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Social Eatery & Bar
Social Eatery & Bar

Social Eatery & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.socialonfirst.com
  • Email: info@socialonfirst.com
  • Phone: (941) 444-7072
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Sam Hatfield
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Events@socialonfirst.com for details
  • Special Events & Promotions: Contact Events@socialonfirst.com for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: US41 & 1st Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet is offered
A word from Social Eatery & Bar
“Social Eatery & Bar offers unforgettable Italian-American comfort food in a unique indoor/outdoor setting with an exceptional style that is refined yet casual and invites spontaneity. Old World charm kisses New World sophistication. Eat. Drink. Socialize.”


Social Eatery & Bar takes an inventive and original approach to traditional Italian-American comfort food that emphasizes the use of fresh-made and local ingredients.

For generations, Italian food has been amongst the most popular, if not the most popular, food in America. Today, those who dine at fine restaurants of every type continue to enjoy classic cuisine, and still demand creativity from the chef. Yet there is a new dynamic, an almost primal yearning for food that is healthy, fresh, local, delicious and fun.

Social Eatery & Bar hopes to combine our love for classic Italian comfort food with our desire for fresh and local ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Had dinner here with family including 2 young children. Food was great. The bruschetta, snapper and chocolate sponge cake were exceptional. Everyone had a great time. It was a Friday evening so very busy and noisy but still terrific."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We're from out of town (NJ) but found your place on a trip inNovember. Since then we've come to dinner every time we've been in the state...at least 5 times. Each time it gets better. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I have now eaten there twice on a recomendation from a friend. Everything that we had ordered was great. The carbonara was outstanding that I ordered it both visits. Meat and cheese platter was also a hit."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Bartender Rachel was fantastic showed me how to make her special Mint Julep for my upcoming derby party. Waitress Lilly was extremely attentive and sociable,"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed the menu as choices are different than most. Easy to share so you can try a few dishes. Grilled vegetable as a starter was delicious and great presentation."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "options for all kinds of meals. I was hungry but not for an entire meal. So we ordered a shared plate. It was delicious and just the right amount of food. The spices and sauces are absolutely fantastic. The outdoor atmosphere was pleasant and we just loved the casual feel to the place I recommend it for anyone looking for a reasonably priced restaurant with a unique atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "… a place in Sarasota where I can get a table late for dinner, by late I mean 10:15 pm, the kitchen closes at 1:00am. this is number one for a positive review. The outdoor seating is a major plus, very nice. The food not so much, our table shared a calamari appetizer which was good but the dipping sauces were very sad, especially the marinara which tasted exactly like the one used on boxed pizza. The other was tasteless. We also shared the eggplant meatballs which was good, big enough for three, overwhelming bay leaf flavor though. But another positive, it's a hopping place great for sitting outside in good weather and relaxing with a drink. The chairs are very uncomfortable. But I will be back to taste the rest of the fare."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We liked the atmosphere of the restaurant — streamlined mid-century modern design with outdoor areas. The wait staff gave good service. The Assortment of Bruschetta tasted delicious. However, the main course selections were very salty and otherwise nothing special. The restroom facilities are totally inadequate for the number of guests — only one bathroom for ladies and a long line of women waiting in the same area where food is bussed to the dining areas. Very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal before we went to the Pops. We requested a "doggie bag" for the food we were unable to finish, but were concerned that it would not keep without ice. Our server put a bag of ice in our carry out so it would remain fresh until we returned home from the Pops, We have been here several times and look forward to our return visit."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This restaurant allows you to do either. You can begin at the bar and then move to a table for a leisurely dinner. The food, advice and ambience were excellent. We have been there before and it was just as good."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Social Eatery and Bar is a lively spot with a new take on basically Italian Cuisine. It's a stylish establishment in terms of architecture and décor and has a high energy level. The food is tasty and presented well. Service is friendly and efficient. All in all, this is a fun place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I can't believe I haven't heard more about this place! The food was amazing and came out so quickly. The server and hostess were great. And the drinks...oh the drinks! Handmade cocktails with fresh fruits and herbs. So. Good! Try them!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The location was great and so was the ambiance - however the food was bland and not something I'd eat again. We enjoyed our drinks and I think it's a great place for happy hour cocktails, but go eat somewhere else for sure. The staff is friendly and attentive. We didn't have the best experience with the host - he wasn't very interested in us since we were 5 minutes late for our reservation (literally 5 minutes). In fact he said he had counted us as "no-shows" and that he'd see if a table was still available. There were several available. But our waitress was fabulous - so she made up for his rudeness (and our first impression of Social)."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had 12 women and were seated at a great outdoor table. The ambience was really great. Very modern, the food was quite good and our server was dare I say excellent??! Will def be back. Loved it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Third time here, the meatballs were great now they are not so great. I hope the food doesn't start slipping."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If you prefer atmosphere to the quality of the food, Social Eatery is for you. The staff is friendly and courteous but the food is simply uninspiring. There is no bread to start the meal, the soups are watery, the fish is meager and undercooked, and the chicken tasteless. On the other hand, the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere and bar selections are wonderful. We will continue to go because the staff is so courteous and the surroundings are so pleasant, but we will eat a bit in advance."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Social Eatery will be my wife and I new date night spot. Loved the food, vibe, and service. Great elegant place to entertain guest or love ones."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "wonderful ambiance great design with lots of outdoor dining with heat lamps if needed and really pretty fire pit too we will be back for lots of great dishes and small plates too"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This place is sure to be one of Sarasota's hottest spots! Everything about it including price was absolutely perfect! Our waitress Val was the best and new everything about the menu. I truly appreciate a restaurant that has the staff taste the food so they can explain the food you may be craving! This is a must and I can't wait to fine there again!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We brought some guests here from out of town and it was also our first time dining here. The food was outstanding. The calamari dish was prepared perfectly and I loved the fact that it had tempura vegetables mixed in. Ahi tuna was on special and it was some of the best I have had in a very long time. You can taste that the food is so fresh. The pan seared chicken nearly melted in our mouth and was an extremely large portion. Our server was very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back here again. I have a strong desire to sip on a cocktail and sit out by the fireplace and the outside bar area. It was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. Decor is first rate. Food wonderful. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Great location as well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was too "cutesy" but not tasty (except for the flatbread which was OK). Service was intermittent at best."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Four of us had a delightful meal. Everything was superior, valet parking, reception, waitress and food. Highly recommend this for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I didn't appreciate that no one called me back when I left two messages. Then I tried to modify my reservation using this app and it didn't work. Then when I arrived at Social the guy at the podium was rude. We waited for our server for drinks. The service was horrible. The restaurant ran out of all their specials. The server split a drink on one of my guest. Overall, I will never go there again. I was so embarrassed considering I brought a group with me."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was great, the food fresh and tasty and the ambience is perfect for gatherings. The outdoor bar area is just perfect to enjoy a cocktail under the stars. This was my 2nd time there with 8 people and they all loved it. I will for sure return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Hmmmm, it happens I know. We've visited here many times, brought friends and spread a lot of word of mouth as well as written very positive reviews here on OT. Our latest visit was just.... OK. The chicken meatballs, dry and unappetizing. The veal special.... not so special. The Roasted chicken entre was really Chicken Parm with a thick red sauce. The delay in getting a bottle of wine out to the group of 6... not understandable. We're still fans but.... Need to up your game as there are so many GREAT restaurants in SRQ that this can be the death knell."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Close to the Ritz AND downtown, a great place to try. Nice seating indoors or out, cool outdoor bar area. We had a terrific waiter who knew his stuff. Food was good - wish it was a bit better - but adequate - did not go hungry! Drinks were good - even tried a couple house specialty cocktails. An enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very unusual place with indoor seating and bar, open to outdoor lounge/bar and more seating. Beautiful modern decor and really good casual small plates, pizza and many kinds of meat balls. They have giant heaters, but probably nicer in the warm weather. Server went out of her way to get our order out quickly so we could get to the theatre."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Centrally located to downtown. Wonderful decor, love the heat lamps and fireplaces. Food delicious and beautifully presented. Staff attentive and knowledgeable. Great find and we will return!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "My bed favorite Sarasota dining spot-- and that is saying a lot. Great ambience. Sit in or out-- can't go wrong. Do not miss: Creative delicious cocktails. Blueberry smash mule. Yowza. Scallops app. Insane. Meatballs!! Crazy good. Even the veggie ball was tasty. Pasta-- pumpkin ravioli. Wow. Dessert-- nuts!! Tiramisu. Hazelnut (I forgot the name) ice cream. Decadent! Plus perfect, happy smiling service."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Wonderfully prepared food, wine recommendations by our server Peter were spot on and as always a great time was had by all."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "A little gem of urban chic in downtown Sarasota, giving a nod to the great outdoor climate here with very interesting architectural design. It's a restaurant in Florida but it is not a typical Florida restaurant. Very interesting menu & delicious food. Many beverage choices including beer cocktails! A wonderful place to go for a fabulous meal. Service was good. It is a place to return to… Often!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "If you want to mingle amogest friends and have a few drinks it's well worth it. Pleasant bartenders and wait staff. Reservations were made but table wasn't read as soon as we got there, however that gave us a chance to check out the place and the drinks at the bar!! Will be back :)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ordered lasagna. Was enjoyable. My husband ordered black pasta and grilled shrimp. He loved it. Had chocolate cake for dessert--surperb. The cherries were to die for!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We have been to Social 5 times since it has opened. Each time is better than the last. Great pizza and meatball selection but their fish is great...best grouper I have ever had. I wish it was a fixture on the menu. Only thing missing is DoubleCross Vodka....I look forward to it seeing it on the top shelf at the bar soon."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the Lasagne Bolognese but the mixed greens salad was disappointing. Wilted salad greens drenched in dressing not worth $8. Nice, but noisy ambiance."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We loved the outdoor bar in the back with the fire pits and the wrap-around seating. The full bar served top-of-the-line alcohol with a nice pour. It's a great place to kick off the evening. For dinner they offer dining inside and out. We chose outside and they had plenty of warmth with their free-standing heaters. The staff is well trained and attentive. I would go back again and again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our visit. It is the perfect place to go when you are looking for snacks,small plates or munches after a show or movies. The atmosphere is charming but can be a bit noisy."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The ambiance is warm and inviting. Loved the back outdoor area. Thought it would be a great place to meet friends, girls night out, etc. We split the classic Meatballeria and Mac and Cheese. Both were good, and it was plenty. Our friends had the Veggieballeria, and they liked it. The place is vibrant, though noisy when ful of diners. Once it cleared out, the noise level went down drastically. Our server was excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We returned to this restaurant less than a week after experiencing excellent food. My husband got the dish that I had originally gotten and loved, but it tasted and looked completely different. When we questioned the waiter about it, he checked with the chef who told him "the recipe is the same, I just used less tomato sauce". To me, this IS changing the recipe. Even though my husband told the waiter he did not care for the current dish, the waiter did not offer him another dish instead. My snapper entree was just "okay". Very disappointing meal, especially after such a delicious one just a few days prior."
    Dined on 3/8/2014