The restaurant was very understaffed today. Paco, the only waiter, did the best he could to keep up with cleaning, hosting, and serving guests. He should be commended and compensated for such admirable work. There was no host and we waited 15 minutes to be seated. The restaurant needs to do a better job with staffing levels.
Take this review for what it's worth, as I did not bring a big appetite this evening and I feel like I did not order to the strengths of this restaurant. A group of us began by ordering cocktails and apps - a plate of nachos and a plate of chips with just guacamole. I only had the guac, which was fine. My cocktail was a bourbon and hard cider concoction which tasted good but was small and over-iced - it got watery really fast. For my entree, I got the pulled chicken salad, which was a romaine salad with shredded chicken and avocado, onion, some kind of vinaigrette. It was not exploding with flavor, but it was fine. It was a Saturday night and they had a live band that was playing covers, mostly from the '80s and '90s. We were in the back room away from the band, so we could hear them but we weren't really experiencing the whole scene - there appeared to be a lot of dancing around the bar and the band and everyone up there appeared to be having a great time. I would give the place another shot but I'd be slow to recommend it. I don't live in that area - I drove 90 minutes for a birthday dinner there - and where I live (Hartford area) there are places with better food for the same prices, places with better values, places with better cocktails and places with better live music. But, again, I would emphasize that, other than the cocktail, I don't feel like I ordered to their strength and we didn't really make an attempt to fully enjoy the atmosphere they were selling. So, I would give them another chance if I were in the area again, for sure.
We had a reservation at 6:46 for six people and at 8:40 o'clock they told us we need your table. As the only six top they had we were sitting. I would rather spend 500 some place else.
Good solid food, great ambiance with a fun, high-energy live band.
Canjun Popcorn shrimp was how we started our meal. Done just right. The wife ordered the Thai steak salad as her entre and it was excellent. I had a bacon, cheddar burger on the pretzel roll. Cooked medium for the right amount of pink. Our server Ben was fantastic who made up for the hostess being off her game that night.
We'll be back!
Thank you for having bands three or more times each week. I have been to Darien Social with friends about 40 times over the past three years for dancing. We have also had birthday and holiday dinners, and it's always a fun and easy place to be.
Food was great and the service was outstanding. My friends and I agreed that we would definitely go back. We had a great time!
Like Darien Social alot. Our server Meagan was top-notch. Been a few times, the bands are a highlight.
Executive Chef Quint has brought his magic and special attention to detail to Darien Social. That makes for a true foodie experience. Nice ambience adds to the dining pleasure, but this restaurant is really all about the special chef.....
The bottomless brunch cocktails are a great deal at $15. Though I only had two sparkling strawberry lemonades , it was a good value. The mushroom frittata comes bare - without and bread or potatoes but there are plenty of sides including the sautéed spinach which I ordered as an accompaniment. By the way the frittata is large enough for two to share.
Unhealthy, deep fried foods, zero atmosphere, slow service. I don't understand how anybody can write anything positive about this place; unless you are looking for anything deep fried. The place has the atmosphere of a dining hall in a cheap ski resort. The server preferred to have a never ending conversation with one guest forcing the other tables to get up and find somebody else to help. Total disaster. Won't be going back. Ever.