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Small Plates Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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220 E 4th St #102 Santa Ana, CA 92701, United States
220 East 4th Street #102USCaliforniaSanta Ana92701
(714) 560-4444playgrounddtsa.com
$$$Small Plates Restaurant, Bar
Small Plates Restaurant
Bar
New American Restaurant
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 5:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Playground restaurant. Chef driven small plates, full bar with fifteen craft beers on tap, another 60 or so by the bottle. A selection of nice wines you've probably never heard of.  Artisan cocktails.
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Creative chef Jason Quinn's modern gastropub offers changing New American fare & top-shelf drinks.- Google
"Amazing - new menu of fresh food every day."
"Mission Fig Toffee Pudding: This was as good as I remembered it."
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Marvin P
3 weeks ago
Without a doubt, Playground is my absolute favorite establishment in all of Orange County. Chef Jason Quinn orchestrates a menu that finds the perfect balance between taste, innovation, and consistency. This attempt is something you can definitely appreciate and the best part is that the ambience and staff -- makes it approachable. There are constantly new items offered with each visit, but the money makers are always still on the menu and with absolute reason to be so. I've had the opportunity to sit down and have dinner prepared directly in front of Jason at his much more intimate dining experience - Playground 2.0. This guy is crazy, there's no reason to hide that. His motivation and excitement is translated to what's placed on your plate and the reason why I keep coming back.
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David Broomell
in the last week
I had the best dining experience of my life at the Playground. My brother, sister, and I went here for Valentine's Day after reading some reviews. We sat down at our table and read through the "About Us" paper they provided. When we saw the "Omakase" option we threw caution to the wind and placed our faith in our server, Josh. It was the best dining decision we've ever made. Josh nailed it and delivered a perfect meal. The Playground is an amazing food experience with fantastic service and great drinks.
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EmmaLeigh Brown
in the last week
I'm so glad we stumbled upon this place. The enthusiasm from the other return patrons coming in at the same time and the hostess was enough for us to know it would be worth a try. A Brussel sprout dish, Indian mushrooms dish and a farretao dish. All were hard to put the silverware down for. We will be back for as much as we can try from the changing menu as possible at one sitting.
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Bihan Chen
3 months ago
Great place for a fancy date or group outing. It is expensive and getting even more pricey as the years pass. Definitely a place to check out at least once. Food quality has been hit or miss since their menu is constantly changing. Atmosphere and service is wonderful.
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Mike Castro
3 weeks ago
Food is amazing. And it is a really cool concept. Menu changes daily and is usually super good. They do not allow for customizations...and unless you want to be embarrassed don't ask for salt. One of my favorite burgers I think is always available (playground burger) and sticky pork buns are awesome as well great value.
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hyuk kang
in the last week
Just like the restaurant name, this is Chef Jason's ultimate playground for his cooking. He is creative and bold in his approach. I got a chance to try their course meals with a large group and I must admit, they did a great job in bringing each course with good execution. My favorite of the night was probably their porkchop. I will post the picture so that everyone can envy. I would love to come back here for more.
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Alice Ly
a month ago
My first visit was about 3 years ago where they wouldn't allow us to order the Maple Glazed Porkchop because our party consisted of 2 people. We left feeling unfulfilled with the items we had ordered but the Mission Fig Toffee Pudding stayed on my mind. Fast forward to last night, where I had the pleasure of dining with 3 other awesome ladies. And this time I got my porkchop!! Everything is cooked to order as they don't believe in heatlamps. Wouldn't the porkchop take forever then? Well the porkchop is brined overnight and then sous vided to make sure it's cooked completely, and then seared when the dish is ordered. So it only took about 15 mins to get our perfectly cooked and gargantuan porkchop lounging around in the maple glaze. :) All of us were oohing at it and once the first bite was taken, it was over for it. We polished it completely and I was gnawing at the bone. ;) We also ordered - -- Roasted Sunchokes: This had a spicy kick. I wouldn't order this again. -- Roasted Wild Mushroom Dish: This comes with couscous and becomes a great dish to share. I love the yogurt cooling tones in it. -- Mission Fig Toffee Pudding: This was as good as I remembered it. Total comfort food with the sticky cake, with caramel bath, and sea salt (?) whipped cream. It's a combination of sweet and savory that's warm comfort in your mouth. We actually forgot our wine bottle at home but next time, we're definitely taking advantage of the no corkage rule. They also have a great rule where if you "don't love it" then they take if off the bill. Overall a fantastic establishment in Santa Ana and I look forward to trying out their experimental kitchen Playground 2.0!
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frjohn Mefrige
a month ago
Great place on Melrose to have a cigar...they also own the restaurant next door so coffee or snacks too!

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