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Everything You Need to Know About OP Social Tap & Grill

The OP Social Tap & Grill Facts

4247 N Buffalo Rd, Orchard Park   |   716-662-4247

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Price: $$

Food Hours (bar open later): Monday – Saturday: 4:00 -10:00, Sun: Noon – 4:00 limited menu; 4:00 – 10:00 full menu

 

The Dish

OP Social Tap & Grill is off to a booming start. By all accounts the place has been jamming since their opening last week. Owners of what was once David’s closed down for a few months to redecorate and roll out the new concept.  The concept is…well a tap and grill featuring brick oven pizza. An upscale grill that had a serious energy buzz going when we stopped in. The look is kind of grill meets chalet with a little sports bar dashed on top. Earth toned walls with a little bar decor are accented with some rough hewn wood paneling in spots. It is nicely matched with solid wood tables, sturdy chairs, vaulted ceilings and tile floor. They don’t take reservations so the idea is drop in, put your name on the list and grab a drink. Table wait times are currently running in the 30 to 90 minute range.

 

The Changes

They kept the old bar area left of the entrance, but the bar itself is a place to eat in front of the pizza oven. Tables are still located adjacent. A brick oven has been added in the far corner of that space. In what was the main dining room the back half- wall was removed and a large bar has been added in the middle against the back wall facing the street. Roughly 8-10 tables surround the bar with a small lounge to one side.

Generally with a new restaurant one needs to give the service a temporary pass to build some coordination with the kitchen and each other. We found the service to be firing on all cylinders with three people working the bar. Our waitress was particularly good.

 

The Food

Front and center at The OP Social Tap & Grill is the Brick Oven Pizza. They offer the usual suspects with some unique additions like Beef Brisket, Charred Asparagus, Hot Pepper Pesto, and Shellfish. You can add from a list of toppings for $1.50 per. Prices run $14-$18.

They also have some grill offerings like beef brisket and Turducken sandwiches, a burger and a Banh Mi ~$10 with fries. Unlike most neighborhood grills these guys have some serious swank in the menu with options like Roast Brisket – $14, Shrimp Risotto – $21, Herb Crusted Salmon – $24, Social Strip Steak (16oz) – $36, Frenched Pork Chop (14oz) – $21, Lobster Linguine – $24, Noodle Bowl – $14 and more. Check out the full menu here.

 

The Drinks

If “Tap” is part of your name you’d best do it right. No worries here. OP Social excels with a draft list of 21 beers and another dozen by the bottle. The wine list looks good too with about 30 to pick from and about a dozen by the glass. They have a full bar with a special cocktail menu too. Check out the drink menu here.

It is unfair to do a food review one week into a restaurant’s run, but suffice it to say we’ll be back soon.

We sampled:

Pecan-crusted Goat Cheese over a stack of thinly sliced, char grilled eggplant, zucchini, roasted red pepper, red onion and portabella, with arugula pesto, roasted garlic EVOO / 12

Pizza – daily special with roasted red peppers, sausage, wilted spinach, garlic EVOO and mozzarella – $18

Banh Mi –  chopped shrimp, crunchy vegetable slaw, pickled jalapeno and cilantro aioli on toasted baguette – $ 10

 

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