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Play Food & Wine

1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-667-9207
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Ranked #6 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $86
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Cuisines: French, Tapas, Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for great atmosphere, attentive and friendly waiters, coupled with excellent value for delicious and modern inventive dishes, then Play Food & Wine is your destination.

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Laval, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Returned to Play for the 4th or 5th time. Stopped in for Sat. lunch and the food, as usual was great. My wife and I chose 2 plates with the wine pairings and all was fantastic. Our server was polite, helpful and efficient, however he suffered from a slight body odour which was unpleasant. I also had a long hair... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Great meal, lots of small plates, we had 5 and shared them. We brought our wine, with a corkage fee of 15$ but it worth it! Still they have a long list of wines. We will go back when my family will visit us, since we are from Quebec City. They have a lot of floors, i saw at least... More 

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ottawa canada
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183 reviews 183 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

First off make a reservation as you might not get seated. We ended up at a table over looking the kitchen. We ordered soup which was great. At $8 each. This restaurant meals are geared to sharing. We ordered 3 main courses which we could share. Portions were small but expected. Mains ranged from $13-$18. The scallop dish was tasty... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

After dining here last weekend, I can only conclude that the chef hates vegans. We were seated in the second floor dining area, and the kitchen must think we only eat unflavored vegetables. I had two dishes and neither was seasoned nor interesting, very sad when this place has a lot of hype to live up to. On the plus... More 

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Ottawa, ON, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Located in the market area of Ottawa, Play Food and Wine, offers a great Canadian dining experience. This is a small plates style so yet get to try lots of items. The menu is always changing due to the use of local products. Play is the place we like to take out of town visitors as its location allows for... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

the serving are small but it does not say you have to limit yourself to one item. We had a large group and the sever handle it exceptionally. The Tuna tartar was very fresh and flavorful but needed a little more spice. I also had the skirt steak with frites and it was perfect. My wine was a Malbec Bergerac... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was a great experience as we sat at the kitchen bar and watched in wonder as the cooks prepared the meals on a busy Saturday night. The staff were very friendly, the sous-chef even took the time to chat with us and answered our questions. The concept for the menu was interesting and the food was delicious. The wine... More 

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Ottawa Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've only been to Play lunch. The lunch time 2 small plate special is always good. The portion are of course not large but they are by no means too small. Pack full of great flavour, it always makes for a tasty light lunch.

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Val-des-Monts, Canada
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We have a great meal at this restaurant,love the food and service. Good ambiance! Love the small entrées and try the pétoncles.

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Additional Information about Play Food & Wine

Address: 1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 613-667-9207
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 86
Cuisine: French, Tapas, Wine Bar

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