Social - Ottawa

4.4
824 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 824 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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krjr
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Simple food, value a touch off. Drinks were not that great. Nothing special.

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Tawnya
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a great date night!

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CJMP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The duck confit is highly recommended! The portion was just enough though maybe it would be nice to have more spätzle!

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KarenB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our brunch was unexpectedly incredible! Just as enjoyable as a fancy dinner out on a Saturday night! I will definitely be returning for brunch at Social!

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MichealV
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely a must try if you want to have a nice dinner with the better half. Will not be disappointed at all. Is on the higher price point for a meal's put a definite special treat. Service was good, wait time for food was good and chill atmosphere. Recommend!

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Mackenzie
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! Our server couldn’t have been more knowledgeable and welcoming would go back a hundred times over the food was exceptional we had nothing left on our plates!

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JoeTannant
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The meal started with a vodka cocktail for my date, who said it was prepared perfectly. As for the main course, I had the pork tenderloin and my date had the steak-frites. Both were excellent, tender, and juicy, and the fries were also cooked perfectly. We ordered a bottle of Australian Shiraz (Kingston Estates Clare Valley 2019) and it was excellent.
The service was quite good in general. I deducted 1 star because our server’s shift apparently ended before we finished the meal, and it took several attempts before being presented with the bill and settling up.
It was an expensive evening, but the quality was commensurate with the price.

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Caitlin
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our dinner at social. Great cocktails, amazing service and truly delicious food!

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vipNeil
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were after drinks and apps and Social Lounge did not disappoint. The "Sussex Lounge" area at the front of the restaurant has been reduced to just one set of couches and a few dining tables chairs (before it was a number of different vignettes), but we were lucky to be able to snag the one setup of couches.

The couches were comfortable, the drinks and oysters delicious, and the service was attentive and quick. Drinks also came out super fast.

Absolutely loved the vibe. Would absolutely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food, nice ambience and friendly service but there was some confusion with our table leading to a number of mishaps.

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Camille
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Friendly and warm service, great food :) definitely recommend

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DandeRigaud
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Les huitres étaient fraiches, et excellentes
Entrées bettraves succulente, entrée de pieuvre pannée, bonne mais trop panné a mon gout. Les repas principaux, canard, porc et saumon ont tous été très appréciés. Merci au SOCIAL, pour ce bon souper. 5 sept 2021

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Tea4Two
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Appealing ambiance and thoughtful service. We enjoyed the pork tenderloin and steak frites, along with squash fritters - creative recipe and very tasty.

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BPDfood
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food, beautiful patio. Kitchen was slow but the food isworth the wait.

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Valerie
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister and I had a great time here on the night before my wedding! The food is incredible, I relaxed the moment I stepped in the door, and the cocktails were delicious. Our servers were patient and very helpful. Though definitely more on the expensive side, this place is 100% worth the money we paid. This is one of the places in Ottawa that I highly recommend everyone goes at least once. Thank you Social for the great experience!

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AmandaB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Waited pretty long, but thats probably just due to lack of staff. Pretty expensive food but the drinks were great!

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jalalp
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

It's fair enough but not very good I think need better staff

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Alyson
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for an anniversary date night and we were not disappointed! The duck confit was amazing and each cocktail was better than the next.

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HarnoorS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

Ambience was great, absolutely beautiful restaurant! Service was a little on the slower side, and the selection of vegetarian dishes is unfortunately limited. Nonetheless, would recommend and return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

The service started very late. We waited 30-40 minutes to get asked our orders, after we told them twice that we were ready to order. Once the service started, however, it was good. Ambience inside is very nice.

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EmmaN
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved it so much. It is a friendly place to go.

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Pamrobi
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great snacks and cocktails, friendly and efficient service, lovely patio, lots of space.

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vipnycdiner66
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very hood good. Lovely to sit in a restaurant snd be able to talk without shouting. Lovely patio as we!l

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DelesiaT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The Food was delish, especially the duck. They offered us complimentary bubbles/dessert as we were celebrating a bday, which we didn’t expect at all since this was never offered elsewhere, such a nice touch!

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WilliamJ
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite rain we were quickly re-seated and went on to a delightful evening with excellent food and service

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MeganM
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The steak tartare was excellent and everything accompanied with it was delicious! Will definitely go again and recommend it friends.

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AlexF
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Overall I was quite impressed. The courtyard patio was stunning and the service was great. I had the Duck Confit which was good but slightly overcooked. I would recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ladies night out. Patio was great. Our server, Melissa, I believe, was lovely. Have dined inside and out and enjoyed both experiences.

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DenisS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Went to the restaurant for our 35th wedding anniversary. Wine bottles are pricy at $60 or more. Ordered a $60 they didn't have it so they suggested one at $79 or another at $98 : (. Cheese board was excellent and steaks good as well.

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KarineG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great patio, fresh food, tasty drinks. What’s not to love?

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GabrielK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great patio! Food was regular for an Ottawa restaurant.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

A disappointing experience. While we were seated at our patio table fairly quickly with drinks from the bar, the rest of the evening provided long waits. We received our salads fairly quickly but upon ordering a bottle of wine, it took over an hour to arrive at the table and the wait staff did not even open it nor serve it. Our main dishes took one and a half hours to arrive. Cauliflower steak was Stone cold and scorched, duck confit was warm but the sides were not. Salmon was bland. At the price point charged for these dishes and the accompanying drinks, we expected far better. We watched as other tables received their dishes despite having been seated earlier than others. Covid has put huge pressure on restaurants overall but this was a terrible standard from what used to be a good option for dining. Won't be returning.

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PattyF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time visiting the Social. Food was amazing and service was wonderful. A shout out to Chef, Peter for an amazing cheese and meat board.

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Nelly
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and environment especially for happy hour

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Nick
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and unbelievable service. Can't ask for much more!

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LailaA
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
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
3 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.

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 824 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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