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Play Food & Wine

) #7 of 2,248 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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“gnocchi” (120 reviews)
“hanger steak” (81 reviews)
“pork belly” (101 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 2 July 2017 via mobile

Do not miss this place. The food & service is first rate. Had the two plate lunch special, steak followed by the 3 cheese plate. Was one of the best I've ever had.

Thank Pkayboxer
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I have to be fair. Read the other reviews here for a more positive take. The service is lovely. The food is well-prepared by a talented chef. The website, menu, etc. is up-front about it being a small plates restaurant. There is nothing unclear. No...More

Thank Dan P
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

They have a great selection for dishes and most of the food is local and very good quality. Love the lunch special 2 dishes for $22. Simple and great.

Thank ChesterNonsuch
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We loved Play. The food and service were excellent. The manager came to our table to tell us all about Canadian-produced wines and brought some out for tasting. I recommend Play highly.

1  Thank GeorgiaPeach123
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

I was dining alone so they put me right where all the action is and could watch all the food being prepared. Everyone was very friendly and attentive. Lots of options for all tastes. Will definitely be back!

1  Thank watthe001
Reviewed 20 June 2017

My husband and I have been to this restaurant many times, and this latest visit was no different. The small plates are very creative, with flavour combinations you don't see anywhere else. They consistently cook all food to perfection (e.g. the quail - they must...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Play is located in downtown Ottawa, in the Byward Market. The small plates are reminiscent of tapas in Spain. The three of us had a very satisfying lunch comprised of a series of creative dishes, including a charcuterie, cheese, risotto and marinated fish. Service was...More

Thank robertwD7057IG
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Great food but mediocre service. Made a reservation several weeks in advance. The restaurant was about a third full when we arrived, but for some reason the service was pretty inattentive. It took around 15 min just for the server to come to our table,...More

Thank kimcO6811OB
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

I met a friend at Play for lunch. We had the charcuterie board and some cava. It was perfect. The meats were all unique and flavourful. The accompaniments were well matched. The room is airy spacious and bright and the serving staff is friendly but...More

Thank torontosammy
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Play is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa! The food is amazing, the wine is paired wonderfully and the service is excellent. This is a MUSTgo!!

Thank k8dt
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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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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