Mason Social

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366 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Live. Laugh. Be Social
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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.

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DT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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AB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch at Mason Social. Good food, fair price and great ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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NN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

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.

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RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent brunch!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and we could hear each other talk!

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EB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful at Mason!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service...

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went in with high hopes but left disappointed. Mediocre food (brunch), poor service, and overpriced drinks.

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CJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extemely fresh salads.

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OT
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved for NY Eve. Very nice evening. Great food, nice wine selection and excellent service.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place, good food, fun!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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LA
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice servers and good location w available street parking.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on Christmas Eve. Staff was super friendly and we all enjoyed our meals.

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V
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Quick lunch when we were in the area. Everything was good.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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A
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't wait to go back. The food was awesome and the service was great. I highly recommend this place.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is great. Love this place.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Brunch took an hour to get our food

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food and great presentation. super cool setting!

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k
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. Good service. Ambiance seems to be aimed at younger crowd due to the large number of high top tables.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely dinner. Beat the crowds by going at 6 pm when it was a bit more quiet.

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M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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r
Jackson Hole
27 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable and overall great atmosphere.

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CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First try and first impressions were great. Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. Exceptional service.

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A
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

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.

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