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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Enjoy a tantalizing brunch buffet of breakfast & lunch favorites, including Egg Station, breakfast meats, Carving Station, Pastas, Salads, Entrees, Assorted Pastries & Desserts, and much, much more. Featuring the MIKE SHARFE TRIO. Fresh oysters, full bar, great wine & craft beer selection available

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Good for a Date (16)
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Comfort Food (10)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Music (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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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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vip
 (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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 22, 2017

I was looking for a restaurant close to my work to meet a friend for lunch. Time was constrained so parking was also an issue. After looking online and reading positive reviews, I thought WP filled the bill. I was disappointed from the time I arrived. Despite arriving early for a 12:15 reservation, we were not seated until nearly 12:30. No one even approached us for over 10 min. Food was mediocre at best.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The fried fish sandwich was highly recommended by our server left much to be desired as did the crabcake.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

From Northwest Ohio. This is a must stop place whenever I am in Cincinnati. Last weekend was my third time here. Enjoyed dinner for 4 before the circus. My husband had the wing special and said they were the best wings he ever had. My daughter and I each got a sandwich on pretzel bun. We shared and both were fabulous. We also had an oyster appetizer, and Thai slaw. Everything was delicious. I ended up leaving with 3 bottles of my favorite salad dressing - Sweet Chili Vinagrette. In fact, I am using it for dinner tonight. I love it! And I love, this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Casual, Live Music, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Washington platform has the best oysters in town! Great food, drinks and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Spicy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We ate at the restaurant on Saturday, March 4th. Our reservations were for 6:00 for 8 people. We soon realized that our service was not going to be good. It took way too long to take our drink order and we waited well over 45 minutes just to place our entrees. Since we had an event to attend at 8:00 we had little choice to go anywhere else. We eventually got our food (which was actually pretty good), but the service fiasco continued. Errors on our bills ensued and we didn't leave the restaurant until 8:15. Not a single time did our server apologize for the poor service or offer any explanation. Probably wont be going back any time soon.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Was seated and then waited 15 minutes and still no one showed up. Finally had to go track down a server. Once we finally got a server, she was very pleasant and took care of us. However, food took entirely too long to get to our table. We immediately asked for our check once we got our food because we were running out of time to get to a play at the Aranoff center. Our server never came back to the table to collect our payment and we finally had to track her down to pay. Overall I was very disappointed. I have eaten there many times because it is so convenient to my house. On this occasion I brought others with me that had not eaten at Washington Platform before and I doubt they will ever be back. Our reservations were at 6 and the play did not start until 8 which should have given us plenty of time. Because of the slow service, we barely made it to the theater on time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I have dined at Washington Platform several times. I like the location and the general atmosphere of the restaurant, but each time I am there something goes a little wrong. Not enough to keep me from going there, but enough to mention here. This time, I ordered a grilled salmon salad with spinach, croutons, walnuts, feta, and dressing. When it arrived it had a lot more on it: cucumbers, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, black olives, and cantaloupe. Makes it an entirely different salad than what I wanted. So I picked out the items that I don't care for and ate the rest. There was live music, which was great, but too loud for comfortable conversation with my friends.

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