Playland

4.4
69 reviews
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One of a kind pizza joint from the minds of Chef Stefan Bowers and Restauranteur Andrew Goodman. Adult food in a crazy cool space. Let’s play.
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P
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Fantastic food. Pizzas are superb.

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C
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pizza, the best ingredients. Kudos.

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ST
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd been there several times but this was a first for my husband and he loved it. The apps are really greats and the service was equally great. The pizza was outstanding. We will definitely go again even thought we live the the far Northside.

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JB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation table for 6 six was ready and they sat us right away. The service was great and the pizza and fresh salads were delightful. We will be back again soon.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here before seeing a show at the Majestic (one block away) and food and cocktails were outstanding!!

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J
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful service with great pizza!

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f
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience, this place is more than just pizza. The pizza was delicious and just the right size so I felt my family could order a few to get a variety. The appetizers were amazing (jalapeño poppers and fried green tomatoes) both were innovative takes on something otherwise very common. If you love Mexican martinis or margaritas on the rock, you have to try the Ghost Train. Yum!!!

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ST
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Both times we’ve been we really enjoyed the food. Both times the service has been very uneven. On this latest visit, our salads, appetizer and pizza all came out at the same time and we did not really enjoy that. We had to ask for sweetener for tea, the salt and pepper, then cheese and red pepper and also to get refills on drinks. You shouldn’t have to ask for those things with an attentive server.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

There was a hair in my salad that I discovered after eating most of it. I had to tell the waiter not to charge me for it. He should have offered that. Instead he told the kitchen to make another salad. Also, he never apologized for the hair. He seemed annoyed by the entire incident.

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The fried mushrooms were good as were the cocktails. The pizza was disappointing. It was burned on the crust which the server indicated was because it was cooked in a wood burning stove. Plus the sauce was runny. I have eaten pizza in NYC cooked in a wood burning stove that was not burned. If I go again, it will be for appetizers and cocktails and not the pizza. (BTW our table had not been wiped down.)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

They no longer serve the bacon wrapped jalepenos (pictured here). And NO margaritas! The pizza was good, though a little burnt. Probably won't be back, sorry. The atmosphere was great though. Work on the food/menu!

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LZ
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great server and our food was really good.

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m
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This just might be the best pizza in San Antonio!! Kind of bummer to get to this slightly weird place tho. Finding parking was a bummer but maybe/probably we don't know the right place to look. Table was ready for us which is always nice. The inside vibe was a little weird to everyone in our party. Too stark? Disconnected theme? Sterile but amusement park but sports on the TV, everything shiny. Drinks were creative and tasty. Everyone gave the onion rings/bbq sauce and pimento cheese poppers an enthusiastic thumbs up. The queso fundido didn't go over as well - weirdly lacked flavor or the gummy cheddar. We each ordered a pizza so we had a great selection. Pepperoni with jalapeños was spicy but not too. Cremini a River was super tasty. Pulled pork was really good and that sauce is excellent. The Queen was super well balanced but a wee salty. The crust is the SUPERSTAR! I'd say you could put anything on that crust and it would be delicious but that wasn't true about the brie and pear pizza. We took leftovers of all but that one. No one liked it. Is there dessert? Coffee to help sober up from The Hammer? No idea because the bill was delivered while we were still munching on the crusts. Pizzas are $15+ each so plan accordingly. We would definitely go back but hopefully for a table outside and now we know what to order again and to pass on. And I really need to figure out where to park!

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R
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Back again for enjoyable evening at this gem. Great pizza and appetizers are served. The staff is friendly and the service is good. We came around 6 pm Friday evening with reservations. That is probably a good idea on a Friday evening.

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JC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pizza, neat place, music a bit too loud and bizarre.
Service average

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S
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

For the first time that I can recall, the pizza actually disappointed us. You’re known for consistency and quality and pizza slices that have integrity when you pick them up. This past Friday, both the Buried Pleasure and the S&M seemed undercooked (crust wise) which meant the toppings were sliding off the slice and staying in the pan.

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T
San Antonio
32 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great location downtown San Antonio. Though they may have been hosting a happy hour, the restaurant was extremely noisy. The beer battered fired mushrooms weren’t very good as the batter was way to heavy. The loaded tater tots were yummy. Pizza was a thin crust with fresh ingredients, and very tasty.

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ST
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Nice evening on Saturday night (03/09/19) so we sat outside. Our waitress came over after a short time and overall, seemed as though she would have preferred to be anywhere also but here. We got our appetizers and had to ask her to bring silverware, napkins and plates. The food was very good from the appetizers to the salad, to the two different pizzas we ordered. Twice we had to look around and ask for her to come back to table to refill my iced tea. Again had to ask another of the wait staff to find her to order a bar drink for my wife. And lastly had to ask for her to come and bring our check. The service was just not good. We would definitely go back because the food was really so good but I would not want this young lady to wait on us.

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S
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Casual dining.

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S
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza was out of this world!!! The sour dough crust was unbelievable! We also had Char Siu Cauliflower as an appetizer.....fantastic!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service!

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1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Arrived exactly at the reservation time of 6:15 on Valentine’s Day and were seated immediately.... right next to another couple even though on that row of seating of 16 chairs in the row they were the only other people there. Very uncomfortable.
As far as food, we had onion rings for an appetizer which were decent, good texture but the flavor was unusual and not bad but not great. The pizza was not good at all 😤. It was a semi thin crust pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms . First we were served a pizza with the toppings we had ordered but no cheese. We just thought that there was very little cheese an as we were eating the first slice, the server, helpfully came by with drinks and noticed the pizza was wrong and took it back to bring the correct one. Both were very soggy and limp in the middle so that you had to eat with a knife and fork. Which was almost impossible to cut with the butter knife provided. Later both of us had upset stomachs, so overall not a great experience. Not recommended

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S
San Antonio
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely fantastic! Best pizza in the area! Location close to so many attractions. We'll definitely be going there again soon!

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MM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My kids and I went to Playland for Valentine’s Day. Our server was polite and attentive! The flatbread appetizer was really good, and the pizza was nice too. When I got a dipping sauce that was strange, he apologized and took it off of the bill without me even having to ask. It was great! We loved the ambience and the people watching was good too.

The best part was when some kind couple picked up our bill - I was so touched. They left a note saying what a great mom I seemed to be and wished us a Happy Valentines Day. As a newly single mom, it made a sad day bright. ❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience

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DD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Service was good. Music was a little loud for my taste. We ordered the bruiser pizza and tomato salad both were amazing.

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E
Central Texas
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best pizza crust in San Antonio. I have eaten pizza all over the world and at all the places in San Antonio considered to be outstanding. The sour dough crust has a great texture with that fine balance between chewy but with a little crunch. We had sausage and mushroom. Good sausage with the right amount of fennel. The mushrooms were flavorful and obviously cooked on site. Simple fresh tasting sauce.

Salad a little small for the price. Figured it would be a shareable size. Flavor of the tomato feta salad was good.

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G
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sorry but we needed to keep walking over to find our server to fulfill requests that we made, including the delivery of a 2nd pizza, and drinks we had ordered. Things were late or seemingly forgotten. I'm not sure that I would go back to this restaurant.

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time here and once again this place was amazing, great ambiance, food & staff!! I love the colors and decor so beautiful

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time eating at Playland. Came across it looking for somewhere new to go for quick drinks and bite to eat before a show at the Majestic. Only had an hour, place was moderately busy but we had enough time to get in and out with drinks, salad, app, and pizza with time to spare. Gabriella was very nice and attentive, and understanding that we had a show to go to and were on a bit of a time crunch. Food tasted fresh and amazing. Not a big fan of blue cheese dressing but their chopped romaine salad was very good. The queso fundido was a little smaller than I had hoped for but still delicious. And the JP pizza that contained jalapenos was extremely hot and spicy, but I'm not good with spicy so that was my bad -still a good pizza. The bread was amazing. Interior was very interesting and lively. Boyfriend said it felt like a cool bar that served good pizza. Overall it was a good first experience. Glad I chose this over a different place near the Majestic.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique starters and the best pizza in SA.

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OT
San Antonio
32 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried green tomatoes are a must try. Pizza was outstanding!

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pizza, cauliflower was delicious. Very modern, definitely going back.

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K
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pizza oven delivered! The ambiance and decor is outstanding. A great place for every event. Cheers!

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OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Pretty good, average service

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TH
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I thought that the food was good. The service was just okay. I ordered a second beer and when it didn’t come I had to cancel it. I paid my tab and left. The service was lacking in my opinion. I will not be coming back anytime soon.

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a place to eat before going to see Phantom of the Opera. Did not plan ahead so was unable to make reservation at most of the fancy places near by. Started searching with Google Maps to find a place. At first the name Playland put me off until I went to the website.

Playland is a modern very clean pizzeria two blocks from the Majestic Theater. It has large windows on a corner if you like people watching and the lighted horse carriages go by. Easy access from the river walk.

Hubby and I ordered the JP pizza. Our pizza had a thin crispy sourdough crust with a mild sourdough flavor. The choice of drinks were great. Service was wonderful. There when you needed it but not intrusive. One pizza was enough for both of us. I would recommend the hard spiced cider. It was very good.

The menu is simple with excellent choices of ways to have pizza. We did not have any appetizers or dessert. We did not go away hungry but we are also an older couple. A younger couple might want to order two pizzas especially if they can take leftovers home.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate here before a night at the Tobin Center, only a short 4 block walk to the theater. Inside was very contemporary and nice, enjoyed the art and modern feel. Food was very good, but we've had better pizza and the queso was not exactly what we were wanting. The wings were delicious and big. The alcohol list was large for a place of this size, that was a definite plus. We may return with friends.

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LL
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy access in for a nice dinner date. Best brick oven pizza & wings in town! Their wine list is great and priced right. Service was amazing and the ambiance is comfortable & warming.

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V
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The vibe and locale is great. The menu is a bit basic for such a hot spot.

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