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About Social Restaurant & Bar

A casual American fare restaurant & bar, with a comfortably warm, inviting atmosphere and attentive, friendly staff. Daily lunch and dinner featured menu items. Saturday and Sunday Brunch. Free Validated parking in a covered garage.

320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily 11am - 1am

Kitchen Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am to 11pm

Cross Street:
Bacon Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 244-4800

Website:
http://www.socialrestaurantandbar.com/

Entertainment:
Fridays & Saturdays 9pm
Featuring The Claunch Experience, Jeeze Louise, Greg Lutrell, and More

Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, etc...

Catering:
Customized catering menus created by chef. Everything from light appetizers to multi-course sit down dinners.

Parking Details:
Parking garage conveniently attached.
2 hour validated parking during the day M-Fr
Free Validated Parking at Night during the week and all day on Weekends.

Public Transit:
Bus stops available within one block.

Executive Chef:
Cory Williams

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Available for any occasion, morning, afternoon and evenings.

Social Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

3.5

value

3.5

Noise

Quiet

57% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (2)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Came in for brunch with 2 girlfriends who were visiting from out of town. The new brunch menu is excellent—we had the tostada, a biscuit sandwich, prosciutto and cheddar omelette and shared a side of chocolate chip pancakes. Everything was delicious. Social is welcoming, warm, and the hospitality is second to none. Definitely worth the trip in from Boston (15 min uber!) and will certainly be back again soon.

Tags: Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Groups, Cozy, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Social was recommended to us. Service was great and the food was excellent. Very comfortable space.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was very bad. It tasted like frozen food that you heat up at home for convenience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The waitress was super sweet, and the food was fine. However, the food took an incredibly long time to come out and we felt overpriced for the. Items we ordered.

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Parking validation was not enough so I had to pay some.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I've been to Social several times. The food is consistently good...the menu has creative dishes that are well prepared. The drink menu reads a lot better than prepared, though. I ordered a special bourbon cocktail that was on the drink menu and it had too much juice so tasted like just bourbon and orange juice.

The service in general wasn't great. I don't think it was the people working there, but rather they seemed short-staffed. Our drinks took a long time to be served, and a friend ordered an appetizer as her entree but the waiter didn't tell the kitchen, so it was delivered well before the rest of our parties' dinners. Nothing catastrophic, but little things that add up.

All in all a good place. Firm up the service and train your bartenders and I would give it 4 stars since the food is very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Very good family restaurant. I had the organic salmon which was above average. It's comfortable and a step above the Not Your Average Joe's style restaurant. Wish they had told us the lava cake would take 20 mins, but besides that we were impressed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Nice ambience, decorated tastefully in warm dark colors. High ceiling so a comfortable sense of space around us. The menu though limited has wise choices -- food that would appeal to a large section of the population -- hamburgers etc. Our server was very attentive and friendly. It's a pretty good place for a casual dinner with friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Shockingly, this place isn't too busy. It's attached to a hotel so I'm sure they get their rush hours but not on 2 repeat Saturday nights. The short ribs were amazing!! Probably one of my most favorite meals anywhere. Drinks are great. They have 3 desserts and we had all 3 to share because we couldn't decide, they were all great. The toffee pudding was the best.

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Big surprise for a hotel restaurant. Actually its in the Crowne Plaza but not operated by the hotel. Try the clam chowder - its killer. Also the lobster rolls sliders!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The biscuits and maple butter are amazing! Everyone in our party of four enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Comfortable with good food and excellent service

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

The social is a place I go and meet friends for lunch and dinner. No matter which location the food is consistently good as is the wait staff friendly.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on April 27, 2017

It was great all around. Good food, ambiance, setting and décor.
Lots of tasty veggie apps, not everything thing is breaded, great.
I will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Enjoyed our time. Probably not the best place to visit because of music and crowd noise but food, atmosphere and band was great.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2017

I wish I could review this place. I made a reservation, I was sat and given water by the host, I waited at least half an hour and no server came to my table. The restaurant was not very busy and we were not acknowledged until we got up and left. Again, the host offered to validate our parking. So if you want a fantastic experience with a host at the front desk, this is the place for you. The menu we looked over for a half hour was interesting but limited. It was easy to read and in English. The water at the table was cold. The televisions at the bar were on as was the heat and electricity. The bathrooms were well stocked and had working plumbing. The floors were swept and the tables were clean. Again, the host was spectacular.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

For some reason, the place is always just a bit less than one would like. Sometimes the service is poor while other times the food is less than what one would expect. I have tried it three times now and it just never measures up to expectations.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent Creative Food - Went here with my family on Saturday night. No problem reserving a table on Open Table. Fairly big restaurant. We ordered 4 starters, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and mash potatoes. Each was excellent, I had a vegetarian crowd, so these dishes were a big hit. For dinner, I had the chili, it was very tasty, but on the small side for $14, my kids had the gnocchi and Social's version of a Hawaiian burger. Both were excellent. My sister-in-law ordered the mac and cheese with pork bellies, it looked awesome. I think my low carb diet may have influenced my judgement on this dish. My wife had a nicely done sushi dish. Our waiter was excellent. In the back area of a restaurant there was a party going on with 50+ people, so it would be a good spot to have an event. When we were leaving they were setting up to play live music, another plus for the restaurant. We only had two drinks from the bar, but our check came to $151 + tip. I would definitely recommend going here for a drink at the bar or a night out with friends.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Wonderful lay out, great great service! These guys sure have fone a great job with this restaurant and would like to see them create another place really soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Tasty food and drink, accommodating service, an excellent live band (Alex MacDougall) for Sunday supper. What else could you ask for? Free validated parking? That too! What's not to like?

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Good food and we had an excellent waiter. Would for sure go back again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I booked this restaurant as a last minute valentines day reservation that had a reasonable time available in our area. I was familiar with the general location but hadn't heard of it. As we approached, we saw that it was the restaurant in the Crowne Plaza hotel.
We walked in to a cozy place with a nice looking bar area and live jazz music in the corner of the dining area!
The food was very good and the service was even better. Our entrees were delivered without having received our appetizer. a small mistake, but it happens. Three different people cam to apologize. They bought us a free round of drinks, then they gave us $25 of toward our next visit.
We definitely intend to return!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Jazz Trio for Valentine's Day. Shared several apps and the duck gnocchis. Food was good. Kitchen seemed a little slow and then it alllllll arrived at once.

Waaaaaayyyyy too much ice in otherwise good cocktails. Wait staff was pleasant and attentive enough.

Table next to us too loud--not the establishment'sfault...

Perhaps a little pricey but it was a nice evening. I would go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2017

Surprising good! Yummy Napa Merlot. My Ruben was ok but the corned beef was a bit fatty and the saurkraut was in a glob rather than spread around. Service was good, wait staff friendly and polite. For a hotel location, it was moderately priced with a varied menu. A good place to meet friends for lunch with validated adjacent garage parking. I will go back.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2017

The building itself is a bit unassuming, but once you enter the restaurant you are pleasantly surprised at the ambience and decor. We had a brunch gathering on News Year Day - just the right food level, price, and crowd size you would want on that morning. I had the greek omelet with spinach and feta which was very good. Would certainly go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Online menu not he same at restaurant. Cinnamon bun was hard as a rock.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Online menu did not match the menu. Online had a whole list of pizza. Unfortunately when we sat down the server told us that the pizza oven was broken and they no longer serve pizza.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Hamburger good. Fries
Cold

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Service was quite bad (when we walked in for our reservation there wasn't even one employee visible). The cinnamon roll was good but our entrees both got sent back and then we didn't even eat them the second time. Potatoes had strange seasoning that was inedible, poached eggs first over cooked and then undercooked...music was way too loud. It was a bizarre experience all around.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Sadly, the service at Social was non-existent. We made 6:30 pm reservations on a Saturday evening, but left the restaurant at 7:05 pm without ever being served. We were not even given a glass of water. The bar area was busy, but there were only 3-4 tables of diners. The hostess sat us quickly at 6:30 pm and gave us menus. Then we waited and waited and waited. After 35 minutes, we left. No one ever came to our table. I tried to find a waiter or waitress, but no one was around. The worst service I ever had at a restaurant. I would not recommend this place to anyone. I complained to the management via email the next day, and they offered us a $75 gift certificate. So that was a good gesture. Not sure if/when I'll go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2016

Overall great experience. Waitress was fantastic, food was great! Lobster Mac and cheese - wow!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2016

We were celebrating our granddaughter's 7th BD. The chef made a special BD cake for her because she didn't eat chocolate and the other desserts were too "fancy". So he made a fruitlike tart for her and that was above and beyond anything we expected. The service waitstaff was fabulous. We have been going now for a few years and they never fail to impress.
Thank you, Social...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2016

We stopped in few a few apps and some drinks and the food was very good and the service was prompt. We'd go back for sure!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Where can you get service, food and ambiance like Boston but with free validated garage parking right off of the PIKE? The Social Restaurant & Bar is where. We had an eclectic group joining and leaving at different times and were accommodated very well - on a Saturday night! Friends enjoyed soups, desserts and appetizers and meals at different times and our servers transitioned seamlessly. The empanada and roasted cauliflower were delicious appetizers. Burgers were large and perfectly cooked to order; side salad was bountiful and french fries expertly seasoned. Drinks ranged from Shirley temples to craft cider to red wine - all chosen from well-rounded offerings. Only way to improve is when lounge music returns in the fall. Great date night place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Terrible all around

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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2016

We were celebrating our daughters 28th birthday and gathered with family. 3 of the 7 of us had the short rib - which was fall-off-the-bone delicious and the layered potatoes were equally delicious.

I had the lobster roll sliders and chowder. The chowder was good but too many potatoes and could have used more clams. Was disappointed in the Lobster sliders. Too much bread and too little meat. Come on - it's New England - put in more meat - especially for the price.

Overall - a good experience and would go back as they can accommodate large parties. Would go with the Short Rib - which seemed the best value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

This was our first visit and it was a good experience. Everyone enjoyed their meal and appreciated upbeat & helpful wait staff. A live jazzy type band was playing, which was great, but not so loud that we couldn't hear one another speak. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We went there for Mother's Day. The food and drinks were very good, desserts delicious, live Jazz band was great and the service was excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Good food, nice staff, pleasant atmosphere and reasonable prices made for a positive experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Great Jazz brunch on Mother's Day!

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