Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant
Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.washingtonplatform.com/
  • Phone: 5134210110
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (17)late-night find (15)special occasion (11)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)romantic (7)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Overpriced and underwhelming
    deb1164
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was looking forward to dining here after reading the great reviews. We were not impressed at all. We started with a dozen oysters which were good but presentation was ugly. What restaurant just puts the oysters on a plate? What happened to putting them on crushed ice. On top of that we had nowhere to put the empty shells other than back on that same plate. We all had potato leek soup which was recommended by the server and it was rather good. The entrees is where things went south. Scallops were overcooked and tasteless. Also came with microwaved frozen vegetables. Cajun pasta was also lacking taste and the "garlic bread" looked like burnt toast. Baked potato was old and re-warmed. Over $250 for 4 people-not worth it!
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  • Service was Disappointing
    CincyEater
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was delicious. Service left a lot to be desired. Server was apologetic....every time he came to the table.....but nothing really changed. No salads....they were brought out AFTER the dinner. No refills on water until server was flagged down. No steak knife for our filet. We waited 35 minutes to have our order taken. It was a Sunday evening, so it wasnt really crowded. We will return because the food is delicious. Hopefully the server will have a better evening the next time we come in.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Jazz Band
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I can't say that I've ever seen a jazz band where the xylophone player was the main attraction, but it was worth it! The restaurant has two rooms, so those interested in the music were separated from diners who didn't come for the music. It was very romantic set-up of booths to watch the entertainment. The restaurant was not too crowded. The onion straws were deliciously breaded with pepper in the seasoning. The oysters were very good. The steak was grilled to perfection - medium rare. We spoke to the bartender, waitress, manager (helped us with wine selection), and cook and they were all very personable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!!
    drew55
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food at Washington Platform is always great! No matter what dish I try, I always feel I made an excellent choice. This particular night, I chose the crab cakes and they were excellent!! Great food, great music(jazz band), and great service! I can't forget about our server, Wendy. She just makes the experience that much more enjoyable. She is awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good idea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love Washington Platform...great place to hang out with friends!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Cinci's Jazz club
    BitterBlackAle
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I found Washington Platform whilst looking for a jazz club to take my wife to on our anniversary. WP really succeeded there. The website had an up-to-date calendar and I was able to see that 2x Grammy Nominee, Kim Pensyl, and his group were performing that night. Booked the reservation on OpenTable - success! The food was really great, and they had a wine that my wife enjoyed. I'd have liked a wider selection of Scotch, but I was satisfied with the Glenlivet. My wife enjoyed the salmon dish and my "Jamba-pasta-laya" was fantastic. As far as I could tell, this seems to be the only well-advertized jazz club in Cinci. Maybe there are others, but to an out-of-towner, the Washington Platform is *the* Cincinnati Jazz club.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Back again
    drmmVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    When we want a relaxing meal at a reasonable price and friendly service, we head for Washington Platform. Our waiter, Jim, is new to WP and is a gem, friendly, informative, and goes out of his way to make sure that everything is the way we want it. My wife had her favorite BBQ shrimp appetizer and a mountain of onion straws. I had a cup of the jambalaya, 6 oysters on the half shell, and a new item which I liked a lot: fried oysters atop a mound of spoetzles (German Noodles.) The spoetzles had been sauteed in butter and onion. I am not sure the onions belong in the dish and would prefer brown gravy on the spoetzles. The oysters are great and are even better with their horseradish-ed cocktail sauce. Congrats on a new intriguing dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My 8 year old date loved the Fat Boy Burger. He hasn't stopped talking about it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun find for fish seafood
    KristenCincinnati
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you are looking for an old saloon in Cincinnati and fun seafood dishes. Great for jazz after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • janasreconn
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Liked the salad and the fried oysters. The vegetables were overcooked. Live jazz was good, old bar cool. My date and I could talk comfortably. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Wingeater
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Atmosphere was exactly what we expected. Oysters were delicious -- will be back for more. Loved the wide selection of wings, just wish they could be served in smaller portions. Guys loved the beer selection. We will be back!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    FoodAndMoFood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Good food. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. Casual and unpretentious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Washington Platform is a gem!
    KimM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We recently celebrated my sons birthday dinner at Washington Platform! There were 8 adults in attendance and right away we loved the old historic vibe of Washington Platform!! Our server was excellent as we ordered a little of everything off the very varied menu!! The food was excellent from our appetizers through dinner then dessert! Great ambience! Great Food! Great Service! And, a Great celebration!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The place advertised fresh seafood with great service. The salmon was not fresh at all and the crab cakes had processed crab without fresh lumps. For the price of the food the quality was well below. They did not have a very extensive wine or cocktail list.
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  • Disappointing - food was not good
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Washington Platform last year during restaurant week and we absolutely loved the entire experience and the food. This year was a completely different experience. The gumbo had no identifiable ingredient except for corn. The salmon was obviously processed and frozen, not fresh. The server was friendly and gave us free dessert after we declined on getting dessert. Oh what a difference a year makes - we probably will not go back.
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  • Lovely evening
    Bobbie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Waiter was outstanding. Went for Downtown Restaurant Week Had good food, good company & outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Gumbo was great. Oysters was good, but very small portions. Overall it was not bad so we would go back.
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  • Wing Fling
    ifif
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    If you are looking for great wings try Washington Platform! Their wing fling offers over 100 flavors for your chicken!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be going again!
    Louwan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good! The wings eaters in our group enjoyed their choices and said they were cooked well. The onion strings were "to die for". The salads were fresh and tasty, especially the grilled salmon salad. Portion size was generous but not overbearing. The restaurant has a very relaxed feel . We will be going back for the crabfest in a few months, and I want to try them for lunch. Food not fancy but fresh and tasty!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall experience
    FunFoodFreak
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    After about a 3 hour search for a last minute diner for a large group on a Saturday night, I stumbled across Washington Platform. Not only was I able to book a reservation painlessly using the Open Table App but the service and ambiance was great! The servers respectful and available and the atmosphere was accompanied by a great live jazz band. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking to have a nice, laid back night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off my dining list
    Wilhelmina
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been here several times but will be my last. Had reservation for Saturday. Knew it would be busy because of Lumenocity. Seated on time, then proceeded to sit for 25 minutes with no contact from any staff member, not even an offer of water. When waiter finally showed up, no apology, took our drink order and disappeared for another 15 minutes. When drinks finally arrived, one was wrong and then he tried to leave without taking the food order. Food arrived another 25 minutes after that. My dish was bland, no real taste. Overall not agood experience.
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  • A great find for our group
    lumenocitygoers
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have dined there many times before, but for the other 8 in our party, it was their first visit. They all liked the convenient location, the food, and the service. Very happy , and would return without hesitation. Con:The restrooms needed to be expanded about 50%.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed on 2nd visit
    Welshgirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The prices were too high for the over all quality of the good and restaurant. The food was just OK. There was some kind of a brown bug crawling on our table which the waitress swatted off and the jazz music started 20 minutes late.
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  • Excellent venue for jazz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've eaten here before and always enjoyed it - it's a cool spot, and everyone is very friendly. We enjoyed the oysters on the half shell; I had the salmon, and it was good but didn't particularly distinguish itself. The main attraction was the music, and it was wonderful - Washington Platform is a really great place to hear music, and they've done a truly outstanding job supporting local jazz. If you want to listen to the best that Cincinnati has to offer, head on over!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Road Kill is Delicious!
    GretchenVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The road kill menu is fun! We had turtle, alligator, duck and rabbit! Fun dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing....
    yumyum1971
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here wanting to try something new and unique or different. Upon arrival although it wasn't at all busy the staff seemed confused. It took a very long time to place our order and they were out of a couple of the wines as well as dinner entrees that we wanted. Service was terrible and not attentive at all, very scatterbrained. He did try to make up for it by buying us dessert which was awful anyway. The food was not pleasant to look at and quite salty overall. We won't be coming back. The ambience is very dated and needs a major facelift. Not an enjoyable experience.
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  • a nice bite before hitting the town
    chug
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great little place. Nice and quiet. Waitress very sweet and knowledgeable. Helped me decide what to get. Had crab quesadilla for an app and it was amazeballs. Wish it was a little bigger. Had crabcake dinner. The remoulade sauce was great. My boo had the shrimp and andouille sandwich, he was so happy and enjoyed it. Cute little gem. Not crowded. Tables are on the smaller side but perfect for the 2 of us. Would definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 216 reviews are from the Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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.
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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet