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Play Food & Wine

1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-667-9207
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Ranked #5 of 2,160 restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $86
Cuisines: French, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I met a good friend that I had not seen for a long time. We talked constantly, shared family and travel photos. The service could not hâve been better. Not only did she speak french but she was attentive to our slower pace eating, we were sharing so much! The food was excellent, a thaï inspired soup and hank steak... More

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Ottawa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

When I made a reservation I stated that I need to eat gluten free. We found The staff very knowledgeable about gluten free food and cross contamination. Our server gave me a menu with GF options clearly marked- and there were lots of them! The food was very good and the service very professional. We'll definitely return.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I had lunch here last Friday. They have a "small plates" concept which works exceptionally well. All the food was superb; the room is delightful; and the service was outstanding. This is in another league altogether from the more typical Ottawa steakhouse or family restaurant. Highly recommended

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I am a regular at Play, and here's why I keep going there over and over again, and why I bring all my friends there when they visit the region for the first time: The food is awesome. I love the small plate concept! Even as a big guy that loves food, I always eat enough when I go there... More

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Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stopped in (and were not very well dressed). The hostess said they were quite booked but we could have a seat on the bar stools outside the open kitchen. The food and service were excellent. Keane made great suggestions and was very pleasant. He was there exactly when we needed him to be. The restaurant serves small bites so... More

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have been going to Play on a fairly regular basis over the past few years. It has never disappointed me! The menu changes are always welcome, the food is prepared to perfection, and the ability to share it with your dinner partner makes it fun and interesting. Finally, the service is outstanding, the servers are knowledgable, always professional and... More

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Friends warned us that Play was not romantic and shouldn't be counted on to satisfy the diner in search of a real meal. Maybe that's true on both counts although my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Play. Service was attentive and prompt (despite the fact that we had a trainee waiter) and the food was everything we expected and more.... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Play's concept is "small plates" - I didn't know what that meant either but it's a bit more substantial than tapas... kind of a DIY tasting menu. A completely civilised way to eat, in my opinion. I turned up with two friends without booking. Once we'd got past the surly teenager on the door (who seemed to be doing us... More

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Brooklyn, New York
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Play concept is centered around a long list of small plates - and an equally long list of wines. It's a kind of tapas place, although not really Spanish food. I was there with a group of colleagues and enjoyed the place tremendously. The food and wine were excellent and so was the service. The place itself is stylish... More

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Bancroft, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

On Thursday, July 10th, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Play. The small plate menu is most interesting, and each bite was pure enjoyment. Attention to detail and flavour was evident. Our server Erin was outstanding, and guided us through the menu, with intelligent conversation about flavours and wine pairings. Excellent value, 2 plates for $22 lunch special. Absolutely outstanding.... More

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