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Play Food & Wine

#11 of 2,265 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Byward Market Area
French, Tapas, Wine Bar
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-667-9207
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
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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
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 346
    Excellent
  • 185
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
May be if you live in ottawa, it's better than average.

A trendy bar. Except for it is a modern type of bar, can't say anything more. It's an OK place at best even though I went there reading reviews in some ottawa magazine. Went on a weekday. Had wine and figure foods. I travel a lot and have been to really nice restaurants. So in comparison just an... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

A trendy bar. Except for it is a modern type of bar, can't say anything more. It's an OK place at best even though I went there reading reviews in some ottawa magazine. Went on a weekday. Had wine and figure foods. I travel a lot and have been to really nice restaurants. So in comparison just an average place

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I'm pretty sure I've reviewed Play Food and Wine before, but just in case I haven't, it's one of my favourite places to eat in Ottawa. It's in a great location (Byward Market) and the small plate options, not to mention the wine selection, are very appealing and tasty. The whole meal was great but the best part was the... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This is absolutely one of Ottawa's best restaurants. The food is amazing and inventive. The atmosphere is lovely. The staff is super knowledgable about food and wine and treats everyone well. What more can you ask for?

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Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The concept of small plates so you can try or share numerous menu items is a Fun one. All of the food options we tried were excellent, tasty and beautifully presented. The wine pairing suggestions on the menu really add to the experience. Value is good and service was excellent. A truly enjoyable dining experience

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is one of my favorite places in Ottawa. Small plates, awesome selection of unique wines by the glass, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great spot for an evening of small plates and chance to pair wines with each selection. Interesting and delicious choices - staff very friendly and well informed.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had lunch with my daughter to celebrate her 19th birthday. It was a lovely experience as always, over far too soon despite our relaxed pace. The only off-notes were the two deep-fried items (my frites and my wife's apple struedel), which were oily and soggy, not bright and crisp as they ought to have been. Otherwise, the food was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

So enjoy the food and ambiance, not to mention the wine selection. A wonderful spot to share foods with friends in an unhurried pace.

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If I have a free day in the market during the week, I always try to make it to Play for their lunch special (though I noticed it has gone up in price). The cheese plate is always a favourite, as well as the pork belly (though how it's done sometimes changes). The staff are always very friendly and helpful!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I go every time I have guests from out of town. It is an upscale but not over the top place, with inventive food that we can share and the service is attentive. It is consistently very good, right in the Byward Market and we leave with a smile and a renewed decision to return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: 613-667-9207

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 86
  • Cuisine: French, Tapas, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?