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The Playground

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220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644 (Spurgeon)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

4 COURSES, 3 CHEFS, 12 DISHES IN TOTAL. What a meal. Dining with culinary enthusiasts and served by the culinary creatives themselves is quite the dining experience. Where else in Orange County is your palette entertained with such artistry? The genuine passion for transforming an everyday ingredient into a food delicacy is demonstrated at Playground 2.0. A must for local... More 

Thank ED G
Santa Ana, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is made to perfection. Drinks are superb. Staff is down to earth, knowledgeable, attentive. Not open on Mondays!

Thank Tim M
Wilmington, Delaware
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place seriously rocks. Amazing eclectic food and a fantastic drink menu (especially beers). We let our server (Jordan) choose our food, and every course blew us away. We particularly loved the Filet Mignon steak tartare and Grilled Peach.

Thank Bob V
Orange, California
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and his fiancée had eaten at The Playground several times and decided to have their wedding rehearsal dinner there. Before making a final decision, they took my husband and I for dinner at this wonderful eatery. We ordered our meal omikaze (several different courses, chosen by the server) and were in heaven with each course. The sous-vide pork... More 

Thank Karen P
san diego
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A hip happening spot in revitalized downtown Santa Ana. My foodie millennial son took us there and it was quite the place. The décor was the current standard concrete floors, reclaimed wood, exposed ducts, high and low table seating and a bit noisy. It had that 'active vibe". Interesting craft cocktails were enjoyed by all and I got a kick... More 

Thank gofishanthonys
Robert Q, Owner at The Playground, responded to this review

Thank you. Diners like you are the reason we get up in the morning. More 

Signal Hill, California
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I normally feel compelled to write a review when something is really good or really bad. The Playground is REALLY good. 10 courses, great atmosphere, outstanding dishes, reasonably priced cocktails. I visited on Sun 7/24 for Sunday Supper and was pleasantly surprised. I was with a group of 6 and the food was outstanding. The "pork chop" was more like... More 

Thank TonyG562
Robert Q, Owner at The Playground, responded to this review

Tony, thanks for taking the time to publish a review. We're thrilled you enjoyed our Sunday Supper. I'm responding to your review only to let Trip Advisor readers know that we'll soon be ending Sunday Supper. By my count we've only got five left. We'll use our Sunday evenings for private events and a monthly themed blow-out dinner, something along... More 

Fountain Valley
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Please do not ask for substitutions or salt. They know their stuff here and a good list of beers too. Let them guide you to the perfect dish.

Thank joelstephanier
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved every bit of it !! Must go ! Enjoyed the service and "different" menu.. It changes during the week depending on the fresh ingredients they can find .. The taste lives up to it and The atmosphere is fun too :) the black mission fig dessert was totally decadent !

Thank Hammad K
Orange County, CA
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Went to the Ultimate Steak Dinner at Playground 2.0 a couple of weeks ago. We went to the earlier seating at 6pm. Playground 2.0 is run by the same wonderful people at the Playground and the actual restaurant is behind the original. You buy tickets to 2.0 online and you can see their monthly events to choose what you'd like.... More 

Thank rkmoy
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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117 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The food was excellent. Steam buns, brussels sprouts, fried chickan. All amazing. Don't miss the dessert -- the sticky pudding is incredible!

Thank Matt K

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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
$30 - $50
Seafood, American, International, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: 17145604444
Chef driven, ingredient driven affordable small plates and craft cocktails and beers. A young and creative team of chefs led by Executive Chef, Jason Quinn, change up the menu daily to keep the dining experience fresh and exciting. Orange County's "Best Bartender" making exciting craft cocktails and Santa Ana's best beer program, with 15 craft beers on tap and approximately 60 bottled beers, including many rarities. The dining experience is different at Playground: You're expected to share, so don't think in terms of my dish or your dish, and we're stubborn about our no-modification rule. If you're adventurous you'll probably love it; if you need control over your dish preparation, you probably won't.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?