Darien Social
Darien Social

Darien Social

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://dariensocialct.com/
  • Phone: 2036148183
  • 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) 2036148183
  • 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 WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Darien Social reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (9)great for outdoor dining (8)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (6)great for brunch (5)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Darien Social delight
    BM116VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We visited for the first time this weekend and were delighted by attentive friendly service, delicious entrees (short ribs and fettuccini with chicken) and overall warm decor. I would highly recommend and looking forward to returning to this great downtown neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love this place and went there with a group of girlfriends. They were closing the week after for some renovations. The service was horrible. They had hardly any of the drinks we ordered and we had to wait around a lot to order food and drinks. Even getting our check and paying took over 20 minutes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Timing is WAY off
    Mamagucc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Met friends for dinner and planned to eat in bar area because we were there for the band. I want to state that the waitress was a 10 in courtesy and effort. But we couldn't even get tableware for at least 15 min. After the first appetizer came. Drinks never came for some of us so it was easier to go get your own at the bar. We Did all order about the same time and there was about a 45 minute difference from the delivery of the first diner's entree to the last diner's ....totally unacceptable. Food was good but certainly not great and there is absolutely no reason for any of us to consider dining there again. We will also be sure to let others know how poor the food service was. I have to believe it is a kitchen issue.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster roll - too small!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The portions were small! 4 out of 5 of us ordered the overstuffed lobster roll with cole slaw. Before we ordered, we could see the patron at the table next to us had ordered the same dish. When ours arrived, they were all considerably smaller than the patron seated at the other table. Seems as though they were running out and had to divvy it up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice bar
    ooto
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    DateNight
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was a little expensive. Service was poor - took 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service but priced like a high end restaurant instead of a pub that serves good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jeanne
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Good service, although it trailed off towards the end of the evening. Food good. Too loud, but it is a bar!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SirdinealotVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great burgers, salads and beer selection. It a great place to stop in after work or for a casual brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 85 reviews are from the Darien Social reviews archive.
  • Solid brunch
    YoungprofdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the Regular Rotation
    StamfordResidentVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time there
    TheRoadLessTraveler
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real diamond
    Philmccracken
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    CTtoMA
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girl's night out
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Rustic!
    kagwood
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    CarolK
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner with a bottle of wine. Food was delicious & the staff was very attentive & friendly; would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so happy birthday
    Mmgg
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My second time to the restaurant.
    Rierie
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food, attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    lisaz
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We enjoyed brunch here and there was a great variety and reasonable. Can't wait to go back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, patient wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was very good, wait staff very patient, ambience was relaxing and conducive to conversation if sitting in the back room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unassuming Small Town Restaurant
    StamfordResidentVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well... that was an experience!
    JAldrich
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great joint
    mama2boys
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, casual dining
    ncrnVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great meal and a
    Jeanne
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We had a great meal and a good time overall. Service was great. Two servers were watching out for us throughout!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs work, but still good
    Daddio
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very average
    Foodie14
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Service was slow. Our margaritas were served in water glasses. Food was nothing special.
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  • Nicely done
    Lk2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    They did a great job of accommodating our special needs.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It lives up to its promise. Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful menu and great service!!
    Meghan509
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise is under control
    Barb
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We are on a constant search fort restaurants that control their noise levels. We like to have a conversation while dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor lunch
    SporadicUser
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for a casual dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate