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Play Food & Wine

#17 of 2,220 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 - 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, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 410
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  • 225
    Very good
  • 56
    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
innovative small plates; attentive service

Really enjoyed the dining experience at Play. We shared snacks (grilled corn and red lentil fritters) with cocktails and the actual dinner included hangar steaks, grilled romaine, octopus, tuna, tomato salad and beef laab - this last dish was the most tasty of all, but everything was beautifully... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
lemonloaf
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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140 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed the dining experience at Play. We shared snacks (grilled corn and red lentil fritters) with cocktails and the actual dinner included hangar steaks, grilled romaine, octopus, tuna, tomato salad and beef laab - this last dish was the most tasty of all, but everything was beautifully presented and with some interesting combination of flavours. Good to know that... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Play is a favorite restaurant of mine in Ottawa. I always eat here when I visit this city. I've eaten at several other restaurants in Byward Market over the years, and Play is the best (it's the only one I've continued to visit). Not only does the food taste great, but the presentation is beautiful. I always chat with the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a restaurant with great aspirations that just falls a bit shy in meeting them. The service was impeccable, but then again we were there mid-afternoon when there were perhaps two other tables being served. The food and wine pairings are a nice idea and we quite appreciated the interesting wine list. Unfortunately, the food just didn't live up... More 

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Brossard, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this restaurant and unfortunately we didn't really like. The idea is excellent: each entree is already matched with a wine on the menu. None of the choices we made was out of this world. The bottles of wine seemed to have been left opened for a long time...the bread didn't taste fresh...we had a hard time understanding... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Highlight is definitely the steak frites. Good cocktails, and fun shareable options. Great service and affordable good eats in the market.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

All things considered, this might be my "go to" restaurant in Ottawa. We've been multiple times, love coming over at night for cheese and wine at the bar. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I've brought friends here when they're visiting Ottawa because I know it's going to be good. Great small plates and awesome location. No complaints, definitely... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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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

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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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, Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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?