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Play Food & Wine

#8 of 2,182 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Byward Market Area
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food and service are consistently very good and because the tables are not crowded together, the ambiance is rather quiet and conducive to conversation

Thank Mariette H
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have a poor wine selection since they're either too young, cheap or sweet. However, the dishes are pretty good other than the fish dishes (I tried six dishes and only the fish dishes weren't that good).

Thank Kimia A
Redwood City
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If I lived in Ottawa, Play would be my neighborhood restaurant: A casual place where the food is always better-than-good, the service is friendly and attitude-free, the wine and cheese are carefully curated (thank you, Peter and Steven) and the vibe is up-beat and open. It's a great place for a cocktail and a snack, even better for long lunch... More 

Thank Michael A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We are vegan and had heard through the local Vegetarian Association that Play Food and Wine had a vegan menu. They do, with 4 options for entrees and as many appetizers. Everything was perfect, from the food to the wine to the staff to the decor. Lots of creativity, freshness, flavours and textures. It is so rare that we (vegan)... More 

Thank Marie-Paule Isa G
Ottawa, Canada
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I dined here on Friday, February 17th for a late lunch. We live in Ottawa and it's always our spot when in the market area. The lunch for two for 22 is a wonderful steal especially paired with the wine suggestions. We originally were seated downstairs but asked to go upstairs. It's often quieter and less busy.... More 

Thank Ladybugtraveller74
Alberta, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Variety of food and wine. The servings are smaller and the expectation is that you will purchase at least two mains (which is reasonable given their reasonable prices). Diversity of food and wine allowed all members of our party of 10 to find something they enjoyed. Service was a bit slow (but friendly).

Thank f0restspirit
Richmond Hill, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was excellent. We were in a group of 8. You need to order 3 dishes to share among 2 people, because the quantity is small; so go with someone who has similar taste. The steak tartar was OK...nothing to write home about. My friend and I had different tastes for cheese, so that did not go too well.... More 

Thank tennisanyone2017
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was perfect at Play for dinner last night. The cheese selections were all great and the dishes we chose were perfect. Will definitely return.

Thank Laura V
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went there for Valentine's Day with my boyfriend and it was so good!!! We had the plate with the figues and mandarines with had amazing flavours, the blue cheese gnocchis which melted in your mouth and then the boar sausage. It was not our favorite since we really like wild meat and was not prepared like usual but it... More 

Thank Pascale D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly...thanks Alex for helping with our group booking, Alex kept a clear line of communication while I tried to organize a surprise party for my wife (a fair amount of back and forth). Food was fine service perfect. Brought a special cake ( nominal plating charge, and worth it). There were no issues. Happy to give a positive review.

Thank Matt D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$86
Wine Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-667-9207

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?