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Social - Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Social - Ottawa

4.3
4.3
955 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 29 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 955 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

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  1. S

    Sp2014

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice and sophisticated
  2. M

    Mixs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had a great birthday and great service. It was amazing that they could accommodate my group of 12 and put us in a private section. The service was outstanding, our server was very energetic and she was accommodating to all our needs. The food was overall very tasty except for the past of that day (Alfredo mushroom linguini). Other than that, I would definitely come back for another celebration!
  3. DO

    DestinyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am not sure what my waitress name was, but she served me for my birthday on the 25th at around 2pm for a party of 5 and she was phenomenal, 10/10 would come back just for her superb service! If you’re seeing this? I really appreciate you so much! You deserve all the accolades! Hope you are having a great day! Wish you were there before we left for me to formally say thank you !
  4. l

    leannem

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was great, service was not great- jade was amazing as host. Our server was not attentive nor engaging.. we had to ask for water multiple times and we had to wait for extended periods for her to return Tom the table for additional drinks. This was later in the evening when the restaurant was not that busy….we summoned jade over and she was attentive and asked our waitress to come to the table….
  5. MV

    MartinV

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Food, Great Martini and Excellent Service! Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable with her wine pairing suggestions! Bravo!
  6. L

    Laurentiu

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pretty good place for eating within the city center.
  7. S

    Susie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Pleasant welcome, pleasant attentive staff. Food outstanding , the wait for the mains was far too long however. Dessert list limited but that’s fine, could the crème brûlée please not be meddled with; just traditional plain crème brûlée , no blueberries in the mix, no Earl Grey and lavender so called « improvements ».
  8. AL

    ArnaudL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    It was freezing due to ventilation . Although asking to reduce it , no real results except a " smile " of the waiter. No tip!
  9. Z

    Zeel

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Music was way too loud. Couldn’t hear my date at all.. we needed to leave to have an actual conversation.
  10. KB

    KarenB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent! Food was amazing! Lovely sparkling wine for our anniversary on arrival! Really amazing!!!
  11. EG

    EmilyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently awesome dining experience for me: ambiance, food, service. First time for the two friends i brought with me, and they were very impressed about everything such that they were already thinking of returning and/or bring someone special here.
  12. AH

    AlinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time celebrating my daughter’s birthday. The food was great and the service outstanding!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing team event! Great service!
  14. TT

    TristanT

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with great service and delicious food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was very slow in coming but our server was fantastic. He kept us informed and apologized for the delay and compensated us.
  16. F

    Fred

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    The server was apparently having a bad day or something treatment was so bad and was not helpful at all. So rude service.
  17. EK

    ElkeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and nice location. Thank you!
  18. MR

    MartinR

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Service: Hit and miss with service at this place. Lunch time = great. Supper = not so much. Very long wait and seemed blasé (on a uncrowded Sunday night). No mention of our anniversary (specified on the reservation). Food: Food portions were perfect for most dishes except for Scallops and Dark chocolate ganache. Excellent duck confit. Atmosphere: Very cold breeze from the AC made our supper less enjoyable. Overall, we would still go back for the food but probably more for lunch than an evening out. Social needs to up their service at supper if they want to keep customers.
  19. W

    Wime

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not sure about the music outside - at least a bit more quietly would be nice. Service was great and food was great. Loved the carrot soup with nice flavour and spicing. The salmon was a bit too cooked, however still quite tasty with all the sides. Cheese cake was also nice. Blueberries would have been better fresh - had not a lot of flavour left. The chocolate crunch gave a nice layer of texture and taste.
  20. YM

    YaMall

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was way too salty (fried calamari especially) and service was below average. We had to wait a long time before being taken care of. Ambiance is great though and the venue is cool.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    4.00 for bread? Special pasta and squid, very good. Salad and chefs board disappointing and poor value for price.
  22. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Value for price is not great, 20$ for warm goat cheese salad, cheese is massive ball from maybe an ice cream scoop, nothing on plate was "warm", beets cold quarters, could have been roasted and served warm, barely any lettuce (cheapest part, why not add more??), not very many nuts added, just over all felt like a plate of goat cheese. Social Cobb sandwich served as 1/2 sandwich, used an end piece, cranberry bread was stale and then poorly toasted at that, chicken a bit dry, fries were great but the sandwich was sad. Soft drink was flat, asked for new one, also flat, still charged for it. Overall it was laughable to spend that $$$ on what we ate, and were it not for the good service upon entry this would be a 1-star review. Had high expectations, left disappointed. On touring the restaurant while looking for restroom, came across a side room that is maybe meant for private dining or storage but filled with random junk, that door should be closed - looked shoddy. I'm sure you can do better Social, we hope so as we like to support local establishments but aren't keen to return anytime soon, sadly.
  23. KT

    KathrynT

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Charcuterie board - great value. Salmon and quinoa, very good. Our server was positive and engaged. Good experience for business lunch.
  24. M

    Mirabelle

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The decor is fantastic and the staff very friendly but I was not impressed with the Roasted chicken and rice risotto I ordered. The blueberry cheesecake was okay but not memorable.
  25. A

    Ashtad

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was in Ottawa for a week on business. On the last night in this gorgeous city, I decided to take my team of chefs out to dinner at the Social. Directly off the bat, Miranda our server took care of the 8 of us with impeccable service and panache. Always friendly, accommodating and smiling, Miranda raised the bar by moving us from indoor seating to the Patio accommodating our request. The food from start to finish was absolutely amazing. Being a chef myself, I was happy to know that Ottawa's food scene did not disappoint. Miranda also gave us our desserts on the house. Definitely will be going back here again. We'll done to the team at the SOCIAL. Hope to see you soon. Ask for Miranda to be your server at your table!!
  26. JL

    JLee

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The service was quite poor, with delays. I was also charged for a dish (tuna) that I sent back and did not eat. Will not be returning.
  27. K

    Kate

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Cocktails were nice, however service was very slow, over an hour to get appetizers and had to go to the bar in order to ask for a drink. Food was good, with nice presentation and flavours, but a bit salty. Nothing terribly wrong overall, but expected a bit more from this style of restaurant. Over $200 for two people and left feeling a bit dissatisfied. Not in a rush to go back or recommend.
  28. LL

    LisaL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Asked for a large table inside. We were told no even though the place was empty so we decided to sit on the outdoor patio. Good decision as it was a pleasant evening and there was entertainment. Ordered a bottle of wine, a bread basket, an app and a main to share. The 3 scallops were tasty but small and pricey. Steak was extremely grizzly and came in pieces which was strange. Server was attentive and very pleasant. Waiter presented us with our bill which had a more expensive wine listed not the one ordered. He had another bill in his hand waiting to see if we questioned the first bill. Only then did he give us the corrected one. We appreciated receiving a small discount on the steak. Social is no longer a place to dine; it is a place to eat. We were disappointed in the overall experience.
  29. AK

    AnniqueK

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience! First, the ambiance is pretty, trendy and cozy (not pretentious). Our server was polite, friendly and just the right amount of visits to our table. Enough to be helpful and you don’t feel forgotten but not too much that it’s intrusive and annoying. The food was terrific! We shared a plate of oysters and a plate of calamari to start. The oysters were fresh and delicious. The calamari was one of the best I’ve ever had! For our mains we had the steak and frites which was cooked perfectly and served with a demi-glace (jus or sauce) and broccolini. My husband had the lamb tenderloin with roasted mini potatoes and cherry tomatoes. Both dishes were great! For dessert we shared a citrus crème brûlée and dark chocolate ganache which were exquisite! All in all a wonderful dining experience in the heart of downtown Ottawa, steps away from Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and the NAC.
  30. AK

    AhmedK

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Food arrives over an hour late and when it does its shockingly poor and expectedly cold and ruined and its like that all evening and on several occasions. In the end you complain, they apologize, they give you an $8.00 discount, You pay over $ 100 for a dinner for 2 and you leave home disappointed you chose Social.
  31. E

    Eric

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, server was lovely, vibe was cool. Music was too loud and lights were too dim. A meal for two, without any dietary restrictions, took almost 2 hours though. Larger parties who arrived after us received their food much quicker than we did. Likely won't return, as there were more 'negatives' than 'positives', which is unfortunate...
  32. PR

    PennyR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I had a lovely evening outside on your beautiful patio. My chicken dish was delicious and the mushroom risotto was one of the best that I’ve tried in awhile. Thank you,
  33. SP

    SuzanneP

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food was amazing and the atmosphere was great
  34. AN

    AbdullaN

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We Asked the waiter to inform the chef that we need our meals with no added salt, unfortunately our dishes were loaded with salt++++. Following which our blood pressure jumped up to its maximum. The waiter was nice and apologetic, but the damage have already been done. Too much salt=high blood pressure, resulting in Heart Attack.
  35. S

    Sbriggs

    Cincinnati

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A relaxing family dinner, attentive service from our waiter Ben and very good food quality. This is my 3rd dinner at Social and I will return again. The duck was outstanding, burger and daily pasta were very good. Beautifully crafted cocktails and a deep wine list was a plus.
  36. CN

    ChanthaN

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our time on the patio with great views and amazing food!!
  37. TG

    TeganG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

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

    SarahTravels

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    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.
  39. RS

    RyanS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    63 reviews

    3.0

    63 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

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 4.3 stars by 955 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 29 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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