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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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Visitor rating
  • 127
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Social - uniuqe menu items but not so great service

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Marie S
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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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275 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

My wife and I dined here with family members and everyone left impressed. Food and service was excellent. We enjoyed the great wine selection!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We stumbled upon this place whilst looking for somewhere to eat, as most were not seating guests after ten. The lively bar gave the dining room a great atmosphere. The interior design was really nice, and I loved the 'open kitchen' feel with the big window allowing you to see your food being prepared by the chefs. The menu offered... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Early night, late night, and even for small plates I hear of Social a lot. I also hang there quite a bit and have gotten to know them. Great place and great people working there. Just another place that makes Charleston feel like home.

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Charleston, South Carolina
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were 4 for dinner. The crowd is young and the noise is not so loud as to inhibit conversation. The wine list is large as is the bar offerings. Wine pairing is offered for most food. Our food included Mepkin Abbey mushrooms. [slightly salty] Veal paillard, flat iron steak and a margarita pizza .Dessert included double chocolate cake and... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This review is specifically directed towards Corey, the bartender with the long hair. As someone who frequently comes into Social and brings new people there, I was completely embarrassed and at a loss for words at what you did tonight. Walking over to our table after we had closed out, with receipts in hand, demanding to know what was wrong... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This place has a unique concept and a huge wine selection. However, the service is terrible. My husband and I went here one night for drinks. Shortly after happy hour, business began to pick up. Understandably, the bartenders were not able to give us as much attention due to the amount of people in there. However both bartenders seemed drunk... 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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