SER

4.6
1586 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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vipxxxx
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is fantastic, as always. Highly recommended.

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Virginia
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good and service attentive, but the kitchen was slow.

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EatOut
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside in the tent. Not the restaurant's fault but traffic noise was quite bad. Otherwise the tent area is comfortable. We opted for the restaurant week menu and everything was fine but it wasn't really Spanish cuisine. Husband thought the chicken pate was too thin and soupy but tasted fine. Chimichurri flank steak was nice and cooked as ordered but almost no taste of chimichurri. Flan was lovely. We will return and order from the regular menu so as to sample the Spanish cuisine which is no doubt where they really shine.

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vipBest
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was bland and needed salt, too. Burger boring; veggies perfectly steamed but lacked any butter, oil, or spice; monkfish tough; chicken pate was plain, pureed chicken livers of baby food consistency. Bread excellent as was accompanying olive oil, though the container dribbled all over the table. Even the dessert was bland: "Spanish French toast" was a boring bread pudding lacking much needed flavor; cinnamon, lemon, orange, almond would have helped. Vanilla ice cream was good. Overworked servers were hustling as best they could. Outdoor patio seats aren't very comfortable; metal is cold; traffic is distracting.

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LisaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, atmosphere was great, and staff were friendly. Definitely a great place to eat!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was bland.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magical every time. One of my favorite places. Thank you!

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Kate
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, service a little slow but there were two big parties so understandable.

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vipSusanO
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Live trying all the different dishes. From appetizers to desserts everything was delicious.

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vipPatriciaD
Caribbean
47 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! Our server Walter took great care of us in our menu and wine selections as this was our first time dining here. Highlights were the cold cuts (Cana de Lomo and Jamon Pata Negra) and the cheeses (Mahon and Montenebro), Crudo de Atun (raw tuna app), Sardinas a la Plancha and the special grilled octopus with mixed greens, radishes and orange segments.

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RandyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Excellent drinks and wine selection.

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MelissaP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Michael, was excellent!! We had a table of seven outside, and it was a perfect birthday dinner with friends!

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Theatergoer
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, SER delivers. Kudos for its expansion over the sizeable sidewalk space using heavy duty tents, space heaters (when needed), and well-spaced tables. It's far enough from the road to hear one another. The 3 of us (one a foodie) ordered a variety of starters with fresh bread and quality olive oil. The ensaladilla rusa was a special delight. You can opt to stop with tapas as a meal. We went on to savor the smoked pork dinner and the ribs, both lip smacking. Leave room for dessert, which is not light if you choose the dark rich chocolate soufflé or Goxua (we justified the calories by walking home). SER is a wear-your-jeans or dress up place, concentrating on great food. Service was excellent and charming. A value for the bucks.

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Localyokel
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered lots of appetizers to share which was fun. The ribeye was also fun because of presentation and was delicious.

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vipET200
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good, next time I will try the paella.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great overall experience and the food was delicious. We ended up visiting on a night that may be a little bit busier than others so we noticed that our wait staff were quite busy attending to other customers as well as us (absolutely no fault to the wait staff - we know how difficult it can be on busy nights!). Our waitress was incredibly friendly and knew the menu very well. She made several excellent recommendations and we’re glad we took her input. We would definitely like to return sometime soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Searing outside under the tent was very noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business dinner, the sangria is fantastic!

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Jaco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great overall menu and impressive Spanish wine list. The meat and cheese platter to start was a great value. Ask about the catch and beef of the day. The swordfish and rainbow trout were cooked to perfection!

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vipDub1
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have eaten here a few times in the past, and have enjoyed it. But things seem to be off quite a bit in terms of execution. Our dishes were under seasoned (the bravas and the pan con tomate), overcooked (bruselas) or undercooked (pimientos), etc. Some things were just unappetizing (like the berenjenas). Suggest: work on execution! Because this was a good restaurant before, in my opinion!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, the food was delicious and the service was great, meat paella 🥘 was one of the best we had in a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal. Service was gracious. Great outdoor space

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food.

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vipSaraC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and great service. We sat outside so did have some traffic noise but it's awesome space! We had a really nice evening.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had fun tasting many tapas. A bit noisy, but good background music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I dined at SER for our anniversary. We dined from the raw bar, meats and cheeses and small plates. Drinks and wine were great. Just an overall wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Thrilled to see they’re doing good and always busy, because it’s one of the best restaurants in NoVA.
The red wine flight had a generous pour, and the Pulpo was amazing!

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vipMichael
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER was the perfect venue for our dinner out with 8 friends. Comfortable outdoor seating, great menu, and a very nice wine selection.

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LeslieH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
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 on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
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 on September 25, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
294 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great, friendly service with fantastic outdoor area. We enjoyed many small plates and a nice bottle of wine. The tuna, calamari and jamon were amazing.

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Historyteacher
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
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
3 reviews
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

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 1586 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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