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Social Restaurant & Bar
Social Restaurant & Bar

Social Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.socialrestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: (617) 244-4800
  • Hours of Operation: Open Daily 11am - am

    Kitchen Hours:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11am to 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Jared Hargreaves
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Customized catering menus created by chef. Everything from light appetizers to multi-course sit down dinners.
  • Entertainment: Fridays & Saturdays 9pm
    Featuring The Alex MacDougall Band
    Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Beatles, Rolling Stones and more...
  • Special Events & Promotions: Available for any occasion, morning, afternoon and evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre Street
  • Public Transit: Bus stops available within one block.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garage conveniently attached.
    2 hour validated parking during the day M-Fr
    Free Validated Parking at Night during the week and all day on Weekends.
A word from Social Restaurant & Bar
A casually upscale American restaurant & bar. Warm, inviting atmosphere and attentive, friendly staff. Daily lunch and dinner featured menu items. Validated parking day and night. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Social Is a welcome addition to the neighborhood! A nice, upscale restaurant, with good food, right in the neighborhood, and not too pricey!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Very mediocre pizza! Not worth the calories! If one is to have pizza, there are more better places to have it. It also is lacking anything in the way of ambience. Very perfunctory. And the waitress was disinterested as well."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our first time here was great. I took my friend for her birthday due to her mentioning wanting to try it and its right around the corner from us. We started with the fondue and cherry gnocchi - then both got burgers which were to die for. I had asked with just bacon and they sent cheese on it, not a problem, but they ended up comping out beers due to it - which was above and beyond. That alone really wanted me to bring my business back here. Great food, nice environment, and tried a lot of new things. Strongbow cider is a great light cider beer. Being brought up in the restaurant industry - your expectations are always higher than usual - that being said... I'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My pasta was too oily and the BBQ chicken pizza was too sweet. Too bad because is a very convenient place in Newton."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was poorly prepared: the steak was garlicky, the spinach was soggy spinach, and the French fries were limp. The seared tuna had no flavor. The salad had slimy lettuce. No salt and pepper on the tables."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have been here a couple times for dinner and had a pleasurable experience. But the sunday brunch is awesome! The pancake sliders with Nutella and bananas ... Very good. But the best part was the variety of the menu which offered something for everyone at my table."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Social is a nice addition to the Newton Corner area. We were pleasantly surprised that this wasn't just another pub food place, but well thought out and executed dishes. We started with the Lobster sliders, highly recommend! My husband had the Filet Mignon and I had the Cobb Salad, both were fantastic! Our server was friendly and efficient, but not overbearing. If you're seeking a place to go out before heading into the city, definitely try out Social. Worth noting - parking in the garage at the Crown Plaza is cash only. The adjacent hotel does have an ATM in the lobby, but its still a pain to not be able to use a credit card if you're cashless that evening. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went here for Brunch graduation weekend. They accommodated our large group and we had excellent service. Food was great !"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We stayed at the Crowne Plaza while visiting our son @ Boston Colllege before his graduation and enjoyed a great dinner @ Social. It was so good, that we made a reservation for our pre-graduation family dinner - and it was great! The service was terrific, the staff was so accommodating! And the food was amazing. We only wish the short ribs were on the spring/summer menu! (We had them the first time we were there and they were the BEST.) We also had brunch at Social and it was delicious. If we lived in Newton, Social would be a restaurant we would go to all the time. (Unfortunately we live in NY. ) But it would be worth the 3-hour drive !!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Didn't realize Social's location when I needed a last minute reservation close to Boston College. When we realized it was in the Ceown Plaza we were going to cancel but we checked it out and it turned out to be quite good. Drinks were fantastic and burgers and appetizers were great. If you can get past its location it's a good place. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were having trouble picking a dinner spot, until OpenTable suggested Social. Without looking at the reviews, we gave it a shot. We sat in the back room which was quieter than the front. Our server was fantastic, the chicken 'lollipops' were very tasty, the filet mignon was cooked perfectly, and we loved the wine selection. Overall, everything was delicious! And the reviews reflect that. We will be back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "stopped in for lunch with some friends - this is a casual, reasonably priced and friendly place Two of us had the seared tuna salad (large) and one had the chicken sandwich done as a wrap (change is no problem) It was Patriots day, so it was quite quiet at lunch Waitress was super friendly give it a shot - nice people (note it is in the hotel, or attached, but separately operated)"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "the waitress was very attentive ( to the point of over attentive ) to taking our order. We were taking our time. Food was good but one dinner was not exactly what was ordered. We had to flag her down for our check ..... and had to go find her to make our payment. Don't know if I would come back. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Tried Social for Mother's Day jazz brunch. Creme brulee french toast was excellent. Eggs on crabcakes benedict were good, but crabcake was nothing special. No kid's menu or no kid-friendly cups (so BYO) but my son loved pancake sliders with nuttella, and the portion was perfect for a hungry 3-year old. Brunch prices were portions (including 1 side to share with 2) were filling but reasonable; don't expect to be stuffed. Reasonable prices Live Jazz duet (string bass + keyboard/vocals) was nice with good variety, and my wife, who sings amateur acappella jazz, approved. Initial service (getting menus and drinks) was a touch slow, but overall service was friendly and efficient. Free parking at Crowne Plaza hotel with validation"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Social for Mother's Day brunch with a toddler and newborn. The staff was amazing in accommodating us and ensuring that all of our needs were met. They seated us in a booth away from the music, but we were still able to appreciate the great jazz music. There were many great options on the menu for us and our daughter. The lemon ricotta pancakes and crab benedict were amazing. We will definitely return to Social."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had a flatbread and it was delicious. Service and atmosphere were good. You do not feel like you are in the hotel bar. Definitely would return. I just would not get the app I did - Hot Rocks - as it was expensive and small in size. All the apps were on the expensive side. the restaurant might consider happy hour apps specials or more bar type apps (nachos, wings, sliders) as that is what most look for when being "social""
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day brunch with our new baby and they were very accommodating; moving tables to make ro for our stroller and giving us a table where it was a bit less chaotic and noisy. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Newton craves what Social promises. If they could only execute in the kitchen. On 2 visits the food side failed to live up to the possibilities. They haven't got the basics down yet-over oiled brussel sprouts, over dressed salads, over-cooked salmon and a fabulously conceived clam chowder with way too big shell on clams that on one occasion couldn't be chewed even after some serious teeth gnashing. On my 2nd visit, the clams were smaller & more tender but the flourless broth was too thick with pure heavy cream. I like rich but not a day's worth of calories in one bowl. Thinned out with rich seafood stock & put a potato & onion in there, & I think you have a winner. Get this place right and there will be lines out the door. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Delicious made-to-order clam chowder. The burgers were top notch, and perfectly cooked to our specifications. Attentive service. Compares well against The Local, Cook Newton, and The Biltmore in terms of food quality, and in fact has a wider range of menu options. Merits a visit. We had read some (early) mixed reviews, so were skeptical. Yet Social offered great bistro food, well-prepared. We'll be heading back soon."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "High expectation, sad results. The food was in some cases fine, when what was ordered was delivered. Burgers not cooked to order, fries very soggy . In a case like this where service can save the day, it was also mediocre. Unfortunate!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I was frankly surprised having remembered this spot as an Applebees for many years. The menu is a bit limited, but you will have some enticing choices. Don't miss out on the clam chowder; I was pleasantly surprised on how it was made and presented; a bit heavy on the cream, however, the taste is worth the try. All in all a good expericned worthy of a return visit. I could imagine a group of friends sitting and enjoying themselves there for a few hours after work or on a weekend; Plenty of couples as well. The bar was well attended; travelers statying at the hotel and co-workers from what I could venture to guess. Given the location at the hotel; I woudl guess that is what generates a good portion of the crowd."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Mussels were very good. Wife's pasta with lobster good although slightly oily. And then my burger came out both raw and cold. Rare and warm would have been great! A chef needs to be able to cook a burger at a gastro pub. Service was excellent and burger was removed but damage was done."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "a huge improvement over applebees. this space was vacant for many years but The Social has staying power . The new owners assembled a great menu, a talented chef and a warm wait staff to provide a strong new entry in the burgeoning Newton restaurant scene. The Social features a wide range of meat, fish and poultry items. Prices are not cheap but you won't regret spending $80 for dinner for two, including a glass of wine. Your waiter or waitress doesn't automatically bring a bread basket but our waitress found some to serve when asked. Otherwise very accomodating as well. Menu recommendations: brie fondue, scallop entree, bibb salad, grilled tuna"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very cool place. The food and drinks were excellent and the attention to detail from the staff made this a special night. My steak was cooked perfectly and my girlfriend raved about her scallops. The band was great and a great mix of old and new popular music. It seems like there is a New sheriff in town on newton Corner!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Would expect less expensive entree options for the location."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our server was either having a bad night or needs to be retrained. She had no polish as far as welcoming us nor did she help out in describing anything unless asked. For example when asked if there were any "specials" she answered "no", I guess I am used to servers having a little personality. The server treated customers on either side of us the same way, so it was not personal to us alone. She shared her lack luster with everyone. A server can make or break an experience!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Not busy at lunch time on a Monday but the food arrived fast, attentive staff and food was hot."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Truly a fabulous restaurant with great service and delicious, amazing food."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Went to the restaurant on a Wednesday evening. Wasn't to busy, but enough of a crowd. We tried 3 new apps, a flatbread pizza and a burger. All were fantastic. One of the managers came over and spent time talking with us. After they had cleared our plates. The manager sent over 2 desserts on the house for us to try. A chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream and a Nutella bread pudding with caramalized banana slices. Both were great. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We always like to find new restaurants and our son's birthday gave us an opportunity. Other than having a hard time finding it (we parked in the wrong garage but the lobby guard kindly validated) we had a most pleasurably experience. We were greeted appropriately by the hostess and seated at a window table. Our waitress was wonderful, suggesting items but not overwhelming us. I asked for a pomegranate martini and was kindly told that the barkeep could not make that but the waitress offered alternatives. Our meals were very good (great risotto) and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "A perfect place to go if you don't want to converse with your dining partner. SO LOUD ! $14 for a martini, served in a glass that looks and feels as it was purchased at Walmart, and tasted as if it had been made by a bar tending school drop out. A meal less then memorable, to the point, that you leave feeling as if you'd been better off having skipped the meal, saving a few dollars and loosing some weight. A long time before I give it a second chance."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Some of the worst service I have experienced in a long time. The food was just ok. I will not be returning."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First time at the Social. Arrived early headed to the bar for a cocktail before our other guests arrived, but we were basically swept away from the bar before we could even place our order. When our guests arrived our waitress promptly greeted us. But, she was a little over eager to take our food orders, like asking every few minutes the minute our cocktails arrived. Our obviously inexperienced waitress was constantly interrupting. We finally told her we would find her when we were ready. Didn't stop her. Restaurant was not busy, so her need to push us through the evening wasn't necessary. Dining w/friends should be an enjoyable experience, to be savored, and certainly not rushed. But, the food was very good, will go back, maybe...."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Excellent spot for larger girls night out spot. Food was very good. Service was attentive. Would have liked to know that it was in a hotel."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Didn't expect to like this place as much as I did! Glad I tried it, outstanding service and good. The drinks were great too."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had dined at the Social during the first month it opened and did not have the best experience. We decided to go back after hearing from friends that they had been and really enjoyed themselves. We were delighted to find that everything had improved a great deal from the opening month. The food was great and so was the service. Very friendly staff and management."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The remodeled Applebees looks good. The food was good but not great. The price point is not equal to the experience. It is overpriced for a good neighborhood restaurant. The service was very good, our server was knowlegable and friendly and the manager checked in with us a few times. We probably won't be running back for dinner, but we may try the brunch."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We've been to the Social twice now. Both times, our meals were excellent. There are tables in the front near the bar - more energetic (weekend.) We opted to sit in the back that has tables and rounded booths - provides quieter more intimate seating. 2 of the 4 of us had the Short Ribs. The best I have had. Ample portions. The other 2 had the Tuna - both thought it was outstanding. All 4 shared the Mussells appetizer - more than enough for 4 and delicious. Try the white chocolate bread pudding. Well managed restaurant. Located Right on the mass pike in the Crown Plaza hotel (but separately owned from the hotel) there is ample free parking in the hotel garage. This is nothing like the former Applebee's space. Elegant remodel."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went Saturday night with a friend for dinner. Had a great time! Our server was wonderful and attentive without being too much. The food is great. We shared the hot rocks and fondue appetizers. Both very good. Wishing the hot rocks had a bit more meat but it was delicious and fun. The fondue is really awesome. I had the tuna for dinner and its perfect....chose to have it seared and it comes over pad thai. Great combo. We split the bread pudding and the fig cookie. Both are very good! Great bar scene and good tv's if you just want to sit at the bar and watch a game. I would call it upscale comfort food. The location is great and the free parking in the hotel garage next door is a plus!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Return visit to Social. Scallop entree was perfectly prepared. Apps were unique and delicious (butter-bean hummus, and crab cake bites). Desired red was out but the substitute wine offered by our server was better. Server was very friendly and timed her visits perfectly, understanding that we were waiting for half of our party. We were seated immediately despite the fact that we had two parties arriving late. The live entertainment (we dined on a Friday night) was such a plus. Even though we were seated directly in front of band, we were able to continue to converse while the band played. We enjoyed the lounge music so much that we stayed past midnight! Next time I'm trying the "Adult Chips" with caviar..."
    Dined on 2/8/2014