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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
  • "For being a Sarasota restaurant, Social has a young vibe. The decor is sleek and modern. It seems to attract people for a Friday happy hour and late night crowd. My hubby likes their elder gin martini. The prices are reasonable and it offers very good Italian food. I would recommend any of the appetizers. Only have tried a few but they look amazing! The pizzas are really good and they offer different types of meatballs on their menu. Overall, I will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We have been to Social several times now and had a great time on each occasion. The restaurant is very open with a modern design, there's not much that separates the outdoor from indoor seating. I wouldn't really consider Social for a quiet, romantic dinner for two, but for a fun night out with friends or just your significant other it's perfect. The food is very good and not very expensive. Very unique pizzas are the highlight, but I have yet to have anything that I didn't like. Give Social a try...you'll be glad you did."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food very much but overall too loud especially after moving a large party too close to our table. Too difficult to have a conversation. Would recommend to sit outdoors when the weather is cooler."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We found the recent evening at the Social Eatery and bar to be an enjoyable experience. The staff was friendly and relaxed and the menu offered unique cocktail selections as well as healthy and out of the ordinary dining options. Overall a nice evening!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The service & ambiance were great! Have been coming here to Social ever since they opened and have NEVER been disappointed. we had a large party last Fri night of 7 and service was great!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very pretty restaurant with attractive, if not the most attentive, wait staff. More staff would enhance what is already a pleasant experience. Food is terrific - chicken, pasta, calamari, bruschetta, meatballs - everything we've had on our three visits was delicious and interestingly prepared. Try the flat bread instead of the rolls, it is really good. Noise level is high near the bar, but the people watching is fun. It really is a special restaurant, you would think you are in Park Slope Brooklyn or lower Manhattan New York. Nice addition to Sarasota! Easy to make reservations on Open Table."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "On our first visit to SE&B, we had a party of six. The roof was rolled back and then the rains came but the staff handled it gracefully and no one got terribly wet. With all kinds of different tastes, everyone in our party ordered something different, from appetizers and small plates to hamburgers and main courses. Everyone enjoyed their food, with some having enough leftovers to take home and the service couldn't have been better. With three generations in our group, I'm sure the younger ones will be making a return visit, maybe sooner than the "Grands". The restaurant scene in Sarasota is highly competitive but I have a feeling that SE&B is a "keeper"."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Dined at Social twice in one weekend because we had such a great experience on the first night and wanted to try more things from the menu the next evening and invite our friends!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great food and cocktails. Outdoor dining was very nice with a retractable roof that saved us from a quick Florida rain. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the food. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Superb food and fantastic service. Kids loved the pizza , and the steak was incredibly tender. Deserts were awesome , and what a treat to get a bottle of Sancerre for $37. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I ate outside on my first time there and gave this place my highest rating, based on the innovative and delicious food. On my second visit, with another couple for an intimate birthday dinner, the heat forced us to sit inside, near a bar that was quite noisy for such a small gathering. We had to speak so loudly that people at other tables would have been able to hear our words, as we could hear theirs. For the most part, we had to either sit silently or shout. This placed is called "Social Eatery & Bar." It's an excellent eatery but if you have to eat inside, it's also a noisy bar. I would go again, but only if it was cool enough that I could be seated outdoors."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It's rare to find such creative dishes with reasonable prices. Everything we tried was delicious including the desserts. The service was informed, friendly and attentive. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Second time here. First time, food was mediocre, but thought we would give it another try. I had their signature chicken Parmesan meatballs. They were smothered in marinara "soup" (supposed to be sauce). Could not taste the meatballs. My husband had the corvina. A seafood dish described as a dish with shrimp, scallops, artichokes and cherry tomatoes with kale. It was a dish of kale with two popcorn shrimp, one scallop, two pieces of artichokeyour and lots of tasteless kale. When he complained, they took it off the bill. Very loud. Could barely hear the couple we were with. Would not go back. . ."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Upbeat & and energetic place. Charcuterie, scallop (small plates) yummy. Love their cocktail lists - imaginative and delicious! Note - inside is noisy but fine if you know that ahead of time."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The Hostesses were kind and polite. The Server was quite accommodating and had a good pace between courses. She had many tables, however, she paid great attention to our table. The specialty cocktail menu is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Service should have been better. Waited at least 10 minutes after seating before we were greeted by a server. Took exceptionally long to receive our drinks. Wait staff seemed confused. But, the food was good!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Lovely décor, great ambiance, food description on menu is well-written and the food was terrific. Small plates are just enough. Everything is plated with flair. We'll be back. Mixed diverse diners early in the evening, older folks going to nearby theater, younger adults at thriving bar scene, late night bar and dining with a crowd between 25-50. Terrific addition to Sarasota."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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