Lots of variety on the menu.
Lots of variety on the menu. Everyone was satisfied with their food. The seafood bisque seemed to be the big winner. A nice variety of Craft beers.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Oyster bar was fantastic!!
Oyster bar was fantastic!! I don't eat them, but my boyfriend is from Connecticut, and he LOVED them! Also, we sat right next to the raw bar and couldn't smell them - that's when you know they're fresh! Great find!!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Brava ballerina and bravo restauran
Six of us went to Washington Platform after the recent Cincinnati Ballet performance of "The Prodigal Son." It was a celebratory affair acknowledging to the cast member present that her performance was absolutely awesome. We had an excellent Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc and a number of appetizers ranging from Oysters on the half shell (the restaurant is celebrating its annual oyster festival) to onion straws, mesquite shrimp and other excellent dishes. Service was excellent and friendly.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I chose to go to Washington
I chose to go to Washington Platform because it is close to music hall and I thought it would make a good pre-concert dinner spot, and it was. Not knowing how busy it would be, I made reservations for 6:15, and was seated immediately (6:30 was not available, and I worried that 6:45 would be too late due to other reviews on this site and Yelp.) My server was attentive and answered all of my questions. I had the crab cakes, which were delicious, and Cajun grilled grouper, which was appropriately spicy. After taking my time to finish a glass of wine and strolling to Music Hall I arrived at 7:20, more than early for an 8:00 concert. At the concert I recognized other diners from the restaurant, so I wasn't alone in my plans.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time to this restaurant
First time to this restaurant for us and it won't be the last. The menu has a dozen items I would like to try! The Oyster Festival menu added unique choices to an already solid menu. Food was great. Service a little scattered but except able. We made a reservation but ended up in the bar because "that was the only table they had at that moment". It worked out fine but would have preferred for the restaurant to plan better for our arrival. All in all a very satisfying experience. We will be back again soon!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
I went with a group of 12
I went with a group of 12 and they accommodated our group very well. Service was good and food arrived in a timely way. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the desserts were particularly good the day I was there - a bread pudding and a chocolate opra creme cake:)
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Easter Jazz brunch was great!
Easter Jazz brunch was great! I planning on making this a tradition.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
the brunch was great. we had problems getting seated even though we had a reservation. That was a little disappointing. We ended up sitting in the bar area instead of the dining area, which was fine except that we did not have a server. Since we were in a high traffic area, we were able to grab people as they went by, but did not have a server for our table. that was disappointing, but overall a good experience. Food was great.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I love Washington Platform.
I love Washington Platform. It's a great place, where I can get great food, for any occasion and where my 4 year old daughter can eat at a reasonable price. For the past 2 years we've done the Mother's Day and Easter Dar Brunches. I think this will be our mother/daughter tradition.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always excellent food with
Always excellent food with some good live music on Friday night
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite Cincinnati places, we usually go there if we are going to an event at Music Hall.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food- I had the
Loved the food- I had the salmon picada and my husband had the scallops preceded by a lot of oysters. We loved the jazz duo that played first and the Mike Scarfe's jazz group was incredible! It was a great evening!!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time to Washington Platform and we LOVED it. We went for Oyster Fest and the selection was above and beyond our expectations for Cincinnati, OH!! We would expect this type of selection in Florida but were pleasantly surprised to find such a great selection of oyster dishes in the Queen City. Absolutely delicious!! We highly recommend. Our waitress was very attentive and our whole experience was positive. We will return to Washington Platform very soon to try other entree's.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was good despite
The service was good despite our server being new. The prices were adequate & food was delicious
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great server who made
Had a great server who made the experience easy, despite one person in our party arriving late. One of my best visits to Washington Platform.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This might be our favorite place.
As my husband says, "Washington Platform knows what it does well, and doesn't deviate from those excellent talents". We really enjoy the special events featuring crab in season, oysters in season, and yes, it does the most fabulous jazz brunch with carving board, and their wonderful bread pudding. We most recently went to oyster fest and I thoroughly enjoyed the gumbo with oysters. If I were looking for a comfortable bar to sit and have a drink with friends, it can fill that bill too. And if you're looking for holiday brunches, we've taken my mother for Mother's Day and it was just so lovely. I hope no one thinks it's kid friendly. I love children, but they couldn't appreciate this type of sophisticated food.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Seafood and Service!
This place was great!
Went for oyster fest and the oysters were fantastic! We had everything from a dozen oysters on the half shell, several appetizers and oyster entrees and everything was delicious!
Our family is from Cape Cod so we are used to having nothing but the freshest seafood and we were delighted by the freshness and preparation of the oysters.
We had the Platform Platter to share which gives you three different preparations of baked oysters ans each was very tasty!
I had the Oysters Aphrodite which the oysters are in a creole Tomato Sauce. I was worried that the sauce would overpower the oysters, but it complimented them very well and the taste of the oysters were still the focal point!
Would recommend this place to anyo
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for their Oyster Fest
Went for their Oyster Fest and overwhelmed by how many ways they had them prepared. Wish it lasted all year long.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Joined my twin on our birthday during their oyster fest since we both love them. Had them raw - very good. Clean, cold and fresh. Tasted like my faves, Appalachicolas. Ordered four variations of cooked and all were satisfying. Server said the gumbo was good so I gave it a try. Boring. But I am pretty demanding when it comes to gumbo so am usually disappointed. Server was great and very knowledgeable which is always so appreciated. I expect the staff to know what everything tastes like and what makes the diners happy so they can provide informed suggestions. Place was clean and prices are reasonable. We will absolutely return. Only beef is I booked through Open Table which has asked for a review several times yet are not showing my points.
4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time there. I love
Our first time there. I love oysters on the half shell and these were good. The fried oyster dinner is the best I've had. We loved the casual friendly atmosphere! The service was excellent, on par with a more formal restaurant. Definitely will go back and recommend to friends and family.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a large group, and
We had a large group, and were seated on time. The place was busy, as it was the last night of Oysterfest. Everyone enjoyed their food and drink. We will definitely return.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Brunch on Mother's Day!
Excellent salmon and oysters. The service was excellent .Desserts were ok.More options of breakfast foods would have been nice . The kids were looking forward to more breakfast food items especially since the one option was an egg quiche like dish which they didn't eat.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The lobster is excellent,
The lobster is excellent, the oysters are fresh, and the burgers terrific. Add the friendly staff, and it's a winner. I think we came at a funny time, it was sort of between bands, and it was hard to get a feel for the ambiance. I think they are going for jazz club, but it's also family friendly. We're looking forward to coming again, maybe a bit later in the evening for a date.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked a reservation for a group of ten. The staff at Washington Platform accommodated our group and were friendly while making our experience very enjoyable. Every item we ordered was delicious!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall we had a good dining
Overall we had a good dining experience from the Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant. Be sure not to skip their delicious homemade salad dressings even though the entrée plates are large and filling.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a best night, but we'll return
We enjoy RP every couple of months for lunch and/or dinner. On this night, they were out of a couple of items we chose, and the server wasn't aware when the order was taken. But then, this is a really good locally owned and operated venue. They need some latitude in judgment. Our selections were excellently prepared, plated and presented. And, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
accommodating to our large group.
spacious seating with regard to table access.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
They did it again.
We dine at Washington Platform frequently and are never disappointed. So I just titled my review "They did it again." to indicate that our food was delicious, well prepared and very good. I had six oysters on the half shell (thanks for the #7 freebie) followed by an Oyster Po-Boy sandwich which excellent. Our daughter had a Caesar Salad with an accompanied medium rare steak. Her daughter and my wife both had fish sandwiches. All were excellent. No room for desert. Went home happy. Thank you
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated a 50 year birthday here. It was good. The server told us he was a little annoyed that here were 9 people instead of 12 that the reservation was for. That was unprofessional. He had to share the table with another server. It was good for us. The other server disappeared a lot anyway. Food was good. It was oddly quiet there. Our reservation was on a Saturday at 7pm. It was not busy at all. They may need to start a sales campaign to get people there. I would go back.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good prices, good
Good food, good prices, good service, easy access to Cincinnati Music Hall blocks away.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood Island Gem
Washington Platform is best described as an island in a neighborhood probably not visited by many unfamiliar with all the corners of downtown Cincinnati. Being on the outskirts of the Business District, you have to look for it. It's there however and once inside you are in for a surprise! The restuarant ambience is great! A good place to impress someone special! Lets them know you are familiar with your city. This was at least my third visit over the years, and I'm never disapointed. The staff is friendy and attentive. Everyone went out of their way to make the four of us feel welcome. Two meals for $35.00 including desert is very generous considering the food portions, and the quality of the cuisine.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an excellent waiter
We had an excellent waiter - Skippy. He made our visit excellent. We came during "restaurant week" but will certainly be back soon. And hope we get to have Skippy as our waiter.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for an early dinner
Our schedule had us planning dinner at 4:30, so we picked Wash. Platform because they serve all day, and many downtown restaurants do not. We had a party of 7, and a couple of us had the special restaurant week 3-course dinner, which was a real bargain. Someone else ordered a fish sandwich, and the waiter let us know that it was a special and if someone else wanted the same, it would only be $1. We had great service and a fun time. The only thing not totally positive was that near the end of our meal, someone who we assume was going to play keyboards later in the evening set up and was playing jazz rather loudly only a couple of feet from us, making it hard for us to continue our conversation.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time dining
This was our first time dining here and we really enjoyed it. The food was excellent. We would definately return.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I chose this restaurant to try from the Restaurant Week list. We appreciated the 2 for $35 pricing, most restaurants offered $35 per meal. Aidan was our server and he was extremely welcoming and informative about what our choices were for Restaurant week. It was a pleasure to have him as our server. This is the first time I've used OpenTable in 2 years, fortunately the gentleman that sat us asked me about having a reservation, I totally forgot to tell him so I could get my points. Thank you. We will definitely be back.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
What to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Four of us went to WP and were overwhelmed! It was the time of wing ding and did we enjoy those wings. Our waitress Milly is new to WP but is organized and awesome. I tried something new for me: Delaware raw oysters and what a pleasant surprise, definitely different from the usual Gulf coast ones, but fresh, briney and I think this experience is going to let me try new and different oysters in the future. We consider WP our home away from home and anticipate that the relationship will stay that way for a long time to come.
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I went with another couple for Wing Fling. MMM...so many great flavors of wings to try. I recommend this for anyone that likes wings.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Full of Jazz & More
My husband and I frequent the Washington Platform for many reasons and have for at least two years. We appreciate the location being downtown Cincinnati and we don't have to travel far to get there or get back home. We are able to eat from a popular menu (the wings and oysters are favorites) meet new people, see some friends we have not seen in a while and most importantly enjoy a evening of Jazz Entertainment. The service is genuine and environment is very intimate.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I love the restaurant. We always go when we attends concerts at Music Hall and activities at Washington Park. We have tried a number of items from the menu and have enjoyed them all. The seafood dishes are our favorites. Our servers have all been great. Very attentive but allowing us our private time. They truly earn their tips.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and music in a budget
The seafood bisque was delicious and the fisherman salad was amazing. The ambiance was good. The jazz quartet played very well and the volume was good for dining. The place is small and it is informal, cozy and familiar.I will recommend this place. I went with my two teenagers and they liked it. I will return with my spouse later.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner before Music Hall
We were going to a 7:30pm performance at Music Hall, and were not the only customers doing so. The staff was attentive to our need to finish the dinner promptly, and wasted no time. My favorite dish is the Salmon Piccata.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The two of us who dined here
The two of us who dined here recently selected this restaurant because it was within walking distance to the music hall performance we were attending that evening. I was rather noisy at first due to a large party of dinners present but once they left it was much quieter. The service level was very good and the food entrees we chose were delicious and well worth the price charged.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a nice surprise
We booked this restaurant based on a friend's recommendation. We were pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is small, but the food is great. They have a little bit of everything. We had cajun, oysters, and sandwiches. Everything was fabulous. The prices were a little high, but I'd go there again. There are other items I'd like to try on the menu. Our companions were from out of town and are thinking of returning for the Friday jazz nights.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oldie but goodie
Love the restaurant. Had not realized my 89 year old father knew about but suggested it. The oysters were wonderful. Looking for the next festival that they host.
Would love to see their sides change a bit need a little more of a tasty sid
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fish Restaurant
Thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance of restaurant. Server was friendly and offered suggestions. She wanted to know if those of us who were getting soup or salad wanted them brought before the other food or all together. This is a considerate approach. The food was all good and well prepared. We will come back again.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot to dine before the POPS!
We really like to eat at Washington Platform just before going to the Pops each month...such a short walk. Problem is, everyone else has the same idea and it slows the service down just a bit. Go early (by 6pm for 8pm show) and it's fine. Any later and you risk having to rush. Food was fantastic. Really enjoyed the "Crabby" menu!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crab Fest Back
Great place for all occasions- great bar scene for the after work groups- great annual events as well- Oyster Fest in March-April and Crab Fest now thru Nov 16th - also great location for dinner events at music hall and surrounding entertainment area.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's Crabfest at Washington Platform so of course we got the crabbiest meal - Alaskan King Crab legs. It was nice tht they let my friend and I share the huge legs. We had a new server who was not afraid to say "I'll go ask about that" instead of making up an answer to a menu question. It was a good time.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jazz at the Platform
I visited Washington Platform with my Wife and friends to eat, and enjoy some jazz music. Their Friday Nigth Jazz Series is an option for Cincinnatians that I'm sure a lot of people are not aware of. They had a very generous Lobster Dinner special that is available after the jazz group starts playing at 9:00PM. The staff is attentive and the food is good. I had a whole lobster, vegetables, baked potatoe, and a cup of Gumbo for $19.95! Splurged on a fried crab appetizer. The jazz quartet gave a great evening of music. That, along with the ambience, and the food, provided for an outstanding evening! Kudos to Washington Platform for their continuous efforts to provide great dining and entertainment to the Cincinnati Business District.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Coming back for more
I am so happy that I received a gift certificate to Washington Platform as it encouarged my husband and I to attend. We were going to see a play at 8pm which was in the neighborhood and decided to use our certificate and give this place a try. I am so glad that we did. I ordered the seafood bisque which was just delightful. In this amazing cream sauce was salmon, shrimp and blue crab. I truly enjoyed everything I ate and what my husband ate as I also had to try his. We will definitely be back for seconds, thirds, and more.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM