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Social - Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Social - Ottawa

4.5
4.5
864 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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Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, French / Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:45 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 789-7355

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Dave Godsoe

  • Private party facilities

    SOCIAL has a variety of private and semi private dining rooms and lounges to suit your event needs. We have dining rooms that are a perfect choice for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, client appreciation dinners, pharmaceutical presentations, special family occasions, networking events and more. These bookings are currently unavailable due to COVID regulations in place.

  • Private party contact

    Brittany Weston: (855) 805-9231

  • Neighbourhood

    ByWard Market

  • Cross Street

    George / York

  • Parking Details

    We are located between George St. and York St. on Sussex Drive. You can find meter parking and 2 parking garages on York Street. Parking is also available across the street at 700 Sussex Drive and around the market area.Courtyard accessible by way of George and York St.

  • Public Transit

    There are public transit stops on Rideau street and at the Rideau Center (which is within walking distance).

  • Entertainment

    Live music can be heard every Wednesday night in the summer on the Courtyard - a mix of jazz, acid jazz and blues. An assortment of DJs are spinning on Friday and Saturday nights all year round.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

5:00-10:00PM

Main

  • Basket of Bread$3.00

    herb-infused olive oil + whipped salted butter

    • Oysters

      fresh horseradish + house hot sauce + mignonette + citrus

      • 6 for$20.00
      • 12 for$38.00
    • Squash Fritters$14.00

      5 fried squash fritters + chipotle tzatziki

      • Daily Soup$10.00

        chef's daily creation with locally sourced ingredients

        • Chef's Board$30.00

          chef's selection of 3 meats + 3 artisanal cheeses + preserves + nuts + crostini

          • Compressed Melon & Beet$17.00

            lemon basil ricotta + roasted beets + salted pistachio + honey melon dressing + arugula + apple chip

            • Arcadian Greens$13.00

              lemon buckwheat honey dressing + mixed greens + local vegetable + crispy chickpeas

              • Crispy Squid$16.00

                preserved lemon aioli + pickled fennel

                • Scallop Crudo$19.00

                  triple citrus marinade + cucumber + radish + avocado purée + squid ink tuile + cilantro

                  • Steak Tartare$19.00

                    traditional tartare seasonings + 64° yolk + crostini

                    • Parm Fries$9.00

                      garlic aioli + chive

                      • Mariposa Duck Confit$32.00

                        pesto spätzle + charred onion soubise + wilted greens + Le Coprin mushrooms

                        • BC Salmon$34.00

                          green pea risotto + shaved asparagus salad + bitter greens + pickled pearl onion + lemon vinaigrette + parmigiano

                          • Ontario Pork Tenderloin$30.00

                            fresh herb sous vide + braised fennel + pearl couscous + apple agro dolce + swiss chard

                            • Roasted Chicken Supreme$34.00

                              warm potato salad + black olive gremolata + paprika oil + confit tomato + mint tzatziki

                              • Daily Pasta$28.00

                                chef's daily creation made with fresh pasta and locally sourced ingredients

                                • Steak Frites$42.00

                                  striploin + herb house frites + broccolini + demi-glace

                                  • Ribeye$52.00

                                    kale + crispy potato + shallot demi

                                    • Social Burger$22.00

                                      aged cheddar or stilton cheese + double-smoked bacon + chipotle aioli + truffle butter bun + bibb lettuce + tomato + pickled onion + served with house fries or salad

                                      • Cauliflower Steak$24.00

                                        turmeric pickled cauliflower + grain salad + cashew cheese + fine herbs

                                        Dessert

                                        • White Chocolate Pot au Crème$12.00

                                          passion fruit + pistachio brittle

                                          • Seasonal Brûlée$12.00

                                            chef's choice + biscotti

                                            • Sous-Vide Cheesecake$12.00

                                              almond sponge cake + almond crumble + mandarin sorbet + candied zest + mint

                                              Social Hour

                                              Daily 3:00-5:00

                                              • Draft Beer$6.00

                                                • House Red and White Wine$6.00

                                                  • Oysters

                                                    minimum order of 6

                                                    • e$2.00
                                                  • Bowl of Fries$6.00

                                                    • Squash Fritters (3)$6.00

                                                      • Crispy Squid$6.00

                                                        • Steak Tartare Sliders (2)$6.00

                                                          • Chef's Board (2/2)$19.00

                                                            Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                            What 864 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                            4.5
                                                            4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.5Food
                                                            • 4.5Service
                                                            • 4.6Ambience
                                                            • 4.2Value

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                                                              Andrew

                                                              Ottawa

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 1 day ago

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              Great spot for a business lunch. Good service and nice room.

                                                            2. EO

                                                              EatinginOttawa

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined 5 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Delicious food, good wine, fun cocktails, great decor and perfect atmosphere/ambience! Great evening!

                                                            3. AW

                                                              AdrianW

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We all had an excellent time, assisted by a brilliant server , Chris who was new to this sort of work , but was really excellent

                                                            4. S

                                                              Susan5

                                                              Toronto

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                              overall3food5service2ambience4

                                                              the food was excellent. The service was poor. not attentive in that they didn't offer us the opportunity to have a second glass of wine when we ran out during dinner. the worst was when the waitress started to clear our plates even though one person in our party was still eating. Wait staff should know better.

                                                            5. M

                                                              Merci

                                                              Orlando

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Comme le restaurant n’était pas très occupé ce soir-là, le niveau sonore était très acceptable.

                                                            6. B

                                                              Brunchlover

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                              overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                              I always like Social and enjoy the service and food. This was our first time going during Brunch and it was the first time we were disappointed with our experience. It took a long time to be served (even though not many people were there). The coffee was cold to luke warm. The order was wrong. I always recommend Social but maybe not for Brunch.

                                                            7. PB

                                                              PatriciaB

                                                              Montreal

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                              Great cocktails. Fantastic food. Friendly service. Good wine selection.

                                                            8. MG

                                                              MzGemz

                                                              Toronto

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              13 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              Lovely! Great food amd scene

                                                            9. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                              Location is great.m (patio). Food was ok, definitely not good value but the prices reflect the location. Spotty service, plastic glasses for water, paper napkins give away this place’s cheap underbelly.

                                                            10. LB

                                                              LucB

                                                              Montreal

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                              Some confusion at our arrival with regards to the reservation and outside seating. Issue was resolved .............Food was fair Service was good.

                                                            11. MK

                                                              MalcolmK

                                                              Saskatoon

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              It was a great meal, outdoors on a warm summery evening in mid-May! Wine selection was good. A great place to spend two very pleasant hours.

                                                            12. JD

                                                              JeffD

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent menu; well prepared food; friendly professional service. Have been a longtime customer - always a great place to take guests. First time back post-COVID and their standards remain high.

                                                            13. BG

                                                              BrendaG

                                                              Ottawa

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Always consistently good food and service. On a sunny day the outside courtyard is lovely.

                                                            14. AB

                                                              AustinB

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                              Good was great, drinks were slow, service was meh.

                                                            15. RA

                                                              RobertA

                                                              Montreal

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                              It was quite busy, and we were by the door, so ambiance a little sub-par bur still very acceptable. service a little slow for same reasons. but again very good overall

                                                            16. G

                                                              Gashy

                                                              Montreal

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                              Settings and services were amazing; but expected more about food ( a little bit too salty for our part and food took longer cause they forgot to start our order in time so had to wait longer).

                                                            17. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Ottawa

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Talhia took amazing care of us … my mother and sister had a great Mother’s Day

                                                            18. ML

                                                              MoniqueL

                                                              Ottawa

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent service, delicious meal! Thank you!

                                                            19. CW

                                                              ChrisW

                                                              New York Area

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Reservations easy to make with OpenTable and when we arrived the table was ready and we didn’t have to wait at all. The service was fantastic and the steaks were out of this world.

                                                            20. DM

                                                              DwightM

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                              Food was delicious. Very well served by friendly staff. Portion size was good - not too large, Suitable for business luncheon. Only down side is that the chicken on the cobb salads was dry.

                                                            21. SW

                                                              SusanW

                                                              Saskatoon

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We were a group of 4 adults who had a fabulous meal. There was variety to the menu to suit all of us. The service was exceptional.

                                                            22. MS

                                                              MarjorieS

                                                              Vancouver

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Girls night out

                                                            23. l

                                                              lucky91

                                                              Montreal

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                              overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                              We were very excited to try out Social for the first time, the host was great and prompt and our appetizers (bread basket & scallops) were absolutely delicious. However, we didn't find our server to be welcoming or attentive, and our mains (soup of the day and the duck) weren't very good. We felt like an inconvenience to our server and were never offered a refill on our waters (which were empty for more than half of the dinner service). As for the duck dish, while the duck itself was okay, the plate itself ate very oily because the sides were all dressed in a heavy hand of oil. Overall, the atmosphere is really unique and fun, and we would go again for drinks and appetizers, but likely wouldn't come back for a dinner service.

                                                            24. LA

                                                              LucieA

                                                              Ottawa

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                              Le repas était adéquat sans plus. Pain sec pour le club au poulet Poulet sec aussi, les frites étaient délicieuses.

                                                            25. J

                                                              Jeff

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                              Food was VERY very good and service was excellent.

                                                            26. DF

                                                              DoctorFine

                                                              Toronto

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                              Upscale restaurant in nice area of Ottawa (near Byward Market). Great varied menu options. We were at the restaurant during the 3:00-5:00 time slot when it was quiet - looks to be a restaurant with a great vibe during dinner hours! Would certainly return!!

                                                            27. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Ottawa

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Only went here for drinks but it was lovely, looking forward to going back for dinner soon!

                                                            28. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New York Area

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                              Great food. Wine list wasn’t great and service was not great but the food was awesome

                                                            29. V

                                                              Victoria

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Beautfiully decorated restaurant with some delicious food options. The service was outstanding. Would recommend.

                                                            30. DO

                                                              DOMENICS

                                                              Las Vegas

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              The restaurant is close to the Chateau Laurier and offers a good range of options of tasty food and drinks. Overall, I enjoyed my meal and the service.

                                                            31. AA

                                                              AnjanaA

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Loved everything!! Will come back for sure!!!!!!!!

                                                            32. LP

                                                              LizP

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Everything we ate was delicious and the service was awesome. Worth the money!

                                                            33. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent food, beautiful restaurant and very friendly staff!

                                                            34. C

                                                              Caroline

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                              Honestly great place, good mix of classy and chill. First date material for sure. But also a good place for family dinner. Nice

                                                            35. PL

                                                              PierreL

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                              After we had dined beautifully, the Maitre D., came by to thanks us for choosing their establishment, making sure everything was to our satisfaction, and taking the time to let us know their menu was going change for the next season, but maintaining the "nothing frozen" and local when available. Great & thoughtful experience.

                                                            36. CD

                                                              CarriganD

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The food here is delicious, they make a mean whiskey sour as well!!! !! Great atmosphere and the staff was so friendly!! Will definitely be going back!!

                                                            37. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Loooove social. Can’t wait to go back ❤️

                                                            38. CM

                                                              ClareM

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Our server was lovely and knew how to describe the food menu and drinks menu perfectly. Would definitely come again. Thankyou for making our girls/moms evening perfect. One thing you need is your drinks menu to be larger font. Way too small

                                                            39. JP

                                                              JanP

                                                              Montreal

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Dinner was excellent. Ben, the server was awesome and made us feel special. Great attention to detail and highlighted my husband's birthday. A must in the Ottawa Byward market.

                                                            40. ST

                                                              SylvieT

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent service en français. Ambiance agréable. Nous avons passé une excellente soirée.

                                                            Safety precautions

                                                            • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                              • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                              • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                              • Contactless payment available
                                                            • 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

                                                            FAQs

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

                                                            Social - Ottawa is rated 4.5 stars by 864 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                            Booked 27 times today
                                                            Google Map for Social - Ottawa

                                                            537 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z6

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Cross Street

                                                              George / York

                                                            • Neighbourhood

                                                              ByWard Market

                                                            • Hours of Operation

                                                              Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:45 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Bistro, French / Canadian

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                            • Dress Code

                                                              Business Casual

                                                            • Parking Details

                                                              We are located between George St. and York St. on Sussex Drive. You can find meter parking and 2 parking garages on York Street. Parking is also available across the street at 700 Sussex Drive and around the market area.Courtyard accessible by way of George and York St.

                                                            • Public Transit

                                                              There are public transit stops on Rideau street and at the Rideau Center (which is within walking distance).

                                                            • Payment Options

                                                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive Chef

                                                              Dave Godsoe

                                                            • Entertainment

                                                              Live music can be heard every Wednesday night in the summer on the Courtyard - a mix of jazz, acid jazz and blues. An assortment of DJs are spinning on Friday and Saturday nights all year round.

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                                            • Phone number

                                                              (613) 789-7355

                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                              SOCIAL has a variety of private and semi private dining rooms and lounges to suit your event needs. We have dining rooms that are a perfect choice for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, client appreciation dinners, pharmaceutical presentations, special family occasions, networking events and more. These bookings are currently unavailable due to COVID regulations in place.

                                                            • Private party contact

                                                              Brittany Weston: (855) 805-9231

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