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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Washington Place reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (81)great for outdoor dining (81)fit for foodies (75)special occasion (73)romantic (60)good for groups (28)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (19)scenic view (19)great for lunch (13)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)Show More
  • A lovely Inn in a hot spot of town!
    hungryman
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Not only do they have a great restaurant but a fabulous bed & breakfast as well. The pork shank was a hit which was recommended from our server, it came with spinach, grits and cheese. I am not a fan of grits, but these grits were absolutely delicious, just the right amount of cheese; a wonderful compliment to the pork and a nice switch from potatoes. The beet salad was a nice change from the run of the mill salads. Everything our group of four ordered was tasty. We highly recommend this little gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I guess I just expected more. It was OK, but nothing special. And since we don't go out for brunch often, when we do, we really want it to be memorable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two Thumbs Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I don't typically do reviews but my husband and I went here on Saturday evening for our anniversary and had an amazing evening. The restaurant was beautiful, service was great, food was excellent. We had a wonder time and I would go back in a heartbeat. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    nofooling
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I found the food uninspired and lacking in value. Three scallops with a bland (and scant) risotto for $28.00. I say, 'skip it.'
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty place. Average eats.
    kupdaville
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful ambiance. This old converted house is warm, inviting, and intimate without being pretentious. The food was average. I had the shrimp and grits which was touted as being the best on the menu. It was quite visually appealing, but lacked seasoning. A LOT of seasoning. My friend had the special which was a shrimp Alfredo with fresh herbs. Same story. Needed a LOT of salt. They did have salt in the table though, which I typically consider a na sign. The malt vinegar aeoli with the French fry app was AMAZING as was the donut bread pudding. I also loved their version of the Moscow Mule. (I had 2). Overall, we had a very nice time and I would go back. Just don't expect to be wowed by the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Kevin
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We tried for the first time and everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love This Place
    Smck
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The shrimp and grits are the best. Valet parking and the ambience of an old mansion right in University Circle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Time Management
    RNLMV
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Disappointing evening. Management overbooked, but wouldn't tell us. Better restaurants, when faced with a glitch, will offer an after-dinner drink, free glass of wine, discount on the bill or a coupon for a free bottle of wine on a future visit. Not this management. They don’t care. The bartender, who was very friendly and accommodating, made the experience as good as possible considering he couldn't do anything other than be empathetic. We will try them again in a few years when we can dine at an earlier hour. You don’t want to be there at the tail end of the evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    bratticus
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything about Washington Place was superb. The service, quality of the food, ambience, etc., was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here's Your Food, Now Get Out
    HonestyIsTheBestPolicy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was excellent, but we felt super rushed. We were seated in a smaller room, although tables were available with a scenic view. The tables are densely packed and an inebriated gentleman, inches from my female friend wandered his gaze at least 5 times from his wife to get a good head to toe look. When we declined dessert, we were sent adrift in a small boat to an island while the townspeople watched. It felt like that. We were handed the bill while we still had an almost full bottle of wine (we had starter drinks) and then tried to have a conversation, but were constantly asked about the status of the bill. They have a big "Complementary Valet" sign out front which is insulting as you are directed by cones to the valet stand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for six
    3fordinner
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Three of us recently enjoyed a Saturday lunch/brunch on the charming porch and then six of us returned for dinner on a Tuesday evening. Each of us ordered a different entree and they were all delicious. So were the desserts. The service was very good as were the cocktails and wine. This is one of our favorite places to bring out of town guests. Great ambiance. Will keep on returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    tart31
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife's 30th birthday
    Jon301983
    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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and close to museums
    JimSCorbin
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food and service were great. Stopped in after touring the museums. Good wine list. This was great find and the host obtained a cab for us because we walked from the museums. I ate inside but they had quaint outdoor dining which I would like to try next time. Service was attentive but not intruding. Great dining experience. I would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luvitalianfood
    LuvitalianfoodVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet