Mason Social

4.4
403 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

First time dining here. A little disappointed, the salad on all 3 plates had quite a few pieces of slimy wilted lettuce. Didn't get exactly what I ordered but was able to switch out with someone at my table. The rest of the food was decent but I wouldn't go back for Sunday brunch. Service was average, servers polite.

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l
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Sat at the bar with Austin as our bartender. Fun guy with nice interactions. My friend and I shared the grits entree and benny 2 ways. Eggs were overcooked on the grits and the grits were INCREDIBLY garlicky. Nice consistency though, just hard to taste anything else. We got a filet benny and crab cake. Both flavorful and the eggs were cooked perfectly. Ordered the filet medium rare, it came out basically well done but was still tender. The dressing on the little salad that comes with the benny was probably my favorite part. I had a mimosa and coffee, both fine and what you would expect. I've been for dinner before and have been underwhelmed but I'd go back for brunch.

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R
Charleston
50 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our first time and it was a good experience. Will go back and sample some of the other items.

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Service was less than expected, especially for a special day (Mother’s Day). Did not provide appetizer ordered, so had to request it not be included on bill. Service was slow and not attentive.

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j
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Totally FANTASTIC experience!!!!! On vacation - best restaurant We visited. It is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My husband and I went on a date night here on a Friday night. The food was overall delicious! He had the shrimp and grits & I had the southwest salad with grilled chicken. Both had very good flavor, the only thing I will say is my chicken was dry on the salad so I couldn’t eat too much of it, but the salad itself was fantastic! Service was great from the moment we walked through the doors. The restaurant is beautiful, and honestly not what we expected when we walked in (in the best way possible). Highly recommend for a date night.

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RM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend was having a birthday and we had a great experience through and through. Our waitress was sweet as can be and our host brought us out an extra starter to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Great food quality and flavor. Everything was cooked beautifully. We will definitely be returning. Especially for Wind-down Wednesdays!!!!

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was quality, however portions were small. Staff was attentive and accommodating.

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PR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We were seated immediately, which was great, but after we received our food, we didn't see our waitress almost at all afterwards. We were having a good time after our meals were finished, but we also had to wait a long time to call for our check. The place didn't seem that busy either. We alerted the manager to the broken glass from the table next to us (the party also didn't see the wait staff very much). The food was good and the atmosphere was nice though. So just go expecting to have an easy-going, long brunch or other meal.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time here. Parking can be a challenge. Food was good and service was nice and quick. We will go back again.

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j
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The bean soup was wonderful and spicy
The rockfish was very tasty
Mason fried chicken, wonderful as always

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Easter brunch: great drinks, great food, excellent service and sat outside in the sun on a beautiful day’

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EL
Grand Rapids
12 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great experience at Brunch on Sunday! The food was amazing and the service was great. The menu offerings are diverse and unique. We will definitely return!

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Savannah
32 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am an out of town we and visit Alexandria about once a year with my brother. Mason Social has become our favorite place for an annual dinner. We love the rockfish platter and it was as good as we remembered. It was a busy Saturday evening which made the noise level too high for us to have much conversation. Next year we will reserve earlier before the young crowd takes over. Great vibe.

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L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a nice place to meet. Food was great as well as service

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h
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A friend and I went for dinner with our two kids ( 17 months and 15 months) the food was great, the staff super accommodating we will certainly be back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great. Food was good. The entree was small and seemed over priced for the amount. Dessert was not great

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DA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice restaurant in the north end of old town. Great menu selection and pleasant wait staff. Enjoyed my dinner entree of Rock fish, nicely seasoned and not over cooked. I will return to try the other goodies on the menu.

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C
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our time at Mason Social. We sat outside, which I highly recommend if the weather is warm enough. The sidewalk seating is nicely decorated with string lights. It's also dog-friendly outside, which is nice for those who have four-legged friends or enjoy their company. Our server was one of the bests I've ever had. She was funny and nice and just overall enjoyable. The food was also excellent. Our favorite dish was the fried chicken and brussel sprouts. My husband wants to go back and get it again.

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SH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fried chicken with hot sauce, Mac and cheese and fried Brussels sprouts. Fried green tomatoes are also great.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Rockfish could not have been smaller or thinner. Not enough food on the plate.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress Lela ? Was fab!
Food was great and the entire evening was very enjoyable!

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m
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great Monday night deal on burgers. Cocktails were good not great.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were slow to come out of the kitchen and greet us. However, after that, everything went very smoothly, and food and service was excellent.

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RC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

This was our third time to Mason Social, and I am hoping this Tuesday off-peak experience was an off night. The kitchen could not seem to get any of our orders or the timing to bring out food right at all this evening. Food would be brought out to the wrong table, or shrimp provided to the person allergic to shellfish and who ordered portobello. My husband’s food was remade after failed first attempt, and he did not begin eating his meal until our party of 8 had completed our dinner. The waitress comp’ed him with a cocktail, which was a nice gesture. I am a fairly understanding patron who recognizes a rough night, but when a kitchen staff brought out a third incorrect attempt at one dish and responded to my friend’s request to redo with an eye roll and frustrated exhale this was something (perhaps a few things) I believe deserves being addressed. Thanks for your consideration and attention.

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Their deviled eggs are the best I've ever had. Great salads, great burgers. It's all awesome!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Brunch was awesome!

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BL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere was good and the food was good. They honored our open table reservation for 6; which doesn't always happen. Only bummer was I had mentioned it was a friends birthday and neither the server or the hostess acknowledged it. I'm not even talking a free cookie, I'm talking didn't even say Happy Birthday or ask whose birthday it was. The staff was rolling silverware at the bar behind our table and watching tv. The place is decorated nice and the food is good~

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Noise level is nice for conversation with your group, services is always good, and food is good. I have eaten her several times and have always been happy.

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Would recommend - especially for Monday-Thursday. Was loud enough on the Monday so expect the Friday-Sunday time frame must be rocking'.

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MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Wasn't impressed with the food quality and portions were on the smaller side. Fine dining portions of mediocre food. The dining area was extremely loud and difficult to hear someone across the table.

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KG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is an amazing joint with a neighborhood feel, DC cuisine and great prices. If you’re looking for a hidden gem, this is the place to be. You cannot go wrong with any of the menu options, but if you have to pick just ONE, it has to be the biscuits and lamb gravy for brunch or the fried chicken and mac and cheese for dinner. DO IT! You will not be sad!

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The reincarnation of Mason's (a year plus ago) with new owners is wonderful!! It's a fine place for winter indoors and summer outdoor dining. The food was great---sausage and salad appetizers with paella and duck breast for entrees were all excellent. The wine list is very good and varied in both taste and price. Altogether outstanding. A city option in the country.
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(Alexandria, VA)

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MB
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch !! All just awesome !

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k
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Mason Social has a comfortable local pub atmosphere with good service and good food. We went there for brunch on a rainy Saturday and had some drinks and brunch food. The "Sleepy Pigs" appetizer is batter dipped mild sausages that are then lightly fried. The batter coating becomes delicate and flaky with a moist meaty center. It comes with a sweet mustard sauce that some of us liked, though I personally felt it needed more mustard and less sweet. We also ordered the Smoked Salmon which was delicious, but it is a big appetizer. Recommend sharing that with 3 or more people. Also had the Crab Cake Benedict and the Tasso Bacon Benedict- both were great. Decent selection of wines and beer and a great bartender that actually knows how to make a good Sazerac. A great place to go to if you are in Alexandria.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service; excellent host and waitress.

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BB
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

After several meals at MS, this remains a wonderful neighborhood casual dining favorite with solid cooking. Our entrees were superb; I had the rockfish, fresh BF had steak frites. Steak was cooked perfectly; overall, a tasty dish. Southwestern salad was lacking; a lot of lettuce and tortilla tangles though did enjoy the avocado; didn't have enough ingredients to give it a southwestern pop! Wine was slow to come, but the entrees weren't; timing could have been a little better. Service was fine and friendly. Ambiance is subtle and soothing.

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H
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

I’m not going to sugarcoat this. The food was awful. The veggies with the hummus were wilted, soft, and felt like they had been left out. The rockfish tasted spoiled and was very firm - like it had been cooked days before. The shrimp and grits were seasoned with liquid smoke, and the accompanying pork belly was cooked tough. 2 / 3 into the shrimp and one of them had come out cooked, but off-tasting and soft as if it had gone bad.

This was not a case of we didn’t like the food or it wasn’t to our taste. We left feeling queasy and having serious doubts about kitchen practices.

I’ve never written a bad restaurant review, but this is definitely the worst meal either of us have had in the DC area.

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DT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The noise level in the dining room is very loud. I think it may be acoustics because it was the same on prior visits. Food is just OK but specialty cocktails are good.

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Our recent visit was our second. Several years ago, I had fried chicken which was over fried. This time, one of our party ordered Peruvian chicken which was stone cold when it arrived, and the chips that came with my tuna app were stale. My cesar salad was mediocre. The manager was most apologetic and did not charge for the chicken entre. On the other hand, my husband said his salmon was the best he has ever had. I would hesitate to recommend to a friend, but our friends say they have enjoyed a number of recent meals there.

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