Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

4.6
1031 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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OTnewbie
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Cincinnati classic, just south of OTR. Lobster Mac and Lobster Rolls were fantastic, and nicely pair with a Narragansett Lager.

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been wanting to get there for a while. Finally made it and it did not disappoint. Would definitely recommend.

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SteveB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal. Often has live jazz on weekends.

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MichelleS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were amazing as usual !! Can't wait to go back & we all really enjoy the events they have!

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vip2treats
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Decided to give this place another shot for dining. It had been a very long time and not a good experience previously. But because they have really good jazz entertainment that night we decided to book a reservation. Music was good. But everything else sadly was very disappointing. Women’s restroom was disgusting. Waited forever to place a drink order and finally a hostess or somebody from the other room came by and notice we were still without drinks and took our drink order. Waited forever to place an order with our server.. It was during lobster palooza festival. So you would think the lobster would be outstanding. Got the lobster Newburg. Ate the lobster off the plate that was swimming in sauce. Left the soggy “Wonder bread” toast points and the nearly raw broccoli that filled the rest of the plate. I gave the food two stars because the salad was decent. After plates were cleared table was a mess from condensation from drinks and no cocktail napkins and slop on the table. Server never offered to wipe table so we could relax with hands on table and drinks and enjoy the music which we were there for. Could not wait to pay bill and leave even though entertainment was good. Sadly this reinforced our previous experiences and we won’t be back.

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PatriciaE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC meal. Lobstapalooza is just great! The meal was really good and the service was STELLAR. Will definitely be back (maybe for more lobster) and definitely for other specials. The regular menu looks really good, too.

Killer hush puppies ♥️

Might be my regular hang out if I lived closer.

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vipBarbK
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a last-minute lunch out for my daughter and me. The restaurant was having "Lobsterpalooza" and it was amazing! Everything sounded and was so good. We ordered too much food resulting in take home boxes for another great meal. This was our first, but not our last trip here.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for our anniversary celebration during Lobstapalooza - will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daddy/Daughter Date Night! Service was on point. Food was on point. Jazz Trio was lively and entertaining. No reason not to go back!

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vipHargirlh
Cincinnati
76 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was attentive and pleasant. Food was good, but, I was surprised an entree only came with soup or salad and hush puppies. No other side choice. The music is nice but loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were delicious. Good service and good food. Highly recommend.

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vipDiner29
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our first time eating here. It is an old style restaurant with a lot of fried food. The fried oysters and crab cakes were marginal with too much breading. The service was friendly and good. The jazz band was good and a nice addition.

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CarolynG
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were fresh and delicious, as were everything we ordered! The hush puppies with voodoo sauce are amazing. Servers were on point, and took great care of us. Will definitely be back!

JB
JoeB
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before reds game... love the oysters... a wonderful gem in Cincinnati...

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vipDLBG
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Went for my birthday with five people. Went for the wild game menu which was all over the internet, only to find out that they eliminated that menu. Please take down all the references to it! The food was good, not great. I had the "salmon picada", and while the flavors were good, the star of the dish, the salmon, was pretty undercooked. I could only eat the ends. The service was very nice although we could not hear our server, or each other, due to the ridiculously loud modern jazz band they have playing. Even though it was in the next room we pretty much ate without conversation because we could not hear each other. Not great for a group that has not been out much in a year and really wanted to have conversation. Clearly they are not concerned about covid restrictions as we were seated immediately next to other tables - within a couple feet of strangers. That didn't bother us much since 4 out of 5 of us were already vaccinated, we just put the unvaccinated one farthest away from the strangers.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant
Responded on June 6, 2021

Sorry about all of the problems. We do have live jazz every Thurs., Fri., and Saturday; we generally try to keep it as background so that conversation can continue. It is very popular with most customers. Not sure where you were viewing menus, but our website has nothing about wild game?

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GarryW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hadn't been here in a couple of years and it did not disappoint me as we celebrated my birthday. The cajun spiced seafod and and seafood gumbo were great and the oysters hit the spot!

JW
JoeW
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch. Live music and a fun atmosphere.

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vipJenniferS
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was in the room with the band, which was very loud but did not impact our experience too much since they did a great job. Service was a bit slow to start but improved throughout our time there. Oyster shooters were god awful, for the price you really should look into how you serve these, they look as unappetizing as they tasted. Oyster Regency and Scallops were tasty.

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MichaelB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was nice and the food hot and delicious I had a great time and recommend to friends 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early celebration for Mother’s Day.

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MichelleS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! We love it here & will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and meal

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Erin
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Washington Platform has quickly become one of my favorites! I've tried several different dishes and they have all been amazing!! Staff is always super friendly and the food never disappoints.

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AlexK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a great service experience! Our server was top notch ! I enjoyed appetizers and soups , I was not a fan of the oysters on half shell but feel like if I made another choice it would have been fine . Overall it was a good place .

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Washington Platform restaurant. We enjoyed the food and the live entertainment and we will be back.

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DVG47
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic. I had the grilled Snapper and it was perfectly cooked. very good . Wife has the oysters, Went there for the oyster fest. She likes them. One of our favorite places

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always love this restaurant.

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KennethS
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our go-to place to eat before symphony concerts. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. Service is friendly and prompt. It's a very appealing combination.

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vipTheTraveler
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good overall. Great service, very smiley and attentive. Had oysters (Blue Point) and they were great! Had the Blue Crab Blue pasta and that was less great overall. Drinks were good though, good bartender.

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ChrisN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all the way around. A jewel of Cincinnati.

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TomF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Dinner was excellent but our Waitress brought my side plate of Broccoli with my salad and my friends oyster dinner with our salads? Also the music was so loud we could not talk to our friends! We were in the same room as musicians and they were very good if we were there for a concert or drinks but not dinner!

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Jimih
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding hidden little gem in downtown Cincinnati. Very good food, reasonably priced. We went there for their April oyster fest, and we plan on going back for their other food events: crab fest, wing fest, lobster fest, feast of the 7 fishes. Menu items include steak, fish, pasta, sandwiches, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful as always

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Riverboat
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Washington Platform is our favorite restaurant in Cincinnati and has been for about 8 years now. Love their different additional menus throughout the year such as Oysterfest, Crabfest, Lobster fest and menus for the different holidays. Great eat in or a carry out. The servers become family and know you when you come in. Always an all around good experience. Already have reservations in for next Friday and the one following.

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VickiC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters in the area! Can’t wait to try them again! The upcoming monthly specials look amazing and can’t wait to try them.

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
360 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Oysterfest in Ohio !! What's not to like about great food in a really old place.

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Abby
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything for my dad's birthday lunch was fantastic. He really enjoyed the Oyster Fest. The appetizers and meals were delicious with large portions. Our waitress was quick and friendly. The potato soup was especially scrumptious!

JB
JamesB
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was not good. Almost missed our concert and we were there almost two hours, hardly anyone else in the place. Good food, terrible service.

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vipsassychemgirl
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, as was the service, but they seated people WAY too close together. I assumed they would be following Covid protocols and keeping parties at least 6 feet apart but that was denot the case. I am vaccinate and I still felt uncomfortable. I will not return until Covid numbers are way lower and more people are vaccinated.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing service

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Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1031 OpenTable diners.

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