What You'll Get
With your kitchen's pots and pans inhabited by the evil spirits of dead pots and pans, cooking at home has become both time-consuming and spooky. Get quality cuisine without interference from crazed kitchenware with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of innovative American fare and drink at Social, located in Columbia Heights.
The homey restolounge serves a whimsical menu of modern American fare nightly, with lunch offered Saturdays and brunch on Sundays. The pared-down dinner menu features sharable, wine-complementing, meal-starting sustenance, served in three portion sizes. Opt for the cabernet-marinated, char-grilled baby lamb “lolli-chops,” served with chipotle pesto ($10+), or go for the truffle oil-infused roasted mushrooms, simmered in a Madeira cream sauce ($7+), before indulging in Social’s crispy roasted chicken ($16) entree. The weekend-launching Saturday lunch menu offers Social’s succulent Sonoran fish tacos, three tortilla envelopes of mahi mahi sprinkled with jalapeno cabbage, roasted jalapeno, and clementine pico ($8.95), while Sunday brunch boasts the spicy Lafayette Benedict, a Creole take on the breakfast classic, with sautéed crawfish and chorizo ($11.95). Or try the Grand Marnier- and orange zest-battered French toast, topped with fresh strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar ($7.95).
The two-level lounge features a warm atmosphere, with a living room-esque upper dining area, complete with plush leather couches and wrap-around windows, and a dark and sexy lower bar. Social’s simple yet sophisticated wine list offers flavorful fermented enhancements to any meal, and the eatery’s outdoor patio is a breezy locale in which to linger over a glass of the grapey goodness while pondering the rules of cricket.
Not valid for happy hour or any other specials.
Social has been featured in the Washington Post, and Endless Simmer recommends it. While reviewers are polarized, it still garners an average rating of three stars from Yelpers and 3.75 stars from OpenTable users:
- The service was superlative, the lounge-y setup is comfortable (think low lights, candles, comfy black couches and chairs, softly stuccoed walls, and plenty of cherry wood tables to rest your drinks and food upon), the drinks were fun and dangerously delicious, and the food … the food was incredible. Period. – Maidelitala, Endless Simmer
- The micro-dining, tapas-style menu was perfect for our group and each person chose something that suited their tastes - from pulled-pork and angus beef sliders to an amazing truffle oil infused madeira mushroom mix to deliciously refreshing mahi mahi tacos, the food was exceptional. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 03/27/2010
- The crab cakes hit the spot and sealed the deal for a return trip. – Keisha D., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with happy hour specials or other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.