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Play Food & Wine

#7 of 2,309 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Byward Market Area
Wine Bar
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
613-667-9207
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 473
    Excellent
  • 270
    Very good
  • 67
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Great way to end an evening out in the Market area.

Late night gathering with a few friends. We tried the flights of wine with cheese platter, excellent choice to end an evening. Service was attentive, staff was well informed and pleasant. Great night.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Stephanie F
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Denholm, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We been there several time to give it chance, however, this restaurant didn't cut it for us. We expected better presentation and you don't have much for what you pay. I wouldn't recommend the place to anyone.

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1 Thank Lise D
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Late night gathering with a few friends. We tried the flights of wine with cheese platter, excellent choice to end an evening. Service was attentive, staff was well informed and pleasant. Great night.

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Thank Stephanie F
Ottawa
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211 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Play continues to be a great member of the Beckta trio. Together with gezelling and of course Beckta this a top Ottawa restaurant. I have dined many times and again this last visit did not disappoint. The smoked bacon rabbit terrine was excellent and duck confit pappardelle quite the surprise. Dessert is great - chocolate pate hard to beat. The... More 

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Thank IntSommelier
Ottawa, Canada
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recently had the pleasure of having lunch at Play Food & Wine and it was beyond what I had remembered it to be. My last visit was over 2 years ago and I don't get downtown as often. My partner and I shared 4 divine dishes - each delicious. The wine list is impressive and boasts some not commonly... More 

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Thank HappyCamper155004
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have always enjoyed the ambiance, the service and the food at Play. We are greeted at the door, had our winter gear stored, and are shown to our seats promptly. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu and provide suggestions for slight tweaks if necessary. There is no of sense of being rushed but nor is there a long... More 

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Thank Susan W
Georgetown, Guyana
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had been dying to try play and we finally got around to it. We had reservations for 8 pm and we were seated promptly. The wine selection is quite poor. I would recommend that they hire a sommelier to add some French, Italian and Spanish wines. I had the goat cheese with truffle entree and it... More 

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Thank angi6
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442 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 482 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant is very close to the Westin/Fairmont so very good for conference goers. 6 min walk. The restaurant is bigger than I expected, with upper floors. We had a group of 18 people, and Sarah the general manager arranged things very well for us. I am grateful to her professionalism and service. Food wise, it was very good. Very... More 

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1 Thank pw0867
Halifax, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband was looking forward to a lovely meal! It was somewhat desappointing! I think small plates are fantastic but make it special. The octopus was cold served with a potato salad. Some of the potatoes were not fresh. The grilled romaine was not so good because again it wasn't fresh. The hot smelts (2) in the salad were lovely.... More 

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Thank Carmen C
Toronto
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If I give a 4or 5 rating, it means I have the restaurant on my list as one I want to return to. It is difficult for me to articulate why Play turned into a 3. The waitstaff were hospitable, but seemed to take too long to interact with and serve us - I constantly felt like an afterthought. I... More 

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Thank scarlett_atom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had an amazing evening out at Play. Great setting with wonderful staff. Our waiter kindly guided us through the menu and wine options and ensure we had the best experience possible. The food was exceptional with wide selection to please everyone. Thanks for a great evening and we look forward to returning.

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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: Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?