Play Estate Winery and Bistro

4.1
52 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Wine Bar
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  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date

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Located at Play Estate Winery on the Skaha Bluffs in the beautiful Penticton British Columbia! Large bistro and outdoor dining facility.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Contemporary Canadian, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
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Phone number
(236) 422-2675
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
John Stratton
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Catering
We offer on and offsite catering. Please feel free to contact us for further details.
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Food
3.9
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.8
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Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Their retro approach to comfort food is fun. Unfortunately great-looking hamburger left husband feeling off sorts for a day.

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H
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still wonderful with new chef. Delicious food and scenic views. We were worried when we heard the old head chef was leaving. We came with low expectations but were really impressed with the new chef and the quality of the food.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful view, great attentive friendly service. Nice! Nice nice

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and great service. Our server was amazing!!!

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G
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We had dirty bird sandwich and was shocked to find out it was a piece of deep fried chicken on a rather plain bun. Who eats deepfried these days???? I expect that at a Pub but not at a Winery with such a classy environment. I never eat deepfried and I am sure the menu did not disclose the item was deepfried!!! Perhaps that was the dirty part. The seafood soup was tasty but had 1 tablespoon of seafood in it...not exactly a seafood plentiful chowder as it should of been. I was there last summer and the menu was much more interesting and the presentation and food was a whole lot better. I hope they improve as I would like to support Play Winery.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Odd check in. Did not ask my name for my reservation. Told us all the “reserved tables” were not available. Very odd experience. Very cold restaurant. Air conditioning set low.

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NP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Service was bad, we weren’t asked how are meal was and was never offered refills and basically ignored the whole time. The food was not good. Lobster Mac & Cheese was pretty much velveeta cheese on top of cold noodles with the smallest piece of lobster they could find thrown on top. For 26 dollars a plate I was expecting to see something my small child couldn’t make.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Scenic views - good wines - good food -very friendly and attentive service - a tiny little bit overpriced - overall very recommendable

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ST
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was awesome and well priced our host (Mel ) was knowledgeable and sweet Service was good wine was also great and well priced

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J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great location. Lots of seating. Food prices were reasonable. Food presentation and taste were very good. Would go back there sometime in the future.

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

I made a resevation for 4 at 7pm. Reservations are useless. They dont save you a nice table. They just say pick a table from whats left. P.s. they only had 2 reservations. Rest were random walk ins. The chairs on the patio are uncomfortable plastic patio chairs so your legs are hot. If you get a good table the view is nice but a reservation wont help. We were offered a wine tasting but the bar tender/server told us to stand there and left for 10 minutes. We like their moscato. The bottle of wine and good company are the only things that salvaged the night for me. We drank most of it before the meal came. It took a long time, they claimed they were backed up. Only eight tables taken. Hmmm. The food we ate was good. Maybe a bit pricey, for example 6 or 8 dollars for a side of potato chips. I have been here before a few times and had far better service. I can only guess at the staff/manager changes. I didnt take pictures as it would only be of the back of peoples necks and a dirt pile. Sorry, I may still pick up a bottle of wine but lost my business for dinner. If you want to be upscale you should have upscale service and seating.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The view was amazing and so was the food. The service was friendly, but unknowledgable about the wines offered. We asked several questions about the wine and the associate had no idea.

We chose Play Estate Winery due to the many positive reviews on the food. And the food was excellent. Suggestion - offer wines that pair nicely with items on the menu.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and fantastic wine. Dirty bird chicken sandwich (stolen name from Australia for KFC😁) was awesome. Love the 2015 Applause

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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Even though it was mentioned on our reservation there was no recognition that it was a birthday. Halibut was dry as was the pasta

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NF
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Main course menu is limited, and one of the few main courses was not available. None of the others really had any vegetables. Special edition Chardonnay on the wine list was at room temperature and never did cool off enough in an ice bucket to be tasty.

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CT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Dinner atmosphere with a great view. Portions of food seemed small but were filling.

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AJ
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Following a problem with our open table reservation. The Restaurant stepped up to make us feel welcome.
In the end the food and service was excellent leading to great experience.

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CP
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Server was excellent,meal was delicious and the beautiful view made it perfect!

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AJ
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent.

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PT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Appetizers of Tempura Asparagus was excellent. Soup was unspectacular. Service was Exceptionally Friendly and Candid , but distracted. Appetizers sat under heat lamps while she conversed with staff. Tea refills were slow. Coffee forgotten.
Entres were below average. Beef Shank was tough and marinade was not complimentary. Chicken on salad was plain Boring.
Dessert trio had an excellent cheesecake. The lemon meringue was best. Ice Cream Cookie tasted like Dad's Store bought. HARD and tasteless. Not great value.
Washrooms were horrendous.
It's got million dollar potential, but run like a Dennys.
Enjoy the wine and view.

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KH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch with friends. The food, service and view are second to none in Penticton. I absolutely adore the halibut.
Thank you!

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The staff and service were very efficient and friendly. In articular Melanie and Deanne H. The facility was great and had an awesome view. The food was very tasty however the menu was tiny.
Our meals were extremely overpriced and very small portions. Upon arriving home after dinner we had a snack because we were still hungry. The Halibut dinner was 32.00 for a tiny piece of Halibut on top of a very small portion of rissotto. The ceasar salad was 15.50, again- for a tiny portion of Kale with ceasar dressing. The "average " wine we had with our dinner was 50.00. Our dinner ended up being 182.00 for a 24.00 chicken pot pie, 32.00 halibut, a 15.50 ceasar salad, 2 drinks, 1 bottle of wine and a 20.00 tip.
Will not return for dinner here.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers Day lunch with my daughter was amazing. Started with a wine tasting and then shared some share plates. This is the 4th visit I’ve made to Play and the food has never disappointed

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GS
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and wine and service were excellent. And the view was lovely. There's little more a person can possibly want.

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F
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Phenomenal view and great room but noisy due to a large party having a holiday party. The appetizers and main course were very good with a variety of options including vegan friendly for a small menu. Service was good and attentive but the server wasn't very familiar with the menu or the wines.

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a
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a great experience. From start to finish. We started with a wine tasting and then found out it was 1/2 price wine at the restaurant. What a great find. I had the grilled cheese and tomato soup and my husband had the burger - both were so good. Definitely would return for lunch or dinner. Great experience. Do not hesitate to come here

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Mid week lunch for 3 and restaurant was fairly quiet. Food was excellent as usual but a little slow to arrive. Not much atmosphere.

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BB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tremendous, the food, the service, awesome wine and an unbelievable view. Simply the best. If you are in Penticton, don't miss it

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very nice time, the food was excellent and it is kind of nice to be in a place on the "other side" of the lake.
What I do not appreciate though, is that, every time I book this place with open table, I get some scam texts on my cell phone. Open Table, Inc. should look at their security breeches.

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f
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We were recommended to try Play out by the couple we were staying with. When we arrived we were greeted with a smile and placed outside. The view of the lake is nice however you could hear the traffic on the highway, however after they put the music on, it drained away which was nice.

It did take around ten minutes until our server took our drinks and food order which was the first of four servers we had. I had ordered the steak which I requested medium rare but had to send it back as it was overcooked and my partner had the pasta which was lovely. By the time my new steak arrived, my partner had finished but we still enjoyed the moment!

I think they have a bit of work to do in order to improved the service. There was one manager and around five very young servers whom I do not believe have very much experience. As we were talking to a couple beside us whom had ordered dessert, a different server asked if we wanted the dessert menu which I replied "we haven't had our mains yet". There seems to be a lack of how to provide service as such a location and as such requires fixing! Both the manager and severs seemed to be rushing even though it was not busy.

At this moment in time we will not be returning which is a shame, but hopefully they improve the level of service and customer expectations.

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L
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an awesome night! The steak dinner was to die for, the service rocked and the view of the lake is amazing...when in Penticton, you got to eat here! WOW!

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N
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding dinner with stellar views, the patio has views forever!

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AJ
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time for the Play.
No regrets at all. Simply outstanding!
The view is fabulous.
The ambiance is superb.
Service was a step above.
This restaurant should be on everyone's top 5 list for Pentiction.
Enjoy.

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L
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice view outside on the patio, the food is very good

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OG
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

This was our first visit for a girls lunch out. We had the okanagan market salad with the prawns and it was very good. Loved the prawns! We had the Ad Lib and Moscsto - both lovely wines - very fresh & citrusy on a hot day. Our waitress was friendly & knowledgeable but service was a bit slow. We were not offered dessert and water carafes/wine carafes should be served in ice buckets when sitting on the patio. It was a bit noisy from the airport but that can't really be helped. Overall, a good experience and would go back to try other menu items.

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r
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Situated over looking Skaha Lake, The Play is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. Great food choices, superb service and the option of a wine tasting prior to or after your meal.
Offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The decor is also very well done.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A friend recommended Play to us and overall, we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was very good, the view was amazing, we enjoyed the wine tasting, and the service was outstanding. I went online to make reservations in the morning but when we got there, the hostess could not find our reservation. Luckily, it wasn't busy and there was plenty of seating available. The other issue was that between the four of us, we got 3 different versions of the same menu! Different writeups and prices! Things seemed a bit disorganized possibly due to the anniversary party the night before. No matter, we really enjoyed our visit and plan on returning and bringing out-of-town company. A fun, casual winery with great food, wine and service! Would definitely recommend a visit!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Even though Open table confirmed our booking, sent me a reminder and I sent the confirmation to the other couple, the restaurant had no record of our reservation. I suspect it is the fault of the restaurant as Open table has worked for us in other countries. Since there was only one other table we didn't have a problem getting in. The food is very average and not what I expected for a winery. Wine is very limited and not of the calibre of other wineries in the area with far superior restaurants.

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L
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had my birthday lunch here...so awesome, service and the view out of this world, THANK YOU Melissa and Ben and Katrina( the gift)!

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KS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

For some reason when we arrived they had a private booking and even though we made a reservation through OpenTable they were unable to seat us. They blamed open table.

Needless to say we weren't impressed not having a place to go for dinner news years eve.

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