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Social - Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Social - Ottawa

4.5
4.5
1093 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 25 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 3:30 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

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What 1,093 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

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  1. georgina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are amazing! great food and ambiance 🤞🏻5/5
  2. allyquin

    Ottawa

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The duck was a hit over cooked but the lamb was delicious. Great decor and atmosphere. You can go with friends or have a fancy date night . They have a nice big patio as well.
  3. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Main course pasta (dinner menu) was a very small portion -6 pieces of gnocchi, not enough for a meal!
  4. LisaW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    The food was good but not exceptional. The service staff were the highlight for sure. Ceiling fan and ceiling light fixtures covered in significant dust and room temperature was so hot it was almost unbearable. My husband walked past the kitchen en route to the washroom and was shocked at the disarray and unclean appearance. We will not return.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a friend’s birthday over lunch in the beautiful courtyard - tried a couple of their new gin cocktails which were incredible! We all enjoyed our food and the service was top notch!
  6. YaraS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Food to table took over an hour - this was not acceptable
  7. MariaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were surprised by the limited menu but selected what most appealed. The cod was a very small portion, lamb shank was excellent.
  8. MichelD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    An excellent experience. Good food. Good service. Good atmosphere.
  9. AmyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faboulous patio and great ambiance inside and out.
  10. IrinaD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful patio, great location close to Parliament Hill, friendly staff.
  11. DanielM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner. Good food and fantastic patio vibe.
  12. TonyR

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ben was a wonderful welcoming waiter delivering a great dining experience.
  13. SusanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Who says Monday night in Ottawa is boring! Great food, attentive service and great ambiance
  14. ShelleyP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An excellent dining experience from start to finish. Very knowledgeable, personable and efficient service. Foie torchon, duck confit and BC ling cod were exceptional, as was the chocolate brownie dessert. Very good wine list, too. We're looking forward to our next visit already.
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! The BC cod with green curry is one of the best restaurant dishes I’ve ever had. Definitely coming back for that one!
  16. Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Would highly recommend to anyone
  17. TammyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere for cozy dinner. Wait staff awesome and attentive! Highly recommend.
  18. ChrisR

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommended! Great choice in the Byward Market area!
  19. MichaelS

    Toronto

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was very very sloppy. Took 15 minutes to get a bottle of water. Was promised that I could order a burger medium rare (steak tartare is on the menu so the issue of undercooked meat is moot!) But it came well done. Waiter unconcerned about doneness …
  20. DanielleK

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Food was okay. Cocktails great. Mainly the atmosphere is the best part of the experience.
  21. VeggieLover

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Portions are very small for the price, especially the pasta and cauliflower steak. Two people in our party had the burger and were very happy with it. The service was friendly and efficient.
  22. AnatK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my boyfriend’s birthday and had a fantastic experience. The service was great, the food was delicious, and the staff were very accommodating. Will definitely return!
  23. Prvnceg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall a good restaurant with nice ambience. A little in the pricy side. Would visit again
  24. Essyy

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were served by 3 separate servers and all of them had difficulty remembering the not too complicated order (2 starters, 2 main). The food was also quite salty, so much so that I needed to keep drinking water. The prices were acceptable, but for that price tag, I expected better food and services.
  25. paulm

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food service and ambiance! Looking forward to coming back.
  26. RalphK

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Horrible! The service was super slow. 24 minutes to have a drink even though restaurant was nearly empty. The pasta special arrived for 4 in the group and we literally thought it was an appetizer, or Children’s portion. There was good wine but that was about it
  27. Neil

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, service was good , but the portions were extremely stingey Also , kinda cheap how they charged us for bread, it’s usually complementary Probably wont come back as there are just as good places nearby where you’d spend the exact same amount and actually leave feeling full
  28. AmandaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Very slow for our food order, waited over an hour.
  29. BethB

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The drink order was forgotten. I ordered my steak to be medium and it came out medium rare. I have eaten here before but found last night to be a big disappointment. In a high end restaurant you would think that you don’t have to buy your own bread cause you are paying a lot more to be there! Also the chocolate martini I had was a joke, for the price the size was laughable!!
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The temperature in the restaurant was very hot and uncomfortable.
  31. Otto

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We've been here numerous times and enjoy the comfortable vibe and relaxed atmosphere. Last night the cod was excellent.
  32. RoxanaQ

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    So croissants were old for few days and still dive it to clients, service not professional, the waiter mixed the order and arguing with us. Overall we won’t go there anymore.
  33. Scott

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the inside of Social. Lighting is just right and it’s not noisy at least not at 7pm on a Saturday night. Servers were super nice but forgot part of my wife’s meal and it took about ten minutes to correct it. Then forgot extra dressing for about another ten minutes. Other than that, great spot and food was delicious. Lamb shank just fell right off the bone, no knife needed.
  34. TeganG

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you, i will be back for sure , the food is always fresh and our server went above and beyond
  35. DavidG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Relaxed atmosphere, good mix of age groups, service was top notch, food always excellent
  36. PeterW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had a very good dinner at Social and would certainly recommend it to others.
  37. SimonL

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great experience will definetly come back
  38. GGcm

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been here several times, recently for my birthday. We were not disspaointed, the service is outstanding and food is delicious. I recommend the carrot salad for vegetarians, creme brule, the rib eye steak, we tried a liot from the menu and everytime was excelent. I want to mention Ben, our server who has a great sense of humor being at all times very professional. Thank you all, we will be back next time we are in Ottawa.
  39. ShavonneB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! I was a bit disappointed with the 4 small scallops for the price, but they did taste amazing. Ask for a mojito! Super good!
  40. KaraH

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved our appetizers and main dishes. The cocktails were amazing!

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1093 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 25 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 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 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: (613) 789-7355

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