SER

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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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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food. The four of us asked our server to bring a selection of her favorite appetizers (we selected a couple that we didn’t want to miss). Our only instructions were to bring enough so if we added a paella for three (there were four of us) we’d be satisfied. Our server picked wonderful items. For dessert we shared the Arroz con Leche.

The red sangria is excellent too.

One of our favorite restaurants.

NP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic! The service is awesome! I always feel like I'm visiting friends!! DJ nights are the best!!!

DE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

All though the interior does not have much of a Spanish vibe the food does. Definitely has some great suckling pig and paella. A nice selection of Spanish Wines a region often overlooked at other restaurants.

CG
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff took very good care of us for a special occasion dinner (including a couple flutes of cava to toast on the house!). The stuffed trout special was outstanding - one of the best fish entrees I’ve had in recent memory. Cocktails were very good, with some unique touches. This was a noticeable step up from our previous experience here which was nice but not memorable, and didn’t really live up to expectations. This time our expectations were exceeded!

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot for authentic spanish food.
Never disappoints.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! I loved the food, and the service was fantastic.

DD
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly welcoming service by all staff members. Delicious food. Tableside hand-sliced premium Negra ham. Refreshing chilled Gazpacho for a warm evening. Excellent iced Oysters on the half shell. Cheeses very good with jams. Colorful tasty grilled vegetables. Delicious octopus with potato.

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal of 2019 so far. Thanks SER!

NN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

White sangria - absolutely the BEST. The suckling pig is superb. Two companions had the short ribs and noted the meat was tender and rich. Brussels sprouts were good, but average. Menu tilts toward seafood. Table service was on the slower side and semi-friendly. Ambience is pleasant with big windows and decent space between tables. The whole experience had a European type of feel to it. I would go back with pleasure.

D
New York Area
317 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive and friendly. The menu had a lot of options but we opted for the day’s specials of fried red snapper which was delicious. The presentation was amazing with the whole fish curved on the platter. The meat of the fish was in chunks, fried and very crispy outside and fish moist inside. Serve with potatoes cubed. The beef tartar was very tasty. The 1/2 dozen oysters very fresh, however the shrimp which came with it were very mushy...the only disappointment. The cappuccino was robust and the chocolate soufflé delicious.

AA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is great

WD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

So I've liked SER in the past, but tonight there were several plates that were under cooked and just not flavorful. For the amount we paid, I expect the food to be cooked and have some seasoning. Service was great. But for a nice night I think I'll try another spot.

MM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

wow, what a great surprise! Foodies will love the adventure; non-foodies may be a little put off by goat's and sheep's milk, and squid qith squid ink, but traveler enjoy! There are so many good choices you will find with a little patient review, like the duck, the patata, the shrimp, and the vegetarian plates. And their sangria! Not only great, but great in presentation! Seek out Walter as your waiter, too! Love this find! Enjoy your evening!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Our waitress unfortunately was not very good. The reservation had that it was our anniversary so I’m not sure why they paired us with her. She was curt, forgot about us many times through our the meal, never explained the specials, and generally did not do a great job.

PJ
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meat and cheese with bread appetizer was very tasteful with applesauce accompanying the blue cheese. We had fish cooked in a salt shell that was very tender and moist.

ND
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A neighborhood gem - love this place. My husband and I have been coming a few times a year since it opened in 2015 and we always enjoy our meals and the atmosphere.

N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would definitely go again. Food was delicious. And they make a fabulous old fashioned cocktail.
I’d go back for that alone.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Have been several times and enjoyed SER, but this Sunday evening visit stands out for the poor/distracted service and the $450 (+tip) for 3 people to share tapas and wine.

PH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great winter selection, wonderful food. Always a great staff.

KM
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try out a new tapas restaurant and it did not disappoint! The service, food and drinks were stellar.
Our boys were super happy too, as they brought out their corn hole game for them to play. :)

OT
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good vibe with excellent wine list and outstanding food. Enjoyed a bunch of small plates including the octopus and peppers. Outstanding, including service.

TL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SER is consistently excellent. I’ve been a fan since they opened and have never been disappointed!

LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This was our second visit to SER. The first one was dinner and everything was wonderful. Our recent visit was for lunch on a Saturday...we were the only patrons. The hostess was also our waitress, which was fine, except she was dressed for lounging around the house, made no effort to explain anything, and in general seemed couldn't care less. The food was very so-so and I had ordered Wagyu steak, so it should have been worth the $38. The salad on my partner's plate was a mish mash that seemed thrown together. I wonder if this restaurant will make it...the difference from one visit to the other was startling. We will not go again.

J
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great meal here! Our waitress was a little difficult to understand at times, but we thought it was just due to other tables nearby being a little loud - obviously they were having a great time ;) This place has a bit of a theatre/show feel to it as meats are carved right at your table. Really amazing quality, overall. And, not bad pricing. Would definitely recommend!

s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed the cheese platter, wine and baby squid plate. The night overall seemed off from what I'm used to at SER. I hope it was an anomaly because we LOVE going there, love having it in the neighborhood.

FT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Prices seemed to have gone up and quality down
$9’for four slices of cheese which was not to
My liking like other times
Oysters good but at $3 each not a value by no means
and paella at $30 each
Shrimp dish tasteless
Staff afraid to talk to us
Not sure I am returning anytime soon

By the way the place was empty

AS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten there many times and always glad we returned.

DL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my wife and my parents, who have very particular dietary restrictions. The waitstaff were amazingly accommodating, and we all enjoyed our appetizers and entrees, especially the salt-crusted dorado and a grilled turbot. The tableside-mashed potatoes were another highlight. Given all that we ordered, we were pleasantly surprised with the value we got from the meal. My wife and I will definitely be back in the near future.

H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tapas, attentive service. Will come back to enjoy every dish.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice place, excellent wines!

We really enjoyed ourselves 😀

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and we always have great experiences. The special fish was a 10

OT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week menu and service. Awesome wines

RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

LP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
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
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

k
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

RE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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
28 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.

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