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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

5
4
3
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Authentic (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Comfort Food (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Live Music (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fun (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Spicy (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely had a great time. Food is AMAZING! The live band was phenomenal, drinks were strong, and service was great. Blue crab blue us to die for!!! Recommend it for sure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 3 days ago

Nice place. Food was okay. Fried oysters were a little over cooked. Enjoyed the oyster fest that they have in the spring. Will
probably go back for that.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Apparently the oysters mist not have been on season, I was disappointed in my birthday dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

So so experience. Server got the entree order wrong. Food is pretty good. My wife's mussels were cold (that's a funny sentence).
We were pre-theatre so no time for corrections. If you have not been to Washington Platform before, do give it a try.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great service as usual. Very efficient server who got us out in plenty of time to go to the Symphony concert! Glad this is close to Music Hall!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Perfect for a seafood fix and some nice beverages!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Went for the crab fest - lots of crab menu items. The food was great as well as the service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Washington Platform is my go to for getting together with friends. Food is excellent and affordable (my favorite is the omelette)and the service is friendly, fun and amenable to special requests. The Jazz Brunches are special!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a party of 7 for my birthday. Crab Carnival was going on and almost everyone had some sort of crab. I had the crab stuffed salmon, which was amazing. The sauce, so good! Appetizers and desserts were fantastic as well. We will definitely be back, soon! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We went for The Crab Festival and loved it. To bring in so may crab types and choices is a real treat for Cincy. We arrived just before a tour group arrived and while there was a little chaos while 50-60 people got seated, once they were attended to our server did a great job. And, the kitchen was outstanding turning orders into plates in record time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome Service, Friendly Staff and Wonderful Bartender 👍🏼

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Have been to the restaurant before and the food was much better. The service was great. Our waiter was not friendly at all and disappeared for long periods. Didn't get silverware and had to go back to kitchen to find someone to get it. Steak was served rare when ordered medium rare. Likely will not try again as there are many restaurants in the area that have not disappointed us.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time there. Crab Fest. Food was excellent. Staff was very nice. Will defiantly return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Meal was mostly great but one of the three pieces of the main it inedible (as if it was not cooked). Waitress took that part away but never discussed or brought replacement! Not well managed! Will give it another try because the dish otherwise was really tasty.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went for the annual crab fest. Food was great and our serve Theresa was wonderful. Food delivery alittle slow but no matter! Enjoyed our drinks!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a reservation at 6:30 and we were seated upon arrival at 6:20. The server was friendly and did a good job, the kitchen was a little slow but we were compensated accordingly so overall it was a good experience. The food was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Friendly, expedient service convenient to Washington Park but the seafood was inconsistent. Mussels-good, crab cake-awful.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Went on a very busy evening during “Blink” and they were VERY crowded. We were there during Crab Festival...Service was good but the food was slow to come out, once it arrived it was delicious. Our table had two different soups the crab bisque and the crab & corn both were flavorful and laden with crab. The entray we had the crab maggiano a hearty penne dish packed with flavor and crab. The other entray was the fried crab dinner crisp and flavorful. I would definitely return.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Chose a bad night. Blink Cincinnati and the place was packed. Two hours to get our food. Lots of excuses and even a 20% everyone's bill. Not a good experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We ordered the crab cake sandwich with muffuletta topping. Topping was not what we expected and cakes could have had more crabmeat. In spite of this it is a good spot before the symphony

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Glad to have this close to Music Hall and grateful that they take reservations! Food was good as always with a wide selection. Had a terrific, friendly server but kitchen was a bit slow. We will be returning during the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra season!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very good food and expert server with personality. Disappointed that the 4 of us got dumped in the loudest corner of the bar when there were plenty of tables available...and I DID make reservations.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nice casual night out. Great time. Great food. Highly recommended

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The fried oysters were delicious. Good service. We were there at 5pm on a Saturday so it wasn't crowded. They do have live jazz but probably later in the evening.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I was in Cincinnati for a convention and I read about the Washington Platform Saloon and Restaurant so I decided to try it. It is an old style rustic Restaurant and Saloon. The staff is down to earth people with great knowledge of their menu. The food was very good and plentiful and i would recommend to try it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a great meal before a Summermusik concert. The fish tacos with Asian slaw were just right for an early concert meal. My friend thoroughly enjoyed the black and blue salad.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We love this place. Quick service and good food at good prices. How can you go wrong?

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice meal with my husband! I had the crab cakes and my husband had the salmon. Crab cakes were lightly breaded and very good. Husband's salmon was a little over cooked but tasted good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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."

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Loved this place!! History, atmosphere, food, it hadn't it all!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Spicy, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We tried this as part of restaurant week. Having lived in NOLA Ihad to he cjun snapper with fried oysters. We will be back!!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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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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