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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
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ShaminD
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GregoryW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JenniferB
Ottawa
4 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.

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Cynthia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great amazing food quality, very good service! Would definatly recommend to friends and would come back on my next visit to ottawa!

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jani78701
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. Loved the fact they had a maitre'd makes us feel truly special and valuable for having chosen their restaurant. He even gave us an update about my husband's steak sitting in the kitchen about to be served. Honestly worth the value and great walking distance if you stay at the Chateau Laurier like we did.

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Rachelle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding. Good selection on the menu - overall great dining experience. Would definitely recommend and will definitely return.

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Jeanne
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and service. V.Good but pricey wine options.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was painfully slow. Our waiter was new so we tried to be patient but it took 20 minutes for the drink orders to arrive and longer than that for our two salads. A main component of my salad was avocado, and the one served to me was overripe and black on the edges. To be fair, I did not point it out but only because I didn’t have time to wait for a replacement. We were offered coffee at the end of the meal and again we waited a solid 30 minutes. Eventually the manager came over with our coffees and explained that he’d been training the new hire.

The menu and ambiance at Social have always appealed to me but this experience did not live up to my expectations.

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wanderer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch for 2 on a Sunday. Asked if oysters available (normally only on dinner menu) and the server and kitchen kindly arranged. Followed by the salmon and duck for mains, followed by chocolate brownie and creme caramel for dessert. Plus a glass of Riesling each, followed by coffees. Everything was delicious. The service was friendly, welcoming, attentive, and efficient. The ambience was stylish and relaxed. We would definitely eat here again.

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paulm
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a pleasant culinary experience. The server was attentive and devoted, and very savvy in paring wine with food. The Chef was accommodating to our special dietary needs. My counterpart had the duck, which was succulent. I had the lamb shank, very tasty. Portions were just right. The Maître d'hotel came in to introduce himself personally during courses and explain the history of the meal. Reasonably priced too. They will definitely see me again.

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NancyD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance and food. Wine is a bit expensive. Will go back.

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goodeatshunter
Ottawa
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast COVID check in. Nice seat selection. Very good service. Nice lunch menu considering fewer customers. We both had the Linch Box of roasted chicken and salad. It was so tasty and just the right amount. Thank you!

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vipDebD
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our restaurant staff was an incredibly patient and kind individual. We had a business lunch over three hours long and he was such a generous person. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this place, the setting just reminds me of UK. And the staff was very nice. I’ll definitely come back here

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dennisp
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible evening out, food the atmosphere was excellent

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Tarig
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time to be at the Social Restaurant. It is a cozy place. The food is very tasteful, and all the guests with me liked the cuisine of the Social Restaurant.

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JulieK
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak was excellent cooked exactly as requested. Lovely upmarket restaurant with attentive service

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LaurenB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service, nice ambiance. Definitely will be back.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is perfect. The ambience lovely. The food was spectacular. Even though all of these things were stellar, our favourite part of the evening was our server. He was attentive, funny and served in a very heartfelt way. You could tell he loved where he worked.

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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