Restaurant Spotlight: Social Oak, Eagle

Take a glance at Social Oak’s wine list, and you’ll see immediate splashes of Christina Hofman’s inspired palate. Generic options by the glass aren’t here, and it’s for good reason, as Hofman taps into a world of wine to showcase at her restaurant and bar in Eagle Ranch. Hofman invites guests into a fresh and innovative space with an approachable menu and delicious food, all paired with drink options that will keep diners learning about what they like.

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Photos by Townsend Bessent

Bubbles from New Mexico, white from Piedmont, rosé from Provence, red from Rhone — it’s exciting to see a sophisticated wine menu offered in a more casual and affordable eatery. Hofman’s interest in worldly varietals can make for an educational wine bar experience at Social Oak, if you want one, but this is also the perfect place to come in and simply enjoy a crisp lager and a burger on brioche.

Hofman opened Social Oak in December of 2022. It’s her first restaurant, yet with a master’s degree in business and a background in construction management, alongside a hospitality resume of serving and bartending, Hofman has created something really special for Eagle and the entire Vail Valley. Social Oak is a neighborhood bistro with comfortable vibes and modern flare. Chef Tony Ferrozzo comes from a background of fine dining and walks the talk of using quality ingredients and proper techniques to make great food.

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“It’s all done in-house,” Ferrozzo shares. “We’re not buying pre-cooked products; some of it takes multiple days and takes technique, but it’s done right.”

To share, try the lollipop wings, and be sure to order Ferrozzo’s hand-rolled gnocchi if he has this seasonal dish on the menu.

The cocktail program follows suit with bar manager Derek Carroll at the helm. Order the Dirty Mule, a mezcal rendition of the staple libation that features a pinot noir ice cube.

Leave room for homemade dessert and perhaps another wine flight from a region that’s seasonally inspiring to Hofman.

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“From start to finish, with our price points, we provide such a good value,” she says. “The idea here is to be a community gathering place where you can feel comfortable. Everybody can get what they want, and you might be turned on to something new.”










3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Monday,
Wednesday + Thursday

12 p.m.

Friday + Saturday

Closed on Tuesday

1143 Capitol St., Unit 3, Eagle