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“The best meal/experience you will ever have”
Review of Playground 2.0

Playground 2.0
Ranked #35 of 693 Restaurants in Santa Ana
Price range: US$100 - US$200
Description: 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. An intimate 18-seat culinary theater. The seats line a bar that surrounds the kitchen, where the chefs prepare a 12 (or more)-course meal as you watch each course prepared, interact with the chefs and enjoy. The menu varies from day to day according to available ingredients and according to the designated theme for the evening. Themes include steak (Ultimate Steak Dinner), fish (LA Fish Market), pork (Swine City), vegetables (Chino Farms), international "road trip" or "wanderlust" dinners where particular regional cuisines are featured and pet projects by Playground and Playground 2.0 chefs such as Mama Roux and Little Elm. Most weekends it's, Trust. Just come in and enjoy. On one list of top 100 restaurants in America, it's a unique experience. Pricing ranges from $125 to $250, which includes tax, tip and alcohol pairings. Events at Playground 2.0 are available only to those who purchase tickets on the restaurant's website. These tickets are non-refundable. (Think of them as tickets to a concert; you can't just decide at the last minute you aren't going and expect that the artist is going to refund your ticket.)
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Description: 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. An intimate 18-seat culinary theater. The seats line a bar that surrounds the kitchen, where the chefs prepare a 12 (or more)-course meal as you watch each course prepared, interact with the chefs and enjoy. The menu varies from day to day according to available ingredients and according to the designated theme for the evening. Themes include steak (Ultimate Steak Dinner), fish (LA Fish Market), pork (Swine City), vegetables (Chino Farms), international "road trip" or "wanderlust" dinners where particular regional cuisines are featured and pet projects by Playground and Playground 2.0 chefs such as Mama Roux and Little Elm. Most weekends it's, Trust. Just come in and enjoy. On one list of top 100 restaurants in America, it's a unique experience. Pricing ranges from $125 to $250, which includes tax, tip and alcohol pairings. Events at Playground 2.0 are available only to those who purchase tickets on the restaurant's website. These tickets are non-refundable. (Think of them as tickets to a concert; you can't just decide at the last minute you aren't going and expect that the artist is going to refund your ticket.)
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love to try new restaurants everywhere we travel. Despite being blown away by many restaurants around the world, I can confidently say that the three times we've been to Playground 2.0 have been three of the best meals of our lives. This experience is unrivaled.

Thank Seth H
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Robert Q, Owner at Playground 2.0, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. We work hard and it's feedback like this that keeps us going.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

My fiancé and I were recommended to this restaurant by one of his coworkers. We absolutely loved our experience here. We got seated as soon as we arrived. Our waitress was Kara, she was awesome and very knowledgeable. I love that their menu changes every week, thats a fun concept. We asked her to bring out her favorite appetizer for us to try out....and OMG we were in love with it. I forgot what it was called but it was a toast done in the waffle maker with some kind of coconut filling and for the dipping sauce sou sauce with an egg yolk, sounds funky. But it was so amazing, Im still thinking about it! Our entrees were so good as were cocktails, and dessert(decomposed strawberry cheesecake yummy)
Thank you Kara for the great service, we will be back.

Thank Itzayana E
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

There are many things to really like about this restaurant and experience. First off, it is an adventure--coming in with an open mind, willing and excited to try what the chef prepares for you. The enthusiasm of the chef and his entire staff is contagious--they relish explaining each dish and how they added various elements to separate it from other preparations. The food is very good and the atmosphere exudes a buzz---most people sitting at the counter catch themselves all not only enjoying their food but also talking about it. I was there for one of the meat nights--it was great fun comparing the various cuts and types. The vegetables were also wonderful. It was a great night.

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Thank adalbert3
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Robert Q, Owner at Playground 2.0, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thanks so much for this review. It is so nice when a guest appreciates and understands what we're trying to do. You came in with an open mind and an excitement for the adventure of the evening. Thanks for coming in and for being the perfect guest.

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Reviewed 2 March 2017

An amazing demonstration of what skilled professionals can do with food. The environment was electric, the enthusiastic chefs were interactive, and the numerous course meal was one of the best ever experienced. This place is special.

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Thank Ron H
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

You need to make advance, online reservations for this 18 seat, U shaped bar seating venue. All of the cooking is done right in front of you and there are anywhere from 12-16 courses that are shared by groups of three who happen to be seated together at the bar. It's almost an indescribable experience as owner / chef Jason Quinn and his two sous chefs delight the senses with creative, very unique dishes. I was actually there TWICE in the last thirty days, once for the Ultimate Steak dinner consisting of at least five courses of the most fabulous cuts of Wagyu beef you ever had, perfectly cooked and presented; and again for their "Trust Dinner" for a private party where you just trust them to feed you and you will not be disappointed. For $150 for the steak dinner to $175 per person for the trust dinner, you get main courses of creative, magnificent food along with wines with each course, tax and tip included. No money exchanges hands at the restaurant. A fabulous special occasion place and the chefs explain each dish as it is presented with humor as well. it is a fine dining experience but not stuffy at all and with lots of fun and camaraderie. It is my new "go to" place when I want to impress or just enjoy unique, fabulous food.

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Thank Malelaw
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