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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 5 days ago

Every bite was considered and cared for. What words would I use: fresh, unique, savory, delicious. We each ordered some small plates and shared. It was a fun and loose, yet the food was meticulously created. Really good evening. Nice staff as well. Can't wait...More

Thank Melissa R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Start to finish was terrific! Our Server Steven was delightful, knowledgeable, and eager to explain and help us with suggestions. While we know we were not his only table he certainly made us feel as if we were. The dishes are ideal for sharing and...More

Thank Bonnie J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love love loved their food even tho they won't accept any modification what's so ever. Every dish we ordered was enjoyable and delicious. I did not like the ambiance tho, I felt too open and noisy. I definitely would love to try 2.0 next...More

Thank Da M
Reviewed 8 September 2017 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 7 September 2017 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 7 September 2017

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 7 September 2017

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
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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