Sociale - Chicago

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Located in the historic Printer's Row, the masterminds behind Good Eats Group have created an aura of cool internationalism in Sociale.
CHEF/OWNERS JOHN MCLEAN & MARTIN MURCH


Sociale reflects fun, friendly, fresh, neighborhood inspired dining. Literally translated from the Italian word for Social, this concept delivers small, bold flavors and shared plates accented by its community and casual dining setting. To accompany these seasonal flavors of our global travels will be our hand crafted beverages and wine offerings from around the world.
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was amazing, the salmon was so juicy and delicious. all share plates, we tried almost everyhting on the menu and only one or two things that werent fantastic

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Sociale! Every dish was delicious and our waiter was helpful and friendly! Thank you!

LM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We love this restaurant. It's a favorite when we come to Chicago.

This past trip was a miss though. Service was slow or nonexistant. Our waitress did find plenty of time to chat to the bartender; it was hard to flag her down. The food fired really slowly too. We're finally had to tell an expediter to have the kitchen cook everything immediately, and yet two people with identical (steak) dishes were served ten minutes apart, and we ate dessert before steak as it was the only way to make it to the theater on time.

r
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We tried Sociale after a great Jazz Showcase concert--and what a pleasant experience! The food is excellent--I was especially impressed by the fantastic moules et frites and the duck confit sausage flatbread. The mussels were perfectly fresh, perfectly cooked and in a broth that is exceptional. It has wonderful tamarind and other subtle Asian flavors with beautiful balance--honestly, I could just drink it and be happy. Apparently I'm not the only diner who feels this way! Flatbreads are interesting and they work--fun to eat as well as delicious. Great wine list, great service and a nice atmosphere. We have been looking for a really first rate place for a light meal post concert--finally, we've found one. I very highly recommend Sociale. It's terrific.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Mimosas had a little too much orange juice for my taste. Place is big and cute. I’d go back.

j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to Sociale for a client lunch. It wasn’t very busy, but lunch might not be their busiest time of day. The food and service were good. It was a great spot to have a conversation.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came to Sociale for a late dinner with friends. We opted for the tasting menu, which I thought was fantastic value and provided us with a lot of different dishes. The highlight was probably the scallops. Cocktails were not pricey, but that’s true of all the restaurants in Chicago these days. Definitely worth coming to for a fun lunch or dinner with friends.

DP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good menu, and excellent service. We had a party of eight, which can be difficult, but it worked out great.

FI
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little tapas joint. If I lived nearby this would become my regular hangout. Great food, nice tapas portions and prices. Service was great!

CC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great hidden gem in south loop. Food was absolutely delicious! I tried the chargrilled octopus and smoke salmon flatbread which was some of the best dishes I have ever had and so reasonably priced. Service was good and drinks started out top notch but the second round tasted watered down. All in all - a great dining experience!

K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like their small plates, both hot and cold. They just need to update their menu. After several visits, there is no more surprises...

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday with friends. Outdoor dining was great for such a busy street. The appetizers were great, the drinks were better.

CL
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for drinks on the patio and people watching

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice food nice waitress cool ambiance

CC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was outstanding with interesting flavor combinations. Great variety.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food as always.
Was out of flatbread and one dessert. Of couse, always happens when that's what you want.

S
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service!

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, attentive wait staff who was very helpful with recommendations.

PD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great dessert (can’t remember the name) with phyllo dough and peaches with cheese. The eggs Benedict had an overwhelming amount of tomatoes though. The beet salad was amazing! It was a hot day and I think beverage napkins or coasters should have been placed on the table as our drinks were sweating everywhere-gross! The hostess was anything but. She wasn’t very welcoming and not at all friendly-this is HUGE! The owner needs to get someone more personable representing the establishment. Convenient location, street parking if you’re lucky. I would come here again to see if it could redeem itself as I really wanted to like this place.

JP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed a leisurely meal. The sangria was so flavorful and each plate was special. Favorite was the crusted scallops with pistachio sauce, yum!

WT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We sat outside, but it was really loud with the passing traffic and honking cars.

JG
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent, creative, inventive small plates . Sangria is made on-site and was rich and fruity. Staff very warm and welcoming. Beautiful interior/exterior type setting .

CJ
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

food was a mix. the mushroom dish tasted as if they dumped a ton of salt on it. I mentioned this to the server and was disappointed she didn't offer to make it right. that being said. our other tapas dishes were very good. our favorite was the scallops... tho that was pretty pricey given what you recieved.

Sociale - Chicago
Responded on July 23, 2019

Cindy, I am sorry for this lapse in service, I would like to invite you back in so we can make amends. Please reach out to me Thank you Neil General Manager

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S
San Diego
129 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Dreadful, dreadful food. AVOID!

Sociale - Chicago
Responded on July 23, 2019

Hi Stephen, Thank you for leaving for us comment, would you care to email me privately so we can resolve your concerns and or see where we dropped the ball. Thank you Neil General Manager

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K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son loves their skirt steak, he had 2 orders! Server was very sweet to offer him a glass of milk to eat with his donut dessert. (My son only drink water or milk with meals). Most of the restaurants either do not serve milk.

A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice brunch dishes and yummy sangria! Helpful service! Thanks!

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server was new so I’m OK with her not knowing everything.
Food,as always, was interesting and well prepared...music/ sound a tad too noisy. This is a go to neighborhood spot for me.

NB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! Can’t go wrong with this place!

SK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great wine selection! We had a group of 5 and split a bunch of small plates. Made for an amazing evening.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place. And dog friendly patio!

SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

With an almost empty restaurant, our service was fairly "hands off." A salad ordered with a query about dressing ingredients was then delivered without any dressing. When asked, we were told that the dressing that comes with the salad contains an ingredient we'd asked about. Instead of letting us know that and at the least, offering a different dressing, the salad (fresh but unimaginative and quite small) was served "dry." It took at least 5 minutes for the waiter to appear, another 5 for the waiter to ask the chef about the dressing, report, and then offer another choice. Very odd to say the least.

GK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Sociale after a day at the Art Institute as it was only about a 20 min walk. We were seated promptly and the server was very attentive. The menu had choices for all kinds of eaters, from adventurous to spins on the classics. All the dishes could be split between two people and were all very affordable priced. The food was absolutely delicious. The best thing about small plates/tapas is you can get so many different things you wouldn’t usually try because you’re not commuting to a whole dish. We decided to be adventurous and try everything we were unfamiliar with and we loved every single item we ordered. Would 100% recommend to someone looking for a bit of a quieter place to experience good food and have good conversation.

BS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The food and atmosphere was good. The service was terrible, especially the hostess. We were not greeted at all or smiled at when we walked in. She just turned around and started walking away. When we did not follow she impatiently motioned for us to follow. The waitress was new but terrible, someone should have been watching her and helping her. Would not rush to go back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

If you’re looking for a place to serve yourself then definitely come here. Our waitress was MIA all night. We waited for our drinks for 20 minutes before finally going up to the bar where they had been sitting. I had to grab plates and silverware from another table once our food started coming out. We’d ask for more water or plates and never got any of it. Hoping they just had an off night.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good, and we enjoyed eating here, but even though we were the only two people in the restaurant, they took over half an hour to prepare out meals. During the week, when we had to get back to the office, that was disappointing

K
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was good except the random parts of the mushroom hot dish was too salty.

FD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a very good experience. I will be back, especially to sit outside on their patio.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Waitress was busy and we waited over 15min to get our check. I get it, but paying attention to your table should be easy and as simple as a glance over to make sure everything is okay.

SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Listed as tapas/small plates. There were not many small plate selections.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Emptier restaurant, but service was still lacking. Server mistook my order and then rudely questioned me regarding it... only to walk over to the cook (in our vision) and sassily converse about it.
I guess a perk was that the restaurant had a plethora of seating, so good for a larger last minute group. I’d only eat here as a last minute option though.

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