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About 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!)

1000 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Cajun

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Closed Monday
Brunch, Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Court

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 421-0110

Website:
http://www.washingtonplatform.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Thursday & Friday evenings.
Second Sunday Jazz Buffet

Parking Details:
Street & public lots daily. Complimentary parking after 5:00pm in Court Street Center, directly across Elm Street.

Executive Chef:
Jon V. Diebold

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (7)
Live Music (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
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Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, great food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This restaurant was wonderful! We came here for the first time on NYE— it was easy to get a reservation and they seated us right away. The food was delicious— the pot of mussels was simple, tasty, and melt in your mouth (neither me nor my date had ever had them before). I had the fillet and scallops, both of which were cooked to perfection. Our server was very amicable— she gave us very good food and wine recommendations and also gave us the right amount of time and space to enjoy our evening. This was a great first experience with Washington Platform!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were quite impressed and we can be a bit judgemental on restaraunts. Excellent food at a good value, nice atmosphere and friendly wait staff. We look forward to our next visit here !!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall good experience. Food was well cooked and tasty, and the service was good. Maybe a little pricey but worth it. Will be returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Merle Travis song too much sugar for a dime well too much food for the cost

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I enjoy my time at Washington Platform. Friendly people, zero pretense. The value is pretty great. A side dish here and there can get away from the kitchen's attention, but that's to be expected on a busy night, which it was while we were there. Overall, one can expect a nicely prepared and plated meal. Seasonal options were appealing and turned out to be very tasty!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We were there on Dec 23 and did not not realize it was the feast of the seven fishes buffet. Food was good. Will go back when we can order off the menu.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Pleasant dining option - The Canal Room has great authentic ambiance, and there's an eclectic range of seafood and creole options. Plus live Jazz.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Really enjoyed the food! Service started off slow (took 10 minutes for anyone to even come to the table) but turned out fine.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The kitchen was very slow. We were there for an hour before we got our dinner. We were asked if we wanted to sit in the front room as it would not be as noisy as the back room. We said OK but the table we sat at was in the corner near the window. Cold evening and I froze. Had to put my coat on. Food was OK, nothing spectacular.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Love the Bloody Mary. Best I have had in this town!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was good, even though the place was packed. We had a leisurely meal and left in plenty of time for our concert.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The waitress was helpful in getting us out in time for the Pops.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The clam chowder, and the entree chicken dish with Brussels spouts, ham, and capers was very good. Service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Often go there for lunch with friends. Convenient downtown location and versatile menu with something for every taste even if you don't like seafood (their specialty)! Great service and excellent presentation. Don't pass up the omelets served anytime. Nice atmosphere and quiet enough for you to have a conversation.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Absolutely had a great time. Food is AMAZING! The live band was phenomenal, drinks were strong, and service was great. Blue crab blue us to die for!!! Recommend it for sure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Nice place. Food was okay. Fried oysters were a little over cooked. Enjoyed the oyster fest that they have in the spring. Will
probably go back for that.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Apparently the oysters mist not have been on season, I was disappointed in my birthday dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

So so experience. Server got the entree order wrong. Food is pretty good. My wife's mussels were cold (that's a funny sentence).
We were pre-theatre so no time for corrections. If you have not been to Washington Platform before, do give it a try.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and great service as usual. Very efficient server who got us out in plenty of time to go to the Symphony concert! Glad this is close to Music Hall!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Perfect for a seafood fix and some nice beverages!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went for the crab fest - lots of crab menu items. The food was great as well as the service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Washington Platform is my go to for getting together with friends. Food is excellent and affordable (my favorite is the omelette)and the service is friendly, fun and amenable to special requests. The Jazz Brunches are special!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a party of 7 for my birthday. Crab Carnival was going on and almost everyone had some sort of crab. I had the crab stuffed salmon, which was amazing. The sauce, so good! Appetizers and desserts were fantastic as well. We will definitely be back, soon! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We went for The Crab Festival and loved it. To bring in so may crab types and choices is a real treat for Cincy. We arrived just before a tour group arrived and while there was a little chaos while 50-60 people got seated, once they were attended to our server did a great job. And, the kitchen was outstanding turning orders into plates in record time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome Service, Friendly Staff and Wonderful Bartender 👍🏼

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Have been to the restaurant before and the food was much better. The service was great. Our waiter was not friendly at all and disappeared for long periods. Didn't get silverware and had to go back to kitchen to find someone to get it. Steak was served rare when ordered medium rare. Likely will not try again as there are many restaurants in the area that have not disappointed us.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time there. Crab Fest. Food was excellent. Staff was very nice. Will defiantly return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Meal was mostly great but one of the three pieces of the main it inedible (as if it was not cooked). Waitress took that part away but never discussed or brought replacement! Not well managed! Will give it another try because the dish otherwise was really tasty.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for the annual crab fest. Food was great and our serve Theresa was wonderful. Food delivery alittle slow but no matter! Enjoyed our drinks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a reservation at 6:30 and we were seated upon arrival at 6:20. The server was friendly and did a good job, the kitchen was a little slow but we were compensated accordingly so overall it was a good experience. The food was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Friendly, expedient service convenient to Washington Park but the seafood was inconsistent. Mussels-good, crab cake-awful.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Went on a very busy evening during “Blink” and they were VERY crowded. We were there during Crab Festival...Service was good but the food was slow to come out, once it arrived it was delicious. Our table had two different soups the crab bisque and the crab & corn both were flavorful and laden with crab. The entray we had the crab maggiano a hearty penne dish packed with flavor and crab. The other entray was the fried crab dinner crisp and flavorful. I would definitely return.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Chose a bad night. Blink Cincinnati and the place was packed. Two hours to get our food. Lots of excuses and even a 20% everyone's bill. Not a good experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We ordered the crab cake sandwich with muffuletta topping. Topping was not what we expected and cakes could have had more crabmeat. In spite of this it is a good spot before the symphony

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Glad to have this close to Music Hall and grateful that they take reservations! Food was good as always with a wide selection. Had a terrific, friendly server but kitchen was a bit slow. We will be returning during the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very good food and expert server with personality. Disappointed that the 4 of us got dumped in the loudest corner of the bar when there were plenty of tables available...and I DID make reservations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nice casual night out. Great time. Great food. Highly recommended

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The fried oysters were delicious. Good service. We were there at 5pm on a Saturday so it wasn't crowded. They do have live jazz but probably later in the evening.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I was in Cincinnati for a convention and I read about the Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant so I decided to try it. It is an old style rustic Restaurant and Saloon. The staff is down to earth people with great knowledge of their menu. The food was very good and plentiful and i would recommend to try it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating
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