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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
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
Casual (15)
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Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Special Occasion (7)
Live Music (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Romantic (5)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
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Quiet Conversation (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A year passed since our last dinner at Washington Platform, mainly because of disappointing food on that evening. Previously we ate there for lunch and dinner several times a year. Absolutely no complaints among our party of four this time with everyone having a different entree. I'm a salmon snob; I enjoyed one of the best prepared and well-sized salmon from any restaurant. Portions were ample and well plated on dinnerware that cradled the food. The trim on the plates well framed the entree and a side.

We always enjoy the jazz combos. But, the amplified volume is always far TOO LOUD. We sat well away from the band, and struggled to carry on conversations. Two in our party have hearing aids; they turned them off. Were it not for the excessive loudness, I'd rate the ambience "Outstanding" for its use of period photos and architectural features. Please WP, have your bands adjust their volume for the environment. They aren't having to fill Music Hall with their sound.

Our server is among the best that we have experienced in Cincinnati restaurants. We hope that WP can keep her. With her menu knowledge, attentiveness, and engaging personality, she is an asset.

We'll return for sure and soon. But, if the ensembles insist on amplifying the music to the level that promotes deafness, we'll choose other venues for dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

First time visit at Washington Platform and glad I did! Ladies dinner night- restaurant week and pre-selected menu gave nice selections. Food was good, ambience made you feel like you were in New Orleans, and loved the jazz music! One thing I didn't like was our waitress not correctly addressing a guest not being satisfied with her entree... I would go again for the music and to see what the main menu has to offer.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a great meal before a Summermusik concert. The fish tacos with Asian slaw were just right for an early concert meal. My friend thoroughly enjoyed the black and blue salad.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We love this place. Quick service and good food at good prices. How can you go wrong?

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice meal with my husband! I had the crab cakes and my husband had the salmon. Crab cakes were lightly breaded and very good. Husband's salmon was a little over cooked but tasted good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2017

This restaurant is a Cincinnati treasure. For a downtown restaurant, it's off the beaten path, but well worth a special trip. The oysters are fantastic, as are the gumbo and the corn and crab chowder. The beer was good, and the waitress was attentive and real (none of that fawning stuff). It's the kind of place that says, "yeah, Cincinnati is cool."

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Loved this place!! History, atmosphere, food, it hadn't it all!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Spicy, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We tried this as part of restaurant week. Having lived in NOLA Ihad to he cjun snapper with fried oysters. We will be back!!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was delicious. The music was great. We will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

"I love the feel of this place...great raw oysters. Excellent service and food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We really enjoyed Sunday Brunch! The portion size was more than enough. The oysters were delicious and the live jazz really enhanced the experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The reason I don't want to recommend is purely selfish!
We love this little neighborhood gem, the food is top notch! The staff are always upbeat and friendly!
Our great go to place!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Dinner was awesome, service could've been a little better...... Overall I will most definitely recommend this restaurant to all seafood lovers !!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great friendly service. The food was wonderful. The menu selection was very diverse. They do a great job here

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This was our second trip to Washington platform. As the 1st trip, the food was phenomenal. Our waitress was fabulous. Even though it was her first night working lobsterpoolosa she was an exceptional waitress. We will be back for wing fling. Hope to get her again. I've never been disappointed with the cuisine from the salad to the soup to the main dishes. The front door staff very helpful and pleasant and directed us where to park. Definitely worth the hour awasnd a half drive from North of Dayton. We've recommended this restaurant to friends who were also very pleased. Keep up the creativity and exceptional service!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on June 10, 2017

there were three of us for an early dinner before a jazz concert at the Memorial Hall. I had a wonderful seafood pasta dish. My wife and friend got appetizer portions that were also good. Good service and a nice place.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 22, 2017

oysters!!!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We visited Washington Platform for a recent jazz brunch. We will definitely make it a point to go again. The Mimosas and the Bloody Mary's were excellent, as was everyone's lunch. It was nice to be able to order from both the brunch and the regular menus. The fresh oysters were the best we've had since dining in Boston, where good seafood is taken for granted. Be sure to order some of the BBQ shrimp appetizers, too. Delicious!

Tags: Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We were looking for a nice Mother's Day brunch buffet. The notes about the brunch made it seem promising. When we got there it was not what we expected. The buffet was limited. The food was just okay. The desert station was full of items we could buy prepaid at Kroger. The sausages were boiled. The eggs were runny. The omlett bar was the only bright point.
Needness to say, we were disappointed.

Tags: Live Music, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My husband and I love WASHINGTON PLATFORM. We've dined there so much the wait staff recognizes us! We love the staff, food, and atmosphere. Washington Platform is a Cincinnati gem!! We were there for brunch on Mothers Day. Excellent!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Sat in booth in main room, buffet traffic bumped us constantly. Were not told about food outside of main room. Oysters not always available. Lamb was great. Did not feel special for mothers day.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Good food, great service in an environment suitable for meeting with friends and sharing conversation. Convenient downtown location with ample parking nearby.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Oyster Festival is fantastic! Wished we had 2 stomachs to take in all the great appetizers. Keep it up and see you next year!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Live Sports
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We were there during Oyster Fest. What fun. Food was good, especially the oysters.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Spicy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Oyster Fest. Enough said.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Very reasonable drink prices, great jazz music, amazing oysters and wonderful service! Felt like I was in New Orleans!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Great oyster festival. filled up with multiple oyster appetizers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We went there for Mother's Day, so the restaurant was doing a buffet. Food was well done, and lots of variety for a small space. Live music was nice, but not if you are sitting next to it and have someone at the table who it hearing impaired. Not their standard great oysters and service, but a worthy go at Mom's Day. (But too much for young children!)

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Can't wait for the oyster festival! Enjoyed the atmosphere and live jazz ensemble.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Live Music, Casual, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were a party of 6 for Easter Brunch arriving for a 1:00pm sitting. We were seated within 10 mins of arrival and to our surprise we were given the Chefs table. Great table, good food and great service. Thanks for an enjoyable Easter meal and wonderful Jazz music. See you next year!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Terrible Easter brunch! Not very many items to choose from. Especially for $30.00 per person. The omlet station was behind the bar and it looked thrown together. The guys there to make the omlets looked like bar tenders. The food was mediocre, at best. Most of the selections were not thinks a lot of people would like. The service was awful. Yes, it was busy, but a drink refill would have been nice. It took forever for us to get our check. I will say it was a nice atmosphere and the jazz band was nice. I wish we had chosen somewhere else for Easter brunch.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Excellent oysters and gumbo. We always come during their annual oyster festival. Recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Oyster fest is one of our favorite dining events. Excellent selection and variety of raw and cooked oysters. Very unique cooked oyster creations. Absolutely love it.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Excellent, as always. Great food, great drinks, great music.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Oyster Festival is wonderful and we are so lucky in this inland city to have it.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 11, 2017

The oyster's were fabulous and plentiful! Very generous dozen. Thank you!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I went to hear a friend's jazz quartet with another friend. Our table was ready and quite close to the stage. Acoustics are wonderful! Talking was difficult, but we were there for the music. Service was attentive & well done. We both had drinks and I had the Blueberry Grand Marnier Cheesecake... Delish!!! I tried the Cranpri cocktail and was pleasantly surprised. My friend had Grey Goose on the rocks. Good selection of beers and wines as well. The menu looked good, but we had already eaten and dessert was all I could muster. That said, we were not ignored by our server for lack of ordering... She did a great job of checking on us, getting us our drinks and refilling our waters. Nice to go when you are in a festive mood.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 3, 2017

I went for the oysters during oysterfest and they were delicious! The waitress gave great recommendations.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Terrible food and marginal service. Might as well go to Frisch's.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on April 1, 2017

My wife and I visited Washington Platform for the first time on 4/1/17. We are both seafood lovers and were searching for a new place to try. Our initial impression was good as the restaurant is in a cool old building downtown. The staff and servers were friendly and the food was good. Our waitress was overwhelmed by having too many tables with large parties. As a result it took a really long time for us to get food. Other staff attempted to help her by getting us drinks but it still took a very long time to get from one course to the next. I'll try again and hope they are better staffed especially on a weekend evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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