SER

4.6
1427 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 1427 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We sat outside and shared a large number of the small plates Most were very good I did not care done the sardines They were over cooked. The cava sangria was great as were the desserts. The noise level outside in the tent was loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First time at SER, was very good but also very expensive. Will be a while till we go back.

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Localyokel
Naples
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Terrific mojito and sangria. Would have liked a litttle more seafood in the paella. The shrimp in garlic and oil was great and the leftover oil was wonderful to dip the bread into.

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JulioN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Since my dad is from Spain I tend to expect the same quality as if I were having a meal in Spain. Javier has taking Ser to that high level of consistency and quality that will have me wanting to go back.

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kenny
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate inside so the sound was a little higher than those eating outside. From the time we say down at our table through the completion, the service was impeccable. Our server was Riccco and he couldn't have been better. He made suggestions, recommended, appetizers, gave us a run-down on what the menu items were etc. When the food did arrive, it was just outstanding; didn't expect it would be as good as it was. Between the food and the service, it was a very memorable evening and one I look forward to going again.

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NattyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great outdoor patio, lovely restaurant.

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vipTracyT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service. Outside seating was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 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 7 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 on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yet another nice meal at SER.

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vipTravelingFamily123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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CarolP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
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 on 12 June 2021
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 on 12 June 2021
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 on 11 June 2021
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 on 10 June 2021
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 on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and amazing food as always.

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IAKA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipLorraineW
Yosemite
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
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 6 June 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 5 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice ambient and Spanish food! Service was great!

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PatriciaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 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 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food, as usual

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vipJohn
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

SER is a very good local restaurant with delicious food

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vipJack
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 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 28 May 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 27 May 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 25 May 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 24 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Charming server and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 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 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner and excellent service!

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vipSparkling
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 22 May 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 22 May 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 21 May 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 21 May 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 21 May 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 20 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

fake spanish food

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vipDCGirl
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 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 18 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FAQs

SER does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. SER also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 746-9822.

SER is rated 4.6 stars by 1427 OpenTable diners.

SER does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=0f2df91c.

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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