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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Social Eatery & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (128)fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (88)hot spot (79)vibrant bar scene (76)good for groups (62)late-night find (52)special occasion (49)romantic (34)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (10)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (5)Show More
  • 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
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • Ambiance, Good Drinks,Terrific Food
    marians
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social Eatery & Bar Dinner
    localyokel
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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".
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing!
    Mountainwine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Spot in Downtown SRQ
    sophistikat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Sporticus
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was high-level. So was noise.
    SRQFoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative Italian
    Jeffeatshere
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • antisocial
    gudfud
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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. . .
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • cocktails and small bites
    diyaynu
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Dick
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic In Spot
    marians
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bloven
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot scene viewed by ordinary diner
    25weekendvisitorVIP
    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).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A newly discovered gem
    SRQFoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Hot Hot
    cabkid
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find
    Cvetro
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social
    Social
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, with Flair!
    finedinexpert
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PeteyC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Fantastic Hip great cocktails, really enjoyed the outside dining. Young energetic helpfull staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.