Bars & Cafes


Another gem from celebrity restaurateur Stephen Beckta, Play is a decidedly different dining concept adding to the rich culinary diversity of Ottawa. The restaurant was established in 2009, and quickly became one of the hottest dining destinations in the city. The menu at Play offers a constantly evolving selection of small plates, crafted using locally-grown, seasonally available ingredients. With the aim of letting diners sample multiple preparations, the menu offers delights like marinated fig, octopus and boar sausage. The selection at the wine bar is one of the city's best, spanning the top wine regions of the world. There's a fine array of cheeses as well as charcuterie for company. Restaurant interiors are tastefully done, with mellow tones, and minimalist decor choices. There's a separate space for private events as well.

Location:  1 York Street

Business hours:  Mo 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Mo 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Tu-Fr 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Tu-Th 5:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Th 5:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Sa 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Su 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.