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945 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Fit for Foodies (1800)
  • Neighborhood Gem (1187)
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-Playground is a chef driven, small-plates restaurant that makes use of the best available seasonal ingredients. Our menu changes daily based on availability of ingredients & the chefs’ whims. This is a sharing restaurant: dishes aren't designed as starters or main courses, & we want our guests to try as many flavors as possible. Our chefs work hard to treat ingredients with respect, find balance in their flavor combinations, & ensure that every component in a dish plays a vital role in your eating experience. For that reason, we don't make modifications to our menu. If you don't love a dish the way we've made it, just let us know & we'll happily find you something else you'll enjoy.
-Please note that we allow two hours for all reservations. If you would like more time please give us a call & we can see if we can accommodate you.
-Reservations on OpenTable are ONLY for Playground, NOT for 2.0. Please see our website to purchase tickets directly from our 2.0 calendar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday Supper: Reservation Only, please call 714-560-4444
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Phone number
(714) 560-4444
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Quinn
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Cross street
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Parking details
City managed parking lots are located one block north and south on Spurgeon Street; street parking available on Fourth Street (free after 8:00 p.m.)
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

Our server guided us through the menu and educated us about the chef and his intentions with each plate. We selected a variety of dishes, paired them with cocktails, and enjoyed every bite

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2017

I have had Playground bookmarked for a couple of years, and the innovative menu did not disappoint. Dare I say it lived up to the hype? For me, it did, so yes, I dare say it! 😆

Jared's service was awesome. He brought me a new drink when I wasn't super sold on the first one... even though I tried to tell him it was all good. He simply wanted to make sure we were thrilled with everything.

The brussel sprout caesar salad is to die for - I could eat it all day long. Uncle Lou's fried chicken is super moist and packed with flavor. Highly recommend both. My "date" loved the Eagle Rock pale ale so much that she ordered a second.

Look forward to returning and bringing more newbies with me.

vipCMgirl (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

Playground gets a lot of hype; while the quality of the food was great, I was not impressed with the uppity approach they have taken. The menu states that substitutions and modifications will be "politely declined." This statement is so ridiculous. This is not a prix -fixe menu or a world-famous restaurant. In any case, I would argue that asking for a steak cooked to medium-well is not a menu modification, and a reply of "no" is not exactly polite. They were kind enough to call in advance to ask about food restrictions/allergies. I told them I absolutely could not tolerate cilantro and I believe the reply was "good to know." When I mentioned that to the waiter, I was told they would not be able to remove cilantro from any dish. Hilariously, when my friend ordered the dish I inquired about with cilantro, there was literally one tiny spring on top! Is the staff really so intent on this "no modifications" thing that they could not leave off a sprig of cilantro? We all enjoyed the food but the pretension was just too thick for us to return.

5.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

Wonderful little gem! Went for a date with my husband. Can't wait to go back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

Fab food fab service fab atmosphere fab people.
The best !

unity (Sydney / NSW)
3.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

I've been here a handful of times and each time, the service gets less desirable. we were so excited to have a restaurant that served such unique dishes that we could try and feel like we're on a discovery with the chef but it's becoming less appealing to me over time. our reservation was at 8:30p and they were trying very hard to make sure we leave by 9:30p. it was uncomfortable and disappointing overall. When we left around 9:45p, all the doors were locked and they just watched us trying to find a door that was open instead of letting us know which one it was. And, i tore my ACL in my knee so that was not an easy task. Don't be in this business if you don't want to be nice.

Lizzie (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

So glad we discovered Playground. Kara was awesome. She was fun to talk to and answered all our questions regarding the menu and chefs. The food was delicious and interesting.
My only concern was a glass of Chardonnay was on the 'high end'. Not so with the beer or cocktails.
Will definitely return.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2016

Just celebrated my birthday here with my family. It was the first time any of us had been there and we absolutely loved everything we tried!

Walter (Veracruz)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

Very nice place ! Special and weekly changing Menu ! Very friendly !

rusty (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Playground food was delicious and the people who waited on us were awesome.
We loved the recommendations of the staff, and the ambiance of this special place.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

Incredible food with a vast array of styles. Worth every penny.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

Didn't eat. Way to loud for my taste so we had one cocktail and left to find a quieter place. Hard to get a drink, very busy place.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on December 7, 2016

This place is for those who really appreciate food.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

Had a blast, food and cocktails were fantastic. Loved it!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

very good service. They called in advance to verify my reservation through open table and asked for any food allegy. We enjoyed every dish we ordered. definitely will go bavk another time as they change menu every week!