Social Eatery & Bar
Social Eatery & Bar

Social Eatery & Bar

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

OUR CONCEPT:

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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Social Eatery & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (109)fit for foodies (88)neighborhood gem (82)hot spot (76)vibrant bar scene (68)good for groups (54)late-night find (46)special occasion (45)romantic (28)notable wine list (20)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (10)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Great for theater goers
    ccinsrq
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Just what the area needs, a new place to dine on theater days! Also a pretty venue for a few drinks with friends. The menu offers a variety so everyone was happy. Good wine collection and the martinis sounded great. That is for next time. A bit noisy even with all the open air space. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different!
    Reggie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    "Interesting " menu. Food had good flavors, but the portion sizes seemed irregular. One guests appetizer was larger than another's entree. And what's the difference between an appetizer and a small plate? Maybe the server could have explained better. Will give it another try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not quite meeting expectations
    snowbird
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    service could have better, food was very good but thought the cod was a little over cooked, we were seated inside because they said that was our reservation but nowhere on website was inside or outside specified (disappointing), might go back for a second try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ONE OF A KIND
    aardee
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A truly unique dining and SOCIAL experience. Top shelf. You won't find anything like it anywhere in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Spot
    jstillfla
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my second visit to Social Eatery and enjoyed the food and the service each time. They have a very diverse menu with a great selection of different types of food depending on how hungry you might be or what you're in the mood to eat. Had one of their pizzas this time and it was very flavorful and the pizzas are definitely more than enough for two people. The service was outstanding the entire waist staff was very attentive but not over bearing. I'm sure I'll go there again and wouldn't hesitate t bring friends or clients. I will say that it was very load during this visit, much more so than my last visit and it could use some sound absorbing materials to maybe take the volume level down a bit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wonderful place and great food, but waitress never stayed long enough to ask any questions about our choices for our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SOPHISTICATED SPOT
    Nana
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    great waite staff makes this feel like big city ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little loud, but nice.
    ptprct
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was a very beautiful spot and the service was excellent. I do not recall my server's name but she was on top of it. I loved the look of the place-I don't think this is a new building but probably a place that has been there for a while and renovated into restaurant?? It had the look and feel of Sarasota School of Architecture. I was a hot night so we sat inside and the noise level was, at times, quite high. I would love to return on a cooler evening and sit outside-it is my understanding they have fire pits and they would be marvelous to sit by. The food was very good and the menu was interesting and different-which is what I am always looking for. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social Surprise
    Surprise
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had never been to Social and heard about it from some of my work colleagues. What a nice surprise! Fantastic variety of seating and environment, inside by bar, dining area, large outside patio and bar scene. Comfy seating and great food/drinks. Service was so-so, not enough staff for the amount of people and I had to wait about an hour for my reservation table to be ready. But the first round of drinks were gratis due to the wait. The food will not disappoint. Wonderful selections and casual and sophisticated at the same time. Great after work hangout, fun and lively. Would go there again in a heartbeat. The best thing is the surprise layout. The restaurant did not look too big - but theoutdoor patio and dining area was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was amazing. The presentation was beautiful and the taste was out of this world. I will gladly go back for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louisa
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I would like to comment on Val, our server. Very professional, friendly, and knew her menu very well. Able to make suggestions without hesitation. Liked her so well on my first visit on Thursday, that I returned on Saturday and requested Val again!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Social is the best!
    BlockheadSnitz
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Social has food unlike any other restaurant in Sarasota. They've just released their fall menu and they've added some new dishes to their already outstanding classic dishes. The #4 Pizza is by far the best, the pan roasted chicken is hands down my favorite dish. The beer selection is ample and the bartenders really know how to mix a drink!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    Rosie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food and service was excellent but the noise level not good. May not come back because of the noise level.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    PW626
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We took "out of town" guests to Social this evening. It is our 2nd visit and we were once again delighted with the entire evening, great food, great service and a good atmosphere. It is a "thumbs up across the board!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jims review
    Social
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food was great as usual and Val is an outstanding server-personality and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New neighborhood find
    Minda1018
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Social eatery & bar is a nice new up & coming restaurant. When we went to this restaurant it was pouring down rain, majority of the seating was outside under a white awning. Wished more seating was inside. The noise level was very loud. Hard to carry on a normal conversation. The drink & wine menu was nice. I had the blackberry julep. Wished the drink was bigger, it came in a bronzed cup. Tasty but not enough. As an appetizer, we got the bruschetta plate. There were 4 different types: traditional, red pepper, artichokes, and an olive mixture. It was good. For the main dishes, I got the black ink pasta w/ shrimp & my husband got lamb meatballs over pasta. Both were fine, nothing special about them. It was hard to enjoy the meal w/ the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carole
    Carole
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As always, Social Eatery & Bar provides a wonderful dining experience. The Wait staff is extraordinarily attentive, the food is excellent, and the restaurant is chic looking and reminds us of restaurants on Madison Avenue in New York City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful, Slightly Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Four of us went Fri. We opted to sit outside and were shown a far corner table. The menu had some really creative items like Meatballeria - turned out to be Swedish meatballs in various sauces. The Pretzel Dusted Calamari and Shrimp was a terrific name for plain fried calamari and shrimp. My friend ordered Snapper which he was very happy with. His wife ordered pumpkin Ravioli which was tasty but small. The biggest disappointment of the night were my and my wife's Nut Encrusted Lamb Chops - scrawny and overcooked. My server spilled half of my glass of wine on her blouse but didn't bother to replace the amount missing. You've got to polish virtually everything in your presentation and food to earn a higher grade from this reviewer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tasty fresh food.
    circusmom
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a nice family dinner to celebrate a birthday. The menu offers many great selections and everyone, including a strict vegan were able to find a meal that made them happy. Food was excellent and the presentation of everything -including the drinking water, was superb. The service was slightly slow at times, though not consistently slow. We had to ask for and wait for our final bill - which I have to say was a pleasant surprise as the entire meal was very reasonable. Fabulous atmosphere with just the right vibe. We will go there often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and lively atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We've been to Social a few times and always have a good experience. This time, between the four people in our party, we ordered two salads, a pizza and the snapper. Each was great! Would definitely recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manhattan meets Key West
    Fosters
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our recent experience at "Social"! The service was very good, food excellent, and we really enjoyed the energy from many patrons and staff. The small plate variety is exceptional and we tried a few (scallops, tuna) that were just perfect. Also, another friend tried the eggplant parm and expressed it was the best they had eaten anywhere. All in all, the owners have this unique venue figured out, and we look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Year at Social
    TNTDowntownVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Social has been in Sarasota about a year, and my husband and I are regulars! We have tried many dishes, all good. The items that come on boards are especially cool. The pumpkin ravioli is my favorite. Many other good choices. Last night we took 19 people from our condo building. The service was excellent, and everyone loved their food. Social handled the large number of people with aplomb and charm. Many of the group had never been there, but they will go back! Thank you, Social!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food and service are always terrific. The small plates to share make the experience even better. It is a rather pricey meal but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfied Guests
    hard2pleez
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I would recommend this eatery as a place to impress your family and friends. ALWAYS outstanding in all categories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll take a pass
    Debra
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    SO noisy, we gave up conversation half way through the meal. Real hip looking place, but lacking common sense. A restaurant with the majority of the seating outside in FLORIDA?? We were so hot; very uncomfortable, and the fans were obnoxious. Service mediocre at best. Ordered scallops, capers, etc. a small plate, and we thought they forgot to put in the scallops. Come to find out that they were these tiny white things (smaller than peas), in slivers. Couldn't taste any scallops. Too much thought into the superficial and not substance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food great time.
    John
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always great time and good food had by all. We went there before a show and we're greeted promptly, service and the food were great. We would recommend this to all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food
    lovelylady
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have taken several friends for dinner and the f9od has always been delicious. Service is good mostly unless very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodcritic1
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was good but waited over an hour to get it. Also waited an unreasonable time for water and drinks as well. Not sure if we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went based upon a recommendation from friends. Not what we expected.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Mycarryon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Came here with friends for dinner. Delicious food with good service. I would recommend trying the meatballs. The cocktails were fun & unique. Afterwards we went to the outdoor bar to continue the fun. Although the crowded bar scene is not my thing, I liked the seating area and fire pits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, lousy service
    SRQfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The first time was fabulous and we were not only impressed with the food but the service was amazing considering the restaurant was filled to capacity. So full that we were seated in the outside bar area. Our second visit...food again was fantastic but service was just okay. I received my second glass of wine after we had finished eating. Not good but we chalked it up to an inexperienced waitress and returned for a third visit. The restaurant was perhaps half full so we expected better service. This time it tools 20 minutes for the meat and cheese platter to arrive, we had to track down the waitress when we needed more water, etc. I was never asked if I wanted as second glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoy the outdoor...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    ... all year long, even when weather very hot, since they are devices to refresh the air. PLEASE NOTE: I have not had diner INSIDE, always OUTSIDE, which explain why I checked the noise level as quiet; that's mean for outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    amber
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had read such great reviews so I was somewhat disappointed. The ambiance was wonderful. The outside room and bar are gorgeous. Two of us were dining. We ordered four items off the menu and all four came out at the same time, i.e. kale salad, raviolis, meatball, and black pasta. We expected the kale salad to come out first and then other items brought out later. Therefore, by the time we ate the salad, the other food was cold. The Mediterranean meatballs were much too salty! The black pasta had too many different sauces and flavors and I am not sure they were compatible. Maybe if the dish was hot it would have tasted differently.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Understaffed, poor service
    Zayde2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Did not get our order straight, took forever, lots of management hanging around and one server. Will not go back again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    LWRreview
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We've been to Social numerous times and it never disappoints. This visit was for a birthday celebration - my husband's pick. Everything was perfect. We all love the dusted calamari and shrimp. As entrees we chose the lamb, the pizza with grapes, caramelized onions and goat cheese and the chicken parm meatballs...all were absolutely delicious. The ambiance was appealing - not to loud, with pleasant background music. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lizzie
    Lizzie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Fun Place
    RangerFromTheNorthVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    lovelylady
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dining Experience
    Howie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.