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

Play Food & Wine

4.7
4.7
191 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 p.m.


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
  • Neighbourhood
    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 191 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

191 Reviews
  1. SJW1

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our anniversary at Play, which we do almost every year. What a great choice! Everything was just perfect, from a warm welcome, to the attractive upstairs room with comfortable seats, to a friendly set of servers who took exceptionally good care of us, to the outstanding good food. Each dish was so thoughtfully created, and of course each looked terrific on its plate. The grilled halloumi's numerous accompaniments were delightful and interesting, and the parmesan fries were like nothing else we've tried, to highlight just two of our choices. For both of us, this is the most pleasant dining spot in town, which is why we keep going back. A very nice touch was all the kitchen staff smiling and saying goodbye as we left.

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  2. SylviaP

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time there in one week as I just had to try that asparagus dish again. This time with a girlfriend and the staff was cordial and almost seemed to read our minds. No rolling of the eyes when we wanted to share some dishes and even share a final glass of wine. We had a gallery event to get to, and they moved everything along.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My colleague and I were visiting from Thunder Bay and were thrilled with this gem of a restaurant ! The service was spectacular and the food combinations were outstanding. You will not be disappointed if you eat here ! Thanks for a lovely evening ! Made our trip !

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  4. KUMbln

    Berlin

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very delicious and the service was good. We had a lovely dinner.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service on a busy Mother’s Day. Food was delicious!

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  6. EdwardL

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my third time here and every time the food has been fantastic. The ambience is great. This is definitely a gem in Ottawa

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  7. sylviaP

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was hypnotizing. I am not exaggerating, I am still thinking about it. Our server was knowledgable and friendly, and I felt comfortable asking him for wine, suggestions, and pairing suggestions

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  8. ChrisL

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and wine were great. However, there was an Arctic vortex happening in the restaurant and the staff could not resolve it. Lunch was ruined as we had to wear our coats/sweaters, could not smell the food or wine because of the air blasting, and food chilled to refrigerator temperatures after the first few bites.

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  9. gourmet

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t say enough good things about the wait staff! So professional and friendly. Patiently explained the menu and recommended an excellent wine. We sat at the kitchen counter which was fun and when the chefs had time they conversed with us and were so friendly. Would definitely recommend for service, food and ambiance!

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  10. LouiseT

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Une qualité exceptionnelle !! Bouffe excellente et le service des plus courtois et serviable …

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful spot and truly a great dining experience. We ordered multiple plates, most of which were a hit while a couple were less satisfying. Still a great spot, helpful staff and wonderful location.

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  12. Sandra

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Play is very special and service is excellent. The upstairs seating area is rather narrow and we had a small table. Highly recommend overall

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  13. BrianJ

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gnocchi was the best we have ever tasted! Cocktails are a cut above, and we loved that the bartender brought them to our table.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food and drinks were also one of the best I had in Ottawa However the ambience needs an urgent upgrade

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  15. MichelP

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice dining experience to celebrate our weeding anniversary.

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  16. Annie

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were just incredible. Play has a great atmosphere that serves amazing, high end dishes without the stuffiness of a fancy restaurant. Decor is really cool and the staff is attentive and really welcoming!

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  17. HollyP

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Overpriced, boring ambiance and mediocre food. Very disappointing experience.

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  18. AlexisC

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and ambiance. Can never go wrong with Play Food & Wine

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Server was knowledgeable about what kind of wine to pair with our dinner. Great calm atmosphere. Ribs were a little “chewy” but other than everything was great. I will definitely go back.

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  20. Caroline

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at PF&W and loved the experience. The server was excellent and the food delicious. We will definitely return and share another great experience with friends.

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  21. AndreaK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, wine and food! Love sharing the small plates.

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  22. CarmelaA

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and waitress, our second time here and we keep on loving it even more.

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  23. RosieQ

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My party was a group of 9, looking to celebrate a birthday with Play's extensive wine list. It was my first time here and we were so impressed. The service was topnotch. The waitstaff were all very attentive, funny and kind. We felt so well taken care of. Given how welcoming the atmosphere was, we'll be back. Ideally, we'll be a smaller party, because I know we went through so many wine glasses while sharing and sampling their amazing offerings. The experience really made for a memorable birthday. Thank you, and special shoutout to Lauren, who was our primary server.

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  24. LeBouffet

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was very good. Maybe server a lttle too attentive, disturbing flow of conversations.

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  25. AlanF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the food was exceptional. Artistically presented and excellent tasting. One in our party had specific requirements which required modifications in sauce ingredients. No problem and plates were easily adapted. Our server has waited on us in previous visits and she was again as exceptional as the dishes. We’re moving away from Ottawa and will miss going to Play. Will definitely come back though if/when we return to visit.

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  26. PaulFS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal, wine and service. Special mention to our servers Ryan, and especially Jordan, whom is also the soumelier. His recommendations were excellent! We enjoyed a variety of dishes, which were all amazing, especially: the scallops, ling cod and mushroom croquettes. So looking forward to the next special occasion so can enjoy another great experience.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional on all levels, we will be going back..

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tres belle endroit avec un excellent service et que dire de la cuisine 🤩excellent

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  29. GregW

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ryan was a spectacular server. We had him choose two of our four plates and they were delicious (and nutritious 😆)

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outrageously good. With a fine wine list, too. Bravo!

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  31. MichelleM

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was attentive yet unobstrusive with sharing plates arriving with appropriate spacing and confirmation from the table that this was going well. As usual, food was outstanding and beautifully presented. We were hosting a dear friend as they return to Australia after 5 years of living in NYC and they were delighted with the experience. Thanks so much Play!

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  32. Viviane

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Un endroit où nous allons à chaque visite à Ottawa: ambiance cool, originalité du menu, service toujours hyper sympathique.

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  33. wcctracy

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Play is a dependable player in the Ottawa dining scene. The menu is innovative and creative, the wine list interesting and the service is always terrific. Had lunch on a Saturday afternoon -- the ramp gnocchi was a standout in sheer deliciousness, but we were disappointed when the charcuterie board (for $15) contained only genoa salami, and not particularly good salami at that. We were expecting more, for sure. Apart from that, it was a good experience.

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  34. MehdiA

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good work lunch experience. Service and food are both of very good quality. Highly recommended!

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  35. Great

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic experience. The food and service were excellent.

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  36. Chris

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent meal at Play, in the heart of the Byward Market. Small plates and great pairings, matched only by excellent, knowledgeable and warm service. (Lauren is a gem!)

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  37. BMcC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely phenomenal. We had been talking about how wonderful the meal was even days after visiting.

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  38. Punk

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Above average wine list, meat a little more spicy than expected. Dark interior made difficult to read menu. But great place! I returned there after 10 years and I felt significant improvement .

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  39. MarcG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat at the bar and had a wonderful time, from the reception to the server to the sommelier, they answer any questions about the details of the menu, the and the wine pairing.

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  40. JamieB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Elligent dining to another level. Very social, yet personable. Smooth ambiance, knowledgeable and emotionally intelligent servers. The food created fireworks inside mouth, it was truly amazing. Great view spot in the national capital celebrating various food spices internationally.

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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 191 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 p.m.


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
  • Neighbourhood
    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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