I had a friend tell me day after day about this place & I never made it there with him. I had last minute plans for a date night. This place came to mind. I wish i went there sooner. Amazing food & wine for a amazing price.
I heard about this restaurant from my boyfriend's roommate. We were supposed to go out for a burrito or taco night dinner. But overall I'd say a random night to Playt was worthwhile:
Likely to return
Likely to recommend to others
Not my favorite place ever but it wasn't horrible. The service was great- super friendly!
Food was good but nothing spectacular. Ordered the friend chicken with the Mac and cheese. I was told it was the most popular thing on the menu. The chicken was good. Super tender and the skin melted right off. Mac and cheese was ok. Didn't have a ton of flavor besides a ton of cheese.
The presentation is fantastic and the food is good too. We had the fried green tomatoes, which were tasty. The fries were fantastic! The beet salad had a great dressing, but the tasteless cocktail onions didn't add anything and the beans didn't really match with the other flavors. I would recommend the chef swap the beans for goat cheese and/or pickled onions.
AMAZING FOOD AND AMAZING DRINKS! The staff here is super friendly and helpful! I'm from the south and this place really made me feel as at home as I could in Cali! They have some really interesting spins on classic dishes! Like their pozole gumbo is to die for; I only had a cup and was left wanting more so I got a cup for to go as well! This has to be my new favorite spot in downtown now! Definitely have to try if you're looking for something new! I didn't get to take any pictures of the food sadly because well I was starving but I will be back and I'll upload some the next time!
Went there last night and the menu has changed. Thank vibe is even cooler than a evening breeze in the bay. Had the ribs and mussels. Ribs were delicious and have to say one of the best ribs I have ever had. Also had the apple pie for desert and that was bomb. Wife had the t bone steak and that was great too.
I would have to say this restaurant is a top tier for us. Rivals a spot like Mua's in Oakland and Angeline's in Berkeley. I look forward to going back
Let me just say this place is awesome. Ambiance is great, service is great but for me the food was incredible! I've lived in the Bay all my life and it's a great thing when you can find a good restaurant in a city that is not San Fransico. But getting back to the food. I had the short rib which had grits underneath. The combination especially with the sauce was unlike anything I've ever tasted. So flavorful in every bite and meat was very tender. That dish is a must try. For dessert, I was simply blown away by the peach cobbler and bread pudding. Yes I ate a lot that night. The extra calories was well worth it. I will definitely visit this place again.
My wife and I normally save our night out for Friday's and then we are a weekly patron to Paradiso in San Leandro but yesterday after a rather difficult day at the office I suggested to my wife we try Playt. As most are aware that live in Castro Valley, there are not alot of quality restaurants in and around CV. Thus our weekly visits to Paradiso however, we may have found refuge in another option. We started with cocktails...our standard Lemon Drop for my wife and vodka martini for me. A bit dissappointed with both in that they were not shaken as much as requested and for my two cents a martini should only be consumed from a true martini glass. These were not but tasty just the same. Neither of us were extremely hungry so we opted on the lighter side. I started with the Fried Green Tomatoes. Very lightly breaded and with a slightly spicy sauce to compliment the tomatoes...it was exactly the dish I was hoping. I finished with the Chicken Pot Pie. Delicious. I especially liked what was intended to be pie crust topping but was more like a cookie but not sweet. The filling was amazing and on a cold fall day would definitely hit the spot. My wife is quite fond of grits and was drawn to and ordered the Shrimp and Grits. Not too much but not too little. Again...a very nice dish. One thing I would like to point out is the owner, Michael. Very charming and working very hard to make sure his diners were satisfied and informed about the menu and history of his place. We will definitely be back and looking forward to it as well.
We came here just for appetizers and drinks but loved it! It's cute for a girls night! It was my friends birthday and the bartender was great and made sure she started the night off right. He made us cute shots too! The drinks were delicious and the appetizers were really good especially the calamari!
They are just okay. The options and quality of food are not what I'm used at the previous restaurant in Oakland from the same owners.
I enjoyed their veggie burger and that's about it.
They have a bartender who is somewhat horrible.
I prefer Pican but hey, the restaurant adds to Hayward down town.
LOVE the flavor here!
This is what we need in Hayward/Castro Valley- more amazing food with on point flavor.
I was so happy to find this place, whether you're looking for drinks or dinner this is great for casual or fine dining.
The staff here is patient, charismatic, quick, and efficient.
There is nothing on the menu that I haven't liked, although their Collard Greens are just simply one of my favorites and I can never visit without ordering them.
Do yourself a favor- TRY this place!
Soooo good! I'm adding this place to my list of favorites places in the Bay! Their gumbo pozole is super yummy!!
Excellent food, mediocre service (granted, on a Sunday evening). We loved the shrimp and grits, the short rib, and the fried pickles. Good cocktails, wine menu is a little small but I was happy with what I ordered. We're definitely coming back!
No, No No! This is not representative of anything southern cuisine. This is not representative of ANYTHING similar to Pican. This place is such a disappointment. From the confusing signage/name at the entrance to the items offered on the menu. I'm so over restaurants attaching "southern cuisine" to their names and menus. Whatever food item they are describing as grits on the menu - STOP! Those are not grits! I don't know what those were. They need to hire an experienced chef and restaurant manager ASAP.
Ok, one year later. As I write this the song "Another One Bites The Dust" is playing in the background and before that all 1975 - 1980's music played on a Saturday night (I bullshit you not). Now to the drinks. My drink this time was great - the Black Hand. My husband ordered the same drink and it was a totally different drink which was returned to the bar to add ginger. It came back and still was way off. We ordered the catfish and macaroni and cheese. Both were good. Oh... when our food came out we had to ask for plates at a place called Playt! As I wrap this review up "Le Freak" ("Freak Out") is playing from 1978
Anyway, gave Playt another try after a friend suggested I give it another try. It's been a year and welp... I'm done. Too bad we have to go all the way to Palo Alto for a full dining experience.
We went to Playt on Sunday, Oct 23. I've never experience anything like it before. We were seated immediately as the restaurant was not crowded. After a few minutes a sever arrived at sat a decanter of water on the table. We waited another five minutes and my friend excused herself and went to the restroom. She came back immediately and said she could smell the restroom before she opened the door and suggested we leave. I said let's give them a chance. Ten minutes went by and no waitstaff. No one even asked if we wanted a drink before ordering, even though there is a full bar at Playt. Another five minutes went by and no waitstaff asked us anything. There was plenty of activity from the waitstaff around us, but no one took the time to actually wait on us. We decided to leave. As we were just about to leave a waitstaff brought a plate of lemon slices to our table. The host in a plaid shirt yelled the lemons are for table 12. When we got up to leave no one even asked why we were leaving. Bad experience all around. Never got to try the food. We went to Paridiso, which was crowded and were seated quickly and the waitstaff was attentive. Won't go to Playt again even though it's in my neighborhood.