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Social Restaurant and Wine Bar
Social Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • Address:
    188 East Bay St
    Charleston, SC 29401
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Social Restaurant and Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.socialwinebar.com
  • Phone: (843) 577-5665
  • Hours of Operation: Open Seven Days a Week:


    Bar Open: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Friday. 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday + Sunday.

    Dinner Served: 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.

    Happy Hour: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Sutton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cumberland & Queen
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking can be validated at parking deck located directly behind us.
A word from Social Restaurant and Wine Bar
Offering Charleston’s largest selection of wines by the glass, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar has become the preeminent wine bar of Charleston. Social is housed in a nineteenth century warehouse and features a stunning four-thousand bottle display cellar, where numerous exclusive wines are stored.

Complementing its extensive wine selection, Social serves dishes inspired by the wine-growing regions of the world. Social’s knowledgeable staff can pair each dish with a wine to enhance the culinary experience. Eat. Drink. Be Social.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "After a number of "low country" meals, Social was a nice change of pace for us. We enjoyed the cheese sampler and a number of small plates. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, and we had a terrific night out. It's loud, so don't plan on a quiet romantic evening..."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Don't get the fish served over corn. It's a piece of fish served in a bowl, an actual BOWL of soup...yuk! I traded my dish with my hubby who had the red snapper, which was superior. I mean, if you are expecting grilled to be really "grilled" inquire heavily about it. If it comes in a bowl, it's fish soup. Mussels are tiny tiny. Clean place, good service, food is hit or miss. I will go again but look at other peoples' food as we walk in and ask a lot of questions. The "hit" is superior to the miss. If we weren't in a group w friends I would have sent my dish back to the kitchen. Just ask a lot of questions and look around. Fish in a bowl is just fish soup! We'll go again but skip the mussels and fish soup."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The wood fired mussel app was excellent. So good we ordered another!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Me and my date both had a great time. The South American wine flight I ordered was very tasty, and paired well with the cheese plate. We both especially enjoyed the House Chips with the blue cheese fondue. The service was spot on and, combined with the ambiance (candle-lit wall sconces, local paintings), made for a really enjoyable night out."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The hubs and I were taking a stroll down east bay and we decided to stop into social for a tasty beverage. Let me tell you this, we were not dissapointed! We decided to start off with some munchies, the mussles were T.D.F. TO DIE FOR! Not to be confused with D.T.F. Ha ha ha. Next, we decided to keep up the seafood thing and tried to scallops, YUM! This place is one of our favorites in charleston, do yourself a favor and stop in!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The new happy hour menu is amazing! Check it out! Waitstaff is every knowledgable and friendly. I would highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We arrived for our 8:15 reservations and the place was packed. At least 4 large parties of 10+ people. This was poor planning as of course our server had one of these parties and our food order went in after theirs. It was 9:30 before we ate. I recall the food being good, but ate it so fast I don't recall. The server and manager apologized and comped our salads, which I guess was nice. To top the experience off the server knocked a full glass of water over in my lap making look as though I had wet myself. So much for going out after dinner. That night was a bust. If I go back I will enquire as to how many parties they have before, as they can't accommodate adequately for that many."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I have been to Social before, actually two months prior, and had a great experience. This time was so poor, I unfortunately have to give 1 star and will not be returning. First, it took 2 and a half hours to get our food and our waitress stopped by our table maybe every half hour to be generous. When we ordered a bottle of wine, she poured both glasses without allowing us to taste, which I had never experienced at a wine bar. The steak was very overcooked and by that time we were so ready to go because we had waited so long I didn't care anymore. After the very spotty service and overall unprofessional demeanor from our waitress, I highly suggest spending your time and money at another restaurant in Charleston."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Appetizers were very good. Wood fried pizzas could have been more flavorful. Wine list was very good. Great place to visit."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I should have known when we walked in when the hostess was wearing yoga gear that we might not be in the right place. The overall experience was lack luster and unappealing. A shame really because it is in a great location and boosted a large wine cellar which looked more like an overstuffed closet. As for the food, we did enjoy the rice balls and spring rolls but the main entrees were terrible."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Casual restaurant with limited menu of gourmet offerings and small bites. I had the wine flight which had 3 half glasses of wine selections with dinner. Large wine list & great food. Adult food fare."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Wine list and food were both excellent. We had an excellent cheese plate for appetizer and the pork cheeks and strip steak for dinner. Sides are unique and delicious. Defiitely a place we would visit again when visiting Charleston."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've been to Social multiple times and every time I have an exceptional experience and with great servers. The ambiance is excellent. It is not too loud and the music they play is relevant not elevator music like some restaurants. The food is PHENOMENAL as well portions are small but the food is so excellent that you eat slower. This is the type of restaurant that you sit, relax, and enjoy good company, good ambiance, and good food all in one."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This was a fabulous discovery for us! Every dish on the menu appealed and the ones we selected were truly superb. The tilefish in Moroccan spices with Harissa sauce on a bed of lentils was the winner! A masterful combination of flavors and textures. The coconut brownie dessert was also to-die-for. The wine pairings were great. And our waitress, Carly, was a true professional--knowledgeable, articulate, sincere, caring, and totally on top of it. Serious kudos, Carly! I wish we came to Charleston more often as I am already anticipating my return to Social."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Was there for a get away weekend. The food was incredible, and the wine list was great. Not only do they pair their food well, but the waitress (Beth) knew the specifics of each of the wines. Great food, great atmosphere. Definite go and check it out!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed Social very much. The food was great and service, excellent!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It was Sat. evening and the joint was jumping! A nice size bar area with lots of high top tables to drink or eat at. The dining area was separate & slightly elevated to give you a good view of the entire place. The food was very good but there were only 5 or 6 entrees to choose from on this night. The service was fast, friendly and informative. It's located in the middle of E.Bay with several other restaurants & bars and the only negative is parking is not close by. I'd recommend it to a friend. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Social was a great find. Unique menu and great tastes. The loft style interior was great and the glassed in wine room is awesome. The bar was great too. I am sure the Friday and Saturday night scene is great in this place!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "In a town like Charleston with so many (SO many) amazing spots to eat in such a range from Poe's/Taco Boy to High Cotton and Pensisula Grille (and everything in between)... Social was a disappointment. Limited menu, very loud environment, and the wine is okay but then again there is great wine all over town. I've been in Charleston 15 years and never once have had a less then spectacular meal or left a restaurant thinking I wouldn't recommend it to a tourist or friend. Now I guess I'll adjust that sentiment to 'never more than once'."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance when you first walked in, the food and wine were wonderful as well! It was our friends 30th birthday and we were so happy we decided to eat there. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was delicious but portions were on he small size. For the price I would expect a larger portion. Server was friendly and attentive "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We had an absolutely amazing dinner! We came for a bachelorette party and the waitress could not have been any more attentive!!! She was prompt with our drinks and patient with our many questions about the menu. We ended up ordering many appetizers which all proved to be equally delicious. The salads and dinners to follow were beyond superb. This was one of the best parts of our trip to Charleston and I can't not wait to return to Social!!! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This restaurant has an excellent wine list with nice flight options and a good menu for a casual meal. The noise level was vibrant while the restaurant was quite full, but not overwhelming. Very good service too."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We came at happy hour with the family, and feasted on the $4 appetizers. Plus got a few regular menu items. Had a great time and a great meal. Would love to go back. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "When visiting Charleston, do not miss this fun wine venue. They offer a handsome wine menu and even serve half glasses. The flights are fun and they are generous with letting you taste before you buy. Hats off to the owner and manager Don."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Cute place, Caesar salad is very fishy. They were awesome about switching it for me since I wasn't a fan. Great service. Everyone else in my party enjoyed their food though."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had my birthday dinner at Social and had an excellent experience. The drinks were excellent and the wine selection is endless. I ordered the flat-iron steak, which was grilled to perfection and tasted excellent. Our waitress was VERY attentive, getting on our nerves occasionally but I'd rather have a waitress check too often than never check at all. My only negative was the sound level, which I should expect during peak dinner hours but I had to lean in to hear my date. Overall an excellent dining experience I highly recommend, just don't expect it to be quiet."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was great wine too but the intimidate look is deceiving in pics. Had a great time but would not set this up as an "intimate" date night again. I guess it's true to it's name and the noise level reflects it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Was looking for a nice place to take my girlfriend out on our first night in Charleston and found Social to be the perfect spot. The wine list was extensive and the waitress was knowledgeable on food/wine pairings. We got a pizza and I got the stuffed chicken. Both were excellent with the chicken so moist it melted in your mouth and the brie and apple pizza was unique and delicious! Will definitely return when in town again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Slow service. Ok food. Have to do better in Charleston"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Even though they stuck us by a loud party,Our server Beth made the evening great! Will be back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our overall experience was great. The food was AMAZING and so fresh! We will definitely be going back. Our server was very knowledgeable about our wine choices"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The food preparations were very good all around. I really enjoyed the pork cheeks. Unfortunately, the restaurant is so loud that conversation is almost impossible. Our party of 4 had to yell at each other just to get short sentences across. The noise is not just from the music, but the harsh acoustics of the space."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "My favorite happy hour in town! $3 house wines and champagne. $4 app selection. Perfect spot to take a large or small group of ladies!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed Social. They are packed on the weekends, but it was fun. Food was great."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everything was great, the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We are from a local area, and always visit Charleston for special occasions. We have been wanting to try SNOB, and after using Open Table, we finally got in! The mouthwatering food, the complimentary champaign to celebrate our marriage, the stellar service, the classy decor, and putting us in a special private booth ...all top notch! We highly recommend this venue and will be sure we always make in each time we are in town!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very extensive wine list and modern american food choices- service was quick but at no expense to the food and everyone was very friendly- by 8 o'clock the place was full especially around the bar scene."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "What a great surprise! Awesome Valentines location with fantastic food and a great wine list. Service was top notch also."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Grimy inside (esp the window looking into the kitchen...eww!!), spaced out staff, so-so food. Spend your money at one of the money other Charleston restaurants."
    Dined on 2/10/2014