Social - Ottawa

4.4
815 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Opened in the summer of 1999, SOCIAL was received 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.

20 years later, SOCIAL continues to deliver. Known in the capital city for its ambiant and modern vibe, fifteen-foot ceilings, its secluded and beautiful courtyard patio, and gorgeous stone walls inside + out-- SOCIAL 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.

Come enjoy the culinary experience given by our Head Chef Peter Schulz and his team.
We do not have any live entertainment at the moment, but we hope to bring this concept back in the 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 815 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LailaA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Many waiters walking around but kept forgetting my refill and my tobacco a few times. Finally got me refill when I got the bill....

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Dolly
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and ambience as always. This is our go-to place to celebrate special occasions. It never disappoints and highly recommend it. Dinner choices such as Steak & frites, Salmon or the pork tenderloin are delicious and worth the cost.

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viprose
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food
Great service

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JohnS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Location- quaint
Food - less than stellar. The duck confit was poorly cooked and missing its crispy skin. The ribeye was delicious however, the plate was basically just the meat with some crispy rings surprisingly no seasonal veggies or a sidedish definitely not worth the price.
Service staff was friendly but, overall disappointed with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Food was delicious and staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to go to a restaurant for a date or special occasion.

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LaurieS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

The best, prettiest patio area in the Market. Our servers were new and what they lacked in experience was more than made up for in personality and effort.

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Teresa
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Overall was very good — except for the slow in service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was very good. The service was A+.
The cocktails were overpriced and not too good. The crispy squids are very good. I got the salmon but it was very fishy so I didn’t finish it. I told the waiter and he ended up taking it off the bill! We also had a steak which was very good. Dessert was nothing special. In general I would only recommend if coming for some appetizers and beers but not for an actual meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful on the patio and delicious food!!

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MeganF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Loved my experience! Server was great, loved our food, oysters, calamari and duck were amazing! The veggie fritters were a bit bland and mushy but might just not have been our taste. The cocktails were also stellar! Loved how pretty the dress to empress was! Can’t wait to go again 😊

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Danzel
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Welcoming restaurant with clean and professional ambiance. Well taken care of by hosts and waiters. Enjoyed my dinner, would come again & recommend.

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RobertW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service , great food ,awesome drinks but a bit pricey

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place was spectacular from the service to the food. The ambiance & old stone walls gave it a nice & warm atmosphere. Would definitely recommend Social & when in Ottawa again would go back in a flash!

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Jess
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful quiet place and food was amazing! Service was excellent and all the drink that I tried were exquisite!

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sarahs
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was amazing she was efficient and patient. Food very good as well, i found that the portions were small. That's its other wise , was good!

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Almaz
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place, atmosphere and food, wife loved it, all that matters.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great experience drinks are amazing! Service toward the end took a little long but overall great time! Would recommend the duck confit!

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DeborahB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing! Exceeded our expectations in every way. Will be back next time I'm in Ottawa.

JD
JaneD
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. Good size meals and great flavors. The restaurant fit-out is lovely and the atmosphere was great.

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vipPaulP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were fantastic. Beautiful restaurant and very safe

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MarlainaR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with amazing food! Our server was pleasant and dynamic.

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ross
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great place to go for drinks also great food especially oysters

GH
GHD7
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere. Great for a date if you can get one of the bar booths,

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caroleg
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Your house burger is always a treat, the salad was a bit less of a hit this time. Overall fun to be back, great service.

AL
AllenL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I wa surprise by the atmosphere and the quality of the food. Service was outstanding

MT
MartineT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Social restaurant and Lounge. The service we received was amazing! The ambiance is very welcoming and cozy. YOU have to go! I recommend to everyone!

CL
CristinaL
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visit, love the food and exceptional service. Totally recommend and will definitely come back. Cheers

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The server was excellent.

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Chrisser
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I loved the look and feel of Social more than I loved the food - and my meal was really good! The server was very attentive and kind.

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Anna
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience4

Love the location, decor and ambiance. Food is generally excellent. Oysters and chief platter are my favorites appetizers. Now during covid the menu like in most restaurants is limited but still offers a variety. The service could have been a bit better to match the style of this nice restaurant.

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Spud
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Large space and socially distancing for lunch was good. Booths have plexiglass. Food and service were excellent. It was my second time visiting and I’d go back.

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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
Montreal
3 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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vipLuke
Toronto
4 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.

FAQs

Social - Ottawa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 789-7355.

Social - Ottawa is rated 4.4 stars by 815 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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