SER

4.7
1239 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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vipchrissie1026
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

perfect for fantastic cocktails and interesting tapas.

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vipJasonR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service, and COVID compatible. Good choice to get out for a great evening.

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vipThomasM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, ambience are all spot-on. This is our go-to for tapas in NOVA.

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vipLauren
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner out at SER! The patio is well spaced for safe outdoor dining, and we were seated right next to some heaters. Amazing food and attentive service over 3 courses. They treated us to a flan and cava for our celebration, which was so kind! We will definitely be back!

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Judith
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the difficulties of the current environment, SER is doing a great job of rising to the occasion. The food was great, the service flawless, the ambiance pleasant. I look forward to returning when they are able to have a full house.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

I was really excited to come here cause I saw good reviews but was really disappointed overall with the experience. The food all though it was good, I found the service to be pretty bad. It took us over 30 min to get a waiter to come take our order, which was confusing because the restaurant didn’t have that many people in it. I ordered the pállela, which was really good but I asked for the meat, and they brought out seafood. I would have sent it back but I knew how long it takes to make pállela so I cut the loss. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back, didn’t really have a “wow” experience

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vipValerieK
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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FirstDate
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice spot for tapas and wine! They have options for both indoor and outdoor (with heat lamps) dining.

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DaveH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Definitely going back very soon

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, Ana was excellent, food was delicious, we will definitely be back.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch, they have amazing sandwiches at great price, Service was excellent, Luis our server was great and the Manager Sergio did a great job.

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AnneL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Thank you. Highly recommend!

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JoanD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

as an out door space under cover in the rain, SER does great. Servers very friendly. Atmosphere can’t be judged in covid-19 environment and during a rainy day. I was just happy to be there.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, staff, outdoor seating, overall experience. Couldn’t recommend more!

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LeslieS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat on the patio for dinner. Got a little chilly (there were heaters out, but none by our table), and at some points it was hard to hear due to some of the other patrons, but overall we had a lovely time. Food was delicious! Cava flight was wonderful and our wait staff was friendly, prompt and yet not overly in your face. We sat and enjoyed multiple courses over about 2.5hrs. Will return again to try other menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Paella was delicious!

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Foodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. We wanted to try a restaurant with a tasting menu. It’s a great way to try a variety of the food a restaurant makes. We thought some dishes were really good such as the shrimp , beef, vegetable tower, cheese board, flan and churro.
The service was outstanding. Our server Luis was wonderful and personable.

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vipolderfoodie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant did an excellent job, given the difficulties of the pandemic. They worked hard to make sure the heaters functioned effectively. This was the second time we visited the restaurant during the pandemic. We look forward to eventually being able to eat safely inside for seniors.

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vipNicciwhee
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to SER for my husband’s birthday. On December 11, 2020 we were able to sit outside under their ample heat lamps. We brought warm hats and blankets for our tushies and laps. It was perfect. Plus, their delicious cocktails, wine, and toasty bread with olive oil warmed us right from the beginning of the meal. We started off with some meats and cheeses - our family each has a favorite: idiazabal, mahon, and manchego. My son got the kid’s steak and French fries (his favorite) and my husband and I shared a few tapas. We are currently digging the huevos rotos con chorizo the best. Then we finished the meal with the chocolate soufflé and churros and my favorite, one of Javier’s homemade digestifs: the Patxaran Casero is my favorite. Thank you to everyone at SER for a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is an absolute gem and we’re lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber in Ballston/Arlington.

We had the Family Style tasting menu with wine pairing for two and we thoroughly enjoyed it. A highlight was the rare duck breast with creamy mushroom risotto. So too was the churros and rice pudding. We also really enjoyed the Solera Negroni, a lower alcohol Negroni made with olorosa sherry in place of gin. Delicious.

If you come with several people in your party the table side ribeye and cochinillo are really worth trying.

SER is our favorite restaurant in Arlington and we make a point of taking out of town friends here when they’re visiting. If you haven’t tried SER you should!

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AshleyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I don’t often write reviews, but this was one of the worst meals I’ve had at a restaurant. Food was bland, not well cooked, and the service was just as bad. I would recommend going elsewhere.

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Roxie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exceptional service

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always.

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vipFoodLover
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Outside dining was just right with separated tables and nearby outdoor heaters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Great food and Service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun spot for small dishes to share! Food was very good

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Ser team for the amazing night.Delicious food, great cocktails and a reasonable priced wine list and of course the service was top notch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual! Tried a few new dishes and loved them-shark bites and roasted veggies! Always a perfect night out!

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HeidiW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating, pleasant, and professional! Food and drinks were excellent. Will definitely go back often!

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Mercedes
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Arlington!

There is nothing like that around the area.

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yepdinner123
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant. Always great food and great service.

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vipEric
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up outdoors with plenty of semi-enclosed tables.

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vipBeatrice
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful and authentic Spanish tapas. Great coctails and wine selection.

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Teamanderson3
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a huge, heated , outdoor section. The waiter, manager? , was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. All his food suggestions were excellent. (including drinks ! ) Everything came out in a timely fashion. The only minor gripe, was the price. But I will be back again, and soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience snd food

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vipLeslieL
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The personal attention you get from the owner is awesome. They have done a great job creating a safe environment and have really nice outdoor dining. Highly recommend that you support this locally owned business!

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johnr
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This dinner out was for my birthday and because of Covid we wanted a nice place that had outside seating and heaters as well. This patio was perfect. The service was excellent and we all enjoyed our meals.

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vipEMERSONE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent arrangements for social distancing in these strange times. Food is unique, beautifully presented and service is attentive. A very enjoyable evening fir my birthday celebration

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vipArlingtonian
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor seating area, service and food. Highly recommend as an option.

FAQs

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

SER is rated 4.7 stars by 1239 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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