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“Great and local” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Social Urban Bar and Restaurant

Social Urban Bar and Restaurant
509 E State St, Rockford, IL 61104
815-708-0877
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Ranked #1 of 318 Restaurants in Rockford
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
Description: The Dinner Party is our inspiration. We have communal seating, chefs serving your food, and a group of bartenders creating innovative cocktails. Our passion is local foods; we work with many area farmers and producers to create a simple yet elegant menu featuring what's fresh from the area. Located in a historic district downtown, we have built our tables and bar from reclaimed wood that dates back to the 1850's. A warm urban restaurant dedicated to supporting local industry.
Rockford, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great and local”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Social has excellent food, which pays close attention to the ethics of food production while not sacrificing taste. One of my favorite places to go out in Rockford.

Visited July 2012
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English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great food great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Great find ( thanks TA) we called ahead, Matthew was very nice and told us they don't take reservations after 6. We decided ti try it anyhow. And glad we did. The pork tacos, shrimp and grits, fried brussel sprouts and dessert were fantastic. Great drink/ liquor menu, very interesting. Younger, attractive crowd. Social would have a line out the door in any larger city. Our meal there was the best we had on this trip.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockford, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Rockford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My wife and I dine out ALL the time. We have pretty much tried every restaurant in Rockford and Social is in the top 3 if not the best. The menu is unique and the ingredients all appear and taste fresh. The drinks menu is extremely creative and always fun to try new things based on the staff recommendations. The restaurant is expensive, but I don't mind because you actually get what you pay for.

*My only warning is that the staff can be a tad standoffish. They almost try to be as trendy as the restaurant. It has been 60-65% good experience with the staff and 30-35% bad.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Davie, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Bravo Chef, Delicious Food and a great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This was our first trip to Rockford, Illinois. The restaurant is small but upscale! the art displayed is by a local artist and very unique. The owner has thought of everything sustainable when it comes to supporting his locals. It has a full bar and the service staff is very people oriented. The Chef came to our table and explained in detail what he had prepared with locally organic produce from nearby farms. The food was incredible and the dessert homemade icecream with liquor and berries was superb. Visit with friends so you can talk and catch up while you wait for the personally prepared food, because it's worth the wait. I had the Artic Chard with arugula salad and my teenage daughter ate it all. She said the food was really tasty and the preparation is just as good as any European Restaurant. Fancy Gourmet with dessert and appetizer blueberry wings for two without drinks was approx $65-70 dollars. Dont miss this gem and yes this is a way to also help your local farmers. Congrats to the owners for this winner! I would also suggest to provide customers that can't sit at the pub style tall tables with at least one or two tables as an option, maybe outdoors/front sidewalk. We went in July and the night was breezy and beautiful.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockford, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Another favorite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We've eaten at Social regularly since it opened. The pork tacos are delicious and the fried brussel sprouts have converted a number of people who thought they didn't like them. There is often an unusual ice cream, like parsnip. We enjoy sharing the table and have met interesting people there. The drinks are creative, especially the Cilanto Mule, my favorite. The only thing I'd change is to have one table without the higher chairs.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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