Play Food & Wine

Tapas Restaurant and Wine Bar
Byward Market-Parliament Hill, Ottawa
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  • Sally C.
    "Hanger steak and procuiotto are delicious."(5 Tips)
    Tracey D.
    "always have a selection of cheese"(2 Tips)
    Ann-Sophie P.
    "I loved the food and wine pairing."(2 Tips)
    Patrick D.
    "Tartare is the best in town !"(3 Tips)
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  • Norm T.
    Norm ThomasSeptember 6, 2012
    The food is fabulous, the wine list, superb! I rarely go back to a place I went to once; I had the pleasure to go to Play four times and will go back again. Great with a guest or friends.
  • linnie
    linnieJanuary 13, 2015
    The staff here is incredible - they really know their stuff re wine pairings. Play keeps things fresh with a rotating menu (though it wisely always keeps on some of its popular dishes)
  • Tracey D.
    Tracey D'AvieroJune 17, 2011
    Hangar steak is great, we always have a selection of cheese, had pork belly for first time last visit and it is fantastic. I had Earl Grey creme brulee too - what a treat!
  • Rachelle F.
    Rachelle ForsythApril 30, 2011
    They are great with gluten allergies!! They substituted all bread with thinly sliced apple and it was great. I highly recommend this place. Try the pork belly, frites, and cheese plate!
  • Megan
    MeganMay 9, 2013
    I can't even describe how much I love this place. The cheese plate after 10pm is a great value - especially if you ask for crazy pairings.
  • Ann-Sophie P.
    Ann-Sophie P.December 17, 2012
    I loved the food and wine pairing. Especially the gnocchi / pickled squash / sage / honey / mushroom / chard with the Thirty Bench. The pairing was exceptional.
  • mayo
    mayoOctober 24, 2010
    Come for the food and wine; stay for the mixology. Quality, fresh ingredient cocktails aren't yet common in Ottawa, but Play has tuned in to this resurgent social activity. Try the prosciutto, too.
  • Reena B.
    Reena B-SAugust 8, 2014
    Bekta restaurants are a safe bet. I had a great dessert that was a combination of different gelato flavours. Yum.
  • Myriam D.
    Myriam D.April 23, 2015
    Gnocchi and octopus are excellent! Too much chips with the tuna tartare. Service is very good.
  • applesauce
    applesauceJuly 28, 2010
    My second-favorite restaurant in the city, also one of my favorites in the world. "Tasting menu", lots of amazing little things w/wine pairings. Make reservations. Highly recommended. Read more
  • Kenneth K.
    Tapa size dishes, good for share with 4 people and taste more different kinds of food among us
  • Adam S.
    Adam StanleyDecember 11, 2010
    Can't go wrong with the Frites. The aioli is to die for. Switch it up and order a selection of cheeses for appitizer. You won't be disappointed.
  • Rory W.
    Rory WOctober 8, 2013
    Excellent! Great seasonal menu and choices for the daring and not so daring.
  • Sally C.
    Sally CedarMay 24, 2014
    Cheese plate is excellent. Hanger steak and procuiotto are delicious. Fun place.
  • Elliot N.
    Elliot NgAugust 17, 2013
    The blue hanger steak is to die for!
  • François L.
    François LajeunesseSeptember 6, 2010
    Great atmosphere, food was creative and very good. Portions are tapas style: count 3 dishes per pers. for a regular appetite ($12-15 each).
  • JJ T.
    JJ ThompsonAugust 17, 2015
    Great tapas / small plate spot.
  • Ghaida Y.
    Ghaida YallaDecember 23, 2014
    Delicious but kind of stuffy and overpriced. Wish these kind of places didn't ruin tapas by making portions so small. That being said, a real treat taste wise!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SimmonsMarch 16, 2013
    2 dishes for $20 is the world's best lunch deal. Hello, gnocchi always.
  • Colin B.
    Colin BrownNovember 13, 2014
    Expensive wine, craft beer, cocktails. What's not to like?
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne ChianelloNovember 8, 2011
    Go for a romantic, late lunch on a Saturday. Any two items, $20. And try the 3-oz wine: great way to sample more than one vintage!
  • Iain M.
    Iain MalloryJune 19, 2014
    Get there quick, while the fiddleheads are still in season & on the menu. Going, going, gone #MyOttawa
  • Sam P.
    Sam PearsonMarch 14, 2014
    Try the steak! Absolutely delicious and so worth it!
  • Katrina B.
    Katrina Barker-PaterApril 13, 2013
    The ancient grains is a must!:)
  • LeSombre
    LeSombreAugust 20, 2014
    Everything is always top notch! Love this place!
  • Hina H.
    Hina HusainDecember 11, 2015
    The dishes are smaller than your average serving size, they're meant to be shared.
  • Carolynn L.
    Carolynn LacasseSeptember 22, 2010
    From 10pm to close, three wine flights paired with 3 cheeses only $20. Perfect late night snack :)
  • David G.
    David GrayApril 17, 2015
    Try the Boar Sausage...fantastic!
  • Donna J.
    Donna JacobsNovember 5, 2013
    A great place to experiment wit mixing and matching wine with the food.
  • Two P.
    Two PickyFoodiesNovember 23, 2010
    Small portions ala tapas bar so if you're a hearty eater order many plates. We like the mussels and burger.
  • Brian E.
    Brian EssexSeptember 30, 2014
    Maybe I came on an off night or I ordered the wrong items but I found our plates a little boring. From all the good reviews it sounds like I'll have to give it another chance.
  • Marvin M.
    Marvin MakJuly 1, 2014
    Not sure if an off night, but it took them 2 hours to get me 2 dishes. The food was mediocre tasting and extremely expensive for "appetizer" portions. I would not recommend to anyone
  • Nate M.
    Nate M.October 31, 2015
    Quebec cheese plate is must
  • Vicken K.
    Vicken KanadjianOctober 10, 2010
    Food is great, many delicious plates. Watch out though, the portions are small.
  • Gregory T.
    Gregory ThiellFebruary 5, 2014
    The beef tartare is fabulous!
  • Jon W.
    Jon WadeMarch 15, 2012
    Super accommodating to gluten-free diners
  • Frank M.
    Frank MoreJune 14, 2015
    Good for a fancy quick lunch.
  • Boris J.
    Boris JukicFebruary 28, 2015
    Friendly staff
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DaultMay 11, 2010
    Tartare is the best in town ! Great ambiance!
  • david k.
    david kulawickApril 2, 2011
    They don't have any Peychaud's: Improvisation worked wonderfully. Thanx
  • Renan C.
    Renan CakirerkJune 22, 2013
    Dirty. Incredibly small portions. Low quality wine. But friendly stuff.
  • A M.
    A McCFebruary 15, 2012
    Tweet about them, they'll tweet back!
  • nellleo
    nellleoMarch 27, 2014
    Tuna + steak
  • James W.
    James WardAugust 27, 2010
    Try the zucchini and the scallops.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HodsonFebruary 8, 2011
    Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Drink this.
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy TyrrellJune 8, 2011
    Hangar steak. That is all.
  • Jean-Yves M.
    Jean-Yves MartineauFebruary 12, 2011
    Get the wine and cheese flight!
  • Martin C.
    Martin ChampouxAugust 27, 2010
    Try the hanger steak
  • Glen M.
    Glen McGregorMay 14, 2010
    Digby scallops were amazing today.
  • David P.
    David ParenteauJuly 30, 2013
    2 plats pour 20$ le midi! Tout est vraiment délicieux!
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