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The Playground

220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
+1 714-560-4444
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • 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 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 6 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 25 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 27 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
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We were looking for somewhere for a companionable beer and stumbled on the place. The beer was good, but the food was unusual and excellent. We also had their special cocktail with unknown ingredients, and it was delicious. The staff also were very nice. Will...More

Thank Maureen N
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Some business colleagues and I recently had dinner at The Playground, and loved the many dishes we tried. Most of the offerings are smaller shared plates (tapas), and we enjoyed them all. The ambiance of The Playground is modern and cutting edge, and the food...More

Thank GeorgeW1111
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The Playground offers very creative dishes. Great for ordering a variety for the table so everyone can try each dish...and you will want to! Our favorite on this visit were the cornbread waffles! The only negative to mention are that there are NO substituions. We...More

Thank Connie F
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Fabulous food and drinks. Lots of attention to the details in the drinks [special ice cubes, custom made] and the food. Unique custom crafted dishes that were delicious. Popular with millennials after 9:00pm. Make reservations!

Thank paulevangreenwad
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Questions & Answers
9 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
USD 30 - USD 50
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Television, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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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