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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!)
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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
Brunch, Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Thursday & Friday evenings.
Second Sunday Jazz Buffet
Street & public lots daily. Complimentary parking after 5:00pm in Court Street Center, directly across Elm Street.
Jon V. Diebold
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
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.
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.
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."
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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