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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%
Travellers talk about
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 6 days ago via mobile

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

Thank Eleonore M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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!

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..

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

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.

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

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

Thank Diane W
Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

We celebrated a special occasion at this restaurant on a weeknight. It’s small with a casual somewhat artsy feel. We were glad we had a reservation because every table was full when we arrived. The menu changes weekly full of dishes meant to be shared....More

Thank YorbaLindaStar
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Finally got around to go there for dinner last night and it was pretty good. Our server Anthony was very friendly and very knowledgeable. The pretzel sourdough bread was way too big for two people and not really good. The pork belly buns on the...More

Thank Steve R
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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.
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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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
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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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