Food is excellent. However, a number of things on the menu were not available. We should know this before the waitress is taking our order. We had to make quick changes and one meal came without one of the major ingredients.
Menu was crafted unfortunately more creatively sounding than tasting. Food was bland and pizza tasted like frozen Supermarket pizza. Wine pour was also unfortunately small. Great ambience and service however.
Excellent service. Wait staff was knowledgeable about food. Great ambiance for a date or friend gathering.
Our server reviewed all the features, and we ended up getting all of them...delicious!
This usual professional staff with first rate food completed fail. Once the manager learned we had waited at our table for 25 plus minutes to enter a drink order, was apologetic and offered to cover our drinks. ( which he did)
Our female server was ( to be kind) hopeless. We did not have theater tickets that evening like the adjoining table of ten, who were served with 20 minutes to eat to make the show after waiting 1.5 hours for their food. She was also waiting their table.
After nearly two hours the heat lamp was refilled by the manager. Everyone was chilled and the food quickly cooled.
Not sure why the melt down..save the managers efforts to help and the kitchen wait staff doing their best to deliver food from a very slow kitchen it was very disappointing . We will return, because the past service/food has been good....but another repeat, would certainly push us to enjoy the many other stellar restaurants in the city of Sarasota.
Food was creative delicious and worth the trip. Service was excellent portion was so large I get to enjoy it again at home
Noise level plus loud DJ music made conversation almost impossible.
Service was dreadful - slow, waitress inattentive because she had
too many tables. We will not ever go there again
Awesome place with great outdoor bar and seating but service and food needs to improve.
The most unpleasant dinner experience in more than a decade, culminating in departing without a meal.
Drinks and appetizer were slow in coming, but at 7:10 we still did not have the entres we ordered despite telling our server that we had 8:00 theatre tickets. Finally asked for manager, who was very nice with apologies and then a gift certificate of unknown amount. Left hungry and very disappointed in a restaurant we knew from earlier visits was excellent.
All this exacerbated by bringing visitors from Denver for the one nice dinner planned.
Hip bar and restaurant.
I was actually a little disappointed. Cool environment and the people were nice. Food was just ok...especially for the prices. Too many other restaurants to choose from close to FST to return.
Very fun and good food. Service was attentive but a bit slow.
Horrible. Beyond loud. Indifferently prepared, boring food. Extremely inattentive service, had to physically get up to track down the wait person to get water and tea refills. Who didn’t, BTW, EVER come by to check on us. Understaffed. Sometimes it can be good here, but this place was so god awful bad this evening we will never return.
I would not recommend Social Eatery for any food. We have been there several times before for drinks and it's been a great atmosphere. Despite not being a very busy Friday we had very poor service and even worse food experience. We ordered two bottles of red wine while waiting and both bottles was served way to cool. The food took more than 1.5 hours to get. And when we got food it was serve to only one of the guests in our party while the other three had to wait for another 15 minutes. Food was not warm when served and the pasta dish was undercooked. We will not return to this restaurant.
While the ambiance and service were lovely, the food and wine list were terrible.
love eating on the cozy sofa's in the back. servers are SO attentive and nice.
One more downer about this place—there is usually a line outside of each gender’s restroom, because each one has only one stall. Please, this is a busy restaurant, how ridiculous!
Good food, nice environment, service needs to be better
enjoyable atmosphere, good service and good food with good variety.
Great times! Great location in the center of it all.
Our house guests took my wife & me to Social as a "thank you". Very relaxed atmosphere, great Italian food, & super service.
Food was great but very slow in coming. We asked for bread which didn't arrive until the food did but we were comped a bottle of wine. Although the design is attractively modern it is loud inside where we had to sit because there was a party outside. Our first visit was perfect. This one less so because of the service. The food was wonderful both times.
Everything went wrong!!!
Ratings based on restaurant being very understaffed and therefore slow service. Waitress blamed new bartender for drink error. Pizza doughy and under-cooked. Had to ask another waitress for our bill. Soup delicious, good atmosphere. Would try again.
Just as phenomenal as ever! Pork belly appetizer is to die for as well as the other appetizers and entrees we had. Socials wine selection never ceases to amaze and the weather for dining in their outside courtyard was perfection. Parents were in from out of town and this was an absolute request from them for their Saturday night! Social does it again... straight ACES!
I had a great experience and it was my first time food was great service was amazing and drinks we perfect I will for sure be coming back!!!! A+ 100%
Our dining experience was lovely last night! Our hostess escorted us to the bar area then juggled a few things so we could be seated outdoors, the bartender Connor was top-shelf, and Valerie our server was exemplary! Every meal and every drink was perfect!
Not impressed with menu choices. Chairs were very uncomfortable, Probably a great choice for young people.
The food was beyond a disappointment! The zucchini fitters were raw inside , runny and inedible. The quinoa I had under my scallops was a gloppy mess. My companions roasted vegetable dish was terrible. Many of the vegetables were not cooked enough, almost raw. Our waitperson was gracious but did nothing about our food complaints. We will not be returning.
We had an amazing time and the food was delicious!!!
Disappointing. Food was very average . They went 50 characters. Not much more to say but we were disappointed and feel they are over rated.
Server was dismissive and uninformed. Wine on wine list wasn’t available. Grouper on the regular menu had a price hike of $7.
We have not been to Social Eatery in awhile and tonight we met with friends that we have also not seen in awhile. April, our server, was very polite, efficient, and spot on with good service. Our food was exactly the way we last dined at Social Eatery. Nothing was haute cuisine, nor exotically presented. It was just well prepared, good hot food with lots of flavor, comforting and what we considered down to earth. The pace was mellow which made for great catch up conversation. We love the meatballaria section of the menu which always makes us smile. Will we come back? We left wondering why we have not been back sooner. Fun evening; Good food.
Dinner with old friends
I've been going to Social for over 4 years now and it never disappoints. The food is always amazing, as are the drinks and the service is always top notch.
My husband was served the wrong meal. Once they realized the error, he was given the small side salad that came with his meal while I ate. When his meal was delivered (meatballs), they were cold in the middle. Our drinks were never refilled and when he asked for Parmesan cheese, he was given a shaker. I was not impressed given the price we paid for the meal.
Nice place. Pork chop was huge but over cooked. Black pasta was good but octopus also over done. Barratta good scallops great
Decided to finally try grouper in Florida. Mistake. Came out fishy and over cooked. The carrots and green beans that came with it were both very under cooked. I enjoy crisp veggies but these were just plain raw. Told waitress and she suggested trying their chicken breast which I did and that came out over cooked and dry. Couldn’t even get my knife through it to cut it. My husband had the pork chop on top of a serving of green mashed potatoes (or as they called it spinach mashed?) that was a pretty decent plate. Service was ok. Manager did come over to say he was sorry about the grouper. Might try again.
Such a disappointment. We went to Social a few times when it first opened and loved it. Then, we had a really bad experience - terrible food and terrible service. So, we boycotted last year, but heard from others that it was good. This year, we decided to try again and see for ourselves. Most of the food was decent - not great, definitely not worth the price, but tasty enough. However, two of the items ordered did not come as described on the menu. A kale salad came without croutons. We didn’t ask for them because our waitress was nowhere to be found. We were dining early, so about ¾ of the tables were empty, so she wasn’t busy at other tables. We even had to ask two other waiters for (1) salt and (2) to turn the heater on next to our table. Our waitress was still MIA. When the main course arrived, one of them (grilled vegetables) was supposed to come with grilled polenta and a basil dressing. It was merely a plate of grilled veggies, and quite small for the $18 charged. No way was it enough for a main course, which it was listed as. We asked the waitress about the polenta, and her response was, “Oh yeah, we ran out of polenta the other night. Maybe they have more in. I’ll see what I can find.” No apology, no warning when we ordered the veggies that they were out of polenta. She then brought us a small cup of croutons (perhaps the forgotten ones from the salad, which we had already finished), no polenta, no sauce, and still, NO APOLOGY. We didn’t see her again until she brought the bill.
We went to find the manager, and filled him in. He was very nice, apologetic, and took the grilled vegetables off the bill. The waitress returned with the revised bill, stated that it was revised, and STILL NO APOLOGY!!!!
So, horrible service, and just average food, definitely not worth the value (even if the polenta and sauce had come with the veggies). Same for the other dishes we ordered. Needless to say, we won’t be returning.
A perfect spot for a pre-theatre dinner! It's near the FST complex, the Van Wezel, the Urbanite, & just a few blocks from the Asolo. Bon appetit!