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About Social Eatery & Bar

“Social Eatery & Bar offers unforgettable Italian-American comfort food in a unique indoor/outdoor setting with an exceptional style that is refined yet casual and invites spontaneity. Old World charm kisses New World sophistication. Eat. Drink. Socialize.”

OUR CONCEPT:

Social Eatery & Bar takes an inventive and original approach to traditional Italian-American comfort food that emphasizes the use of fresh-made and local ingredients.

For generations, Italian food has been amongst the most popular, if not the most popular, food in America. Today, those who dine at fine restaurants of every type continue to enjoy classic cuisine, and still demand creativity from the chef. Yet there is a new dynamic, an almost primal yearning for food that is healthy, fresh, local, delicious and fun.

Social Eatery & Bar hopes to combine our love for classic Italian comfort food with our desire for fresh and local ingredients.

1219 First Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 12am

Cross Street:
US 41 & 1st Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 444-7072

Website:
http://www.socialonfirst.com/

Catering:
For details contact: events@socialonfirst.com

Parking Details:
Complementary Valet is offered

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For details contact: events@socialonfirst.com

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Reservations cancelled after December 30th may be subject to cancellation fee at restaurant's discretion.

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Social Eatery & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
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Good for a Date (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Casual (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Organic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

We recently visited for a friend''s birthday and were very impressed with every aspect of our visit. We tried several different items on the drink menu and enjoyed it all. The food was incredible. You will not be disappointed with the pizza! Our server was lovely. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We decided to follow along with Sarasota Magazine's 10 Cocktails list in the latest issue and try each recommended location and cocktail. Social was the first one we tried and we were thrilled with the appearance and ambiance - very different than most of the places we've been since moving here and much more like the places we've loved in the metro areas we've lived before. You can dress up or you can be chic casual - I wouldn't wear sneakers or athletic wear that seems to be appropriate for any place here in the area. There's an indoor and an outdoor bar, as well as indoor and outdoor tables. We will be back, probably pre-show since it's season now.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Not our favorite visit. The service was terrible and the meatballs were on the dry side. Would still go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Nice meal and good service. I ate at the bar. Restaurant had a nice layout, although it was not full at the time I dined. I had the grouper with sweet potato purée. It was excellent.

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Social Eatery & Bar is happening! Gorgeous styling, people to match, with wonderful service and indoor / outdoor atmosphere. Our first time there, but marvelous food and drink offerings and a happening scene. It's now at the top of my Sarasota restaurant and bar choices. The very top

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for a Date, Spicy, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were looking for a trendy place to take out of town friends for drinks & dinner. The ambience is decent but the service has been an absolute nightmare. It took 25 minutes and a visit to the hostess stand before anyone even bothered to stop by our table to take a drink order—and even then it was not our waiter and instead someone who “helped out.” The below average service continued throughout the night with long waits in between drinks, dishes and checkout. The food was EXCELLENT. However, your service needs to get its act together no matter how great the food is. Overall disappointing visit to Social.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outdoor seating was pleasant and quieter than indoors. Despite slow service, the food was enjoyable and creative. Would definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excited to eat here. The restaurant itself was nice, with any different options for seating including outdoors. Noisy interior dining. Food was overprices and lacking in flavor. Some menu descriptions did not match the actual dish presented at the table. i.e. "Cat Iron Vegetables" was more of a cassoulet than appetizer. Big mistake of the evening: our dining companion ordered the special of the night with featured Salmon. When the dish was presented, the entree was Scallops as a substitute. No explanation other than the fact they ran out of the salmon. It was only 715PM and the restaurant was not crowded. Service was friendly. With all the restaurant choices in Sarasota, we will probably not be returning here. Wanted to like it , but the visit fell short.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great place for before theatre dining. Menu is very good. Their beer glasses are very cool as are their footless champagne glasses. Adds a nice touch to the presentation. Love the idea of eating either inside or out. We chose out on a beautiful evening.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Would not go back. We used to like social before a show. We were the only ones there a 6:00 and when we left at 7:15 another table came in. Food was medeoka and price was not worth it.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Not nearly as good as in the past. Two cocktails from our table had to be sent back to the bar, just not good. Waitress never asked if we wanted wine with dinner and my husband, who had not ordered a pre-dinner cocktail, did. Also, the restaurant chooses to have the kitchen staff deliver the food to the table rather than the wait staff. Sorry, I don't usually leave reviews, but as this is the second time I've been underwhelmed, I went ahead...

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Restaurant was a lovely experience all around. Complimentary valet made the start of the journey great because the parking in that area gets filled up quick. (Just be sure to tip your valet when you pick up your car.) We had reservations but were given the option to pick between inside or outside, when we weren't sure which to pick, they suggested a bit of both and so we did. The seating and atmosphere is modern but welcoming--we were lucky to have good weather and a nice cool breeze.

Food was great. Two pizzas and two orders of the free range chicken for the four of us, and we all had great things to say about it. We even opted for dessert: a cappuccino (amazing), the nutella sponge cake (goes perfect with the cappuccino), and two scoops of gelato: chocolate and grand marnier (full of flavor and perfect for the weather).

The restaurant looked clean and our server was well informed and kind throughout our time there.

One minor downside, is that it is a bit loud but became louder around 9 pm when the music was put way up to encourage dancing over by the bar. We were almost done with our meal, but it was hard to converse with the loud music.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Never disappointed! The food and service is always excellent! From the moment you are greeted at the door to the hostess taking you to the table to the server-all extra friendly welcoming! And the food is super tasty. We love eating outdoors and now looking up at the Westin rooftop bar (along with the night stars!) highly recommended.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our first visit. Was very pleasant with nice ambiance, nice waitress, wonderful food and cocktails, a good value for the money. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Must go !!! Love this restaurant!!!! A gem for Sarasota!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Too hot, and too noisy. Food tasted wonderful, portions were small.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

As usual Social provided us with a great meal. Service and presentation was great as always.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We live in Sarasota and love Social on First. If anything the food has got better over the 4 years they have been open. We always get the same waitress - Val - and she is outstanding. We love the outdoor bar and the terrace. The only comment I would make is that we choose the outdoor terrace for dining because it is quieter - the main restaurant is unfortunately very noisy. However this last time the roof had to be closed on the outdoor terrace and, unfortunately, it made talking and hearing very difficult as it was VERY noisy. I don't know if anything can be done about that.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The Restaurant is an attractive contemporary design. The noise level from the music system is a bit loud when you enter. The hard surfaces of the restaurant tend to exacerbate the noise. It appears that the restaurant was designed for a younger happy-hour type crowd, with the bar prominently displayed along the left wall. Kyle, our server, was excellent, and we all agreed that the alcoholic drinks were superb. Our party of four had pasta dishes that we enjoyed. We ate in a somewhat quieter area of the restaurant. Since it was raining, we did not request outdoor dining. Perhaps the music level is lower outside. Because of the great service and drinks, we will be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service slow, had Theatre tickets and were on time restraints. First to be seated, took 40 minutes to be served. Drinks were expensive, most liquors were unknown brands. Cocktail was made wrong. Did not order a second, although 30 minutes passed before server returned. Probably would not return, second try on this place. Both visits were between poor and fair overall.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Overall a nice place with excellent service. Food was good but did not care for my entree which was chicken meatloaf special. Too spicy. I did not care for the menu entrees. If I go again I will stick to appetizers, salads or pizza. Not a great wine list by the glass.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Restaurant is VERY loud. Even if you're not sitting in the bar area, it was hard to hear conversation at our table. I wish more of the restaurant was under air conditioning. More than half the area is not (it's semi-open air). The only area that was fully air conditioned was the front bar and we didn't want to sit there because of the noise level. The food was okay. Nothing spectacular. My carbonara was more soupy than creamy so it was a little disappointing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good atmosphere but the music was a little loud for conversation. The food was good with lots of menu options.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our experience was pretty good.
We both enjoyed our appetizers and meal.
Our service was very good.
We're looking forward to going there again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We were celebrating our friends birthday. The atmosphere is fun, not many "old " people.
In Florida it is nice to go out and be with young people. If you had live music the place would be amazing. Our waitress was so polite and courteous , she was serving the whole front of the restaurant. There should be a busser who serves water for her. We had no water service for awhile.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Good drinks (terrific goat cheese olives) interesting but limited menu, too loud

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good food and great location convenient to the Florida Studio Theatre Campus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

First visit to Social. Had requested an inside table when the reservation was made and was a little disappointed that we were placed at a table that was at the opening to the outside eating area. Although there were fans overhead, it was very humid and warm. This was our only negative at Social. The staff were friendly, fast, and efficient. The food - - Amazing!! We were a party of 4, 3 of us having different orders, so we all taste tested the various meals. We will definitely return to Social and have already been relaying the goodness of Social.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Authentic, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Wouldn't recommend. Waiter was unfamiliar with menu. Expensive. Too many flies near window. Small portions for price and meatballs were supposed to come with spaghetti we were told. It didn't . Martini was small for $10.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Lively hot spot, notable for popularity with Sarasota's younger crowd.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Social Eatery characterizes itself as Eat - Farm Fresh, Drink - Craft, Be Social and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent. We chose the freshly caught Grouper with and amazing sauce as well as several of their other specialties. The food as fabulous, the Craft Beers and Cocktails were inventive and the wine list had something for everyone. The space has indoor dining open to the outdoors with a great vibe. Many patrons hang at the back patio open bar with not only has a fire pit, but also outdoor air conditioning to keep cool in the summer heat.
This was a GREAT find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always reliable and fun. Great craft cocktails and a nice selection of food choices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Monday night "date" dinner. Made a reservation, although I don’t believe one was needed. I always recommend reservations. Neither of us ordered alcoholic drinks but did order the ginger-lime (non-alcoholic) cocktail. Tart and refreshing on a warm early evening. Both ordered meatballs, one chicken parmesan and one lamb. Both were delicious.
The service was spotted on, we were taken care of but not coddled. The price was reasonable. I can't wait to go back in fall and winter. I believe in the cooler months, Social is a gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Friendly service, excellent quality food! Cool atmosphere. Love it!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 9, 2017

MY FOOD WAS EXCELLENT; WIFE'S NOT AS GOOD. SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING (ALWAYS IS WITH VAL--WHAT A GREAT STAFF PERSON). WINE WAS GREAT AND AT A REASONABLE PRICE. BEEN A WHILE SINCE LAST AT SOCIAL (HAD SOME DISAPPOINTMENTS) AND NOW FEEL IT IS BACK TO BEING A STAR FACILITY.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Love Social Eatery! Great place to come for amazing food and service! Will be returning soon.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I had a wood fired pizza and coming form a picky pizza palate (say that three times fast!) , let me say that the key ingredient (tomato sauce) was special.

I dined alone (I know the irony, dinner for one at a place named Social). Though neither of the groups next to me gave me the time of day (which is an observation, not a complaint , the bar manager was very sweet to converse with me so I didn't feel alienated.

To drum up business, Social may want to advertise a night for loners who want conversation and book seats at that large communal table. I can't be the only human in Sarasota who'd like dinner conversation, but is without a current relationship.

I'll definitely go back, with or without company.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We have been going to Social since it opened.
The menu has been pretty consistent but this time they did not have the specials for fish and meat, and the menu at the bottom was not there. It usually had some pasta, seafood and/or meat entrees. I did have the lamb meatballs which were great but I was looking for something more healthy. Other members of our party were happy with their food. We moved from the bar area to outside to get away from the noise in the bar and that caused our service to be slightly disrupted.
All in all ok, but not as good as we had experienced before.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Great Concept, but overall not worth going. Menu descriptions did not live up to what came out of the kitchen. I would not recommend going.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Always a great experience. The lamb meatballs are great! When the weather cools, the back patio area is wonderful with couches and fire pits to cuddle.

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