Great food and wine always!
Food was delicious. The ricotta gnocchi and the baked Alaska were amazing. Incredible service from Olivia as well. A great experience.
Great wine and amazing staff but my wife and were not amazed by the food, dont get me wrong, it's good, but we both agree that for the price we've had much better!
The food was very good, great atmosphere. The gnocchi was stunning (Highly recommended)! The service was excellent.
Great food and excellent wine pairings. Service was spot on. Great place to go with friends and share good times. The only reason it's 4 stars is the price point. My suggestion would that the wine pairings be proportionate to the food serving. Each glass is 14$, it adds up when your having multiple plates which is what the experience is suppose to be. Other than that it was amazing! More...
Great steak and frites and good wine pairing.
Very good choice. Food excellent
Great quality, flavourful food that is easy to share
I was blown away by how completely prepared our server was to list out gluten free options. My partner recently moved to Ottawa and we had been struggling to find accommodating restaurants. On top of that, the design of the menu and the wine pairings are so fun and perfect for friends who love to share food and take their time. More...
Excellent food and service!
Been here plenty of times, but my dinner tonight was so good I had to post here. My duck breast and charcuterie platter were absolutely beautiful both visually and in terms of taste. Ended with the maple ricotta tart which is the stuff of dreams. The perfect little burst of berries, pie crust, and maple. Crazy good! More...
Great restaurant in the heart of The Byward Market in Ottawa. Small plates is there motto, recommendation of 2 per person to equal a main.Server Nigel was very knowledgeable of the menu and the wines. Wine pairings are offered with each dish.Plates are very well presented and taste just as good,pace of service was fantastic. A very relaxing dinner with great food More...
Wonderful staff, fantastic food, but more important than anything: they were all allergy aware & able to accommodate us without any problems. It’s a real treat when we can dine out (as opposed to just “eating out!”) and relax. We will definitely be back. More...
Great food , lunch menu was affordable for the quality. Knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Great food and great service.
Amazing food and attentive service! As you can see, we couldn't wait to dig in before taking pictures. Very relaxing and atmospheric. Glad we stopped in!
Probably some of the best food we have ever had in Canada. Great food, perfect wines and even very good beer. We can not fault in any way. Definitely get the baked Alaska!
Neat place. The food was excellent but expensive for what you get.
My absolute favourite restaurant! They handled our GLUTEN FREE and DAIRY FREE meal with the utmost care and concern, marking what we could eat on the menu so that we could easily navigate it. They food and wine pairing suggestions are superb. I'm not that knowledgeable on wine but every time I'm there, I love it! The food it just absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is really nice. More...
We had duck and pork terrine, steak, and seafood linguine here for lunch. Portion is not big, but just good for me! They are all very delicious! In particular, their dessert is the best that I have had in Ottawa so far More...
Le 2 pour 25 $ pour le lunch est très avantageux. J'y suis allée une dizaine de fois. Très déçue cette fois-ci. Un des plats manquait clairement d'assaisonnement, le rendant très ordinaire. Nouvelle politique décevante : il faut maintenant payer 3 $ pour avoir un bout de pain pour tremper dans les excellentes sauces. Nouveauté : le vin n'est plus servi en format 3 on, ce qui nous permettait de prendre un verre de 3 on par plat. Les verres coûtent entre 12 et 16 $. Depuis un certain temps, aucun effort ne semble fait pour recruter du personnel bilingue, ce qui devrait aller de soi pour le Marché By. More...
Fantastic restaurant!! HighlyRecommend!!!
Great atmosphere, however, service could be better.
Excellent food and wine, whit excellent service
Good food. Great experience.
We were just passing through town for the night and looking for a late, light meal that would accommodate our mixed vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free needs. Our waiter Nigel especially wowed us with his sommelier-esque descriptions for his wine recommendations as they didn't offer California wines and I wasn't familiar with anything on their list. I have the most restricted diet and ordered warm olives, mushroom soup. unbelievably dairy free w/o the creme fraiche topper. The flavors were rich and creamy like no other mushroom soup I've had before with a luscious texture. My 15 yr old daughters gushed over the pillowy gnocchi with basil cream sauce and shared 2 orders it was so good with a little fresh bread on the side. My husband is a dairy free carnivore and was delighted with his tuna carpaccio (minus the cheese) dish and another steak serving that I don't recall. Nigel was quick to recommend another wine when the taste he brought us of what I selected didn't suit him. This is the only restaurant I've ever seen offer chocolate as dessert by the darkness%. We had plans to try dessert at another venue, else I would have been all over their darkest! I'll close by saying Yelp served us well once again. This is a classic wine bar with delicious small plates with something for everybody. It's worth every penny! More...
Such a great place! The portions are not too big, but they are delicious!
Magnificent meal scallops were wonderful and just perfect. Very nice service with a good sense of humor very professional!!! A must go!!
Best wine bar in the market!
Excellent Canadian tapas!
Lovely small plates to share. Delicious food and presentation.
Had the duck wings and gnocchi. Delicious. Lovely staff.
Went with a group of 4 and did the lunch deal of 2 small plates for $25 per person with a shared charcuterie plate. Each dish was delicious and several people said the mushroom soup was the best they had ever had. The meal took quite a while, however, due to a large party slowing down the kitchen (1.5 hrs for lunch). More...
Très bons plats et très bon service!
Great place to start off your night with very friendly and attentive service and a large selection of wines. Definitely worth exploring!
From the moment you call to make a reservation to the day after when you inquire about ingredients in your food because of a possible allergy, they deliver flawless and kind customer experience. I'm hooked!
Amazing restaurant, went for lunch with my wife and we were blown away with the food, venue and staff. I am gluten free and the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu, would recommend
Wow is all I can say. It was absolutely lovely. Our waiter Nigel, was so knowledgeable and accommodating with everything we needed or had questions about. So helpful and informative. The food was delicious, with the small portions we could share every dish and walked away stuffed because of how much we ate. I was so impressed considering we were just stopping by Ottawa and casually stopped for a bite to eat. Definitely would recommend and wish they had a Play where we lived. More...
Thank you for a gourmet experience at a reasonable price! This is a beautiful restaurant with unbelievable food. I want to thank the staff for turning my miserable day into a great one! Aperol Spritz all day! Steak Wow... not sure who your chef is but he or she needs to compete on Chopped!!! More...
It's day 9 if a 14 day road trip and our family has been through Chicago, Niagara, Toronto, Montreal and now Ottawa. This was our collective favorite meal of the trip. Nigel was great, the wine was tasty and the food selections were divine. Glad we stopped. Highly recommend. More...
Great food had a blast for our great Chan ,
Great food (small plates), excellent and friendly service. This is one of the better restaurants in the Byward market. Stop in for a visit!
Amazing restaurant, they are a small plates restaurant with a lot of tasty food
Jo Van Loo
An outstanding unique meal.Delicious.
Fresh food and gluten friendly
Love the vegan menu Good knowledge and appreciation of wine
Mon resto préféré! Toujours un Excellent service et des bons plats a partager!
Had our wedding reception at Play on Sunday and it was absolutely amazing. Staff was excellent, extremely friendly and quick. The food was amazing as well. We couldn't have asked for a better night, they definitely helped make our night one we will never forget! More...
Excellent meal as usual. Love the variety of choices on the menu. My favorite part about Play is the smaller portions which let's me sample 2 yummy plates. The cod in broth with noodles was absolutely perfect! More...
Food and service was exceptional. Will definitely return.
I’m pretty tough and can be critical but I have to say when I enjoy something, and let me tell you, this restaurant is amazing! The restaurant is warm and elegant. We didn’t know what to order so we went for it and ordered a bunch of different things, everything we ate was great, seriously, everything. The moment we walked in we were received by friendly hostesses, and our server Nigel was excellent (a true professional). The only thing that was a bit off putting was the bartender preparing the charcuterie board. The items are behind the bar and she quickly assembled the items, scooping items up with a spoon and the helping it onto a board with her fingers. After preparing the board she then went and wiped down the bar and moved around the bar stools. When she went back behind the bar she got another order for another board...and she first went and washed her hands before getting to it (YES!) More...
Cheese platter and the prawns are definitely the best on the menu
Great spot for a nice lunch and wine!
Every plate was perfect. The flavour combinations were incredible.
If you’re looking for a warm, bustling ambience right in the Byward Market, then visit Play for small tasty bites to share among friends. We tried a range of Play’s savory options and loved them all but highlights included the duck wings with a sticky, finger-licking sauce, devine, light gnocchi, and chick peas with lamb sausage. For a sweet way to end the meal, try the baked Alaska for its soft, marshmallow-like meringue. Service was friendly, but at times a bit slow. A good place to share good food with friends. Would recommend. More...
Nice atmosphere, both cosy and trendy at the same time, can become a little bit too loud with a full restaurant. Many of the dishes are easily shared. The dishes were of different quality and taste, but in general really nice. Great wine list. Service was attentative but also not too visible (which I believe is a good thing). More...
Excellent atmosphere, great service. Pretty good food but expected more from this place, especially considering the $
Liked the food, good service. Will come again!
Very highly talked about, and the food was good and the wine list was great, but the beer was mediocre (not really cold) and the food could have been better. Awesome fries. Five Stars if my expectations were lower. More...
All the dishes were creative and tasty. Wasn’t wild about the desserts. It’s best enjoyed if you’re going with 1 or 2 other people, and you split 6 dishes between you, so you get a taste of everything
The perfect first time fine-dining experience. A delicately pieced together menu with incredible food and drink pairings. Highly recommended for a fun and delicious casual fine-dining experience. Most incredible menu item of the night was the baked Alaska. More...
Good food an atmosphere but really small plates. Duck wings are delicious! Be prepared to get a few plates between a couple people. Limited beer selection but wine selection is great! More...
Tuna crudo and beef carpaccio perfectly paired... Great for long lunch
Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.
Atmosphere was modern, staff was very professional, tasteful for sure. awesome food! Awesome wine selection as well. Great choice for any occasion.
Summary: I was told this was a Tapas restaurant. Food quality was outstanding, but they don't understand what Tapas isTapas came out of a bar. It started as a piece of bread on top of a drink so the patron wasn't drinking on an empty stomach. Then it became a piece of bread with a piece of cheese, then cheese and meat, then it kept growing and evolving with each establishment trying to out do the next with creative foods to top the drink. The foods became the star, but they maintained their finger-food style. And the foods are so special that they are designed to be shared.Here's my observations about our meal at Play:-There were no serving spoons; how can a dish be shared without a way to pass it around. -Food was placed in front of people instead of in the middle of the table-No emphasis on drinking (tapas was born in a bar) -No stacks of small serving dishes. It's not necessary, but if you are trying a bunch of different finger foods, like a buffet, it's nice to have fresh dishes to put them on-The server wanted to take all the food orders at once as opposed to ordering multiple dishes over the course of the evening -I was surprised to see French fries as one of the sides with a meat...French fries are much too mundane for Tapas-the choice of dishes was not designed to be shareable. What am I supposed to do with thin slices of meat? It didn't come with crackers, although there was bread available. I don't know, but the presentation just didn't come off as a finger food.-The pricing of the dishes was not designed for expensive appetizers (which is what I expected of Tapas), but rather each one seemed meal-priced.Let me finish by circling back to the food quality: it was very very good...just not tapas More...
Play is a unique restaurant where the quality of the food far exceeds what you can make at home. The presentation of the plates, the friendliness of the staff, and the general ambience make for a pleasant dining experience. The cost is well worth the meal! Go Play, you won't regret it. More...
As always, the service, food, and wine were excellent. Friends were visiting from out of town. I was able to get a last minute reservation at the time of my choosing and they even accommodated my special request to have a table off in the corner as we had a 9-year-old with us. I am gluten-free and was able to find a number of items on the menu that I could eat. Have been eating there for years and will continue to do so. More...
Fabulous food, drink and service. Highly recommended.
Excellent food and wine.
A very artistic environment, servers were very patient with our order, great food.
We went to Play on Tuesday and had a stellar experience. The food was excellent as usual but the service was out of this world. Candace and Shelby were extremely nice and spoiled us when we told them we were celebrating an important milestone. Our glasses were topped off by their delightful Blanc de Beckta signature sparkling wine and we had the pleasure to taste their baked Alaska dessert. Thank you to both of you for infusing even more magic into an already memorable night! More...
Food was excellent, the atmosphere was cozy. The beer selection was poor, only a single European beer. The service was pleasant and timely.
A friend recommended and i am so glad we went. i was on a work conference and we had some spare time to explore Ottawa. What a great restaurant in Byward Market....love the concept of small plate and the fact that you have such amazing options to choose. different than the big box chain....great local charm. you need to enjoy trying different foods and combinations but well worth it! More...
The journey which this restaurant took us was amazing. This was one of the best meal we had in Canada. They like to change the menu frequently so probably you will not the find the meals in the menu today. Let me start with mixed charcuterie plate (pork creton+prosclutto +genoa+saucssion sec). I want to specifically recommend Prosciutto, Italian style, dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and served uncooked. Second recommendation is pork creton, one of the delicious Canadian speciality, pork meat containing onions and spices. As the main dish I ordered duck liver mousse with cherry molasses and grilled challah. This was not a simple duck paste. It was prepared with so many integrants that it deserves to be main dish. It is a small portion dish of course so don't expect to be full with just this one. We also ordered grilled halloumi which was OK. As wine, we ordered Cabernet Sauvignon '16, Girasole . It was, dry, full bodied and a bit fruity. Went well with the plate.Our table was on the second floor, just in front of the open kitchen so it was also interesting to experience the busy kitchen. You don't get this chance a lot so try to book your table close to the kitchen. Their effort through out the night was worth mentioning. Not one second to breath. Unbelievable! It is for sure an expensive restaurant. I gave 5 start to many restaurants but I rate them based on my taste to price ratio. This restaurant deserves 5 start. It does not disappoint you. More...
Always a special meal at my favourite table! Thank you play people!!
Great food - quiet spot in a busy area Was here with six people connected to a conference at the Shaw Centre nearby. Highly recommend booking table on the upper floor if you want to hear people talk in your party. Food was outstanding - small plates place. Little on the pricey side but it’s the Market and this spot is closer to the conference centre. Snow storm when I was there and the short walk was a bonus. More...
We had the Valentine's 3 course set menu with wine pairings. The duck was phenomenal, best I've had anywhere. The service was very good. However, the portions were ridiculously stingy. We thought it was just as well since we were going to have dessert, until dessert showed up and it was just 1 small dessert to share. Good food but overpriced. More...
One of my absolute favourite places to eat in Byward Market. Staff is super friendly and you can always bet on having a great dining experience here. It is a little pricey for the food portion but overall a great restaurant. More...
This is one of my favorite restaurent. The food is out of this world, well researched and constantly refreshed. The small plates are fun to share, so you can sample a variety of dishes. Very attentive and friendly service. Great wine parings. The ambiance can be a little cold. More...
Went here for dinner with my bf, we ordered a plate with duck liver , a cheese platter, gnocchi dish, a tofu curry rice dish, and a pasta dish, and two alcoholic drinks and it came out to be 112$. Fantastic quality food with fresh ingredients, the gnocchi was my personal favorite but everything was wonderful. The staff was super friendly. No complaints in all aspects. Atmosphere was good as well, with little candles on every table. Overall great experience. More...
Great lunch. Go get the 25$ for two plates deal, it's a good sized lunch. Had the skirt steak and frites (well seasoned), the duck liver mousse and challah (perfect), grilled haloumi, and pineapple pork ribs (like a sweet and sour jerk marinade). The food was excellent. The decor brings the place down. The tables are nice, the chairs look like they got them at a Walmart (black faux leather and chrome legs). The decor does NOT match the food. More...
Very nice place for dinner. Tapas-y type plates means you can try more items. Standout dishes were the Gnocchi and Duck liver pate. The Gnocchi was quite possibly the best I've ever tasted (up to this point La Lampada in Rome held the standard in my view). Very good plates were the Beef Carpaccio and Cod. The fish cakes fell short in our opinion as they seems somewhat bland with very little fish in them. Price-wise, the plates are on the expensive side for tapas style but you'll understand why when you taste them - high quality and very flavourful. More...
The atmosphere here is really nice and it is a cosy place. I didn’t try any mains, but the dessert I got was pretty tasty.
So good! We loved the food and our server was delightful.
Great wine selection and good food.
My absolute favourite place to eat in the city. The service can't be beat. & the cheese plate is just to die for.
Je le recommande fortement bonne place convortable
One of my favorite restaurants. If you literally want to play with food, that’s the place to do so! The menu is constantly changing and portions are perfect for ordering many options and sharing. Their wine list is insane and their bread is heaven. Whether for lunch (two plates for $25) drinks or dinner (pricier), it’s my go-to. More...
Very good. Lost one star because cheese plate price is too high for quantity served.
Great food and atmosphere
Great small plate restaurant.
Delicious food, interesting and fun plates. The idea is to get 2 plates because they are smaller portions. The cheese board was lovely and the risotto was so good! The staff are so polite and kind, kudos to them. More...
I'm always so happy after eating here. Food quality is up there with the Ottawa staples, sister restaurants Gezellig and Beckta, but Play so much more casual and fun. It's not just a name!
Beyond perfect experience every single time, I rave about this place with everyone. Date night favorite!
Super creative food at cheap price
Excellent place for tapes style snacks and drinks
thoroughly enjoyed my meal and wished I could have tried (7 months pregnant) some of the wine pairings and selection!
Definitely one of the better meals we've had recently, and the service was excellent as well.
Small portions and delicious! The service was fast and very good!
Good food, fun ambiance, great location
Love this place. Amazing food. Small plate style dining but quality, cooking and presentation is amazing.
Great experience ! The food is very good and the wine pairing just great ! I highly recommend that place !
Wow a decouvrir. Le menu parrait bon mais chaque bouchée est particulierement excellente!
Nice service and bold flavours. Recommend the grilled octopus or the trout.
Incredible service and the food was delicious... and playful!
Very nice place. Exiting modern food and very tasty.
A great place to stop for a drink. I will say though...be prepared to open your wallet as you definitely pay for the ambiance.
The food and service was excellent! I was hoping to come back a second time before heading home but I couldn't make it. Definitely recommend!
Amazing food as you would expect from a restaurant associated with Beckta and Gezellig. Plates are perfectly sized and the suggested wine parings never disappoint. The menu is always changing, and I have yet to have something that I didn't enjoy even when stepping outside of my confort zone. More...
Beau and I love the cheeses here! It's a welcoming place with wine a plenty, knowledgeable servers, and generous portions. This place is great for a date night for it's unpretentious nature.Definitely check it out if you haven't already. More...
Beau and I love the cheeses here! It's a welcoming place with wine a plenty, knowledgeable servers, and generous portions. This place is great for a date night for it's unpretentious nature.Definitely check it out if you haven't already. More...
We have been twice now, and both times have been great. Unpretentious service (we're no collar, and they're suit and tie), fantastic wine list and a VEGAN MENU!!!! Small plates, so if you're broke like us, eat before. More...
A proper high end dining experience through and through. Great options for all with dietary restrictions. Reservations are recommended!
Delicious food, great wine and food menu
Great food and friendly waiter.
Service was great, our waiter was so friendly and checked on us throughout the night. The food tasted good but the portions were so small it was almost laughable. Come here if you have a high budget or a tiny appetite More...
A wonderfully pleasant staff takes you through a small plate journey of dining delights. Two or three selections each, accompanied by the appropriate pours makes for a delightful evening.
White Noise Meditation Deep Sleep
Great atmosphere. I've had one of my first dates here.
Interesting food that was presented as large tapas put priced as small entrees. We went on a very hot day, so I needed a lot of water to rehydrate, and I seldom had to request more water. Attention to the little things often mark the difference between a mediocre restaurant and an excellent one. So yes, they have excellent service. More...
Great food in a small plate format.
Amazing food, excellent service. The ambiance was great!
Great staff and service, a little too much butter in every dish.
What a great little spot on the edge of the Market. Impressive array of unique and delicious tapas style dishes. Enjoyed every dish and only wish we could have tried all of them! Are at quite a few places in the area while visiting and this was at the top! More...
I choose to try Play Food & Wine because the restaurant features a vegan menu in addition to the regular menu.From the vegan menu, I opted for the tempura broccoli that I paired with a glass of Alentejo Paulo Laureano (Vinhas Velhas, Portugal). Then I went with the seasonal vegan creation, which was a crispy tofu that I paired with a glass of Swartland Secateurs Red (Badenhorst, South Africa). Please note that the broccoli contains hot sauce so it is very spicy. Personally, I enjoyed the food when it is well seasoned and my experience at Play Food & Wine was agreeable.Find more pictures on my Instagram (kelledstyle) and more info on my blog :) More...
Fantastic. My wife and I celebrated our 25 anniversary here. The service was impeccable and top scale. The food paired with wine (thanks to our waitress)was phenomenal. Understand this is not a restaurant yhat gives you heaps of food for a cheap price. The meals are similar to appetizer size but very high quality. A great meal with warm marinated olives to share, we both had the butternut squash soup, lamb skewers and some fried pork ribs which were divine. Topped off with breads and dipping oils , and a shared desert with coffee and we went away impressed and content. Our visit was on a Sunday night In September. The atmosphere is very relaxed and intimate More...
Excellent as always thank you!
Très bon restaurant. Le menu change fréquemment. À certaines occasions j'ai été un peu déçu du choix sur le menu, mais mon expérience générale est très positive.Service impeccable!
Small plates tapas style. High quality food, tasty, especially the beef tartare and duck liver mousse, nice desserts and choice of drinks, good service, I recommend this place.
C J MILNE
I love this place...go visit to experience a great taste sensation
A variety of small plates with an extensive wine list in a great building in the market.
Chef is fantastic food was extraordinary
Joli cadre, à faire plutôt sans les enfants.
Great food and atmosphere. Thank you we will be back!
It isn't cheap but it is good. This is a favorite of our young local friends.
Impeccable service, vast wine selection, delicious food, great location and decor - highly recommended
The food served here is absolutely superb staff is very knowledgeable and friendly without being overbearing at all. My server Paul is as very likeable and made our experience great. The $25 for two meals for each person was a great deal! We we're able to sple their exquisite menu of luxurious items such as octopus and black rice or trout in a cream sauce without hesitation while still able to get a steak and gnocci to be safe. Very pleased to be able to eat high end food on such an affordable budget. And it is right next to parliment and street market by the Ottawa sign More...
Serving food with matching wines is a good idea. The portions are said to be appetisers but they are not small at all. Very tasteful and nicely presented. We had lam, steak and Alaska. All made to perfection! Don’t miss this gem if you’re in town! More...
The food are nice the waiters are helpful. Best if you have 2-4 people to share the food. You will be looking at about 45 buck a person. Which in downtown it reasonable.
Good food. Great service. Comfortable dining room.
Great food, good quality for a fair price! Lunch special is 2 entres for $25, highly recommended!
Jules B. Vignola
Tasty food, great service, in a calm setting.
Excellent : Digne d'un 4 étoiles !!!!!
Overall a very good experience. Comfortable and classy atmosphere. Not overly quiet but seating is not conducive for something intimate or for private conversation. Very good service and professional staff. I would recommend giving it a try and i will likely visit again. More...
We went me and my boyfriend and it was our first time we are not from the area. The food was AMAZING!!! Our waitress was Lauren and she gave us an excellent service from the beginning to the end. I would say my favorite plate was the trout I definitely recommend it. I will be back!!!! Also, I reccomend taking few plates and try a little bit of everything. More...
Saveurs au rendez-vous. Les portions sont menues ce qui permet de goûter à plusieurs plats. Nous avons débuté par une assiettes de lentilles puis orge et ensuite artichauds frits sur asperge crues. Par la suite, truite, bar et pieuvre pour terminer avec une viande rouge (beuf) parfaitement cuit selon la demande. Le tout accompagné par une excellente bouteille de vin blanc recommandée par notre serveur. Attention, les brocoli tempura sont piquants. Pour bouche entraînée! More...
Il faut vraiment s'arrêter à ce restaurant tout étais délicieux !!! Je conseille prendre plusieur plats et les partagée si vous êtes 2 ou plus.
Minimalist meal lol
Came here for lunch and tried 8 different dishes with friends. I recommend the trout which was cooked perfectly, the octopus and the steak which was cooked really well. Pastas left something to be a bit desired but still good. Nice wine list, friendly service and decent prices make it a restaurant worth visiting! More...
Great small plate restaurant. Has a good selection for people's different appetites. Had good wine pairing suggestions with playes. Me and my partner shared a app and a main. Suggest ordering another main if you are hungry. More...
Inventive small plates with great servers.
The two small plates for a fixed price lunch option is great. Nice wine selection. Great staff!
Very quiet cosy winebar with a couple of good draught beers too. I didn't try the food but portions seemed very small. Nice location on Sussex on the Fringe of the Byward Market.
Excellent food and service.
Very limited vegetarian and vegan options, however they were quite delicious
Great service and delicious small plates!
We've been coming here since University and if you are in town you should come here and experience one of Ottawa's most celebrated restaurants.
We had two plates each with my partner, which we advised were small appetizer plates. I got a charcuterie plate which came with bold, spicy mustard and rich red honey as a beautiful constrast. Easily the best plate I've had in years. The misses had a celery soup that was of the same quality.Our second plates were problematic however. I had a mushroom, pine nut gnocchi that was so buttery and oily as to be inedible. It was clearly slow cooked and well prepared, just unfortunately in bad combination. It was returned without issue. The misses had a spicy broccoli tempura that was poorly battered and spicier than expected. She had about half it.The staff was extremely professional, friendly and helpful. We were there approxiamtely an hour and half for two plates, an no wine, given it was midday lunch. More...
One of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa. This is a sharing-plate, tapas-style restaurant. Food is delicious and each sharing-plate has a wine-pairing suggestion. Great wine selection. high recommend More...
Wonderful food and wine. Great service.
Toujours agréable de manger chez Play après une visite au MBAC ou au Centre Rideau. Le menu est juste assez varié, les plats bien préparés, et le service souriant. Grosse déception toutefois, nous n'avons pas été servies en français bien que nous en ayons manifesté le désir à plusieurs reprises. On nous a expliqué courtoisement que beaucoup d'Asiatiques et d'employés de l'Ambassade américaine mangent chez Play. Impensable qu'on en soit encore là, dans LA zone touristique d'Ottawa, capitale nationale d'un pays officiellement bilingue!!! J'Y repenserai avant d'y retourner. More...
Good food and wine paring
The staff does a great job taking care of guests, the food is good and the wine selections are even better. I highly recommend Play Food and Wine.
Love this spot for a date night or out with the ladies! Great small plate selections with a huge wine menu:) highly recommended.
Great service, great food, great pairing....tables were a bit small imo.
The service was incredible. Very knowledgeable staff. They paired our wine and food perfectly. Food was scrumptious. You pay for quality not quantity.
Always hear rave reviews and Play lives up to the hype. The staff, in particular, are terrific. Present enough but they don't take over the dining experience.
Fantastic food, service and ambience.
Play is one of my favourites, there is always something new to try on the menu and I have never been disappointed. The staff is so professional and happy to make recommendations as well.
Very good experience. Good service and food.
Ralph J. Lapierre
Great food, slightly pricey and slow when busy, but overall great experience.
Excellent in all regards; food, drink, atmosphere, service. Well done folks.
Amazing food, small portions, coat check, helpful waitstaff, not cheap though, few rosé options
Outstanding food and service. Wonderful dining experience
Phenomenal food and great atmosphere
Fantastic small plates done with professionalism. Sommelier a master of his trade. Staff attentive and truly wanting to please.... Been around the world on business and this place stands out as what a truly great dining experience should be... 5 plates, a bottle of Wine and dessert for $150... I am from Toronto where many a restaurateur and their staff should come to this place to learn a thing or two.... Nuff said More...
Good food, not tapas though.
Delicious and beautiful food, perfect wine pairings. The dinning room was spacious, calm, and quiet. The server was professional and very knowledgeable on the menu and wine selections
We didn't know a lot about this place but were so pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The food was amazing and the wine pairings were very helpful, especially for a wine newbie like me. We had a great table by the window with a nice view and our waitress was attentive and very nice. We will be returning on our next trip to Ottawa! More...
Very good value. Food tasty. Staff/Service exceptionally good.
Always great food and service with excellent wine.
Amazing! The food was beyond excellent, our server who was engaging and fun, assisted us in choosing the perfect wine to go with our meal. I highly recommend Play, I will be back! More...
The place is really nice. Well decorated. A good place to spend time with your friends. The food is delicious. The offered menu is full of dishes. They have a good collection of drinks. The staff is great. More...
Fantastic food, great service. It was way more filling than I expected and the prices were reasonable.
Extremely courteous and well trained staff. My order was misunderstood at first, but they handled the mistake flawlessly and apologized profusely. My food came with a negligible delay and was prepared with the usual precision and care. If I could rate this restaurant 6 stars, I would. More...
This place is amazing. Let's start with the service. It was our anniversary and however they magically communicate, it was as if everyone we were in contact with was aware that it was a special day, which was really nice. When our server saw we weren't pleased with our original seating (we're not picky, it was just that it was our anniversary afterall and we were sitting by a wall in a corner) and she moved us upstairs to a window seat overlooking the market- fantastic! Our server, Sarah B was truly exceptional. She explained all the plates and made some recommendations. We ordered the liver pate mousse (AMAZEBALLS flavour!) and the pate en croute, which was probably the only dish I wasn't completely wowed with. She brought out a recommended Dolcetta d'Alba wine which paired perfectly. Afterwards we enjoyed the gnocchi and the hanger steak. My husband said that he had never seen my face make the expression it did when I bit into the gnocchi- I could have eaten that all day, every day. Wow, it was incredible. The hanger steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Again, Sarah had a great wine recommendation to pair with those dishes. As a final touch, Sarah surprised us with a complimentary dessert to share for our anniversary! We were not expecting that at all, and it was a beautiful touch that we really appreciated. We will definitely return. Thank you Play for making our anniversary a night we'll never forget. More...
Had a romantic anniversary dinner here. Amazing wine and food!
Fantastic service! The food was really lovely. We got three cheeses, the beef tartare, the gnocchi and the pork belly. The beef tartare was my least favourite but still good. The gnocchi was surprisingly light and refreshing. The cheeses were delicious but served with very little fixings. Didn't show very beautifully but honestly amazing cheese. The pork belly was the best part of the meal. The pork melted in your mouth, and the Dijon, sauerkraut and spätzle complimented it very nicely. The restaurant itself was not visually interesting, I really didn't like the open kitchen. This can be successful but the kitchen didn't look that nice. More...
I really enjoyed the food, the wine, and the desserts! Great restaurant
Food was a little expensive and portions were small, but the atmosphere was really nice, friendly staff, and food was really really good
Great pairings. Creative menu. Affordable for the creativity, location and ambience.
Great dinner. Fantastic experience. Loved the food. Intimate setting.
I've only been here once. It was our first date in the area since moving here. Had the mixed charcuterie and a 5 cheese platter with some wine to drink. First off, the portions are much more reasonable and you are encouraged to order more than one plate. Our charcuterie was delicious, with chutney on the side. The cheese platter had a great mix of cheeses, we were able to choose 5 from a list of about 10 cheeses. Crackers were nice and the wine was delicious.It may be a bit on the pricey side of things, but this isn't somewhere you are going to be everyday. Well satisfied and recommend going for a light lunch or brunch. Many other meals in the menu, but I cant comment on those yet. More...
Excellent vegan options! Rich and SO delicious!!!! Excellent service!
Very nice place. Very friendly staff, let me use the washroom with no problems (that's not common around this area). 5/5
The mussels we had were to die for! The atmosphere was cozy yet upscale and airy. The waitstaff were extremely helpful and knowledgable. We got in without a reservation on a weekend night! Would definitely recommend for a date night. More...
Fun place, great food when visiting Ottawa...
Great food and great service
Thuong Tran Nguyen
Expensive, perfect quality.
Impeccable service and cute little spot for date night..food was good as well!
Great restaurant ! The food was really nice (try the steak!), and the waiters were fun Very nice experience
Great carte de vin. Gnocci was delicious.
Awesome trendy place. Great food. Menu changes often so I go back often.
Sooooo good! A real party for your mouth!
Excellent options for tasty bites. Great service and excellent wine knowledge. Needs decor update...but that shouldn't keep you from experiencing this fab place. PS. Sit at the bar! So fun.
Went for lunch and got the two plates for $22. Delicious food and great value.
Great deals! Very creative and tasty menu. High class, the servers are a bit serious though.
Very surprising dishes, intimate setting and very good service (thank you Lauren!). Wine pairings were excellent, especially the Jurançon with the blondie - so easy to just pair a sweet wine without really thinking the whole match. But this time? I got blown away. That's one sommelier who knows what he's doing. More...
Awesome food and service, Stephen Beckta stopped by to say hi! Great evening..
Nice relaxed atmosphere and unforgettably delicious food. Highly recommended.
Exquisite dinning. Delicious food.
The food was great and the service personable and superb! Would definitely recommend to others.
Amazing food in a central location.
Hugo R. Martin
C'est l'endroit à aller dans le Marché Byward d'Ottawa. Offre de nourriture excellente, excellent rapport qualité-prix. Essayez la truite (trout/ fingerling/ green bean/ shrimp/ parsley/ cream/ nduja) un des meilleurs 17$ que j'ai dépensé dans un restaurant depuis longtemps. Bien situé, ambiance agréable et service à la hauteur. L'offre de vin est substantielle sans être exagérée. On y trouve de tout et les serveurs semblent être au courant des produits offerts.J'y retourne sans faute à mon prochain séjour à Ottawa. More...
Best place I've ever eaten at in Ottawa, and there are a lot of great places.
Nice selection of food staff very friendly.
Succulent, soigné, recherché
Good food and good service.
A classic for my wife and I. Simple, elegant, great food & services
Very good food, but a bit on the pricy side.
Attentive service, excellent plates, and great wine selection...
Some of the best food in a long time. Perfect service, great atmosphere.
I was there with a large group for just the first course of a food and wine tour in the market. The first course was good and I would like to go back for a full meal.
Favorite restaurant in Ottawa. Food is always perfectly cooked. Wine selection is out of this world. Service is excellent.
OMG the pork belly was amazing. Small plates son you can try a few things.
Good food, great service
Great food. Menu needs an update.
Silvio Carlos Cury
Excelente serviço. Carta de vinho para todos os gostos. Boa comida. Preço justo.
Fanominal restaurant. The service is stellar, staff effortlessly make you feel well attended without hovering. The food is delicious and affordable. The lunch special is 2 for $22 is well worth it! I highly recommend this place both to anyone visiting Ottawa and to the locals. More...
Excelente comida y vino también
This place is perfect to go with someone and try many different plates!
We went for Valentines Day and the food was absolutely amazing! We order the cheese board where they added an extra cheese for us to try, the tuna crudo which was amazing, and the beef tartare. For our main course we got mussels and the steak frites. The steak was so good we ordered a second. The whole experience was delicious, fun, and unique. Their wine pairings are very nice as well. Would definitely recommend and will be going again! More...
Incredible. Vegan options are delicious!!!! The wine selection was great and the service was even better. Can't wait to come back!!!!
Petits plats, beaucoup de saveurs. Bons vins!
Excellent food, portions are quite small, even by tapas / small plate standards.
A solid vegan menu...great food and great atmosphere.
Service is exceptional, very friendly and feels like you've known them for years. The wine list is great (3oz pours FTW) and the lunch deal (2 plates for 25$) makes it my favorite place to go for a bite in the market.
Livia Mello da Silva
The cheese selection is very good and it has good wines to harmonize with food.
Service could be better. Seems to focus on women and couples before men who come in alone. Food was good. Love the cheese board!
Friday night spot
Très bon souper. Bonne ambiance. Bon service. De bon vin. Jason notre serveur a été de très bon conseil. Le pork belly et la truite ont été mes meilleurs plats.
Yummy food and knowledgeable staff
Always a great experience. One of my favourite moderate-fine dining restaurants.
Great service, lovely art and the food simply delicious and scrumptious. Recommeded!
Been this place so many times, their food never let me down. Could be better if servers come to table more often.
Great service, the pairing was top notch for all the dishes we had. We had a very enjoyable experience
Had a great time with friends
Atmosphere and service was excellent, but food was underwhelming and there was paper in one of our dishes that was not supposed to be there. However, they compensated us for that dish and also gave us a free dessert for the trouble. More...
great food and service, just a little too pricey in my opinion
Très bien situé à proximité de ByMarket. Cuisine élégante, raffinée dans un cadre très agréable avec un service de qualité et attentionné. Je le recommande fortement.
The service and atmosphere are amazing. The only thing is the food was alright in my eyes. Nothing to special. The wine selection is off the charts! I would definitely recommend this place for a first date. More...
Good service, good food, decent atmosphere/decor. I like that they do small plates because it's nice to try a few different things when you're not in the mood to commit to a single meal at an unfamiliar restaurant.
Delectable, surprising, an adventure if you're a foodie.
Quynh Chi Nguyen
Love the wine selection and the food was simply amazing. We had a great night
I was looking for a nice place to dine alone and was recommended this restaurant. They have a few places overlooking the open kitchen , and I was given the very best spot... Where all the plates wait to be delivered after being scrutinized by the Executive Chef Ardington...While a tasted only two plates (portions are deliberately small, so you are expected to order two or three of them... Bigger than a tapas, more like appetizer-sized...) I saw pretty much all the menu.Chef Ardington dealed in a breeze with my weird allergy and I was able to see her very efficient brigade preparing all the food for the restaurant from that very small but highly organized kitchen.A very nice experience.My first plate was a duck liver mousse with a really good cherry molasses. Not sure that the bread needed butter on both sides... But the mollases was very, very good.My second plate was the gnocchi... Home made. I asked. While they are a little on the big side, they are really tasty and their texture is light and very soft. Not chewy at all.This last plate being made essentially of mushrooms and cream with some sage and grilled pine nuts, maybe not the best best choice if it's very hot outside... But for tonight, it was ok.I will certainly visit this place again. More...
Great restaurant! Excellent food and service.Close to all the atttactions
The food was good but not as exciting as it's ramped up to be.
Awesome food and service! Definitely recommend having two small plates each. Our bill wasn't particularly high but we only had two drinks. Also recommend the panna cotta as dessert. More...
The food is AMAZING!I
Always something interesting and inventive on the menu. Drinks are equally intriguing.
Atmosphere was tastefully modern, staff was very professional, venue was clean.Tasty food, the grilled romaine was especially delicious. We went with the wine suggested by the waitress, which was a hit around the table.Will definitely come back! More...
Great and plates, generous drinks.
Montserrat Urquiola Ralero
Excellent food and service
Excellent food! Brunch is often the best deal
Toujours fantastique!!! Mais faites des réservations!!!
Small dishes, cool wine list, quick servers.
The food was amazing along with the service very beautiful
Small portions of amazing food. We had our first dish coming to our table with a little bit of a delay and as a compensation without us complaining they didnt charge us for that dish! If you are interested in trying out new tastes that is where you should be going to More...
Tout est délicieux pour des prix abordable
Great selection and service
Fun sharing plates and great wines
Loved this place! Food, service, location, interior - everything was just great! Will visit again for sure!
The food and service were both fantastic, great wine pairings but a little expensive.
Best Small plates in Ottawa. Very informative staff. Excellent wine selection
Philip Mario Pompili
What a gem! Had tapas with a wine that I hadn't seen since my last time in Le Marche, Italy. The wait staff knows their stuff. We never felt rushed to get out, even though we closed the place on a Wednesday night.Next time I am in Ottawa, this place is definitely on the top of my list. More...
Sean M. Delaney
Great food. Professional staff.
Great sharing tapas in the market. One of the last restaurants in the market where quality doesn't get influenced by the fact that it's in a tourist area
Superb service and food! This is a great place for small groups to go for sharing plates in an intimate atmosphere.
The best. Excellent food and service.