Light Horse Tavern
Light Horse Tavern

Light Horse Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lighthorsetavern.com/
  • Phone: 2019462028
  • 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: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • 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 2019462028
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Light Horse Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)great for outdoor dining (33)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (26)great for lunch (25)good for groups (22)special occasion (22)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (11)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • good meal
    LaraVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    always enjoy it here. Good brunch, and nice outdoor seating
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Time
    Bland
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This is a nice big airy place, with lots of sun and a happy competent waitstaff. Great place to enjoy lunch w/a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch
    LaraVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good brunch, as always. Enjoyed Light Horse taven. Pretty accommodating with babies, too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Can't ask for more than that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in Jersey City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    With views of the Liberty Tower across the river this landmark spot is quite wonderful. Well prepared and well presented food in a casual but upscale atmosphere with all the benefits of NYC but way less traffic. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for ladies dinner
    SandraVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    it's not my first time at the Light Horse Tavern. The menu is diversified enough. The service is always excellent. Every meal I have had is delicious!! Small restaurant with a piano bar. Can be romantic later in the evening. I've gone to meet friends and it's a great place to catch up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect birthday dinner
    ssp25
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I live down the street from Light Horse and went there on a beautiful summer evening for my birthday dinner. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and my red snapper was absolutely delicious. Everyone who's there is enjoying themselves. A great vibe, either indoors or outdoors (we were outside this time), and terrific food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced.
    AndrewE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good but overpriced. Stick with the steak. The signature drinks are good. Oyster bar is good. Stay away from their specials. Drink heavily & eat raw.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Just wish they would stick to what is really good on the menu and not change out some of the favorites. They had an amazing fried oysters and then removed it. I dont' think it was seasonal. We love this place and the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Jersey City residents
    FrequenttrrVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We just moved to Paulus Hook and were looking for an upscale casual place with great food and drink. Found it! The pork chop entree was amazing and our server couldn't have been more attentive. The room was comfortable with really nice lighting. We will return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Carolh
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First time at this restaurant and we will definitely return ! Appetizers, entrees and desserts were delishious! Service was great. The music was a little loud but our waiter did lower the volume on request. Parking is a little difficult but this dinner was well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, quality fare
    adeoteri
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Have been to LHT many times but most recently on a nice summer night, and it was perfect. Our garlic shrimp and beer-bath mussels appetizers were deliciously flavorful. The long list of craft beers was reliably good as always, as were our main courses, including the special of the day, the bouillabaisse. If I was to open a restaurant, I would want it to be like LHT. A neighborhood gem on a quiet block doing classic, upscale casual dishes extremely well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RayO
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Staff extremely friendly and excellent food. The fact that it opens early and closes late is a significant attribute
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!!!
    yummyinmytummyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've been here two times and will continue to come back, this place is amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat4Us
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We always enjoy our meals here. Love the place. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great E ats
    runner13
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've eaten dinner here with my two daughters at least five times. First time for brunch. The Light Horse Tavern is definitely a must go to for food or drinks. Wine and Whiskey menus are abundant with cool selections. Service is always high quality. And I regard this as a neighborhood place. Truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EmilyR81VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We thought everything was very good. Pleasantly surprised. Sat outside on a Sunday night so it was very quiet and relaxing. Inside was kinda empty but nice decor. Waiter was attentive but not overbearing. Food came out very quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was great. Better than lower Manhattan restaurants. Service is excellent. Will recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food is salty, and whatever you have salt dominates. The shrimp were frozen and thawed and tasted old. The waiter did not know the wines, but he did call the manager who was very helpful. One person ordered trout but got the salmon. Apart from that, ambience is fine, people are friendly and decor is nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Losing it's luster...
    RTakVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Have been going for many years. The quality of the food has slipped. Also $11 for a draft beer? Many other places in JC that will take it's place on our list.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good spot!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great food. Service was fine but they didn't know the menu very well. Also they were out of burgers, which is supposed to be one of their signature meals. But overall solid and I'd 100% go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Gerryf
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    On July 3rd....Tattoo Bartender was unattentive and unsocial and did not ask me for a refill once for the hour I was sitting there, also took a very long time to take my order after I asked for an appy since my guest was running late. Once seated our waiter took forever to take our drink and lunch orders.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Can't beat it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My favorite spot in Paulus Hook section of Jersey City. Always a friendly place with consistently delicious fare.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could do much better
    Stefano
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great location and exceptional attention paid in the service. However, the food quality does not match the rest. Had Lobster Bucatini but lobster was sunk in a sauce that was not cooked (showing very little knowledge on how to make a basic Italian sauce). Trout was cooked well but the corn chowder below came with mussles that were not properly cleaned (can still taste the sand now). Desserts were fine, the creme brulee trio was satisfying even if nothing special. Definitely not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was my favorite but slipping lately
    LKJC
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The Light Horse had been my #1 choice in Paulus Hook but has slipped significantly over the last few visits. The food and menu choices are no longer fantastic merely very good. The latest trip on a Friday night was disappointing due to infrequent attention from our server (about every 15 minutes) and incredibly slow kitchen ( nearly 1 hour for meals to appear). The interior tables were not full, but the outdoor tables seem to have proliferated from previous years so I wonder if they have insufficient staff to serve the tables and prepare the food. When I complained to the server I got a smart assed response ( she thought she was being a comedian) and then said "trouble in the kitchen".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Brunch
    shan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This place was perfect for a Father's Day brunch. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the food was great, and the ambience was very open and airy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Light Horse
    MellsVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Service was impeccable as always. Had the Prime Ribeye from the regular menu. My dining companion had the 28 Day Aged Prime Rib and the taste difference was incredible. Cocktails and wine were great. Tried the Coconut Cake wrapped in chocolate with a scoop of blood orange gelato and was amazed. Fantastic experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Loved our experience here...skirt steak, beet salad, rib eye steak, French Onion...fantastic and nicely prepared. Service with Alexadra was the very best-can't say enough about her skill and professionism.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spring menu additions are great!
    CharleyE
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We came on a really stormy night and the place was still packed, which shows how good it is. We tried the new rare tuna app, which was fresh and light. The duck was a huge portion, and absolutely delicious! We also had the app special that night which was a flatbread with house made hummus, grapes,and smoked mozzarella, which we loved. My friend couldn't stop drooling over her filet special with lentils and yoghurt. Drinks were well made as usual and the server was kind and attentive. It is hard to find fault with this place. I definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 353 reviews are from the Light Horse Tavern reviews archive.
  • Food was excellent
    Leli
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Food was amazing, everything we tried was good. The baked meatloaf is an absolute hit. Extensive bar menu. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unpretentious American
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Light Horse Tavern offered a good logistical solution to our group's recent dinner plans: we were convening in Jersey City from different directions, and the restaurant was an easy walk from Exchange Place and seemed to have a diverse and interesting menu. But the restaurant went beyond expectations, from the staff's friendly, no-worries demeanor when we called to tell them we were delayed by bad-weather traffic to the freshly conceived yet accessible and familiar menu offerings to the charming and unpretentious historic atmosphere. It was hard to choose from many appealing options; our selections included comfort-food meatloaf and ocean trout, both excellent and very satisfying; our whole group was pleased. Desserts were worth the splurge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    AteamMom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Light Horse Tavern is one of my favorite restaurants. I come whenever I can and have recommended it several times. It is a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful neighborhood. Food is great, and the service is efficient and friendly. I always look forward to coming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Improves with age
    Horse4light
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Been living in the area for a decade. When a lot of places come and go Lighthorse only gets better. Will always recommend it first on my list of local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food uneven service
    AmaroneMontrachet
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Made reservation for 2 a week in advance, and arrived on time. Hostess showed us to our table. Then for 20 minutes nothing happened. Flagged down a bus boy and asked him to find a waiter or waitress. Waitress showed up 5 minutes later and apologized, she was not aware we were seated. Took our orders. She came back 10 minutes later and said she was off for the rest of the night and said another waiter , Nick, would handle the rest of our meal. Nick provided very attentive professional service for the rest of the meal. Food was good, beer, wine and spirit list extensive. The back of the house seems to be doing it job, the front of the house was flailing around.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another pleasant experience
    AndyD
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We always enjoy our meals here. This time we decided to try the Saturday brunch. The level of service has improved to outstanding. The meals are always good. Bloody Mary was really spicy! The Lobster BLT especially delicious. BBQ beef a little too sweet for my taste. The oysters and salad were a great way to start the meal.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ,personnal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely brunch
    mimi
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable
    Ratitou
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Recommendation
    OutofTownerVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place....never disappoints.
    PFMJC
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Great place....never disappoints. Owner Ron Smith is a true gentleman.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate