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Play Food & Wine

#17 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Byward Market Area
French, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-667-9207
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12:00 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
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 408
    Excellent
  • 222
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Perfect night out!

Great experience every time. We always take the steak and never disappointed. Wine pairing is perfect.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Chantal S
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great experience every time. We always take the steak and never disappointed. Wine pairing is perfect.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Really great food paired with the perfect wine. I've been here 3 times and never left disappointed. I love the idea of getting multiple plates and sharing them. And the cheese plates are always great too!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It was just what we were looking for. We wanted to experience a variety of flavours without feeling we each needed to have a 5 course meal. None of the three of us have big appetites. We had 5 different dishes and there was enough for each of us to have a good taste. The highlight for me was the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A great place to eat. Wonderfully tasty food! The small plate format allows me to sample different dishes in one sitting. Where each dish leaves me wanting to order it a second time.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Dined with a group of five. Ordered almost all the savoury dishes and the highlights were definitely the trout, gnocchi and beef lettuce wraps. Flavours all on point and fresh. This was my second visit and will be back.

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We love the notion of small plates because it allows you to sample more. Play has an excellent selection of generous-sized small plates. The food is beautifully prepared and well presented. Great selection of wine and beers to allow lots of pairings. Staff tremendous at making suggestions. Overall, the service was excellent. We highly recommend Play to anyone visiting Ottawa.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Came to the restaurant for the first time for a family reunion in May ....and the food was fairly good ....if not expensive... Servers were very friendly ....however several of us were sick afterwards so not too sure what we ate there but it didn't sit well ....

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

General: This small (10 + tables) venue on the corner of York and Sussex is impeccably clean. With windows on two sides, the place is bright and airy. A few steps to get in from York Street (the Sussex entrance is not being used) Décor: Simple and elegant with stylish fixtures and accents Service: Our waiter Jeremy was very professional... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

... A cheese to do the same. This is one of my favourite spots for a fun night out. The staff has always been great and the cheese board was excellent. I've also done the revolving menu of tapas and it's amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Four of us had a really superb meal here this evening. Play is all about sharing plates, so we shared :) We ordered 7 plates and 2 sides and no one left hungry. Most memorable was....everything, but possibly the beef in lettuce wrap, and the octopus. AND my salty caramel tart dessert. To DIE for. The cocktail list is creative.... 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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?