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).
Chef Christopher Craig
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, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour EVERYDAY from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Social - Ottawa Ratings and Reviews
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)!
Excellent as always!
With so many restaurants in Ottawa going the (con)fusion route. Great to see Social adhering to it's reliable continental european foods true to the cuisine. Only one downside this time around, for some strange reason, the DJ jacked up the music to Ibiza-clubbing levels by 9pm??!!! Made conversation very difficult for diners.
We have been here several times, but thi ...
We have been here several times, but this was the first time in several years. The appetizers were very good and diverse although a little too expensive to turn two into a full
meal. The main courses were quite disappointing sorry to say. The burger was swimming in mayonnaise and the quality of meat not up to the nearly $30 price tag. the drinks were great and I wondered why Social is not a drinks and small plates restaurant. Hard to get it all right by could use some help in the kitchen.
First visit to Ottawa and Social was highly recommended. One of our best meals ever. Sat on the lovely outdoor patio and were served promptly and professionally. Raisin bread was yummy, and wine though pricey was delicious. We had the mushroom and beet appetizers, and the duck and ling cod as entrees. All were superb. Dessert was also exceptional. Can't wait to go back!
I NEVER GIVE 5 stars and I did for this!!!!
What can I say... I have never give 5 stars on everything across the board BUT THIS PLAVE ROCKED! Food is AMAZING! Servers are AMAZING! The place is simply amazing! I went with a celebrity client who is VERY picky and he never goes back to a place more than once WE WENT 3 TIMES!!!!!! Can't wait till my next trip to Ottawa so I can go back! Nothing is bad about this place!
We loved the food but the portions were ...
We loved the food but the portions were small. Unfortunately, the price did not reflect the portion size and our appetizer cost $17 for 6-8 thin pieces of tuna. Even though the food is great, I will think twice before I go again.
We have been to social many times and al ...
We have been to social many times and always enjoyed ourselves and lived the food. This was our first visit with the new menu and was very disappointed that there was only one salad choice- Kale. I feel that I had to order food that I didn't necessarily want but for lack of alternates I had to settle. That being said- the food I did order was excellent. Unfortunately -we will not be returning.
My go-to restaurant in Ottawa
I've eaten here several times as part of business group meetings. Food has always been delicious, service attentive and helpful. On my own after a meeting last week, decided I'd see how they did for a solo diner. I was not disappointed. Delicious steak frites--both the steak and the frites were hot, flavorful, and perfect texture. Roasted beet salad was wonderful. All paired with a delightful Amarone. I'll be back.
We were celebrating our daughters iron ring ceremony from Ottawa U with family and friends. Since we'd already had appetizers @ the wine and cheese event, we just needed dinner but w a few options to share. The staff was very attentive and brought our shared plates already split which we all appreciated! The cod, mussels, fries, burger and calamari were all very tastey! thx Social!
Likely Most Dependable Restaurant in Ottawa
I've dined at Social easily a dozen times over the past decade (or more), there was at most one or two meals I was not happy with. One of the few good restaurants in the capital that has avoided the ubiquitous fusion-creep that is so pervasive here. Pure european continental (mainly french) cuisine done extremely well.
I had the Fried Calamari appetizer. Excellent. Lightly battered and buttery tender. Best calamari I've had in ages. For main course, I had the Duck Confit. Again, excellently prepared. Nice crispy skin, succulent savoury meat. It came with fingerling potatoes, parsnip and greens. All nicely done, not overcooked. A larger portion of veggies would have been nice. The one negative I would add is unfortunately, Social appears to have changed bakeries as the bread now is most definitely sub-par. Where they used to have nice crusty slices of a variety of hearty breads, they now have a white or multi-grain dinner roll. Something you'd expect more from a Swiss Chalet or St. Hubert, not a restaurant of Social's caliber.
Service was excellent. Friendly and well-informed without being overbearing.
Definitely still a highly-recommendable restaurant in a city where dining can be a nightmare!
Beautiful comfy setting and flavourful food.
It is my pleasure to recommend this classy restaurant.
My husband and I were going to an NAC event and needed a dinner spot close-by. This was the perfect spot.
There was a recent renovation and although the restaurant was elegant before, it is more beautiful and on trend. Loved the giant houndstooth fabric on the bar stools. The hexagon gold and black wallpaper is edgy and the light fixtures are modern and classic.
There are large banquettes everywhere with comfy cushions and great fabric. Lots of room to wiggle. The decorator/designer did a beautiful job of marrying new textured and elements with the traditional classic high ceilings and stonework. It feels warm and cozy.
Ok... Now the food...although I could give you a couple more paragraphs on the decor alone!
The menu is balanced and not too overwhelming. Great options! My husband ordered the short rib pappardelle with a sage cream sauce. Awesome! Pasta was definitely home made and cooked beautifully. The sauce was decadent tasting without being too rich. I ordered the traditional favourite of steak frites. The steak was full of taste and cooked a perfect medium. The portion sizes were suitable. Not too teeny and not over the top.
My steak came with a mini jug of a velvety white yummy sauce. I had dipped my fries in it, which was selfish but when I tried it with the steak it was AMAZING!!!!!!! They had a little bowl of blue cheese too apparently to top your steak. I passed as I am not a fan of blue cheese, but I am sure it would've been delicious.
Our server was sweet. She was helpful and attentive without bugging us. She did not rush us through our meal and was a cutie pie. I commented about the decor and she said she just loved working in such a beautiful environment. All the staff seemed upbeat and running around, working hard.
We actually are going back this week and taking our friends. It was that good!
There were food leftover (previous night ...
There were food leftover (previous night) on the seat (whole green bean + smaller pieces). Very ordinary duck confit (re heated). Coffee was served before desert, even if we commented against. We were told that the coffee was ready and that the desert needed preparation time (it was a frozen chocolate mousse with rasberry coulis...). In total only 6 people in the restaurant for this lunch, no overworked excuse possible. Since I was not impressed by two previous visits, this is the last one!
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