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 31, 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
  • We plan to write a letter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    We plan to write a letter to the management. We trust our visit is not indicative of a great downtown Cincinnati dining establishment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moderately priced, something
    symphonyfan
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Moderately priced, something on the menu for everyone. Vegetarian and Seafood abound with many meat selections. Great fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, server was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Food was good, server was as attentive as she could be. The challenge they have is that they get slammed on nights prior to events at Music Hall due to their close proximity. We arrived at 6:30 and were finished comfortably in time to make it to Music Hall (7:45), so it wasn't a big problem. You just need to expect a delay between when you order and when you get your food. Not a problem if you plan for it and understand that they can't hire twice the staff just for weekend nights. Server was great. I appreciate that they're one of the few restaurants close to Music Hall that takes reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • waitress very distracted not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    waitress very distracted not much attention to details
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was better than normal,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Service was better than normal, excellent new waiter. WP is perfect for pre-CSO dinners.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A hidden Gem
    ehandVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    Overall this is a hidden gem in Cincinnati.Their oysters are as good as you can get and the fish soup is fresh and perfectly cooked to order not cooked in apot for hours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were delighted to find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    We were delighted to find this fun spot near the Music Hall. Even more delighted (as westerners) to find Dungeness Crab on the Crabfest Menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place Location & Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Great Place Location & Menu prior to events @ Music Hall. Usually my #1 spot prior to Symphony, & free street parking post 5 p.m. I do miss the Apricot Pork Chops from the Menu. Service was very good, & we were able to leave in the time frame requested without rushing. Thank You. Joanna
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Honestly, I was looking forward
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Honestly, I was looking forward to trying out this restaurant but the service was pretty bad- I got the feeling that our server was having an "off" night as she forgot things and had to be asked several times. And when we sat dawn she asked us to order right away but since we hadn't got to look at the menu yet we asked for more time. But then She didn't stop back at our table for another 20 mins. I kept trying to flag her down as she briskly walked by us a couple times. And the food was ok (my meal was flavored pretty spicy even though that wasn't mentioned in the decription at all- but way too expensive for what it was. I didn't expect to really leave with almost a $50 bill for just my meal- I had 1 drink and split an appetizer with meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expand your horizons
    CarolPmsVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    Cozy corner bar with good seafood & specials. Nice choice of appetizers this night, 1/2 price every night. Served with a smile, in a timely manner with plenty of time for us to get to the Aronoff (walking it was such a nice night.) Think more people need to be told this place's proximity to so many downtown locations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We arrived at 6P.M. believeing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    We arrived at 6P.M. believeing this would give us enough time to make it to the Pop's Concert at 8P.M. After waiting for our food for a long time. At 7 I signaled the waiter that we needed to speed things up. We finally got our food and it was delicious. Two of us had salmon. The portion was just right and my wife did not have to take home a doggy bag. We ended up signaling again for our receit and left in a hurry at twenty minutes of 8. I left our credit card and the waiter ran down the street after me. We barely made it to the Pop's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable evening. Hostess
    Samantha
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Very enjoyable evening. Hostess wanted to seat us in the bar, even though we had reservations. Stated the dining room was overly busy but she did seat us and the service was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will return to try other menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Will return to try other menu items. The food I has was Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we had to wait for our food
    maumau
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    we had to wait for our food and later for the bill. my spicy chicken and oysters were good but overcooked.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For casual dining from a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    For casual dining from a great menu and well done list of moderately priced wines, Washington Platform is hard to beat. Service is attentive and thorough, but not intrusive, not only from your assigned server but from colleagues who pitch in at busy times. We enjoyed the creative smoothe renderings of show tunes and lounge jazz of Pam Mallory with the Wayne Yeager Trio. We have lunched there several times, but this was our first dinner outing. Definitely, a place where we'll return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem - yes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    The service we had was absolutely wonderful - and it was a first time experience for both me and my husband. It was a great place to celebrate, and I was glad to see the quality and delicious food for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The grill and seafood combination
    deejal01VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    The grill and seafood combination included a ribeye and scallops. The ribeye was prepared exactly to my specifications. The scallops were plentiful and delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 10 of us dined here, prior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    10 of us dined here, prior to a Reds game. All plates were empty by the end of the meal. For 10 diners, this was quite impressive. We had reservations; table was ready as promised; the waitress was knowlegeable; service was responsive to our needs. Quiet atmosphere, able to converse easily. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were able to get a table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    We were able to get a table for 8 on a saturday night with no hassle. Food was great. Our server was fantastic. The kitchen modified a jambalaya pasta for one of our kids meals. The kids survived a 2 hour dinner with no complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but took an hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Great food, but took an hour for our party of 8 to get our food. Very slow service and kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Impressed
    HannahJV
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Not impressive in terms of culinary selection, but the staff's friendliness helped to make up for the lack of creativity when it came to the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boneless curry wings were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Boneless curry wings were very tasty.... Medium is spicy enough to require celery and water .... Next time, may try mild. The blue crab blieu was good, but the presentation (squeezed onto a small plate wit a slice of Texas toast wedged into the pasta ) was sorely lacking... Looked like Kraft mac n cheese.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was average, not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    The food was average, not what I expected from such a notable restaurant in Cincinnati. I was definitely not pleased with the service. A server should recognize when there are empty glasses on the table to remove them and ask if you would like another drink, and then remember to bring it to you. Just not attentive. Server forgot to bring soup prior to the meal, forgot to bring the condiments and silverware when requested.
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  • Had an excellent experience.
    Saturday9694VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Had an excellent experience. Service was great. Waitress was very helpful. Our first time there, will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for restaurant week,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Went for restaurant week, food was reasonably good. Oysters were fresh, crabcake was meaty and flavorful, but crab flavor was lost. Oyster soup was disappointing overall as broth was thin and separated, but oyster component was good. Frog's legs were cooked very well with nice breading, however seasoning could have been better. Would be good for lunch, happy hour, or bar food place for oysters, wings, po boy's and fries, etc., but probably wouldn't get the entrees at reg price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Local Grub
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    Surprisingly fun: very good food & service, reasonable price and vibrant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we did a pre-theater. Folks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    we did a pre-theater. Folks were dressed from casual to dressy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyed. had been a while
    goodeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    enjoyed. had been a while since i had been there but will return. used to lunch there often when worked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was very slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    Service was very slow. Menu options very limited based on previous times We have been there. Hope they return to a larger choice of options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been regular visitors
    Bestmeal
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    We have been regular visitors to Washington Platform for about four months and always had an excellent experience. We dined there Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. The larger part of the restaurant (where we normally sit) was closed and we were seated in a booth in the bar area. The two men in the booth behind us were very annoying. They giggled and laughed loudly the whole time. I was surprised at the condensed menu. The server said it was condensed for the World Choir Games. I was disappointed at the abbreviated menu. We both ordered cajun snapper. It was burned. Salad was good. Baked potato was so so. First time I've been disappointed there. I will give it another chance and hope Sunday was the exception.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service.We were seated
    Topcat
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Terrible service.We were seated immediately it was very slow in the resteraunt . After ten minutes I went to the bar to get us some drinks since I still had not seen our waitress. The bartender/owner apologized but had no excuse for it they were not busy.The food was average not a very large selection and ordinary. I remember this place a couple years back came for the oyster fest and it was excellent.It has definitely gone down hill
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  • JON, YOU MADE MY LIST OF WINNERS
    drmmVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2012
    Washington Platform has been one of my favorites for years, but quite honestly it has had its ups and downs. Now it is on an upswing. The wine list in the past was sort of mundane but the current one has lots of good wines at a reasonable cost. I tasted my wife's Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc and it gives the New Zealanders a run for their money...nice selection, Jon. I had 8 oysters on the half shell (they're $0.50 apiece during July and August) so snap up the good deal. Then Gumbo, always great, followed by the Oyster Poor Boy on a pretzel. WOW! My wife had onion straws, fries, and the blackened red fish. Not only was our food great but the servie by Ashley was exemplary. Now that you are on Open Table, Jon, you stay one of my favotites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Standards Need Improvement!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2012
    Onions rings some were over fried, clumped together, and a bit greasy. Our entrees were very good, but the vegetables need some light seasoning. I had the salmon and my friend had the apple chicken. The only thing I did not like at all was the 18% gratuity added to our check. There was only two in our party and we were not told about it. We didn't make an issue out of it, but they screwed themselves because we usually tip more than the 18%. It was a slow afternoon. We were there on a Sunday at 5:45pm, only one other table, but we could hear the wait staff moaning about going home because of a lack of business. More people came right before we left. Did not like hearing their woes...................
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  • Overall, we were not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Overall, we were not impressed with Washington Platform. Can't say it was bad, but it just wasn't a restaurant we would go back to.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was great! We were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    This place was great! We were late for a reservation but they restaraunt was very accomodating. The food was great along with the service. Had the red snapper which was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, little restaurant downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    We went during the National Choir Games and the menu was abridged and in multiple languages for visitors, which I though was a nice gesture. It was very crowded in the beginning and the service was slow. However, as the restaurant emptied, the service improved. The food is good and the price is reasonable. If you want to take someone downtown and have a nice dinner at a reasonable price, this is the place. It is a smaller restaurant, so if you want to bring a large group you may not be able to sit together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    MiamiQVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal - excellent food , appropriate portions, and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place. My first
    Season52foodie
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    Love this place. My first time here and I plan to make it a once a month ritual! Thank you. The service is great and the chef is excellent. Hat's off to this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, and think "good" is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Good, and think "good" is something good. Not too expensive and easily worth the price.
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  • Great food, reasonable price!
    Cincykat6
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Washington Platform has a great menu that offers a good variety, so everyone will find something to suit them. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and entrees provide good choices. They have a lot of dishes with a Cajun flair, but plenty of other offerings, too. Very casual and comfortable, and close to Music Hall. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate