Social - Ottawa
Social - Ottawa

Social - Ottawa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.social.ca/
  • Phone: (613) 789-7355
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri.: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Chef Kyrn Stein
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Let us host your next wine and cheese party. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: In the last few years, SOCIAL has undergone some layout improvements. The lower lounge is now a private area that can accommodate up to 18 people for dinner, and some space was annexed from next door to open the S-Lounge - a half cocktail lounge, half dining room for groups of 30. There is also the upper lounge area that can host up to 26 people for a sit down dinner. Last but not least there is the front dining room. This area is semi-private and can accommodate up to 50 people for a dinner. There are many options which can accommodate anything from large business meetings to intimate parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Tara-Leigh Cancino Brouillette 613-789-7355x
  • Entertainment: Live music can be heard every Tuesday and Wednesday night in the summer on the Courtyard - a mix of jazz, acid jazz and blues. An assortment of DJs are spinning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights all year round.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: George / York
  • Public Transit: There are public transit stops on Rideau street and at the Rideau Center (which is within walking distance).
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • 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.
A word from Social - Ottawa
Opened in the summer of 1999, SOCIAL was conceived 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. When its doors first opened, SOCIAL was the first restaurant in the capital to regularly feature a live DJ, which instantly gave it a reputation for innovation. Ten years later, SOCIAL continues to deliver, known in the capital city for its imagination and its chic, modern vibe. With fifteen-foot ceilings, ultramodern decor and gorgeous exposed stone walls, the space 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Social - Ottawa reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)special occasion (15)romantic (14)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (11)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (10)hot spot (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 2wineanddine
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We often go to Social as we live in the neighbourhood. The other night we arrived and it was crowded and noisier than usual. The only available table didn't suit us so the maitresse d'hôtel called the sister restaurant 18 and we walked the short distance there and had a lovely meal. This is typical of the excellent service we have come to expect from both restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flower
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was excellent as was service! However we had to wait 45mins to an hour to get our bill once we were done! It was a busy Friday night and our reservation was late, it does turn into a bar late at night and becomes quite crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner was absolutely excellent.
    PriveSpaOrleansOntario
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I suggested Social my friends had never been and they will recommend it to their friends for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Discordant aesthetic and pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Found it to be over priced, missing details that justified the cost. The dining tables seemed to be battered around outdoor bistro sets shoved together. Servers were very warm and accommodating but a bit inexperienced. For example, we were not told of chef specialities or wine lists/recommendations. When we had a few questions, they had to leave to go ask someone else. Food was very good though, albeit presented on strange discordant plates/dishes. Like the tables, some of the dishes seemed to be second hand finds rather than fine dining dinnerware, which would be fine if this was the aesthetic, but it's not. Also, a loud party of men were chanting several times throughout the night. Again, fine, but not expected in this atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hit and miss
    belle
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    sometimes the meals can be very good and sometimes very average. service is also inconsistent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Non-rendered fat cap on lamb...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Just not an appealing thing, and the plating made it look like I was missing the rest of my meal. Really wanted to love this place. I will say...the shrimp was delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the Halibut
    sailman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had the halibut at Social. Overcooked and dry....seemed like it had been in the freezer for a long time. My wife's tenderloin was fine. The supporting cast of vegetables were starchy and without taste. Not nearly what I expected for the money I spent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd year anniversary
    Almancoolguy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our waiter placed a flower and offered complimentary champagne which was a great added service. The food was amazing and ambiance was perfect , would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I went for lunch with a colleague, and we had a great experience. We did not have to wait long, and the food was delicious! I ordered the lunch box, and they were very accomodating when I explained that I am vegetarian. They replaced the chicken in my sandwich with a very deliciously prepared tofu, marinated in thai sauce, I think. They should put that on their regular lunch menu, it was very good! The atmosphere was good, but it was very busy. Well, obviously it is very popular, and I understand why! :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    CueTheRev
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food, outstanding service, good wine. Would definitely go back and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to meet friends
    bocusse
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been coming to Social since its opening and always enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great atmosphere, service and food! It was the perfect spot for our special event
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 381 reviews are from the Social - Ottawa reviews archive.
  • Always enjoyable
    2wineanddine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The new menu is wonderful. We will go back to try other selections. We particularly enjoyed the tuna appetizer and the lamb saddle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great venue. Food bland.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent venue and service. Great presentation but we found the food a little bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wines123VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Nice place =. had the tartar and halibut. Both were really good. Staff are really nice and very attentive. One of Ottawa better places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent for business lunch
    Toma
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A great spot for a business lunch in Ottawa - good food, quiet and traditional ambiance, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    lovetodine
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I booked a 40th birthday for my dear friend & 12 other guests. We dinned in the private dining room & had a blast. We started off with some hors d'oeuvres & sparkling wine then sat for dinner a bit later. Service & dinner was great & it was so nice to have a spot of our own to add to the occasion. We brought in a special dessert & the staff cut & plated it for us which was nice. After dinner some of us went up to the bar area for more drinks, where a DJ was playing. Looking forward to the next party I get to plan here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nous avions une réservation ???
    Vroum21VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Nous avions une réservation mais après nous avoir fait dégusteé et servi le vin on nous dit que le grill n'est prêt pour nous et que nous devrons attendre 30 à 45 minutes avant d'avoir de la bouffe... BIZARRE !!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Patio!
    lovetodine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    3 guests for dinner & had some friends join us for drinks. The staff was very friendly & accommodated our expansion. We sat on the lovely patio in the courtyard & it felt very old world with the cobblestone & old buildings. I had the crudité salad which was really good & the Halibut for my main course & it did not disappoint. Lobster could have shared the headline in this dish as there was quite a large portion of that on the plate as well as delicious hominy & a broth that is poured at the table on the dish. Mojitos & a nice Sauv Blanc rounded out the meal unfortunately leaving no room for dessert this time. We were a bit rushed to leave as we were heading to the Jazz Festival & the staff got all our bills quickly & correctly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newly disappointed by the new menu
    AlishogVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Sad to say that the phenomenal menu at Social is no more. The restaurant appears to be trying to emulate the molecular gastronomy trend instead of sticking to its forte - high end, classic fare previously executed beautifully. The attempt at replicating molecular gastronomy is (a) out of date as that trend has passed and (b) it's done poorly with some dishes (i.e gnuddi) and orhers being passable (i.e tuna). Social should bring back/revisit its menu of past - leave the molecular gastronomy that's now passing to those Ottawa fêted experts such as Atelier or chef Féran's El Bulli.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Misleading menu titles
    Trav2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife had the Dungeness crab salad and was not impressed by the taste or colour (grey) of the crab - she was also surprised that there were few greens: mainly potato and mayonnaise. She found the name of the dessert misleading, 'Chocolate Cremeux', as it was mainly coffee ice-cream and not enough chocolate. My meal of BC Halibut was very good and the upside down plum cake was interesting. Eating on the outdoor patio was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For a special occasion
    Didi26
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I brought a friend to celebrate her birthday this week. We had lunch outside on a beautiful day and it was pleasant. The service was fast and the waitress pleasant. We appreciate the fact that she spoke french. The food was well presented and good. I would go back for a special occasion since it is not cheap.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastro
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Big plates. Small portions. Well prepared. But not exciting. The Social didnt' wow me.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing service!
    antlib1111
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was great matched with outstanding service by the whole team, in particar Veronique!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Dinner was a Friday evening of a very crowded weekend. Usually with such crowds, the food and service are a bit off as the staff is stretched thin with the increased pace. That was definitely not the case here. The food was very well done, the staff was extremely attentive and friendly, and the entire atmosphere of the restaurant was relaxed. We had a thoroughly superb time with dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing night out!
    Terrybear
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We celebrated our annivrsary at Social last Friday and had a extraordinary experience. From the moment we sat down to our final goodbyes the service was amazing! The food was perfect, the beverages exceptional and the dessert divine. We enjoyed the ploughman's platter and halibut the most. Thank you for making it a romantic evening out for us. We highly recommend Social for anyone looking for a special night out with their sweetheart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    EricTheMailman
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I loved our meal here. The plates were works of art that tasted every bit as delicious as it looked. The service was friendly; our waitress really was a pro, keeping an expert eye on us while being completely discrete.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale and hip spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Excellent service, stellar food! Thanks for the birthday candle display!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Camel
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Steaks were cooked exactly how we ordered i.e. medium and rare
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChrisGuerette
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was average. Service was good but waited much too long for food. A much so I skipped desert. Table (2 seperate tables) was really not good for our group. Would not go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    SatisfiedDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    first time at this restaurant but will not be our last time!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disorganized.
    newsman
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food is tasty, but have a snack before you go. Service was standard team approach, but was not at all attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last night in Ottawa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Great experience despite the irony of dining solo at a restaurant named Social. Great steak cooked perfectly to order at medium rare. Service was friendly. Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Staraka
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Absolutely love this restaurant. We usually get a booth in the lounge area and it's great. Perfect atmosphere, great staff and an awesome menu.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was out-of-this world.
    Finedinequeen
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The food was out-of-this world. Fabulous flavour , texture and presentation Service was impeccable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My recent visit to Social
    wines123VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    My recent visit to Social was great. The chef must be new because the food was really good. I had the calamari app. followed by the short ribs. The only thing I would suggest is they expand their wine list other than that Social was a great place. If you go on Thursday - Sat the bar is hopping.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-concert gem
    finndan
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Conveniently located to the National Arts Centre we often go to Social for a pre-concert supper. Must mention the wine, Raging Meg Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough region was excellent - very flavourful, crisp, tasty and refreshing. My wife had steak frites and, typically, she ate all the frites and only half the steak. Eating the left-overs I thought it was excellent, perfectly cooked (medium rare) and very tasty. My fish and clams were good took, the clams tasting fresh and the cod perfectly cooked, moist, tender and delicious. For dessert we split a passion fruit concoction that was the perfect compliment to the rest of the meal. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best nicoise salad
    rozor
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Twice in the last month I took my friends/students out to lunch at Social. The ambience, service and food were as pleasing the second time as the first. We could sit and talk as long as we wanted without interruption. I would like to go to Social for dinner and will try it in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chef overindulgence
    sharkVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Every dish appears to be vying for a culinary award but over the top for me-very rich.This may explain why the service is soo slow-probably takes a long time to prepare the dishes.The food was good though if you like this kind of thing but a big cha ge from the previous chef and menu which I loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My frustration with the quality
    CrabbyLady
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My frustration with the quality of the service has now reached the point that I will no longer be bringing guests to Social. I was with a group on Thursday evening. Food-wise it was EXCELLENT. But the service hit a new low: we were ignored for long periods of time (which was a particular issue as the guest of honour had flown in from Europe, and was very jet-lagged), and the waiter assigned to our table simply disappeared for significant stretches. Whereas I usually find the noise level acceptable (we want to be able to hear ourselves talk), on Thursday evening the music was playing so loudly that conversation became difficult.. We asked to have the music turned down, but shortly afterwards the volume was cranked up again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic