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Social Wine and Tapas

4.2
4.2
578 Reviews
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Social Wine & Tapas is Jason Atherton’s restaurant, bar and wine shop on James Street, Marylebone. A relaxed, informal space, executive sommelier Laure Patry has created a dynamic wine list offering quality, rare and fine wines sourced from around the world, with an array of wines by the glass to sample. To serve alongside, head chef Frankie Van Loo and Jason Atherton have developed a menu of modern tapas-style dishes made with the best of British produce, and a seasonally changing selection of cheeses and charcuterie. All dishes are prepared and served from open kitchens on the ground floor and basement. On the ground floor, the Social Wine Shop sells wines as well as glassware, Coravin wine systems and wine accessories. A tasting room in the shop allows guest to sample and experience the wines privately with one of our team of sommeliers, with a semi private room downstairs available for private wine dinners and tastings.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday - Wednesday 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m. until 10:30 pm The full menu is available all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • Phone number

    020 7993 3257

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Marcus Rohlen

  • Area

    Marylebone

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Underground Bond Street with Central and Jubilee line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 578 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. m

    megdines

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Shocking service. Took ages for them to take our drink orders then the wine by the glass we ordered wasn’t available. Only half our food arrived and we had to chase for the rest. Seemed like we were forgotten about. Food when we got it was tasty though. Will not be in a hurry to go back anytime soon.
  2. w

    winelister

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Food and service has really declined since the last time I visited. For example, I was told the selection of cheese was "goat cheese, blue cheese, soft cheese and hard cheese." The food no longer the quality one should expect, the service was indifferent to the point of rudeness. Avoid.
  3. F

    Florentine74

    London

    35 reviews

    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2019

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    No value for money. Overpriced!
  4. K

    Kate

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely place. The wine list is extravagant and the food is amazing. The place is quite noisy but overall satisfy with everything!
  5. CM

    CathleenM

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I returned to Social and Wine after one year. I used to be a frequent visitor before I moved outside of London. Unfortunately, I left S&W feeling very disappointed. The food was average, the wine selection had clearly shrunk (hardly any new world wines) and the service didn't go beyond and above either. The price, however, remained in place. It used to be a great place to go for me...not anymore.
  6. NW

    NilsW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We have been guests for a couple of times, but this visit was just disappointing. No attentive waiters, food took really long. Once we asked when the next dish would be served and the answer was “the two kitchen are not communicating with each other so he doesn’t know”. When we left I expressed my disappointment with the manager and he thanked me for the feedback. No apologies or any other reaction. No sense for the non existing experience they just created for a regular guest. We won’t come back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, specially octopus!!! Would be great to have more options wine by the glass
  8. AC

    AmyC

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Great food but extremely expensive for what it was. Extremely quiet on the night we went (it was a Monday so fair enough) but service was still very slow and very few staff.
  9. t

    tessac

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great selection of wines
  10. E

    Empee

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Starters were delicious; paella a little bland. Extensive wine menu but few choices of Spanish wine and all wines rather expensive. Very warm welcome provided, as was the meal service; however, the bar staff seemed rather ‘cold’ and no apology offered on the two occasions he knocked into the back of one of our chairs when passing, as a result of furniture all being very close together
  11. CZ

    CrisZC

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    A great venue in terms of food , wine and service. A pity they have given up on lunchtimes as it was a great place to hold informal business lunches. Evenings are also good but noise level is really high.
  12. JS

    JohnS

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Really horrible service. Completely disinterested and rude. Never again. Avoid avoid avoid
  13. N

    Neetz

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Big fan of the Jason Atherton restaurants. Hadn’t visited this one so Valentine’s Day dinner was a good excuse. Food was superb (burrata with blood orange and tempura sea bream were our highlights) but service a little offhand- in a restaurant of this calibre I wouldn’t expect a dish to just be shoved down without any mention of what it was and just leaving us to figure it out. But these were all minor things. Still a very good meal and at £50/head including service and a glass of wine each, decent value for this part of town. Great evening overall.
  14. JV

    JoannaV

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great wine, food and service once there. I do not expect to be hassled about confirming a table though by a unknown number.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly service that gives you just enough attention and put you at ease. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu.
  16. GH

    GaryH

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The food was interesting and gave variety but the larger portions were expensive and there were no sensibly priced wines if you wanted to enjoy the ambience and service, which were good, without costing a lot
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2019

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Not what it used to be. Tapas means dishes can be served any time but for the main dishes to be the starters and the pardon peppers and tomato bread to be served after with the patatas bravas as desert is inane. Also the pepper grinder fell apart on top of the food and we then had to share our new pepper grinder with a number of other tables. Water was not refilled. Used to love it there but clearly the guests are treated like cattle.
  18. L

    Laurengr

    London

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Went with a few friends as wanted good wine and whine time. I did like the atmosphere and the wine was good (not blown away as was expecting), the food was nice but limited vegan options and were all very small (but not necessarily priced as such).
  19. f

    franw

    Hertfordshire

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Unusual place, seated at the bar on a cold evening you need to be wrapped up as the large door lets the cold air in. Having said this the food was lovely if not a tad expensive for tapas. The sea bream tempura was lovely - wine list good, gin options poor. Overall though a nice option.
  20. L

    Leapster

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cracking food, great atmosphere
  21. LS

    LondonSw15

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely brunch. Service and food lovely. Value I feel a bit high on food plates but the quality of what you get is top. I would have loved to sit downstairs as I felt more atmosphere there!
  22. s

    shelovesfood

    London

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All the food was excellent, my only complaint would be that the patatas bravas were sort of deconstructed, more like chips with the sauce on the side. Don't mess with perfection!
  23. CS

    CayleyS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    food is delicious and comforting, cooked really well with no long waiting periods. Service was friendly and mostly efficient, although it was a little slow at times. But nothing too serious. Great ambience and beautiful setting.
  24. JB

    JBHOO5

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2019

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Food was perfectly acceptable, albeit pricey, waiter service was good but front of house was frosty and not even a welcome. Booked for my wife’s birthday and that wasn’t even acknowledged. Despite it being 14.00 hours on a Saturday the place was empty apart from one other couple. This suggests something is wrong (all surrounding restaurants were busy).
  25. W

    William

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2018

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The food was good food, however the service only okay, but not friendly. Did not feel welcomed.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    I have been here before but was v disappointed in the service this time which let the whole experience down. We arrived 20 mins early for the table and debated whether to stop in a pub first but decided to just have a drink there as the table was ready. Ordered a beer and some wine, the drinks didn’t arrive for over half an hour with chasing 3-4 times. I don’t know whether ordering a beer in a very wine oriented place was a problem for them but they assured us they had two types of beer on offer. Since it was a Friday after work, a beer to start the evening doesn’t seem too much to ask. The maitre d was aware we were chasing and looking around for our drinks but failed to intervene until I left the table to go up to him. He then went off to find out but then lots of other drinks came to other tables but not ours with no explanation. It spoiled the evening for us even though it seems like a simple thing.
  27. B

    Belinda

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2018

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I booked for my best friend’s 30th birthday, I called up to ask if they did little birthday cakes or if I should bring my own. They said they did complimentary cakes and she had put it in the notes. Dessert came around and no cake, I had no opportunity to bring it up without spoiling the surprise so she didn’t get one, I was so disappointed. If I’d known this would happen I would have brought my own. We also had to ask about three different waiters if we could place our order. The food was nice and we still had a nice time, but I wanted it to be extra special for her birthday.
  28. EC

    EileenC

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We sat downstairs in the area just at the bottom of the steps - table 21 I think - the area was very cramped and my guest had to move continually to let the staff past due the adjacent table guest sitting in the area I would suggest was used for service. This was really quite inappropriate and I had to apologise to my guest. The staff seemed unconcerned and when I motioned that the neighbouring table was causing the issue I was ignored. This was my 5th visit to the restaurant and the food was excellent BUT service was very slow - we took 1 hour 40 mins for a relatively limited number of dishes - there were long delays between single dishes being delivered. I appreciate good food it cooked to order however there seemed to be plates being delivered to larger tables in a much more speedy fashion. A little disappointed.
  29. a

    aviddiner

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Not as enjoyable as other times I've been here.
  30. e

    edwinak

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 29 November 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    the produce used was fresh and delicious, though I felt that all the dishes had very similar flavours and now real wow factor as you would find at BArafina. We had the cod, Octopus, carrots, sirloin.
  31. D

    Dina

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2018

    overall5food2service1ambience3
    Dishes are neither explained nor suggested by the staff, two much sauces, two of us did not felt well afterwards because not easy to digest. A kind of French cousine in miniature. Service was indifferent.
  32. IL

    IlariaL

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, particularly the sea bream tempura, the pork, and the vegetable tapas were really remarkable. Good ambience but I’d turn down the music one notch.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One on the nicest place We have never been to ! It is really an incredible experience. We are French often trying good adresses in London and we love to discover such restaurants. Try the ham croquettes, the salted beetroot , the charred hispi cabbage or the chargrilled carrots and taste the 28-day aged beef rib-eye !
  34. JB

    JuliaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2018

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Despite the standard of food being very good, I am unable to give this restaurant a good review due to the appalling service. The restaurant hadn't catered for our reservation and we were left waiting for 20 minutes with no offer of a drink or menu to look at. When we were finally seated it took more than 10 minutes to receive a drink. We ordered food and requested two dishes without nuts Durban to an allergy in the group. Both came with nuts in it. When we sent it back to be remade it too over an your to come back. A couple of the staff didn't speak any English at all so things that we had ordered never materialised. As a result, I wouldn't not recommend this restaurant due to the service, although I would say that the food and ambience was very good
  35. CC

    ChrisC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious menu. Perfect for a relaxed less formal meal. As with many restaurants these days the wine list mixes newer style wines and traditional, so it’s important to be clear on your preferences esp given the price point of many of those offered
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food and wine. Would have like to be seated upstairs on the ground floor overlooking the street (we were seated against a wall by the staircase downstairs in the basement.
  37. JS

    JayneS

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I recommended this place to my husband. We were disappointed on every level and did not feel our custom was welcome. The contrast between this and the restaurant we dined at the following evening only highlighted its shortcomings more
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We came to make up or break up
  39. a

    asas

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    + food cooked to perfection + portions are just right + design is moody and stylish - slightly too noisy on the ground level (basement seemed calmer)
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food and wine are usually great but the tables downstairs are way too close together and I kept having to move my chair to let waiters pass. Not very relaxing

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Social Wine and Tapas is rated 4.2 stars by 578 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Area

    Marylebone

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday - Wednesday 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m. until 10:30 pm The full menu is available all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Underground Bond Street with Central and Jubilee line

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Marcus Rohlen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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