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Play Food & Wine

$$ - $$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
+1 613-667-9207
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first night in Ottawa and we planned this restaurant! Great night out! Great food and service! Can totally recommend this based on our experience!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank stephaniefromcanada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fun time to ring in 2019 with some experiments in small plates - the sweetbreads were judged the best of the night and the main-course fish (sea bass?) melted like butter. The mille feuille was different and not what we expected on the downside...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank T-gas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

a friend recommended and i am so glad we went. i was on a work conference and we had some spare time to explore Ottawa. What a great restaurant in Byward Market....love the concept of small plate and the fact that you have such amazing...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DianeGlenn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Play Food & Wine is a unique eating experience. Their menu is made of unusual small plates....they recommend two choices per person and based on our experience, they are right, which puts it in the pricier, (considering they are appetizer sizes) but not ridiculous range....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Stevedora
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The smell of food. Everywhere. Tables all taken at 1:00 pm. A few spots at the bar. Tried their sake Good But should be warmed. Their soup? Fantastico. And just watched the other diners eat and drink. Two plates for $25 at lunch. Come with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank lornab414
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our second visit (this time for a large family brunch; first time was a romantic dinner) and Pay, again, stood out as THE place to eat in Ottawa. Amazing food, charming atmosphere and friendly staff. Our place in Ottawa!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank HSTraveller22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live a few blocs away from this restaurant, It is where I bring friends for dinner. I like the selection of food and wine. The menu allows us to choose the right quantity of food for our stomach size. So every one is properly...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Marie G
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Good wine selection and delicious food. It’s pricey but worth it and a great location in the Byward Market.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Neil38
Reviewed December 15, 2018

We go to Play Food and Wine twice a month and it never fails. The menu changes seasonally while retaining some of the tried and true items. Service is friendly and efficient, staff very knowledgeable about the food and wine they are serving. Wine list...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BellyFullmmmm
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Play is the best lunch option available in the market. Food and service is consistently great. Make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

Date of visit: December 2018
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August 30, 2018|
Response from FernOttawaOn | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no it is in the byward market area which is very busy with street parking and a few lots. Streets are narrow.
Andres I
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.
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $86
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 York St | Sussex Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5S7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-667-9207
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