The Social House

Anika Bjarnadottir

The Social House is a restaurant and bar with locations in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX. I visited the restaurant in the Fort Worth location with two of my friends and we had the best time with amazing food and service! I would definitely recommend anyone who is in town to stop by and dine in!

Atmosphere

The atmosphere of the restaurant is perfect for occasions when you want to enjoy a good time with friends and family. When you walk in, you may notice that the interior design has a modern Americana and rustic look. With exposed brick walls, wooden tables, and mason jar lights, you definitely get a nice and cozy vibe. There are some decorations that are based on Texas, with cowboy hats and signs in the shape of the Texas state.

But, another aspect of the restaurant is the trendy sensation that it gives off. There are lots of TVs set up with different channels including sports, funny videos, viral videos, and animal videos. There is definitely a lot of stimulation going on, which could help the dinner flow better, especially if you want to go here on a date. In addition, they have good pop music playing in the background. With this, I wouldn’t come here if you want a quiet dinner. But, the overall atmosphere is very friendly and perfect for a social night out!

Bar

One thing that really stood out to me was the bar. They offer many drinks and everyone (of age) will probably be able to find one they like. More specifically, the Social House has over 100 beers on draft, all chilling at 32 degrees. They are constantly rotating beers and have some that are always on tap! It’s cool because you can actually see the designs of all the beers on the taps. They also have an extensive list of wines and cocktails that reflect popular trends. To ensure safety from COVID-19, the bar is sectioned off in 4 with plastic dividers. This is a unique aspect that I have never seen anywhere else, but I think it is a great idea!

COVID 19 Precautions

This restaurant is COVID-friendly, implementing as many safety precautions as possible, while smoothly running their restaurant. One thing you may notice as you walk in is that there are signs that say “please wear your mask.” This shows that they are encouraging people who are not dining to wear their mask for the safety of themselves and everyone else at the restaurant. Also, their menu had turned digital. At every table, there is a sign with two QR codes, one to the food menu and the other to the drink menu. There is also outdoor seating if guests want to be extra safe with air circulation. The outdoor heaters will help make that the most comfortable experience.

*Update: The Social House is now 100% open!

Our Favorite Dishes

Starters

Bruschetta

This is personally one of my favorites – I would rate it a 10/10! I could easily say this is the BEST bruschetta I have ever had in my life. This dish has four long pieces of toasted bread, topped with melted mozzarella, red and yellow tomatoes, pesto, olive oil, and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. Not only is the presentation of it beautiful but the taste is absolutely exquisite. There is a perfect balance between all the flavors, which diffuses in my mouth in every bite.

Fried Pickles

These fried pickles are the perfect appetizer to have with a big party group! There is a good amount of these sliced and bite-sized fried pickles, sprinkled with scallions as garnish. The breading is A1, with excellent crispiness. With just the right amount of salt and sour flavors, the fried pickles are complemented with a side of ranch dressing. By dipping them in the ranch, it slightly cuts down the sourness of the pickle and makes it taste even better!

House Specialties

Peppercorn Center Cut Filet

I really loved the steak! They ask how you would like it cooked, and personally I thought they cooked it perfectly. It had a lot of spices and seasoning on it, bringing in a lot of flavor. It was a little bit spicy, but I actually thought it was really good like that. The steak was topped with sliced garlic and delicious port wine demi glaze. In addition, this dish came with some baked asparagus and mashed potatoes, which were smooth and had a good consistency.

Slow Roasted Blue Moon Butter Chicken

This dish consists of roasted half chicken, rainbow fingerling potatoes, and their house-made mustard greens cooked with applewood bacon. The chicken was very tender and nicely seasoned. You could definitely taste the butter, but in a good way. The potatoes were a little salty, but delicious!

Braised Short-Ribbed Pasta

This dish uses hand-cut pappardelle pasta, wild mushrooms, and cipollini onions with a blackened cream sauce. The sauce is very creamy, sprinkled with cheese, so if you like heavy food I would say this pasta is a must! The flavor is mild, but still tasteful. This is especially true as the mushroom absorbs the flavor of the sauce. But, one of the best parts is that the short rib is very tender and falls right apart when you eat it! Overall, everything ties in well together!

Desserts

Mont Blanc

This dessert consists of pound cake, vanilla bean ice cream, fresh berries, and a white chocolate Bailey’s sauce. From the sweetness of the cake and ice cream, to the freshness of the fruits, to the little kick in the Bailey’s, the combination of all of these ingredients complimented each other. If you want to be classy and like the taste of a little liquor, I definitely recommend this dessert!

Bananas Foster

This dessert is not only delicious, but also a fun time! This is made of caramelized bananas, vanilla bean ice cream, and homemade caramel sauce. When the waiter/waitress brings you the dish, they will pour the hot caramel sauce over the plate in front of you, and you will see it bubble and make the ice cream melt a little bit. It’s very sweet, but also a unique and yummy dessert.

Chocolate Fudge Cake

If you are a chocolate lover, you NEED to try this cake! This six-layer chocolate cake is very rich and tasteful. There is a little bit of caramel sauce drizzled on the plate, and some whip cream on the side to eat with it. Although it is just a single slice, it is very filling and satisfying.