SER

4.6
1672 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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What 1672 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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JayNell
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love coming here when visiting the area because of the menu and excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

I came here for restaurant week 2022 but the restaurant said it was done last week even tho it says on the Website it’s still going on . Anyways I thought the food is overpriced. And not even that good. But the service is great

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LoriA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food! Worked great for a small business group with tapas shared!

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DavidS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Went to SER for Restaurant Week and the appetizer, main course, and dessert were all very good. Also, our waiter was very accommodating.

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KHSmith
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Fernando was superb. He knew what we wanted after hearing that was our first visit. The dishes were so delicious, especially seafood paella.
They also celebrated one of our friends' birthday with a special cake and cocktail drink.

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CatherineR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed trying out a new place for lunch during restaurant week. Food was good, not great. The add on wine pairing was not worth the extra $. Very chintzy... at the most 2 ounces in the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I tried SER during restaurant week and was not disappointed. The wine pairings with each course were superb. I can't wait to go back and try topas and shared meals from the main menu.

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MaryL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The restaurant week portions are smaller than normal. However, the food was delicious and ample when dessert is included.

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vipSydneyY
Sacramento
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exquisite flavors in each dish. A gem hidden away in Balston district of Arlington. Go eat wonderful food with superlative service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining was delightful, with very attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place continues to impress in every aspect of their business. My go to date night location.

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GeoffD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for restaurant week, and everything from the cocktails to the food and wine pairing to the service was excellent! The fried sardines were tremendous, the sherry negroni cocktail was delightful, the entrees were well-prepared, and the desserts were delicious!

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GracielaQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Dinner at SER was great. My husband and I ordered from the Winter Restaurant Week’s menu with the wine pairing and everything was delicious. The Mushroom Cream was tasty and the crispy jamón on top was the perfect touch to add more texture to the plate. The Grilled Hanger Steak with Peewee Potatoes as the second course was cooked to perfection, it was juicy and flavorful although I would have preferred a little more salt on the steak. For dessert I had the Churros with Chocolate Sauce. The chocolate sauce was amazing; rich and thick. The churros itself were great, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and not overwhelmingly sweet. We had an espresso after dinner was over and although it was good, it wasn’t really an espresso which was disappointing. It was a great experience nevertheless. Service was great too. Our waiter was very attentive. One of the gas heaters near our table was not working and he found another one to replace it with. He made sure we always had bread and water on the table which we really appreciate it.

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Kathy
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service and everything was fantastic. LOVED!!

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NOVAlocal
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good service, enjoyed the restaurant week lunch special. Steak, fish, and anchovies were great. Presentation and flavors were very good. Churros and manchego cheesecake were ok, fine for the special, but would not order regularly. Enjoy an extra small plate instead.

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Dinner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Ambiance is nice and they can accommodate large groups, but the food portions were small. Our main course was more like an appetizer portion.

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MarshaJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Terrific Restaurant Week lunch menu attracted us, and we were not disappointed.
When the dessert wine pairing was too sweet for my taste, they quickly swapped it out for a second tasting of the delectable tempranillo.

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LourdesM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Ser has always very good food and it is a good opportunity to be able to go there again in restaurant week. Of course, restaurant week is just like a tasting menu. We ordered the onion soup as an appetizer, we think it is excellent. For our entree, we had hanger steak. The portion was just enough although the side dish served was very small considering it is just potatoes. Pairing wine was served after I finished my entree. Churros were excellent as always. Overall it was well worth the money.

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vipLarryL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was really surprisingly delicious! We did not know what to expect, and we were really pleased. Service was terrific, food and drinks exceptional. We will return-

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends gathering to celebrate a 50th birthday. The ambience of fresh cut flowers on the tables, the level of service, and the amazing food - both taste and presentation - made for a spectacular evening.

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RocioS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

The seafood paella wasn't good at all; the rice was not good, very few ingredients and the seafood was not fresh. I couldn't eat the few mussels that were on the paella because they didn't taste good. The prices are high for the quantity and quality of food. I must say it was a very good restaurant a couple of years ago, but not anymore.

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AnibalR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time dining here and the food was amazing our server was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu . Definitely coming back

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vipDLB13
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome brunch! I love SER’s outdoor seating - tables are socially distanced and covered in case of bad weather.

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vipNicciwhee
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to SER for New Year’s Eve. What a fabulous night! We sat outside under the tents and had the very best service and amazing food. Stand out dishes were the Pulpo à la Galllega, Seafood and Vegetable Paella, Dorada à la Sal, table side mashed potatoes, and the wine! Such a wonderful time. The DJ was a nice way to dance in the New Year as well. Great restaurant for everyday dining and special occasions like this.

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vipRickster
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was authentically Spanish and wonderful as always. The tents and outdoor heaters offered a great environment for those still reluctant to eat inside.

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JacquelineO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've long been a fan of SER, but our patio meal for NYE was probably the best I've had there so far. Exceptional service and fantastic food. Thank you, SER!!

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vipannpeter
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A most wonderful experience. Friendly and casual with excellent food, this is definitely repeatable!

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vipTomN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Disappointing this time. The food wasn't that good and there wasn't enough of it. And the prices were extraordinarily high!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for the amazing experience we had, Food was outstanding and fabulous service.

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Sujtastic
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service as usual! Javier and his team always treat you like family, and the wine is always flowing. What a great way to spend my birthday!

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vipMichaelA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SER is amazing! Everyone who works at SER is like family. The food is always outstanding! This is my go to restaurant in the DC Metro Area. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time having Luis as our server and he never falls short to make sure we have an outstanding experience. Food was delicious and he gave us the perfect wine recommendation. I love this place

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vipItalianred
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Totally authentic and consistently great.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ser never disappoints, wonderful service and delicious food as always.

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laulaumarie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SER was so accommodating and helpful to our friends' holiday gathering outside on their heated patio. The wine and food were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the tasting menu and it was fantastic. The wine pairing was a great deal too—very heavy handed pours 😉. We are definitely going back.

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AlyssaL
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I had a business lunch here with a few co-workers and it was great! We felt safe with outdoor seating (heated). Service was great and so was the sangria!

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JonR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful authentic Spanish cuisine, friendly attentive service!

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HannahB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought my team here for our company's Christmas party and it was absolutely wonderful! Staff is so helpful and our waiter was the best! Thank you so much!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Last minute decision to go to dinner with friend and our kids. The kids menu was perfect for them and we enjoyed several small plates. Everything was excellent! Looking forward to dining at SER again!!

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 1672 OpenTable diners.

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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