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Social Eatery & Bar
Social Eatery & Bar

Social Eatery & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.socialonfirst.com
  • Phone: (941) 444-7072
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 12am
    Friday - Saturday: 5pm - 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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: For details contact: events@socialonfirst.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: For details contact: events@socialonfirst.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: US 41 & 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was very good The noise level is unbearable. Any conversation at one table is not a usable because of the noise in the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food very much but on a very warm evening it was no treat to be seated OUTSIDE. Note to mere mortal diners: if you are not one of the chic crowd at Social, you will be invisible there (even to the wait staff)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I must have passed this place dozens of times without noticing. I discovered it through Open Table and am so glad I did. I'll be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We arrived and were escorted to an outside table. There is a rather large outdoor eating area and a much smaller inside area. This is Florida in the summer and without misters or adequate outside seating it was much to hot and muggy to sit outside so we asked to be seated inside and could not be accommodated so we left. I only answered the questions in #2 because the response would not go through without it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We've been having date nights in Sarasota for 12 years as our family vacations on the key. Social was perfect. Great drinks and handcrafted food. The service was perfect."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "It seems like this restaurant has stopped paying attention to details. it used to be our favorite downtown place. The server was lovely but we waited an extremely long time for everything(including ketchup). The first wine served was 'bad', my medium rare hamburger came out extremely rare. We were rushed for time , otherwise I would have sent it back. Some staff really seemed disinterested(not our server). Our 6th or 7th here in less than 4 months."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We opted to eat in the garden/bar area where it is sofa type seating. We only had cocktails and appetizers, but everything was great. The calamari and shrimp with zucchini and other lightly tempura veggies was terrific, enough for two and even three people. A small issue with the flies when we first got our food, but the server brought out a cover and they went away. Even THEY were enticed with the aroma! Great for couples dining, but noise level indoors can sometimes be challenging. Always enjoy the food offerings, unique and delicious!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food was good. So loud that when talked to person across a 2 top table had to scream in order to be heard. Way to Loud for a nice dinner. Being restaurant/bar guess it is more a bar atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fantastic Hip great cocktails, really enjoyed the outside dining. Young energetic helpfull staff!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I were very impressed with the ambiance, food, and friendly service. We can't wait to come back and show off this new restaurant find to our friends."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Have been here many times, this time it was a party of 7. We sat outside with the retractable roof. They were using portable A/C's to try to control the temps. They only work if you are sitting right in front. By the time we left, we were pretty warm. It didn't stop us from having a good time. Food and drinks as always are consistently great."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! Their fried calamari and vegetables are better than what we have had in Italy. We always have it. This time with it we tried the mixed bruschetta--excellent. These portions are large enough for two people to have as a meal and they are a bargain! The other "boards" are great too--mixed grilled vegetables, Italian cheeses and meats. The meatball menu is excellent too. Next visit we have to try the pizza as it looked delicious. We were a party of 16 and our Server handled that expertly. This is a must eat place in Sarasota."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have had dinner here six or seven times since the beginning of the year and have not been disappointed as yet."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love the menu…the atmosphere is very appealing for Florida residents."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is a very cool place to go for drinks or dinner; the menu is extensive and the food was good. However, the service is not great (understaffed for the amount of diners), the noise level makes it impossible to carry on a conversation, and the inside sliding doors were open to the outside seating letting flies come in. A dead fly fell from the ceiling into my wife's napkin in her lap.It took 10 minutes to get a new napkin. Management is not present (or at least you cannot see who they are). I would try it again because for the Sarasota area, it is a modern neat atmosphere with good food. But if it is not any better the second time, then we will leave it for the tourists that go anywhere regardless of quality."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The hosting staff was attentive and comforting. The bartender was great."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I absolutely loved dining here. The servers were very pleasant, and the food was very good! Definitely would recommend it whether for a night out for a special gathering of friends."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very much enjoy this restaurant/bar food and scene. It is energetic, vibrant and the food is unique. There is something for everyone on the menu and dishes are delicious."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The eating outside was very enjoyable and in particular offered and alternative to the noisy inside. However the chair seats are extremely uncomfortable and hard to take for the time it takes to enjoy a relaxed dinner."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "been there with a group and often as a couple always excellent service and good quality. I do wish they would return to the larger meat balls or offer them again(personal preference). The menu remains excellent."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This was our first experience and it was very positive. The food was very good and very reasonable for price. Three of us were having red wine and would have preferred to get a bottle but the price of the Wines by the Bottle jumped to the 50 and 60 Dollars range not comparable to wine by the glass."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I had heard about the new "it" place but it had mixed reviews online. Seems as though those were due to working out the kinks of a new restaurant. We went with a large group of friends - the server was great and the food was amazing. Everyone loved what they had and plans to come back next time we're in town."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was good, but a little disappointed that the mushroom pizza had no tomato sauce, however it was tasty, ink black spaghetti was also good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Social Eatery is fantastic! We were visiting Sarasota from Tampa and thrilled to find this gem of a restaurant. Food is fresh, organic and feels straight out of an Italian kitchen. The ambience is great, feels like a best friend's back yard outside with a modern indoor. Service was over the top even for a big group. Try the meatballs, fish and pizza! Hand crafted drinks compliment the food or would be perfect for happy hour!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What a welcome eatery to the Sarasota scene. Great food, service and atmosphere. It is so refreshing to have a restaurant that is popular with the younger crowd as well as the typical Sarasota group. And also somewhere to go AFTER the nearby theaters."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My wife and I took our friends who were in town for the July 4. All the food was very good. weekend to dinner here Thursday evening. We ordered two apps and a small plate to share then ordered four entrees. Our friends enjoyed the food and mentioned that the wine selection was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food, Excellent service, Reasonable prices. Recommended by a friend, and we will certainly be recommending this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Other than the fact that it was hot out - it is June in Florida....our experience was spectacular! I love coming here in the winter and sitting outside by the fire pits. The cocktails are superb! Food was great! We had the Snapper prepared like the grouper (they were out of grouper) with the lobster bacon sauce and it was rich and delic!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I was looking forward to dinning at Social. I had heard very good things about it. Overall it was good, but it is not a fine dinning place. I spent half the time swatting away a fly that would not leave our area. Our waitress's dress could not have been tighter or higher up the thigh. My wife was very uncomfortable with her dress code and frankly so was I. We are both in our 50's and go out to enjoy each other, not to be concern with a waitresss "lack of clothing." Another big problem was that the pizza is not a pizza but a flatbread."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We wanted to introduce Social to our four friends. The table outside was too warm for them; the fans don't work well enough to cool that area. One guest ordered fish and that attracted too many flies so the other guest was upset. We love the place. However, using ONLY the internet to take reservations is tough. When trying to confirm our reservation, I left a phone message but no one will call you back! Luckily, the day of the event, an email confirmation came. It would be nice to speak to someone when questions arise. I would think some of the older population living here would agree that dealing with internet-only reservations is difficult for them."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We Enjoy our dining at social eatery very much, and we look forward to returning very soon. The food is wonderfully prepared and the wait staff is attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "we had shared plates and wow way too much food. You will not leave there hungry. Pizza wonderful."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Fresh and vibrant. Young and exciting but appealing to all age groups. New age Italian that won't disappoint the veteran foodies."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food never disappoints, and the drinks are fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant. We are so glad to have found it. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff was attentive and looked clean and fresh in their white clothes. The location was superb- close to all theaters and downtown sarasota. A real find. Can't wait to go back. I wish they would open for lunch!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I left instructions ahead of time that my companion and I were going to the theatre immediately after dinner because we had to be checked out by a specific time. The staff did everything they could to make that happen which I appreciate. The menu and cocktail menu were as creative as on my previous visits and my guest was impressed. THANK YOU"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Been there multiple times. Never a bad experience with anything. Great well priced food and interesting creative cocktails."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The service was very good. The food was good, although I found my meatballs to be a little salty and my daughter's chicken meatballs were on the dry side. The mac and cheese appetizer was good but had a metallic after-taste which we attributed to the metal cooking dish. The big negative we had about the restaurant was the noise level. We were seated in the room containing the bar. It had tile floors and a low ceiling -- a recipe for loud. It was so loud that occasionally, I couldn't hear what my wife and daughter were saying, and they were just across the table from me. The restaurant has outdoor seating and perhaps that area is quieter. So if you go, make sure you ask to sit in a room other than where the bar is. Eclectic bar menu"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food great--loved the thin crust pizza and strawberry kale salad. Calamari excellent!! Noise level really eliminates conservation."
    Dined on 6/13/2014