Play Food And Wine


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Play is a modern, hospitality-driven, small-plates restaurant and wine bar in the Byward Market from the same owners and chef as the renowned Beckta dining & wine. 2 for $20 lunch special and after 10 pm wine and cheese flights are big hits. Hope to see you soon at Play!

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Stephen B.

Business Owner

Stephen Beckta is proprietor of Beckta dining & wine, one of Ottawa’s premier fine dining restaurants, along with the small-plates Play food & wine and his latest neighbourhood restaurant “Gezellig” in Westboro. After graduating with honours from Algonquin College’s Sommelier program, Stephen departed Ottawa to hone his skills in New York City for four years with the top players in the restaurant industry. Stephen started at Café Boulud working for the celebrated chef, Daniel Boulud, followed by two years with renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer at Eleven Madison Park before returning to his native city.  He has been named top independent restaurateur in Ontario by the Ontario Hostelry Institute and loves caring for guests and staff in his three Ottawa restaurants.

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Stephen B. says, “Our flagship restaurant specializing in tasting menus, extraordinary service and special occasions.”

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