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Play Food & Wine

#7 of 2,191 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Byward Market Area
Wine Bar, Canadian
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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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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Firstly, this isn't really a Tapas place. It is small portions (but not small price) which are decent, but not great. Service was nice although a bit slow, ambiance was good with the coat check being a nice touch.

Thank Mike W
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and service are great. The waitstaff are knowledgeable and very friendly. It's not a big place, so I would recommend reservations.

Thank OntarioTravelGuy4321
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We've been meaning to try Play for ages, but when good friends (one who's a serious oenophile) came to town, we thought this would be ideal for lunch. It was. Great, relaxed vibe, but excellent service, a wonderful selection of small plates and fabulous cheese and wine. Our server Nigel was great and the atmosphere was so pleasant we ended... More 

1 Thank Canuck04
Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Overtime I'm in Ottawa I visit Play. The wine list is phenomenal (owner and sommelier Stephen Beckta knows his wine), a mixture of local offerings and international choices. The cheese list is entirely Canadian. The variety of small places will meet all dietary requirements and tastes. Make sure to try some of the cheeses, all of which are Canadian. The... More 

Thank Katieeday
Welland, Canada
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Play is a very interesting place. The menu options are incredible! The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of 5 stars is because of the subpar risotto. It was soupy and undercooked. Aside from the risotto the food and service was top-notch! I highly recommend this place!

Thank Lucas S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Play Food & Wine with my Girlfriend. We had a lovely evening. They servers were very friendly, knowledgeable, and pretty hilarious. Our water glasses were always full, and there was a steady stream of fresh bread if we wanted. As recommended, we ordered 4 dishes for the two of us to share, plus a cheese plate to finish.... More 

Thank Josh G
Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always has fab small plates, and the wine to match. Every season there seems to be a different pork belly dish on the menu and always delish! This is great or couples, coworkers, and groups. I hate to use the word "reliable" but in this case I promise it is a good word in that if you want a delicious... More 

1 Thank EB C
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch was fantastic as usual. The options for me as a celiac are so easy to find, thanks to my marked up menu. No embarrassing chats with the Manager about my disease in front of everyone else! You won't be disappointed.

Thank KClay64
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I met a couple friends for lunch at Play in Ottawa, the neighborhood is great, full of restaurants and bars, but Play was my favorite there. the food is delicious, very well presented and the wine selection is over the top. the ambience is very nice and the staff very friendly. I indeed had a great time at this restaurant,... More 

Thank Juan C
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, I am giving 5 stars, so understand that my comments are being very picky. Overall, a great dining experience that I would recommend to any foodie. First of all, I was surprised at the quality of the wine list, some very good choices for sure. We enjoyed two bottles of a well priced Rioja. After looking at... More 

Thank Patrick P

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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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
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?