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Social - Ottawa

4.5
582 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Bistro
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro, French / Canadian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Mon- Sat 11:30am - 3:00pm
Social Hour Daily 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - Close.
CLOSED Sundays (January - May)
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Phone number
(613) 789-7355
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Martin Levesque
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Catering
Let us host your next corporate dinner or special occasion. We love to celebrate! Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
George / York
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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.
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Public transit
There are public transit stops on Rideau street and at the Rideau Center (which is within walking distance).
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Entertainment
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.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour every day!from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 582 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnneC 
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We dined there for Valentines 2018. A fixed menu. We were seated at a wonderful table. The service was delightful and friendly. The food was delicious. Good selection of Wine. Knowledgeable staff. They have a summer patio located at the back of the restaurant in this beautiful stone courtyard. Very Quebec City-ish... We would go there again.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Quality of food was good.
They need work on veggie options. The set menu app was just the meat removed (half the value). Staff was really nice. Our waitor disappeared for a while and none of our food for such great dishes were explained to us. It was alright. Nothing was bad. Just missing the details to make it special. The bartender and the cocktails were epic.

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JoelleC (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Valentine's day menu was more limited than I thought. The food was good, not great for the price. The cheese souffle was warm, not hot. I'm not sure if the rating for the food is fair considering this isn't your typical menu but we were disappointed in the food unfortunately.

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richardroy (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We shared the Oysters and salad but we each had the Duck confit, it was just perfectly delicious. As we were full and satiated we did not have a chance to experience the desserts.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Visiting my daughter . The food was yummy and the waitress was very nice . She was pleasant not pushy and very attentive st the same time. Excellent bonding with my adult children.

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Thomas (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

The staff are wonderful and friendly and the food was great. The ambience is beautiful at night with the candles at every table. I would absolutely recommend for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Great spot- food was amazing. Not a lot on the menu which is fine and most of the dishes are quite rich. Lovely overall and would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

They treated us like old friends. Great service and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was delicious and the ambiance amazing. We will return!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was awesome and service was terrific. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. The ambience was warm and friendly. We will definately go back again.

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TamB (Montreal)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been going to social for a while now and was very excited to take my sister there for her first time. The food was out of this world, delicious and well presented.

Our waiter on the other hand is a different story. Several times throughout the night we had to ask a different server, the hostess and the people delivering water for assistance. She was very cold towards us and I stead of seeing if we wanted dessert after our meal we watched her do a shot at one table and share wine at another. Extremely frustrating when all you would like is a dessert menu. It also took more than 10 minutes for her to come with the machine to pay, we ended up asking the hostess walking by.

It's really left a sour taste in my mouth because I was so excited to take my sister there. If it wasn't for the food I wouldn't go back.

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Josee (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

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 ;)

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OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

I just love this place, one of my constant Ottawa faves. I had to go and test out the new chef and loved everything from our amazing waiter, to the food, gorgeous ambiance...no no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Great - booked a table for 13 only 10 mins before arriving. Couldn't have been more accommodating, seated our large table with minimal fuss quickly after we arrived. Both the food and the service were very good, everyone had an enjoyable evening. I would definitely return should I visit Ottawa again.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
2.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

I selected Social to impress a visitor. It is an impressive space but almost empty for Saturday lunch. Good service. I ordered a warm beet salad. Beets were not warm and rest of salad tasteless. It seemed not to have any dressing. Disappointing.

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MaryHam1 (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent spot for a birthday. Ambiance was great! Quiet enough to have conversations as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

A really delightful brunch menu! This restaurant was a hidden gem and I’m happy to have discovered it with my good friend today. The menu ranged from traditional breakfast items to a delicious duck confit! Truly wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Good food, hip atmosphere with someone spinning tunes in Saturday night. Service was slow and off.

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vipTheOldie (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Brunch with friends. Very good, unhurried service delivering standard menu items - with especially wonderful bacon.

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
1.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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Cdcd (Mexico City)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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vipOttawop (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

One of the few reliably good hipster-type restaurants in O-town. They recently completed an expansion and renovation. Beautiful chic decor. Thankfully food and menu still excellent!

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LisaArtW (Ottawa)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

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.

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Grumpy (Naples)
1.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

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