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About 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.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z6
Bistro, French / Canadian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri.: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - Close.
George / York
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Let us host your next corporate dinner or special occasion. We love to celebrate! Please call for 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.
There are public transit stops on Rideau street and at the Rideau Center (which is within walking distance).
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour weekdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Social - Ottawa Ratings and Reviews
Went to Social about one month ago for the first time. I had heard about the place before and wanted to try it out. I was very empressed with the ambiance, the food, the service, the dj.
Pleasantly surprised that the girl who served us spoke french.
We asked for wine suggestions (red and light tasting wine) and she knew exactly what to recommend !
We had the tartare and the charcuterie plate. It was awesome !
We went back for a second time last Friday to celebrate one of my 2 daughter's birthday. We decided to go again with the tartare and charcuterie plate. I was a bit disappointed with the tartare, looked like hamburger meat! It was tasty but not as good as our first time.
The girl that served us also spoke a little bit of french and I was pleased by her making the effort. A bit disappointed on her knowledge of the wine list. Again we asked for her suggestion to recommend a light red wine. She didn't seem to know what to tell us, hesitating, her choice was disappointing.
My daugher had the steak and fries, one word for the steak : WOW! It melted in your mouth and the side garlic sauce for the fries was awesome !
My other daughter had the lamb which was very tasty and tender.
And I almost forgot the warm raisin bread !!!! It's to die for!!!!
The Social is a bit pricy (especialy the wine list) we went with the glass 20$ per 8 oz, because the bottle starts at around 70 $ and up.
It's a great place to go to for a special occasion.
We will go back for sure ;)
My only complaint was with the service. There was no problem with the ordering of the food but we were engaged in a conversation between friends who hadn't seen each other for some time and were interrupted every five minutes with did we want this? Did we have enoigh bread? How were the first bites? Etc. And it wasn't the aame person but at least three different people. And I was trying to send off, politely, please leave is alone vibes. The table needs to be "read" better. Otherwise the occasion loses some of its enjoyment.
A few of us arrived early and they seated us right away. Server was courteous and knowledgeable. Service was quick without rushing us, server was around but didn’t hover. Food was excellent as were the drinks. They didn’t rush us out the door. We stayed for over two hours. Ambiance was good. Music wasn’t too loud as to impede conversation. Will definitely return.
I had a wonderful evening meal and (several) drinks here, with my sister. Absolutely gorgeous, lush and thoughtfully designed decor and several different dining rooms and area, make for an absolutely delightful ambience - whether for a night out with your sis, a group of colleagues, birthday gathering or a cozy, romantic date. The service was friendly and prompt, and the food was delicious. If I lived in Ottawa, this place would be a real trap! :) Highly recommended.
Poor service from waitress. Very slow and the place wasn’t crowded. She disappeared for a while before our main course came out (which was served by someone else) and never came back until after we finished. Ordered a medium steak. The steak was medium but charred on the outside to the point of being bitter tasting with every bit. But since she disappeared I had little choice... and when she did finally come back she never asked how the food was.
Definitely not worth the money we spent.
We used to come here years ago, and the food was always excellent. It was great for a special occasion. Things have slipped a long way! Starting with the positives, the patio was a great place to eat on a warm evening, and the service was friendly and very knowledgeable. We had a glass of prosecco and some calamari from the Happy Hour menu: the wine was fine, but the calamari was leathery and devoid of interesting taste. It also took a long time to come.
The main course came quickly, but was very disappointing. My lamb was perfectly cooked, but was supposed to be a dish with indian spices. They were hard to discern, and the flavours were disappointing. My wife's dish was not much better. The Spanish wine was excellent, however! The wine list is impressive, if pricey.
I had the vanilla creme brulee for dessert, which was awful - a gelatinous blob.
We will not be returning anytime soon unless they get a new chef.
I have been to Social many times and have always had a good meal. There were 5 of us there and all of us were really disappointed in our meal this time. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was empty. I'm not sure if the usual chef was away and everyone else knew so stayed away but this experience was a major change for me
Walked over from our condo across the street, having been to Social several times in the past. This was our first trip back post renovation.. Looks great. Food generally amazing with the exception way too much salt on the Pasta on multiple occasions. (Note- explained to us as the Pasta sous chef is a smoker so he has less sensitive palate- always resolved to our complete satisfaction) This specific occasion we waited 10 minutes after being seated, no server arrived. After attempting for 5 minutes to catch an eye of an employee still no server, we decided to leave and we to another restaurant. Not what we had expected, hopefully an off night.
Had dinner at the newly renovated Social. We tried some appetizers (scallops, flat bread and calamari) all were outstanding. Main course was just as appetizing. Staff were friendly and attentive as always. Generally Manger took time to speak with us as well. Overall a wonderful experience. Definitely will go back.
Ordered a chef "special" that was not as advertised and had to wait for properly prepared special after my guest ate alone. The "only 1 slot left" at 5 pm ( the place was empty except for 2-3 tables) and "no tables" at 6 pm was an out right lie or manipulation by either the restaurant or Open Table. The total dining experience including the actual reservation process was bust.
Quality of food mediocre at best.
The atmosphere was soothing and calm. My friends and I enjoyed our time there without any problems. The staff were friendly, knew the menu very well and made sure we were taken care of. The food came fast and was delicious. The menu prices might be seem a tad pricey to most; but considering the quality of the food and the ingredients in the dishes, it makes sense. Great place to sit down and have a conversation with friends, a date or colleagues. Highly recommend!
The food was excellent but there was just not enough of it. I am a petite woman and I generally like small portions but this was too small. Ordered the duck confit & got a duck leg on a beet purée with 3 or 4 cherry size potatoes sliced in half with a beet or 2 . I was still hungry. The dish should have had more vegetables & a side for a $30 price tag. Wine list for 8oz glass of wine was very pricey.
"Social" carries wine from Prince Edward County. We ordered a Norman Hardie Chardonnay; it was superb!
I reserved for 8:30 which is later than I typically prefer, since I enjoy... lingering. And, we did linger. Nonetheless, the staff gave no indication that we had overstayed our welcome. The service was professional, friendly and unobtrusive.
The young lady I was escorting, a vegetarian, was free to order off-menu, and she was pleased with the results.
A particularly pleasant evening all round. We'll be back.
It has potential, but our experience was hit and miss. Great service backed up by an inconsistent kitchen. Some of the dishes were delightful (bread and pasta) others were woefully undercooked (squid and lamb). The quality control needs to be raised to the level of the prices.
We went to your place based on a reference.
1- The chairs outside are really uncomfortable.
2- The service received by your waiter gave us the impression that we had to rush.
3- The waiter could not even say bonjour or merci which is pretty rare in The Ottawa Gatineau région. Nonetheless, we gave him a 33$ Tip.
4- For The appetizers my wife took The tartarre which was dry and not tasty. I took the scallops which were excellent.
5- For The main course, my wife took The schrim raviolli but she did not like it. I took The ling club. Both meals were not tasty and in our opinion to expensive.
C'était notre première visite au Social. Nous y allions d'abord pour entendre notre ami, Jean-Pierre Allain, au piano (3 août). Puis nous avons découvert un lieu très sympathique. Nous aurions voulu manger dehors mais un orage subit nous a obligées à rentrer à l'intérieur. Très beau décor. Le service a été impeccable. Les charcuteries que nous avons partagées ne nous ont pas tellement plu. Les trois personnes que nous étions avons aimé le «salami» mais pas les 2 autres viandes trop grasses à notre goût. La salade du fermier, je crois, était amère et manquait de légumes. Il y avait trop de laitue à notre goût. Le pain, le vin et le dessert - gelato frit - étaient divins!
The place looked beautiful. The menu seemed inventive...but it just missed the mark. Where is really counted in taste...it fell short. At $200 for he two of us - it should have delivered. Fail. Hopefully the chef was on holidays and this was a one off...otherwise, go back to chef school and learn it all over again.
Très bel endroit, un peu à l'écart des restaurants touristiques de ByMarket. Nous avons dîné à l'intérieur mais le restaurant dispose d'une belle cour ombragée. Les plats servis étaient très originaux et le service assuré par Sarah a été exceptionnel. Une adresse incontournable à Ottawa !
Went to this place again after a review in the newspaper about a new menu and reno. We tried the oysters ($1 each !!!) frog legs and squid from the "Happy Hour" snack menu - oysters were from PEI & excellent. The squid was a bit tough and the battered & fried frog legs were wet/soggy when they arrived. Both had the same dipping sauce that was pretty bland. the server was very pleasant and gave us the wine "no charge" due to a long wait for food despite a near-empty dining room & ordering before 6. Overall - I was expecting a better meal & experience. My 1st visit here was much better so may try this again .....
Loved the decor of the restaurant. Our server was outstanding, very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Only one problem. My sister ordered the shrimp ravioli. It was tiny. She went home hungry. My brother in law and husband has the seasonal pasta and I had the hen. All were excellent. We didn't go home hungry.
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