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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 good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“pork chop” (22 reviews)
“brussel sprouts” (17 reviews)
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Seafood, American, International, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

So often, when trying a new restaurant, I find that the menu looks familiar and uninspired. The creative, imaginative, dinner offerings here were a different story. A wide variety of interesting dishes that had me thinking I could come back several days running and try...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank YosemiteSam1
Reviewed 30 October 2018

The food here at the Playground is incredible.The Brussels sprout Caesar salad with jalapeno ,cornbread crumbles was awesome, pork belly steam bun, Not a fan of the Maple glazed Pork Chop too much and I love pork.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Ynot4822
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

This Restaurant is an amazing experience for the adventurous. Fresh, local ingredients and a ever changing menu. A must try.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Eleonore M
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

I came here based on recommendation of my Lyft driver who took a lot of people to eat here. I love the atmosphere of the restaurant and I can just call any wait staff when I need something. The food tasted fresh and oh so...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank rosewine75
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

We just ate here, and it was beyond phenomenal! Every single thing we had was creative and flavorful. I haven't had food this good in a long time.. highly recommend!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank linnyswan
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Love the maple sauce pork chop. I usually don't order pork chop when I am in the restaurant but I see that's one of their signature dish so I decided to order and did not regret one bit! Love the vibe. Would totally come back..

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank WineConn
Reviewed 28 August 2018

What a great night! We had heard about Playground, but it took us a while to get it on our calendar! We had a fantastic time, Justin the Exec Chef was awesome, super friendly and talked to us at the table for a while. The...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank kilted1
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This place is fun! Love the lively atmosphere of this place. Started with albacore ceviche with mango and kaffir like cashew then moved onto uncle Lou’s fried chicken, fluffy pork belly bun with guacamole and radish and pakora. The highlight was definitely the pork bun.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank itsxjackie
Reviewed 24 June 2018

This place has the right attitude for people that enjoy food, love tasting new things and are open-minded. We always come with at least one other couple and then order numerous things to share. This last visit, our favorites were the shrimp, the green curry...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank adalbert3
Reviewed 1 June 2018

I would definitely come back! I really enjoyed the smaller, shared plates approach, especially since we had 4 people (order more – yes!!!). The restaurant is broken up into smaller rooms and we got a table in the last room which was much quieter than...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Diane W
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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.
6 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
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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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