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Play Food & Wine

#6 of 2,169 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Byward Market Area
Wine Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free
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1 York Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Waited 20 minutes for my drink. Actually received my first course and was almost finished eating it when my drink came. Cutlery wasn't on my section at the bar. Pleasant staff. Had the albacore crudo which was a melange of flavors that seemed to compete with each hanger steak was nicely prepared. Chocolate page dessert was rich but the rhubarb... More 

Thank CharmingACM
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing dishes!! Great wine pairings!! Love the idea of sharing plates of food! Such a taste adventure for your body and soul :) Reasonably priced too - excellent and professional service. You won't be disappointed :)

Thank Brookside30
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having read so many wonderful reviews, we reserved a spot for lunch to cap a visit to the National Gallery. (the restaurant is a very short walk away.) We had a table on the second floor with a lovely view and great service - but otherwise the dining experience was underwhelming. The only bright note was the charcuterie platter, well... More 

1 Thank Oakville_mommy
Toronto, Canada
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I came to this restaurant the day the President Obama spoke to Parliament. It was a bit surreal walking along Wellington and then Sussex Streets to get there due to all the security and road closures. This restaurant has a wide variety of small plates - all beautifully crafted and delicious. While I was there, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau dropped in... More 

George Town, Grand Cayman
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a memorable family meal here. Lots of creative naturally gluten free choices on the menu. A good choice in Byward area. Great for a group that likes sharing.

Thank BoobyPonder
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many times. I know nothing about wine but I know what I like when I taste it and they are so accommodating. I don't don't like asking to taste wine or even spending the time tasting it... And I think it is rude to put a server through that. I think they would let me taste... More 

Thank Janet J
Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was great.Everyone loved their meals and the lunch menu offered many choices.

Thank selena w
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our Play experience.. The staff were fabulous, informative and fun. The food and wine were excellent and for our last night in Ottawa we couldn't have chosen better. Go!

Thank GiSKW
Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely different. Staff were fantastic but the menu tries to be too bold. Too many different flavours trying to compete on the same plate so when you have to order several dishes you come away with a feeling of 'what just happened'.

1 Thank SuenDrew
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OMG…love, love, love Play Food and Wine!!! Had such a lovely lunch with the honeys and we all really enjoyed this menu!!! Everyone should go before they change the menu (as they do base on local produce- season). Two Plates for $22 at lunch is amazing. There is something for everyone. Kristy-Anne (10 year old daughter) had the artichoke &... More 

1 Thank Nathalie M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $86
Wine Bar, Canadian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 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 - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:45 pm
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
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

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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?