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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.
Arlington, VA 22201
Spanish, Comfort Food, Seafood
Hours of operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us for your catering needs
We have underground parking directly below our building at 1110 N Glebe Road. Entrance on Glebe Road, not 11th Street.
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).
We're located on Glebe Road and 11th Street, right off Route 66 and are blocks away from the Ballston Metro station
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We would be happy to book a special event for your group
SER Ratings and Reviews
Always a great time. If you’re in the mood to splurge, the 2010 Terreus is an amazing wine (after it gets a little air). Staff seems to act and work together like a family, which creates perfect environment for the excellent food. We started with the white bean soup with chorizo, which we’d never tried before. Get it.
We love this restaurant and come back every time we can. I highly recommend this place for eating Spanish cuisine, it's excellent!
The only dissapointment is the cheese plate. The one with 6 variations costs $30 and is pretty small for the price... I don't recommend ordering that!
SER was a delightful find for an out-of-towner looking for something ethnically authentic and scrumptious in Alexandria. The most difficult aspect of the meal was having to make a decision among the plethora of classic and not-so-classic Spanish offerings. I went early and had a pleasingly quiet dinner, but the energy of SER was scaling up after I left, appropriately for a Spanish venue. My choice was to fixate on cephalopods, octopus a la gallega from the Mariscos (very tender and thoroughly based in paprika) and txipirones a la parrillla (squid) on its own ink as from the Main Dishes (equally tender and flavorful). A nice Albariño and Tempranillo from the by-the-glass list were fine selections. I would definitely return again, especially to try other offerings, such as the rare percebes (steamed gooseneck barnacles).
We went on a quiet Columbus Day and were one of maybe 4 tables in the restaurant. The staff was friendly and polite and made good recommendations on the menu. I found the food to be delicious and authentic, though I though the portions and pricing were a little underwhelming, or confusing, at the very least. Dishes which seemed to have fairly expensive ingredients were larger than expected for the price and other dishes seemed small for the price. The cocktails were surprisingly inventive and delicious.
Brought new friends in for dinner and had an absolutely fantastic experience. Javier’s wine choices are always exceptional and he may have set a new high this evening. Food was outstanding and the vegetarians in the group were delighted with the options available to them. Service from Ganna, Sergio and “Diva” was first-rate. Thanks.
Was looking for real Spanish food, vs. stuff that people call "tapas" which in US English means small plates with tiny serving charged at full prices. Thankfully SER was the real deal, with excellent Spanish food. Dinner was all tapas shared around by four of us including fried octopus, mackrel and piquillo peppers, gambas al ajillo, spinach with pine nuts and raisins, pan con tomate, patatas bravas, and croquetas. The least special were the chicken and ham croquettes (filling was very finely chopped and couldn't taste any ham) and the mackrel (tiny slivers of mackrel) and Piquillo peppers. We booked through OpenTable and received a reminder call about the reservation. I called the number back to confirm and the receptionist couldn't seem to find our reservation. It was pretty empty on a Sunday night so don't know what the fuss was about. Parking is awkward - no parking out front or nearby so you have to make a series of left turns against traffic to get into the office building's garage. Quite a hike!
SER was amazing! I was actually supposed to dine at the restaurant next door with friends. The food and service there wasn't up to par for me, so I peaked in at SER... So happy I did! From management to the hostess and the bartender that waited on me, everything was great! The wild mushroom starter was delish, good recommendation from management. I ordered the Lamb leg, but unfortunately it was over cooked for my liking, so I ordered the braised rib. No disappointment there!!! When the bartender came out and made my mashed potatoes table side... I was in awww. I'm not a starch person, but I highly recommend ordering mashed potatoes when you dine at SER. Overall I was relieved to have a nice restaurant so close by, after being highly disappointed at the other place. I drove an hour and a half and was starving. SER salvaged my evening. Will definitely make that trip again to dine there again!
The server was very friendly and helpful when I had questions about some of the menu items. The salmon filet (with porcini sauce and sautéed spinach) was outstanding! Moist and oh so flavorful!! Very Spanish!!! I would definitely come back here again, if only to try their grilled squid.
We wanted to get together around 7:00 pm with friends from out of town. Nothing was available on Open Table other than 6:15pm. We made the effort of arriving for what is really early for us but were very disappointed to notice throughout the night the many empty tables that could have been ours at the time we wanted........... reservation problem?
SER's outside seating is even prettier with the crepe myrtles in full bloom. Celebrating my friend's birthday, we feasted on plump Maine mussels in a tomato and wine sauce, crispy puntillitas (calamares), and a perfect vegetable ragout to complement. The bread, especially the olive bread, is fresh, and my friend simply had to purchase a bottle of the olive oil that comes with the bread. The service is exceptional without being fussy. Easy, comfortable...go.
We loved this place. The variety of appetizers can be sampled like tapas and therefore is adaptable for different dietary requirements. The grilled watermelon salad was outstanding as was the fried green tomato appetizer. The entire meal was a delight to the palate.
Initially seated at a table in the bar area which was VERY loud. Seater said he couldn't move us to one of the many open tables in the dining area, which seemed odd. Really didn't want to stay but then our server got us a table away from the noise (where we were told we couldn't go). Once we got past that hitch the food and service were very good.
Restaurant week lunch. Gazpacho & flan were excellent. The chicken entrée was very good, but very, very salty. Also, it's unfortunate that lunchtime parking validations only work between 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM. I left @ 3 PM, ticket was kindly validated, but I was warned that it would not work. I wish I had known prior to my late lunch that this would happen.
Very, very loud to the point of not being able to hear my partner speak. It is not pleasant to be eating a meal in such a loud environment. They could use some noise baffles in the high ceiling room. Confused wait staff. No bread served. We had to ask for bread and then ask for butter. The soup was served without a spoon and we had to ask for that. There was olive oil on the table but no spices for dipping the bread. The chicken was dry and the course itself was nothing special. The salmon was perfectly cooked yet very salty. The dessert of fruit with whipped cream was boring. It could have used a thin cookie garnish or base of a small piece of pound cake. The lemon dressed salad was over the top lemony. It could have benefited from a base flavor of olive oil or a sweet flavor for balance. The gespacho was very good the flan was very good. But strange that the desserts were presented with large soup spoons. We tried this place during restaurant week so maybe what we were served was not standard fare. It's too bad the restaurant failed so badly that we will not be back.
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