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SER, Arlington, VA

SER

4.8
4.8
2139 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 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Traditional Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 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

What 2,139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

2,139 Reviews
  1. xxxx

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Especially Loved the bread, shishitos and Brussels sprouts

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  2. PamelaI

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Arlington spot. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here and SER was Incredible! The food, the flavors, the theme/decor. Very well done. We’re definitely coming back. Our server was very knowledgeable and deserves a raise. No joke.

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  4. KenH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to SER. The server was great. He gave great recommendations for drinks, appetizers, and main course. We ended up with the seared scallop and cod fritter appetizers and seafood paella for the table. All the food was outstanding. We look forward to coming again.

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  5. DinnerOutDC

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pulled pork sandwich was unique and delicious. Service was, as usual, just right. A great place for lunch or dinner, and particularly a place to take someone who has not been before.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn’t been back to SER since Covid and were delighted that it’s service, food and ambiance were even more exceptional than ever. We can walk to this lovely restaurant and will definitely become regulars.

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  7. VitalieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and exceptional service! I was very impressed with the experience I have! Thank you!

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  8. tl77

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While a little away from the heart of DC, it's a short ride to some really terrific food.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch at SER was a five-star experience. The Paella had a lot of seafood and flavor. Delightful churros and wines too.

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  10. greywolf

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Excellent value for the food and service from the wait staff.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are fans of tapas and decided to give SER a try for the first time. Upon entering the restaurant, we were promptly greeted by Christian who assisted us to our table and also was our server. Let me just say Christian was AWESOME! He gave us one of the best customer service experiences at a restaurant that we have had in a while and we go out to eat a lot. We ordered 5 tapas and a entree. The tapas were fried squid, fried cod, shrimp, anchovies and potatoes. They were all great, however the squid could have used some seasoning. The entree was the braised beef which was delicious. We would definitely come back to SER and Christian was awesome!

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  12. Khonor

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious and fabulous experience. It is a special place to celebrate friends and family.

    SERResponded on November 11, 2023

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Our team takes great pride in providing exceptional service and creating delicious meals, and it's always heartwarming to know that our efforts have made your visit memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back to our restaurant in the future. Your continued support means the world to us. Once again, thank you for choosing to dine with us. We can't wait to serve you again soon! Warm regards, SER Team

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  13. bhwiii

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is, consistently, the best restaurant in Ballston if not all of Arlington. It's a beautiful, creative menu. The staff is superb. The experience is perfect.

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  14. VeraC

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again everything was perfect. Food presentation and flavor was great. Our waiter, Christian was attentive and helpful and had great suggestions. Wine selection is good-we has an Albariño and the paella was amazing. We celebrated my moms 91st birthday and they brought out flan with a sparkler for her. Great evening!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at SER. Thanks to the awesome staff for quickly accommodating a larger party for lunch!

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  16. RobbieW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seafood paella was excellent, as good as any in Spain and the duck breast was delicious with a nice dressing on the salad and very good mushroom risotto. Our server was very attentive but not overly so and his recommendations were spot on. I appreciated being to taste the wine before I committed to a glass of it. We could also hear each other talk in normal voices, a rarity in the Washington area these days. We will be back.

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  17. 5056green

    Shreveport

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Hard to hear dinner companions due to extremely LOUD nearby table.

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  18. EdEd

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    SER was amazing. The food was tastey and satisfying. We ate outside so there was a lot of street noise, dogs, and the lighting was poor but everything else was perfect. The staff was skillful, friendly, and attentive.

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  19. EdwardM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A very pleasant atmosphere that transports you from an office building in suburban Washington DC to a taberna in a mid-sized city in Spain. Not as vibrant as a night out in Barcelona or Madrid, but fun nonetheless. The food is solid and fairly priced, but it does not reach the level of quality or presentation of Jaleo. The service was superb. If you're in the Arlington area and crave to escape to a much more enchanting environ, SER is worth the trip.

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  20. Italianone

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor seating is wonderful! The Paella is fantastic (we got the seafood) and the Gamba's are exceptional with crusty bread to enjoy the garlicky butter sauce. I'm a BIG fan, will be back again. Service was exceptional as well. Perfect night.

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  21. ThomasH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly staff made our special evening memorable.

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  22. AlisonR

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fabulous restaurant from the waiter to the outstanding drinks and then there was the food! We ordered tapas to share and it was perfect. The infused after dinner drinks are memorable!!!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Super service! We are repeat customers and always leave smiling!

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  24. JoeFromMO

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SER has been SO consistent over the last few years, for both food and service. They are excellent for both. Our favorite place to eat in the Ballston area!

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  25. mcwdc

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Portion size small, multiple issues with service (overcharged, wrong items brought out). Flavorful but just not enough for the price.

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  26. arlingtondiner2022

    Washington DC

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch to try the Restaurant Week. We left very happy, service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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  27. Handsgirl

    Greater Boston

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good and Walter our server was great too! Will definitely return again.

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  28. Foodie4Life

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We visited SER tonight with a friend. The only seating was outdoors, and it was kind of cold. The reason for the outdoor seating was because they were having a private event indoors. When the weather turned from chilly to cold and wet, the servers came out and ushered us to a place at the bar so that we could dine in warmth and comfort without disrupting the event. The drinks were great. The food was great and the service was just what we would've wished for. Thank you SER for providing a great experience for us and our friend!

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  29. BLondon

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Meal was fine and service was good but we had noted when making our reservation that it was our anniversary and there was no acknowledgment of that. Why ask if it has no impact? We were also seated between large parties with lots of children who were loud - not the ambiance we were looking for on our anniversary! There are better patatas bravas to be found and the food is a drop pricey, but portion sizes are adequate.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is great but for entrees the portion size is a bit small. Does not seem to be a difference between entrees and other small plates.

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  31. arlingtondiner2022

    Washington DC

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SER restaurant is a culinary gem that deserves all the accolades it receives. It’s a place where food becomes art, where service becomes an art form, and where diners become delighted patrons. If you’re looking for an unforgettable dining experience in every sense of the word, SER restaurant is the place to be. Our party of 8 left with full hearts and full stomachs, already planning our next visit to savor the exquisite flavors and hospitality once more. Thank you for the outstanding service and hospitality.

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  32. JasonM

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For Spanish tapas, SER is one of the best in the DMV. The sangria is so delicious and my wife raves about the octopus. The bread and tomato and the lightly fried eggplant are among my favorites. I’d highly recommend SER.

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  33. sachris

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was attentive and quick at this vibrant Spanish restaurant. Food is pricey. Some dishes - like the Crudo de Atún - were worth every penny. Others - like the Tortilla de Patatas - were only ok. We enjoyed ourselves and ate well, but for the price, you can eat better elsewhere.

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  34. FTTVienna

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the Sangria to the churros and coffee ………………everything was great!

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  35. ElizabethO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Quiet night, great food and service! We enjoyed everything

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  36. MARIANNEA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening with good food and wine. SER is not a quiet dining experience if you are looking for low noise level.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive to details and customer service were spot on! Five stars treatment!

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  38. VeraC

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Great wine list -we enjoyed the Albariño to the extent of 5 bottles for our group and also did the special fish of the day which was fresh and tasty. The appetizers-ibérico ham and calamari were terrific and of course dessert of flan was the perfect top off

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  39. Yankeehoya

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    2nd visit was as good as the first. The Calamari and octopus appetizers were particularly good. Mar de Vinas might be the best Alberino (white wine) I have ever tasted. Good Service The only negative was that it was quite noisy. I'd ask for a table in a corner.

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  40. BP722

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Highlights were the wine, the chocolate souffle, the heirloom tomato salad, and the service. The paella and shrimp were both unfortunately unenjoyably overcooked.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from SER using the Order Online button. SER also offers 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 4.8 stars by 2139 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 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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