Social 52
Social 52

Social 52

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.social52rva.com/
  • Phone: (804) 353-9709
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Monday: 4:00pm - 12:00pm

    Tuesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 2:00am

    Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00am

    Late night menu available until close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Oscar 'Mac' McCrowell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Our experienced staff can help with everything from food to decorations to entertainment, and our staff makes sure your event is truly memorable. No matter what the event, we'll create the appropriate mood and take the stress out of hosting. (Don't worry, you still get all the credit). Whether your event is intimate or extravagant, our experienced staff is ready to help you with every detail to make sure your day is flawless. We can offer your guests either plated courses, passed hors devours and/or buffet style dinners. We can customize your very own food and beverage package that will definitely impress your guests, exceed your expectations and most importantly fit your budget. Our experienced management and culinary team can prepare the most diverse menu to suit all of your needs and will go the extra mile to make your event a memorable one.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mulberry St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available- FREE private parking lot behind restaurant
A word from Social 52
Social52 is the newest addition to Richmond’s thriving dining scene. Located in the heart of the fan on Main St., this spacious casual-pub is perfect for any social gathering large or small. Social’s casual atmosphere serves as the backdrop for our creative New-American menu and our extensive craft beer menu. Our New-American fare offers a fresh twist on classic items such as our ‘Mac'n Cheetos Bowl’ and ‘Social-Joe’ - ground turkey and brisket smothered in our homemade beerbeque sauce and served on a Brioche bun. Proudly serving only VA drafts and an extensive beer selection, we offer thousands of pairing options to please any palate!
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Social 52 reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)special occasion (2)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food exceeded, service disappointed
    YoungwinoVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Knowing this was more of a bar scene than a dining scene we had pretty low expectations for a weeknight dinner with friends. The ambience and decor is very enjoyable and the menu surprisingly tempting. The Mac n cheese dish was the perfect comfort food for a winter night and both the burgers did not disappoint. We did not expect the food to be as good as it was. However, disappointed in service. Nobody greeted us when we arrived so we felt awkward standing in the front of the restaurant waiting. We also waited a good twenty minutes for the server to take our order and we were tucked into a back corner booth with no way of flagging someone down for help. Nobody walked around to check on us during our meal either.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time this place misfired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Third time going to brunch. Took the whole family this time. We have two young children; 4&2. Place was empty, so the slow service we got was unexpected and inexcusable. I checked my watch, our food order was taken 28 minutes after we had sat down. We sat down and took them 5 minutes to take our drink order...Then 10 minutes to bring us water, 3 coffees and 4 make them yourself bloody marys, so all they had to do was pour one shot of liquor over ice...They left after dropping off the drinks and returned another 10 minutes later to take our order. Its pretty difficult to keep two hungry children entertained for almost 30 minutes, my son was very upset and hungry. Ordered a dish I had before, it was worse the second time I got it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious "Bar" Food Elevated!
    kkkkkkk
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    OMG the Mac and Cheetos is hands down the BEST mac and cheese I have ever eaten! My husband and I almost fought over it....next time we won't share, we will each get our own bowl! Social 52 has wonderful "bar" food elevated to a foodie's standard! They have a great beer selection, and thumbs up for the drafts from Virginia. We went on Friday night, and it was a bit noisy, but that was OK with us...it was energetic and fun. Love love love!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice duck!
    Frances
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The duck bowl was excellent. Really enjoyed the flatbreads too. Even the house wine, especially during happy hour, was pleasant. Very nice place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect brunch spot!
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined at Social 52 for brunch the morning after a 21st birthday celebration. The pitchers of mimosas were tasty and perfectly priced. The food was delicious, appropriately priced, and good portions. We had really great service as well. We enjoyed Social 52 so much that we ended up going back for a beer at the bar later that afternoon. I would recommend this restaurant and bar to any of my friends, either living in or visiting Richmond.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome find!
    samt
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I totally wish that I lived in Richmond so I could frequent this restaurant! I picked it off of OpenTable on a business trip and was extremely happy that I went with it instead of getting a recommendation from the hotel. The firecracker shrimp and fried Brussels sprouts were incredible. The person I was with loved the pickled green beans. Service was perfect. Beer was great. I'd go back in a second!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC DINNER AND SERVICE!!!
    Jamie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The atmosphere, service, and food was incredible!!! I have always enjoyed coming to Social 52, and this was my daughter's first visit. She thought it was fantastic, and looks forward to bringing some her friends. We both enjoyed the appetizers... the fried Brussel Sprouts are wonderful as were the flatbreads we got. Social 52 will now be a regular drop in!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 58 reviews are from the Social 52 reviews archive.
  • Great Spot!
    Leslie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had been to Social 52 weekend evenings for appetizers and few beers in the bar area. Love the cheddar/bacon bread and Brussels sprouts! Beer selection is great! Thought we'd try brunch and it was as expected-terrific. The BF enjoyed the self serve Bloody Mary cart. I got 2 diff. mimosas (good, but think I prefer the norm champagne/OJ splash.) Food was awesome - neat, different twists on normal favs, but nothing weird or unrecognizable. Pretty quiet while there for brunch, but can be loud at night. Overall, very good find- recommend a try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little underwhelming
    Justaservant
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went here for Father's Day brunch. When we first placed our orders, my son was told they were out of toast, so his selection would have to be modified. My wife, daughter and I ordered the shrimp & grits (their signature item). About 3-4 minutes later our server returned to say they were out of the shrimp & grits. Very disappointing. I ended up getting the Low Country Flatbread, which turned out to be a fancy name for a small pizza. I ordered a beer, and the server came back again a few minutes later to tell me that they were out of that beer. This is when the GM _should_ have come out and apologized. Inadequate prep by the kitchen, inadequate attention by the GM, okay food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find - Great Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I met with 15+ of my friends - a lot of whom showed up without RSVPing and was accommodated without any problem. It was a bit loud, but that was mostly due to the high number of people at the bar watching a game. The food was excellent and a lot was passed around so we could sample a bit of everyone's food. I think our waitress was a bit flustered by the additional people who showed up, but ended up doing a great job.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My boyfriend took me, my mother, and his mother out for brunch here on mothers day. They gave each of us ladies a rose and our meal was free. It was absolutely delicious and we plan on returning every so often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, cocktails lacking
    tvrs388VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It was our first time visiting Social 52. We sat for a few minutes before our server took a drink order, and he was a little slow for the rest of the dinner, but it seemed like he might have been new. Not bad service, just slightly slow. The cocktails were very disappointing. Not very imaginative and not flavorful at all. But overall, the food was delicious. We started off with the dip trio with naan bread and all three were great. I went for a bunch of small plates that I shared with my husband. The brussel sprouts were my favorite with the firecracker shrimp coming in a close second. The hangar steak kebab was cooked perfectly, but the duck spring rolls were boring. The main courses that came were good, but not really memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Schleppo23
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Fun spot with a great local craft beer list and very good appetizers and sandwiches. I have eaten here several times since it has opened and each time I have been impressed with the food and service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Rvafoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our waitress was so attentive and got everyone's order exactly right, even though our group was huge and there were definitely some complicated orders. She made it such an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    rvafoodie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Girlfriend and I went there for the first time. Had a blast. A great dinner with even better drinks.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Even the picky eater I took here enjoyed the food. Great food & drinks. Friendly service. Very popular so make sure you make reservations. Seems tough to get a place by the bar. Definitely returning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Easter Brunch.
    Mary
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    11 of us came to Social 52 for Easter brunch and frankly had very low expectations. Mostly because the menu reflected very reasonable pricing. We kind of expected pub food. We were shocked and overwhelmed with the selections, variety and overall amazing service. It was a treat! We loved everything and will be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was ok...
    bquickbutdonthurry
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was ok but the mimosas were great. It was pretty quiet for an early brunch but picked up as we were leaving. The steak and eggs was pretty good. Steak was well cooked. Duck Omelet wasn't the best but my wife liked the actual duck, but the omelet wasn't great as a whole. We love social 52 for happy hour and dinner. We'll have to retry brunch at some point.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a pleasant surprise we
    MotaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    What a pleasant surprise we found on West Main. We both loved the Virginia beer selection, the interesting entrée choices and the top notch friendly and professional service we received from Traylor. It was a first time dining experience there for us and already planning a return trip soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner turned into drinks
    HangingOut
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    As always when I travel, OT did not disappoint. We were looking for something with a little bit of everything and Social52 fit the bill perfectly. With our semi-large group (10) finding a restaurant in the fan that took reservations was difficult, not to mention one with enough food offerings to accommodate everyone. Between the appetizers we all shared, mixture of sandwiches and entree's, all of the food was on point (though the duck spring rolls could use a bit more duck). The great thing about our night is once we were done eating we just stayed for late night drinks as the bar started to fill up around 10pm. Over all great place to eat and then hang out late night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Coleen
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Everyone in our group really enjoyed their meals. We got the fried Brussels sprouts as an appetizer - yum. And the firecracker shrimp was delicious. It was a Tuesday night so just a few tables were full, but i assume weekends are busier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and fun atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My friends and I went to social 52 and really enjoyed it. All of the food was really good and the sangria was yummy and huge. Our only complaint was that they accidentally have one of our dishes to another table, but our waitress was very aplogetic about it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Young loud crowd
    LoveAmici
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Loud bar scene Great for financially secure 25 to 32 crowd Great beer selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun restaurant
    AmiK
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We took out-of-town guests to Social 52 mainly because we were looking for a sports bar from which to watch NCAA games. They delivered a great sports watching experience, with big screens easily viewable from both sides of the table. We were pleasantly surprised by the food, which was delicious - especially the brussel sprouts and flat bread and the service, which was top notch. The place was full of people, had a lot of energy and a fun vibe Only downside - a bit noisy, probably not a great romantic getaway spot. Overall, great experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    pmansfield
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Really loved Social52. We went for date night, but it happened to be Saturday celebration of St Patrick's Day. The place was completely full and everyone was having a good time. The service and the food were both great. We'll be going back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social52
    cabdegres
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were the oldest people there (60s) and I loved it. Lots of young but not college people. Very lively and fun group. Excellent service from our female waiter. Excellent food with generous portions. Would repeat. No nonsense good place.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not what I was expecting
    Maggie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Like so many of us these days, I trolled the Internet for what I was hoping were objective reviews. This restaurant has received many very good reviews and so I was expecting to have a similar experience as the majority. At best it was average. The exception was our server, She was wonderful and the best part of the evening. It's not that any one thing was specifically awful, but together the whole was not outstanding as other reviewers indicated. Food selection was limited and unimaginative. Again, average. A major detractor was the noise the level. We could hardly hear each other. It's probably a good neighborhood hangout if you don't want to stray far from home.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for dinner after 10pm.
    Newbie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Went for dinner after 10pm. The food was great and so was the service, but I was definately a very strong bar atmosphere. Lost of people standing all around, and the volume level was just slightly to high to comfortable dinner conversation. The food was awesome though, and then staff on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social 52 ... !!!!!
    NewFavoriteInTheFan
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This was the first time that any of the four of us went to Social 52 but it will definitely not be the last. We had 3 different starters and 4 different entrees .... all were a hit!! We did a lot of sharing at the table ... and I can not tell you what was my favorite. The menu is not the same old, same old stuff ... different / variety in a good way. The wait staff arrived in a timely manner with each course / drink and Bart (.... I am guessing ... owner / manager) greeted us in the bar area and made us feel right at home in this new hot spot. Can't wait for a repeat!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Was Just So So
    goingouttoeatVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Basically just bar food which sounds a little more upscale than it is. Great beer menu, young crowd at the bar, TV's around. Price point is attractive but food (fried brussel sprouts, overdone and greasy; wings OK and Thai Shrimp flatbread pizza mostly flatbread, only a few shrimp and sauce was pretty mundane) Again, not bad, but nothing notable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RVA has a great place to eat!
    Openminded
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This restaurant was clean, friendly, and busy. The wait staff was very nice and eagerly answered our questions about the food choices. The building was loud due to the bar side activity with talking and laughter making table talk difficult. The food was some of the best I've eaten in RVA. The energy there was fun with mostly a younger crowd and some of us old salts mixed in. Regardless of the noise, I will eat there again and again, it is worth it. Prices are as expected for what you get.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My first time there...Service
    tayloralexis8
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My first time there...Service was fast, variety on the menu, great beer and drinks to choose from. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & good service
    rrburks
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a hard time deciding what to eat because it all sounded so good, so we ended up with several small plates to share & they were all very good. The food came out really quick, which was surprising. We plan to come back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chilly
    MBizzle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Second visit, just two of us. First time came with a larger group. Had a beet salad both times; quite good. This time had shrimp & scallops on linguini which was ok. My companion had salmon on asparagus which was very good. Wait staff very knowledgable and attentive, same as with our first visit. Only thing unpleasant was the seat by front door on a chilly night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines quickie!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    So do to the traffic my date was late to dinner and we had a tight schedule, trying to make it to the ballet after dinner. Even so the service was great we got our food promptly and were both extremely satisfied. We both intends to go back and enjoy a lengthy dinner. The alcohol list really caught my eye and I even enjoyed a few.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but noisy
    CristVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Food was great. Service was OK. Noise was overpowering. Might be better on a weeknight so you can hear the conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Social 52 was a great stop after cotillion with a large group of middle school boys. They had fun, there was plenty of space, the servers were very accommodating, and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kids menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Checked on line for menu options for 8 yr. old, did not see kids menu but we were going early in the evening so figured he could have a flatbread pizza. They did have a kids menu and provided the typical faire along with crayons and coloring page. Our waiter was great, the beer list was pretty good and liked the creative burgers everyone else ordered. I had the duck and loved the sweet and spicey flavors along with the crispy duck for great texture. Our group loved the brussel sprouts and I recommend them!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a group
    LJSdiner
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great beer list, the food was good (it's like they "upscaled" typical bar food choices), I really liked how accommodating the space was for large groups. Would recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Dallasfoodie
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    The food was great but service was on the slower side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate