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Light Horse Tavern
Light Horse Tavern

Light Horse Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lighthorsetavern.com
  • Email: lighthorse@lighthorsetavern.com
  • Phone: (201) 946-2028
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Ortega
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Light Horse Tavern can do catered events. For more information please ask to speak to our Private Events Coordinator.
  • Private Party Facilities: Light Horse Tavern offers a private dining room available for brunch, lunch and dinner events as well as cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Ron Smith (201) 946-2028
  • Entertainment: Light Horse Tavern Live Music Series:



    Showcasing Different Artists Throughout The Week: Monday's-- Live Guitar, Tuesday's-- Live Piano, Sunday-- Live Piano & Bass.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morris Street
  • Public Transit: Light Horse Tavern is conveniently situated next to several public transit stops. The Essex Street stop on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is two blocks from the restaurant. The Exchange Place Path station is a 10 minute walk. The Paulus Hook Ferry terminal is a 10 minute walk. The Grove Street Path station is a 15-20 minute walk.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available around Light Horse Tavern but the Tavern also offers discounted parking for three hours at the ProPark Madox Building.
    The parking garage entrance is located one block west of the tavern on Morris Street. The address of the parking garage building is 198 Van Vorst Street, Bring your ticket and ask to have it validated at the restaurant.
A word from Light Horse Tavern
Opened in 2002, this local favorite has become an institution. Light Horse Tavern's chef, Carlos Ortega brings a new exciting vision to the Jersey City culinary scene. The chef's philosophy is to source out seasonal ingredients and to preserve the integrity of the product when cooking.

The seasonal menu always includes a variety of fresh oysters and clams, as well as lighter fare such as the grilled octopus salad, fresh market fish, and heartier favorites such as the prime steaks.

Whether settling in at the bar for a pint or indulging in the spectacular cuisine, you are sure to become addicted to the experience. Visit any day for lunch, weekend days for brunch, and always for exquisite food, people watching and pristine outdoor seating.

Light Horse Tavern, a revolutionary dining experience!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "that is what I would say! I must have been 20 times to that joint. Always reliable; food is good, service is ok, restaurant & bar are beautiful, not too pricey. Definitely a winner. my favorites are the raw bar, the octopus salad, the jalapeno polenta, the kale salad among others, not to forget an exceptional lamb stew on sunday brunch menu. warmly recommended"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were seated outside, on a gorgeous spring day. The service was quick and friendly, and the food was incredible. I had the bourbon vanilla french toast, and it was heavenly. My partner, who is allergic to dairy ordered the huevos rancheros, which normally comes with cheese and sour cream. The server happily accommodated his dietary restrictions, and the perfectly-cooked eggs more than made up for the reduction in ingredients."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We sad down next to the piano,the gentleman( I believe he was the owner) and hostess greeted us warmly with sincerity,service was smooth,food wonderful unfortunately they did not have the pork shoulder I requested but gave the option of the wellington which was more money but worth it.the two member combo stated up and began the most wonderful classic jazz arrangements,had to head back to Maryland but could have stayed forever on this warm evening at the light horse tavern."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A friend and resident of Jersey City recommended this restaurant to me while I was in town, and it did not disappoint. The staff was friendly and the restaurant has a bar scene atmosphere and also fine dining feel in the back room. We had lobster, calamari, a spaghetti/scallop dish and fish and chips, which were all fresh tasting and light. Homemade tartar sauce and seasoned salt at the table were a nice touch and delicious. Looking forward to visiting again next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A friend recommended this restaurant & we were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious & the service was fantastic."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great place....never disappoints. Owner Ron Smith is a true gentleman."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "excellent food, well prepared, pretty good service. Desserts outstanding but too small (!) Much like a good Manhattan restaurant - high quality with similar prices Highly recommended for Jersey City/Hoboken foodies :)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "seriously - i've been eating burgers for most of my life, but this one is off the charts ridiculously good. i recommend going here for brunch, summer dining outside, or late night."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "They are selling old stripe bass as sea bass and salmon as trout plus I order blue point oyster only got the other 3 were Maryland oysters. Wow"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have worked in Jersey City on and off since 1998. The redevelopment has been amazing bringing lots of restaurants to the area. I visited the Light Horse Friday after being away for 2 years. Met an old friend for lunch and I was greeted by the staff and management as if I was a long lost family member. The food was delicious as always and the service was top notch. I am never disappointed at the Light Horse. I just wish there was a place like it in Edgewater where I live! Consider opening one in Edgewater we need it!!! The Light Horse is still the best in JC"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have been going there for years but had not been back for one year. The only disappointment was that I had not been back soon. Lunch was perfect and food as always was great."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is an excellently managed tavern with a wide selection of dishes and daily specials. A close friend and I make it our "luncheon place" everytime I am in Jersey City and always enjoy spending a long leisurely meal there. For my pal, meeting me there requires a lwalk from her apartment, but I must travel from Philadelphia. Believe me, it is worth the trouble. There is one sour note to report from our most recent visit. The service, which is normally superb, was no where near the standard we have enjoyed in the past. Having said that, I am confident we will return to the Light Horse in the near future."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Birthday brunch at my favorite place in Jersey City was terrific, as usual!!! Other groups included new parents with very well behaved babies, and other groups and couples of all ages. Day or night, LHT is always a great stop. Some say it's pricey, but I am a "you get what you pay for" person, and LHT never disappoints."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The Light Horse Tavern had come highly recommended, so we were looking forward to a great time. We arrived 15 minutes earlier than our booking, but were promptly shown to a table (we were prepared to sit at the bar if it were an issue). The food throughout was fine - well cooked, good portion sizes, tasty - but nothing out of this world. The prices were reasonable. The service was also just fine - polite, courteous, but no warmth or energy or passion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "All food we ordered were good except the prime steak was bad. I was socked the steak had no taste, hard to chew. This was my first bad experience from Light Horse Tavern. Once I told our waitress, we didn't get charge the BAD steak."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've visited this restaurant a couple of times for business meals. I've been very satisfied with the food and service both times. I would recommend this for future dinners."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Took my best friend here while she was visiting me and my husband. We couldn't resist trying the broccoli gruyere soup to share and it didn't disappoint us! Most of us got either the french toast or huevos rancheros - both of which I've had before and would highly recommend. The french toast is always soooo good! The huevos rancheros could use some more spice and salsa, but it definitely hit the spot."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went here to celebrate my husbands graduation and I was very pleased although I thought it was odd they were out of two brunch items (french toast and the biscuits) on a Sunday. Other than that, the noise level was great for bringing a toddler along and the food was fantastic all around! We are already making plans to go back!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Very happy we chose Light Horse Tavern. The menu offered a wonderful variety of selections without being overwhelming. Everyone was thrilled with the dishes they selected, drinks were delicious and reasonable. Our server was top-notch. Will definitely return, and I have already recommended this restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The waiter noticed one appetized barely touched and inquired. When we explained, he took it off the menu,"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "After reading reviews on various websites, I regrettably chose Light Horse as they place to meet a friend from Germany for brunch. Food was terrible. Eggs Benedict served stone cold, and when we called a waiter over to tell him, he grabbed a manager who had an almost hostile and demeaning tone when stating that we ordered Salmon Eggs Benedict and it can't be served hot. Really? Stone cold eggs and cold hollandaise would cook the salmon??? Beyond ridiculous. We always had to flag down someone despite being seated next to wait station. No one ever just filled coffee, replaced the empty creamer, or asked if we wanted another bloody. They would just dump the plates and never check in. Avoid this place as I shall."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We have becoming to this restaurant off an on for the past 7 years. It's been a hit or miss with each visit. This time we arrived for brunch on Saturday. The restaurant was busy, but we were seated right away. Our server was attentive and efficient, however the food took about 20+ minutes to arrive to our table. They used to serve these little muffins or breads, but it looks like they did away with that. It also seems like the restaurant may have changed ownership. When our burgers did finally arrive, they were good but the fries were overly salted. We would probably come back here for brunch, but not anytime soon when there are other options in the area to try."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Always a favorite it you want a burger or a full meal. Never disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We have been going to the Lighthorse Tavern for over 10 yrs and it just gets better and better. They NEVER rest on their laurels and are Always 'tweeking' things to make them better."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Love the décor - warm cozy environment but yet very modern. Lots of wood & dimly lit. Came with a group of 6 and were attended to very well. Great bar. Upscale but not snobby. highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "i love the light horse tavern. the food is very good--this is the third time I've had the raw bar and it's always been really good and worth the money. my girlfriend and i both had the trout and we loved the fennel and crab additions to it. the inside is very warm and cozy and i would even go to the bar and have a drink and an appetizer if the restaurant was too busy. i highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "There were so many delicious-looking items on the menu, I found it hard to choose one. Once I landed on the fried calamari (not your average version) to start, my companion had the scallops with spaghettini and I had the (perfectly medium rare) ribeye. Everything was top notch and met our high expectations. The cocktail selections were interesting and delicious. Our server was very courteous and helpful recommending a good rye cocktail for me. Will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food and service were off the charts. A dozen oysters, great bottle of wine, and beef wellington. One of the best meals we have had and we can be really picky about our food. The service was great too, no rush and just pleasant. Meals can be less expensive or a little more and you wont be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went to Light Horse Tavern as a group of 5 for a birthday dinner on a weekday night. One order was for pasta with scallops; however, the scallops were substituted with shrimp. Our waiter did not informed us that there would be this substitution in the dish. When we asked our waiter if the pasta included scallops or shrimp, he was vague, awkward, and very uncomfortable, the manager was the same way. The manager half-heartedly offered a replacement dish or a complimentary glass of wine. However, we had to chase down the complimentary glass of wine after the offer. The rest of our group found the food to be good but our experience was ruined by poor customer service and a less than relaxing meal."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "First time diners. Service was superb. Server very knowledgeable which was helpful,since it was our first time there. We were both very pleased with our choices. Wine and liquor list extensive and all price points. Only negative is the parking. Maybe the regulars know something we didn't know, or live locally and walk."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I've had the pleasure of dining at the Light Horse on many occasions over the past three years. On this particular visit, my very good friend and I were happy to enjoy their delicious seasonal brunch offering. The banana bread with cinnamon cream was amazing because of the cream that I could have lapped up bowl after bowl of, although the banana bread itself was unremarkable. The kale and goat cheese omelet was a revelation; I would never think to put kale in an omelet but it was amazing. The beef stew with eggs over easy was also a creative twist on brunch that left my friend sated and satisfied. We had no room left for dessert, but I can attest that their desserts are fantastic and I was sad not to be able to indulge. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The place is great. I have no complaints except that during the winter there is a super bad draft for the tables in the front of the Resturant. They should work on a double entrance door to stop the cold air from rushing in every time some one opens the door."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "All four of us enjoyed our appetizers, entrees and desserts! We felt our meal was expertly prepared and a flavor burst in every bite. My husband and I ordered steak and both could have been cooked slightly less (we ordered medium rare) but still delicious. Another party member had the venison T-bone and also said it could have been cooked less. Fish was perfect. Bread pudding was delicious. Will definitely revisit this place. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We tried Light Horse Tavern during Restaurant Week. Pleasantly surprised to find the entire menu open as part of the priced fixed menu as well as full portions, as most places will cut back during Restaurant Week. Food was delicious, but the service could have been a little bit more attentive."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We had booked this reservation for a party of four but at arrival the restaurants bookng system indicated a party of two. The manager was extremely unfriendly and refused to admit their was something wrong with the reservation system even after showing him proof. He proceeded to put the blame on us by suggesting that we had made the open table reservation for another day or perhaps for another tavern in jersey city. Unfortunately this is not the first time we had an issue with this manager for a Sunday brunch. We love Light Horse Tavern as it really is a neighborhood gem but to have to deal with this manager that seems to lack social skills in dealing is starting to force me to consider alternate brunch options in Jersey City."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Lighthorse is a neighborhood place for me The staff is always efficient and friendly and the food always good"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Friend & I enjoyed lunch here 1/21/14. The seating was prompt, the service was thought and attentive, but not intrusive. We both enjoyed the special chili appetizer, my friend had the steak sandwich and I the lobster sandwich. Both were very good. Bottom line is the food is good, the wait staff terrific, and there is a real comfortable feeling here. Will continue to go and enjoy."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Been here many times for both lunch and dinner and always have a great meal. Can get a little noisy but love the ambience anyway."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The only reason the Lighthorse didn't score a 5 for an overall experience is because they were out of a number of food items our table was interested in ordering. Our waitress was great, food delic, and staff attentive."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I've lived in Paulus hook since 2004 (almost 10 years) and am moving in the spring. I have eaten at Light Horse probably over 100 times and it never disappoints. I've seen it grow and adapt to its surrounding neighborhood and customers and I will no doubt miss this place the most. From the historic pictures and rustic design to the amazing brunch to the friendly staff, it's going to be hard to find a place like this anywhere else. When my husband and I needed to pick a restaurant for date night, we decided to come here since it will no doubt be the place we miss the most."
    Dined on 1/4/2014