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

Play Food & Wine

4.6
4.6
158 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Wed–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 158 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Innovative

  • Ottawa

    Great for fine wines

158 Reviews
  1. wcctracy

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. MehdiA

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  3. Great

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. JamesD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love to sit at the bar. The service is always excellent, the experience is special.

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  10. KBeauvoir

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super service, comme d'habitude. Tout était bon, mais le choix est vraiment réduit en comparaison avec il y a quelques mois et même années. Les plats étaient bien réalisés, mais manquaient parfois d'un peu d'éclat. Nous y sommes souvent allés et avons régulièrement été marqués par certains plats mémorables, mais cela n'a pas été le cas cette fois.

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  11. CynthiaC

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When bartender found out I was a Champagne expert living in Paris he poured me a glass of Canadian sparkling wine to try. That is hospitality! Loved the mushroom croquettes and all the other flavours on the plate and the Syrah pairing. I will go back next time I am in Ottawa.

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  12. Kiki

    Ottawa

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. Loved the steak frites. Gnocchi was a bit weirdly sweet. Room was a bit chilly for a February night when I want to be cozy. I didn’t like that when I paid, the guy held onto the machine while I had to select between 18% 20% or 25% tip.. awkward and I don’t like tipping that much especially when they include tip on the tax.

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  13. RYOW

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great first time to Play with a friend. They were VERY helpful with ordering with an allergy at our table.

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  14. JudithR

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greatest small plates - bursting with flavour! Love this place. Lunch and dinner.

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  15. CherylP

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve never had anything but a stellar experience at Play, and this recent lunch was no exception. The food was excellent and the 2 small plates for $30 is great value. The service was attentive without hovering. Highly recommend.

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  16. LindaK

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding , as was the service & atmostphere. We had a great evening !

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For new and interesting combinations of flavors, Play was 5/5. Each plate contained delightul surprises for the tastebuds! I think it best to let the diners enjoy their own discoveries rather than for me to describe mine. Of the 5 plates that we tried, each was unique in it's own way and truly delicious. We look forward to our next visit to Ottawa so we can enjoy another culinary experience at Play.

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  18. Siren

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great value for lunch! Fun people watching from the window and seeing people touring the market by horse drawn carriages.

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  19. Chris

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small plates, brilliant pairings, exceptional service = great value.

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  20. Travelhobbit

    Ottawa

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere & small plate choices were interesting . I particularly enjoyed the steak & the gnocchi options. I wouldn’t recommend the raviolo plate, pricey for one large raviolo & the taste was ordinary . Our waiter Paul was great. Overall a very enjoyable evening.

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  21. MacAndrew

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience; will definitely come back

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  22. FantasticSpoon

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal...delicious flavour combinations, fabulous wine and excellent knowledgeable service. A great evening!

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  23. HistProf

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Kitchen got a little overwhelmed but service kept us in the loop and even offered a dessert for the wait. Will definitely be back.

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  24. DanielF

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, love the small-plates format and being able to share. Cocktails were fantastic and the service was above and beyond!

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  25. DaltonS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been to Play Food & Wine twice now, and I must say it is nothing short of remarkable. The food is impeccable, some of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted, without a doubt. The service is also incredible, with attentive servers and staff who ensure you have a wonderful evening. I have nothing but praise for the overall experience and look forward to my trips to Ottawa all the more having discovered this restaurant.

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  26. fussydiner

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not been for a while and it was great to finally return, although we were surprised to see that single dishes were no longer available (a minimum of 2 per person now) and that prices had increased BUT so had the portion size, so that felt OK. The service continues to be outstanding here. We had one dish that neither of us liked at all. It did not feel up to the usual high quality we usually get here. Our server insisted on getting us both something else and did so very promptly and with much grace and understanding. She also made a generous deduction to our final bill which more than made up for it. We love this place and will be returning again for sure.

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  27. BernardG

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is not as good as it used to be. The risotto was very bland and the plate of mushroom croquettes had much too many flavours and colours that crashed together. The cauliflower was too vinegary. Fortunately one dish was taken out of the total bill. We will wait a while before returning which is a shame as it used to be one of our favourite restaurants.

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  28. RebeccaL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambient with excellent food and service. We had a great time. The lingcod was fresh and sweet. Steak was cooked to perfection. Cocktails were well balanced taste.

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  29. MathieuL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were 4 and split the cheese and charcuterie plate and proceeded to have each 2 plates. We were completely full. The plates are a bit smaller than average hence why they suggest 2 plates. I would say small to mid size. Waiter explained how to select your plates based on your appetite. Each plate was delicious. The mushroom croquettes are one of the tables favourites, gnocchi as well. We also had the quail, sirloin and beet salad. Service was outstanding. I think the service definitely plays a role in the overall experience and really enjoyed our time at this place. Of course this is a little more high end but would consider this an affordable high end restaurant and worth it. The layout lets almost each table feel intimate. Would absolutely return and recommend !

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  30. IvonneG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were really good, we were all happy with it. What lacked was the service. We waited very long to get drinks and our server didn’t come around much, we had to flag him down anytime we wanted a drink. My friends ordered a cheese platter and had no idea of what the cheeses were as the server didn’t explain anything. they waited for our server to walk by so they could ask what they were. I’ve been here multiple times and this is the first time the service has lacked. The other thing we lacked is that we thought that since we put a special celebration down that they would bring a slice of cake or sing happy birthday or something and none of this happened. We decided not to say anything and just go somewhere else. The young lady who checked out coats was super friendly and detailed :). We appreciated her 😃.

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  31. BRUNOH

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food. really appreciate the mix of flavor and the two plates options.

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  32. TanisW

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall great experience, will definitely return. Booking online was fast and easy. Greeting at the door was friendly. Server was aware of food specific instructions that I had listed when booking and presented us with two glasses of bubbly “on the house”to celebrate our anniversary. Food was beautifully plated and full of flavour, perfect amounts on each dish. 10/10!

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  33. DanielD

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my girlfriend there for her birthday. Play is one of her favorite restaurants so she is rarely disappointed. We had a great table with very friendly staff waiting on us. The meal was excellent and we were given a couple of complimentary dessert drinks with our dessert. Overall I would definitely recommend play to friends and family.

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  34. AndrewC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A spot that is both lovely and fun. Wonderful food. And all wrapped up with truly fantastic service.

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  35. AdamoD

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant. Food was excellent, but prices were a bit high. That's the new Canada life I guess... I would recommend for any foodie visiting the area that like to explore flavours.

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  36. Genius

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional, if you haven’t tried, it’s a must! And also Beckta and Gezellig! Superb!

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  37. JacquesL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely satisfied with the location, service and food

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  38. BoDa

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was a bit slow. Took a while to get the dishes - 1 or 2 an hour. 3 hours seemed Long for the meal. Cold blast of air from the door whenever it opened. Need curtain or door to keep cold out. ravioli dish was served cold and we had to send it back. staff gave good recommendations and food was great.

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  39. MarinB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attended the New Year’s Eve 10 course tasting menu and it was truly amazing. Loved the food and drink pairings and the staff were amazing.

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  40. TimC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience. The food was incredibly balanced and the flavors were fantastic. The service was friendly and professional. We would definitely return to this restaurant.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Play Food & Wine is rated 4.6 stars by 158 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Play Food & Wine

1 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z5

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 Wed–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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