Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

4.6
1069 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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!)
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Our waitress was not very attentive, we went early and they were not busy, our mushrooms came out lukewarm, the crab bisque was missing the crab, another server cleared our table because she saw the dishes sitting there.

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GeneS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE THE PLATFORM IT'S AWSOME! THE CHEF IS GREAT!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Food was excellent and served promptly.

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BarbaraP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A friend and I heard about the $25 lobster dinner and went to try it out. A whole The meal was Maine lobster, with sides, we ordered a fried green tomatoes appetizer and split it, there were 7 slices, the meal came with hushpuppies instead of bread with a great dipping sauce. I had a side salad my friend had a cup of gumbo. What a bargain! There was a jazz duo, a girl playing standup bass and a guy playing guitar, they were students but very good! We were there early (5:30) because we were warned they can run out of the lobster. So it was happy hour. Our server, Annabelle, was excellent. The food came right on schedule and it was hot. A lobster dinner, with 1/2 an appetizer and a Tanqueray martini, 20% tip included, came to $45 each. I'll be back! This promo is every Thursday, indefinitely.

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Donnarae
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent it came out pretty fast, and the service was great!

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CaraD
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

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LynnM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding and so was the food!! Jon visited our table twice, once to greet us and afterwards to Check on our food and service.

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RodC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Oysters on the half shell were 1.00 on Sundays. Kind so small but good nonetheless!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great place to eat with a live band. We loved everything and our food was all delicious!

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LisaJ
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and we will be back. They have a varied menu with a lot of choices for everyone’s tastes. We got lots of food for the price. Tracey was a great waitress. Very nice and the service was quick! Highly recommend the salmon picatta, fried pickles and potato leek soup.

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vipCathy
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our friends recent marriage

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sing1
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere. This is our neighborhood bar and restaurant. Especially enjoy the Thursday lobster special.

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AVanS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Extremely comfortable. Happy and helpful service. Great drinks served from bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband’s birthday. I wanted to get him oysters.

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Rose
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I love Washington platform for their oyster festival but the wing fling did not live up to my expectations. The flavor of the Wings both the "groasted" and the regular style was difficult to taste. We ordered four different flavors and all and it was hard to tell the difference. The groasted ones were a little dry and the regular Style does a little undercooked with the skin not being crispy at all. There are many things I would recommend Washington platform for but the wing fling is definitely not one of them.

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CandaceNT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a romantic dinner. Came on a Friday night for my anniversary and we were treated to live jazz which sounded amazing. The food was delicious and the cocktails were pretty ok. Our waitress was attentive and conversational.

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Jeepers68
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going the last few years for WingFling. Wings are the best!

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JohnR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience4

I especially went there to order the lobster special that they have on Thursdays. I had reserved a table for 6:30p and when I was seated I asked about the special and was told it was already sold out for the night. They serve until 9p. I spoke to the chef/manager and he said they had a bigger crowd early and that was why there was no lobster left. He said he didn't want to get stuck with too much lobster. I pointed out that it was only 6:30p. He said other Thursdays they had enough. I mentioned he ought to mention on their website that the lobster was limited. He did apologize and said if I come back next week he would give me an employee discount. I ended up ordering wings, which were good.

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sherryj
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lobster special on Thursday night was great.

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Larry
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service and food

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SusanC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent! Jazz Band started at 7:30 pm. Loved the music but was there to catch up with friends, sitting close to stage was loud to also have conversation. If dining with only husband music would not have been any problem! Request table in adjacent room if you want dinner conversation.

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FredS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were very good. Grilled salmon delicious.

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DougB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, server was attentive. We will be back!!!

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Good atmosphere as well. Highly recommend trying

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
378 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When you can get a whole lobster dinner 900 hundred miles from Maine for $25 it's a wonderful thing! Well done and thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

My wife and I had plans for a great evening date, dinner at a restaurant we have never tried and then concert tix afterwards. We searched for about 30 minutes to find a menu that looked good and settled in Washington Platform Saloon.
While the service was fine, prompt, and drinks arrived quickly but the food was less than expected. She had the Chicken Pompei and I had the Giovanni seafood and pasta dish. We also had Oysters on the half shell and fried green tomatoes. We each had salads and she also had the Thia Slaw. The chicken was tough and had gravy instead of the delicate butter and white wine they listed. The fried green tomatoes where too thick and like the Thai slaw-flavorless. The Oyster and salad where fine, I had cesear and she had mixed but she said the dressing was also bland. Perhaps the chef had Covid and lost the sense of smell and taste…I don’t know but we won’t be back. The check was $100 and we were quite disappointed.

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DerekM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oysters Regency were amazing!
Great Wings with even better flavor.
My wife and I had the Buffalo and Big Al sauces. Again, amazing!
Will definitely be back!

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
378 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Who knew there were so many ways to prepare chicken wings. My friend, who loves them, was amazed! A fun time.

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EileenC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Disappointed we weren’t asked if we wanted to sit in the room with the live music

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kfreer
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Music was perfect volume so you could actually have a conversation

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GailK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!

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CarolynE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this was a great place, music was way too loud so we moved to the other side and it was perfect. You could hear the music and still hear each other. The food and drinks were awesome and priced just right.

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sandram
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

like the building and food. making reservation didn't seem to make much difference as no table was available and we had to wait for a table to clear.service OK after that. parking is almost always available nearby this downtown location

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food, friendly staff, and a unique local feel.

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vipBobR
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Bartender put a nice twist on our bourbon manhatten's

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PegW
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just wonderful. We took friends for their first time there and they loved it. They are already to come back down again. It is my husband's favorite place to eat!
Our server, Carly, was friendly, helpful and one of the best servers I have had anywhere.
She is definitely an asset to the business! We will ask for her again. All had the seafood and loved everything they ordered. My steak was cooked to perfection. Can't wait for our next visit!

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Chris
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was exactly what we expected - good food, well-prepared, good portion sizes. Not fancy, just hot, tasty with great beer an excellent Pimms Mojito. Atmosphere was traditional and friendly. Our server was super helpful and nice.

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AmandaS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and plenty of it! Waitress was awesome.

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JanetU
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Washington Platform never fails to live up to it’s reputation as a wonderful, welcoming, delicious restaurant! I have an array of favorites…something I can’t say about other places.

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Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1069 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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