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“Best Restaurant in Rockford”

Social Urban Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 369 Restaurants in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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.
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.

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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.

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Thank yggFlorida
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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.

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Thank Everywhere1
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

What a great meal we had. Pork chops, Brussel sprouts as an appetizer, Home made ice cream for dessert, it was a great meal. The strange thing is they only take reservations from 4-6 - DUH?

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Thank ebenezer15
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Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

I have never been disappointed at Social. It is a must dine, the food is excellent and the beer, wine an liquor selection is phenomenal. Great place to eat.

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Thank Jspalyl
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