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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

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Good for a Date (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Live Music (8)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Romantic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Spicy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Ambiance lent itself to easy conversation. I made a bad food choice, but the others in the group enjoyed theirs. The salmon was WAY undercooked, and had to be sent back. Server was very friendly, but not efficient. They were out of the dessert we wanted to share, but they offered us one on the house. Wouldn't go out of my way to go back, but might stop by if I were in the neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Washington Platform has delicious food and specializes in seafood, although there are other options. Business casual with emphasis on casual, and live music if you arrive in the evening. Service is not quick, but this is a good way to spend the evening and enjoy your meal with friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Live Music, Outstanding Value, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Washington Platform is such a gem in the downtown dining options. The crab cakes are made with real crab and are seasoned perfectly. The fried oysters are wonderful. For a main course, you can't go wrong with anything there, but the Blue with Bleu is a great pasta dish with just the right amount of tang.

Fantastic beer and wine selection. I had a specialty drink, cheap date, which was creative, unique, and tasty!

The best part was the friendly staff. From the greeter at the door, to the server and bartender, everyone was committed to make sure each guest would have a great time.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Live Music
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2017

I find their menu always interesting. Although limited, I find the selections unique to this area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2017

The atmosphere is very inviting and the service was outstanding. The live jazz was phenomenal! The beer and wine selections were quite good. The menu itself is extensive and eclectic, and the crab/avocado appetizer was terrific. For dinner, we tried the Oyster Po' Boy (fairly good) and the Penne Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables (fairly bland).

Tags: Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Service and food is always exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great place to enjoy a meal! Been going here for over 20 years. Food and service are excellent!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Unique ambiance. Exceeded my expectations. Food was pretty good, and not your run-of-the-mill fair!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Usually a great experience, but not this time.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2016

My food was excellent. I ordered the shrimp and andouille grits and it was better than I had even anticipated. I fully enjoyed it. I had a cup of gumbo and it was just ok. Too much corn and no meat. I enjoyed my meal and so did my husband but it was very noisy. This is a common complaint I have about restaurants - the noise level. The echoing noise level. If something could be down to dampen the sound it would improve the ambiance.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We went here on New Year's Eve for dinner and music. Booked a reservation on Open Table and was promptly seated. The music was very enjoyable, and the service was good in spite of the fact that our waitress Tara had many (too many) tables to handle. The food, however, was below par and over-priced. The $13 shrimp cocktail consisted of rubbery shrimp that either was poor quality or refrozen somewhere along the way. The $19 veg penne pasta did not come out with penne, but rather, bow tie pasta. Unfortunately, this was similar to an experience we had here a couple of years ago. Nice venue, good music but marginal food. Would suggest you go for the music and some drinks, but not the eats.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The seasonal menu is amazing, we are just disappointed that we dined on the last few nights of the holiday menu - everything was fresh, perfectly prepared and divine! Definitely going to return and will bring more friends!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Live Music, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great Beer, Cozy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Great New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Live jazz in the evening on weekends. Fun place for food with family and friends.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Fun, Late-night Find, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Surf and Turf was outstanding. Chef did an excellent job, portions are just right. My idea of delicious food is when the last bite taste as good as the first, and this meal delivered. My wife's filet with cheese grits was just as good. We have dined here before usually before a show and we have never had a bad item. Our waitress was very nice and heckled on us frequently enough that is was not too much or too little. We told our friends and we have marked this place as one of our favorites. It's a great go to place.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Food is always good. The fish tacos for an appetizer are fantastic. I didn't enjoy the hoagie roll on my po'boy though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Lots of menu choices, we had 5 different meals and all were very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We were there during their special crab menu celebration. The menu was so extensive with crab selections that it was hard to choose. Our party of four were all very satisfied with our selection. Our booth was located so that we could have a great conversation with out having to shout. I can't wait until we are able to return to try the main menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great place for seafood - oysters, shrimp, lobster, crab, etc. We've come for Crabfest, Lobstapaloosa, Oyster festival, and have never had a bad meal!

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Their Crabfest is second only to Oysterfest as a wonderful opportunity for an inland city to enjoy great shellfish options !! Well done again and thanks Washington Platform for the live music too.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2016

My kids love Washington Platform. It is definitely one of their favorites. We like to get lots of appetizers and share. They have a creative menu and lots of seafood. The Roadkill Cafe menu is fun, but a bit pricy for what it is.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Excellent in every way!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Food was good and not too pricey. Overall a solid value. Lots of interesting items on the menu. Jazz band was playing on a Saturday evening and they were talented and tight. Wine list was not extensive but prices were good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Live Music, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2016

We wanted to experience Crabfest - again! Great crab cakes and Quiche. Hanna was our server and she did an excellent job. Thank you for a lovely evening :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2016

I love this place. The staff is always friendly and the food is outstanding. I just wished that the Music started sooner.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Went for crabfest. It was so good. Crab and corn chowder was amazing. Hope they put it on the year round menu.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Food was good. Waitress was friendly though I believe she had every table. Loved the New Orleans Jazz band . My friend loved her blue crab sandwich. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We dined there during crab fest , crab legs were cracked perfectly. They were good. Onion straws tasty. Small dinner salad very boring. Not even a crouton. Blue point oysters were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2016

food this time was not good had chilled crab that was frozen in block of ice not chilled menu has only farm raised salmon which I will not eat or my wife, they explained you can only get farm raised in cincinnati, everywhere else I go they have wild salmon?????otherwise captain mike singing was nice,, spicy bimbap crab was okay but not spicy,,,

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Food was great. Fair price. Service was excellent ,our waitress , Hannah did a great job, explaining the menu, and bringing each course just in time.
Plus I just love this place. I have never had a bad experience there,
Did I say it is crab festival time?

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Healthy, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Our drink's were a little slow to arrive and it was not busy. Other than that we enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 2, 2016

What a nice surprise! This was my first time to visit. Service was fast and food was great! We had the crab cake and bleu crab quesadilla for appetizers. Entrees and drinks were also great!

Tags: Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Always enjoy dining here, and the Sunday Brunch is wonderful.

Food,service and special values are good. Easy parking is a plus,too.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Liked the band. Drink were good. Bloody Mary didn't have very much kick to it. Tasted like plain tomato juice. Loved the Dixieland 3 piece band. , actually that is what drew us there. Not sure if I would come back, just ok. Waitress was very good. Kathy n tom

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great music and service! They made several accommodations for us, and the band was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Loved the fried oysters and oyster stew. Great service.

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Great old restaurant in downtown
Presentation of food outstanding
Friendly service
We had expected the food to be average and it was exceptional!

Tags: Live Sports, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 29, 2016

Washington Platform is one of my go-to restaurants. Food is consistently good. Service is great. And oysters.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Fun, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Live Music, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Food was good

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Recently driving thru downtown stopped in Washington Platform. Was just driving by and stopped for lunch. We had the wings and they were AWESOME!!! Our server was excellent...so fast forward a week looking for somewhere to go for my boyfriend's birthday and he suggested Washington Platform because we had such a great time the week prior. Our server was Hannah and she was a delight! Our dinner was delicious! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Had a terrific evening. Food and service outstanding. Music top notch from the band Frenchaxe.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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