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Play Food & Wine

) #7 of 2,247 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%
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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 9 July 2012

We took a friend from Zimbabwe to Ottawa for the weekend and wanted to have a nice dinner in the market while in Ottawa on a Saturday night. We made a reservation at play for ten people for dinner. Meals are small share plates so...More

Thank Leah B
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We enjoyed the tapas-style menu because it provided lots of choice, but beware the bill adds up quickly. The portions were perhaps a bit on the small side but I suppose that perception depends on how many dishes you order. The wine list was very...More

Thank jameskul
Reviewed 7 July 2012

Fresh quality food served in 'small plates' format. One of my top 5 meals this year so far!

Thank CrazyCanuck2012
Management response:Responded 9 July 2012

Dar CrazyCanuck: So happy to have made your top 5. Quite a list considering the company from your other reviews. Thanks for all of the kind words! Cheers, Steve

Reviewed 6 July 2012

With small plates, you can sample a lot if you don't mind a significant bill. But, the atmosphere, food and wine list make a fun place for a date.

Thank atlasshrugs
Reviewed 2 July 2012

I had been "hankering" a charcuterie for a couple of weeks now so was pleased when someone recommnended that we try out Play Food and Wine on our recent visit to Ottawa. Joined by my husband and 11 year old son, we essentially went through...More

Thank JothetravelerfromTO
Reviewed 2 July 2012

We chose Play as Beckta, a sister restaurant, was booked and we were not disappointed. The scallops were to die for and the fish was excellent. Best was the accompaniments to each dish, such as prosciutto with the scallops and morels with the fish. The...More

Thank 2012minimum
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Consistently excellent food and service. One of our very favourites in Ottawa. Can be a little noisy

Thank henning86
Reviewed 25 June 2012

great busy ambiance! the staff is friendly and as it should be! the meal! well oh my its just fabulous!, i went with my mother and we shared four plates which was more than enough! it is worth every penny!More

Thank Gabrielle B
Management response:Responded 27 June 2012

Dear Gabrielle: I'm so happy that you and your mother enjoyed yourselves at Play the other day. Thank you for sharing your story with your fellow travelers. I appreciate your kind words, especially about the quality of the food and the value. Hope to be...More

Reviewed 16 June 2012

Went to Play for the first time yesterday. It was truly outstanding! I've been raving about it ever since. We'll start with the good/perfect stuff. The food: WOW!! I've never said this about a restaurant before, but I thought the food was some of the...More

Thank WordyFoodie
Management response:Responded 26 June 2012

Hi WordyFoodie: thanks for joining us recently at Play, and for all of the very kind words. I'm really touched that you found our food the best you have ever eaten. I'm only sorry that for some reason your portions seemed smaller than normal. Our...More

Reviewed 8 June 2012

Went for lunch about a year ago, and there was nothing memorable about the food. Ambiance is nice, and service was okay. Probably won't go back.More

1  Thank gaugupta
stevebeckta, Owner at Play Food & Wine, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2012

Dear gaugupta: I'm really sorry to hear that you were not more pleased with your meal last year at Play. I would love to hear more, and more importantly, I would love to try to have you back at some point and make sure that...More

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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, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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
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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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