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Social Restaurant + Wine Bar

188 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)
843 577 5665
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Ranked #124 of 738 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Cumberland & Queen
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.
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82% Recommend
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English first
Fort Myers
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81 reviews 81 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I had a whole list of restaurants for Charleston,(Thank you Trip Advisors) but did not make reservations the first night because we weren't sure of arrival time.. Big mistake! We went from one place to the next with an hour or two wait. Saw the Social, remembering reading about it and stopped in to see if there was a table... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

So coming here was a surprise for date night! The service, wine selection, food, atmosphere, people, lighting…the list could go on and on was AMAZING! I couldn't get enough of the food and wine! Absolutely nice, quiet and amazing. I would highly recommend this place to anyone…make sure you bring your wallet though, gets costly fast!

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Atlanta, Georgia
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Last minute decision to stop in after seeing the menu in the window. We were not disappointed. Classy, upscale decor. Great tapas selection. Food presentation was excellent and very tasty. We had 3 and the portion sizes were more than enough to enjoy with a good glass of reasonably priced house wine.

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My family (yes, I took my family here...) went for dinner and found the menu to look good - enough. For such a classy looking place, the food was average and the wine? If you are looking for a wine bar, this is not the place. Being given one choice for a chardonnay that is dry is not what I... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Had an evening snack meal here with tapas, bruchettta and shrimp spring rolls. This with a bottle of wine was good choice. Lots of buzz and obviously very popular with the locals. Friendly waiting staff. Quite noisy so maybe not great for a romantic dinner,but a place to go with friends for a good night out.

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Darlington, South Carolina, United States
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110 reviews 110 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My family and I arrived at Social after a long walk throughout the city, shops, and battery. It was a last minute decision to go there and after reading the menu, we agreed to go in. The place is hip, nicely decorated, with well stocked bar –it is primarily a wine bar- and excellent customer service. We were seated immediately... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We have been to Social many times in the past, and had always enjoyed sitting at the bar and ordering wine and appetizers. We went again a few weeks ago and were terribly disappointed. I'm a chardonnay drinker and the selection was extremely limited for a "wine bar" (only one oaked option and it was very expensive and not great).... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Social is a wine lover's DREAM, complete with pillow and cuddles. Aside from the broad options offered by the tasting menu, SOCIAL also has a cellar of top wines, enthusiastic staff who will make recommendations based on your taste, and food crafter to compliment the broad selection of wines. Anyone who states that SOCIAL has a shallow selection clearly wanders... More

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Staunton, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

If you like good wine, this isn't the place for you in Charleston. The wine menu is extremely limited (I'd guess 12-15 bottles), and consists of mediocre wine at best. It's always disappointing when you can't get a good glass of wine at an establishment with wine bar in the name. This place feels more like a high end sports... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Staying at the Harbourview Inn, we decided to go to a nearby restaurant to get some takeout food for those of us who were tired. We saw the Socia nearby and asked them if they provided takeout. They directed us to the bar where a bored, rude bartender didn't seem to know or care what the fish on the menu... More

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