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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We have eaten dinner at the Washington Platform many times over the years and recently twice in one month. When we go to the concerts and theater downtown we always enjoy eating there. The casual atmosphere is cozy and on the weekends there is entertainment. Even with entertainment it is easy to carry on a conversation. The quality of the food is superb and portions are large, usually taking some food home. I have ordered the salmon with artichokes and mushrooms our last two visits. If you like oysters this this the place to come. They have an oyster festival in May. Their craft beer and wine selections are extensive. When I have had lunch there I always order their grilled salmon salad. Yes. I love salmon and Washington Platform!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Love this place. Great menu and good, friendly service. Atmosphere s nice; live jazz on Saturday nights.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 5, 2016

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Love the charm of an old building, with a great bar and plenty of seating. Everyone had something different from the others. The salmon and crab were great, as well as the burger and fish tacos. I was surprised by how good the crab quesadillas tasted. Like eating them in Charleston! And the real pleasure was how nice and helpful our waiter was. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Always a great ambience, killer oysters, and fantastic jazz

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 30, 2016

We were seated upon arrival at a very nice table in the room wththe music. The music was not so loud you couldn't talk over it. The waiter was very knowledgable and made good recommendations. The food was delicous and it was a very pleasant evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Food still great. Server not very attentive and rather solvenly attired.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2016

Great service, good food, old town Cincinnati ambiance. If you like oysters this is the place ...they're excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 2, 2016

Food was good. Servers were acomodating in moving us to a preferred table location. Music provided at no cover charge was great. Server did not harass us to buy drinks even with extended stay.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2015

As a first time patron I was unsure what to expect. The Crab Stuffed Salmon was excellent and the fried oysters were fresh, hot and seasoned perfectly. The location is what it is but $100 dinner for two with one drink each seemed to out price the atmosphere. Will go back but not a must see by any means.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Thought we would try this out as we were heading to Music Hall. A very nice find. Go past the bar, and you're in a fairly quiet restaurant area with nice ambiance. Our server was great, and made us feel very welcome. The food was quite nice. The crab cakes were very tasty. Large portions. We would definitely come here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2015

We had a small group and the restaurant was very accommodating. We wanted to be close to the music and they made sure we were. The food was very good, although it would be nice to have more vegetarian and vegan choices for some of our group, the seafood lovers were very satisfied with their meal. All in all it was a great evening, the band was fantastic, and we were surprised how small our bill was at the end of the evening.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2015

With a nice wine list, very good menu and excellent service, we had a "above expectations" time." The Snapper was excellent and the Chicken Carbonara perfect.

When we first walked in, the bar and music reminder us of a saloon, but once we were escorted to the new upscale dining area, we knew that we were in the right place.

We were going to a show at 8 PM, so our server was very attentive to the time constraint without rushing us. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2015

Reserved table for six of us and was very pleased. Had not been in a few years. One couple had never been. All of us were happy. Wide variety on menu...hard for me to select. Our server helped! He was very attentive the whole time. Wish i remembered his name. Food was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2015

Great neighborhood feel. Excellent food!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 27, 2015

We had been there last month for Crab Festival and to hear the music. It was wonderful. We brought our out of town guest and they loved it. So we went back to hear the same musical performer and brought others who had never been before. It was very disappointing. The food was so, so and they messed up two of our guest's orders. Our server was great. The music was great, but the food was nothing to make a special trip for.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2015

The food was alright, not great not bad, somewhere in the middle. The menu is outdated by the look and menu offerings.

The bar room is very cool with old pictures and a nice bar. The canal room took me back to the 1980's. A remodel to the 1880's and an updated menu might be needed for the under 50 crowd.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Washington Platform is an outstanding restaurant! Music was wonderful but we were right next to it so it was alittle loud. Service was outstanding. I had the frog legs which were prepared perfectly but smothered in too much remoulaud. Wine was great. This was one of many visits there and will go back!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2015

Great neighborhood feel. Food was great as was the service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2015

I came here regularly with my parents about 20 years ago, had kids so it was hard to find time to get back. We wanted to celebrate my parents birthdays and decided to come back. It was better than I remembered! We will be make this a habit again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2015

I made reservations and we were told our table was being cleared. Then we ended up getting seated in a booth that should have only been comfortable for 2 instead of 4 people. I wasn't really sure why I made reservations when people who just walked in got a better seat. The good was ok, service was SLOW. They only had one waitress for the whole dining are at the front if the restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 14, 2015

We did not know that the Crab Festival was going on and really enjoyed it! Friendly mgmt and a friendly server. Glasses were refilled, plates removed. Great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 13, 2015

Thanks for bring great crab dishes to the Heartland. The options were many and fairly priced. Already looking forward to next year.
The live music on Fri. was an added benefit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2015

We came for the crab festival and it did not disappoint. I have never seen such an extensive menu of all crab containing items. And the ones we tried were delicious. Even our picky eater ate his fill of the crab legs which were perfectly prepared and of a generous portion size.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Crab fest was wonderful! The stone crabs were delicious. A taste of Florida in Cincinnati.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Went for the Crab Fest to celebrate a birthday. Quaint spot, good food and excellent service. Very comfortable atmosphere and the Jazz band was a pleasant surprise.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 23, 2015

We have dined at WP numerous times for lunch and dinner. We enjoyed the latter for the jazz. This experience was contrary to prior enjoyable experiences. For two of the four in our party, the food was very ordinary. One commented about the excessive saltiness and the lack of crab meat that was a feature of the dish. Two of the party praised the crab legs and the crab/salmon entree. The desserts and coffee, were excellent. Very disappointing was the excessive volume of the band. They must have thought that they were playing for a venue filled with deaf people. It was impossible to carry on any conversation. Other patrons must have noticed the volume as well. During lulls in the performance, we heard people several tables away in all directions shouting at one another to carry on a conversation. We were seated a good 30 feet from the stage. Better than describing the sound level as "energetic" would be to call it "oppressive." I doubt that we'll purchase WP's gift coupons this year, as we have in recent years. And, probably we'll return only for lunches.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 23, 2015

I took my friend to Washington Platform for her birthday. From the time we walked in the door we were treated extremely well! Our waitress was amazing! She was so nice and helpful with the menu. The restaurant was having a Crab Festival and the menu was loaded with delicious choices! So hard to decide, but so satisfied with our choices. Can't wait to go back! Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2015

happy hour drink specials worth a stop by...food could be better... friend's salad was weak, chicken tenders seemed like cut up cutlets, onion strings were good size portion as were the sandwiches, but nothing really special. exposed brick wall is nice feature but the dated tables chairs etc made it seem such. we were youngest ones in the place and we are 50... watch restaurant impossible for some ideas that might help shape up the atmosphere. It could be a great place!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Started with oysters: Parmesan and shooters. Both tasty and fun to share. Group of six had varied choices and all were pleased with meals from burger, po'boy sandwich and German dinner of veal with potato pancake that included smoked salmon and potato/leek soup. All was a little different than expected but amazingly delicious! Our waitress wisely suggested we share their Der Funken for dessert and it was decadent yet ample for all! Service was excellent and the jazz combo with singer was a nice plus to add to the ambiance. Highly recommend going a bit south of OTR for this treat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Best wings in Cincinnati. Only thing hotter than the wings was the smoking hot Jazz.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Alex was our server. She made our night very nice... with just enough attention.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 26, 2015

This was my first visit to Washington Platform after hearing about it on a local cooking show. I was not disappointed, the food was very fresh and delicious. We did not know in advance that a jazz band was scheduled for later, but decided to stay and had a very nice evening. Alice was a very attentive server, we will be back soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Decided to go to Washington Platform at the last minute, but definitely will consider going back in the future. Good food and service, reasonable prices. Convenient location for all downtown venues.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 18, 2015

Our regular hangout prior to concerts. Never disappoint and always been delighted. The Oktoberfest menu is a definite must-try. Looking forward to Crab Festival in November!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 12, 2015

This is a wonderful spot for a Saturday night date. The jazz begins at 9:00. I like to get there around 7:30 for a good table and start dinner and have conversation. Then the music starts and what a fun, relaxing and romantic evening.
It's one of my favorite ways to spend Saturday night.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 12, 2015

This was my first visit to Washington Platform. I was seeking a restaurant with a welcome atmosphere, a place to chat with friends, and enjoy a relaxing dinner and music easy on the ears and not over bearing in loudness. Washington Platform exceeded all of expectations.
My wife and the other couple I planned the evening for thanked me several times for picking just the right spot.
The entire evening was FANTASTIC!!! The service we received from our waiter, sorry I don't remember his name, was absolutely perfect as he fulfilled all of our wishes. Great Job!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 12, 2015

This is an old tavern with a nice feel and pleasant service. The food is mediocre but this is a reliable spot for pre theater.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 1, 2015

I love that this restaurant and there many food fest that they have! The wing fling is the BEST!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 22, 2015

Was virtually void on a busy dining night. Table very sticky. Fries were luke warm. Sandwich was ok.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 22, 2015

This restaurant is perfectly located for a meal prior to a concert at SCPA (next block), Music Hall, or Washington Park. I have never had lunch here, but always enjoy the low-key yet historic surroundings, food and drink. Parking is readily available although I chafe at paying daytime rates to City of Cincinnati for on-street parking until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. I hope they don't go high-brow. It's a great place the way it is.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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