SER

4.6
1420 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The outside seating is very nice but the service was slow and spotty. They were understaffed. The food was good with the exception of my hamburger which I ordered medium rare but came back medium well. The wine was poured at the table and was under a regular pour. It was disappointing since we have enjoyed other meals there.

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IVP7
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Attentive service. A must visit - looking forward to coming back and trying out the paella!

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Paul
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another nice meal at SER.

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vipTravelingFamily123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around - so happy it was our choice for a birthday celebration!

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CarolP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As a first timer and non- DC resident this was a nice place to eat with very pleasant and helpful wait staff. We enjoyed our meals. The menu is a bit different which provides options and I appreciate. I would visit again

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Juju
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I ordered seafood pallea, duck with mushroom rice and brussels sprouts. I was there with my boyfriend and my friend. The food was plenty for three of us. We all agreed that the best meal is the brussels sprouts We found the seafood pallea was too oily and the calamary was tough. The duck meat was tender but it didn't have a taste. The mushroom rice was good.

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PWHJ
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our first trip to SER was for lunch. We enjoyed it and would go again. Our exposure to the menu, however, was very limited...three dishes only (gambas y semola, tortilla espanola sandwich, and berejenas fritas). Nonetheless, everyone of us throught they were very good. We sampled the Bertola amontillado sherry. It was good, but it struck us as overpriced.

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PatH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food wad great! Waiter kept us waiting to order. When reservations were made via website we marked the prompt that is was a birthday dinner and restaurant didn't make it special in any way. But maybe that was on us.

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alexandrab
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good Spanish cuisine. Great cold cuts (especially the pata negra) and deserts. I recommend!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and amazing food as always.

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IAKA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another good experience at SER. Unique food options and nice coveted outdoor seating.

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vipLorraineW
Yosemite
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the 3 course lunch with the catch of the day, salmon, which was cooked perfectly! I chose gazpacho for the soup and the home made flan for dessert! Yummy! I’ll be back!

Tip: Park in the underground parking lot and they will validate your ticket!!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great services. Food is great but in the salty side.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice ambient and Spanish food! Service was great!

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PatriciaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We really enjoyed and had a great time. We’ll come back soon :-)

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AdrianB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food, as usual

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vipJohn
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is a very good local restaurant with delicious food

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vipJack
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SER is always our “go to” place for special occasions. Great food. Great service. Great environment. A true gem!

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vipValerieK
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. So glad I asked about the table number for our favorite table!!!!

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vipSpagoFan
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Think a top notch Jose Andres restaurant without the high prices. Really delicious Spanish food with gracious service.

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, lovely Patio, food was outstanding and our server Ana was very sweet.
Best service in DMV, we will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Charming server and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter - Christian was awesome. His recommendations, professionalism and humor were the perfect mix for a definitely remarkable first experience. Will definitely go back

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vipTeresaM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and excellent service!

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vipSparkling
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous! Every dish we ordered was great and we loved the sparkling sangria....will definitely be back!

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Gaby1321
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a tasting option they have for $55. It was delicious and more than enough food. We got to try 9 different dishes. Everything delicious. The people were attentive and nice. The place is clean and wasn’t crowded. Anyone second guessing should just go.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group was celebrating a graduation and finally meeting each other in person! Service was very attentive but not pushy. They even brought out a glass of cava for my friend who graduated.

Would come here again! It’s definitely worth a try.

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ArthurL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas in the DC area. Just go, you won't regret it.

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TedRCo
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to SER over a dozen times and have never had a bad experience there, unless you count the prepandemic times when the inside could get very loud at happy hour on a Friday evening. This Friday we sat outside in their tent-covered outside area. Traffic was the loudest noise, but it really wasn’t loud at all. The service was prompt and professional and our four tapas plates were well spaced. The complementary bread came out hot and fresh, and the olive bread was amazing. Our tapas were pan catalana, always a hit, corizitos with amazing mashed potatoes, the gambas, and the croquetas. Everything was delicious. Ask for the gambas first so you can dip your bread in the hot and slightly spicy garlic oil!

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GWUNP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wait staff very attentive. Good drinks. Food pretty good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

fake spanish food

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vipDCGirl
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely patio dinner. Stacy was our waitress and she was attentive without being pushy - she gave us great recommendations and was just friendly and great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better dining experiences I’ve had in the DC area. Wonderful!

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CathyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REALLY enjoyed our evening at SER. We got there at 530 so that we could take advantage of the Happy Hour prices and we were not disappointed! Our server was so attentive and helpful and made sure our glasses were full. The food is amazing! We split 4 apps which was perfect for two people. Highly recommend!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, food and service was outstanding.

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ScottN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was very good. The service less so. No apology was offered that we had to wait awhile after our reservation time to get seated. Our waitress was not particularly attentive. E.g., although bread was promised more than once, it never arrived. No one checked at any time to see if we needed more water (we did). At the end, we were not asked if we wanted dessert or coffee, she just brought us the check. Maybe they were understaffed for a busy Saturday evening.

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Carlos
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Good=two appetizers were wonderful.
Bad= we made a reservation for 6 old friends uniting after more than a year of Covid. reservation made about a week in advance and confirmed multiple times after prompts by SER. We arrived 10 minutes early and were told NO reservation and no table, but three small tables were hurriedly moved right up to the curb on Glebe Road, a very unsatisfactory solution. After insisting a short time, a second, better table was prepared by adding a small table to two existing tables. This was minimally satisfactory.
BAD = the ambient noise was really loud and one end of our table could not hear the other end.
BAD=we waited well over an hour between appetizers and main course. unbelievable for a restaurant that features its service to be excellent on the website.
BAD=one main course, Squid, was served cold and rubbery.
BAD = MANAGEMENT, as SER was clearly over booked, packed and there were insufficient wait staff (we had to work to get our waiter--not his fault.) The place seemed just overwhelmed.
SUMMARY -- SER was highly recommended by three of our group, but will not stay on OUR list of good restaurants after a truly bad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another great dining experience at SER. The staff is awesome! The food was good. We are outside on their patio - nice atmosphere.

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vipColin
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We've always enjoyed the food at SER but service has been hit or miss. On this particular occasion we went for dinner on a Saturday night and it was a 3 hr dinner. The other tables around us turned over once or twice so I'm not sure if it was our server in particular. At times it just seemed like he forgot about going to the kitchen to check on / put in / pick up our orders.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Live music was great! Friendly service.

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 1420 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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