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SER

4.7
4.7
1816 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

10:00 p.m.


Booked 43 times today

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

  • Neighbourhood

    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

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What 1,816 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jose

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The group was small, only five people gathered for a party and to wish our good friend a happy retirement. SER greeted us and sat us down to a sumptuous paella and many many bottles of wine. For about two and a half hours we enjoyed lunch and comraderie. I would recommend SER for your office party.
  2. C

    Cassie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The nicest wait staff and delicious food. A great way to spend and evening with friends!
  3. EA

    EveAni

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with delicious food and great service. Outdoor seating very spacious and pleasant despite closeness to the road. We had duck breast and grilled squid for mains and chocolate soufflé and flan for desserts. Wine and coffee were excellent too. We will be back! Thank you for such a pleasant evening!
  4. CS

    CarolineS

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and food always great. The paella (seafood) never disappoints. The red sangria with fruit ice cubes is also really good. Their outdoor seating is great as there is always a breeze in that corner. The only problem is if it rains as they had to remove the tent after the pandemic restrictions were lifted. All in all an excellent choice as a couple or with a group with wonderful patio seating.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great staff. Friendly and knowledgeable. Great wine choices. I wish there would be a little bit more gluten-free options. They have many but have not adapted their sauces and sides fully gluten-free so the sides and sauces are removed from the plate, making meals less appealing and more plain/dry. Still love the place!!!
  6. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to celebrate a special evening and experience fine cuisine.
  7. S

    Sara

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I sat for 10-15 minutes with no server. Not very conscientious service and barely an apology once he made his way over. Host staff was not helpful. Disappointing because this use to be one of our favorite neighborhood spots.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fathers Day
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We came in last minute for Fathers Day lunch and sat outside. Our server was Christian and he was great!! He took our experience to the next level and we will be back and request him. Seafood was very fresh and the shark was amazing. Cocktail list was also thoughtfully put together.
  10. O

    Opentable

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the outdoor seating, great attentive staff and the food is always amazing.
  11. JS

    JimS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great . The only problem we had was the parking across the restaurant. Even though the ticket was validated the machine was not working. It took quite a while to get out.
  12. G

    Gonzoqueen

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding. I particularly liked the Croquettas. The service was great too. Even though it's more expensive than other restaurants in Ballston, the meal was well worth it. Totally enjoyable. The cons: The parking lot was hard to find and difficult to navigate. They took down the umbrellas and one of my party was sunburned by the end of our leisurely lunch. Also a delivery truck was idling in nearby for at least a half hour. Lots of noise and exhaust fumes.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual. SER never disappoints!
  14. JL

    JuliaL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a delicious meal and wonderful service. They made me a lemonade with mango that was great!
  15. BL

    BlacLab

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The tuna crudos were delicious, the papas bravas, yummy. I had a pan seared salmon with mushrooms, catch of the day, on sauteed spinach which was excellent. They have a good selection of cocktails, and of Spanish wines. We had the gran reserva Albarino, which they sell by the bottle or glass. Very nice example of the style and everyone enjoyed it.
  16. P

    akaPete

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants. We usually get a variety of Picoteos and seafood paella. Their paella is better than what we’ve had in Spain. Their red sangria is terrific too.
  17. NH

    NoelleH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday supper was great and the was excellent I highly recommend.
  18. PA

    PaulA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambiance, and great service. Recommend the seafood platters and bunuelos. Always a treat!
  19. M

    Mbo1

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal outside topped with an orange brandy cordial!
  20. O

    Opentable

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    🤩 Great food and amazing service.
  21. A

    Alex

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    10/10 great seafood, great drinks!
  22. s

    sslambie

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious and diverse tapas menu, in a fun atmosphere
  23. LW

    LeeW

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, wine, and service were superb as always
  24. X

    Xsecure

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great! First time going. The food highlights were the half lobster and and crab followed by the shark! The drink highlight was the homemade peach / port.
  25. HB

    HannahB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SER is one of our very favorite restaurants in Arlington. The quality and the service cannot be beat. Authentic experience with incredible food and drinks!
  26. LM

    LisaM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dishes were delicious and wait staff was very good. Mushroom small plate was divine. It was not too crowded so hard to say about noise level.
  27. M

    Maria

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    enjoyed our Ser meal — will be back to try more dishes! our waiter was excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food and drinks were delicious. The service was good. When it was time to box our food, the waiter insisted on doing it, then brought all the boxes out together. He didn’t bag them or separate them. We had to open each box to figure out whose food was whose. The same thing happened with dessert. We both ordered flan and wanted to take our leftovers. They boxed it then put the boxes together in one bag. We didn’t know whose was whose. When we asked them to remake the flan to-go, they made a bit of a fuss about it and tried to argue that they knew whose was whose. Perhaps there was a bit of a language barrier, but we could’ve boxed the food ourselves.
  29. j

    jayjayf

    New Orleans

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for lunch; sat outside. Gazpacho was terrific!
  30. RD

    RacineD

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent- will def visit again when back in town
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Very nice and well presented food, drinks and ambience. However, felt like service was a tad slow.
  32. LB

    LindaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The seafood paella was tasty but on other occasions contained shrimp. For $60 for a 2-person portion--it seemed awfully skimpy on seafood and no shrimp at all. Seemed like a cheaper rendition based on cost cutting.
  33. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Although the restaurant was very busy, our server Ana made our experience outstanding! She was hustling from table to table, but was always a step ahead, bringing more water, plates, utensils, etc. when needed. The food was also outstanding! We even took home 2 bowls of their soup to have the next day!
  34. BR

    BrendaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and atmosphere, Christian the server went above and beyond. I will definitely return to the restaurant. Food was excellent and the services was amazing.
  35. CS

    ClareS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We arrived early for happy hour and had a fantastic time. The bartender was very friendly + accommodating. We enjoyed delicious seafood paella for dinner. Would return!
  36. O

    Opentable

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best restaurant in Arlington, service is outstanding as always and the food is authentic and delicious.
  37. FV

    FamilyVisit

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, and the dessert was wonderfully tasty. Unfortunately the Medium Appetizer Platter was underwhelming: The Oysters were tasteless, the shrimp were bland, but in fairness the lump crab meat was delicious. Still not what one would expect for $50. Maybe it was a bad night for Oysters and Shrimp. We may visit again to enjoy the Paella which seems to be more of their specialty. As long as you stay away from the overpriced appetizer platter its a nice place with great service. I'd give it one more shot, but want to be transparent on the food quality.
  38. TA

    TAKett

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sangria we ordered for the table was delightful. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was excellent, knowledgeable, skilled and friendly.
  39. O

    Opentable

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch and amazing service.
  40. c

    chesj

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    I had raved to a friend about SER and we met there for dinner. Sat at the bar, instead of a table — a mistake. Person behind the bar uninterested, didn't know the menu. Music way too loud for the number of people in entire restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised 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 4.7 stars by 1816 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 43 times today
Google Map for SER

1110 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22201

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    11th Street

  • Neighbourhood

    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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