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4 January 2020

Fabulous food, great service and fine wines

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29 December 2019

Excellent restaurant! Great service. We had cheese, charcuterie and dessert. Everything was delicious, fresh and of high quality. Price is fair and reasonable. We didn't have wine, but the wine menu looked very interesting, yet a bit expensive. Recommend checking this place out if you are in Ottawa. Also, great location; the place is across from the Ottawa sing. More...

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29 December 2019

Had an amazing pan seared salmon with farro, broccoli, mushrooms and pecan crumble. Haven't spent much time in Ottawa, but this is now one of my favourite spots for food in the city

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29 December 2019

Pure délice, une 3em expérience!!!! On ne peut se tanner de l’experience qu’ils nous procure.un détour et un re-détour a faire trop génial!!!

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23 December 2019

I had a bison. Exellent

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23 December 2019

Foods were absolutely amazing. Their cheese plate is a must try. And scallops were cooked to perfection. They melt in your mouth. Bison was tasty as well.

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16 December 2019

We have been going here a few times a year for many years.Always great food however, service is quite slow and staff aren't attentive.

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16 December 2019

Amazing food! I ordered the salmon and gnocchi and they were simply delightful! The plates (like the restaurant intend it) are small but their focus is on freshness, presentation and quality which they perfect! Hats off to the chefs who made my night a night to remember! I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation but count on paying at least 50-80$ per person without any alcool, for enough food to be full.The place and decor is quite nice, by setting a nice romantic mood. Definitely a must go for a romantic evening with a wife/girlfriend or if you want to impress a date. More...

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9 December 2019

Always a great food experience! Never ever had a bad meal here and the servers are on point!

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9 December 2019

This is my first time coming here. We had the lunch special of $25 for 2 plates. I had bison short ribs and spiced burger. The bison short ribs was really good and boneless. But the spiced burger was just okay. The service was okay and the place was clean. The price was a bit expensive though. More...

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1 December 2019

Amazing flavours and a great wine list!

Reviewed on Facebook

30 November 2019

Really like this spot - we visit every time we're in Ottawa. Manageable wine list and a good selection of small plates.

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26 November 2019

Great service! Great food! Love the vegan menu

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24 November 2019

Great service food was excellent

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21 November 2019

Nice wine list. Contemporary, creative menu, not on the cheap side. I enjoyed the scallops, even though they were a bit to much on the rare side.

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21 November 2019

Always a great experience. If you are looking for a classier alternative for a great meal, this is it. Smaller portions to allow multiple plates, incredible flavours, and always great drinks for pairing. Sister restos (Gazellig and Beckta) are also incredible choices if you want to go higher-end (in that order). More...

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21 November 2019

Great ambiance

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21 November 2019

This place came highly recommended from a few locals and websites I researched before going to Ottawa. On the second night we finally got to have dinner here and it was worth the wait. We had a large group and it's kind of quaint so we had to wait a few minutes before being seated but everything we had was phenomenal! I didn't personally taste everyone's food but everyone raved about their meals. A few folks shared the charcuterie, my mother had the roasted mushrooms soup, and we all tasted the Ermite Bleu cheese which was excellent! I had the scallops for dinner and they were delicious. Other dishes that folks raved about: Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Prawns, and the Ricotta Gnocchi. The Red Zinfandel Blend wine was fruity and smooth and I personally loved it! I The service was great and overall it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this restaurant. More...

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21 November 2019

What can I say that was not already said...The food is simply perfect, the cheese selection had us rolling on the floor (especially with the maple sauce! ) and the selection of alcoholic beverages was ample and satisfying (bonus points for the puns in the names :D). I traveled to Ottawa for work this week, but this place makes me want to go back every weekend to sample more plates. :D More...

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21 November 2019

Always a great evening at play.

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14 November 2019

My #1 in Ottawa, thanks Stephen!!

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14 November 2019

Cozy place! Good food! You can order a platter and share, which allows you to taste a variety of dishes.

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7 November 2019

Amazing food, amazing service, love the vegan menu

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7 November 2019

I had the duck and pork terrine was awesome as was the salmon.

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6 November 2019

Wonderful experience this evening. The menu offered beautiful seasonal choices. We enjoyed everything from the venison tartare, to the linguine w/duck ragou. The scallops were seared to perfection. Impressive wine list w/detailed pairings as well. More...

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2 November 2019

Every bite is delicious.  Service is impeccable.  We ordered the squid (cooked to perfection), soco salmon (the crispy skin in so yummy! ), prosciutto and burrata (perfect pairing), the fettuccine with duck ragu (a must try!!!), and the steak and frites (its good, but pales in comparison to the pasta)Serving size is small for its pricing.  We ordered 5 dishes for 2 hungry adults (1 male, 1 female) and figure we should order at least 2 more. Definitely a place with quality.  I will come back More...

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30 October 2019

awesome food and amazing service!

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28 October 2019

It was soo fun and the food was very delicious and wasn’t even expensive and the place was very very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful and it even the people who go would be very helpful and even if the place wasn’t clean I would LOVE IT and My taste buds exploded when I tried the food the place was great and very nice ☺️ ☺️

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28 October 2019

Changing menu, always good! Excellent service and good wine pairing recommandations.

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28 October 2019

Great food, wine, and service!

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28 October 2019

Incredible food, wine, ambience, service and welcome. This place was a cut above the normal by far. Highly recommended.

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28 October 2019

All I can say is Wow - the food & service here is amazing. It's not cheap - but you won't regret splurging on yourself. In addition, they have an incredible selection of wines - but if like me you don't know anything about wine, they have paired it really well with their dishes!

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28 October 2019

September 29,2019My first experience at Play was fantastic.We were there to celebrate two birthdays.The food was great. Lauren our server was excellent. She made the experience more pleasurable. You can tell she loves her work.Thank you Lauren and all the staff for a memorable evening. More...

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28 October 2019

The small plates dining was an amazing treat and the service was top notch!

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18 October 2019

Stopped in after walking around in the afternoon. They were on a limited menu. It was a bit pricey at $17 for 3 pieces of cheese and some crackers but it was good. The ladies working there were very nice and gave great ideas for places to stop into while I was in town. More...

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29 September 2019

Attended a wedding reception. Staff were attentive,food was delicious.

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26 September 2019

I went here this past weekend as a part of my Bachelorette Party, and really enjoyed myself! The food was DELICIOUS and the staff (Nigel in particular) was extremely knowledgeable about everything on the menu, and very friendly! They even gave us a complimentary glass of bubbly when we first got there. I will be going back here for sure :) More...

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24 September 2019

Reasonably priced, well-executed food and a few good local wines by the glass. Friendly, knowledgable service

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22 September 2019

This was a great experience for me and my husband. The food was incredible and the service stellar. We are self proclaimed foodies and we prefer well thought out dishes. It's amazing how many places simply don't season a dish properly! Not at Play, everything was done perfectly. The small plate size were perfect. We got 5 items to share between the two of us. We sat at the bar and got to watch the bartenders create spectacular drinks. The wine list was extensive, they had rare wines that we would never expect to be available by the glass. I can't wait to go back when we're in town again! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

22 September 2019

Really good cocktails and food. Cauliflower bites were tasty. Only reason I’m giving 4/5 is because the atmosphere kind of reminds me of a fancy cafeteria. I’d still return though

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15 September 2019

excellent food and atmosphere

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15 September 2019

Play, Food & Wine is a real gem. It is a Wine-Bistro with a great selection of wines and an ever changing menu of 'small-plate' dishes designed to complement specific wines. Once in a while the kitchen produces some ill-conceived offerings, but overall the quality is terrific. It is a place that once tried will make you want to come back. More...

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15 September 2019

Great service. Awesome food. Great atmosphere.

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8 September 2019

Un très beau spot dans le marché. Bon deal pour le midi. Bonne sélection de vin au verre. J'ai commandé du calmar absolument délicieux mais la salade de racines de betteraves n'était pas bonne. Dure a mastiquer et très amère.

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5 September 2019

Great food and wine always!

Reviewed on Facebook

1 September 2019

My friend highly recommended this place. They updated menu so I wasn't able to try the dish that my friend recommended but new dishes were nice too. Especially I really liked the shrimp dish. More...

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25 August 2019

Food was delicious. The ricotta gnocchi and the baked Alaska were amazing. Incredible service from Olivia as well. A great experience.

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