Social Kitchen and Bar

Social Kitchen and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.socialkitchenandbar.com/
  • Phone: 2485944200
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Zack Sklar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodward
  • Parking: No
A word from Social Kitchen and Bar
The Roof Top Lounge, the open air "patio/via" and an inspired loft space come together to create Social Kitchen & Bar. Chef Zack Sklar puts his very best on each and every plate, offering up American comfort foods with a twist. Social has a full menu with apps, soup & salads, sandwiches, entrees & side dishes and of course desserts. Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham Social Kitchen & Bar is also a favorite for Sunday Brunch featuring a Bloody Mary Bar and eight different champagne cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Social Kitchen and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (30)neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (27)great for outdoor dining (26)great for lunch (20)hot spot (14)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (9)special occasion (8)scenic view (5)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)romantic (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Don't bother
    Mandy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was horrible. Won't be going back. Fried green tomatoes were like biting into mush. Slider bites. Nasty
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Sweetie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Loved the mussels, fried green tomatoes, chicken&waffles, and the burger (ground pork belly & short rib) fantastic ...yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had the skillet brunch option. You can pick and make your own breakfast. Delicious! Fun place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place for Lunch & Aft Work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food & ambience..... perfect casual place to meet
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome everytime!
    joyjoy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    the chicken and waffles was awesome per usual. i just mean to ask every time to get the syrup on the side, they load it on kinda thick. awesome service as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regular for a reason
    CharnedVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Whenever I'm in Michigan, I come here. The seasonal menus keep me on my toes, and I've never been disappointed. There are plenty of great eats in Birmingham, but this is the one. Some highlights from past trips: pot roast sandwich (lunch), chicken and waffles (brunch)--probably the best north of the Mason-Dixon line, eggs over corned beef hash (brunch), chopped salad (brunch)...Everything sounds so simple but is so perfectly executed that it's impossible not to be impressed. For example, the chopped salad, which sounds like the most boring thing on the menu, has romaine, peas, dill, avocado, parmesan, tomato, hearts of palm, navy beans, crispy flat bread, and lemon vinaigrette, all chopped fine enough to eat with a spoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food!
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We sat up on the deck overlooking Maple Rd. The service and the food were very good. We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening
    KAPA
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to the Social Kitchen. Again, the service was excellent and the food great. Highly recommend for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    mmocerp7
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The dinner was absolutely amazing and came to us really fast. Dessert was warm and fresh out of the oven too! defiantly going back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let's socialize!!
    HappyladyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love the skillets, fun place to bring out of town guests or go to friends to enjoy..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was okay, noise level high - difficult to converse with the person I had dinner with because of this, service slow. Had the cheeseburger which was fine; the side of fries was much too large for one person. I much prefer a quieter atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommendation spot on
    EatAlot
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A friend of our oldest son recommended Social. He said "they make common food uncommon." It was our son's 23rd birthday. Service was good. Food was prepared the way we ordered and delivered within a reasonable amount of time. Was a bit loud and hard to hear server. Great food experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and Service
    DBlair2230
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Having not heard much about this restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised. My salmon was excellent. My drink order was good. The waiter was very attentive. The brussel sproats were very good. I liked the menu. Prices were not too high. I would return again if I was in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch with Bloody Marys
    VAfoodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Love the bloody mary bar with all the fixings. The skillets were great because you could check off what you wanted. Only thing is that I asked for some items and they were not in the skillet, but no one told me that is was missing. Service is not that friendly but they will get what you need.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's All Good
    Ozarkreeb
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This casual place has some of the best and most interesting food in Birmingham. There's a nice combination of quality ingredients, imagination, and kitchen skill at work. Our dinner was a lot of fun and every item was just excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food was excellent, well-priced and unusual. We were delighted to be able to get a reservation at Social, as we didn't know they took reservations and getting them through Open Table was a guarantee that the reservation would be honored. However we did have to wait and would have waited longer if we hadn't pointed out a high-top table in the bar. Apparently the low-top table we were waiting for still wasn't available after 10 - 15 minutes.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    FairWetherFriend
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I blindly pick this place on Open Table for our Father's Day dinner because it was close to where we were going afterwards and the prices were under $30. I figured since it was in downtown B'ham it had to be OK. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! We ate out on the patio but I loved the wood floors inside. The ambiance was artsy and our waitress - Amber - was very attentive. My husband and I have decided to add this restaurant to our list of places to go eat after work since we both work in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Casual Dining
    Prefer2EatAtCasualPlaces
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Terrific food choices with twist. Mac & Cheese tasty. Grilled Caesar salad-wonderful smoky flavor. Brussels sprout chips were very good. Nice selection of wines. Overall this was a very enjoyable dinner and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roof Service is Slow
    NotableDiningVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Service on the roof is notably slower than in the main dining area. We waited 10-15 minutes for each round of drinks and almost hour for our food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Social Kitchen and Bar reviews archive.
  • #1 Chicken and Waffles for Miles
    BlueLou
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We had a reservation for 5:30 which was a great time to get there because the dining room was nearly empty when we were seated, but filled up fast on a Tuesday shortly thereafter and there was a wait at the door. Servers were really attentive. Chicken and waffles appetizer were great, the best I've had! I had the chicken salad sandwich -- good and a pretty large portion (read: I didn't walk away hungry). I also ordered the broccolini side because it was made with chili oil and I thought it would be spicy. While it was good, it wasn't spicy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were there for brunch. It was hopping!!! And the ambiance was great. A real neighborhood gem and someplace I love to take out of town guests because it is just fun. The wait staff was friendly, working hard, and a team effort. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls lunch
    Terryb
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch, we had a great table by the window our server was attentive and we never felt rushed. The Brussels spout appetizer was awesome and the "pick what you want" salad was generous and delicious!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food and the service are always amazing at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social is social
    GrazieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    There are always local people dining and a upbeat atmosphere. One of our favorite Birmingham restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time, LoVe!
    JosephineVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I had seen other people post pics & simply had to try this restaurant. First of all, loved the checkbox style ordering to build my own salad! And when it came, the first bite (exploded) like a flavor bomb! The herb dressing (ask for two) that's what we did because the first tiny cup simply didn't seem like enough. Our server Jeff was great too! I can't wait to go back! I only wish it wasn't so darn far from where we live!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting to Social You!
    Donna22
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Went on a Tuesday(best night in Birmingham for eating out). A little disturbed by our seat at first(too close to the door), but our server just pushed us back and it was fine. Our server really set the tone. She was very relaxed and professional at the same time. Food was excellent, portions perfect, prices reasonable, especially for Birmingham. Will go back again especially when the weather warms up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    ShortStackVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The waitress was extremely knowledgable and friendly. She noticed I was not eating anything gluten and asked me if it was an alergy thing and brought me a gluten free menu. The house grind hamburger was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience for lunch
    Maggie01
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Had small group lunch for restaurant week. Good value and good service. Some interesting menu choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experiance
    bigal
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    We dined at lunch during Bimingham Restaurant. My starter, chopped salad was tasty and perfectly dressed. My tacos were excellent.. My companion raved about the warm chicken salad sandwich.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • each course was better and better
    MikackVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    nothing bad to say about the menu items at this restaurant. Brussels Sprouts were outstanding, they had a unique twist on sliders (with the "burger' baked inside a roll) which were also great. Chicken & Waffles were delectable, sweet and smoky...it had bacon on it...how could you go wrong! Also, Grilled Caeser Salad was really tasty and the French Onion Soup was also good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Spot
    Bigsappy
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    This was a great place for lunch! The service was fabulous and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hot spot on Maple
    JasboVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Hadn't tried Social before. Went there on a Monday night and found it busy, inviting and fun. We sat at a high top in the bar, with a great view of the sidewalk. Tried the brussel sprouts and the fried green tomatoes to start. Loved 'em both. The barramundi skillet was interesting, although I thought the crispy noodles were a bit much. The steak frites is marinated overnight and has a distinctive flavor that I couldn't put my finger on. But I liked it. The mac & cheese add on was terrific. Service was spectacular -- Rick the bartender was doubling as a waiter and really knew his menu and his bar, and was there when we needed something, but never too overbearing. All in all, a place I'd go back to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supply vs. Demand
    Tetzel1517
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We were staying at a hotel and desperate for some Christmas Eve dinner - it's not a tradition in our family, so we were left to our own devices. Social was one of the few restaurants that was open that night, and we're very glad it was. Their speciality seems to be high-end comfort food. I had a chicken salad sandwich that was fantastic and nothing like what you'd make at home or get at a neighborhood deli. My wife and mom both had the spaghetti and meatballs - an enormous serving with fresh pasta and great meatballs. The downside (and it's minor) is that the restaurant was clearly not prepared for being one of the few places open with decent food on Christmas Eve. Several menu items were unavailable as of 7 p.m. that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first visit here.
    stellaVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    This was our first visit here. We arrived 30 minutes prior to our reservation and tried to get a drink at the bar. It appeared they only had one person working the bar - so while we stood next to people who were served - no one acknowledged us for the entire 30 minutes. When we sat at the table - and ordered my husband was brought the wrong drink. But after a shaky start, dinner was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and fantastic
    fundineVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Great atmosphere and fantastic food. One of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool as a Cucumber
    Aquariansea11
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    We enjoyed the kale salad and wine. There were a mountain of fries that looked good, but we didn't eat. It's a great brunch, lunch and dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The food was really good and so was service. The new skillet menu is a awesome idea!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place but rarely
    foodfreakVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    We love this place but rarely go because reservations are not accepted during peak hours. We went on a Monday at 6:00...not busy! Loved the Brussels sprouts, oysters, seafood cobb and salmon. Good wines and liquor choices and good service. We'd love it if they would take reservations all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Food Options
    TedG
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Great menu, both creative and incredibly well prepared food. Sets the benchmark for a kale salad...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second visit
    Kz44tzVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Our first visit was much better. This visit was a girls night out. Our service was awful, it took 10 -15 minutes to take our drink order. The other issue I had was we were never asked if we wanted another drink. I might try again and next time I will say something about the poor service? The service often determines if I return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate