Overall Score: C
Vegetarian options?: C
American Social sits on a corner in a rather pricey area of Ft. Lauderdale. It’s surrounded by expensive shops, bars, and other various businesses. Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw of the area, nor of the restaurant. American Social seems like the kind of place you go to after work for happy hour, or the restaurant/bar you visit at night with friends when you aren’t a “bar scene” person.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was alright. Framed magazine covers blanket the walls and American accents are scattered throughout. The bar is the central focus within American Social, with tv’s mounted above. The seating for the restaurant is mostly booth seating around the bar and a few tables scattered near the front and back. The ambiance and decor of the ladies bathroom surprised me because it was rather ornate. I wasn’t expecting that.
The food here was good, but nothing spectacular. I was rather surprised that they had no kid’s menu – a HUGE disappointment for a parent. And their menu hardly had any food that kids would like, considering the very basic and plain palate that most kids have. There were not a lot of vegetarian options here either. They have a stir fry dish, a mushroom and margherita flatbread, a caesar salad, and veggie appetizers. There was enough for me to choose from, but it’s always nice to see more meatless options that aren’t just appetizers and salads.
The food was good, was served warm and rather quickly. However our service was just okay. Nothing spectacular.
If you’re in the area and are looking for a great hangout, American Social is probably a good bet. If you’re with your kids, I’d pass on by.