Social

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148 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Social is a contemporary restaurant and lounge in Somerville that specializes in offerings that are perfect for sharing. With a regular menu, sushi menu and party menu, it is not difficult to solve those hunger pangs. With a full bar and manager’s hour specials during the week on drinks and appetizers, Social is the ideal place for being “social.”



The social sharing plates include classic favorites like calamari, nachos and ahi tuna, as well as tasty beef empanadas, Thai vegetable spring rolls and spicy shrimp. Hearty appetites will love the entrees including braised lamb shank, filet mignon and various handheld options such as a grilled vegetable sandwich. Eight classic dishes with options for chicken, veal or shrimp are also favorites. The sushi and sashimi menu is very comprehensive as well. Lunch, dinner and evening entertainment are all great reasons to check out Social.


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PP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very impressed by the food and the service. Atmosphere was great for a date or a very cozy but “upscale” dinner. Would certainly dine there again.

SO
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delectable with the added comfortable setting near the fire place and wonderful, friendly service! I highly recommend going!

DF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been making this place a regular in the rotation. Great decor and energy, friendly and professional staff, and great food! I love the cocktail menu they have and the feature of having a sushi chef right at the bar is awesome. Everything from their salads, special sushi rolls, and the entrees are all superb. My favorites are the best salad, short ribs, Yin Yang sushi roll, and delicious martinis. Mae this a a stop - you will be happy you did!

SD
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food (and dessert) was very good. Waiter could have been more attentive - no offer to refill drinks, etc.

n
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent variety on the menu and nothing disappoints. Half the table chose a daily special of butternut squash ravioli. Salads and sandwiches fill the menu with traditional entrees. Always greeted warmly by the owners and staff.

MC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was wonderful!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Little loud , but quick service and kind staff . Burger was amazing and strawberry smash martini was delicious. Good value , would return .

SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burrito sushi roll was amazing. Nice date night atmosphere. Will definitely be back.
PS - any thoughts to bring in a DJ on weekends?

v
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Place by itself was nice. Well done. Hosts were gracious. Servers too. Unfortunately, that's where it ended. Food was poor. Empanadas were oily, filled with generic salty taco meat. The 'caprese' used beefsteak tomatoes (blasphemy), thickly sliced, and to make matters worse had a burnt, balsamic paste...not a reduction. The Camarones was nothing but breaded shrimp tossed in hot sauce...just call it a Po Boy, instead of fancy name that doesn't deliver. This place suffers from lack of identity. And they don't do justice for any food type.

CJ
Las Vegas
65 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Neither of us have ever been to Social and a few folks have always had good things to say so we thought we’d give it a try.

The atmosphere is very nice and well appointed.

The mixed drinks are delicious.

Our server was great.

The food:

The bread is served with a garlic and tomato sauce. The bread is a bit basic and the sauce, other than garlic, has little to no flavor.

We had the spicy shrimp appetizer and the shrimp was heavily battered and the spicy sauce wasn’t really that spicy. Good overall but the batter was thicker than the shrimp.

For entrees, we ordered the scallops/shrimp risotto and their tuna with sesame seeds special. The scallops and shrimp were good but it wasn’t a risotto. There was a nice stack of rice in the middle with good flavor but a bit dry. As for the tuna, I asked for rare and they definitely delivered rare but there was no sear on the outside. We shared the tiramisu and although it was a healthy portion, it was heavy on whipped cream and not on coffee liqueur.

All in all, the food had decent flavor but it wasn’t really accurately described and pricey for what it was. The lunch, with 3 drinks, was $98.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Courteous and friendly owners and staff. Food for every taste.

MA
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We ordered filet mignon and salmon. The calamari appetizer we wanted was not available (sold out). Everything we ate was absolutely amazing. It took a while to get our first round of drinks, other than that everything was great.

CK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful night so we sat on the patio... service was excellent. Great specials and variety of foods to choose from. Food was fresh and delicious. Definitely will be back .

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

waiter very friendly and attentive. Got noisyand it was hard to hold conversation

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious !!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great evening at social

LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was delicious- the atmosphere was only so-so. The interior- despite the pictures- feels more like a chain restaurant with sticky tables and sticky menus. The chef was clearly talented but the ambience did not match the quality cuisine.

OT
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Happy Hour with fabulous Martini's for $5 from 5-7pm. Nice bar scene. Moved to dining room with friends for dinner---shared the mushroom flatbread which was yummy and good for sharing. Salads were very good and enough to share too. Short Rib dinner was delicious...four big pieces and risotto---enough for several meals. Friend ordered a dish not on the menu and kitchen accommodated and it too was fresh and tasty! Great place for date or friends gathering. Will be back!

TS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for there for mother’s day for the first time. The food and service was excellent. It is a little loud but we had our 3 year with us so I was fine with it. We will definitely return soon.

d
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Social is a very nice local restaurant with very good food and reasonable prices. The menu is not extensive, but contains enough variety for almost everyone. The highlighted drinks were appealing and fairly priced. Service fast and attentive. There are several rooms, and some can be a bit noisy, but mostly the atmosphere is nice.

EJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Social for Mother's Day and it was amazing. Our party of 7 all LOVED our meals.The salads, sushi, entrees and desserts were perfect. The atmosphere was cozy and beautiful. We would definitely go again.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Social Restaurant was great! They were extremely busy the Saturday before Mother's Day but they handled the crowd with ease. Our salads and dinners were awesome. I had the shrimp francese, my mom had the filet mignon special and my husband had the shrimp/scallop risotto. The host/maitre d was fantastic. He checked on everyone through out the dining room and made sure drinks filled as needed.
We would love to go back next time we are visiting in the area. Dessert was fantastic too- chocolate lave cake with ice cream.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Extremely loud. Literally had to yell at people to talk to them at your table....which made it even louder. Service was horrible. Felt like we were being ignored as every other table was being serviced....seems like they weren’t clear on who was responsible for our table of 4. Took 25 minutes to take our drink order....10-15 min to get the drinks. Finally someone came to take our food order after 45 minutes and we had to ask to hear the specials while other tables around us were proactively being told the specials. Food did come out quickly. The food was good but nothing special although do love the selection on the menu. Didn’t get dessert because no one ever came to offer it, 15 min went by after they cleared our plates, and we had enough of the noise after 2 hours.....finally had to just grab someone and ask for the check. Oh....and the table was sticky.....not sure if it was the wax coating or just not cleaned well.....but it felt horrible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, reasonable pricing, good service

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here once a month, sometimes more and it never disappoints. The staff is more then friendly and the food is always good.

GD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is our third time to Social and it never disappoints. Everyone is very friendly and the food is
excellent. It is a great place to catch up with friends in an intimate spot.

LO
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable. Good food, drinks and service. Quiet place to lunch with friends to catch up and celebrate special events.

AB
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was SO SLOW. The bar could not keep up with the drink orders. It took us over 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks and we asked several times for assistance from the owner who did nothing. We wanted to put in a bunch of appetizers THEN order our meals and our waiter said we could not do that because the kitchen staff was overwhelmed. I will not be back any time soon, incredibly frustrated by the service!

AM
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal first visit. The braised lamb shank was delicious (top 3 I've had so far) and the service staff was on point and engaged. I definitely recommend this place.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time @Social and it is now my new favorite place! Couldn’t have had a better experience. Service was excellent, warm and welcoming. Happy Hour prices and vibe, Fantastic!! Liz makes an incredible Cosmo!! Everything was delicious/ very fresh, & generously portioned! Champagne Tony sang to me for my birthday and really made our evening. This place felt special, truly a notch above. Kudos on getting so many things right and standing out in such a competitive market, will be back ASAP!!! :-)

RM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The wait service and bar service was horrible. I got half of my drink order at the bar bc it was a beer and watched abt 6 other people get served before I got my second drink. the bartender saw I was annoyed and comped my drink, then for dinner, my husband got his appetizer and entrée at the same time and my food did not come out until sometime later. again, they comped us drinks. The menu had some great options and the sushi was fabulous but the staff sucked. The bartender at least seemed sorry but the waiter could care less. I had to tell the Host about the dinner service. Food was worth giving it another try.

BM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was very so so and price was a little high for what we got. Service was great but probably would not come back

LS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first time here and was very good. The service was excellent throughout the entire dining experience. The waiter was attentive without being overly there. The food came out all at appropriate times, from appetizer to main dish, and there was just the right amount of time waiting on the check. I loved the atmosphere also...and it wasn't loud so you can enjoy a nice conversation. I highly recommend. Bon appetit!

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything about Social is just ok. The menu had nothing unique and the food wasn't great. The best way I can describe it is a typical town bar with a more upscale look. Too many other good places in the area for us to go back.

JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly, fun and sexy ambience with pleasing menu, good food and service. Like lots of places in the area, the noise level on Friday nights will not be conducive to serious conversation.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is soooo good. Satisfied adults and teen kids. Food was top notch and the cocktails were perfect. Not to mention the desserts (soufflé was a hit!). Can’t wait to go back. The service was phenomenal too! Awesome experience! And their happy hour was the icing on top!

KF
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere and food except for the fact that my medium rare burger was cooked medium well.

EM
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice looking restaurant with ambitious menu. Food was good but the owner/waiter was not as inviting as we would have thought.
No need to go back - many other restaurants in the area.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff. Just very noisy. Wonderful food and good selections.

DP
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

food was delicious and the service was attentive. It was very noisy and hard to have a conversation with someone sitting across from me.