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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 has a variety of private and semi private dining rooms and lounges to suit your event needs. We have dining rooms that are a perfect choice for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, client appreciation dinners, pharmaceutical presentations, special family occasions, networking events and more!
Social - Ottawa Ratings and Reviews
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.
I was appalled with the poor quality of food. The burger buns were rock solid, there was little to no dressings in the burger, and the lettuce looked like a leaf that the Chef picked off of the tree on the patio. My date's meal was also quite disappointing in terms of how it tasted. The fumes from the cheeses were quite putrid.
The ambiance was amazing and the service was very attentive. We love the main dining room on a nice day. Oh we really wanted to like it!!! The appetizer was awesome and it was creative and beautiful and very unique (land and asparagus) and the dessert was incredible (gellato and chocolate cake) but our main course was awful. We all 3 ordered the eggs benny and the eggs were all overcooked, the mushrooms were rubbery, the english muffin was on some kind of horrible gluten free looking piece of cardboard and this was all accompanied by a sad stack of spinach leaves and some overcooked diced potatoes. I wish we had ordered SOMETHING else between the 3 of us just to see what else there was to offer. Also the wait between courses was incredibly long.
My fiance and I went to Social on a date night. It had a nice atmosphere and the servers were quite friendly. They got our order wrong and noticed almost immediately and fixed things. I would say it's a fun modern restaurant in downtown Ottawa. However it is nothing to special. I would go back but I am not in a rush.
We had a lovely dinner at Social--a very short walk from our hotel. My husband and I both had a very tasty roasted tomato soup to start--we then had a great pasta special and the burger as main dishes. The burger is made in house and is fresh, meaty and rich. It comes with an abundance of fries and a fabulous aioli sauce. The waiter was friendly, attentive and very eager to answer our questions about menu selections. The decor is lovely and tables are spaced well.
The only issue we have with Social is the very loud music played by a DJ (we were there on a Saturday night ). Most of the diners had in fact come for the food, although there were a few enjoying drinks at the bar. The patrons ranged in age from 20-60--average age being in the higher range (40s-50s). It was not easy to have a conversation with the dance/house music. If the crowd later in the evening is more interested in a bar/club experience, then why not let the diners eat and talk, and bring in the wine drinking Dj later on in the evening ( after 10:30). I have been to hundreds of restaurants in the past few years in many cities around the world, and have not ever encountered a DJ playing such loud thumping music in a 'Fine dining' setting.
This was not my first trip to Social. The service is always impeccable, and Giuseppe's pronunciation of the Italian dishes were almost enough reason to return. The drinks were excellent, as were the meals. I had the lamb, which was done really nicely, and the pea mash with it was of a perfect texture. We shared a nice dessert of Stilton chocolate cake that used the Stilton to perfection to keep the chocolate from being overly sweet.
The after-dinner drink was especially a nice touch. I'll go back to Social anytime.
Both my wife and I frequent Social every 3 months or so and I look forward to it every time I make a reservation. I always start with a "Peartini" which are amazing (sometimes I go crazy and have 2!). My wife had the Kale salad to start which was hearty and tasty. Each time I go, I switch between the ribeye steak which is "so flavourful" and the tender rack of lamb with mushy peas - very interesting and tasty combination. The creme brule was excellent! But most of all, we are always served by one of two servers who we now know and enjoy seeing. We feel very welcomed when we go there. I encourage you to try Social, which is a key place to dine in Ottawa!
Keep up the good work,
A fantastic three course meal with wine pairings for New Year's Eve. My wife began with the seared scallops and I had the duck carpaccio: both were fantastic! Next came my wife's beef tenderloin and I had the bouillabaisse which was not only memorable but well executed and flavourful. The banana cake putting dessert and my wife's chocolate boost cake were an indulgent end to a stellar meal.
The wine pairings were perfect. This is in Ottawa gem, though pricey, it is certainly worth it.
I have eaten at a many fantastic restaurants in Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Las Vegas, and this one competes with all of them.
Hi, we have been to your restaurant many times, this summer we were there 3 times and it was great, we were just there this past Sunday, it was horrible I hate to say. We had the cod and it was inedible. The chef tried it and actually said yes it's probably not that fresh, we thought we were going to be sick so we stopped eating it. Then they compt , we had the chocolate cake and apple crumble, again both terrible the cake was so dry, any way we do love your place, like I said we e been there often, maybe Sunday's are not a good night to go. ? I'm glad you gave us (4) in total the chance to comment,, good luck moving forward on your Sunday night meals!!!
Ambience at social was amazing - very cozy setting for brunch. The brunch itself was a total let down. Somehow they could not poach eggs to the requested level. Had to send back my plate once for a re-do - gave up after the second error and stuck to coffee and juice (which also had to be re-done, first serving of juice was more pulp smoothie)
Had heard mostly great things about this restaurant but with a few caveats since their renovation. We were first timers so nothing to compare to, but overall the decor and noise level (it is the busy Christmas season I know) almost made the experience a writeoff - thankfully the food more than compensated. Also the wait staff seemed very rushed and not overly friendly. Not sure I'd rush back - I suspect there are other places I'd try first.
We have been to Social many times and we always have an excellent meal. In the past, I had enjoyed their peartini, and even though it was no longer on the menu, they made me one. Thanks! I started with the scallops which were very tasty and tender. I really enjoyed the collard greens and the crunchiness of a few pieces of popcorn in the dish. For my main, I had the rack of lamb, which came with a tasty gramola (spelling?), fingerling potatoes and mushy peas. What an interesting melange and the rack of lamb was the most tender I have ever had. I will order it again the next time I go, which will be soon. My wife had the beet salad and the always excellent burger. If we had one minor concern, the beets were very undercooked, almost raw and difficult to cut.
Well done Social!
Celebrated our sons engagement . We were given a beautiful table in front of the window . Once seated they brought flutes of Prosecco which was totally unexpected but definitely set the tone for the evening . Our server was attentive and knowledgable . I had the ling cod which was grilled to perfection . The decor is refined without being stuffy . Thank you Social for a wonderful night to remember !
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