SER

4.6
1544 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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LeslieH
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to spend Happy Hour! Spanish wines that are so good and food to match-especially the calamari. Service is extraordinary. Plenty of outdoor seating. Great value for all that comes with the experience. 5 stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is great! Service is amazing and fantastic. Our waiter was very attentive

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RobertP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Paella, wine selection was nice, outdoor seating was a plus, and we enjoyed the chocolate soufflé.

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EarlyBird
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A party of four, we arrived early on a Saturday evening, having booked outdoor seating. The only truly exceptional aspect of our evening was our server, Michael, who greeted us enthusiastically and immediately fixed our tippy tables. He never missed a cue or failed to appear when needed. He was very knowledgeable about both food & beverages. What a pro! Alas, the experience was not enhanced by having to find the garage ramp & walk down to it to get back to our cars. Appreciate the parking validation, but the locked elevator lobby is a bigger issue.

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Historyteacher
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A very good place to eat when you are missing Spain. The ample menu provides choices from all over the Spanish provinces. Everything from the tapas plates to the entrees are reflective of Spanish cuisine. The wine list is quite good with lots of good Spanish options. I and my small party were quite pleased with everything we ordered from tapas to entrees to dessert and wine. Their cortado coffee (similar to espresso) was particularly tasty and creamy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent. The food was way over priced for what it was. We got the meat paella which was $60 and was basically a mound of rice and vegetables with a few small chicken wings spread sparsely throughout. Everything else met expectations (croquettes, Brussels sprouts, drinks, desserts), but the “meat” paella was very disappointing.

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Maria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the variety of cuisine and delicious quality.
Our server was attentive and efficient.

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ChristiK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a Spanish person, I can vouch that the food was authentic and tasty. We had a variety of tapas to share, including papas bravas, cazón en adobo, puntillitas, croquetas, pimientos fritos, caña de lomo, and sangria. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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DBHello
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six of all at table. Wonderful food. Relaxed atmosphere and terrific service.

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KerrBox
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Great food but not great service no bread or water refills at all very little clearing of the table crazy loud at the bar

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HayleyR
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment our server was very attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Paella came out uncooked

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NicholasR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter Rico (I think) was just right combo of attentive, polite, quick. Food was fine but he made the day for us. Outside on the street level it's a little noisy but what the heck this is the pandemic.

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vipStar13
Dublin
27 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Walking distance from our place. Very noisy outside with street traffic

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LowryV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 of us shared the tasting menu with wine pairings. Every course was delicious and our waiter was engaging and knowledgeable. Great night!

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DCWJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve lived near ser but had never tried it. Just a delightful evening and a treat to eat outside. Excellent service. Really like the tapas. Lotsa goat cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was a perfect portion and delicious.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was good, had the croquettes which were quite tasty. The drinks were also pretty good, had the Wexler’s secret which was tasty, however I just expecting a little more kick from the Jalapeño salt and the sangria was good, I really liked the fruit frozen into the ice cube. I would come back and try more.

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nakis
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food very good service.
We were sitting outside virtually on the sidewalk. Tragic sound was as expected for midweek.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sat outside due to COVID. Felt very safe. Street noise the only down side. Grilled veggies not grilled enough. Very pleasant waiter!

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BillyL
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a surprise b-day party here for my wife & it was great! Their timing with everything including when they brought out the cake was perfect. Amazing food & service.

JB
vipJoeB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional! SER delivers one of the best dining experiences in the DMV!

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vipLSBVA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t say enough good things about SER! They have a great outdoor area set up with tents and the tables are nicely distanced from each other. They also have a lovely indoor dining room (of course). The food and service were excellent and we had a wonderful time. We loved starting with the chorizo, manchego and Pan Catalana. For main dishes we tried the Wagyu beef special and grilled squid - both were delicious. For dessert, don’t miss the chocolate soufflé with espresso gelato (yum) or the flan. Our waiter, Christian, was very friendly and helpful and made us feel like VIP guests. We will be back soon. Thank you!

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KissMeCate
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

There are literally zero vegan/vegetarian options except tomato on bread and one side of veggies, so unfortunately if you need this, go elsewhere. The rockfish catch of the day was dry without the dairy sauce so if you want dairy free, be advised, there are no dairy free sauce options -- I asked. The smoked octopus and potato appetizer was delicious! The red sangria was superb. The service (thanks, Stacy!) was cheerful and attentive but not annoying. Extensive, covered outdoor seating area was welcome during covid. If you are a meat eater, this could be your jam. Tons of pork options -- even a whole pig or a table to share. Lots of seafood, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with delicious food and amazing service. One of my favorites.

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Jula
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large party of 10 people and SER had something for everyone. We can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at SER happy hour! They had a wide variety of good drinks ($8 each) & tapas ($8) which made splitting the bill among friends very easy! The tapas were delicious as well. Would definitely come back.

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vipmargog
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside which was large and nicely covered - great since it rained three times during our dinner! We have been here several times, and the food keeps getting better and better. We were told they have a new head chef from Spain, and there are some new, very Spanish authentic and very tasty items on the menu. Server was prompt, knowledgeable and very attentive.

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vipdkfcleve
Cleveland
62 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Varied menu. Lobster was fine, duck was somewhat overcooked; but risotto, excellent. Service was superb.

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vipBigFan
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our group of six dined outside on their very well covered patio. Everyone s meal was exceptional. The white sangria was a hit with fruit frozen in the ice cube. At 5 pm the traffic noise on Glebe was a little loud but not bad. Service was above average. Since they were busy service appeared a little delayed. Everyone wants to return and try the suckling pig for sharing.

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DCJC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night for tapas! We visit Ser quite often and have never been disappointed. The wine list and tapa selection is absolutely perfect for a fun evening with friends.

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vipmarkt
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We went to an early dinner at SER for restaurant week. We ate outside and the dining area under the tent is very nice, but unfortunately, the noise from Glebe Road and leafblowers across the street was quite noisy. The RW menu was very limited and while the food was fine, portions were small and we expected to be wowed given SER’s fine reputation. Maybe we should’ve ordered off of the full menu but that’s not the point of RW.

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DontgotoSER
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service wait was unacceptable. Mostly because of lack of transparency, accountability and empathy. Not good. Food was decent. Chocolate flan was really decent.

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OutdoorDiningFor2
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I've dined at SER many times for dinner, but this was my first time trying brunch. Service was slow for main dish to come out, my drink order were wrong, and the bread basket napkin was dirty with old food. Maybe they were short staffed, but I think I'll stick to dinner if I go again in the future.

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Nomad
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first visit. The paella was outstanding. Likewise the attentive service by our waiter. We ate outside, which was a bit lacking in ambience but still pleasant. The sole sour note was the chocolate soufflé, which unfortunately was quite dry. The expresso gelato that accompanied it was delicious (but didn’t help the soufflé’s dryness). Still, it was a great dinner overall and we look forward to returning.

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vipLaura
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very delicious, but we were disappointed to discover that the smoked scallops were not available. Also, we sat outside after being seated inside due to the horrible loud clamor of peoples voices inside. Soundproofing needs to be improved.

JB
vipJBarr
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibes, wonderful food and outstanding service.

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SallyD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Realized it was restaurant week and loved the 3-course menu with wine pairings! A lovely dining experience!

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Lukekk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was all great except the Paella needs some work, the seafood in it was very overcooked.

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 1544 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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