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

Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
220 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4644 (Spurgeon)
+1 714-560-4444
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

176 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 174: English reviews
San Juan Capistrano, California
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking for somewhere for a companionable beer and stumbled on the place. The beer was good, but the food was unusual and excellent. We also had their special cocktail with unknown ingredients, and it was delicious. The staff also were very nice. Will visit again

Thank Maureen N
Broomfield, Colorado
Level Contributor
203 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Some business colleagues and I recently had dinner at The Playground, and loved the many dishes we tried. Most of the offerings are smaller shared plates (tapas), and we enjoyed them all. The ambiance of The Playground is modern and cutting edge, and the food matches the atmosphere. Each dish was incredibly creative, and we were able to try many... More 

Thank GeorgeW1111
Stephens City, Virginia
Level Contributor
68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The Playground offers very creative dishes. Great for ordering a variety for the table so everyone can try each dish...and you will want to! Our favorite on this visit were the cornbread waffles! The only negative to mention are that there are NO substituions. We just wanted jalapeños left off of a dish and they would not accommodate. The dining... More 

Thank Connie F
Santa Ana, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Fabulous food and drinks. Lots of attention to the details in the drinks [special ice cubes, custom made] and the food. Unique custom crafted dishes that were delicious. Popular with millennials after 9:00pm. Make reservations!

Thank paulevangreenwad
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The food here is fantastic. Great variety of small plates and unique dishes. Drinks were awesome. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend dining here!

Thank Hillary S
Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

After being away for two years, business brought me back to Santa Ana. I was excited to try The Playground again, since it was delicious during my last visit a couple years ago. We came in on a Tuesday night and were able to get a table right away. This is where the only low point of the evening occurred...we... More 

1 Thank biz_nasty
Princeton, New Jersey
Level Contributor
47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Very good food, be prepared to enjoy great flavors, but you can't change anything. Quirky that way. Overall, terrific experience

Thank rellah
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 November 2016

grate meeting point , allot of fun, definitely grate for groups offer only on Sunday " Sunday supper " and that is perfect, not a big wine list but they do not charge if you B.Y.O. wine, and again perfect for all taste and wallet.

Thank krismao
Vancouver, Washington
Level Contributor
208 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I had the pork belly steam bun, Brussel sprouts and fried chicken and they were all amazing! Both bartenders were attentive and knowledgeable. I wish I lived here so I could come again! YUM!!!

Thank RQ-Traveler12
Santa Ana, California
Level Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is perhaps one of the country's most innovative eateries. They do cooking with an attitude. Think young computer nerds and carry that fervor to the kitchen and you get the idea.

Thank etrotter3d

Travellers who viewed The Playground also viewed

Santa Ana, Orange County
Santa Ana, Orange County
Santa Ana, Orange County
Santa Ana, Orange County

Been to The Playground? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
Seafood, American, International, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Playground and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Reno, Nevada
3 months ago
Reno, Nevada
3 months ago
Santa Ana, California
over a year ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from The Playground staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?