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Light Horse Tavern
Light Horse Tavern

Light Horse Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Staff extremely friendly and excellent food. The fact that it opens early and closes late is a significant attribute"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I've been here two times and will continue to come back, this place is amazing!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We always enjoy our meals here. Love the place. I recommend it highly."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Food was great. Better than lower Manhattan restaurants. Service is excellent. Will recommend."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My favorite spot in Paulus Hook section of Jersey City. Always a friendly place with consistently delicious fare."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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"."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food was amazing, everything we tried was good. The baked meatloaf is an absolute hit. Extensive bar menu. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great place....never disappoints. Owner Ron Smith is a true gentleman."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "A friend recommended this restaurant & we were pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious & the service was fantastic."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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