SER

4.6
1655 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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LourdesM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Ser has always very good food and it is a good opportunity to be able to go there again in restaurant week. Of course, restaurant week is just like a tasting menu. We ordered the onion soup as an appetizer, we think it is excellent. For our entree, we had hanger steak. The portion was just enough although the side dish served was very small considering it is just potatoes. Pairing wine was served after I finished my entree. Churros were excellent as always. Overall it was well worth the money.

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vipLarryL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was really surprisingly delicious! We did not know what to expect, and we were really pleased. Service was terrific, food and drinks exceptional. We will return-

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends gathering to celebrate a 50th birthday. The ambience of fresh cut flowers on the tables, the level of service, and the amazing food - both taste and presentation - made for a spectacular evening.

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RocioS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The seafood paella wasn't good at all; the rice was not good, very few ingredients and the seafood was not fresh. I couldn't eat the few mussels that were on the paella because they didn't taste good. The prices are high for the quantity and quality of food. I must say it was a very good restaurant a couple of years ago, but not anymore.

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AnibalR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and the food was amazing our server was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu . Definitely coming back

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vipDLB13
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch! I love SER’s outdoor seating - tables are socially distanced and covered in case of bad weather.

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vipNicciwhee
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to SER for New Year’s Eve. What a fabulous night! We sat outside under the tents and had the very best service and amazing food. Stand out dishes were the Pulpo à la Galllega, Seafood and Vegetable Paella, Dorada à la Sal, table side mashed potatoes, and the wine! Such a wonderful time. The DJ was a nice way to dance in the New Year as well. Great restaurant for everyday dining and special occasions like this.

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vipRickster
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was authentically Spanish and wonderful as always. The tents and outdoor heaters offered a great environment for those still reluctant to eat inside.

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JacquelineO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've long been a fan of SER, but our patio meal for NYE was probably the best I've had there so far. Exceptional service and fantastic food. Thank you, SER!!

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vipannpeter
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A most wonderful experience. Friendly and casual with excellent food, this is definitely repeatable!

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vipTomN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Disappointing this time. The food wasn't that good and there wasn't enough of it. And the prices were extraordinarily high!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the amazing experience we had, Food was outstanding and fabulous service.

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Sujtastic
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as usual! Javier and his team always treat you like family, and the wine is always flowing. What a great way to spend my birthday!

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vipMichaelA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is amazing! Everyone who works at SER is like family. The food is always outstanding! This is my go to restaurant in the DC Metro Area. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time having Luis as our server and he never falls short to make sure we have an outstanding experience. Food was delicious and he gave us the perfect wine recommendation. I love this place

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vipItalianred
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally authentic and consistently great.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ser never disappoints, wonderful service and delicious food as always.

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laulaumarie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER was so accommodating and helpful to our friends' holiday gathering outside on their heated patio. The wine and food were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the tasting menu and it was fantastic. The wine pairing was a great deal too—very heavy handed pours 😉. We are definitely going back.

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AlyssaL
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a business lunch here with a few co-workers and it was great! We felt safe with outdoor seating (heated). Service was great and so was the sangria!

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JonR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic Spanish cuisine, friendly attentive service!

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HannahB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my team here for our company's Christmas party and it was absolutely wonderful! Staff is so helpful and our waiter was the best! Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute decision to go to dinner with friend and our kids. The kids menu was perfect for them and we enjoyed several small plates. Everything was excellent! Looking forward to dining at SER again!!

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Arlmar
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for lunch and it was quiet and we were well taken care of by delightful staff. I love their Sangria with the frozen fruit cube which nicely enhanced a great tuna salad sandwich! I 'd go back right now if I could!

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vipLiveToEat
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was one of the best meals I've had since the pandemic began. The food was delicious and the portions were not stingy. I ordered the octopus (pulpo a la gallega) which turned out to be one of the best preparations of octopus I've ever had. The tender meat and the cubed potatoes were very attractively presented in a light paprika sauce. My lunch partner and I also shared a Serranito, a sandwich in a baguette smeared with jalapeno mayo and filled with grilled pork slices and shishito peppers. I think I could have ordered the whole sandwich for myself!

The prices are in line with the quality of the food. In fact, I have paid more for lesser quality elsewhere. Those who are reading this review should really pay this restaurant a visit. The service was somewhat slower than expected. But I recognize that there is a tremendous labor shortage in the restaurant industry right now. So I don't hold that against the management. It would be a terrible shame if the restaurant closed because it did not have enough business. (No, I have no financial relationship with this restaurant but am a firm believer in promoting restaurants that provide creative, flavorful food at a reasonable price.)

Btw, I live in Maryland and the trip to SER (Arlington, VA) was so worth it. I had visited the restaurant before the pandemic but this time the food was really worth writing about!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Sadly, I won’t be coming back to this place. The food and ambiance is great, but I have found the service at the table very rude. My last visit made me realize my money shouldn’t be invested in this place, specially the handsome tips that our party provided. While I acknowledge we were past the closing time, my party didn’t realize such. The servers just removed all glasses and last items from the table in a very unfriendly manner without any comments rather than letting us know it was time to close. I understand everyone is tired and wants to go home, but with a simple friendly comment we would have left immediately.

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vipBobBurgess
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had a lamb steak that was thin, dry and tasteless. Lesson learned

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RobertR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, careful service, very well prepared foods, great cocktails and wine list. Pretty good value overall. Nice to see a large menu again! If all Spanish restaurants were this good, we would see many more of them. Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a birthday and we had reserved the outdoor seating. It was very cold and they quickly accommodated us inside. Great bread, sangria, brunch. Will be back!

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vipAlyceM
Memphis/West TN
53 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d come to spend time with our son and his wife before they move. Our server, Christian, was attentive and helpful with my husbands food allergy. We all shared about eight plates and all were yummy!

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msa123
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The service was very good. I appreciate the server's knowledge and friendliness. The food was lacking. I got the special, which was trout, but it was only so-so and it sat on a roasted red pepper whose taste was strong it overwhelmed the trout.

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vipNomoresmallplates
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience. Very sexy place…great for a date of to just feel like you’re in Europe for the evening. Food was delicious, as it always is, service impeccable, ambiance perfection. Easy to park, great experience overall.

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MichelleS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Haven’t been here for awhile. Service, drinks, ambiance were great. Food was poor. The paella was terrible.

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b2beil
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal, excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
302 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The definition of a neighborhood gem. Excellent food from Chef David and service/wine choices from Dimitri. Always a friendly smile and tasty dishes.

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vipCGArl
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Before six on a Tuesday the dining room was quiet and diners were well spaced out, which was great since our attempt at the (lovely, covered & heated) patio was thwarted by an unusually cold evening. Staff were accommodating of our indecisiveness, and ultimately settled us at a table with plenty of space around it. Food was delicious (zucchini fritters in particular) and the service thoughtful. Dining room had begun to fill as we were leaving ~7, but not uncomfortably crowded.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service and amazing food, thank you for an amazing evening, we will be back soon.

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vipMing
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for lunch. Outdoors. Nice venue. Canopy-covered. Heaters if needed but not needed that day. Lunch specials were good. I had the serrano ham and manchego cheese sandwich. They give you a basket of freshly baked bread. I had a coke and it was nicely carbonated - many places the soda is flat. Highly recommend. Service is friendly and efficient.

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dawnmcg
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful restaurant for celebrating a dear friend's birthday! The paella was amazing, and all of the tapas and other small dishes were equally delicious. Several of us tried the wine flight, and that was a lovely surprise with generous pours and written descriptions of the wines.
All in all, a great evening and I know at least one of us will be back!

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BillW
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really appreciated the variety of offerings and the service was great!

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 4.6 stars by 1655 OpenTable diners.

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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