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Play Food & Wine

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings

Location and contact

Menu

CHARCUTERIE‏
13.00
Pingue Prosciutto
Jalapeno jelly
9.00
Pork Rillette
Beet butter
11.00
Chorizo
Drunken raisins‏
10.00
Genoa Salami
Pear mustarda
19.00
Mixed Charcuterie Plate
SAVOURY
6.00
3oz 6.00
5oz 10.00
Celeriac Soup
Fennel oil / caramelized shallots tollgate white, stratus
12.00
3oz 6.00
5oz 10.00
Local Greens
Guanciale / blanche de chambly / parmesan gemischter satz, zahel
14.00
3oz 5.00
5oz 8.00
Marinated Gulf Shrimp
Almonds / bacon / quinoa riesling, sussreserve, rosewood
12.00
3oz 5.00
5oz 9.00
Caraway Roasted Carrots
Honey / cucumber / ricotta / basil chardonnay, cave spring
13.00
3oz 7.00
5oz 11.00
Grilled Pumpkin Salad
Chevre / pear / cinnamon tempura pipedown, organized crime
13.00
3oz 7.00
5oz 11.00
Bean Salad
Brussels sprouts‏ /prosciutto /sultana /sherry white rioja, vetiver
13.00
3oz 7.00
5oz 11.00
Beef Laab
Romaine / quinoa / pickled onion / cilantro / mint gewurztraminer, mittnact-klack
12.00
3oz 6.00
5oz 10.00
Little Neck Clams
Linguine / parmesan / chili / tomatillo /garlic gruner veltliner, rabl
16.00
3oz 7.00
5oz 11.00
Alaskan Scallops
Curry /cauliflower /collards /lemon /cilantro albarino, argos
13.00
Lamb Corn Dog
Miso mustard / zucchini / tomato
SIDES‏
4.00
Frites
Aioli
5.00
Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob
Lime leaf oil / fresh chilies
5.00
Baby Bok Choy
Miso /‏ fresh horseradish
6.00
Parsley Salad
Cured apples / granola / mint
CHEESE
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Lankaaster
Glengarry, on / cow gouda-style, nutty, sweet and salty
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Louis D’Or
Warwick, qc / raw cow nuts, fruit, floral notes
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Manchego
La mancha, spain / ewe salt y, tangy, nutty, firm
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Petits Vieux
Lac-ste-jean, qc / cow washed rind, firm, nutty, barn yardy
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Epoisses
Burgundy, france / raw cow pungent, creamy, full-flavoured
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Grey Owl
Notre-dame-du-lac, qc / goat creamy and chalky, ash rind, tangy
Three selections 13.00
Five selections 19.00
Blue Benedictine
Saint benoit, qc / cow creamy, salt, kirsch and almond undertones
SWEET‏
7.00
Pear Blue Cheese Crisp
Cardamom/ almonds/ sorbet
9.00
Pear Blue Cheese Crisp
Muscat de beaume de venise, trignon
6.00
Apple Cinnamon Beignets
Sultana walnut glaze
10.00
Apple Cinnamon Beignets
Late harvest‏ merlot, cattail creek
7.00
Honey Pound Cake
Orange / cranberry / rosemary
6.00
Honey Pound Cake
Sherry, oloroso, osborne
7.00
Yogurt Panna Cotta
Vanilla /currants /almond cookie
10.00
Yogurt Panna Cotta
Late harvest riesling, cave spring
8.00
Chocolate Pate
Cherry compote / caramel chantilly
9.00
Chocolate Pate
Port, colheita, calem, 1998
SPARKLING
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 159.00
Champagne Rose, Henri Abele, France, NV
Taste 5.00
Glass 9.00
Bottle 43.00
Cava, Conde De Caralt, Spain, NV
Taste 4.00
Glass 7.00
Bottle 35.00
Pom’or, Cidrerie St-Nicholas, Quebec
Taste 8.00
Glass 13.00
Bottle 62.00
Rose Brut, Gaudrelle, Loire, France, NV
51.00
Taste
Glass
Bottle
Whitecap, Hinterland, Prince Edward County, 2011
WHITE‏
Taste 7.00
Glass 11.00
Bottle 55.00
Albarino, Major De Mendoza, Spain, 2011
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 69.00
Chablis, Daniel Dampt, Burgundy, France, 2010
Taste 5.00
Glass 9.00
Bottle 45.00
Chardonnay, Estate, Cave Spring, Niagara, 2007
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 38.00
Chardonnay, Estrada Creek, Ca, 2009
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 109.00
Chardonnay, Talbot, Sleepy Hollow Vyd, Ca, 2010
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 99.00
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Domaine Nalys, 2009
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 45.00
Chenin Blanc, Estate, Cave Spring, Niagara, 2009
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 49.00
Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester Reserve, Stellenbosch
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 75.00
Cotes-Du-Rhone, Coudoulet De Beaucastel, Fr, 2009
Taste 6.00
Glass 10.00
Bottle 48.00
Gemischter Satz, Zahel, Vienna, Austria, 2011
DESSERT AND FORTIFIED
2oz 7.00
Bottle 72.00
Cabernet, Late Harvest, Angel's Gate, Niagara, 07
2oz 10.00
Bottle 60.00
Merlot, Late Harvest, Cattail Creek, Niagara, 08
2oz 9.00
Bottle 75.00
Muscat De Beaumes De Venise, Trignon, 2007
2oz 8.00
Bottle 79.00
Port, Tawny, Graham's, 10 Year
2oz 9.00
Bottle 99.00
Port, Colheita, Calem, 1998
2oz 14.00
Bottle 120.00
Port, Tawny, Taylor Fladgate, 20 Year
2oz 10.00
Bottle 59.00
Riesling, Indian Summer, Cave Spring, Niagara, 09
2oz 6.00
Bottle 54.00
Sherry, Oloroso, 10Rf, Osborne, Spain
ROSE‏
Taste 5.00
Glass 8.00
Bottle 39.00
Costieres De Nimes, or Et De Gueules, Fr 2011
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 59.00
Rose, Vin Gris De Cigare, Bonny Doon, Ca 2011
RED
Taste 6.00
Glass 10.00
Bottle 50.00
Agiorgitiko, Gaia, Greece, 2010
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 72.00
Amarone, Luigi Righetti, Italy, 2008
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 65.00
Baby Del Rey, Clos Del Rey, France, Vdp 2007
Taste 7.00
Glass 12.00
Bottle 58.00
Baco Noir, Res, Henry of Pelham, Niagara, 2010
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 53.00
Barbera, Terzetto, Bien Nacido, Ca, 2007
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 53.00
Barbera D’Asti, Cascina Castelet, Italy, 2011
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 79.00
Barolo, Matto, Italy, 2007
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 49.00
Beaujolais-Villages, Manor Du Carra, France, 2010
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 56.00
Blaufrankisch, Judith Beck, Austria, 2010
Taste n/a
Glass n/a
Bottle 58.00
Bolgheri, Poggio Al Ginepri, Tuscany, 2009
PRICE RANGE
$21 - $86
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Wine Bar, Canadian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I used to love Play, but I had not gone there for several years. We had a few visitors from out of town, so we decided to give it another try. The small plates are quite generous and the scallops were delicious although the seafood...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank familyh0liday2008
Reviewed 1 week ago

Does what it says on the tin serves delicious small plates and some fine wine in the heart of Ottawa. It has a slightly sophisticated but yet informal atmosphere, with a menu that seems to change pleasingly with the seasons (that’s two in Ottawa). Service...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Jason R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for lunch and so we had had their 2 tapas for $25 lunch special. Every thing was excellent. We had: - Tempeh and mushroom kimchi. - Grilled halloumi with zucchini noodles, piperade, olives and peanuts. - Linguine with mussels, crab, cod, sea asparagus...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank PandBtravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Relaxed atmosphere, flavourful food and prompt service have characterized both of my visits to Play. There is a lot of variety despite there being a relatively small number of dishes on the menu. The small plates allow patrons to taste numerous offerings.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank WhenJayJay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Flew in from Winnipeg to Ottawa to celebrate a special family birthday and they chose Play for dinner, based on the menu. Butternut squash soup and strip loin were good; anything with a tomato base was poor, tasted like Ragu jarred sauce and was sent...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank CherylH476
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Play with my spouse and some friends. Was decent. We made a reservation and were seated fairly quickly. The service was a bit slow. Took quite Awhile to receive our drinks and refills. The food was just ok, nothing spectacular, but still good....More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank N9296IGkathyb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been lucky to go to Play several times in past years, but they really came through for me on Thursday night. I called and requested a table for 9 with 15 minutes notice, and I feel truly lucky to have gotten a table,...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Nancy G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were two couples on a Friday night looking for good food and conversation. Well, we had the latter but the food did not live up to any of the hype associated with a Beckta establishment. The service was friendly and very considerate overall. We...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank OttawaBri
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for Saturday night dinner with another couple on a cool Saturday in May. Very friendly servers and always ready to serve. Here are the goods: bring your own wine with $20 dollar corkage and that is well worth. They do have an extensive...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Dan99191
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there for a Mother's Day treat with my son. Usually when I go to a restaurant, I go with an empty stomach because I usually get more food than I would eat at home. This did not work for this place. Yes it...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Pathfinder486517
August 30, 2018|
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Response from Shylo1 | Reviewed this property |
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andresi560
December 8, 2017|
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Response from caravino1 | Reviewed this property |
I recommend a reservation. We did not have one, but were able to sit at the bar, which we enjoy. So it wasn't a problem for us, if you want a table, make a reservation.
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593bradc
May 29, 2017|
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Response from Sarah W | Reviewed this property |
Hi From what I can remember, it is not wheel chair accessible. The restaurant is on the ground floor but you have to go up a couple of steps to enter.
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