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Play Food & Wine

) #9 of 2,243 Restaurants in Ottawa $$ - $$$ , , Vegetarian Friendly
1 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gnocchi” (117 reviews)
“hanger steak” (80 reviews)
“pork belly” (100 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00All hours
Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 York St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

We went here twice. The food is very tasty and the wines are good, but the portions are rather small and our bill was wrong every time. If you are a big eater order two dishes, you will need them and you won't regret it...More

Thank Bert B
Reviewed yesterday

After a morning of touring it was nice to enter this restaurant and relax with a glass of wine and excellent food. We enjoyed the cheese, asparagus, trout and steak. The service matched the food and we do recommend.

Thank BuckyandChris
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stumbled into Play by chance while visiting the Byward Market and the Inspiration Village nearby. We were with kids and initially we were a bit skeptic that they could find something to eat. The dishes are all a bit peculiar with non-common ingredients and...More

Thank Matteo D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My wife and I had a nice meal here recently. The food was very good overall though some dishes were not as good as others. The gnocchi was fantastic. Had to be our favourite of the savoury dishes. The ceviche was also very good. The...More

Thank Keith H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got a recommendation from a local to try this place out. It was absolutely fantastic and so far the best dinner I have had in Ottawa. The menu is experimental but very tasty as well. The chef of this place is very skilled and...More

Thank 73Northernlights
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very well laid, very small portions, busy place and people bumping into each other.I fail to understand why do had o pay so much money for artistic food.Not a lace to take kids or if you need to enjoy a quieter dinner

Thank Amit S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought the food with excellent. We had the charcuterie then moved on to the pork tenderloin and the pork belly. All were excellent. The service was a little slow though. And if I am spending $60 on a bottle of wine I expect to...More

Thank getoutthere_Toronto
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot on the edge of kitchy ByMarche, bottom of Parlaiment Hill. Nicely crafted small plates, our group of 5 tries pretty much everything. Fish is excellently prepared, great attention to detail, best Gnocchi EVER! Great wine selection, server had excellent wine knowledge. Classy and...More

Thank bobakamian
Reviewed 1 week ago

I liked Play so much I went there twice on my last visit to Ottawa. It's a "small plates" menu, with every item having a suggested wine, that you can get in 3 or 6 oz serving sizes. The service was very good both times,...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

our waitress was fabulous and entertaining and accommodating. food was good too. wine too. good little local place; not too fancy; not too simple.

Thank akraus2017
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Brad C
29 May 2017|
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Response from GuyDeMont | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The first floor of the restaurant could be accessible. I do not believe they have an elevator to get to the 2nd floor. I hope this helps.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$86
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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 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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