Social - Ottawa

4.5
797 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Opened in the summer of 1999, SOCIAL was conceived as the perfect blend of restaurant and bar. It was envisioned as a place where guests could enjoy an evening drink without feeling obligated to order dinner too, but where a sizzling menu meant that food was always an excellent option. When its doors first opened, SOCIAL was the first restaurant in the capital to regularly feature a live DJ, which instantly gave it a reputation for innovation. Ten years later, SOCIAL continues to deliver, known in the capital city for its imagination and its chic, modern vibe. With fifteen-foot ceilings, ultramodern decor and gorgeous exposed stone walls, the space offers an unparalleled atmosphere for a sit-down dinner or some after-work cocktails. Guests can expect high-quality professional service and a menu to match, proving that SOCIAL is truly a downtown destination that has it all. We do not have any live entertainment at the moment, but we hope to bring this concept back in the near future!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 797 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Had a great time. Meal was a bit over priced. Service was fantastic.

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KirstenD
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal, service and atmosphere - we will be back

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ShaunaW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

With the weird times were in they still made an anniversary celebration feel special, food was fantastic and service was impeccable. Lots of room between diners and cleanliness was well managed with taking from the ambience.

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JESSICA
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had a delicious meal at Social. The duck was fantastic. I can’t say enough good about it. The duck was locally sourced and was crispy on the outside and tender and tasty on the inside. It was a leg and hip. The purée squash, kale and cabbage were so complimentary that every mouthful was delicious! I want to go back for more! My husband had the jerk chicken which was excellent as well! I obviously recommend this restaurant!!

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Alianna
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was great. I did feel like the waiter was rushing us a bit as she came to check up on us very often. However, she was also very kind.

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Whit
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, drinks, staff and ambiance. HIGHLY recommend.

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Went to Social for my birthday dinner with friends and, while it was very enjoyable and the service was good, it is not the most accessible venue for those with disabilities. I had inquired ahead of time to find out if the restaurant was accessible (as one of my guests uses a wheelchair), and was told that it was indeed accessible. However, what the staff neglected to mention was that the restroom was NOT accessible as there were several stairs that had to be descended into order to use the facilities. My guest had to go down the street to find another washroom in a public building, which was not ideal.
Again, a great night overall, but if you or your guests have issues with mobility, Social may not be the place for you.

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EDC1
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely lunch at Social! I took my Uncle and his Partner for lunch and we sat outside on patio in the courtyard. Our server was attentive, engaging and professional; the food and wine were delicious; and the ambiance on the patio was extremely pleasant. Thank you!

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Luke
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From arrival to departure the dining experience at Social was truly a treat. The staff were helpful and the food incredible. Even with safety measures in place it reminded me of pre-COVID times and for that I am especially grateful. I will definitely return and look forward to the next wonderful night out at Social.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ben was the best host ever. Felt like we were in his home!

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vipheathern
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a special occasion and they acknowledged it which was so sweet. Food was really good. It was my 7thvtine and ill keep coming back. Still as fresh as first time.

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GeorgeA
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Resto. Beautiful outdoor seating space.

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Carole
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Bonjour,

Service is very good et j'apprécie vraiment beaucoup que certains serveurs parlent français! La terrasse est magnifique!. Musique un peu forte du restaurant d'à côté.
D'habitude (je vais à ce restaurant depuis près de 10 ans) mon canard est toujours délicieux, mais cette fois, la viande dure et sèche et le morceau du canard plus petit.
Le tartare que mon fils a pris était délicieux, mais pas les biscotttes qui l'accompagnaient. Le plat de saumon parfait!
Après avoir fait part de ma déception au sujet du canard, on nous a offert un dessert gratuit. Merci beaucoup!!!

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foodtourist
Perthshire
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Had a very nice meal in their spacious and appealing courtyard patio. The food was very good and we appreciated the service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

As expected, food and service were very good.

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Anika
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Felt totally safe with measures taken during Covid

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Rasha
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

very nice patio seating with the red umbrellas and trees and lights reminds me of European patios. The food is not bad but can be much better. The price of the food doesn't reflect the quality or flavour, either you offer better quality food or cheaper price.

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vipShawnaB
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have a great set-up in the outdoor courtyard. Really a beautiful space especially when the sun goes down. The menu offers lots of selection without being overwhelming. The food tonight was excellent and our service was friendly and helpful. Everyone was practicing safe distancing. It’s such a wonderful city and a great location.

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RoyA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We had a great evening in the outdoor terrace at the Social. Service was very good, ambiance was great. Food and wine selection were good. Food preparation was not extravagant, food was flavourful and portions were just right. We appreciated the attention to detail and Current public health requirements due to COVID-19. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for an evening of dinner and drinks to celebrate a friends birthday and had the best night! Big thanks to all the staff!

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ADiner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Nice ambience, great place to go for a drink, but the food was not worth the price. Much better fare for less nearby.

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ValPro
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The hamburger was excellent! Maybe the best I ever have had.
The patio is also the nicest in Ottawa.
Service was good, but no one was around when we were ready to leave.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Food was excellent.
Service was horrible. Had to ask twice to get our drinks. Never was given plates to share appetizer. Waitress never stopped by table to check on us

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MelanieL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good service , delicious food and great ambience

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Lett
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was fantastic and the food delicious! The champagne to celebrate our birthday girl was an unexpected wonderful surprise

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Susan5
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and great food. We really enjoyed the dinner and ambience

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VinnyGrette
Ottawa
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Welcoming upscale restaurant in the heart of Ottawa. Quiet and warm, perfect for conversation. Fresh food with daily options at lunch - tasty and wholesome. Wait staff was polite, enthusiastic and well -informed. A range of prices. Lovely presentation of dishes. Thanks to Social, we enjoyed a great meal with friends.

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ChristinaZ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ken was our server and he gave us a joyful dining experience while I was visiting Ottawa for the weekend! Thank you!

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AnthonyT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch on Saturday; it was my first time visiting the restaurant. Two of us had the steak frites, and one had the chicken avocado club. The food and service were outstanding.

The only negative I have to mention was that the photos to the right of the entrance are not evenly spaced on the wall. Please fix this LOL

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GregS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were amazing and so accommodating I ended up meeting my friends there for drinks. I do believe that Social makes the best steak fritz in the city! I recommend Social to all my friends it is one of Ottawa's jewels always look forward to dinning there.

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LouisM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cheese cake felt gelatinous, not what I expected, everything else was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Food was good - service terrible. Had no one serving us then random people would / the bus boy was pretty much serving us .

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JeanH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The starters and the service was impeccable. That being said, I pay 48$ for a rib eye and get something that I would pay maybe 28$ at the grocery store. The quality of that meat was terrible for that price. My wife took the pasta with seafood, she got 1 shrimp and 3 scallops...

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RobertG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good time. Great food, awesome ambiance and amazing service.

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Dennisw
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Only downfall was cheesecake dessert which had a gelatinous non cheesecake taste and texture...thankful you didnt charge!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience at Social! The staff was very nice and professional, the vibe of the restaurant was very upscale and romantic, and the food was all amazing!

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KatySharpeRuttan
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Valentine’s Day dinner and it was easily one of the best meals we have ever had! The beef tenderloin was amazing!

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DesireeD
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. What a beautiful restaurant. Service was very good and food delicious. We had the steak and frites and the sousvide lamb sirloin. Both cooked perfectly and delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant. Bit pricey but worth it

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SteveS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food, service, and atmosphere were all outstanding. Overall experience was exceptional, will certainly be back.

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VeeS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

I loved the decor and low lights. But the music was far too loud for a dinner date! The service was not great, may have just been our server (forgot the bread, never showed up with the dessert menu, didn’t mention we might like a side dish with our main if we were hungry). We only ate a main dish and both had the same (the BC salmon) which honestly was nothing to write home about though it was presented with flair. The wine was excellent as was the bread.

I would return for drinks and possibly for dinner to try something else, mainly because I liked the restaurant and location. But there are plenty of other places I like just as well where the food and service are better so we’ll see :)

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Social - Ottawa is rated 4.5 stars by 797 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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