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Play Food & Wine

#14 of 2,158 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 - 11:00 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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 359
    Excellent
  • 200
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Classic Italian food in the Byward Market

I had an enjoyable dinner here with a large group. Service was hardworking for our large table. Food came out hot. I had a vegetarian pasta (can't remember what it was called), which was very flavourful and enjoyable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Edmo_Joe
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Edmonton, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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629 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Edmonton, Canada
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I had an enjoyable dinner here with a large group. Service was hardworking for our large table. Food came out hot. I had a vegetarian pasta (can't remember what it was called), which was very flavourful and enjoyable.

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ottawa canada
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Went with my girl friend and her son. The place is pretty big, surprising for the location. Seem to have a large downstairs for occasions, there was a wedding on at the time, and a large upstairs. Both very nicely decorated. Service was quick and knowledgable. The tapas are really very unique, lots of different options. Be daring, try some... More 

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Burlington, Canada
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Our family enjoyed a great dinner at Play last week. The food is excellent, the portions are appropriate, and the service was relaxed and professional. The server accurately described the dishes when asked for advice and was also knowledgeable about the wine list. This our second time eating here when we come to Ottawa to visit family, and continues to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We've come here last year during race weekend and decided to come back this year. The food quality is excellent if you like a small plates formula. They have a great selection of wines. The mood is quite cool for a night out with friends and you won't break the bank.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The tapas-style plates were tasty despite being slightly over-cooked. The wine list is decent. The location at the edge of the ByWard Market was convenient.

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ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

we dined at Play on Saturday night and found the service and food excellent. we will be going back soon.....

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Vancouver, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I had a very quick trip to Ottawa and I really wanted to enjoy a meal instead of suffering through the rubber-chicken meals at hotel restaurants or succumbing to the yawns that accompany a meal at Milestones. So I asked some locals, commandeered a new friend, and headed to Play. It was great! Relaxed, yet buzzing. In fact it got... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This was a real surprise packet for us. The menu is really good and the opportunity to share plates is always welcome although the plates they are presented on can lead you to believe they are not for sharing . There are 2 levels to the restuarant and the upstairs in much noisier than downstairs . Not a bad think... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by some of the locals and we were not disappointed. Lunch is a particularly good time to go because the menu is the same as the dinner menu but they have special pricing - 2 choices for $22.00 which is an excellent deal for this lovely food. The octopus was delicious, and the chocolate pate was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The food is tapas style albeit bigger portions. We ordered 6 plates for 3 people and a bottle of wine. The server who had a British accent was great and provided very good service. We had the Boar, Octopus, Quail, Gnoochi, Pork belly and Beef Laab. For wine we had the Reisling from Hungary. Never had Hungarian wine before, loved... More 

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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: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, 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

Questions & Answers

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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?