SER

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$30 and under
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
265 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside setting, great food and outstanding service. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food2service4ambience5

I have wanted to go to SER for a long while. Because it was restaurant week, we opted for the tasting menu... and it was truly lackluster. Should have gone with some of the amazing entrees we saw others getting, but trusted the tasting menu would be equally amazing... we were SO WRONG. Bland and lacking personality.

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PBArlington
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Sat outside.... great setup, vibe, and distancing. Wait staff was hustling all night. We did the restaurant week menu. 1st course was great, 3d course dessert was spectacular. 2d course entree was meh. I had chicken, my wife had pork. Both portions were reasonable, looked good, and food was well prepared. It was just really bland, both the pork and chicken. That was surprising given how flavorful food is in Spain. Wait staff was super, 1st and 3d courses were super, but the entree was ok. Would not go back to try the regular entree menu... those are $30+ per plate and not worth the guess.

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Chicago69
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food and ambiance were spectacular. The seafood paella is not to be missed. Sadly, kitchen timing issues greatly affected our enjoyment of the meal. Also noted that waitstaff were assigned more tables than they could handle on a Friday night.

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vipFuntimes
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio dining is superb at SER! Shared the cheese board with table. Celebrated friends birthday in style!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was superb! I love the outdoor terrace. I felt that I was transported to a European location

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vipJenniferL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the paella, it's delicious! Very good Covid protocols with seating outside and tables spaced far apart. Wait staff are patient and make excellent recommendations for food and drink. I'll definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing ambiance as usual at SER, and happy to see heaters outside so I can keep going throughout the colder months! This is becoming my go-to for a nice dinner in Ballston. Helpful waiter tonight too as I navigated some dishes I've never tried. Great experience!

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Jane
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited on a Sunday for brunch. The food was delicious, the wait staff was kind and attentive, and the outdoor patio space felt very safe because of the distance between tables.

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ScottD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue for a date night.

Great atmosphere and excellent cuisine.

Try SER for a your next night out- you won't regret it.

LM
LaMarseillaise
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food presentation often outshines flavour. Service is brisk and friendly. It’s getting too cold to sit outside, despite the lovely tent.

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JaniceA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have always has excellent food and service. They are now also doing a great job of keeping customers and staff safe during the pandemic. Tables are separated, staff and masked. It was really well done!

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Patron
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Recently, we booked a table at SER for a small family gathering on the patio. From start to finish, SER staff did a wonderful job! The patio is just outside this beautiful local dining gem, and tented from the elements. Staff implemented COVID safety precautions, including digital menus and no touch payment system. The red sangria was awesome, as were the variety of appetizers (shrimp cocktail, crabmeat), small plates (croquettes, stuffed peppers, fried eggplant), and full plates chosen. This is a special place and we are grateful they are open and serving! Thanks for making our family meal a memorable one and to staff for showing such grace and elegance during a challenging time.

JP
JimP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, staff, and experience. Will go back!!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ser is far the Best Restaurant in DC area.
Food was phenomenal and the service is top notch.
Highly recommended to anyone, you will not be disappointed.

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vipDrP7
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and drink was good, service was a little slow, but overall a good experience.

JB
vipJoeB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most awesome outside dining experience in all of the DMV! The food and the service and the overall experience is exceptional!!!

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vipwenbenoit
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of gas heaters and large outdoor area with the option of dining under a tent also.

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Babichex
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ser doesn’t disappoint - everything was stellar, from the cava sangria to the shark bites to the seafood paella. Bravo!

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CTCaldroney
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

An excellent outdoor dining experience- great service, wonderful food, and an all-around good evening; I definitely intend to return.

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yepdinner123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, great outdoor dinning. Really enjoyed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

PB
PlrBear
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SER was a great fit for a rare kid-free pandemic date. The food was delicious, striking a balance between comforting and elegant so it felt like a getaway. Even the bread with olive oil was excellent. The restaurant did a wonderful job adapting by setting up a huge tent with tables far apart. Service was friendly and attentive. The garage was easy and is $2 with validation. We'll be back.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been numerous times at Ser and it never let us down.
Fantastic experience.

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ChadL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The outside seating was comfortable and enjoyable, the server absolutely charming, helpful, and efficient, the servings beautifully presented and flavorful. We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. The wines were not always the best choices but there were no real conflicts.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, amazing outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and service with amazing food! We came around 9:15 and felt bad because the kitchen was closing soon but they insisted to seat us and let us stay past closing. Owner is a great guy and knows how to run a business. Go for yourself and see!

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vipJoeB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was fantastic! Food and service were impeccable as always!

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Jersey
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food a Spanish culinary experience. We loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually go for dinner but brunch was just as fabulous. Oysters were fresh and delicious - perfectly presented, great accompanying sauces. Seafood paella continues to be the most authentic I’ve found outside Barcelona. Fresh dry white wine. Finishing off with chocolate suffle and goxa dessert + espresso - absolute perfection. Could not recommend more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and safe social distance dining. Amazing food, wine & service!

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Judith
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to rate any restaurant during these crazy times. With that said, SER has an interesting menu, the food is fantastic, and the service is perfect. It appears that extreme caution is being taken to protect the safety of patrons and staff, and the outdoor dining area is very nice. The downside: when I had dinner it was over 90 degrees and humid, and the backdrop of noise was from rush hour traffic on gridlocked Glebe Road.....all beyond the control of the restaurant. I highly recommend this place, and hope we can all get back to normal before long.

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Cbirn
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! This restaurant is amazing, so glad they are able to stay open! The outside seating area is perfect, and the food is delicious! Service impeccable, ask for Walter! Amazing server!!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing 😋
Thank you Ser for the delicious meal and wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ser what’s great the staff was very friendly the food was delicious I had the foie Gras which was amazing I also had the sea bass would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic food from Spain. Highly recommended!

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Fiona
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor setting was very nice. Food for restaurant week was very good and one could order a la carte. Full menu. Parking in the street was available on a Sunday even though signs said no parking.

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AllisonP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for groups. Patio is fantastic-- well spaced out. Love the food and staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shark bites was great

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vipLizaF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine is paired well.

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 1180 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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