Social - Ottawa

4.6
841 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 841 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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ShaviP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice food and service. However it could have been a little more professional, and a little more considerate of our special occasion.

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cmmm
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the pesto pasta dish with a French Syrah red wine. And a carlsberg as an app

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mcleblanc
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belle soirée du nouvel an. Tout était parfait! Merci au DJ qui a su donner de l’ambiance à cette soirée!

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ChristineL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is simply amazing!! Can’t wait to return.

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ShawnC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had an awesome experience and we will surely go back in the next years

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IsabelleS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice meal, delicious food and wonderful service. Would definitely go again.

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RobinS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Food is very well prepared, but menu is uninspired. The pasta special was plain

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Melissa
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The seared scallops were incredible! And the service was fantastic. Recommend!

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KathieL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fantastic..loved the pork belly and scallops. Tried each dessert awesome. Service was great.

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KayM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Modern, upscale ambiance. The staff are all very nice. The menu is pretty great, LOTS of drink options ranging from expensive wine to classic cocktails. This was my second visit to Social and it is now on my list of favourite dining experiences.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the space, the service and the food 👌 will definitely come back.

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vipCarolB
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting and great food

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SimonT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in quite some time! Excellent food as well as a friendly, attentionate service.

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AbdYC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The staff were awesome. The vibes and music were great. The food tasted delicious however the quantity could be much better for the price we are asked to pay.

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LauraT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, delicious food and wonderful service, can’t rave about it more !

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DawnS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Dinner and service was excellent. But felt cool and drafty at times, making it less comfortable.

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ShaminD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good food, great service
thank you for an excellent service, well-timed and friendly

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GregoryW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall it was pretty good, although my dish was not. They did comp it which was pretty nice. The host was fantastic… she was so friendly. Would I go back? Um, probably not.

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Jess
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best dining experience in Ottawa hands down! The service was impeccable and the food was phenomenal. My new fave restaurant!

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ElenaO
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a really nice dinner. We shared a chef’s board of cheese and cured meats, it was amazing. Especially the Grey Owl cheese. Then my husband had steak and fries, the meat was cooked to perfection and was delicious. I had the duck and it was also amazing. The wine recommendation was perfect. All in all, we had an amazing dinner experience!

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TMTO
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service were both fantastic, will definitely be back!

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Jenn
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent. Friendly and on top of everything. Ordered the salmon that came with risotto. Risotto was sticky and tasted like it was leftovers not a fresh batch. It was also room temperature while the salmon was made well crispy on the outside and tender inside. Disappointed overall but gave 3 stars for the service and salmon.

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Donna
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening out and absolutely delicious meal. Beautiful presentation.

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CaitlinA
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food were fantastic! We absolutely loved our experience - thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing place, and the pasta of the day was incredible. Ombieance and decor was very upscale and beautiful. Service was top notch. Very professional and friendly and made the entire evening that much better. Will definitely come back again.

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SSSSSSSS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We had brunch, but it was not good. The french toast was very sweet. The egg benedict english muffin was little bit burn. Despite of ambience of the restaurant, the brunch menus were quite disappointing. The service was good, and the place was very clean. However, I'm not sure that I would want to go to Social for Brunch next time.

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NeilB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great service.
I ordered the salmon, it was ok but nothing great.

The bar was very loud. As was the table next to mine.

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BurlingtonianInOttawa
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, perfect for dinner with girlfriends. The charcuterie platter was generous and delicious, as was each of our mains. Would def go back!

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Mike
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great place for a business lunch or a place to catch up with a friend!

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vipPeterR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall good and I will return and recommend it.
The server should not walk away when she ask how is everything. When the server ask a question she should make eye contact and wait at the table for the answer.
It is good hospitality, it is good service and it is good manners.

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GillesB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After many months of not being able to dine out, returning to Social was a delightful experience.

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goodeatshunter
Ottawa
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brittany was our server and was so pleasant and informative. The food was excellent and the service quick and discreet. A very nice experience overall, especially for my colleague from out of town. Well done! Can’t wait to come back.

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GreG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It would have been better if there was a vegetable served with my prime rib, not just a piece of meat with kale on top. The prime rib was good, but missing a compliment on the plate.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiter was amazing. Made awesome drinks for us and very personable. ☺️

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serioussue
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Social was exactly what I had hoped for to celebrate a special occasion. The drinks and wine were excellent and reasonable, food was delicious and creative and service was attentive and excellent. A perfect evening!

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Diner11
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, creative menu and excellent service. Wonderful evening out.

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JenniferB
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A neighbourhood favourite of mine. The duck and steak dishes never disappoint. Great cocktail menu.

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Atsu
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Globalement correct. Nourriture de tous les jours. Le service était bien et la cuisine efficace. Expérience globale appréciée.

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ElenaN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great food! We will return soon

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quickly seated and looked after. Happily recommended food and beverage selections. Warm and welcoming atmosphere in dark and stylish surroundings. Pampered by our server (Mel) and visited graciously by our maître’d. The food was delicious and memorable and a good value. So happy we chose to visit Social for our night out in Ottawa.

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 841 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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