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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "For those looking for a contemporary dining choice, Social has its own slant -- the menu is distinctive, the cocktails geared to urban tastes, and the restaurant design sophsticated in its simplicity. Social has energy without being a hangout."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Loved the decor and the indoor/out/door style. The food was amazing. We had the mushroom pizza which was smoky and fab."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food great--loved the thin crust pizza and strawberry kale salad. Calamari excellent!! Noise level really eliminates conservation."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant! The food was delicious ,service was excellent and great ambiance. We highly recommend it and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was very ordinary. Pasta and risotto overwhelmed with sauce. Assorted bruschetta just heavy. Quantity over quality."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Good food, reasonable prices and great ambience. Menu has something for everyone and signature cocktails are a must !"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " Very enjoyable evening beginning with the valet parking. The meatballerie dishes were different and excellent and pastas were supreme. We will certainly be back again."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Social on first has become my new favorite Sarasota hot spot. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great spot with great food and a good vibe."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Loved the Gulf to Fork entree! Fabulous cocktails, interesting appetizers, plenty of choices to share with others. You enter into a private enclave that you didn't imagine was there when you walk into the door. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We all got numerous mosquito bites. As much as we enjoyed our dinner, the next time we go we will eat inside or eat someplace else."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • " BLACK NAPKINS!!! The white napkins that they have get lint all over my black outfits. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Social has a wonderful combination of relaxed ambiance, great food, a diverse menu and excellent service. We love bringing visitors from out-of-town here, especially our foodie relatives. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Food was great, server was pleasant and very accommodating. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great for dining prior to theater. Excellent food and service make the experience well worth the visit. Pricing is reasonable and, being from Philly, I can say that the pizza is excellent!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Our server was nice, but didn't have enough training to be able to talk about the wines on the menu or recommend a wine that would have fit the criteria we requested. (New Zealand type Sauvignon Blanc). The wine selection seemed limited. Wine prices are high and limited. Server also indicated the pizzas were about 10", however the pizzeria was much larger. Seems she needed more training than she was given. We would not consider going to Social in the summer as the majority of the space is outside. Numerous fans cannot overcome the high humidity we have in Sarasota. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This was my third visit and I enjoyed it very much. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We just discovered Social a month ago and we've already been back. The attitude of the servers, the menu and the food is wonderful. The ambiance is lovely as well. And, it's always great to find a place with an outdoor venue. Loved the vibe. Arrived at 7:15 for our reservation and stayed until 11:00 pm. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is our first disappointing dinner experience since Social opened! Our table for four (with out of town guests) sat in an alcove where the air conditioner vent dripped on us from above, so noisy we couldn't talk, long long ladies room line was right at our table, meals were not hot! Calamari/Shrimp app was cold and over-priced for small amount on board, one shrimp and shredded fried veggies. Biggest disappointment was Dreaming Tree Crush wine was taken off menu! Service was fine, but probably will not go back, sorry! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We liked the outside dining with fresh green plants table side and a cool air tower to keep the temperature cool. This place was very busy on a Thursday evening. Reservations are a must even off season. The menu has some great creative option. We ordered veggie balls and they were great. The shellfish and calamari in a light red broth was also delicious. I would definitely eat here again. BTW they offer free valet parking."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Feels like being in NY with a flare of Maui. Love the menu offering interesting combinations, including drinks."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Social Eatery & Bar has been open for less than a year, but is already getting a steady following of customers. It features fresh, local ingredients that tend towards an Italian base in a variety of offerings: Small Plates, Sharing Plates, Wood-Fired Pizza, Pasta and even a half-dozen or so larger full-course meals called simply “Plates”. They also feature something that they call “Meatballeria” on their menu. It’s a different – and better – take on the meatball subs that we used to get stuffed into the heel of a loaf of Italian bread. Social is just a short distance away from one of the Florida Studio Theatre venues and should become a favorite spot before or after the show for play goers. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014