SER

4.6
1623 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 1623 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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MichelleS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Haven’t been here for awhile. Service, drinks, ambiance were great. Food was poor. The paella was terrible.

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b2beil
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful meal, excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
302 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The definition of a neighborhood gem. Excellent food from Chef David and service/wine choices from Dimitri. Always a friendly smile and tasty dishes.

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vipCGArl
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Before six on a Tuesday the dining room was quiet and diners were well spaced out, which was great since our attempt at the (lovely, covered & heated) patio was thwarted by an unusually cold evening. Staff were accommodating of our indecisiveness, and ultimately settled us at a table with plenty of space around it. Food was delicious (zucchini fritters in particular) and the service thoughtful. Dining room had begun to fill as we were leaving ~7, but not uncomfortably crowded.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular service and amazing food, thank you for an amazing evening, we will be back soon.

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vipMing
Washington DC
188 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate here for lunch. Outdoors. Nice venue. Canopy-covered. Heaters if needed but not needed that day. Lunch specials were good. I had the serrano ham and manchego cheese sandwich. They give you a basket of freshly baked bread. I had a coke and it was nicely carbonated - many places the soda is flat. Highly recommend. Service is friendly and efficient.

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dawnmcg
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful restaurant for celebrating a dear friend's birthday! The paella was amazing, and all of the tapas and other small dishes were equally delicious. Several of us tried the wine flight, and that was a lovely surprise with generous pours and written descriptions of the wines.
All in all, a great evening and I know at least one of us will be back!

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BillW
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really appreciated the variety of offerings and the service was great!

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EstefaniaC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The paella was great. Service was also great. The sangria was super.

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vipRene
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Walter, was excellent. He even turned out to be a great sommelier. He let us know that we could also purchase a box of 4 wines to go and we most certainly did. The food is always exceptional.

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vipElizabethA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience and most gracious staff as always!

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vipKayleeK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We took advantage of the bar menu outside, and it was all delicious. The cocktails were good. We appreciated the outdoor heaters. Would absolutely go back.

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Louis was the perfect waiter and helped us make the perfect wine and food selections. The food was amazing and the staff were attentive and fast! I'd go back to SER in a heartbeat.

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GTGT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wine. Very attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience! Our server Ricardo, was A1! We had a few tapas: papa bravas , octopus, gambas al ajillo and they were absolutely delicious! The salmon was cooked to perfection! For dessert the Flan and the chocolate mousse were spectacular. Highly recommend checking this place out.

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vipAKR5360
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We received fabulous service at dinner from Dulce. She was very welcoming and professional and did a great job despite being super busy with other tables. Also wish to recognize the lady who helped Dulce by clearing plates, giving us bread etc.

One suggestion on food. The Gambas de Ajillo lacked enough garlic. The shrimp was fresh.

One negative, the woman who was the ‘greeter’ had a massive attitude when my wife asked to sit at the ‘family table’ section for happy hour. The woman was somewhat dismissive and said ‘at the bar only’. Well guess what? Look at your happy hour menu! It says bar, family table and outside.

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ReneeA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has very spacious outdoor seating area with nice heat lamp. Went for a drink and nibbles on a Sunday afternoon and was lovely

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vipfood
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Squid dinner OK but duck breast fatty. Dessert of Almond cake strawberries and cream very good so overall a mixed review for the dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it here. Best restaurant in Arlington.

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EvelynW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent! SER is on my favorites list for sure!

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ENRIQUEN
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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Dave
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Food was average in quality and grossly overpriced. We tried quite a few different dishes...nothing bad, but nothing worth noting. Service was poor - we saw our server only once or twice during dinner, and everything took too long. It was definitely not worth the price.

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yepdinner123
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Restaurant, Great Bar. Always good food and atmosphere

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vipPennie
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Discovering SER was a real treat! Love the easy to find location in Ballston, underground parking with partial validation, the spaciousness inside and options for outside with flaming portable heaters.
But the best part was the food! We loved the Kale salad, the crispy spicy squid appetizer, the Dorado fish baked in salt which was filleted tableside. The garlicky mashed potatoes were to die for.
Also loved the Spanish Chardonnay at a reasonable price per bottle.
Altogether wonderful dining experience. The waiter was great!
We will go back -- over and over.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was of great quality and the service was excellent.

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johnr
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. The service and food are fabulous

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Arlington
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside under a tent on a quiet Sunday night in late November. Two of us had the $50 "Sunday supper" special and two of us ordered from the regular menu. Everything (appetizers, paella, fish, burger) was very good.

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AllenG
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food thoughtfully served. Unpretentious; richly satisfying.

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vipTerguz
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner very friendly service and excellent food

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service from Ana, food was delicious as always.

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HuntA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waiter, Christian, was great! Lots of delicious food, too!

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vipFoodLuv
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SER continues to be one of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia.

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Robert
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Restaurant week was a great value, included the wine

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vipxxxx
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SER is fantastic, as always. Highly recommended.

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JoEllen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We were disappointed in the size and quality of the Arlington Restaurant Week three-course lunch. My steak with chimichurri was delicious and cooked to my liking, but the monkfish entree was a letdown. The salads were skimpy, definitely not up to the usual SER standard of lush and beautiful. Desserts were the right size: not too big. But one had a hair that we spotted. It and utensils were quickly replaced, but it was a sad end to a not very special meal. Definitely not what I expect from this usually stellar kitchen. One day I’ll learn to stop ordering restaurant week menus: They always fall short.

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Virginia
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was good and service attentive, but the kitchen was slow.

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EatOut
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We sat outside in the tent. Not the restaurant's fault but traffic noise was quite bad. Otherwise the tent area is comfortable. We opted for the restaurant week menu and everything was fine but it wasn't really Spanish cuisine. Husband thought the chicken pate was too thin and soupy but tasted fine. Chimichurri flank steak was nice and cooked as ordered but almost no taste of chimichurri. Flan was lovely. We will return and order from the regular menu so as to sample the Spanish cuisine which is no doubt where they really shine.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Restaurant Week the food and the service was fantastic, one of the best restaurants in Arlington.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
302 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great (as usual lunch) outside. Tasty food + great service from Walter = 5 stars.

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vipBest
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was bland and needed salt, too. Burger boring; veggies perfectly steamed but lacked any butter, oil, or spice; monkfish tough; chicken pate was plain, pureed chicken livers of baby food consistency. Bread excellent as was accompanying olive oil, though the container dribbled all over the table. Even the dessert was bland: "Spanish French toast" was a boring bread pudding lacking much needed flavor; cinnamon, lemon, orange, almond would have helped. Vanilla ice cream was good. Overworked servers were hustling as best they could. Outdoor patio seats aren't very comfortable; metal is cold; traffic is distracting.

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 1623 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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