Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant
Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.washingtonplatform.com/
  • Phone: (513) 421-0110
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Cajun
  • Executive Chef: Jon V. Diebold
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music Thursday & Friday evenings. Second Sunday Jazz Buffet

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Court
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street & public lots daily. Complimentary parking after 5:00pm in Court Street Center, directly across Elm Street.
A word from Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant
Home of Cincinnati's Original Annual Oyster Festival. Enjoy fantastic homemade appetizers, soups, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts, in a renovated, turn-of-the-"20th" century saloon. Continental fare and fresh seafood (A Platform specialty!)
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Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (23)late-night find (17)great for lunch (17)special occasion (14)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (8)romantic (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • It was OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Several people told me this was the best! So, my expectations were to high. If you like oysters, this might be one of the best places to go. Those in my party really enjoyed them.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time!
    doerr906
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It was a small group on Thursday night, but the atmosphere was terrific, the food was wonderful, and we had a really good conversation with our waiter. We're going back next week!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • more than oysters!
    skor
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very happy we finally made it here! The staff were easy to talk to and very happy to answer any question. The daily specials are a hit, however, Get there early they do run out of certain dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Not the best night. Restaurant was crowded and understaffed. Our waitress worked hard to keep up but was overwhelmed. Oysters were warm. Lobster rolls were great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great music venue for jazz.
    Millborg
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great menu when you want a choice of smaller sizes or main entrees - they give you options. The fish tacos were delicious with a good size cod. The brown rice sounded better than it was - a little dry, but nice side to have. I hope they keep it but try adding more moisture. Loved the little booths along the higher level - cozy and gave a a great way to enjoy the music. Service was friendly but gave us time to linger.we will go back!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cincybirderVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A few of us came in for Lobstapalooza. I ordered the lobster dinner, I have to say it was not the greatest. The claws were mushy and tasted off, I think that part was bad. Once you got past the claws, then the lobster was fine. The tail was a bit overcooked, it was very chewy. I've had a full lobster better elsewhere, don't waste your $ here. I would like to try the other lobster dishes, though, they looked intriguing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood spot
    symphonyfan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We eat here frequently before concerts at Music Hall, which is only a few blocks away. Food is always good, lots of choices available, always friendly service. While we are usually somewhat dressed up for Music Hall, you could be comfortable here in shorts and a tee shirt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pinney
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The dinner was great and prices were reasonable. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hit or miss
    warrenisace
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day brunch. The buffet was hit or miss. The carving station had a selection of roast meats but no gravy or au jus which left us with dry meat. For a resturant known for oysters, there was not one in sight. Worst Bloody Mary I've had ever. And that's usually my benchmark for a bar. Would not recommend for Brunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • computer decides the seating
    bryanfam
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We chose this brunch spot for Mother's Day and was specifically chosen because of the live jazz. We were disappointed that when we were seated it was in the bar and not on the side with the live music. The host told us that the computer decides the configuration for the people who reserve online. We were disappointed but had a good time anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    Tedrr
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our brunch was fantastic. Food was excellent and service was good. Everyone was very friendly. The live music was a great touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good experience w our large group
    dancemom
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Pros: accommodated our large group of 18, with most on separate checks before a dance. Waitress was attentive. If you are there for seafood, it was very good. I had the Market salad and it was very good. cons: only one I can think of was there was not alot of selection for overall basic "kid" food-most of our young teen group ordered the chicken strips from appetizer menu.this was not really a problem though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighorhood spot
    symphonyfan
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Easy, casual, neighborhood spot. We eat here frequently before attending concerts at Music Hall. Always friendly service, interesting food, good prices.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OysterFest
    FiftyFifty
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Made reservations through OpenTable for Saturday at 7PM for four. We got there 15 minutes early and had to wait an additional 15 to be seated because they over booked. After being seated we waited another 10 minutes until we could tackle a server to order drinks. The staff was stretched thin and the kitchen was slow due to the overbooking. The food was good and we made the best of it but if you are on a schedule for the Pops or CSO skip this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bountiful buffet
    gooddining
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our group of five enjoyed the Easter buffet immensely. There was enough variety to please even the most picky eaters! We all enjoyed the egg casserole which was more like a soufflé. There were two kinds of sausage, fresh green beans, fresh fruit, and a carving station that included ham, turkey, and lamb. I only tried the ham and it was perfectly baked ( I went back for seconds). The dessert table was filled with a delicious blueberry bread pudding, cannolies, cream puffs, red velvet cake- all very yummy! We asked to be seated in the 2nd room which has a bit more atmosphere-brick interior wall etc. We would go there again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Easter Brunch
    Cjg13VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I am not sure if they serve brunch all the time or just on holiday weekends, but the Easter brunch was very good, and the jazz duo was a nice added touch. We plan to be back for other brunches.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great jazz
    rohoboz
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    i choose most of my dining experiences based on the live jazz experience. washington platform is the best in cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eclecticdiner
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Great dining in a casual atmosphere. We visited during the Oyster Festival and loved every dish that arrived at our table. The oyster/artichoke casserole was filled with nice big oysters and balanced with the artichokes, so it was neither too "rich" or filling. It was served with dirty rice which was way overportioned and just so-so on taste. We plan to return so we can try some more of the special oyster dishes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not At All Satisfied
    Celebrate
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The Oyster Festival was in full bloom. The wait was too long. The service was not professional. We were overcharged on our check. Just not a good experience at all. Restaurant was very crowded; service was very slow. The fried oysters had more breading than oyster (oysters were very small). The first thing I noticed was that he did NOT give us 50% off the appetizer, as promised, because we had to order twice. We asked the waiter to split the $120 bill between 2 credit cards. He came back with one for $111.00 and the second one for$118.00 ($229.00, not $119). Those receipts were voided. And we had to wait 10-15 more minutes for this to be corrected. This just was not a pleasant experience at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster Festival
    greeneyedlady
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The Oyster Festival was a great option for us on a Friday night. Lots of variety of oyster dishes to choose from. The regular menu looked very appealing as well. I would definitely go back and recommend it to others. They had a jazz trio, which was nice background music. A nice cozy, neighborhood kind of place but near downtown. We went before an event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster Festival
    fj2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We visited Washington Platform to participate in the annual Oyster Festival. We were seated immediately upon arriving in the back section, which is a bit more upscale than the front bar entrance area. The server promptly appeared at our table, made recommendations, and was quite courteous and helpful. The appetizers were delicious, and the entrees were good. The Oyster Jambalaya was tomatoey and acidic, but the Oysters Belle Femme were outstanding. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken bargain?
    Linda
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A quiet late lunch midweek, service was okay. I ordered the hot chicken sandwich special which was a great bargain, but chicken was not hot, warm at best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MY FIRST TIME THERE AND IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    MY FIRST TIME THERE AND IT WAS THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE. WAITRESS FRIENDLY AND FULL OF ENERGY. OYSTERS WERE GREAT. THANK YOU FOR THE EXPERIENCE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise!
    Moakaday
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Eight of us were attending an event at Memorial Hall and I found this restaurant online as one close to the venue. We made a reservation and were delighted by the experience. Everyone found something delicious, most notably my husband, who really enjoyed the Oysters Mardi Gras. The menu was diverse enough to suit everyone and we had a great evening! The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. We were able to walk to the performance and all was a success.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten Gem!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Years ago when I worked downtown I used to go to Washington Platform frequently - both for happy hour gatherings, dinners, various festivals. I haven't been there in quite a while, but when a friend of mine suggested we go there prior to attending a performance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts next door, I was happy to accommodate and I wasn't disappointed. Great food (Chicken Carbonara!), wine, and atmosphere. Excellent service. Thank you, Washington Platform. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried Oysters - woohoo!
    ChristyW
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The oyster menu was extensive, great to try some new items. But the fried oysters were amazing! I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster Fest
    Amaj
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Love this time of year. Although I go for the oysters there is plenty on the menu for those who do not care for them. Raw or broiled everything is good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I dined at Washington Platform
    Angie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I dined at Washington Platform for the first time this weekend. I really enjoyed OysterFest! Everyone I dined with was able to find something to fit their tastes- whether they were an oyster lover or not. The ambiance was nice, we all enjoyed the jazz music playing in the background. It provided a vacationy feel right in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. I really appreciate the owner/chef accommodating my allergy needs as well. He modified menu items to meet my gluten-free dietary requirement. I was so impressed with his willingness to help AND the deliciousness of the food he prepared. Everyone left satisfied. By Saturday afternoon, I had already recommended Washington Platform to friends and encouraged them to check out OysterFest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 7 fans
    Oysterfan
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Overall the food was good. The oysters were fresh, although not large but reasonable. Everybody enjoyed the experience and nice music group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • grumpy waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went for oyster festival and found food O.K. The biggest problem was our waitress. WOW was she grumpy. She messed up one of the five orders and no apology or anything. Waited forever for her to even come to our table initially then hardly saw her. Will not return ever.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great friendly service, fantastic
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great friendly service, fantastic food, great atmosphere. This was my first time and has been one of the best experiences in Cinci. I think our waitresses name was Summer...she was great and informative. And they serve rheingeist beer!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Washington Platform is a gem that isn't as we'll know as it should be. My husband and I went the opening night of Oyster Fest. Good thing we had reservations, because they were hopping. For being as busy as they were, the service was outstanding. Very prompt and very attentive. The food was good, but has been better on nights when they weren't so busy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    Welshgirl
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Since it was the beginning of the oyster festival we tried the Neptune oysters. They were very tasty. Our server recommended them. We shared a fried oyster Po boy. And the Cajun bowtie pasta. I would recommend both. Our server was very nice and recommended a few things. I was a bit disappointed that they did not have more soup selections to go with the entrées during Lent, so we had a salad instead. The jazz music was good background music and we really enjoyed that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter was very nice and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Waiter was very nice and friendly as well as prompt and helpful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Server makes the difference
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    If you want Oysters, I guess this is the place to be. Otherwise, our server was new and did not really know what she was doing. Nothing was compelling enough to make this a return trip kind of place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-symphony crowd
    reboot
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We get dinner at Washington Platform prior to going to a concert at Music Hall. I think that about 90% of our fellow patrons are doing the same thing. The staff is attentive to getting us served, and finished up in time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value and variety.
    linda
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Excellent value and variety. Looking forward to more frequent visits.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Made reservations 4 days in advance for a large group with much expectation of a nice afternoon get together before another event. Planned ahead for 2 hours to have plenty of time. Extensive menu selection was important for having something for everyone. Was very disappointed because of the terrible service. We had to repeatedly ask for service even after explaining that our schedule was tight . Our group had a nice seating area but there were many other tables in the room. It became evident that only one server was attempting to handle the entire room (25+ tables). Another server was eventually added but only after repeated requests. Our food finally was served but so late that we had to eat hurriedly to make our other engagement.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choices this time!
    symphonyfan
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We eat here frequently before attending concerts up the street at Music Hall. This last year has been hit or miss with service. Our visit Thursday was great. and service was terrific. New choices on the specials menu made me happy! The Mussels in Bock Beer were a big hit! We will be returning next month!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT Experience
    JonC
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was our first time at The Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant but it won't be our last! The food was excellent as well as how it was prepared. The Oysters Shooters are a must, and so are the Italian Parmesan Oysters. My wife had the filet and scallops and both would melt in your mouth. I had the Potato Leak soup (very hardy & good), and the Roast Beef Sandwich with grilled onions, Swiss Cheese on a Pretzel Roll and this was also Excellent. We cannot wait to go back to try something else on the menu. What a find and a neighborhood gem too!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.