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Social - Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Social - Ottawa

4.6
4.6
1237 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 17 times today

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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 1,237 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

1,237 Reviews
  1. KeithK

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal, would definitely return when back in Ottawa

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  2. WillG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was in Ottawa to visit my University child and we wanted to have a memorable dinner. Social delivered! Great atmosphere and an excellent menu. I recommend Social for a social occasion or an evening g out to remember

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  3. BrianO

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience!! Just a wonderful dinner and service would recommend it

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  4. MarcP

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    🌟 **Reflecting on an Unforgettable Evening at Social Restaurant + Lounge** 🌟 A few weeks back, my wife and I celebrated her birthday at Social Restaurant + Lounge. Yesterday, we revisited this gem, and I'm compelled to share the magic of our evening. From the start, the staff's warmth and familiarity set the tone. They remembered us from our last visit, even recalling the table we chose, showcasing exceptional attention to detail. As we settled, I explored the bar's tequila selection. The bartender's expertise led me to Clase Azul, a delightful choice. We savored our drinks before enjoying a fantastic wine recommended by our waitress, perfectly complementing our meals. The Valentine's Day menu was a culinary masterpiece, each dish crafted with care. Impeccable presentation and symphony of flavors left us in awe of the chef's prowess. Service was exemplary. Our previous waiter greeted us, while our current waitress eloquently described each dish. The pianist's soulful melodies added elegance. "Hallelujah" moved us deeply. I'm filled with gratitude for the unforgettable experience at Social Restaurant + Lounge. Their dedication to creating memorable moments is commendable. Thank you for the magical evenings. ✨🍽️🥂 #SocialRestaurant #MemorableEvening #Gratitude 🌟

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  5. R3DFALC0N

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was perfect, romantic and it definately sets the bar.

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  6. KarenV

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our lunch at Social! Service from Brittany was excellent! I had the delicious beet salad with chicken and it was so good and hubby had the Curry soup and chickpea wrap and loved them as well. White wine (Crowded House from NZ) was lovely and perfectly chilled. They offered us a beautiful little tray of sweets for our anniversary which was a very nice surprise! Will definitely go back!

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  7. BenF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service. Although on the more expensive side I would definitely go back

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  8. Fayegirl

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance. GF with other intolerances; they managed all just fine. Love the background jazz. Definitely going back.

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  9. SandraA

    Manitoba

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed in the much touted Cobb salad which had, to judge by the hard bacon and discoloured avocado, been made some time earlier. The lettuce in the salad was overdressed and entirely wilted under the added ingredients. Two salads and two small glasses of wine for a $100 lunch with tip was not justified by the quality of the food. Our table was in the corner and a group of four seated next to us took up all of the soundspace and then some. It was hard to have a conversation in the echoing space. The chair kept getting caught on the throw rug under the table and made it difficult to get in and out. Given all of the really good restaurants to choose from in Ottawa, I wouldn't come here again.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress qas awesome and the food was great. Highly recommend the duck pastrami and the cheese board.

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  11. DawnR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at the Social. It was a great experience. Food was great. The best crème brûlée we have had in a long time. Our waiter was the best, unfortunately cannot remember his name. He was very personable and very knowledgeable about the food and the drinks. We will be back the next time we are in Ottawa.

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  12. WorldTravellor

    Ottawa

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and service. Seemed a lot pricier than previous visits.

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  13. MargaretP

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely time at Social! The menu provides a lot of choices from vegan to dishes for meat lovers. I had the Social Cobb which was even better this time around. The atmosphere is cozy and the service continues to be excellent. A nice spot to go for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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  14. PatrickJ

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Chicken Portion Size (2/5): Unfortunately, the chicken portion left much to be desired. The serving size was noticeably small, leaving me feeling a bit unsatisfied. It would be great if they could reconsider the portion size to better match customer expectations. Rib Steak Quality (3/5): The rib steak, while not terrible, was mediocre at best. The flavor and quality didn't quite meet my expectations. Improvements in the preparation and seasoning of the steak with a better sear could elevate this dish to a more enjoyable level. Drinks (4/5): On a positive note, the drinks were a highlight of the evening. Well-crafted and flavorful, they added a positive element to the overall experience. Kudos to the bar or beverage team for getting this right. Server (5/5): The service provided by our server was exceptional. They were attentive, friendly, and went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction throughout the meal. The excellent service significantly contributed to the overall positive aspects of the dining experience. Expense vs. Food Quality (2/5): Regrettably, the overall cost of the meal did not align with the quality of the food. The disparity between the expense and the taste and portion size of the dishes was quite noticeable. It would be beneficial for the restaurant to reconsider its pricing strategy or enhance the quality of the dishes to better justify the cost.

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  15. AlinaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered a mixed green salad that was supposed to have come with chickpeas and seasonal vegetables. All I got was a bunch of greens with some very dry chicken. I had to later point it out to the server but by then everyone else had finished their lunch.,

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  16. CharlieS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, service and atmosphere. Great decor.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for brunch and it was chef’s kiss! Croissant is amazing, daily soup (squash + peanut butter) is so good! I had eggs benedict and my boyfriend had social breakfast, it was 10/10! We were the first one on the place so it was quiet. Very fancy, too! Definitely worth a try!

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  18. DarrenF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    For a Friday night the restaurant seemed relatively short-staffed. Even though the main dining room was sparsely seated for a 7:45 reservation, service just took a while. I ordered a cocktail that took almost 10 minutes to come, and by the time we ordered and received our food it had almost been an hour. Yes there are two large groups in the private rooms, but those were clearly Advanced bookings and staff should have been on hand for those reservations. I ordered the steak and fries and my girlfriend ordered the pork tomahawk. I would say both were good not great. The ambience was great as always and the servers were polite though I could tell they were stretched.

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  19. MarioE

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place to have a romantic date night with great food and live music also the atmosphere was spot on

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  20. AdamB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was excellent, the main meals were delicious! Only the brownie was a little underwhelming. Overall we both had a wonderful evening out! Thank you

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently had the pleasure of dining at Social where the service was impeccable, the food was amazing, and Ben, our waiter, was an absolute gem. From the moment we walked in, the staff made us feel welcomed. The ambiance was perfect, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Overall, it was a delightful evening, and I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking to indulge in an exceptional dining experience.

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  22. LynneB

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A group of four of us had lunch at Social a few days before Christmas. I had been craving their duck confit for months, and it did not disappoint. My sister also ordered it and we agreed that it was sublime. The person who ordered the lunch box — Thai mussels — kindly shared and we were all impressed by the fresh, tender mussels in a delightful sauce. Only one of us was capable of eating dessert after our delicious meals but she generously allowed the rest of us to sample her crême brulée. It was fabulous. We particularly liked the fact the dish was wide and shallow, which meant there was more caramelized sugar! The decor and ambiance were very pleasant. They were playing Christmas music but it was not intrusive. Adding to our enjoyment of our lunch was our server, who was friendly with a good sense of humour but always professional too.

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  23. Alan

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy coming to Social. The food is amazing. Our server Kiernan Gerbis was on point. Atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed. It made for a fabulous festive evening as we took a stroll to the Chateau Laurier to admire the tree decoration contest.

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  24. LesleyW

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great evening…thoroughly enjoyed the charcuterie. Mains were interesting and definitely repeatable. Thanks, great service.

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  25. Guys

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening in town. Great ambiance and food.

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  26. DianneB

    Ottawa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food: Excellent. Service: Stellar Ambience: lovely. My go to downtown eating venue.

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  27. richardr

    Gloucestershire

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food average, but over priced. Near vat area, extremely noisy.

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  28. AmyM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic services, beautiful inside and out, great food.

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  29. GeorgeB

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff very friendly and charming. Wine list solid but standard. Food choices limited.

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  30. Orny

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing perfect 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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  31. StephanieD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time last night. Great service and food tasted amazing !!!!!

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  32. Frenchy

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bartender, great service, sexy atmosphere, great for a first date.

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  33. Tris

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The social was a wonderful place to dine in. The service was fantastic and very welcoming. The only downside is that the mains were very very salty. The salt flavor overpowered the entire dish.

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  34. GregV

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was awesome but I didn't really like my food and it was pricey , Still it's a wonderful place,

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  35. MaureenM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful lunch. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Everything was perfect.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent on all aspects. I had the duck confit that was excellent but I wish the portion was a little bigger. Great service

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  37. CherylD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the ambience, great food and friendly service

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service and accommodating for a large group.

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  39. yasu

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for the wonderful lunch. I could really enjoy it!

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  40. AlexF

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I initially rated this restaurant 5 stars on Google, but this time, I'm giving it 4 stars due to the interior. It would significantly enhance the overall experience if the management considers replacing the worn-out chairs and ensuring they are kept clean. The food was delicious as always.

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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 4.6 stars by 1237 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 17 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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