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About SER

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.

1110 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Comfort Food, Seafood

Hours of operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am

Cross street:
11th Street

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(703) 746-9822

Website:
http://www.ser-restaurant.com/

Catering:
Please contact us for your catering needs

Parking Details:
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).

Public Transport:
We're located on Glebe Road and 11th Street, right off Route 66 and are blocks away from the Ballston Metro station

Executive Chef:
Josu Zubikarai

Additional:
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

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.4

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Tapas (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for a Date (18)
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Authentic (18)
Neighbourhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Special Occasions (17)
Outdoor Eating (15)
Group Bookings (14)
Casual (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (8)
Lunch (8)
Romance (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Child Friendly (1)
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Food5
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Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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Food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Always enjoyable and delicious paella, sangria and jamon!

Tags: Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on 14 October 2017

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).

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on 9 October 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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Food1
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 6 October 2017

AMAZING décor (minus some tacky elements like license plates and an old wagon) and amazing service! The owner Javier is a charmer and made us all feel like VIP guests. The food wasn't the greatest - but the service and Javier's charm made it all better!

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Great night to sit outside and excellent service by Sergio. We had a few small plates and very nice bottle of wine. Excellent.

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Food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 October 2017

This was my first visit to SER and it was memorabls. Kudos to good seevice, value and food!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Spicy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Birthday was outstanding.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Amazing as always. Service was attentive. Oysters delicious. Jamon Iberico was phenominal. Special was a tuna belly that melted in your mouth. A+ all around.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 September 2017

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.

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 September 2017

Food and wine were excellent on 9/28/17. The music playing during the evening was much too loud. Soft piano only would be more appropriate.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 September 2017

Great place for tapas and Catalan cuisine. Feels like we're back in Barcelona.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Portland)·Dined on 24 September 2017

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!

Tags: Disabled Access, Live Music, Bar Seating, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 21 September 2017

Great sea food and tapas dishes. Go for the food. Wait staff is excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Business Meals
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

Excellent food, very professional service! We go regularly for neighborhood happy hour, and recently took a group to celebrate a special birthday. Will definitely continue going back regularly!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date
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Food5
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 17 September 2017

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!

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the dishes we ordered.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 September 2017

Took parents and had lunch here for first time after many dinners. Equally impressive. Loved the different menu and sandwiches.

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 September 2017

Manager, Ganna, and servers Ana and Nadia were great. Another excellent meal and fun evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 September 2017

Outstanding brunch!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Great meal in nice setting with good ambiance. Chef recommended wagyu bavette and fish special - excellent. Great wine recommendations by Sergio.

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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Very enjoyable. Great service. Delicious food. Wonderful happy hour. The paella is excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 August 2017

Always great - can't beat it. Love the paella and suckling pig. Live music a little on the loud side but that's just a personal preference.

Tags: Great Beer, Tapas, Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 29 August 2017

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.

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Food5
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 (New England)·Dined on 27 August 2017

Exceptional service and the most authentic Spanish food that can be found in the States.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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Food4
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Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 26 August 2017

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?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 August 2017

Friendly staff. Love the garlic shrimp and flash fried peppers

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 24 August 2017

Sat outside - excellent service and had a bunch of small plates. The fish special was excellent. Hard to beat for outside seating when weather is so nice.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 August 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on 23 August 2017

I love paella! This is the best I've had in the D.C. area, and up there with some of the best I've had in Spain and elsewhere. It (I've had both meat and seafood) was delicious and perfectly done, including the soccarrat on the bottom.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 19 August 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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Food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Always a delight. We have never been disappointed in this lovely gem.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Enjoyed a beautiful dinner ...the food was incredible, wonderful selection of wines and delicious cocktails. Our server was warm, attentive and knowledgeable. Will be back soon!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 August 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 August 2017

Went for Restaurant week - sangria was delicious and entrees were very well done. A bit pricey - but very authentic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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Food4
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Service4
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 August 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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Food3
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Service2
Value2

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

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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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 August 2017

Good crowd for a Monday. Had several tapas and nice bottle of wine (San Roman '12). Great server (Sergio). A true neighborhood gem.

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Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value1

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Food and service were decent but I felt it was pretty overpriced. $56.00 for one not very big pan of vegetables only paella seemed pretty excessive. Will not return.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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