SER

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$30 and under
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.4
Ambience
4.1
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BP
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible and authentic food, charming decor, and outstanding service. I love everything about this place!!! Order the Jamon!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

I made reservations for seats at the bar. It was full. Host told me she has nothing to do with that and not her problem that was the managers issue.... Really? Bartender did a great job getting me a tall table. Host was terrible .... Food was excellent. I think it was a problem with this useless host.

J
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go to SER often. On this last visit we tried sea bream roasted under a pile of hot salt. It was delicious and not salty at all. It came with roasted vegetables and their excellent bread. We paired it with a bottle of Spanish Albariño.

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved it!!

JR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was mediocre. Had to stand up and start putting on our coats to get a check. Definitely not top 100 in DC IMO

c
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional as usual
The greeting from the lovely hostess is warm and inviting. The general manager Dimitri is absolutely sensational it keeps me coming back in additional to the delicious cuisine. Thank you SER FOR 5 STAR EXPERIENCES!

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The wine list of Spanish wines is very good with a nice range of options. The chocolate soufflé was excellent. We had tapas that were good but expensive.

MD
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We were there right at the lunch/dinner transition. Dishes were delicious, but it seemed servers were busy with other duties so service was not very good. The main server did not know what we had ordered and wanted to bring our check before the main course. The main entree was underwhelming for the price (pork rib dish). I think the better value for this suburban restaurant is its happy hour, otherwise not sure its worth crossing the river for what one can already find in DC.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was very good but our waiter essentially disappeared for a while... Will probably go back

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place!!

F
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our lunch was wonderful, as usual. The most delicious seafood paella. And the staff is just the best. We love SER.

R
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The cooking at SER is refreshing, creative, and unpretentious -- a rare como. The service is excellent.
I have eaten there before and will definitely return.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is one of our favorite go to places in North Arlington for great Spanish Mediterranean dining. We're never disappointed.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall happy with my experience. Loved the ambiance. Only issue was my Grilled Squid dish. I expected a more flavorful dish, kinda bland. I'm not giving up yet though, I plan to go back to try the roasted pig.

LJ
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was delicious. My son who had studied in Spain was particularly happy. Food and Alhambra beer brought back fond memories. We ordered the octopus and tuna tartare appetizers. Outstanding! Tried the suckling pig. The guys loved it. Bit rich for the two ladies. Could have used more vegetables. We thought the $200 price for the pig was a bit high, but great evening. We would go back!

R
Singapore
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service and food were great as always. Management is very friendly and greets us whenever we come. Very authentic Spanish food!!

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made a meal of tapas. All were excellent, especially shrimp, sea bass, mussels, eggplant and peppers. Good wine by the glass. Great service!

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Seated promptly. Tried tasting menu - food very good. Service spotty - waited over 30 minutes between second and third courses. Nice ambience and "vibe". Overall, would recommend and go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food it was so delicious

AV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience3

Valentines Day was BAD. We waited more than an hour past our reservation time to get seated. The server wasn't very attentive and I ran out of drink very often as well as everyone in our section. BUT I understand it was a holiday night and probably one of their busiest nights of the year... I just wish they had made the right balance of reservations and staff/space. The food was VERY GOOD so we will be back... just not for dinner or big occasions.

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Went for Valentine’s Day. It was packed wall to wall, but service and food was still really great. I would definitely recommend

I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We went for Friday night, Valentine's Day dinner. I booked the table and once arrived we didn't have to wait long to be seated. Server was helpful and friendly. We ordered seafood stew and duck with rice. Both dishes were very tasty. We also ordered 2 tapas, but one of them (with anchovies) arrived without the main ingredient (anchovies) and we had to ask server twice before she took it back to kitchen to "redo" the tapas. Overall was fine, though a bit pricey ($12 per tapas, $28 per dish).

TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved the rabbit. It was tender and well seasoned. The foie gras was ok (I’ve had better) but it was still tasty. The tables are small which is great for intimate dining but it makes it difficult to fit the serving plate on the table but that’s a minor detail that didn’t bother us.

OT
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still our favorite neighborhood place. Excellent, friendly service and outstanding food. Wine list is also excellent and reasonably priced.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My team and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at SER. It felt like a special meal. We will definitely be back to try out other dishes.

OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great date before Valentines. Loved the Sherry cart and the Iberian pork shoulder. Amazing service

E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was spectacular. Some of the dishes reminded of being in spain. Will go back

AJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was delicious, service was okay and there was definitely room for improvement.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unique and delicious choices. Service was great!

O
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great night, the place was packed.Service and the food was amazing, we will definitely return.
Thank you for the amazing night.

CV
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Everything was very nice.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent diner with friends. Very good service and better food. A hidden gem on the other side of the river!

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic Spanish cuisine and great Sherry’s selection.
I feel In Andalusia

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely terrific. New happy hour and cocktails are great!

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Busy Saturday, lovely atmosphere. Group of four, We shared the rabbit and paella. Top service. Great experience overall!

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Service was perfectly fine but not very friendly. Seemed like none of the staff were smiling or happy. No one was rude at all, just perfunctory. Loved the food and wine. Will definitely be back.

L
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Started out with them running out of rabbit which the 3 in our party had decided to get. This was a Saturday night at 7 PM. Apps of croquettes and bread with tomatoes were very good. Our alternate entrees of seafood stew and duck breast were very good. Nothing outstanding though.

SH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved everything about the evening.

SB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

Went for our anniversary because we enjoy Spanish cuisine and had never been. Parking in the garage under the restaurant was easy and abundant. It was a Friday evening, so the bar crowd was loud and the voices carried across the restaurant. Charcuterie plate to open was good and a good value at $25 for the sampler. Our server was bright attentive, and not at a loss for good answers when asked questions. My wife had the pork shoulder, which had nice flavor. i had the seafood casserole, which was not truly a casserole. Shellfish, shrimp and fish in a bowl with some saffron-lobster broth at the bottom. No seasoning to speak of, and the broth did not speak to me of either named ingredient. Ultimately, we felt we could have gotten similar dishes at any number of places, as nothing about the flavors screamed "Spanish cuisine" to us. The desserts were very tasty - churros for me and an almond cake with cream for my wife. In the end, it was OK, but nothing to write home about.

OT
Washington DC
35 reviews