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.
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).
Private Party Facilities:
The lower lounge is a private area that can accommodate up to 18 people for dinner. The S-Lounge - a private dining room for groups of 28 or combined with the adjacent room can seat up to 50 guests. There is also the upper lounge area that can host up to 24 people for a sit down dinner. Last but not least there is the front dining room. This area has an open feel and can accommodate up to 28 people for a dinner. There are many options which can accommodate anything from large business meetings to intimate parties.
Private Party Contact:
Eleanor Quesnel: 613-789-7355x
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
Had heard mostly great things about this ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 !
overall the experience was awesome. the ...
overall the experience was awesome. the atmosphere was very upbeat and unique. service was very good staff was knowledgeable and very accommodating. prices were a touch on the high side which was expected. overall 5 stars and will go again.
We were 2 people and out table was right ...
We were 2 people and out table was right next to the window. I can tell you that it was a very cold windy night and that made sitting by the window very uncomfortable.
I asked for my steak to be cooked medium and it was over done.
My glass of wine from the bar had some of the top metal cover from the wine glass in the glass. As it was red wine I only found out towards my last sip of the glass.
The server was very gracious and instead of coming back with another glass of wine she arrived with 2 shots. I don't think the resto understands that should I have not noticed the piece of metal wrapper in the glass and I consumed it could have led to a serious law suit.
Overall felt cramped and uncomfortable at our seat. My steak was over cooked and I was still charged the full price of the steak
We went there for a dinner for two on a ...
We went there for a dinner for two on a Sunday evening. The waitress was very polite and attentive. The Oysters were some of the best we've ever had, the cheese board was incredible, the seasonal pasta was fresh and al dente, and the rabbit dish was delicious. We will definitely be returning to order the oysters and try the other menu options.
Well located, in Byward Market. Food was ...
Well located, in Byward Market. Food was very good, especially liked the beet salad and kale salad . The oysters were also very good. We were in a large group and everyone enjoyed the mains that they ordered. We had a variety of dishes eg duck, rabbit, steak and frites, I had the ling cod which was perfectly cooked, delicate, with large flakes that were delicious.
We had a good meal at Social - was brunc ...
We had a good meal at Social - was brunch on the weekend; friendly staff, very good food, though the service was a bit slow, nothing to complain about. It's in a great location in the Market and great for people watching. Good place to have a social gathering too.
Service was attentive and unobtrusive. H ...
Service was attentive and unobtrusive. Have dined here numeorous times and although the food was good on this occasion the main meals were not hot when they arrived. Both the beet and the kale salads were delicious while both the salmon and the steak frites were disappointing as they were lukewarm. We did not mention to the wait staff as we were pressed for time.
We met friends for lunch a few days ago. ...
We met friends for lunch a few days ago. We liked the decor and atmosphere but frankly, the food was a disappointment. The burger in the daily special kept popping out of the bun and was messy. The kale Caesar was not a hit but our friend liked the dressing. The fish and chips were also less than anticipated. The fish servings were small, the fries greasy, and there was no side of cole slaw or other vegetable which is customary. And for $18, I would have expected to have halibut or haddock rather than cod. My wife would have loved to order a cocktail but at $12-$15 each, they are just too expensive. The table was a bit large for us but private and the service was good.
I have been to Social at least a dozen t ...
I have been to Social at least a dozen times over the years. Food is fairly consistent. Had the duck confit which was very nice. Good sized duck leg with decent portion of veggies and potatoes. It came with a 'basil pea puree', unfortunately the basil was overpowering and could not really taste the pea. They also appeared to use a basil that has a strong minty flavor associated with it on top of that! On a positive note, they've improved their bread, now 2 types of baguette: white and multigrain with raisins.
Desert selection very limited - basically 4 items and most of which are very unorthodox. Not one chocolate selection. Don't come here with big hopes on dessert.
As always, it was excellent. The wait s ...
As always, it was excellent. The wait staff is always good at informing about the ingredients used and the courtyard is always nice to enjoy during nice weather evenings. This is one of the restaurants I know will be consistently good as far as food, service, and atmosphere is concerned.
My friends and I went to Social to celeb ...
My friends and I went to Social to celebrate a special occasion and we were very well taken care of by the staff while we were there! Our bartender Tanya was incredible! She made sure that we enjoyed all our drinks and the food we ordered (and even went out of her way to make custom drinks for us)! It was a wonderful night, and the staff made it even more wonderful! I can't say enough good things about our experience at Social!
Pureed yam with coconut served with the ...
Pureed yam with coconut served with the wild salmon was not well-balanced.... very little taste of the coconut .
Wine was overpriced.
Presentation of the Kaffir lime pie with meringue topping was disappointing.
Balsamic coulis on the brownie with blue cheese was messy rather than decorative. However, the brownie was excellent.
Limited menu and food very pricey. Wine ...
Limited menu and food very pricey. Wine mark-ups ridiculously high. $60 for a so-so Chardonnay, and that was the least expensive. By-the-glass selections and prices also unimpressive. Have been to Social several times in the past and had very good dining experiences ... this time was more than a disappointment and we won't go back or recommend it.
It was my birthday and I wanted duck con ...
It was my birthday and I wanted duck confit. I researched and found that Social's confit was supposed to be wonderful - and it was! I ordered PEI oysters with a martini and loved it! My husband enjoyed the warm mushroom salad and the duck confit. The service was extraordinary. Thanks for a great birthday meal.
We opted for a tapas style ordering of m ...
We opted for a tapas style ordering of most of the appetisers. Although the food was not exceptional, there were some high notes (the mushroom on toast, the octopus, the pork belly) and the service was truly noteworthy - our waitress knew her role, knew the menu instinctively and was great at explaining and selling it. My friend and I were reunited after several years not seeing each other and it was a perfect setting. We would definitely come back and I would recommend it, absolutely.
Very disappointing. Wine selection was u ...
Very disappointing. Wine selection was unimaginative, limited and of poor value. More disappointing and somewhat shocking was getting served HALF a small Cornish hen as my main course.
Who does this and why? The Market is a tourist trap and Social appears to be taking advantage. It's too bad because the food is pretty good but the value is horrendous. Charging $18 for a large pour of mediocre wine and serving customers small portions is insulting. Finally, the coffee, both decaf and regular is amazingly horrible and should be avoided. There are many better options in Ottawa and in the Market for dinner.
I requested the room with the window ove ...
I requested the room with the window overlooking the courtyard - it was more private and suited our business appreciation dinner. We enjoyed before dinner drinks, appetizers and wine with our mains - our server was pleasant and didn't rush us but tended to our needs.
Social is an upscale restaurant that I would recommend to our friends and business associates.
The food is ok, but very expensive for ...
The food is ok, but very expensive for the quality (e.g. Fries are 8$, and the pork belly, while delicious, was $17 for an appetizer
The service left much to be desired, for starters they didn't bother to clarify whether I wanted at 5 or 8 oz. glass of wine; they simply brought me an 8 oz and charged $20 to the bill. 5 is standard - they should have asked instead of assuming. The server was very imposing and our group felt like we were constantly being interrupted by the server.
Overall, the atmosphere is nice, the food is ok, but it is all very overpriced (even by Byward market standards).
Of the four times we have been to this r ...
Of the four times we have been to this restaurant, this is the first time we encountered an issue with the service. Simply a missed order. Otherwise, this is a great restaurant with excellent staff. We will definitely be returning.
My wife and I had a lovely time at Socia ...
My wife and I had a lovely time at Social on Friday night. First, the staff was excellent, so accommodating and friendly. Second, the food was tasty and fresh with innovative combinations. We especially loved the mushroom pasta dish, light sauce, beautifully cooked pasta...yummy! Also, the fresh bread with truffle butter was exceptional.
An ideal evening in an Ottawa Courtyard.
Don't go to social if you are in a hurry- but the pacing of the meal, given that we had the time, was very nicely relaxed.
The charcuterie plate was really nicely varied, and the fish of the day served with a large-grain cous cous, was perfectly prepared.
I would return (and will)!
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