Dallas >Food & Dining > Social House
3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX | Directions 7520432.808960 -96.796911
Neighborhoods: Oak Lawn
Pretty Place Needs Management – Not only was the "manager" inattentive to customers [doing laptop] but it was clear that staff is not to interrupt when he is "in meeting" even though it was all about his laptop, not business. As a result, staff performance was mediocre overall and upstairs waitress tried to keep us from going downstairs even though it was open. Upstairs is nice coffee shop style only whereas downstairs is very warm and attractive. On coldest day of the year, fireplace could not be lighted by staff and "manager" did so only after customer approached and asked him directly [over the resistance of waitress who obviously knew his personal projects were more important than the restaurant]. Optimistic that it will be better next time-too nice a place to go under.
Great place to chill and watch your favorite college game! – We went here as a small group to watch the Texas game last evening, wanting to try something new, and admittedly a little hesitant after reading some of the below (quite terrible) reviews. We were not disappointed however, and didn't seem to remotely encounter any of the mentioned problems or "cons." The service was actually very consistent and friendly, the bartender was helpful - and it's hard to have a miss with Shiner on draft - the seating was ample and well laid out. The food was DIVINE and very well priced. The guys had the fillet (less than $25 including sides) and each said they really were surprised at the quality of meat and well-preparedness of the meal period, especially for the price. I had the garden salad with house dressing - absolutely amazing with candied walnuts, blue cheese chunks, and fresh crisp leaves of lettuce and spinach - generous portion and worth every penny of the $9 price. The manager (DILLON not David / Daniel) and executive chef (ZACK) both stopped by to check on us and were willing to hear suggestions on what might help them step up their game in a location with such fierce competition - Uptown & the West Village. We sat upstairs, as it seemed more cohesive to watching the game - less crowded and less noisy - but we did go downstairs afterward to sit and have a few drinks, and it's definitely a great place to see and be seen. Very Uptown, very chill, very pretty people. I would suggest this place to anyone. And if you have a problem, have any sort of issue mentioned below, I would recommend speaking with the manager, as he genuinely seemed interested in making Social House one of "the" places to go, attracting more people and turning them into regulars.
Smelled like A@% and the waitress downstairs sucked – The place did not have air first of all so folks were smelling a bit the shots were 8 bucks and extra with redbull. The blonde waitress downstairs was the worst ever. She kept jumping back and fourth over the counter smacking people in the back with her feet without saying anything.
I will never go their again unless i have to thow-up
drunk bartender girl over charged me – Went to social house last night with 6 friends. I used to go there when it was nikita and had great times so i wanted to check out the new establishment and all. They had karaoke so we sang and danced, were having a good time. Then i ordered 7 shots of flavored vodka and the bartender girl charged me 8 bucks per shot and $2 extra for red bbull on each one of them. I looked at the reciept and she even added 20% gratuity to it. So my bill came out to be $70 plus $14 gratuity for 7 shots. I asked her why she charged me for red bbull then she casually said, oh im sorry, ill change it. Then i questioned about the gratuity because even after she changed the total amount, the gratuity was still $14. i mean i also work at a bar and i have never added gratuity for drinks just because it was more than 6 people. Then she explained because we were a party of 7, she added the tips. I tried to explain that she needs to fix the amount because the total was different. Then she just threw the receipt and said, "you know what, just forget it and get the f** outta here" I was like.......WTF??? Then my friends came up to pay their tabs and she messed up the amount on their receipts as well. I tried to ask her what the heck is wrong with her, and she just kept saying, just get the f*** outta here. I started to lose my patience because she had no reason to yell or tell me to get out. Then she tried to get the barback to kick me out and the barback just shrugged and looked at me..how funny is that? Then my friend got really mad because she told him, "get your f***ing friend out of here!" So it kind of got out of control, she stormed out from the bar to follow us and screamed F this F that. The barback then really had to stop us screaming at each other. So i check my bank account and that drunk girl charged me twice! I am going to call the manager to complain and my friends and i will NEVER go back there.
Great Two for Dinner and a Show – How can you go wrong with a great meal and walk across the street for a movie at the Magnolia?? We had the sea bass and the 1" thick pork chop entree...........both were excellent. Nice surpirise to have mussels and shrimp adorn the sea bass. It is well worth the wait to seated on the sidewalk patio...feels like the river walk....great people watching spot. Altholugh this seems to be first a bar we really enjoyed the food. Only negative was that I thought the house wine was expensive for the choice...better off with the martini.
Stay clear, shady place – I was at Social House this past weekend and will never go back and will tell everyone I know never to go there. While waiting downstairs for a drink with a small crowd and slow service, the rude bartender continued to make things worse for the entire bar. The restrooms were blocked off by 2 or 3 large hispanic fellows and reserved only for friends of the same bartender. The thuggish restroom bouncers claimed the toilets were overflowing but this was a very apparent lie to all. The disgusting 1 single-occupany restroom upstairs gathered a long line because of this.
Whoever owns this place needs to get some serious class, this was absolutely ridiculous.
social house pretty cool – Pretty good place. I always seem to have a blast. As for being overcharged? What place in uptown dallas isn't expensive, come on dude. Anyways, love the place. I recommend for anyone to just get drunk before you go out and then there you go!
be careful - check your credit card statement/keep your receipt! – While most of my experiences at the social house have been okay/good, if you are going to go to this place, I would recommend paying cash. One particular bartender charged my tab 8 drinks instead of 6 (I just payed it b/c I was ready to go and didn't feel like messing with it), but he also decided to give himself an additional $20 tip (beyond what we already tipped him) - as he charged my credit card $20 more than the tab + tip was. Thankfully I checked my credit card statement and caught the discrepancy. Lame. Even though this place is only a couple of blocks from me and a place I frequent often, I won't be going back.
Fun to watch Mavericks Games... – During the playoffs stopped in for something new, tvs were great and the crowd was fun. Hopefully the stars keep going and I can continue coming to watch my favorite sports!
GREAT TIME – The Social House in the West Village is a nice change of scenery. Although I love Taco Diner and Mi Cocina, it's nice to have another option in food. I tried the sliders and I thought they were phenomenal. They were simple yet flavorful. I had the salmon and it was so good. I think it was a special for the day, and I think they really need to add it to the menu. My friends said they enjoyed their entrees also. Our server, Ashley, seemed to be very knowledgeable and was very accommodating. The wine list was a little shorter than I expected but still a decent selection. The Carlos Basso cab was very good. A manager came by (I think his name was Daniel) and asked us about our experience. We told him we loved the place and enjoyed our food and he was kind enough to buy us a round of drinks. We asked where is a fun place to go on a Saturday night and he suggested Candle Room and Clear. My friend asked how the lines were and he told us he would take care of it. And he did. He made a couple of phone calls and we were placed on the lists. I was stunned that in the middle of a busy night, he was still able to cater to our needs. Clear was a very nice place with good looking people and Candle Room was a great place with great service. Social House is a great place to start your night and make sure you ask Daniel to set you up somewhere nice. Thanks and I'll be in there again this weekend!
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