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Social Restaurant + Wine Bar

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French Quarter
Tapas
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188 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Cumberland & Queen)
843 577 5665
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4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Offering Charleston’s largest selection of wines by the glass, Social has...
Offering Charleston’s largest selection of wines by the glass, Social has become the preeminent wine bar of Charleston. Social is housed in a nineteenth century warehouse and features a stunning four-thousand bottle display cellar. Complementing its extensive wine selection, Social serves modern American cuisine.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 15
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good simple food - fair prices

Social Restaurant has a bar and distinct restaurant area. I prefer the bar as it has more ambiance. Interesting appetizers and excellent pizzas (thin crust). Fairly priced wine though they also have some high priced ones if you're feely rich that day. Good value for money - been there 3 times... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
statestreet75
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Charleston, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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281 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Looking around Charleston for a night spot for a drink. Got it! This wine bar is funky, relaxing and inviting. Sitting here on a warm spring night, the windows are open, the music's playing and the bartender's wine suggestion was dead on the money! Salud!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We stopped by Social late our last night in Charleston and it was the perfect spot. Busy, but not too loud. Nice selection of wines available and the kitchen was still open late. The perfect spot to end a night.

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New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife and I love this place. We make it a point to stop in every time we're in Charleston. It's in a great location on East Bay near some fabulous restaurants, but it's more than just a wine bar. They have great food, and pizzas, along with wonderful wines by the glass and bottle. This is our favorite wine... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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146 reviews 146 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Social Restaurant has a bar and distinct restaurant area. I prefer the bar as it has more ambiance. Interesting appetizers and excellent pizzas (thin crust). Fairly priced wine though they also have some high priced ones if you're feely rich that day. Good value for money - been there 3 times in last 3 months as convenient and easy to... More 

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Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We chose this restaurant/bar because we were hungry due to our flight delay and getting in to Charleston so late. A passenger on our flight had told us about places to eat, drink, see, etc. He explained to us that the streets in Charleston were named for the activity. Meeting Street is filled with restaurants and bars because people can... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Cool atmosphere! Good happy hour specials! Good location. I would definitely go back...good for a group. And good music.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The 4 of use arrived right after the Dock St. Sunday matinee show, so it was early and empty at 5:30 PM. Our water was poured by someone we assumed was not our waitress, instead of taking our drink order, she left and came back about 10 minutes later. The menu has some unusual things and we all sampled something... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Kind of disappointing honestly. Showed up at 12:00 am on a Saturday, and after sitting at a table for 10 minutes, we were told they aren't doing table service tonight. Which confused me and my friends because it was Saturday. The bar was full and we waited 15 minutes for a glass of wine. Paid the tab and left. The... More 

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Houston
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51 reviews 51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Great pizza appetizers for a business meeting. The beer selection was good and the staff was attentive and friendly. Would like to go back and try an entree.

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

In Charleston for college reunion and wanted to catch up with my girlfriends after dinner so 5 of us met here to chat and drink some wine! Parking was easy and convenient in public lot behind Social which is a good thing in downtown Charleston! Our visit was on a Saturday evening from approx 9 pm til 11pm and place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 188 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
    (Cumberland & Queen)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > French Quarter
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: 843 577 5665

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 25
  • Cuisine: Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients

Description

Offering Charleston’s largest selection of wines by the glass, Social has become the preeminent wine bar of Charleston. Social is housed in a nineteenth century warehouse and features a stunning four-thousand bottle display cellar. Complementing its extensive wine selection, Social serves modern American cuisine.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?