Mason Social

4.4
384 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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4.4
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4.4
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SH
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
111 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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

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MS
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
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
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
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Brunch was awesome!

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BL
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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SS
5 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
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
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
6 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
4 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
5 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch !! All just awesome !

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k
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
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service; excellent host and waitress.

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BB
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
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
4 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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MT
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch at Mason Social. Good food, fair price and great ambiance.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food. I can’t say enough. Amazing. I had the fried chicken and the wife had the rockfish. We were both blow away. We’ll be back!

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NN
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

My guest and I wanted to order the same meal, server wasn’t listening and heard share. Instead of double checking she assumed she was right and after 40min everyone got food except me. She looked like a deer in headlights, did nothing to resolve the issue. No manager came by. Not worth the cost.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised! Visited on a very busy Saturday night. Bar was very loud with a few boisterous patrons, but impressed the bar tender politely asked them to tone it down. Drinks were great, and the dining room atmosphere was nice. Our waitress (Carly) was awesome, and our food was really good. Hostess was crabby and really couldn't communicate, but it was a busy night. 4.5 stars!

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G
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Waitress took a long time, didn't seem too focused on customer service. Waitress was very short with my party. Food was only ok, not what I expected for the price.

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B
28 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

My sister and I went to Mason Social for the first time during Restaurant Week. We were excited because we found several things on the menu that sounded appetizing. The appetizers were decent, the fried green tomato and deviled eggs. The mains left a bit to be desired. My sister ordered the jambalaya. It was a soupy mess of grease and? Jambalaya does not look like that. I had fried chicken, which by itself was fine. However, the macaroni and cheese side looked exactly like it came from a blue Kraft box. Holy cow! Dessert was satisfactory. We most likely will not return. There would be no reason to. It was an overall disappointment.

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HS
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved Mason Social. I wish I had gotten our servers name as she was fabulous. She was attentive, nice, didn't hover and had a great attitude. And other staff were great. It was Restaurant week so we all got different apps and salad starters to share. The Rockfish was cooked just right and the brussel sprouts were the best I've had in a restaurant. I had given open table a heads up that I was visually impaired and the hostess asked where we'd like to sit. We chose the big table and the lighting was great. The waitress asked a bit later if it was bright enough and if not, they could turn the lighting up. Very special. That has never happened. Thank you for a delightful and wonderful evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent brunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and we could hear each other talk!

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EB
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great American/bar type food. I got the burger - best one I've had in a long time, cooked perfectly! Cocktails we're yummy too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always wonderful at Mason!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As usual, Mason Social was fantastic. Great wine, amazing appetizer, and the entrees are always fantastic. The jambalaya was perfectly spaced and wonderful for a cold night.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service...

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MG
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Huge disappointment as we had read good things about this place. The place was largely deserted while we were there - not a good sign. The cocktails at the bar were good, as were most of the appetizers (Rueben egg rolls and pork dumplings were the standouts - fried pickles suffered from a tempura like batter that was too delicate for the pickles). The dinners were the big disappointment. Steak with Frites was underwhelming in all respects - steak was boring and tough; and the fries were limp and oily. The pork belly, shrimp, and grits were better, but still suffered from a strange sauce, pork belly that wasn't properly cooked, and grits that were more lumpy than smooth and creamy. And everything was lukewarm when it arrived. Wine list is limited but somewhat interesting. We might have caught them on a bad night, but in total, the experience will keep us from returning. If you get the urge, stick with the appetizers and hang out at the bar.

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EB
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Went in with high hopes but left disappointed. Mediocre food (brunch), poor service, and overpriced drinks.

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CJ
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The hosting staff wasn’t very friendly but everyone else was great. We had an amazing waiter who was funny and made excellent recommendations. Will go back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Extemely fresh salads.

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OT
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reserved for NY Eve. Very nice evening. Great food, nice wine selection and excellent service.

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T
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Nice place, good food, fun!

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