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Play Food & Wine

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$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
1 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hanger steak” (94 reviews)
“gnocchi” (133 reviews)
“pork belly” (115 reviews)
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Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My daughter and I had a wonderful and relaxing meal. Small plates are perfect..we started with cheese plate.. and shared gnocchi (heavenly..melt in your mouth) and sea bass (fresh, tangy with black bulgar ). Extensive wine list with many by the glass. I would come...More

Thank Louise M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Swift and skillful service. Had 2 allergies and a menu was provided with choices upon arrival so very impressed. Seasoning was bang on all 3 dishes (gnocchi, duck and hanger steak). Excellent wine pairings and the sourdough bread was so great! Really made well. Hands...More

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall good, but not great. I enjoyed my meal, but debated on whether to give this place 3 or 4 stars. 3 is unfair, but 4 is somewhat generous. Maybe I expect better based on other reviews. Would I go back? Maybe, but I will...More

Thank Travellerwithoutname
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps for a one-off or special occasion? Sure. But not a regular "this is our house" thing, no. Not for me at least. I'd go broke. Small plates, nicely executed. Quite delicious, all of them. We shared a charcuterie with some Chard and moved from...More

1  Thank JayCl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had been there before but forgot that food comes very quickly after it is ordered... Would have been helpful if waiter had warned us against ordering three dishes simultaneously after we had finished charcuterie board: our table was covered with serving dishes! Nonetheless great...More

Thank Pozzo11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food choices but not a fine dining experience. More informal and quick bite ! However they serve small dishes and main courses (aka tapas ) and some can be great !

Thank 4lawoffice
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had dinner on a Monday evening and the restaurant was busy and vibrant. The waiter was polite, friendly and efficient and was quite knowledgeable about the wines. We ultimately choose a playful Beaujolais to go with the dinner. The restaurant has a pure vegan...More

Thank bcsanders
Reviewed 15 March 2018

We stepped in from the cold March night, and were warmly welcomed! We had an excellent dinner. The service was wonderful. We’ll definitely come again when we’re back in Ottawa.

Thank alwaysthebirds
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Absolutely lovely staff, very attentive. Atmosphere was great. Food I would say is average. Some dishes a bit too salty. I was not a fan of the octopus (fishy taste:$). Clams was my fav dish on the menu.

Thank dkspecial57
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Had a business dinner at Play. I was impressed with the range of choices. And I enjoyed the small plate concept. All the dishes I had were very well prepared and presented. Though we were more than 25, service was attentive. I will go back.

Thank YKexplorers
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Andres I
8 December 2017|
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Response from caravino1 | Reviewed this property |
I recommend a reservation. We did not have one, but were able to sit at the bar, which we enjoy. So it wasn't a problem for us, if you want a table, make a reservation.
Brad C
29 May 2017|
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Response from Sarah W | Reviewed this property |
Hi From what I can remember, it is not wheel chair accessible. The restaurant is on the ground floor but you have to go up a couple of steps to enter.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$86
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-667-9207
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