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Small Plates Restaurant$$
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220 E 4th St #102 Santa Ana, CA 92701
220 East 4th Street #102USCaliforniaSanta Ana92701
(714) 560-4444playgrounddtsa.com
$$Small Plates Restaurant, Bar
Small Plates Restaurant
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New American Restaurant
Today 5–10PM
Thursday 5–10PMFriday 5PM–12AMSaturday 5PM–12AMSunday 3:30–8:30PMMonday ClosedTuesday 5–10PMWednesday 5–10PM
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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
"The Caesar brussel sprouts and sticky toffee pudding were delicious!"
"Quick tip: there is no corkage fee so feel free to bring in your own wine."
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Russell Saisho
2 months ago
High expectations when you need to make reservations months in advance. Food was very good, some dishes more exciting than others. Less than excited by the Imperial Wagyu and the scallops app we had. We were comped a beautiful piece of skirt steak that was cooked to a perfect rare that really was the highlight of the night. We finished with the sticky toffee pudding, which was excellent, maybe the third best I've ever had.
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Simon Buckland
a month ago
Very disappointed. I've had this place bookmarked forever and finally had a chance to try it. I do like the fact that you could bring in wine and they don't charge cork fee. - pork chop: huge and amazing! Only good thing I tried here - Brussels sprouts: so salty! Omg I had to take out the first layer and then eat it. If you order this, ask them not to pour the whole bottle of salt in. - tortellini: this one wasn't good either. The pasta was kinda hard. Wasn't memorable because I don't remember anything about this dish besides the hard pasta - empanadas: my friend said they use the leftover meat to make these. Lol. It was okay. Overall, the food was bad besides the pork chop buttttt I gave them 2 stars because free cork fee is the best thing in the world, next to free alcohol.
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Mary Moore-Simmons
a month ago
Everything here, food and drinks, is amazing. Leave room for dessert! High maintenance customers beware, they don't do substitutions.
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Jennifer Lee
4 months ago
The experimental concept behind Playground made for a fun, tapas-style dinner. Their twist on tacos had me ordering seconds. They preach letting their customers send back any dishes they don't like, and sure enough, I did so with an overly sweet toffee pudding with no questions asked.
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Steven Nguyen
2 months ago
I've gone to the Playground twice now for Sunday Supper. The first time was great! There were several really good dishes. The second time wasn't as good and I was a little disappointed at some of the portion sizes (short ribs dish was 2 slices of meat for 6 people). Regardless, I think Sunday Supper is a great experience and good for getting a wide variety of things to eat. The service was also great both times. The staff was very friendly and fun. Quick tip: there is no corkage fee so feel free to bring in your own wine.
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The Cookster Star
3 months ago
Excellent restaurant. Celebrated my birthday here and I couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. We ordered the Brussels sprouts, pork buns, pork chop and their famous Uncle Louis fried chicken...everything was to die for. Topping it off with their signature sticky toffee pudding....I believe I died and went to heaven with the first bite! Bless your life....visit this restaurant!!
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Gregory Blum
4 months ago
I'm guessing all the hype around this place is due to the daily menu changes and the chef experimenting with unique combinations? I did think the menu was creative and many dishes sounded interesting. However, we may have just ordered the wrong dishes because I thought the restaurant was just okay. The Caesar brussel sprouts and sticky toffee pudding were delicious! But the other 3 dishes, imo, (short rib pasta, fried chicken, pan roasted wild mushrooms) were pretty bad and REALLY salty! I literally drank a gallon of water after leaving. I also didn't understand the whole soggy fried chicken deal. My cousin and I both enjoyed our wine and cocktails so I give them points for that...but it took forever to get our drinks. All in all, I wasn't very impressed.
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Jessica Leung
2 months ago
Great food but pricey. Make reservations

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