Play Food & Wine

Tapas Restaurant and Wine Bar · Byward Market-Parliament Hill
1 York Street (@ Sussex Dr), Ottawa ON K1N 5S7, Canada
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • Noon–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–Midnight
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No

Play is the creation of Stephen Beckta and Chef Michael Moffatt of the renowned Beckta dining & wine. Our menu focuses on constantly changing small plates and large selection of wines by-the-glass.

8.4/10

Based on 109 votes

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    Sally C.
    "Hanger steak and procuiotto are delicious."(5 Tips)
    Tracey D.
    "always have a selection of cheese"(2 Tips)
    Myriam D.
    "Gnocchi and octopus are excellent!"(3 Tips)
    Patrick D.
    "Tartare is the best in town !"(3 Tips)
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  • hanger steak
  • wine
  • gnocchi
  • tartare
  • romantic
  • french fries
  • pork belly
  • scallops
  • trendy
  • tasting menu
  • good for a late night
  • fancy
  • good service
  • cozy
  • wild boar
  • cocktails
  • authentic
  • octopus
  • French pastries
  • cheese
  • JJ T.

    Great tapas / small plate spot.

    JJ Thompson · 2 weeks ago
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  • Frank M.

    Good for a fancy quick lunch.

    Frank More · June 14
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  • Myriam D.

    Gnocchi and octopus are excellent! Too much chips with the tuna tartare. Service is very good.

    Myriam D. · April 23
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  • David G.

    Try the Boar Sausage...fantastic!

    David Gray · April 17
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  • Boris J.

    Friendly staff

    Boris Jukic · February 28
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  • linnie

    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)

    linnie · January 13
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  • Ghaida Y.

    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!

    Ghaida Yalla · December 23, 2014
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  • Colin B.

    Expensive wine, craft beer, cocktails. What's not to like?

    Colin Brown · November 13, 2014
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  • Brian E.

    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.

    Brian Essex · September 30, 2014
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  • LeSombre

    Everything is always top notch! Love this place!

    LeSombre · August 20, 2014
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  • Reena B.

    Bekta restaurants are a safe bet. I had a great dessert that was a combination of different gelato flavours. Yum.

    Reena B-S · August 8, 2014
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  • Marvin M.

    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

    Marvin Mak · July 1, 2014
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  • Iain M.

    Get there quick, while the fiddleheads are still in season & on the menu. Going, going, gone #MyOttawa

    Iain Mallory · June 19, 2014
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  • Sally C.

    Cheese plate is excellent. Hanger steak and procuiotto are delicious. Fun place.

    Sally Cedar · May 24, 2014
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  • nellleo

    Tuna + steak

    nellleo · March 27, 2014
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  • Sam P.

    Try the steak! Absolutely delicious and so worth it!

    Sam Pearson · March 14, 2014
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  • Gregory T.

    The beef tartare is fabulous!

    Gregory Thiell · February 5, 2014
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  • Donna J.

    A great place to experiment wit mixing and matching wine with the food.

    Donna Jacobs · November 5, 2013
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  • Rory W.

    Excellent! Great seasonal menu and choices for the daring and not so daring.

    Rory W · October 8, 2013
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  • Elliot N.

    The blue hanger steak is to die for!

    Elliot Ng · August 17, 2013
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  • David P.

    2 plats pour 20$ le midi! Tout est vraiment délicieux!

    David Parenteau · July 30, 2013
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  • Renan C.

    Dirty. Incredibly small portions. Low quality wine. But friendly stuff.

    Renan Cakirerk · June 22, 2013
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  • Megan

    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.

    Megan · May 9, 2013
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  • Katrina B.

    The ancient grains is a must!:)

    Katrina Barker-Pater · April 13, 2013
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  • Lauren S.

    2 dishes for $20 is the world's best lunch deal. Hello, gnocchi always.

    Lauren Simmons · March 16, 2013
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  • Ann-Sophie P.

    I loved the food and wine pairing. Especially the gnocchi / pickled squash / sage / honey / mushroom / chard with the Thirty Bench. The pairing was exceptional.

    Ann-Sophie P. · December 17, 2012
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  • Norm T.

    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.

    Norm Thomas · September 6, 2012
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  • Jon W.

    Super accommodating to gluten-free diners

    Jon Wade · March 15, 2012
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  • A M.

    Tweet about them, they'll tweet back!

    A McC · February 15, 2012
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  • Joanne C.

    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!

    Joanne Chianello · November 8, 2011
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  • Tracey D.

    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!

    Tracey D'Aviero · June 17, 2011
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  • Jeremy T.

    Hangar steak. That is all.

    Jeremy Tyrrell · June 8, 2011
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  • Rachelle F.

    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!

    Rachelle Forsyth · April 30, 2011
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  • david k.

    They don't have any Peychaud's: Improvisation worked wonderfully. Thanx

    david kulawick · April 2, 2011
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  • Jean-Yves M.

    Get the wine and cheese flight!

    Jean-Yves Martineau · February 12, 2011
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  • Ben H.

    Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Drink this.

    Ben Hodson · February 8, 2011
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  • Adam S.

    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.

    Adam Stanley · December 11, 2010
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  • Two P.

    Small portions ala tapas bar so if you're a hearty eater order many plates. We like the mussels and burger.

    Two PickyFoodies · November 23, 2010
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  • mayo

    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.

    mayo · October 24, 2010
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  • Vicken K.

    Food is great, many delicious plates. Watch out though, the portions are small.

    Vicken Kanadjian · October 10, 2010
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  • Carolynn L.

    From 10pm to close, three wine flights paired with 3 cheeses only $20. Perfect late night snack :)

    Carolynn Lacasse · September 22, 2010
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  • François L.

    Great atmosphere, food was creative and very good. Portions are tapas style: count 3 dishes per pers. for a regular appetite ($12-15 each).

    François Lajeunesse · September 6, 2010
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  • Martin C.

    Try the hanger steak

    Martin Champoux · August 27, 2010
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  • James W.

    Try the zucchini and the scallops.

    James Ward · August 27, 2010
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  • applesauce

    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

    applesauce · July 28, 2010
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  • Glen M.

    Digby scallops were amazing today.

    Glen McGregor · May 14, 2010
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  • Patrick D.

    Tartare is the best in town ! Great ambiance!

    Patrick Dault · May 11, 2010
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  • Tariq P.

    The Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) is fantastic.

    Tariq Piracha · February 10, 2010
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  • Samer F.

    The sweatbread at this place is salty but good. The steak is over rated

    Samer Forzley · January 24, 2010
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