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For 2
Date
Thu, 4/26
Time
11:30 PM
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Social Eatery & Bar

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842 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
“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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 5pm - 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 12am
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Phone number
(941) 444-7072
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
For details contact: events@socialonfirst.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
US 41 & 1st Street
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Parking details
Complementary Valet is offered
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Special events & promotions
For details contact: events@socialonfirst.com
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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
What 842 People Are Saying
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4.0
service
4.3
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3.8
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 hours ago

We arrived 7:15 for a 7:30 reservation. Sat outside. Was 20
Minutes before anyone came over! Waitress was lovely and sweet but not around much. We never got appetizer until I asked her. By this time we were there an hour. She thought someone took it out. App came and 2’minutes later entree came. Food was great but timing was awful. For the prices, customer service should be much better. As I said, our waitress was lovely but the team concept for service was terrible!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

They had our reservation on time, but no one came to our table for 10-15 minutes. Didn't think the food was anything special - spicy.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Beautiful outdoor seating. Server had a lot of tables and could have used some help but still was very attentive and kind.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Been here before . Food is very good . Strange waitress. Hard to understand. Made recommendations AFTER we ordered NOT before

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

not our first visit--great drinks--food goes from great to so so--house special risotto was not the best risotto with sparse seafood, not inexpensive either

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had a great family dinner with our two daughters

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great spot, loved the indoor and outdoor choice. We had the zucchini frittata app which great, shrimp scampi meal and tiramisu dessert. Great food great service. We were leaving as a gorgeous girl with an amazing voice was singing in the outdoor area. Will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I had the grouper piccata which was great. My other half had the salmon with shrimp rissoto and asparagus, except they forgot the asparagus, unless it was puréed into the risotto...I don’t think so. Otherwise, she would rate her meal as great.

The “Craft” element wasn’t apparent when it came to their beer selection. A bit limited and disappointing. The selected wine was so so, but that’s a personal taste.

Will we go back, you bet. The outdoor space is great, as was the food. The plates and pizzas on other tables looked very good, too.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Average. Ravioli needed a knife to cut...

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Took 4 friends, 3 of whom had never been to Social Eatery, and everyone was very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. One of my favorite places in Sarasota!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The staff was very helpful in getting our large party seated, even with a few couples were late arriving.
The food was fantastic.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

second time at Social and food wasn't as good as the first. My chicken dish had one piece that was tough, but had a tasty preparation. Our friends meal wasn't prepared as he had requested and it took a while to get a new dish. Service was fine, it wasn't busy so more attention in the kitchen would have made our meal better.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food great service amazing entertainment

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Social is one of the best Sarasota area restaurants for quiet outside dining. Whether in the back by the fire pits or on the outside deck, the ambiance is perfect, with no cars anywhere nearby.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

After a kitchen chaos on our previous visit, we returned to an excellent meal. Octopus pasta was subzero with good heat, salmon was unusually good. Good service and an outside ambience adds to making this one of the city’s best.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This restaurant has the coolest vibe. My sister and I were so excited to go. From the moment we stepped out of the car, we were so completely underwhelmed. The valet attendant parking our car, the bartender as well as the hostess were so unwelcoming and borderline rude. The food was average. They need to work on this because the concept and the vibe could be super cool.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent service. Wait staff was knowledgeable about food. Great ambiance for a date or friend gathering.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our server reviewed all the features, and we ended up getting all of them...delicious!

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was creative delicious and worth the trip. Service was excellent portion was so large I get to enjoy it again at home

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Awesome place with great outdoor bar and seating but service and food needs to improve.

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1.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Hip bar and restaurant.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very fun and good food. Service was attentive but a bit slow.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2018

While the ambiance and service were lovely, the food and wine list were terrible.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

love eating on the cozy sofa's in the back. servers are SO attentive and nice.

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Good food, nice environment, service needs to be better

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

enjoyable atmosphere, good service and good food with good variety.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great times! Great location in the center of it all.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our house guests took my wife & me to Social as a "thank you". Very relaxed atmosphere, great Italian food, & super service.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Everything went wrong!!!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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