I’m not going to sugarcoat this. The food was awful. The veggies with the hummus were wilted, soft, and felt like they had been left out. The rockfish tasted spoiled and was very firm - like it had been cooked days before. The shrimp and grits were seasoned with liquid smoke, and the accompanying pork belly was cooked tough. 2 / 3 into the shrimp and one of them had come out cooked, but off-tasting and soft as if it had gone bad.
This was not a case of we didn’t like the food or it wasn’t to our taste. We left feeling queasy and having serious doubts about kitchen practices.
I’ve never written a bad restaurant review, but this is definitely the worst meal either of us have had in the DC area.
The noise level in the dining room is very loud. I think it may be acoustics because it was the same on prior visits. Food is just OK but specialty cocktails are good.
Our recent visit was our second. Several years ago, I had fried chicken which was over fried. This time, one of our party ordered Peruvian chicken which was stone cold when it arrived, and the chips that came with my tuna app were stale. My cesar salad was mediocre. The manager was most apologetic and did not charge for the chicken entre. On the other hand, my husband said his salmon was the best he has ever had. I would hesitate to recommend to a friend, but our friends say they have enjoyed a number of recent meals there.
Great Sunday brunch at Mason Social. Good food, fair price and great ambiance.
The food. I can’t say enough. Amazing. I had the fried chicken and the wife had the rockfish. We were both blow away. We’ll be back!
My guest and I wanted to order the same meal, server wasn’t listening and heard share. Instead of double checking she assumed she was right and after 40min everyone got food except me. She looked like a deer in headlights, did nothing to resolve the issue. No manager came by. Not worth the cost.
Pleasantly surprised! Visited on a very busy Saturday night. Bar was very loud with a few boisterous patrons, but impressed the bar tender politely asked them to tone it down. Drinks were great, and the dining room atmosphere was nice. Our waitress (Carly) was awesome, and our food was really good. Hostess was crabby and really couldn't communicate, but it was a busy night. 4.5 stars!
Waitress took a long time, didn't seem too focused on customer service. Waitress was very short with my party. Food was only ok, not what I expected for the price.
My sister and I went to Mason Social for the first time during Restaurant Week. We were excited because we found several things on the menu that sounded appetizing. The appetizers were decent, the fried green tomato and deviled eggs. The mains left a bit to be desired. My sister ordered the jambalaya. It was a soupy mess of grease and? Jambalaya does not look like that. I had fried chicken, which by itself was fine. However, the macaroni and cheese side looked exactly like it came from a blue Kraft box. Holy cow! Dessert was satisfactory. We most likely will not return. There would be no reason to. It was an overall disappointment.
We loved Mason Social. I wish I had gotten our servers name as she was fabulous. She was attentive, nice, didn't hover and had a great attitude. And other staff were great. It was Restaurant week so we all got different apps and salad starters to share. The Rockfish was cooked just right and the brussel sprouts were the best I've had in a restaurant. I had given open table a heads up that I was visually impaired and the hostess asked where we'd like to sit. We chose the big table and the lighting was great. The waitress asked a bit later if it was bright enough and if not, they could turn the lighting up. Very special. That has never happened. Thank you for a delightful and wonderful evening.
Great food and we could hear each other talk!
Great American/bar type food. I got the burger - best one I've had in a long time, cooked perfectly! Cocktails we're yummy too.
Always wonderful at Mason!
As usual, Mason Social was fantastic. Great wine, amazing appetizer, and the entrees are always fantastic. The jambalaya was perfectly spaced and wonderful for a cold night.
Great food and service...
Huge disappointment as we had read good things about this place. The place was largely deserted while we were there - not a good sign. The cocktails at the bar were good, as were most of the appetizers (Rueben egg rolls and pork dumplings were the standouts - fried pickles suffered from a tempura like batter that was too delicate for the pickles). The dinners were the big disappointment. Steak with Frites was underwhelming in all respects - steak was boring and tough; and the fries were limp and oily. The pork belly, shrimp, and grits were better, but still suffered from a strange sauce, pork belly that wasn't properly cooked, and grits that were more lumpy than smooth and creamy. And everything was lukewarm when it arrived. Wine list is limited but somewhat interesting. We might have caught them on a bad night, but in total, the experience will keep us from returning. If you get the urge, stick with the appetizers and hang out at the bar.
Went in with high hopes but left disappointed. Mediocre food (brunch), poor service, and overpriced drinks.
The hosting staff wasn’t very friendly but everyone else was great. We had an amazing waiter who was funny and made excellent recommendations. Will go back again.
Extemely fresh salads.
Reserved for NY Eve. Very nice evening. Great food, nice wine selection and excellent service.
Nice place, good food, fun!
My daughter brought me to Mason Social for a holiday weekend brunch. My scrambled eggs were perfectly fluffy_ something that almost never happens in a restaurant. The bacon was also perfectly crisped_ not under or overcooked. Good whole grain toast. And sparkly winter mimosa with pomegranate juice. Fun and yummy!
We went to Mason Social on the Saturday night between Christmas and New Years. While it was reasonably busy, the noise level was not high, and we could converse! The food is quite good, and the service was knowledgeable and attentive, better than the last time we visited over a year ago. We worried that the new restaurants started by the owners might have siphoned away some attention, but that's not the story - good quality and good management!
Nice servers and good location w available street parking.
We went for lunch on Christmas Eve. Staff was super friendly and we all enjoyed our meals.
Quick lunch when we were in the area. Everything was good.
Great wine selection and everything was delicious! From the deviled eggs to the beignets for dessert! Highly recommend indulging in the fried chicken. The salmon was perfectly prepared as well!
Great service and great food. Was a real treat to take out of town guests to the gem in Old Town to celebrate a birthday.
I can't wait to go back. The food was awesome and the service was great. I highly recommend this place.
Food is great. Love this place.
Brunch took an hour to get our food
Very delicious food and great presentation. super cool setting!
Good food. Good service. Ambiance seems to be aimed at younger crowd due to the large number of high top tables.
Lovely dinner. Beat the crowds by going at 6 pm when it was a bit more quiet.
The food was great and they have a vegetarian menu. It’s pricey but I wasn’t disappointed in my meal. They had a great staff the night went. I hope to go back.
Usually a favorite, but this visit was 'off'. Got the fried chicken which is usually amazing and it was just ok this time. Disappointing. I will return because it is usually excellent.... hopefully just an off night. OK food and very slow service, hopefully a fluke.
Very enjoyable and overall great atmosphere.
First try and first impressions were great. Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Exceptional service.
The ambience was great but the food did not live up to the cost of the meals. Way too expensive for a steak that’s going to come out cold and Mac and cheese that is flavorless. I wish I could rate this place better but we were disappointed especially for the price we paid.