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Play Food & Wine

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gnocchi” (149 reviews)
“hanger steak” (101 reviews)
“pork belly” (118 reviews)
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12:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Hours
Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We all loved the food, the service, the ambiance and the decor. We celebrated a family dinner for our 50th wedding anniversary. These are some of the small plates we enjoyed: duck liver, beets, tartare, cod, ribs, halloumi, gnocchi, prawns, steak, chorizo and fries. This...More

Thank cebcolpitts
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Play is an amazing restaurant with lots of interesting options and wine pairings. I tried two of their small plates - the grilled octopus and the trout. Both were amazing but the octopus was extraordinary! Very friendly and attentive staff, highly recommend!

Thank P1548FGemmap
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This past weekend was the fourth time I have been to play food. It has such a great vibe and such friendly service. The value is impeccable. I have so much trust in their staff that when I sit down with my group, we give...More

1  Thank Scenic42644023197
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing restaurant in the Byward Market. The small share plates are excellent! We ordered 2-3 small plates per person and were able to sample 10 different items. Beets and Goat cheese, grilled halloumi, trout, cod, steak, pork tenderloin etc. All of us...More

Thank gotchatoday28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place - so handy to the National Gallery and the food is always reliable. Their gnocci is their specialty and the best!

Thank Curious552271
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was extremely delicious. Service was attentive except for some reason that they missed my dessert order. I had no problem eating up time surfing on my phone except that I had been out and about the whole day traveling and the phone battery...More

Thank miumiu700
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ambiance of the restaurant is classy and a little bit cozy. The staff were friendly and our waitress was very attentive. She was from Yorkshire, the North of England; she truly made our first experience at the restaurant really great. Thank you so much!...More

1  Thank HanaSher
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ambience was lovely: bright, homey, not too noisy for a cozy conversation. The waiter was pleasant and I enjoyed Bekta's sparkling white wine offering. We loved the duck liver mousse and the trout dish. The rib on the rib dish, though, was all bone,...More

Thank VinnyGrette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sat upstairs at the bar kitchen and was just such a special lovely dinner. Food is perfect sizes so you are not so full and meticulously prepared. Fabulous. Would go again in a heart beat. Staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and just a pleasure to...More

Thank Htwoos
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I really respect restaurants that work at giving value. Value is when you forget about how much it cost because you left happy -- satiated, and a smile on your face because your belly is full with food that went down well. Play is one...More

Thank StephenM465
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August 30, 2018|
Response from FernOttawaOn | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no it is in the byward market area which is very busy with street parking and a few lots. Streets are narrow.
Andres I
December 8, 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.
May 29, 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
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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 | Sussex Dr., 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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