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Social - Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Social - Ottawa

4.4
4.4
924 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 3:00 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

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What 924 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

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  1. TG

    TeganG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, the food was great and drinks as well
  2. ST

    SarahTravels

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Family dinner out while I'm vacation. Dined at Social with the family 7 years previous. Ambience was as lovely as east then, Teens loved the live DJ mixing. Server was fantastic. Food was great. Only 'issue' was bar was running a bit behind so drinks were a bit delayed.
  3. RS

    RyanS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    A beautiful space, food was average. Service seemed scattered even though we were one of very few tables inside.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    62 reviews

    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The Mel was very good and the setting is great. Where there was a problem was service. It took a very long time to get the attention of a server to place an order/get the bill. Saying that I would be interested in seeing what a Monday night in the summer would have been like in terms of service pre pandemic. These days we do not know how much of this is because of a labour shortage. I will go again - I loved the setting and everything else was great
  5. K

    Kenny

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Sarah was amazing. We’ll definitely be back.
  6. s

    seanb

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and wine was amazing! The duck ❤️ Yes atmosphere was great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a nice dinner in the courtyard but service was a bit slow. Overall food was great and enjoyed our time there.
  8. L

    Lidia

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    We had a romantic dinner with friends; however my duck confit was unbeatable - the skin was rubber so I couldn't cut it with a normal knife. After waiting for 20min for a sharp knife, I realized I still couldn't cut the skin. It wasn't crispy but rubbery and everything was cold. Beef tartar was just spicy and had no other flavor. The crostini were too thick and detracted from the delicate flavor of beef tartar and scratched my mouth continuously. I waited 15 min for my glass of wine 🍷, so I had to eat most of my duck without a drink. My friend ordered coffee at the end of the meal, which she returned bc it was ice cold and worst than in a dinner. They brought her another, but still charged her $3.5 for it, which was a bit disappointing from a customer service point of view. At the beginning we had 3 waitresses that came to ask for the order, a bit intrusive to our conversation and fine, but then they completely disappeared for 30min as we needed assistance during the meal. For the price the experience was very disappointing, especially compared with other restaurants in Ottawa. One week before, I had gone for lunch and everything was excellent, but I was the only customer for lunch. Not sure what happened for dinner.
  9. G

    Gitana34

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I loved the terrace! Food was really good and the wines offered by the glass were really nice. Very friendly service. Small issue: the appetizers were served during the time we were away from the table, which should not be the case in my book.
  10. MJ

    MorganJ

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot recommend this place enough! We went for our anniversary and we were quickly greeted with champagne. Our waitress was wonderful and many people checked on us throughout our dinner. Highly recommend the duck confit, steak, and scallops. Thank you for an amazing dining experience! We’ll be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service every time!
  12. S

    Suzanner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Hadn’t been in many years…still as good as ever. Worth a try.
  13. RP

    RoseP

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Good location with nicely designed interior plus strong menu, good food and service, however, overly loud electronic music impacted vibe and rating.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first experience at this Restaurant and loved the food! The staff were very friendly and very accommodating. Special thank you to the maître for looking after us! Was a perfect night spent on my birthday!
  15. SP

    SPuser

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. We had steak frites and duck confit. Duck was one of the best I had, perfectly done.
  16. n

    nathaliet

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Ordered a warm goat cheese salad (22$) - what came out of the kitchen were a few Boston lettuce leaves (I counted 4), a loose dollop of room temp fresh goat cheese, a couple of pieces of beetroot, a couple of walnuts, and a few orange segments. Not a pretty sight. If at least the cheese would have been spread on a few croutons and then put under the broiler. Shameful to pass this as a lunch entree.
  17. MW

    MikeW

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice setting, good menu to choose from, good service.
  18. J

    Jerm

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Our experience was extremely affected by the poor service. The food was very good however it took almost an hour and 30 minutes from when we ordered (4 plates) to receive our food and took our waitress 45 minutes to acknowledge us that there was a delay offering us appetizers on the house. We accepted dessert however from this saw no improvement service wise for the remainder of our visit. Waiting on items such as the bill and black coffee. The washrooms were not well maintained which led us to believe the restaurant was short staffed. Taking this all into consideration there could have been better communication and notice of this. Thankfully we didn’t have plans after dinner that would have been missed for sure. Very disappointing!
  19. JD

    JeffD

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Hit Social after a show at the NAC, seven people at 5:45pm. We sat inside, though the patio was hopping outside. Steak tartare was very good, many of us had the pasta of the day which was very tasty but merely warm, temperature-wise. Good comments on the lamb and the cod. Cheesecake was a hit for dessert, the chocolate grenache was a bit on the small side, though was a rich dish. Overall, we had a fine experience, our waitress was very friendly and we would definitely consider Social again.
  20. RR

    RobertR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our time at Social, the steak frites was better than I expected and the fish dishes our party enjoyed looked great as well. Friendly service was professional and didn’t rush us. All in all, a very nice evening.
  21. T

    Tawnick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Social has a lovely dining room and it’s ideally located if you have tickets to an event at the NAC as we did. This was not my first visit. The food was tasty but service was incredibly slow. No explanation was provided and ai think I spent the majority of my meal just wondering where our server was. It was almost impossible to request another beverage or ask any questions. No one offered to refill my soft drink. After waiting forever for our meal to arrive it was an even longer wait for our bill once we could finally ask for it. It could be a result of staffing shortages but there also seemed to be severs just wandering aimlessly. Probably my most disappointing visit yet and will impact on my decision as to whether to return.
  22. JT

    JadeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had drinks, appetizers and dinner mains. Everything was delicious. I highly recommend the duck. Our server was attentive and friendly. The courtyard patio was lovely and all in all as a fine dining experience the price was totally reasonable and worth it for a special night out.
  23. AC

    AmericangalinCanada

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything from the wine ( Zinfandel) to our appy( scallops and pork belly) to our main meal ( cod and duck). Our server was very informative and friendly and attentive. The ambience was perfect for the evening
  24. LA

    LauraA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Although the menu lists many gluten-free items, the kitchen does not use a dedicated fryer and the server was confused about which menu items were actually gluten-free and which were not (e.g. suggesting a meal that contained couscous was GF). Unfortunately, due to a severe gluten allergy in our party, we were forced to leave without ordering any food due to low confidence that the meals would be safe.
  25. K

    Katie

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So this one of my favorite spots ! The ambiance and vibe is amazing and it is reasonably priced for the downtown core. This was a brunch visit and it was very lovely — but I do prefer a fancy date night at this spot!!
  26. D

    Dcb8008

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Oysters were minuscule (maybe the size of a quarter if that) but the goat cheese salad and steak tartare were great.
  27. PH

    PeterH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The patio was a perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great staff, super ambience!
  28. C

    Craig

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service / Waitress was awesome, great variety of apps and meals for a fine dining French based restaurant. Lots of room at tables, business dinner gave everyone a chance not bump elbows every minute.
  29. BL

    BarbaraL

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The outside patio is charming and even when it rains a bit, most of the tables are covered with big umbrellas. A very nice place to enjoy a leisurely summer meal.
  30. JB

    JocelyneB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    The food was mediocre at best . The lunch box was a greasy rice of a lower quality than fast food . Unacceptable for a restaurant like Social that I have used often in the past . This was most unusual !
  31. RM

    RickM

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service. Haven’t been in a few years and the food was even better than I remembered! One of our party uses a wheelchair, and the staff made sure we were seated at a table where they had plenty of room to maneuver. Will definitely be back again soon.
  32. DL

    DidierL

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great service and fantastic food. it's not my first time visiting the Social and the food and service is always consistent. I considered it as the best restaurant downtown because of that.
  33. RD

    RachelleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was terrific and the food was very good (expensive like everywhere in Ottawa at this point). It's great to have a patio that is away from street noise.
  34. NH

    NathalyH

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We received a warm professional welcome; the hostess even allowed us to choose our table. Courteous attentive and described drink menu. We decided to order many of the appetizers and one main to try a variety of flavours. They did not disappoint. Would recommend the scallops and the cod; mouthwatering flavour and exceptional attention to detail.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very ggod, especially oyster was super fresh.
  36. L

    Laia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and ambience but I found my goat cheese salad somewhat meagre . Good size serving of goat cheese but very little of anything else .
  37. DB

    DominicB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The order was not punched in properly and one of our plates never made it to the table. It would have taken too long to make the original order so we had to settle for something else. Staff and management did address it well, but still disappointing and will most likely not recommend this restaurant.
  38. TL

    TinaL

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    The was Good, but took a long time to get our meal. The amount of food for the price was not good
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food. Wonderful ambiance & interior.
  40. DR

    DenisR

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This was definitely one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The only reason it wasn't outstanding all around, the noise was one factor. It's a very noisy restaurant. Unfortunately, we were unable to sit outside because of potential rain. The other was the service. Although very pleasant, I kind of expect that when paying these kind of prices, the service should just be exceptional... I'm not sure if it's the new thing or if it's the new generation, but having to pour your own wine or push our plates to the edge of the table to have them picked up or wait to get our invoice... it just always surprises me... and then wanting a 20% or 30% tip... really?

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 4.4 stars by 924 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 3:00 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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