Social Wine and Tapas

4.3
542 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 10:30pm

Please note a reduced menu is served between 2:30pm-5:30pm Monday-Friday and 4pm-5.30pm on Saturday.
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020 7993 3257
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Marcus Rohlen
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Underground Bond Street with Central and Jubilee line
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Jason Atherton’s acclaimed Marylebone restaurant Social Wine & Tapas has two semi-private spaces seating 8-10 guests, which can be booked for wine tastings, private dinners and more. The restaurant can also be hired exclusively for parties of up to 80.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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JS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came to make up or break up

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

+ food cooked to perfection
+ portions are just right
+ design is moody and stylish

- slightly too noisy on the ground level (basement seemed calmer)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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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DA
London
20 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas were truly amazing. High quality food, cooking and presentation. The atmosphere is elegant and relaxed. We just think we payed too much for our sangria (12,5£ a glass). Otherwise everything was perfect.

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FT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was good. The wine was ridiculously marked up - some wines by a multiple of 8. Very few less than 100 pounds a bottle and even those were average. The real problem was the service in general and the maitre d in particular. Despite ordering wine it didn't arrive until we chased it twice around 70% through our meal, up until then no-one paid attention that our table (very visible) hadn't had any drinks. The maitre d was arrogant and aggressive (seems to be common with Jason Atherton restaurants, Sosharu was the same). We ordered sherrys with our desserts and again they arrived some time after the food was unceremoniously dumped on the table. The poor waiter had no idea what cheese was on the cheese board and when dropping it off I pointed to what was clearly the goat cheese to be told "No, that's not goat" (spoiler.. it was goat as the maitre d stomped over to tell us). The tapas was OK but just "OK" and the service made sure we'd never go back to this or really any other Jason Atherton restaurant.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Popped in last minute after a change of plans for Mum’s birthday - a special occasion worthy of a Jason Atherton experience, or so we thought.

Very poor front of house host - very rude and uninviting, especially given we were ordering a bottle of red just waiting for our table.

Following that, we requested whether we could have our second bottle from the Zalto glasses we use and love at home, only to be flatly refused and with no real or apologetic explanation.

Generally love the Social chain but given the better experiences I have had at both Pollen St and Little Social, it simply did not warrant the attitude and occasionally, downright rudeness of the majority of staff we encountered.

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TC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice place with nice food and wibe list!lunch menu for really good price!

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BB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For a tapas place, there was no Rioja cheaper than £90 on the wine list. Truly unbelievable. Spent an absolute fortune on lunch for 4 for an unexceptional tapas meal that would have cost me 1/3 of the price in my local tapas in SW London.

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p
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was a Christmas present in the form of a voucher from my son and his partner for my wife and I. We have been to Jason Athertons Pollen Street restaurant and had a nice time so was looking forward to this. We were shown to our table upstairs in a small area between the bar and the back room. It was cold and I asked if we could be moved and the waiter said he would turn the air conditioning down. He did a little but it was still draughty and cold throughout our meal. The food was nice but I would say not exceptional and the wine wist vast ... in fact too vast for what is fundamentally a tapas bar. The area we were in lacked atmosphere and the music was fairly loud and also a strange mix. Also my wifes biggest pet hate ... cold plates which the food was served on. Don't think I we will be rushing back. Sorry !!!

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NR
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Good tapas but disinterested pre-occupied staff. Disappointing .

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good tapas. Wordl class

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GC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a fun time here. Food was great except for a couple of tapas but overall the tapas were delicious. We were surprised by the lack of affordable (under 90£) wines that were earthy and full bodied. All of the options given were very thin or at most a weak medium bodied wine with no lasting finish. Despite this, overall this was a great find and I look forward to returning.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Really really nice ambience and excellent for drinks.
Wine choice very expensive.
Tapas extremely average.
Service hit & miss - we had to revise our bill twice as mistakes made.

I would go again for a drink but not too eat.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed it, a perfect combination of great foods, friendly service and lovely atmosphere

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h
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food good as usual. Service not as good as it usually is.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good tapas chased down by a refreshing bottle of white. What’s not to like!

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SN
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very extensive wine list, and a simple yet well delivered tapas menu, makes for a casual stylish dining experience.

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L
London
28 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had dinner here with 3 friends on a weeknight. One was visiting from Sydney for her 30th so I had let the restaurant know it was a special occasion. Overall it was a great meal, the food was excellent and decent portions for tapas, and service was good. The beef rib eye and carrot dishes were excellent! The burrata was a bit weak. Total spend £185 inc 1 bottle of wine. Only downside was some of the food took ages to come and there was no little extra for my friends birthday, obviously I dont necc expect this but certainly many other restaurants at least say happy birthday or bring a little treat usually which is always nice.

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the restaurant has a good wine selection and tasty food. Also service was great. We had lunch and was not busy but would assume it can get fairly busy and noisy for dinner.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Server did not understand the concept of tapas and wanted us to order all our dishes in one order. Seemed bemused that we wanted to order different dishes with different wines. He also wore overpowering fragrance which distracted from the sensory experience when having wine. Food though was excellent. The rest, less so.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Giuseppe was excellent had a sense of humour and recommended some excellent dishes

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The welcome was warm and friendly, and the decor very tasteful with appropriate lighting. The one thing that ruined the ambience was the very loud and awful music - throwback 89’s leaning on soft rock- I hated it as it was overpowering and drowned the conversation and even the food at times. Service was professional warm and friendly and the food was amazing - ordered lots of nibbly tapas and particularly enjoyed the croquettes and the octopus dishes but all the food was good. Had little room left for dessert so shared the panacotta - was amazing and the only feedback was if it could have less of the passion fruit coulis - it slightly overpowered the oanacotta which tasted divine. Overall we loved it and if the music choices improve, we will definitely return

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C
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was very average and portion was really small. Had one of their specials of the day which was seared scallop with chicken and it only has one tiny scallop in the dish. But understand it’s a tapas restaurant so that is arguably expected.

Service was terrible. We ordered the paella and what was served to us was way too salty. We asked if we could cancel the dish as we only had two small spoonfuls and didn’t like the dish. When we told the waiter he insisted that he would ask the kitchen to remake the dish with less salt and said it didn’t make sense for us to cancel the dish. We also had to waited for over an hour for the scallop. We kept chasing for it but every time we did they came back saying it will be served within minutes. After we waited for around an hour, we asked if we could just cancel the dish as we had to leave. They refused to let us cancel the dish and again insisted that it was be served in “30 seconds”. Staff attitude and services were unacceptable for a group of this size and reputation.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service is good and the waiters are attentive and helpful. However, the food is average and too expensive.

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WP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Food arrives quickly and was very tasty. Wine selection, as expected, is substantial with the sommelier being very knowledgeable.

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NG
London
55 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a lovely birthday dinner for my boyfriend. I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as our first visit as it was a lot noisier upstairs but fun to watch the chefs make the food

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HJ
London
18 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A surprise in the middle of London. What looks like a small tapas/wine bar opens up downstairs into multiple levels of sophisticated seating. The food/tapas was excellent - the chicken Paella my favourite. (Beware it is not main course size). The service was excellent, very attentive and friendly. A very extensive (and expensive) wine list. My only complaint is that the music was a little too loud and when asked they turned it down. A very nice evening.

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TS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food at an affordable price. Very good wine also.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Been before and it blew us away. Not so much this time. One dish came with a distinctly un-runny egg. Their take on soughdough was a greasy fried bread, would have been better left in it's original form. My dessert of chocolate tart/coffee/salted caramel had pretty much melted by the time it arrived and was a textureless gloop. I left most of it but didn't complain, hoping someone would notice and ask why. No-one did so I paid for it without further comment. At £150 for two including wine I expect more attention to detail. Re the wine list, it's an inaccessible intimidating read offering no clue as to what you're buying other than the name and nationality of each bottle. The waiter talked us through a couple of bottles and was helpful but who is going to sit through a lengthy explanation of umpteen wines in order to choose one. Inevitably you end up going for the first one that sounds half decent. Just a line or two's description under each bottle would make a world of difference. But our previous visit was excellent so maybe just an off-day.

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L
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

It was very noisy, wine over priced. Good was ok probably better for the younger crowd.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a great experience sat at the bar watching the chefs at work. All staff were very attentive and would definitely recommend to everyone that wants to experience quality tapas.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommended

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is very talented and understands his clientele.
If your reading this review, stop and make the reservation now.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great for a group of friends and tapas. Good wine list and exciting ambience.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Hit this place up as a spontaneous post work dinner with girl friends. Food was great (a bit too salty for some things.) had an excellent Rose that I can’t find in shops. Atmosphere and service were great. Will definitely come back.

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LF
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Sadly the service was very slow and the food even slower to arrive on the night. Not sure I will be visiting again.

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AP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

interesting variety of dishes with great flavours. Tapas style serving allowed us to try several different items, with the jamon being particularly great

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r
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attended with another couple Seated in the lower level having asked for a quieter spot
music speaker overhead got louder as the restaurant got busier
Food was excellent except pork chop was mostly fat All other dishes superb

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