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Darien Social
Darien Social

Darien Social Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://dariensocialct.com
  • Phone: (203) 614-8183
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm;

    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm;

    Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off site catering is avaiolable for parties large and small. Please contact the restaurant directly for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining is available for parties of 30 up to 350.
  • Private Party Contact: Eileen Del Monaco (General Manager) (203) 614-8183
  • Entertainment: Live music every Thursday night at 9 p.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Post Rd
  • Public Transit: Train station directly across from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking is available in the municipal lot directly behind the restaurant. Parking is also available across the street at the train station in the evenings.
A word from Darien Social
A neighborhood restaurant and bar: Just a great place to gather over great food and drink where you always know what to expect – and the unexpected only makes it better.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a neighborhood bar located across from the train station. I was taking my good friend to dinner and we chose this place because of its halfway location between us. It was difficult to find. Parking was difficult. It would have been helpful to know in advance that there were two entrances, one into the bar on one side of the block, one in the back into the restaurant. It was impossible to sit in the bar at a booth (where drinks were half priced) as it was mobbed with shouting men watching a sporting event. We sat in the dining room where service was adequate but not exceptional and food only fair, and drinks very overpriced."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went for a band, and got a booth in the bar, which was perfect. We had dinner and could then stay for the band and dancing without giving up our booth."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was a little expensive. Service was poor - took 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good service, although it trailed off towards the end of the evening. Food good. Too loud, but it is a bar!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent service but priced like a high end restaurant instead of a pub that serves good food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was awful, which is unfortunate because this place has potential. The food was okay, but I'm sure has the potential for something greater and the venue itself is very cool. Maybe I caught them on an off night, but we waited 15-20 minutes between seeing our server, so much so that I had to ask another waiter to flag him down. I have pretty low expectations because I know how hard it is to be a waiter, so for me to even take the time to write a bad review things must have been bad."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Solid food, mediocre service, especially considering we were one of the only tables at the time. Recommend the lobster cake Benedict! French press coffee was a pleasant surprise although there was barely enough for the two of us to fill a small mug each. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Was there in a Sunday for brunch. Nice variety of choices on the brunch menu, from breakfast to prime rib and lobster. Will go again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Happened upon this place on Mother's Day and just walked in. Even though the place was jammed they made room for 8 of us and made us feel very welcome. Food was good all round. Even my father in law, historically a miserable disaster of a man enjoyed himself. He didn't pay but we can only hope for miracles. Fully recommend this place, good decor, great ambiance, and more importantly smashing food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in the area. The bar food is great-- love sitting in the booths in the bar area, much more romantic than the open layout in the back. Always great beers on draft, never been disappointed. Specialty items aren't always up to par, execution-wise, but the full conceptual menu, and flavorings all make sense. This review is for a Sunday night: quiet, only a few families, about 40% of the menu was unavailable and this fact was not announced before ordering (it was announced as we ordered each plate that was not available), not the most polite service but should not have expected more for a Sunday night."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place was perfect. We were able to have craft beer and watch a hockey game(on mute), but in a nice establishment that wasn't insanely loud or blasting a tv. The food specials were delicious and the server was very attentive, we will be back!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Darien Social is one of our faves for our monthly gals night out! Great food, friendly and cheerful staff, and half price bottles of wine on a Wednesday....doesn't get much better than that! A real neighborhood gem :)ly"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The ambiance is right on point. It's comfortable and appointed with wood accents for a warm, almost barn-like feel. The food was delicious! Cooked perfectly, nice portions, and very fresh. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner with a bottle of wine. Food was delicious & the staff was very attentive & friendly; would definitely come again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I went there for my birthday & we had really bad service ! The waiter was split between the front & the back sections. We waited forever to be asked our order after we got our drinks ASAP.Then no one brought us our food for a long time. When it the food was finally ready - it came out barely warm & wrong !The waiter didn't listen to the requests - the plates were mixed up & in the end he was mad at us because we didn't eat all of our cold food or ask to take it home. I've eaten there before & but i now say stay on the bar aside if you want attention !"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I had been to Darien Social once before, and had a lovely, quite evening with a friend in a smooth environment. So, imagine my surprise when we showed up for our reservation and were escorted to the back room (bar?), as the main room was playing host to some special event. But that was just where the fun started.... The highlights in no particular order: 1. 40 minute wait standing at the bar AFTER our reservation time. 2. 15 minutes after we sat down that it took a server to show up at our table. 3. "can we get some water?" 4. "that one time i sent my meal back for being undercooked + service so slow my party got to watch me inhale it." i was blessed to have been with a family in a good mood, which made it all humorous. #neveragain"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My second time to the restaurant. Wait staff is friendly and efficient. The special of the day was really a good deal and delicious. Normally would not have ordered a porter house steak but couldn't pass it up for the price. It is a fun spot."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food at Darien Social is pretty solid, although nothing to wow you. The portions are large and the service is very good. It is a reliable place for a casual meal."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We like to go to DS with a group of friends. It was quiet the night we were there (school vacation) so we anticipated great service and food. Service was great. A bunch of us ordered burgers. All were significantly undercooked. Ordered medium, received very rare. I personally don't ever send food back so ate what part of the burger was not cold. Will return but be sure to be specific about the burger in the future!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Wait staff was not very attentive, messed uo our orders so some it didn't come out at the same time. Quality of the food was alright, nothing special."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed brunch here and there was a great variety and reasonable. Can't wait to go back for dinner!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Love this restaurant even though the food is not spectacular. Great atmosphere. Ask to sit in the bar area unless you want a private dining experience where the dining room would be more appropriate."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Food was very good, wait staff very patient, ambience was relaxing and conducive to conversation if sitting in the back room."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "A local favorite-- amazing food and drinks offered, never dissatisfied with anything I've ever ordered. Fun bar scene, great atmosphere, bar booths feel much more intimate than back room dining. Great beers on draft and decent drink lists as well. Have had a memorable experience every time visited."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My experience on New Year's Eve was entirely underwhelming. I could probably try it again on a regular night, but I doubt that I'd bother."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This was not our first visit to Darien Social. We have usually had simple but consistently good food (burgers, fries, pizza, calamari, etc). This time the fish for the fish & chips was not as flaky and fresh tasting as usual. Everything else was satisfactory. It's a great place for families or groups and has two dining areas, a busier front room with the bar crowd, and a quiet back room more like a regular restaurant. We would go back."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We had a great meal and a good time overall. Service was great. Two servers were watching out for us throughout!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Service was slow. Our margaritas were served in water glasses. Food was nothing special."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Service, though very cordial, polite and helpful was pretty slow. it was about 50 min before the main dish arrived. Food was outstanding, place was nice but they need help on the floor."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "They did a great job of accommodating our special needs."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "It is what a neighborhood restaurant and bar should b. That is what it says on the menu, and it is true. Good food, drinks, staff and fun atmosphere. Loved it and will be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "We've been to Darien Social a few times and have always had GREAT meals! Great beer and wine list too. The veggies they use in their salads and entrees always taste really fresh. We will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "We are on a constant search fort restaurants that control their noise levels. We like to have a conversation while dining."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "Met there for lunch on a sunny day and we ate outside in the patio area, which was active but not crowded. The tables are oriented away from the parking lot and the setting was pleasant for a productive lunches ting. The salads we had were tasty and filling and the service was reasonably attentive. I'll go back."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "We had a choice to sit in the pub room with the bar or in the back room. We chose the pub room as there was more action. The back room was fairly empty and quiet on a saturday night at 730P. Dinner was good. Service was a bit slow. We had the arugula salad with apple, it was yummy and we also had the roast chicken, which was fair because it was dry, overcooked. fun bar scene, lively. Live band started around 1030-1045."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "why do they always seem to have children running amok near the patio and just outside? They diminish an otherwise excellent experience."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "Six of us, age 60 yrs+, went to Darien Social on a Fri night. Our table was in the front of the restaurant, which we realized upon arrival would be too loud for us. The staff graciously moved us to the back room, which was attractive and busy but just enough quieter that we could hear everyone in our group. Dinner was delicious, wine/beer list good, and ambiance and waiter were great. We enjoyed our evening very much! Thanks!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2013
  • "Most of the food was very good, such as the calamari salad. But the fish and chips was just average and for $18 it was extremely overprices."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "My fiance and I took my soon to be in-laws to Darien Social for dinner. We live in Stamford and had never heard of Darien Social, but we received a coupon in a local mailer and decided to check it out. The place is really cute. They have an outdoor patio with a wood-burning fire pit! The beer list is awesome and the food was really great. We had the calamari and the artichoke gratin as appetizers. Both were really excellent. For entrees, we had cobb salad, fried chicken sandwich, salmon, and roasted chicken. We were all really happy with our meals and plan to go back soon!"
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "Good food but the mac and cheese was really good! Risotto special with scallops was very good but quite large. It was our first time and we will go back."
    Dined on 4/26/2013