SER

4.6
1469 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, and very friendly staff

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Claudia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening at SER thanks to Luis and Sergio. The food was delicious and the wine selections even better. Best Spanish cuisine & wine selection in northern Virginia!

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vipMariaR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent experience as usual!

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Malaikam
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food2service3ambience4

Food had sand in it and the paella was burnt. I wasn’t impressed.

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vipNajouta
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Arlington, great for big groups and celebrations as well as intimate dinner. Last night we enjoyed the outdoor seating under the marquee.

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AndreaJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for accommodating our large group! Patio was very comfortable. Great service for a special occasion. Delicious food and paella was worth the wait!! Thanks so much ~

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BrianP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I want for a date night. Casual vibrant atmosphere, with delicious dishes. I had the gazpacho (evening special), the Costillas Asada ( beef short ribs), and the Churros con Chocolate. My wife had the gambas (shrimp, from the tapas menu), the Magret de Pato (duck), and the Goxua (almond sponge cake with custard). Recommend on all. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful. They provided excellent Sherry recommendations. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the food provided. Portions were perfect--we left sated but not overly full. We will definitely go back.

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CelesteK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The service was good and the food was mostly good but not great. I would go back to try some other dishes. The paella was very oily and not the way I grew up eating paella but that might not be all bad. Dessert was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic first visit. Tasting menu and wine pairing was amazing. Can’t wait to go back and try more from the great menu of offerings.

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vipBeth
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was truly excellent, as were the drinks. We especially loved the sangria ice cubes filled with fruit. Very nice!

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Zoola
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was average service below average. Not going to return

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vipRonArlingtonVA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is consistently good. I live in Arlington and it is my favorite restaurant. The chocolate souffle was a bit weak (usually has molten center but not last night); everything else was fabulous.

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vipTM17
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited SER on multiple occasions and consider this our favorite “go to” restaurant. While the food is always fantastic, it is the service that really takes this restaurant to the next level. Angel, our server is outstanding. He continually impresses us with his customer service engagement, attitude and pure desire to make our experience great. Thank you Angel, Dimytri and Javier for the continued excellence.

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RussK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the lobster app was great, drinks were fantastic. Nothing negative to say about our experience. Would definitely recommend to others and will return when we are back in the area.

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vipFoodie123
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gazpacho and especially the seafood paella was out of this world…so delicious. Our waiter was wonderful and we had a great time. Will definitely be returning soon.

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vipReecesJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and our waiter was amazing. He made excellent recommendations for wine pairings with food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is an absolute gem.
Brunch was fabulous. We shared a Seafood tower and other small plates. Mimosas were on special and it came with 3 different flavors.
Great vibe all around

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StewartR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had to wait about 15 minutes for our reserved table as the place was packed. Service was attentive and the food tasty. After watching what other diners had ordered, I think we might order other items next time. Sangria great, paella very good, their Spanish tomato and garlic topped bread yummy and the lamb shank good. We ate outside and a larger group made it quite loud. When they left the noise level was greatly reduced.

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vipgf4realnot4fad
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, cocktails, wine, and food! A great place for a date or get together with friends for a special occasion.

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DianeP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and delectable tapas are plentiful at SER. The Pulpo a la gallega was spectacular and brought my husband and I back to great memories of eating pulpo in Galicia. I would recommend SER to anyone who loves Spanish cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything. Wines are fantastic and reasonably priced. Our server was polite, attentive and made the experience even more special by offering us the famous house-infused brandy at the end.
Will be back soon

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Pomegranad
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious! A bit too noisy /bad acustics under the tents. That lamb & flan combo were exquisite!

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JoanG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The oysters were frozen or re-frozen after being fresh I’ve never had dry oysters ever, the shrimp was over cooked and paella was over cooked . Probably the worse Spanish tapas / paella place we’ve tried.

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Seren
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, fast service at lunchtime.when we told them we were in a hurry. Octopus (shrimp, mussels) cold tapas, bread & sangria excellent. Croquettes not so great. Spanish music added to lovely atmosphere.

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RayK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and wait staff, excellent food and beverages, great location and vibe.

CS
vipCharlesS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Indoor dining was quite comfortable, as patrons were safely distanced from one another. Our group enjoyed the tuna crudo and grilled octopus (very tender), the seafood paella, the duck entree and the chocolate souffle. Save yourself a trip into D.C. and check out this Spanish restaurant in North Arlington.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous birthday dinner here. Definitely come back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal at Ser! It was very reminiscent of the meals we had when traveling through Barcelona and Alicante in Spain. I actually thought the paella was better than the ones we had in Spain! Looking forward to our next trip back. Absolutely delicious.

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vipJKQNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice outdoor seating, sangria came with fruit filled ice cubes which was different!

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vipfoodandwine
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor summer evening. Red wine sangria perfect for a summer eve.Shrimp in olive oil w/ garlic is a classic, and is just fantastic at SER. Best dipping olive oil is the oil with garlic and peppers from that dish.
I'm always looking for vegetables at a tapas restaurant, and SER has a great range. A special tomato/cucumber salad, the roasted vegetables with goat cheese, shishito peppers. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was not as flavorful as had expected and as heard from recommenders. We ordered the croquetas and a few other dishes. In one of the croquetas there was a bone that I bit into. The gambas al ajillo was tasty especially dipping the bread into the oil.

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vipOdyssey
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to SER in quite some time. It was better than we remembered! Everything was great and the service was very attentive. It was nice to see a large crowd for dinner, too.

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Kevin
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was plentiful and filling. Sangria (red) and the dessert was amazing.

JS
vipJudyS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and wine, very good service. A little loud outside with Glebe Road traffic but still a very pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
The wine list can please any connoisseur.
We had a bottle of Targum and it matched perfectly with our small plates and the Wagyu special.
The patio is lovely too

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EvanN
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server was fantastic. He was clearly helping a ton tables but kept everything running smoothly.

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vipkathyr
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our first visit. Everything we had was delicious.

My husband had the grilled sardines with the roasted vegetables with pine nuts and caramelized goat cheese.
And an order of deep fried eggplant with honey yogurt sauce.

I chose the garlic cayenne shrimp with an order of crispy brussel sprouts with pepper cheese sauce. The menu offered a lot of choices to either have an individual plated meal or tapas.

We noted many other items we would like to sample; so we will be back.

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Lisa
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food is excellent! We’ve been there twice and both meals have been amazing. Service a bit inattentive this 2nd time but still warm and friendly. We go and will go again because of the food.

SM
SaraM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We decided to sit at the bar instead and it was fabulous! They took great care of us and we had a wonderful time! In particular Angel was a wonderful and friendly I highly recommend your enjoying the bar. Food was wonderful!

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 1469 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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