Social Eatery & Bar

3.9
1002 reviews
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Fusion / Eclectic
“Social Eatery & Bar offers unforgettable globally inspired 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. Be Social.”

OUR CONCEPT:
At Social Eatery & Bar, we’ve been inspired to serve a Global Fusion cuisine, a culturally, and regionally inspired menu focused on ‘farm fresh’ ingredients sourced locally and globally. We believe in supporting local farmers as well as exposing indigenous ingredients that create the flavor and inspiration for our menu. Whether it’s our Chermoula spice from North Africa, a Chimichurri sauce from Argentina or a Bibimbop Rice Bowl from Korea we believe the way we celebrate food as a world tribe is inspiring and it is represented in our carefully curated menu.

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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

After several times of my asking my waiter if he got my drink correct and him assuring me he did I then found out that they didnt even serve the type of vodka that I had been ordering all night. Very disappointed bevsuse alot of my friends go there.

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WL
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We traveled to the area recently and typically label ourselves as foodies and regularly seek quaint gems in the area we visit. We found Social Eatery through an online search and looked the menu and wine list over then quickly agreed, this is the place for us to go! No wait, friendly staff, reasonable prices and I LOVED the 'open air' flow of the joint. It was refreshing! We also had our 5 year old daughter in tow and she enjoyed the food and atmosphere as well. She REALLY enjoyed the outdoor patio area the most I think. :) OpenTable made it an easy, no stress event!

I am excited to visit them next year on our next trip to that area!

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MF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Service was good but the menu is odd, the AC cannot work because of open plan so it was sticky and soooo noisy. Nothing to absorb sound.

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Discover Sarasota Tours staff end of season party at Social. The manager was so accommodating and our meal was wonderful. We love this restaurant

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food/beverages! Found the restaurant on Open Table as I searched for a restaurant for a dinner with colleagues. Social Eatery made me look good!

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m
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very personable. Our waiter was excellent and very honest when asking about different selections on the menus since it was our first time there. Very convenient to the Florida Studio which we have season tickets and like to dine before we go. Will definitely return

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t
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Was really disappointed with the food.. it was a surprise engagement party/dinner for friends that just got engaged but the rock hard beans and my hard rice really made this a really disappointing dinner.. you NEED to ensure that rice and or beans are sufficiently cooked and are not hard - it’s so basic. Will likely not be coming back. Just was not what I was hoping for at all.

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MI
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seating is genius: inside, partially in/out, and outside but covered so no worries about rain. There is a bar inside and one outside that’s next to an open area. The food was beyond delicious! I had a pizza which was definitely shareable (I took half home), my husband had a pasta dish which was melt in your mouth good. We started with the Mac & cheese: it’s a must! The service was attentive but not intrusive. We had to eat really early due to a 4am wake up the next day for a flight so I can’t really comment on how noisy it might get. It’s a must try!

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a
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and we would definitely go back.

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OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pizza was over cooked.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. Staff is good and attentive. We had casual food and it was very good. Perfect for a pre-theater dinner. Perhaps there should be a prix fixe menu...

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The four of us entirely enjoyed our dinner at Social Eatery. The service was attentive and excellent. I had the Gulf Shrimp special which was fantastic with a nice portion of perfectly cooked large shrimp sitting on a black bean mash. As a starter, I had the cauliflower steak which consisted of a large portion of cauliflower with curry powder. The spices were nice and not too spicy. Dessert for two of my companions was a peanut butter and jelly slice of cake that looked totally decadent. The other two of us had a tasty and refreshing white chocolate raspberry sorbet. The ambiance is very nice with a plentiful patio and garage-type doors that open up the whole restaurant and our plentiful beautiful Sarasota days and evenings.

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Funky place with great food and excellent service. Ideal for before or after attending the theater, right down the street.

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paella was made to
Order. Yummy. Meatball were delicious and Ipa was nice and hoppy. Service was very good. Not rushed and server was very knowledgeable of menu

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am very disappointed with my experience at Social. My husband and I planned a date night and made a reservation for 8:30. We got there and waited 40 minutes for a table. Even after waiting there was nothing available and the hostess did nothing to make it better. All she kept saying was we are waiting for a table to clear. I am also very pregnant and insanely hungry so that added to my frustration. I most likely will never think to go there again.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends or family. One of my favorite places to bring out of town guests!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

They didn't have the wine we ordered! Only 2 on the menu! So we could only get the more expensive bottle or a bottle, of the wine by the glass! It also was more expensive ! I ordered my burger medium well it came out very well done! I will not go back! I felt taken advantage of! Service was not good!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go to,when we are in town ♥️

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SR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolute blast! Our server, Collin, was very knowledgable about the wine list, made great food recommendations and the ambiance was lively without being too noisy. Good DJ. Great, diverse mix of people and ages. Terrific vibe.

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PW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything about the restaurant and bar is really nice. We had a big dinner with 5 hungry people and tried numerous items on their menu. Scallops, Meatballs, Paella and even the Calamari was incredible. Great cocktail choices that were delicious, only thing that kept it from all 5 stars was the pizza. We had 2 different choices and both just weren't anything to get excited about. Our server was top rate as well. really took the time to make our dinner special. We will definitely be back!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was great and they handled a large group perfectly. Our group enjoyed their meals, nothing particularly outstanding but combined with the vibe it was a lovely dinner. Great drinks, not many vegan options sadly.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun spot.....would go again any time. Food delicious and creative!

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R
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would like to have some top shelf liquor but other than that everything is fine

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LR
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Cocktails were really good, we had the woodfire pizza and burger, pretty basic but also well done. Both my husband and I were pleased with our drink and meal choices. Loved the indoor/outdoor ambiance. Music was a bit loud but no a total deterrent. Our server was lackluster but did her job. I would recommend this place and return in the future

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Naples
27 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had reserved an outside table due to the noise level inside and one of our guests has a hearing issue. Wwhen we arrived for our 6:30 reservation were told that there were no tables available outside as people who had reserved inside tables changed their minds and decided to sit outside. Fortunately they did have an interior table that was in a fairly quiet area.

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DK
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Yes, I would recommend to a friend but with some suggestions. This has always been one of my favorite restaurants but this visit was a little disappointing. The ambiance and service was good. We were seated right away as had reservations. The old-fashioned was too dry and not as good as has been in the past. The veggie meatballs were not as good either and I wasn't impressed with the presentation with the penne pasta. It was a busy weekend night but we took friends who had never been there and it did not meet expectations. Will try again but hope they return to former standards.

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r
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

However, Sea Bass came lukewarm which was disappointing...Salmon was good...they appeared to be understaffed Thursday evening

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Buzzy place with moderately priced food. Our waiter was terrific - they had a new bartender and our waiter came to check on our Manhattan and Old Fashion - both were really dry we explained and he offered to have them remade. The mac and cheese small plate was entree size and delicious Same for the meat balls - light and exceptionally tasty.

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LT
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The atmosphere of Social can't be beat with almost every seat giving you the feeling that you are eating on a patio in a garden. The service was extremely slow, at times I was pretty sure our waiter had forgotten our table as his other tables were inside the restaurant. Had to give our credit card to another waiter to charge our meal before even receiving the check but we had to catch a show. Food was good but not good enough to overcome the poor service.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The manager, Mic, was rude /unprofessional and basically ruined our love of this restaurant.
Besides him The other staff members were wonderful, great food, and beautiful ambience.

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L
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite dining experience. Have never been disappointed in the food or service.

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D
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were entertaining guest and had a positive experience.

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S
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service...excellent food! Great space to hang, easy and socialize!

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KG
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun and casual. Great tapas!! And even better cocktails!!

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with out of town friends at Social! Food and drinks were delicious! Our waiter, Owen did an excellent job! Will be back!

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RC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed with both dinners we ordered. The special that night was over cooked and very greasy. I had the paella which just ok. The bartender Sharre was great. If I return it to try the pizza.

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R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The service was slow. The staff were very cordial but there were too few servers for the number of people dining. But the biggest problem here is the food... it was incredibly bland and uninteresting. The cauliflower dish was almost tasteless. The Poke bowl had mushy rice and tasteless vegetables. The plantain was good but the salad nicoise was unremarkable. When we complained about the food, the cauliflower was removed from the bill and we received an overall discount which was nice. I would not recommend this restaurant...Sarasota has so many other great places to dine.

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M
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, decent service. A little noisy.

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R
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hd a very enjoyable experience at Social Eatery. The service was very good and we ate at a welcomed leisurely pace. The food was excellent quality and the atmosphere was relaxed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was great!! I ate mine and sampled 4 other plates

We were on the early aide of Sunday brunch and the server seemed to be covering the whole restaurant and bartender had not arrived yet. Hit and miss on the Bloody Mary’s. I’m usually willing to pay premium prices at a nice brunch because the service makes it a nice experience. The server was friendly but seemed in over her head and bar service made it feel like we got shortchanged.

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