Mason Social

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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4.1
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4.0
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S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very surprised by the quality of the food as well as the service. Enjoyed the restaurant week menu. All of the selections were a hit. Would highly recommend the rockfish.

Server was great, too. I wish I got his name; so attentive and genuinely kind.

This is a meighborhood gem that I should take the opportunity to frequent more.

S
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and even better service!

DI
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good brunch selection. Good portion size. Great atmosphere. It’s street parking so can be tricky. Good cocktails too.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful. Generous portions and very tasty. Mimosas were great...very generous pours. Server overhead that it was my birthday and comped a mimosa. Highly recommend!

KM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The food service was fast and efficient. Loved the atmosphere and would come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for New Year’s Eve dinner and the food was amazing, great drinks and the staff was happy to serve. Very wonderful evening!

MA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I have been to Mason Social several times due to it’s location. The service and food quality is very inconsistent. Recently, I went and tried the Peruvian chicken and it was excellent. I decided to make a reservation for New Year’s Eve, which was also a friends birthday.

Several things went wrong with our meal. Drinks ordered when we first sat didn’t make it out to the table until after half of our meals were served. Half of the meals were served at one time and then a few minutes later an additional meal came out. The server failed to notice that the birthday boy did not yet have his meal. We had to remind him to check on it.
I ordered the Peruvian chicken. It came out looking like it had been through a battle. The skin was missing and bones were protruding from the wing. I tasted it and found that it was extremely hot and clearly reheated. I sent it back which is something I can’t recall doing before.
We ordered desserts and had notified the restaurant at booking it was a birthday. We also reminded them while seated. It was a 50th birthday so a candle or even a happy birthday when the desserts were brought would have been nice. The plates were unceremoniously dropped on the table without a word.
The restaurant did comp the desserts but overall this latest visit coupled with previous experience means this restaurant is now crossed off my list of places to go.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!

JA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch! We will definitely return. Thank you for the great meal and service.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff food was good! Will go back and recommend to family and friends!

SM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to enjoy dinner at Mason Social the evening of our reservation because they closed for “maintenance”! I did appreciate the manager calling me earlier in the day so my group (9 of us total) didn’t show up to find the restaurant closed! Thankfully, another restaurant was able to accommodate us all. However, it was a disappointment as I was in town for just a short time and was looking forward to dining there (one of my favorites in Old Town). Next time!

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time at Mason Social. We live close and we thought the menu had some great offerings. We had four adults and two children. Our adult companions do not eat spicy food at all and felt that the burgers were the best non-spicy option. They said that the burgers were good. My husband ordered the meatloaf with the habanero ketchup on the side. His plate was stuffed full with meatloaf, brussel sprouts, crispy onions and street corn. The meatloaf was good, a little heavy on the garlic and would be elevated if it had been seared for a minute. The brussel sprouts were fine but greasy. The street corn was good but kind of random with everything else. I ordered the steak pasta to appease one of the children. The steak was cooked very unevenly. I ordered it without spice and medium well (again, child). Many pieces of the steak were medium at best, some were well. The pasta was boxed penne, sauce was so thin it didn’t really coat the pasta. The veggies were fine. The value of the pasta dish as compared to the meatloaf was very skewed. The water glasses are like tall shot glasses. One of our companions attempted to order three common drinks but the clear was unable to make any. Not sure that we would return.

MF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious comfort food. The cocktails also great

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable neighborhood restaurant. Very good food. Pleasant atmosphere. Friendly bar counter.

s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food / drinks and convenient located

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The service was great, atmosphere was clean and stylish but the food was extremely bland and underwhelming:/

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Everything was ok. Maybe this Sunday night was slow cuz of football and Nats game. I would come back but I’m not in any rush.

D
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We had a really nice time at mason social last night. The food and service were very good. The only qualm was that there was a class reunion going on in their dining section and at one point of the night it got VERY loud. To the point my husband and I couldn’t hear each other. I don’t think that’s very common so I will def return to try more of the menu. Overall, despite the noise, we really enjoyed ourselves and the server even recognized my birthday (no freebies offered FYI).

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited for my birthday brunch! The only critique is that they didn’t have real/pure maple syrup. It’s a simple thing that makes or breaks a quality brunch.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This was the second time I had brunch at Mason Social with the first experience being good enough that I brought my family back. This visit wasn't half as good. By noon on Sunday (they open at 11...), they were out of my drink from the bar, out of one of the French Toasts and out of the Smoked Salmon Benedict. Service was only ok. Food came out fast but was only ok. Not going to rush back.

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a good restaurant with delicious food and the waitress was very nice to my three year old, but it's definitely for the drinking/out for a night crowd (no other kids were in that restaurant).

PA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Appears to be a place on the way down. One server trying her best. One cook? Dirty windows and doors. Too much to be done, too few employees to do it. Two stars at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Must have been a bad day. Food came out very late, and lukewarm. Food didn’t come out together, it trickled out. My lucky charms French toast was just weird and “charred.” (They ran out of marshmallows so this drastically changed the flavor, I guess.) Took forever for payment to process. All that being said it looked like there was only one server for the whole restaurant which could’ve been part of the problem. Big letdown

PB
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The empanadas, watermelon salad, jerk pork sliders, and rockfish over risotto were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back again

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had the pre-fix for restaurant week, which we good, although the portion of fish was rather small. My friend had steak frites, but the fries were cold and soggy. Service was average.

LF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Pretty sure the fish I ordered was not fresh and the meal overall was just lacking in flavor. It's a nice space, quiet, service was competent, but the food is just not all that good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The restaurant overall was not very busy. It turned out to be a party of two rather than four. My guest and I sat at the bar

s
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience, style and food, will come back for sure

W
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great meetup place for Saturday Brunch - we had a great meal and Fiona was a great server......she shared interesting menu items and some items that were popular on the menu. We love this place with great HH bites and lunch and dinner items as well. It was yummy!

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good value for price. Nice neighborhood place. Friendly service. Good variety on menus, but not too big. A favorite.

k
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place -- consistently good food and nice service. They also have outdoor dining!

r
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mark the manager is a very friendly and attentive person.

r
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great meal, good service and nice time. Enjoyed drinks at bar before dinner.

a
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location if you don't want to be in the middle of Old Town, but still in Alexandria. Good menu options. Food was tasty and price was as expected in the area. Lots of 2hour parking around. Will defn return, but wish the noise level was a little lower.

SH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good all around. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Alexandria. Great fried chicken!

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting menu of lunch items including Taco Tuesday items. Everything was very good for a solid four-start rating. Tasty Southwest salad was my fav; very much appreciated they served freshly cooked chicken for this salad and not some dried thing they dragged out of the refrig and microwave like some places. Would definitely go again.

AT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

This was my first time at Mason Social. I had a group of 5 and chose this place because the other place I was going to choose was going to put us at a high top table. When I got to Mason Social they had almost all high top tables and very few regular tables. They said they could not accommodate us at a regular table because of other small party reservations coming in. When I told them that the only reason I chose this restaurant was so that I wouldn't have to be in a high top they said we could have another table after the other table was finished. Then walked in a large party that included a baby and a 90 yr old woman and they tried to put them at a high top as well. The poor woman had no way of getting into that high of a chair and after they had to complain as well, they finally put them at a regular table. The high top tables must be new as my friends say they were not there last time. They really need to rethink that choice. No one likes high top tables unless they are going to happy hour. The food and drinks were fine. Just awkward watching every group that came in not want to sit at the high top tables.

PA
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

They acted like they didn’t know what to do. Bar was lively but overall the place wasn’t packed so we were disappointed with the length of time needed to get our drinks (2 glasses of wine, a marguerita and a beer). Beer was accompanied by a warm glass.
Food was a pleasant surprise but not sure if we’ll be back

SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and drinks for a happy hour or casual dinner date.

K
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Great menu options but the turn out was not as positive. Some of the food was over cooked or just bland and did not live up to the hype but maybe brunch is more their specialty or so I’ve heard.

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