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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
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Princeton, New Jersey
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food, be prepared to enjoy great flavors, but you can't change anything. Quirky that way. Overall, terrific experience

Thank rellah
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

grate meeting point , allot of fun, definitely grate for groups offer only on Sunday " Sunday supper " and that is perfect, not a big wine list but they do not charge if you B.Y.O. wine, and again perfect for all taste and wallet.

Thank krismao
Vancouver, Washington
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141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the pork belly steam bun, Brussel sprouts and fried chicken and they were all amazing! Both bartenders were attentive and knowledgeable. I wish I lived here so I could come again! YUM!!!

Thank RQ-Traveler12
Santa Ana, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is perhaps one of the country's most innovative eateries. They do cooking with an attitude. Think young computer nerds and carry that fervor to the kitchen and you get the idea.

Thank etrotter3d
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This another one of those great places worth the drive to in Sanata Ana. Jason, who started the restaurant 7 years ago is an amazing chef. The craft beer and food change daily. If your a foodie and want to experience something new and exotic, this is the place.

Thank Scott F
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The food was spectacular. Our server was great. The fried chicken - although sounds a little strange - was PHENOMENAL. This is a place to which you must go.

Thank Justin H
Villa Park, California
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175 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

We love The Playground for it's location, food and atmosphere. All the servers are knowledgeable and the menu is wonderful. They have a very good wine selection, as well. Make sure to call for reservations far in advance because they get booked up for weeks. That right there tells you how good it is!

Thank Christie V
Orange County, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

My girlfriends took me here for work celebration. There are no substitutions and I believe the menu changes daily depending on that the chefs have on hand. Everything was really tasty. Even their signature cocktails that they run out of if you don't jump on it.

Thank DrMom14
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

This was my first time here, and I can't WAIT to come me back!!! Every single bite (and we tried four dishes) was incredibly unique, tasty, and fun to eat. Having traveled all across the country and even lived in Vegas for a year, I have never experienced anything like this. The waitstaff was down to earth, friendly, and helpful... More 

Thank Elizabeth L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

My hubby and I have enjoyed coming here for the last few years! Jason's use of spices and food is amazing and there is something for everyone to enjoy! This restaurant has opened my eyes to foods I would never have considered ordering! I appreciate that the Playground does not make any changes to their dishes. The creations the kitchen... More 

Thank JNPHamrick

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $50
Seafood, American, International, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions
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?