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Local, seasonal small-plates restaurant & wine bar - Play Food & Wine, Ottawa, ON

Play Food & Wine

4.7
4.7
211 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Play food & wine will make serious food fun and accessible to many types of guests by offering an inspiring menu, legendary service, outstanding values and a culinary home for our guests in which they can spend a variety of occasions.

All of our dishes are modest portions designed to share. This allows guests to sample a few different dishes without having to commit to just one main course as in a traditional restaurant. Our menu changes frequently, respecting product availability and seasonality.

We are committed to working with our many great suppliers to source the best and most flavourful ingredients possible. We use local, sustainable and seasonal products whenever possible, and believe in supporting area farmers as much as we can.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Canadian, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (613) 667-9207
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Shane Brown
  • Catering
    Please reach out to us at info@playfood.ca for inquiries
  • Private party facilities
    Closedown of ground floor or whole restaurant is possible for cocktail or seated events by contacting info@playfood.ca
  • Neighborhood
    ByWard Market
  • Cross street
    Corner of Sussex Drive and York Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    Rideau Centre
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 211 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

  • Ottawa

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Ottawa

    Best Service

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

  • Ottawa

    Contemporary Canadian

211 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Play. The service was excellent, and our server spread out the service of each plate so we had time to enjoy each one. We didn’t feel rushed, and each plate was delicious, and we left full and satisfied. Also, the cocktails “Bird of Paradise” and “Cordial Negroni” were so good!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    There were 4 of us. Some of the dishes were good like the scallop crudo and the tomato/burrata salad. However, a number of dishes were mediocre. For example, the ribs were just OK, not particularly succulent. the deep fried potato salad was very bland and I would never have guessed that it was potato salad. The ling cod was warm, but the rest of the dish was both cold and quite vinegary; in fact our guest found she could not eat it. Kindly, this dish was taken their bill. We have usually had very good meals at Play and I was embarrassed that our food was just not up to your normal high standard.

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  3. LindaC

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful selection of multi-cultural cuisine. really enjoyed the food, ambience and the service was exceptional.

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  4. TheOC

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a phenomenal dining experience. Hats off to our server who recommended customizations to the menu offerings for a perfect meal. Sharing plates allowed us to sample a larger selection of menu items all which proved to be delicious and memorable in distinct ways.

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  5. SharlieL

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great, and helped us choose some options from the menu which tasted great!

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  6. foodlover

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic night for our group. Exceeded all Of our expectations

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  7. KathyM

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dinner. Excellent choice recommendations from our server. The food was outstanding.

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  8. PamelaD

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing food experience! Such great food combinations that taste amazing! Thank you!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this on my visit to Ottawa! Such a welcoming and comfortable space, the food is inventive and SO very delicious (the cauliflower parsnip soup! Wow! Seed crusted lingcod! Tandoori halloumi!), great wine list, and the service was wonderful.

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  10. DeniseP

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food, imaginative dishes and great service.

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FAQs

Play Food & Wine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 667-9207.

Play Food & Wine is rated 4.7 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Play Food & Wine

1 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z5

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Corner of Sussex Drive and York Street
  • Neighborhood
    ByWard Market
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian, Canadian, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    Rideau Centre
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Shane Brown
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (613) 667-9207
  • Catering
    Please reach out to us at info@playfood.ca for inquiries
  • Private party facilities
    Closedown of ground floor or whole restaurant is possible for cocktail or seated events by contacting info@playfood.ca
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