Social - Ottawa
We had a lovely dinner on Saturday Nov 30th. The restaurant was beautiful and the food delicious. However we were VERY disappointed with how we were greeted. We had a reservation for 6:45 and showed up early (6:30) When we were greeted by the hostess she was taking our coats while advising us that the table was booked for 8:15 and we would need to be finished our meal by 8 in order for them to clean up in time. I'm sorry but we hadn't even been seated and were told we needed to leave rather soon. When you are about to spend $$$$ on a good meal then last thing you want is to feel rushed. Especially since it was my husbands birthday. We told her that is wasn't appropriate to tell a customer this upon entering and her reaction was to smile and shrug her shoulders! Again the food and restaurant are amazing we just had a bad beginning to our evening.
We had a reservation for 8:30 but we only got to our table after 9:00pm because the current occupiers of the table paid and stayed seated. However, the only reason they left was because I brought it up to the hostess. So, I’m not sure how much longer we would’ve waited if I didn’t bring it up. Other than that, it was a great time.
Had an awesome Mother, Daughter date service was great and the food was awesome
Very nice place, trendy and cosy decor in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Service was overbearing though with waiters interrupting your conversation every five minutes to ask again and again if the food was good or if you wanted anything else (even though plates and glasses were still "unempty". My pasta dish (mushroom cream, I thought the style was Italian or French), was way too spicy for my tastes. I'd be surprised the chef had envisaged it this way. Overall very nice, but something still missing to make it great experience.
Amazing food, amazing service, esp. the waitress I had, she was lovely and so pleasant. Kudos as she made the evening that much wonderful!
Service slow to get food. Noise level to our party of 4 unacceptably loud. Asked to lower the volume of the background music and were told unable to do do. Chose this restaurant over others because noise did not seem to be a factor. Kitchen very slow even though we appeared to be ahead of the crowd. Our server tried her best the fish was overdone & the cauliflower steak although tasty was “too hard” making chewing difficult. This was for a special occadion snd was a disappointment.
Wonderful experience. Food and drink are great. Service is really good.
Nice cute place with good ambiance. Menu offer a good variety of options but the prices are slightly overpriced. The quality of food is good .
In and out in less than an hour... they remove the appetizer and give us our main course in the same 15 secondes. Not really romantic. We were sitting close to 2 groups of 15-20 peoples..
We receive the drinks/beverage in the same time we ordered our meals... we had 4 waitresses, the last one was nice.
The rillette and the duck was great, the salmon was a little bit overcooked but it was too fast to enjoy anything.
The building/deco is really nice. There were too much light on the beginning but they deemed the light nicely after we asked.
Have been to Social on many occasions and have never been disappointed. Always great food and service.
It was the worse service we ever had in a restaurant!!!
Literally one of my top 10 meals...we shared the charcuterie board which was amazing and mouth watering, i had the linguine and have been craving it ever since. My friend had the burger which she thought was amazing. we finished with the creme brulee which we both had a moment because of how good it is, i also had a bottle of a 2013 bordeaux, amazing flavor profile and our waitress and other people throughout the night were so friendly and wonderful we've decided to make it a yearly trek to come here
Terrific food. Creative. Fresh. Comfort food with a very original twist. Delicious and perfectly served by Attentive, thoughtful and highly professional staff. Perfect vibe. A great place for a celebration, or just a dinner together for no particular reason. One the best spots in the Market...and Ottawa.
The seafood pastas tasted nothing , had to order extra sauce.
The lamb wasn't tender and the plate was ok, not worth the price.
The califlower steak was really basic, not much flavour in it.
Overall, the service was good.
We had good wine and oysters.
Way too expensive for the food quality, would not recommand.
Social was recommended to me to bring my work team to by a friend. We had been at a conference all day and we were starving. We would have otherwise complained of our food if we weren’t so hungry. Although edible it did not match the price point of the menu. For example, I had the salmon and it was extremely dry with very little flavour. Definitely was not fresh salmon. Others ordered the daily pasta and the pasta was not cooked enough and I’m not saying it was cooked el dente, it could have been cooked more. Was really looking forward to good food!! The atmosphere was really great though!
We go to the Social for dinner every time we’re in Ottawa which is 2-3 times a year. This occasion was very disappointing; the service was unbelievably slow, the soup was under seasoned, the lamb over cooked and the salmon was over cooked on the first order and then the replacement was almost completely raw. On top of that, our bread order was given to someone else. The manager was concerned about the salmon order but didn’t seem interested in hearing the other issues. He sent shots to each of us at the end of our meals but none of us wanted a shot of liquor. Maybe taking one of our drinks off the bill would be more appropriate. The staff were all very friendly but I’m not sure that will be enough to make us come back. Overall, very disappointing night.
Service was excellent and enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
Very cool atmosphere. Servers were so accommodating and went far above what was expected. Food was delicious and as promised.
Our waiter was incredible!!! Even served both couples a glass of Champaign when he heard we were double dating for our 11th wedding anniversaries. Amazing service.
We heard a lot about the restaurant. Service was great. Location was great. Food was ok. Nothing special. We had the seafood linguine & duck confit. I really expected more on the food.
Would go back to try something else.
I have been at Social many times; Though the food always good the level of noise was very unbearable. The last time We noticed changes on the decoration and the music level was bearable. We certainly will come back.
At the table for 30 minutes with family of 6 celebrating a birthday before being served a drink. 6:45 pm scheduled dinned appointment on a Saturday. Understaffed. Way overpriced for quality off food and service.
Came to Social for our first wedding anniversary dinner. We were so pleased with the drinks, food and service! I had the seafood linguine which was amazing. Portions were very good. Also had the crème brûlée for dessert, amazing! Would highly recommend, we will be back.
I was very excited to try the social as I had heard from friends that is was very good, however when I ordered my meal I was very disappointed that the food was boring and not very tasty. I ordered the chicken and there was nothing great about it at all. Also my husband ordered the steak and for $48 it was definitely nothing to write home about. Also the steak did not come with a side which was quite disappointing. I would not recommend this restaurant as it was definitely very expensive for the quality you got. Also our drinks were not great. I ordered a spicy bloody mary and it was very watered down with hardly any taste.
Location and Ambiance is very good ! Had been here before and was always quite satisfied however this time was disappointed with food quality and quantity.
Waiter was great, funny and provided wonderful service. He really made our visit special. Both the waiter & the chef easily accommodated my (less common) food intolerance with a slight dish modification which made my dining experience wonderful! Great ambience on the patio for all 4 of us!
Food was not good.... salmon dry and no flavour at all. Lamb was tough and fatty. Service was even worse that then food. Water served warm and no offer of more water for the rest of our meal. Server was not good for this type of dining. Name??? We went using our gift card. Son was very disappointed as he had bought 2 each for $100.00
Salmon under heating lamps for a long time - completely dry. Seafood pasta with canteen type sauce. Poor wine list. Service good. Over-hyped and pretentious, but very nice courtyard (in summer).
Hi RichardB, Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, as I would very much like to discuss your concerns so that we may address any issues that you had. We have a professional staff that takes these reviews to heart and want to ensure that you, and all guests do not have an experience like you described. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you.
We went for our anniversary. Initially we were sat outside (our request) but as the evening progressed and temperatures dropped a little we asked to be moved inside and this was no trouble at all. Todd was our waiter and he was amazing. His breadth of knowledge of various gins and wines to accompany our meal was impressive. Nothing was too much for him. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with incredible food. We had the wild boar, lamb, duck and cheese board. Absolutely devine. Thank you !
Hi LeenaG, Thank you so much for your kind words, and congratulations again on your anniversary! Todd and all of us at Social look forward to hosting you again and wish you all the best!
Unfortunately I ordered the salmon and it came very overdone. The waiter acknowledged the issue and spoke with the chef and then apologized but was still charged for the total plate, when more than half was not eaten.
Food was great, Todd our server was very knowledgeable and very nice, atmosphere was great. Would definitely recommend.
Food was great but took extremely long to arrive, they later told us that there was a mix up in the kitchen and our food was just cooking.
Great location, yummy food and a beautiful patio and décor.
10/10 would recommend!
The patrio at Social is lovely. It's very cozy with the couches and trees overhead. The happy hour specials are excellent. The sliders are delicious and so are the squash croquettes. I would definitely recommend for the patio and happy hour. The service on the patio is excellent as well.
Food was great - Moroccan Lamb and a burger - both were very good. Our server was super sweet. The wine was delicious. But the service was extremely slow - and I mean it. We got bread with an apology - at the same time as our entres and waited for over 30 min for a standard dessert. For a restaurant of this caliber it is unacceptable.
The appetizers were ok but main meals were wonderful
Thank you so much for your visit Linda! We are very happy you enjoyed your dinner, and we will up our appetizer game for you next visit!
Great food although a bit of a slow wait and th a/c didn't appear to be working on the hot day we visited.
Went for Sunday Brunch. Restaurant was quite empty but service was very slow. Food was good. Overall ambience was good.
While the food was good, the service was horrible. The server was slow, did not come back and we were unable to order a second round of drinks because we couldn’t find her.