By Andrew C. at 2016-11-19
How this place has less than 4 stars is beyond me. "Yay, I'm a fan!" expresses my feelings exactly. Not quite "as good as it gets" but not far from it either.
I stopped in here after seeing a pin come up on my google maps search for restaurants in Richmond. In fact, I believe the google reviews may be a little better than the Yelp reviews. Not sure what the difference is - this place is a solid 4 stars.
Parking: Street only. I was lucky to find one directly across the street. I am sure that on busy nights people may have to park a block or two away. Either way, we can all stand to walk a little more for good food!
Atmosphere: It can get pretty loud here! Not a place for a quiet romantic date, but a great place to hang out, watch sports at the bar, or enjoy time with friends.
Food: All four of us loved our food. My wife had the grilled cheese sandwich, which was very good. I had the shrimp 'n grits, which were good as well, but were more spicy than flavorful. I suppose some might argue that spicy is flavorful. The other two in our party loved their food (burger, salad).
Beer: They have a great selection of local, import and domestic beers. Best to get local!
Service: Best part of the dinner. I can appreciate a restaurant with great food and mediocre service, but I admire a restaurant with good food and unparalleled service. Our waitress checked on us frequently, only "disturbing" us when she saw that we needed something. At the end of the meal the manager (or owner?) stopped by and asked about our experience. As you can imagine, we provided good feedback.
If you're nearby, give Social52 a shot. They're worth it.
By Vinny N. at 2016-09-22
I'm not sure about the low ratings for this place. The food is OK, but certainly not bad at all. The drinks are well made, the beer selection is extensive, the happy hour is great, the service is efficient and friendly, and the environment is great.
It's got a nice, dark, bar, cool layout, plenty of side tables for cocktail service, and it's very, very clean. I'd go as far to say it's the cleanest bar that I've been to in The Fan, and that matters a lot if you've been to some other bars not far down the road at all.
Sort of unintentionally, this place has become me and my wife's go to spot for post work drinks, and I've really been enjoying myself there. The food prices are a bit steep, but nothing totally ridiculous. Give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
By James T. at 2016-09-16
Food = 4
Price = 4
Experience = 4
Nice bar and great people watching... the bartenders were nice and on top of things.
By Emily M. at 2016-07-07
Social 52 is average. The best thing there is the Mac n Cheetos.
The bartenders are fine but they make rude faces when they pour drinks and just aren't super friendly or talkative at all like bartenders should be.
There are always people there standing at the tables by the small bar area blocking the area to walk by bar. I can still manage to have a fine time there though.
By Eric B. at 2016-08-05
I'm conflicted on how to rate this place, so I'll just go in the middle.
On the one hand, and for me most importantly, the burger I had was one of the best I've ever had. I loved every bite of it. It was absolutely fantastic! I would love to have this burger again, and often.
But unfortunately, there was a lot I didn't like about the experience. About halfway through our meal, the service just disappeared and we sat around for about 15 minutes scanning the room for our waitress just waiting for the check. It took a long time to get out of there after we finished our meal, and we had somewhere to be.
And to top it off, it was also extremely loud in there, even the aisles between the tables were filled with drunk people shouting over loud music. I just came in here for dinner, and while the food was absolutely *top notch*, I didn't like that I couldn't even hear the person sitting across from me. Sitting there forever after finishing my meal, with the music thumping loudly and the shouting drunk people, while I just wanted to get out of there, was pretty unpleasant.
I'll try it again for lunch on a weekend, hopefully it will be a more pleasant overall experience when it isn't filled with that crowd.
By Alice B. at 2016-09-04
Awesome brunch! Shrimp and grits, the social omelet, bacon and a pitcher of mimosas!! Fair prices! Great atmosphere
By Heather L. at 2016-08-08
This place is fine. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. The wine selection is fine, food is fine, service is fine. I've really only sat at the bar and eaten the apps. Shrimp and grits is just fine, all my friends food is just fine. This isn't a place I'd go to eat, but drink.
By Kelley M. at 2016-08-27
Very pleased with our experience!
Service- excellent- Emily was a smart and attentive server.
Food- first rate! We started with deep fried deviled eggs. Loved the Sriracha and the different concept. The firecracker shrimp were also perfect! Dressing on the beet salad was tangy and the nuts were delicious. I was underwhelmed by the Caesar salad, however...only low point of the meal.
Black bean burger and the accompanying condiments were all delicious! Way too much to finish! The fries were super yummy too! I also got an extra condiment of the cilantro chutney, which was incredible.
After our meal, one of the owners, James, came to our table to personally thank us for coming in and gave us appetizer cards for a future visit.
Loud from the bar area, but a great experience overall!
By Ashley C. at 2016-08-15
This place is AMAZING! The staff were fun,friendly and very accommodating. The food is flavorful and fresh as well.
I went here for my going away brunch and had a large group. We ordered a little bit of everything including the different types of mimosa they offer. I had the chicken and waffles and it did not disappoint. The biscuits and gravy are also a must here. Everyone at my table ended up ordering them as a side. I love that their menu has a wide range of options for different tastes. You can have something light like the frittata,or you can indulge with the shrimp and grits. I heard the burgers here are great and I can't wait to try.
There were about 10 of us in my group and we were served promptly and with care. My reservation was a bit last minute and they were great about fitting us all in.
I would definitely recommend the place for a variety of occasions. I will definitely be coming back!
By Maria D. at 2016-12-04
Hands down the BEST brunch in RVA. And I have been to multiple places for brunch in Richmond.... quite literally every restaurant on Main St. and quite a few in Carytown. The chicken and waffles are to die for. Has a delicious chicken gravy on top and the chicken is super juicy and fresh. Also, great mimosas. Also you seriously cannot beat the $10 burger and brew night in Wednesday's. A craft beer and specialty burger for only $10 and the burgers aren't your typical burgers they are amazing... I personally like the Diablo. Fries are extra, but are super delicious. This place has become my favorite spot in Richmond. Also great craft beer selection check it out!!
By Lena F. at 2015-11-15
Nothing short of AMAZING.
Came with a large party (my Sorority) for a scheduled brunch, they went above and beyond--balloons in the color of our organization, customized menu etc. It really was beautiful and the service was great.
But the real reason it gets 5 stars is the FOOD! I am still dreaming of my shrimp and grits. Literally the best shrimp & grits I've ever had, I'm just disappointed I discovered this place after I've moved out of the Richmond area.
By Amanda S. at 2015-11-22
Food was solid all around and they have a great beer selection. Staff was friendly and on their game. We had a large party and I know that can be annoying but our waitress was perfection and our food came out mostly all at once and was 100% correct.
Food I tired: Mac and Cheetos, Grilled Cheese, Fried Brussel sprouts, and Royale with Cheese.
All things were super yummy. I especially want to give props to their french fries, they were a tad salty but the texture was on the money.
This is a great spot to go with friends and I had a fantastic time.
By Andrew K. at 2015-11-12
Recommendation: a standard option for breakfast or a good place to watch a game.
Experience: came for a quick Sunday breakfast before heading to the airport. No wait on Sunday about 12:30 which was essential.
Food: (caveat: no sense of Richmond prices) Good Value for a decent meal. No big risks here but a solid brunch offering that was well executed.
Drink: My wife had an overly sweet cocktail that still had a generous amount of alcohol. I did not imbibe but was rather intrigued by the Blood Mary Cart--seems like an exciting innovation.
Ambiance: light woods and many TVs have 52 a sports bar feel, probably a decent place to watch a game and have a beer.
By Jordan C. at 2015-11-21
So I went here with a group of 8 for brunch. The number of people in our party increased last minute, and they were very helpful. Our waitress Caroline was great! We had a difficult person in our group & she handled the situation wonderfully.
The food was good & reasonably priced (I think the pitcher of the Funday mimosa was $12, and they were delicious). There was only one mistake at our table, someone didn't get the potatoes they were supposed to, but it was quickly corrected. The restaurant itself is nice & has a nice location.
By Sarah S. at 2016-09-17
This is hard for me to rate, because of two things.
One, it was 1 am at night and I was out clubbing, but I also needed food. Not exactly the time to see if a place is on point with their dining service.
Two, on the menu the sweet potato fries were $3. I got charged $4 for them on my check. Why? Did they not update the menu? Did the bartender put it in wrong? It was noisy and half crowded so I did not mention it, but man, the principle of the thing still bothers me.
Their wings were so great. They were tender and had this sauce that tasted both familiar and unique. Their sweet potatoes were also pretty good, and they give you a lot. Usually places skimp out on them for some reason.
So, I was going to give this place a 4/5, but because of the extra mystery charge I would have to give it a 3/5.
By Paul M. at 2016-04-10
Hello old neighbor! Social, you never disappoint. There is a solid crew behind the bar who can create just about any shooter you can make up. The wait staff is friendly, and the people who frequent are pretty cool. Social has a much larger restaurant space then some of the other fan spots along with lots of seats available at the bar- great for enjoying mimosas with friends during brunch. Parking is also available out back, very convenient for people traveling by car.
By A L. at 2016-04-26
I don't understand why this place isn't packed more often! I went on a Monday during happy hour and the deals are awesome! Good deal on tons of drinks and buy one get one half off of the apps. This latest time I ordered the Cali Bean Burger and wow!! It was one of the best, if not THE best, veggie burger I've ever had. I am usually not a fan of veggie burgers made from beans because they have such a legume-y taste but this one was on point. I think the toppings really added to it as well, aioli, avocado, pico de gallo? Yum. Definitely recommend this place; tons of choices, really cute, warm atmosphere, and delicious food!
By John M. at 2015-11-01
After being opened an hour they are turning people away because their kitchen was so slammed.
Go figure..or go somewhere else which is what we had to do.
Better I wasn't asked to wait as the other times I was there It was better when it was Avalon.
By Jessica L. at 2016-08-05
The food is really good, but the service is lacking and super slow. Good food can't overshadow subpar service. What a shame.
By Nichele F. at 2016-11-19
My family and I really enjoyed our Saturday afternoon dinner with Social 52. We had shrimp n grits burgers and fries and a veggie burger with cool refreshing drinks and spirits our server surely exceeded our expectations and is the reason we gave 5 stars instead of 4