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Play Food & Wine

#9 of 2,187 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Byward Market Area
Wine Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri 17:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went with a friend of mine, I got the hanger steak and it was easily the best steak I have ever had. The service and the overall environment has a very nice vibe. I was very happy with my experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Thank Yousaf S
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had been to Play about 4 years ago and recently returned to Ottawa. Decided to take my mom there for a girls lunch on her birthday. We loved it! The service was excellent; thank you to Sam! We ordered the beet salad and shrimp with a lovely glass of verdicchio. We then shared a couple of heavier and rich... More 

Thank DelisaDon
Ottawa, Canada
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food and wine at Play is excellent and the vibe in the space is perfect for a girls night out. The place is usually buzzing! Service is great - highly recommend this place for getting together with friends or for afterwork drinks.

Thank Amy L
Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a recent girl's night out we decided to tray Play Food & Wine for the first time. The atmosphere, service and food were amazing. Each course is appetizer size and paired with a wine. We each tried four to five different dishes which were all well presented and delicious. The only negative is that the prices are not inexpensive... More 

Thank Karen B
Montreal, Canada
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were visiting Ottawa and were looking for a nice restaurant. I saw many times Play food and wine on blogs, places to go in ottawa articles, etc. So we decided to go. Service was quite friendly and great. Nothing to say on this side. We were at the upper floor were the ambiance was cool but the overall look... More 

1 Thank Fredddou
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Living in Ottawa we'd heard good things about Play, so we stopped in for dinner. Service was prompt and friendly, and the server suggested some vegetarian options and modifications. The food was very hit-and-miss: the blue cheese gnocchi was delicious, but the cauliflower apple soup was bland and the cripsy tofu was disappointing. Portions were larger than expected, except the... More 

1 Thank Alan G
Fort Langley, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Play was recommended by several colleagues, as one of the best to visit on a short trip to Ottawa. We were not disappointed. Server was knowledgeable about food and wine and made good recommendations. Loved the small plate idea so we could share a number of dishes. Grilled pumpkin, cheese plate, tuna tataki all excellent.Chicken tostada was mediocre, and we... More 

Thank Kumibee
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for a fun night out at the end of a busy trip. The perfect martini was followed by fine local wine. The staff helpful, friendly and unhurried. We tasted four dishes and a side. All were excellent with exciting flavours, textures and aromas.

Thank Buttons168
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I try to make time to get lunch at PLAY as much as possible. We really enjoy the small plates menu and the diversity of the dishes. My wife had the beef tartare and some pork belly served with greens and parsnip puree I had a fresh ahi tuna salad served with potatoes and some braised short-rib... More 

Thank alex l
St. John's, Canada
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time here. Had reservations for two with a friend on a Thursday night as both were in town for Friday business meeting. Reception staff courteous and had us to our table promptly with a menu quickly followed by water. Service staff exceptional and quickly took our drink orders and went through the menu with bread soon to follow. Play... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$86
Wine Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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 Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-667-9207

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?