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

Play Food & Wine

4.7
4.7
192 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 36 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 192 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
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

192 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely restaurant, the food was delicious and original. I especially liked the asparagus dish. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Overall a great meal. Thank you

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  2. SJW1

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2024

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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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 192 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 36 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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