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The Playground

220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
+1 714-560-4444
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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Seafood, American, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant and have been several times but I recently took my mom for the first time and it blew her mind! She is small town, pretty traditional palate, and it was so fun to open her up to new things! We ordered...More

Thank Casaundra D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really loved playground and plan to go back again next time I have something to celebrate because everythibg is so unique and amazing. They also encourage you to try new things, if you don't like it, they'll take it off the bill. If it's...More

Thank Leah S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anthony was our server however everyone helps out at the restaurant. Anthony made suggestions that were outstanding. This is our 'go to' restaurant and suggest it to everyone! The corn was a surprise with the charred flavors mixed in.

Thank JulieV58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice atmosphere, interesting menus which change all the time, helpful servers and great drinks......

Thank dcdavies24
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We made the reservation for 4 but ended up with 5. They managed to accommodate us which was the beginning of a nice evening. Good service, very attentive server who offered to bring 3 samples of beer for for my friend so he could decide...More

Thank TravelerC55
Reviewed 5 June 2017

When we were at the art walk we decided to stop in for a drink our bartender was very knowledgeable about whiskey and the different Old Fashioned's we had very enjoyable time there nice atmosphere.

Thank Ruby C
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The food was delectable except for the wild mushroom dish. The curry was too spicy and the peppers drowned out any wild mushroom flavor. In addition the plating of the food and presentation was mediocre. Overall the flavors were fabulous but it left me wanting...More

Thank E S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This place is #1 for a reason - I have NO complaints, not even about their policy of "no substitutions" (which I'm certain is for a reason - they know how to mix and balance flavors oh my goodness). There were four of us and...More

Thank yespigsfly
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is fusion cuisine at it's best. Hands down the best food in Orange County. Not an intimate dining venue but a great place to have a great meal with friends. Sunday Supper is an amazing deal but usually booked up weeks in advance.

Thank Gigi B
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Really interesting fun meal with terrific food. This has been a favorite of our son and his girlfriend who proposed it for their college graduation party. We all had a great time.

Thank concarres
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Questions & Answers
9 June 2017|
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Response from Robert Q | Property representative |
You are welcome to bring your own wine. There is no corkage for the first bottle. A $15 corkage fee is charged for subsequent bottles.
7 January 2017|
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Response from Robert Q | Property representative |
We're happy to send you a gift card, so in that sense you may ask for one by email. We will need your credit card information and we don't recommend that you ever put all of the necessary information in an email, so a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-560-4444
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NOTE: We're doing major renovations that will require us to close the restaurant from July 18 through July 29. We're sorry if this causes you any convenience.

Chef driven, ingredient driven affordable small plates and craft cocktails and beers. A young and creative team of chefs led by Executive Chef, Jason Quinn, change up the menu daily to keep the dining experience fresh and exciting. Orange County's "Best Bartender" making exciting craft cocktails and Santa Ana's best beer program, with 15 craft beers on tap and approximately 60 bottled beers, including many rarities. The dining experience is different at Playground: You're expected to share, so don't think in terms of my dish or your dish, and we're stubborn about our no-modification rule. If you're adventurous you'll probably love it; if you need control over your dish preparation, you probably won't.
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