Washington Place
Washington Place

Washington Place

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://washingtonplacelittleitaly.com/
  • Phone: 2167916500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 4pm - 9pm
    Friday 4pm - 10pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday 2pm - 10pm
    Sunday 2pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Melissa Khoury
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Murray Hill
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet in our lot, or street parking all around the restaurant.
A word from Washington Place
We are very excited to be a part of the Little Italy and University Circle neighborhoods. Located in the heart of Cleveland"s cultural center, Washington Place offers gracious neighborhood hospitality in a beautifully remodeled historic brownstone mansion.



Washington Place offers modern American fare featuring local cheeses, produce and meats. An eclectic yet affordable wine list and signature cocktails can be enjoyed in the new lounge or on the extended outdoor patio in the comfort of the Little Italy neighborhood.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Washington Place reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (83)neighborhood gem (73)fit for foodies (71)special occasion (70)romantic (58)good for groups (26)great for brunch (22)scenic view (20)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (12)hot spot (10)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The atmosphere was delightful and everyone, from the valet to our waiter, was very friendly and welcoming. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful with our selections and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife's 30th birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great for couples night out or small groups. Children would be out of place for dinner. Prompt service but did not feel rushed. Everything we tried was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, a perfect evening!
    mtd210
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As always, the food and service were excellent! The only downside is that everyone enjoyed their meals so much that we didn't have leftovers to take home!! Our dinners included the pot roast, hanger steak and blue marlin, and the vegetable stuffed heirloom tomato. Each was fantastic. Oooh, and then the espresso brownie with salted caramel ice cream!! A perfect end to the evening. We will definitely be back - again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Washington place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food. But need to work on reducing wait time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, unrushed & good food
    laurenVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had not been to Washington Place before. The menu was interesting and we had a relaxing meal. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Wednesday wine/dine spot
    WesTheExpress
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I made an 8pm reservation for myself and my special lady friend to take advantage of the 2 for $40 Wednesday night deal (shared appetizer, two entrees and a bottle of wine for $40). We were able to get a seat outside on the patio, which was perfect for the evening. The food was great (even better based on the price of the deal). I enjoyed the pot roast, which I highly recommend. Michael, our server, was attentive and responsive. Overall a great evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio!
    ackfan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed a nice relaxed evening and good food on a lovely patio. A neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    nextdatenight
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Often heard about, but never tried this restaurant. However, we will visit here again. While their selection is limited, the choices offered a variety to suit everyone and will not disappoint. We chose to dine outside on this pleasurable evening. While the restaurant did not seem to be at capacity, the service (at least on the patio) was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meat lovers
    lov2dine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu is nearly all meet. There was one non-meat entree - Mac and cheese. The steaks were good but the potatoes were a little greasy. Prices were a little high for what you got. The drinks were good. This is a place for weddings, graduation meals, and meat lovers. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of town guests.
    Empresspuma1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everything was wonderful as expected. My out of town guests are from New York and they love the wine list and dinner. I cannot express how important it is that at the tables you can hear the wonderful jazz but still have a conversation without shouting. This is one of the top of my list for Cleveland Restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mariann
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our last visit to Washington Place was about a year back. At the time it was recommended to try as a gluten-free friendly restaurant. At the time they did not have g-f bread or g-f beer but they were talking about adding both. A year later, they are still talking about it. But, both of our visits did not disappoint in terms of menu options, presentation, and flavor. Our meals were well received - both the Pot Roast (not g-f) and the Duck Risotto (yes, g-f) were well made and enjoyed. Our server could not have been more gracious and someone ran out to provide gluten-free crackers for me and a replacement dressing was provided for my salad. The kitchen was receptive to creating a g-f option from any protein and a selection of sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy
    gikatyaVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I love the small rooms. Very cozy and nice. Not noisy like so many places these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • okfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    food was nicely presented but we specified not to overcook fish and meat...and both were. didn't have time to re-prepare so ate it and were comped dessert. would give another try but somewhat disappointing on a beautiful evening sitting outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Experience
    Indigo05VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We enjoyed a last minute dinner reservation as our first experience and were very pleasantly surprised. We were given the option of several different tables and found one in a quiet room overlooking the garden. Our server Lisa arrived promptly and did a fantastic job checking on us at the perfect intervals throughout the evening. All of the food we ordered was delicious. The Shrimp and Grits is available as a small plate and is perfect to share as an appetizer. The hanger steak entree arrived perfectly prepared and was one of the tastiest steaks I have ever enjoyed in a restaurant. Save room for dessert - the espresso brownie with salted caramel ice cream is an amazing ending to a beautiful night out. We loved the free valet parking!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what it use to be
    luvindependentrestaurants
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    dirty carpet in enclosed porch should be replaced. food was ok-not great and it was quite expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luvitalianfood
    Luvitalianfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Everything was spot on. From the great service by Lisa to the excellent specials and great items on the menu. One of us had the pork chop special, another had the chicken with artichokes and I had the meat loaf which was fantastic. Our forth just had the beet salad which was just great for her. Two of us had the cauliflower bisque......... Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs work.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We enjoy the restaurant, but they seem to be UNDERSTAFFED. Table is never properly bussed by the arrival of the oncoming course and drinks take way too long. Food is consistently good, but not served consistently hot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining and Conversation
    RBJGP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Needing to have a serious conversation among friends, we asked our host at Washington Place for a quiet, private environment that would allow us to talk things over and enjoy a great meal at the same time. The environment was perfect and the food was excellent - the conversation was productive and we enjoyed some laughs, as well. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We truly enjoyed
    clevdinner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went for dinner and the food was fantastic. The building has beautiful and has charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible find
    Foodie88
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was our first visit for our anniversary. We had the most amazing meal. The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. The atmosphere was fancy but fun. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    GoodTimes
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Both orders were perfect but we ended up liking each other's better and switched. Such a great menus and place. Can be dressed up or down
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diane
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food was very good and the patio was the perfect setting for a casual business dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was very very salty small portions and way overpriced I have had better food at chick filet
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    Mimi
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service was excellent and all of the food was great. The free valet parking was a very welcome extra in that crowded neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb restaurant
    alwaysroom4dsrt
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We tried Washington Place for the first time last Saturday night and it was perfect. Arthur, our waiter, was wonderful in all respects; very attentive to every detail. The cornmeal dusted calamari is by far the best version of this dish we'ver ever had. I had the hangar steak, which was cooked perfectly and was also the most flavorful of its type that ive ever had. Others had the prosciutto wrapped chicken which was excellent, and the scallops which were also excellent. We topped the meal off with their version of an ice cream sundae that was delicious and perfect for the 4 of us to share. We recommend this restaurant very highly and look forward to our next trip back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Didn't meet my expectations
    ohiofoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I decided to come here after watching the episode on Unique Eats on the food channel. It seemed like upscale comfort food..so we were very excited. Everything we ordered was disappointing. Didn't like the mixed drinks or even the soda on the menu. We ordered the mac and cheese and meatloaf (both showcased on the show). The meat loaf was pale and the tomato gravy tasted like canned tomatoe soup. Dry mashed potatoes. The mac and cheese was a similar let down. It just tasted like oil from the chorizo- tasteless. beet salad which was the best thing we ordered. Asian bbq wings- just an overly salty teriyaki sauce. Ouneighbor ordered the pork loin..This thing was so small,pale,n glaze. I think the chefs just are lazy about their food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely dinner in the garden
    SoozyQVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have dined here many times and the food is consistently good. The special white peach sangria was terrific on this summer evening in the garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch
    Mitzi
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Excellent outdoor dining experience for brunch. Well prepared, fresh tasting food, and attentive friendly service. Highly recommend Washington Place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dining experience!
    Luvthisplace
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Washington Place Bistro was the perfect setting to take my friend, a retired professor, to brunch as a celebration of his 77th birthday. We enjoyed the light and the view through the window of the covered porch. Service was prompt and the food was delicious. My friend was delighted and everything was first class all the way!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • University Circle Gem
    MattVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Washington Place is a wonderful oasis of a restaurant in University Circle. The food, service and ambience was outstanding. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed the secluded experience of the unique patio and garden area. We would highly recommend this restaurant to others interested in a high quality dining experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had brunch at Washington Place on Father's Day, and it was an overall very good experience. Service was pleasant and attentive, and everyone enjoyed the food The restaurant is physically stunning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful patio dining
    WorldcuriousVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    With a broken ankle we called to see if Washington Place is handicap accessible. The person who answered the phone assured us it was, despite my memory of the historic building being 5 or 6 steps up. It isn't! Fortunately, it was a beautiful summer night and the staff could not have been more helpful and we were able to get back to the lovely patio where we had a nice dinner. The service was excellent and food was good. I found the beet salad to be delicate- in fact so delicate that there were almost no beets! But what was there was tasty. We also had the cauliflower bisque which is a favorite. The flavor was good but it was quite thin. My husband lived the meatloaf. we still Like Washington Place and will return when not on crutches!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food was good but the service in the restaurant was not very professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Patio
    Marc
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nice, screened off patio makes for a very romantic dining experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • two in a row
    goodfood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was my second time coming here. The food couldn't be better. The service is great too. Our waitress was friendly did not make us feel rushed at all. They aren't constantly checking in for this or that, yet you always have a full drink, your food, etc. Just a great place. Keep it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food - slow service
    foodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our group of 6 had a room to ourselves. My husband had to ask if his soup was still being made, took forever to get his wine refilled, my steak was flavorful, but chewy. We all enjoyed ourselves, just a little disappointed in our service. We have been to Washington place before and absolutely loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More, Please.
    FrequentFlier
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The shrimp and grits continues to be one of my favorite dishes in the Cleveland area. The pork shank was also excellent and the brownie w/sea salt caramel ice cream was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Abby
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Awesome staff, very friendly. Food was great, but portions varied....huge bowl of Mack and Cheese, but only a few pieces of pasta with the scallops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Washington Place with our only problem being the bar service. The bartender was slammed with people wanting drinks at the bar and filling orders for waitresses. It seemed they were short staffed in that department. Otherwise we had a delicious meal in a beautiful setting with lots of things on the menu that I can't wait to go back and try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night out & perfect place
    Farmer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had met 25 years to this date and looked for a special place to go out for dinner. Washington Place did not let us down. The valet set the tone! The bar was quaint, the service was second to none, the pirogi appetizer was exceptional. The wedding soup was perfect along with the beet salad. My wife had special requests on the salad and this was done to her request. We had the vegetarian past and the salmon. The pasta was what my wife wanted and the salmon was grilled just perfectly. The edges had that crispness without one part of the salmon being dry. (Please teach me how to do this!) The vegetables served with the salmon were a perfect compliment. We did not have desert this time but will the next. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet