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Play Food & Wine

#8 of 2,182 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Byward Market Area
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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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 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Play was delicious as usual and the staff were great. Nice lunch with family tasting each other's small plates. The gnocchi with blue cheese was lovely. The halloumi made a very nice appetizer.

Thank wombats62
Rochester, New York
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Play! We came with our two kids ages 12 and 15. We ordered 5 tapas for 4 of us and it was enough for a meal without feeling too full. The red deer sausage was delicious! My kids loved the baked Alaska and Creme Brûlée for dessert. Great service too!

Thank spadakin
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I did quite a bit of research before selecting this restaurant when we visited Ottawa and it did not disappoint. Our party (of five) came for lunch on a Sunday. We were early, so the place was quite empty. It did fill up a bit later. The deco was simple and clean. We were promptly seated by the window. The... More 

Thank Jessica W
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My sister and I share a birthday and now that we're both retired usually have our birthday lunch together, though February weather is a bit chancy. Our Google Search for good lunch restaurants in Ottawa produced a TripAdvisor 10 best list which is how we ended up at PLAY this year. Wow! Great choice! Loved the Pork Belly and Hanger... More 

Thank mldlavigne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service are consistently very good and because the tables are not crowded together, the ambiance is rather quiet and conducive to conversation

Thank Mariette H
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They have a poor wine selection since they're either too young, cheap or sweet. However, the dishes are pretty good other than the fish dishes (I tried six dishes and only the fish dishes weren't that good).

Thank Kimia A
Redwood City
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If I lived in Ottawa, Play would be my neighborhood restaurant: A casual place where the food is always better-than-good, the service is friendly and attitude-free, the wine and cheese are carefully curated (thank you, Peter and Steven) and the vibe is up-beat and open. It's a great place for a cocktail and a snack, even better for long lunch... More 

Thank Michael A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are vegan and had heard through the local Vegetarian Association that Play Food and Wine had a vegan menu. They do, with 4 options for entrees and as many appetizers. Everything was perfect, from the food to the wine to the staff to the decor. Lots of creativity, freshness, flavours and textures. It is so rare that we (vegan)... More 

Thank Marie-Paule Isa G
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I dined here on Friday, February 17th for a late lunch. We live in Ottawa and it's always our spot when in the market area. The lunch for two for 22 is a wonderful steal especially paired with the wine suggestions. We originally were seated downstairs but asked to go upstairs. It's often quieter and less busy.... More 

Thank Ladybugtraveller74
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Variety of food and wine. The servings are smaller and the expectation is that you will purchase at least two mains (which is reasonable given their reasonable prices). Diversity of food and wine allowed all members of our party of 10 to find something they enjoyed. Service was a bit slow (but friendly).

Thank f0restspirit

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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 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?