Social - Ottawa

4.2
717 reviews
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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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JP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was very excited to try the social as I had heard from friends that is was very good, however when I ordered my meal I was very disappointed that the food was boring and not very tasty. I ordered the chicken and there was nothing great about it at all. Also my husband ordered the steak and for $48 it was definitely nothing to write home about. Also the steak did not come with a side which was quite disappointing. I would not recommend this restaurant as it was definitely very expensive for the quality you got. Also our drinks were not great. I ordered a spicy bloody mary and it was very watered down with hardly any taste.

D
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Location and Ambiance is very good ! Had been here before and was always quite satisfied however this time was disappointed with food quality and quantity.

RS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great, funny and provided wonderful service. He really made our visit special. Both the waiter & the chef easily accommodated my (less common) food intolerance with a slight dish modification which made my dining experience wonderful! Great ambience on the patio for all 4 of us!

LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was not good.... salmon dry and no flavour at all. Lamb was tough and fatty. Service was even worse that then food. Water served warm and no offer of more water for the rest of our meal. Server was not good for this type of dining. Name??? We went using our gift card. Son was very disappointed as he had bought 2 each for $100.00

Linda

RB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Salmon under heating lamps for a long time - completely dry. Seafood pasta with canteen type sauce. Poor wine list. Service good. Over-hyped and pretentious, but very nice courtyard (in summer).

Social - Ottawa
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hi RichardB, Please contact me directly at travis@social.ca, as I would very much like to discuss your concerns so that we may address any issues that you had. We have a professional staff that takes these reviews to heart and want to ensure that you, and all guests do not have an experience like you described. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary. Initially we were sat outside (our request) but as the evening progressed and temperatures dropped a little we asked to be moved inside and this was no trouble at all. Todd was our waiter and he was amazing. His breadth of knowledge of various gins and wines to accompany our meal was impressive. Nothing was too much for him. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with incredible food. We had the wild boar, lamb, duck and cheese board. Absolutely devine. Thank you !

Social - Ottawa
Responded on July 31, 2019

Hi LeenaG, Thank you so much for your kind words, and congratulations again on your anniversary! Todd and all of us at Social look forward to hosting you again and wish you all the best!

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c
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately I ordered the salmon and it came very overdone. The waiter acknowledged the issue and spoke with the chef and then apologized but was still charged for the total plate, when more than half was not eaten.

DM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, Todd our server was very knowledgeable and very nice, atmosphere was great. Would definitely recommend.

PB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great but took extremely long to arrive, they later told us that there was a mix up in the kitchen and our food was just cooking.

CL
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, yummy food and a beautiful patio and décor.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 would recommend!

LB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The patrio at Social is lovely. It's very cozy with the couches and trees overhead. The happy hour specials are excellent. The sliders are delicious and so are the squash croquettes. I would definitely recommend for the patio and happy hour. The service on the patio is excellent as well.

V
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great - Moroccan Lamb and a burger - both were very good. Our server was super sweet. The wine was delicious. But the service was extremely slow - and I mean it. We got bread with an apology - at the same time as our entres and waited for over 30 min for a standard dessert. For a restaurant of this caliber it is unacceptable.

LJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were ok but main meals were wonderful

Social - Ottawa
Responded on July 17, 2019

Thank you so much for your visit Linda! We are very happy you enjoyed your dinner, and we will up our appetizer game for you next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food although a bit of a slow wait and th a/c didn't appear to be working on the hot day we visited.

CJ
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Went for Sunday Brunch. Restaurant was quite empty but service was very slow. Food was good. Overall ambience was good.

C
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

While the food was good, the service was horrible. The server was slow, did not come back and we were unable to order a second round of drinks because we couldn’t find her.

AE
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for all occasions. Dinner dates, business dinners and celebrations.

Excellent service and menu.

Very professional service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great and it was very nice to sit outside in the courtyard. Although the waitress was knowledgeable, she wasn’t particularly friendly. It took quite a while to be served our initial drinks. Overall recommended.

EM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, loved the music and the vibe in this establishment was perfect for date night.

PS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Decent enough food but an unexplained 50-minute wait for food. Waiters were apologetic but management was indifferent. Our tough luck I guess.

HG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is probably the 50th or 60th visit there. It has always been consistent, this is why I go back.

W
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

We had to wait an hour past our reservation time for a table. The staff were extremely kind and apologetic about the delay. Food and drinks were good too!

IZ
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's simply an amazing culinary experience, from the decor and ambiance right to the food and desserts.

G
Greensboro
55 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Disappointing food. I invited a client to Social based on good review scores from OpenTable. However, the experience was disappointing. We both made the mistake of ordering salmon, and neither of us liked it and I couldn't eat but a few bites. The salmon was very "fishy" smelling and tasting.

JY
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It's well situated and the cocktails were competent, but the service was slow at first then improved and the food was 'ok/good' not necessarily the level you would expect. The sockeye salmon was well presented but dry. That said, the French 75 cocktail was well balanced, so the place does merit another go.

RD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My guests from Seattle and Texas were surprised at the alfredo sauce. Also stated the prawns were a bit to cool for their liking. Overall satisfactory but not as stellar as I was hoping it might be. Think I'd try another spot before going back.

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant in great neighborhood.. A good selection on menu and very good wine list. Took them awhile to get our wine order, but that may have been them just not being pushy. Once we got our wine, service was exceptional. Delicious entree and salad. Really a very delightful evening experience.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was slow, food was average, white wine was room temperature

D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and the wait staff was great. Our waitress suggested perfect wines for each of our entrees. Really enjoyed the evening.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice place and great service. The salmon was amazing!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot to gather at the ByWard market with friends and family for a wonderful meal.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch

JL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here for my birthday and it was very good! Our server was fantastic!

SP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Oysters were great. Server was very good.

I was disappointed with the lamb tagine as I was expecting a traditional tagine with more sauce and the meat was on top sliced in medallions not cooked with everything else.

EP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We went as a group of 6 for an early dinner on a Saturday. The place was comfortable and quiet enough for easy conversation within the group. Service was prompt and courteous, our waiter making an commendable effort to talk to us in French. Food was excellent throughout (steak frite, lamb tajine, beef stroganoff, cauliflower steak, pasta du jour). Fresh hot bread was delicious, beer was cold and the wine list did not disappoint.

We'll definitely be back!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good attention to special dietary requirements (nut allergy). The steak was very good.

JM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall I had a great first experience. Service was great and so was the food.

M
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Entres was delicious (Burger)! 5/5 Dessert was ok 3/5 (Brownie)

AT
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service, atmosphere and ambiance were pleasing. My guest has dietary issues that were accommodated with grace and courtesy. The food was fine overall, but not especially remarkable. The noise level allowed for comfortable conversation. We were seated adjacent to a window looking out onto the street; a rainy night, it was pleasant.

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