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SER

4.6
4.6
1933 Reviews
$30 and under
Traditional 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 746-9822

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Please contact us for your catering needs

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at restaurant to book your private event

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    11th Street

  • Parking details

    We have underground parking directly below our building at 1110 N Glebe Road. Entrance on Glebe Road, not 11th Street.<br /><br />Parking is $2 with validation up to 3 hours in duration (M-F 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and after 5 p.m. and all day Sat. and Sun).

  • Public transit

    We're located on Glebe Road and 11th Street, right off Route 66 and are blocks away from the Ballston Metro station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sing Along Christmas Holiday

    $75.00 per person

    Dec 4, 2022 only
    Our annual holiday sing along tradition is back at SER! Join us on Sunday, December 4th from 5:30 in the evening to kick off the holiday season with festive live music on our piano and caroling with Martin Gallegos. Guests will enjoy a 3 course menu prepared by award winning Chef David Cardona exclusively for this event with a choice of One Bottle of Cava, Red, White Wine or Sangria to share with the table. We encourage you to bring the entire family as this event is kid friendly. Children will be able to order from our Children's Menu.
  • Brunch With Santa

    $65.00 per person

    Dec 11, 2022 only
    Santa Claus is visiting us from the North Pole on Sunday, December 11th from 12pm to 2pm for a special holiday brunch. Enjoy our tapas menu featuring some of our favorite holiday dishes, enjoy Mimosas, Bellini's and Bloody Marys while the kids say hello and take photos with Santa.

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What 1,933 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AD

    ArlingtonDiner22

    Washington DC

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time at Ser, outstanding service delicious food and a very notable wine list. Highly recommended.
  2. 5

    5056green

    Shreveport

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always great food!!!
  3. G

    Gina

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful lighting, music and ambiance. Food and service were excellent and delicious. Our party of 6 enjoyed tremendously.
  4. DG

    DollyG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu and wine pairing was awesome! And the paella was outstanding.
  5. JM

    JasonM

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal. The only and minor complaint is the menu could use a little more variety for folks who don’t eat pork and shellfish. But overall one of the best tapas restaurants in the DC area.
  6. HS

    HaydenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Fun place, with authentic Spanish food. We had the whole roasted rabbit. A little dry but the sauce was very good. Plenty of food for 2 people. A little pricey.
  7. AD

    ArlingtonDiner22

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our extended family had an exquisite meal at SER. The food, service, and ambience were excellent. Thanks to all the SER staff.
  8. DC

    DCNinj

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, as always. Having lived in Spain for three years, I find Ser’s tapas to be as close to those in Spain as anywhere in the area. And their Sangria and brunch mimosas/Bellinis are terrific.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was very disappointing, to be honest. The restaurant was very calm, the hostess leaded us to our seats, but no one came to assist us. We waited for approximately 10 minutes and nothing. Despite being curious about experiencing SER, we gave up and just left. I don’t recommend to my friends. J.
  10. KA

    KenA

    Columbus

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Brian was prompt, Professional and helpful. The white sangria was fantastic! The oysters were fresh and the offering of frozen gazpacho was very cool! They were out of the king prawns which was disappointing, however it was 930 on a Saturday night. The duck was cooked perfectly and the mushroom risotto accompanying it was fresh and creamy. My wife had the halibut feature, which we are not convinced was actually halibut. Halibut is white as snow, a thick portion & very flakey… what we received it appeared to actually be swordfish- very thin, not flakey, concentric muscle patterns, grayish in color. We heard same comments from tables next to us as well. Due to 35 years in Foodservice, 17 as Executive Chef… I have respect for the industry & have felt the pain…. So… the food was good- it was 10:00 at night…so we ate it. I would definitely return as they had cool items like roast sucking pig & rabbit on the menu that I would love to dive into. See you again in a few months!
  11. AD

    AncaD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food served in a cordial, authentic Mediterranean atmosphere.
  12. m

    margog

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SER gets better and better every time we go! Loved the octopus, short ribs,
  13. j

    jason

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    Last night was my first experience with SER, and I don't think I'll be going back. I was there with my wife and two friends for the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairing. The food was good, but didn't meet my expectations for a tasting menu. At other restaurants, each course in the tasting menu is presented with a little bit of ceremony - with the staff taking time to give a little detail about what's in the dish, what makes it special, and how the wine was chosen to complement it. And the wine and courses arrive together. SER did none of that. Courses were presented with indifference, with perhaps one word of what we were eating, "lentil soup", "octopus", "tuna". Wine arrived at seemingly random points in the evening, and it was impossible to know which glass was intended to be paired with which course.
  14. b

    brewsta

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always inventive and well-prepared. The service is professional and appropriately attentive.
  15. EH

    EricH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service!! Delicious short ribs!! Will be back for sure!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  17. SP

    SamP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the start to finish, everything we ordered took us back to Spain! Great for dates and anniversaries, staff are very attentive and friendly. A must visit spot for Spanish fare in the DMV area!
  18. AD

    ArlingtonDiner22

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was really impressed with the Brunch Menu, food was very delicious, and service was great as well.
  19. KE

    KEArion

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    I visited this restaurant for Arlington Restaurant Week. I thought the food was delicious, especially the flan! My only complaint is that the staff did not speak great English; there was confusion about who ordered what, what the difference was between medium and medium rare, etc.
  20. KS

    KevinS

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Really disappointed in the service at SER. I have been there several times, and it was always ok service. But this time it was just terrible. Kitchen slow. Waitress did not come by and check on us or our meals. Screwed up paying the check. Really quite a disaster. Hoping it was a just a bad night. Food is good, not great here. But there is not much good food in Ballston.
  21. CJ

    CindyJ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on Sunday for brunch and arrived at 11:30. The food and service were excellent and most of all it was not crowded.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, delicious food, wine list very notable. Highly recommend Ser Restaurant.
  23. AD

    ArlingtonDiner22

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was really impressed with their Restaurant Week Menu, it was outstanding, the wine pairing was great as well. Service was great
  24. A

    Ariel

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. All ingredients in my two vegetarian dishes were very fresh and seasoned to complement the vegetables, not overwhelm them. The carmelized goat cheese on the Escalivada con Queso was particularly flavorful and added to the lovely presentation. Bread was fresh and delicious and served with Spanish evoo. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive, even though it was a busy at the restaurant. Noise level was typical for restaurants these days, so to be expected. I would definitely return and recommend Ser to others interested in having or sampling Spanish food!
  25. RS

    RichardS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellant. The prices, however, are pretty high
  26. SF

    SuzanneF

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside for a quiet dinner and conversation; it was a lovely fall evening. We enjoyed our happy hour drinks and nibbles followed by a deliciously smooth cappuccino.
  27. AD

    ArlingtonDiner22

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Ser several times now, the food is always prepared with great care and service is always outstanding. They have an excellent wine selection and the cocktails are pretty solid.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely incredible. You can really tell how much thought went into each dish for the chef tasting and it was truly amazing across all courses
  29. AL

    ArlingtonLindsey

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food in Arlington. Highly recommend
  30. e

    ericb

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    There for special occasion & seated in the middle of the room while toddlers got the window. I paid extra for the lobster & they were sad excuses for lobster & rice. I’ll think twice before I roll out to a suburban strip mall.
  31. LZ

    LeviZink

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their food and my friends know good food. Three of us shared paella for the first time and it was great. We loved that our waiter let my friends taste two wines each by the glass to help them decide.
  32. IT

    IntendingToHelp

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Visiting actually found this resturant on OpenTable. The good was very good. The service was even better.
  33. NC

    NicholasC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very disappointing Paella. I've had better microwavable paella. Service was substandard for the high prices. Never again.
  34. AD

    ArlingtonDiner22

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place with delicious food, service outstanding.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, food and craft drinks
  36. F

    Fishman

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic spot - great food and great service. Good wine list also.
  37. RV

    RezaV

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Sardine appetizer and fish of day special were both old and fishy. Have tried sardines on 3 occasions and it always seems smelly. On my last 2 occasions the fish special was again under par!
  38. HG

    HectorG

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Many corporate events at same time
  39. JR

    JayyyR

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is impeccable. Service super. Minor issue with dessert but resolved quickly. Value for your money and flavor galore.
  40. EB

    EarlyBird

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    So, perhaps someone didn’t show up for work? Perhaps there were more walk-ins than on the usual Monday evening? All I can say is that the only waiter with the help of one busboy did a heroic job of trying to cope. But the result was pretty disappointing. The food, however, was up to their usual standard, which is not bad.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

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 1933 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for SER

1110 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Traditional Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have underground parking directly below our building at 1110 N Glebe Road. Entrance on Glebe Road, not 11th Street.<br /><br />Parking is $2 with validation up to 3 hours in duration (M-F 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and after 5 p.m. and all day Sat. and Sun).

  • Public transit

    We're located on Glebe Road and 11th Street, right off Route 66 and are blocks away from the Ballston Metro station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 746-9822

  • Catering

    Please contact us for your catering needs

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at restaurant to book your private event

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