We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Playground

220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
+1 714-560-4444
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brussel sprouts” (25 reviews)
“fried chicken” (30 reviews)
Open Now
Seafood, American, International, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644
All Details
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (199)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 197 reviews

Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Social dinner with business colleagues. Nice selection of cocktails and beer. We chose a mix of dishes to share and enjoyed them all. Pasta dishes were innovative and delicious. Only disappointment was that fried chicken came out well after the rest of the foods, so...More

Thank SplashMountainFan
Reviewed 29 January 2018

I’ve been to this place more times than I can count and I’ve loved every visit. The service is never slow, the servers take the time to explain when you have questions about the menu and everyone is just great. But the real miraculous thing...More

Thank malaskiclaygemillerm
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Every bite was considered and cared for. What words would I use: fresh, unique, savory, delicious. We each ordered some small plates and shared. It was a fun and loose, yet the food was meticulously created. Really good evening. Nice staff as well. Can't wait...More

Thank Melissa R
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Start to finish was terrific! Our Server Steven was delightful, knowledgeable, and eager to explain and help us with suggestions. While we know we were not his only table he certainly made us feel as if we were. The dishes are ideal for sharing and...More

Thank Bonnie J
Reviewed 24 December 2017

I love love loved their food even tho they won't accept any modification what's so ever. Every dish we ordered was enjoyable and delicious. I did not like the ambiance tho, I felt too open and noisy. I definitely would love to try 2.0 next...More

Thank Da M
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Simply awesome food. The best meal I’ve had in a really long time. Share a multitude of tapas & try a little but if everything. That being said, skip the silly over priced drinks and have a glass of wine. The food makes this place...More

Thank Steph M
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Culinary connoisseurs who are looking for a new and unique dining experience will find that and much more at the Playground. Central location with easy parking near by. Order several plates to share from an eclectic menu that changes every day with exotic drinks to...More

Thank SDCA312
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I love this restaurant and have been several times but I recently took my mom for the first time and it blew her mind! She is small town, pretty traditional palate, and it was so fun to open her up to new things! We ordered...More

Thank Casaundra D
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I really loved playground and plan to go back again next time I have something to celebrate because everythibg is so unique and amazing. They also encourage you to try new things, if you don't like it, they'll take it off the bill. If it's...More

Thank Leah S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Anthony was our server however everyone helps out at the restaurant. Anthony made suggestions that were outstanding. This is our 'go to' restaurant and suggest it to everyone! The corn was a surprise with the charred flavors mixed in.

Thank JulieV58
Nearby HotelsSee all 23 hotels in Santa Ana
Santa Ana Travel Inn
8 reviews
1.68 km away
Motel 6 Santa Ana
43 reviews
1.88 km away
Golden West Lodge
3 reviews
2.09 km away
Red Roof Inn Santa Ana
272 reviews
2.69 km away
Nearby Restaurants
4th Street Market
36 reviews
.07 km away
Little Sparrow
66 reviews
.20 km away
Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
8 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby Attractions
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
339 reviews
1.71 km away
Discovery Cube Orange County
302 reviews
2.53 km away
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
184 reviews
2.18 km away
Main Place Mall
68 reviews
3.18 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
9 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing
Save your favourites!
Keep track of your top restaurant finds.
Save now