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Play Food & Wine

££ - £££, , Vegetarian Friendly
1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hanger steak” (95 reviews)
“gnocchi” (135 reviews)
“pork belly” (116 reviews)
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Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plan to stay a couple of hours. The portions are small but if you get 2 dishes per person at your table and wine you won't be hungry. We had a beef dish, smelts octopus. All were delicious and unlike anything that has ever hit...More

Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in town for business and looking for somewhere quick but delicious to eat at alone. A friend recommended this place. I sat at the bar with my book which was lively but enjoyable. I’d been walking for a while so my excellent waitress...More

Thank SarahAdelaide
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend the restaurant Play Food and Wine in the heart of downtown. A very good atmosphere and excellent service. The food is wonderful and there is a huge selection of wines and beverages. Definitely to be tried..

Thank Vkilam
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten at Play many times and have never been disappointed. Good food, smart and interesting wines, Beckta-service combine for a positive experience. Recently, though, it's just gotten a lot better. The service and wine are as excellent as they always were, but the food...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited Play a few times in the past and have never had a bad experience. The staff is always attentive and thoughtful and the food is never short of delicious. When making a reservation online, I had indicated some allergies; when we asked...More

Thank valerie819
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My hotel concierge recommended Play so I wandered over. It was fairly quiet at 5:30 on a Sunday, but I decided to give the place a try. My waitress was lovely- pleasant and personable, and she had great timing. Her wine deco hit the spot,...More

Thank nielsensmith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many choices for small plates and service was excellent. Lots of seating with chefs cooking visible. A bit noisy though.

Thank Macpegster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed a pleasant meal at Play. The staff are attentive without being intrusive. I enjoyed the hanger steak which as others have said is beautifully tender. I recommend washing it down with a Beau beer. I sat at the bar which on my own...More

Thank Julian A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great small plate food offerings. Very good service. Enjoyed our seats at the bar. the decor is a touch "hard" - menu is diverse, sea bass, trout and gnocchi were our choices all were excellent.

Thank John Patrick H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Disclaimer: Review based on my experience on a Tuesday night dinner for two. Overall, we quite enjoyed ourselves at Play. We ordered four plates which were shared and each had a glass of wine. The gnocchi was my favourite dish by far and I wish...More

Thank Fr3lncr
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Andres I
9 December 2017|
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Response from caravino1 | Reviewed this property |
I recommend a reservation. We did not have one, but were able to sit at the bar, which we enjoy. So it wasn't a problem for us, if you want a table, make a reservation.
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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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 | Sussex Dr., 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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