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Social - Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Social - Ottawa

4.5
4.5
1261 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today

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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • 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 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 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: (613) 789-7355
  • 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

What 1,261 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

1,261 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Highly recommend! Will def be coming back.

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  2. PJMCCANN3

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Really nothing to write home about at Social. When I made the reservation on OpenTable I noted that the special occasion was a birthday, but not a single acknowledgement from anyone. By contrast, Metropolitan brought us two free glasses of champagne and several of the staff came by to wish us a happy anniversary. The food here is decent. The tomato soup tastes like sauce from a jar and the frites were luke warm. I had to settle for my 4th wine selection because my first choice (listed on the web site but not on the paper menu) was nowhere to be found and my next two selections were out of stock. The atmosphere is cool, but the constant thump thump thump thump thump thump thump thump thump thump of the music the entire night made the meal unpleasant. If it was more than one song, they all had the exact same annoying beat.

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  3. MarthaJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. We wanted a quiet place to catch up and that is exactly what we got. Thank you.

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  4. LisaJ

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our visit! The food was decadent! The service was spectacular! And the atmosphere was wonderful!! Would definitely go back and recommend!

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  5. KenG

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Fries were cold and hard. Niçoise salad was missing the eggs, avocado and dressing that were shown on the menu. Service was friendly but that was the only high point.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was nothing special - my eggs benedict were clearly under a hot plate for a while as the sauce was congealed/baked on to the plate. The avocado toast looked like storebought guac and like something I would make at home. The surroundings are nice but for the price I expected better food. This was pretty much diner food.

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  7. MargaretP

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    For the first time, a disappointing experience at Social. My daughter, granddaughter and I have eaten at Social on several occasions but learned this year that it is not a great place to go for a Mother's Day brunch. The front of the house had almost too many servers, so much so that they were literally running into one another, which caused a latte to land on the coat of a diner at another table. From the time of arrival, it took 45 minutes for our meals to arrive, so it seems that the kitchen was not staffed up at all. The sparkling wine in my daughter's Mimosa was flat. Overall, a disappointment.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the Mother’s Day brunch. We had Kieran as our server and they did everything to perfection. They made my mom feel special and didn't miss a beat. They without a doubt made my mom’s whole day spectacula. Kieran was fast, respectful, and generous. Food was really tasty and well priced.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good but overpriced! I don’t like how the tables are close together. Service was amazing!

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  10. Wick1979

    Calgary

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was just horrible. Portion size was lacking for the price. We had to go get our bill to be able to leave. I wouldn’t recommend or go again.

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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 1261 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • 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: (613) 789-7355
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