The Light Horse
The Light Horse

The Light Horse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thelighthorserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7035490533
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room: Monday-Thursday 5:00-9:30, Friday-Sunday 12:00-9:30

    Bar: Monday-Friday 4:00 PM-1:30 AM, Sat&Sun 12:00 PM-1:30 AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Adam Stein, Lor Kats
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs bar is amenable for your office or other party; buffet and bar facilities can accommodate up to 100 persons; downstairs restaurant can accommodate a similar party by special arrangements.
  • Private Party Contact: Dave Pressley 7035490533
  • Entertainment: This is the place to be in Old Town for live music! The Light Horse features nightly acts Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the upstairs bar ranging from DJs to Rock to Folk. Come check out your favorite local bands as well as some new bands we know you'll love!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Public Transit: King Street Metro/Alexandria Dash Bus stops directly in front of Restaurant!
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking on street; parking facilities on Pitt Street and Alfred Street, corner St. Asaph & Cameron Streets
A word from The Light Horse
Named after "Light Horse" Harry Lee, The Light Horse is ideally situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We offer locally-sourced, seasonal, contemporary American cuisine. Additionally, we feature affordable yet diverse wine and beer lists with samplings from all over the world.

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The Light Horse reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (7)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (4)romantic (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • This was our second visit
    CourtlandVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    This was our second visit to Bistro Europa having dined there on Valentine's Day, where they featured a special limited VD menu. This time, we ordered off the "normal" menu and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. Nice menu selections -- German, Italian, French and American cuisine. One of the few restaurants in this area to offer menu items such as Wiener Schnizel, spaetzle as well as Dover sole and veal lasagna. Lovely wine list -- lots of variety by the glass and by the bottle (and half bottle). They also offer an array of domestic and foreign beers. Nice ambience and "Old Europe" feel right in heart of Old Towne, Alexandria. As the Governator says, "We'll be back!"
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • excellent meal.. Had some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/1/2008
    excellent meal.. Had some new staff that was their first day. They were eager but inexperienced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant has excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The restaurant has excellent German food...was well presented and very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salad was inedible. Spinach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Salad was inedible. Spinach had tough, long stems; mangoes were unripe, crunchy. Dressing was inappropriate--too strong, and overpowered the sweet apples in the salad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    The food was great, and the wait staff were friendly. However, the retaurant's romantic ambiance was offset by the smells coming from the bar upstairs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great. The big
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    The food was great. The big turnoff was the decor. Room was very dark (brown rug and dark orange walls) and tables and charis out of date. Wait staff was great and respectful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had reservations for 5:00
    Donald
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    We had reservations for 5:00 but when we arrived at 5:00 it was not open, we waited for 10 minutes, but it was well worth it, excellent service, I will return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Appetizer of calamari was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    Appetizer of calamari was pretty bad. It tasted as if it had come from the local grocery store's frozen food section. My friend had chicken marsala and said the sauce tasted like gravy rather than true marsala sauce. On a positive note, I had the crab stuffed shrimp that were very tasty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant had a musty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    The restaurant had a musty smell probably coming from the old carpet. On the positive side, the mirrors make the place look very spacious.
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  • A great restaurant snuggled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    A great restaurant snuggled up in Alexandria's Old Town district. I was very impressed with the excellent service, from the maître d' to our server, to how soon we received our food. The omelette was excellent and the prices are very reasonable! I went there for lunch and was very impressed and will be returning in the near future. I think this French restaurant is a hidden gem, I wish more people knew about it, you will not be disappointed! I am going to start spreading the word!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Staff was very personable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Staff was very personable and accomadating, although our server usually worked upstairs and didn't know much. Menu had some different items, that you don't always see, so it was nice to try something different.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique restaurant with nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Unique restaurant with nice atmosphere and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • I went there for brunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    I went there for brunch. This place was awful. It took twenty minutes before a waieter even stopped by. The coffee didn't come until ten minutes after the food arrived and only after tracking down the waiter and reminding him. The food was literally swimming in oil. We complained twice to the waiter and he responded by walking away. The table next to us kept clapping every time we complained because they were experiencing the same thing. Now I understand why I was able to get a noon reservation on easter sunday.
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  • Overall the food was well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Overall the food was well prepared. However, due to the fact that this was a special holiday, the restaurant may not have been as prepared as it could have been since it appeared they did not have enough wait staff and customers had to ask for utensils and more coffee or water at long intervals between servings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a party of six and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    We had a party of six and my wife and I have eaten at Bistro Europa several times. Most of our meals were fine and my rack of lamb was tasty. My wife, however, said her sea bass was awful. I told her she should have sent it back, but she did not want everyone waiting for her. No one else complained. We live in Old Town and have lots of choices so we will probably not come back here for a while.
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