting 30 minutes past our reservation time to be seated which was a bit disappointing! I still love the food and would return, but would have appreciated a courtesy text that delays might occur if we had needed to change up our plans. All in all, food/drinks are great, service and reservation management could use some enhancement.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with my kids and grand kids. Something for everyone. We had the suckling pig which was expensive but really very good. Overall a very good experience though a little pricey. Would do it again thiugh

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MichaelH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and service. Came back for Mother’s Day dinner.

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ChristineP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! The lunch was delicious and the management went out of the way to offer best wishes to the birthday celebrant. Very nice.

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Debbie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

As always, food and service were excellent at SER. I love going there. That said, there were patrons walking thru the restaurant maskless. I am hoping it was a one time error and that SER is firm in a policy that when you aren't seated you are wearing a mask.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Christian was one of the best server I ever had food very taste

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MariaP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reservations were easy. Location is terrific! Waitstaff is very helpful and friendly. Some food items were very fun with the table side charring! Most of the food items were veer well prepared but the potato croquettes were deep fried instead of roasted, and roasted veggies over cooked. I’d go there again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Patio was lovely. Service was terrible. Incredibly slow am

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vipValerieK
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! GREAT buzz. ALWAYS superior service and food. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and super nice stuff! Will definitely go back!

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vipansgenius
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I would recommend sticking with the tapas menu. The bone in ribeye was good and cool to look at but it was not worth 120 dollars. Drinks were good as well.

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vipKarenO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is one of our favorite restaurants. We feel lucky our neighborhood restaurant happens to be one of the Washington-area's very best restaurants. The ambiance, food and service is wonderful.

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Brooks2012
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. The seafood tower is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing Bruch to celebrate my GGFs birthday at SER. Our waiters were the absolute best. They were very attentive and every plate they suggested was excellent. The three of us Ended up spending $460 on brunch, but it was worth it. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had octopus :)

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vipBobM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding restaurant!

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LenaiM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went for a date night. I believe we were taken care of by the Manager. I don't know his name but he was awesome. Very attentive, he gave us great recommendations and even made one of my drinks himself. We had an amazing time.

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vipJacky
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and good ambience with it being quiet and decent decor. Food a bit on the pricey side but tasted good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
267 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and outdoor space. This place has been a savior throughout the pandemic.

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vipNC717
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor setting- beautiful lights, well spaced tables, great service, lovely music and incredible food!

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SallyN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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KMac
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were there for Brunch and the egg dishes were acceptable but not outstanding. The cheese plate was lovely and paired with tasty toppings. The gambas (shrimp) in garlic oil were outstanding. We drank the Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda which was just perfect.

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RichardR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Beautiful setting inside and outside. Service was friendly but somewhat inattentive...approximate fifteen minute waits to be asked if we wanted dessert and drink refills. Small plates, duck entree, and desserts ranged from good to great with the exception of the seafood paella which was very disappointing given that it is a signature dish. Leftover paella the next day seemed spoiled and had to throw out. I suspect that we caught them on an off day. Overall experience was two and a half stars.

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Casper
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed this restaurant but will most like not come back again. I feIt the items on the menu were overpriced. I was shocked I was charged $140 for two bottles Cabernet Sauvignon, wine that probably costs $20 per bottle, at the most anywhere else. Yes, the the wine was great but I think the price was unreasonable.
Also, the parking was horrible. I could not get out of the garage because the gate was broken and there was no attendant to help. So, yes, great restaurant and great service, but next time I am going to Taco Bell!

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EddieG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing recommendations were on point.

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vipGuadalupe
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great .

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ToddS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Have to agree with the previous reviewer who also ate here tonight. The food was fine, but it was like pulling teeth to get it. We arrived at 7:30. Ordered around 7 or 8 tapas for our party of 5. We got our first round of 3 tapas, and 2 of the 3 were incorrect. Finally around 9:00 we got the rest of our order. We normally would have ordered a couple more small plates, and in fact were still hungry, but didn't want to wait another hour for more food. One of our party did order dessert and that took another 45 minutes to arrive. So all in all, we spent 2 1/2 hours for some appetizers and dessert. Not sure if this was a kitchen problem or a server problem, since no one apologized or seemed to think anything was wrong.

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DCid
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service. The food is not the same quality as it used to be. Won't be returning there. Not a great experience for such high price..

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vipCap1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, great outdoor setup, will definitely go back

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vipParaguay20
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Fantastic and service outstanding - SER is always our favorite restaurant!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and Service!

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HeatherN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with our meal at SER. The food was delicious. I love the large outdoor dining space. Cocktails are very good too. We will be back.

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SusieD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Luis, was so friendly! He is studying to become a sommelier. It was a lovely place to chat and share plates.

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vipNicciwhee
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to SER for Easter and my son’s 8th birthday. The service was impeccable, as always, despite a busy day on their lovely patio. We loved trying some of the newer items on the menu (e.g., shrimp cakes) and some tried and true favorites (e.g., the chocolate soufflé). A great day! Thanks SER!

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vipJimmy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice Easter Brunch in the sun and shade outside. With the outdoor crowd (safely spaced), it felt like we were back in civilization again. Attentive service and very good food.

FAQs

SER does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. SER also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 746-9822.

SER is rated 4.7 stars by 1366 OpenTable diners.

SER does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=0f2df91c.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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