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
32 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (12)notable wine list (8)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (4)romantic (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • What a treasure! I had been
    MichaelBVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    What a treasure! I had been by this place dozens of times and I had never even thought about going in until I saw its menu on the 2013 Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week website. Wow -- excellent service & food, and a recent interior decor change to give it more of an early-American tavern ambiance (in line with its namesake, Harry "Light Horse" Lee). Also, there's a very good selection of draft beers, wines, & creative cocktails. My wife & I can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My New Favorite place in Old Town
    dawn
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    My second visit, and as 'promised' in my first review, I had the scallops tonight. Incredible! I am so glad I found this restaurant, I will be a frequent diner. Everything is fresh, extremely well thought out, beautifully and lovingly prepared by the chef. Everyone should be coming here!
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  • Average overall but entrees great!
    watsonmp
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Dinner for Restaurant Wk. Server greeted us promptly--didnt come back for long time to take drink/dinner order. Prix fixe pricing no great deal. We realized later that price for hubbie's 3-course steak meal ($35 plus $5 upcharge for steak) including soup and dessert, was HIGHER than if he'd ordered using the menu prices. So, our overall impression was deflated by this reality. The beet salad was very good as was posole-inspired chicken soup. My scallops were nicely seared but beet puree and pasrnip puree seemed like baby food underneath the scallops--I needed more texture. My husband's steak and brussel sprouts were delicious. Our daughter enjoyed her burger & fries off pub menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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  • Dined week night during Alexandria
    OysterLoverVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Dined week night during Alexandria Restaurant Week 2013, and was happy to see that the frigid January weather didn't deter customers. (Interesting Old Town Trend: a majority of tables were populated by groups of female friends enjoying Girls Night.) My date and I shared the Prix Fixe menu and LOVED IT ALL! Small Plates: Pan Seared Chicken Livers (verjus, applewood smoked bacon, crispy onions) perfectly pink at center; and Fried Dragon Creek Oysters (Horseradish cream, bacon jam & crispy banana peppers). Entrees: Pan Seared Dragon Creek Sea Scallops (parsnip puree, bacon jam, braised greens, celery relish) and East Coast Cioppino (PEI Mussels, littleneck clams, scallops & grilled fish filet in tomato-fennel sauce). Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Great food and ambiance. This was my first visit and had a great time. Servers were very attentive!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, low key King Street option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    A pleasant surprise: went on a quiet Sunday night. On the outside this looks like yet another bar food focused beer and burger joint. But the downstairs restaurant serves real food - from an interesting menu that combines regional flavors and some off beat pairings. Prices reasonable (for the area); especially with their early in the week wine deal that gives sliding scale discounts - starting at 30% - off of bottles, based on the day of the week you are dining. Atmosphere a bit barren - but perhaps improves when there are more people in the joint. Waitstaff friendly, attentive and well informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening after a slow start
    Davanden
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    My wife and I went to Light Horse on Inauguration Day, during Alexandria Restaurant Week. We had an early evening reservation, but there was only one other table in use when we arrived. Their restaurant week offering was unusual, in that we could choose any appetizer and entree from the regular menu. The beer list is quite extensive, both for bottles and draft. Our one flaw in the evening was that the waitress gave us our menus and then disappeared. We made our choices and sat drumming our fingers while we waited for someone to notice us. We finally flagged down the hostess and told her we were ready to order. After that, the service was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise in Old Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Had walked by this establishment many times, but always thought it was more of a bar than restaurant. I was more than pleasantly surprised at the food. We tried for the first time during restaurant week, and all three courses were excellent. Our party of 5 tried the scallop, cioppino, beef and pork entrees, and not a complaint among them. Figs wrapped in bacon for appetizer were a table favorite. If I had one complaint it was that there is no separation between the entrance and the front of the restaurant--it was a chilly evening and the steady stream of patrons coming and going led to constant cold drafts. But that's easily remedied by asking for a table by the back. I'd absolutely eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall we enjoyed The Light
    modrocker
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Overall we enjoyed The Light Horse. The food was good and our waitress was knowledgeable, personable, and as prompt as she could be. They had no problems accommodating my sister who has special dietary needs which was appreciated. We enjoyed the fried oysters, the brisket, and the Amish Chicken but the pork tenderloin was overcooked. The downsides were: the cold air from the door kept blasting us as more and more people filed in for the bar area. They must have very good sound insulation because we could not hear the bar noise at all which was a plus. Also, I arrived after my party had been seated and was not greeted by the surly girl at the greeters desk which defeats the purpose of having a greeter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My pappardelle was delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    My pappardelle was delicious, and actually seemed relatively healthy with the cheese sauce on the side (it had so much flavor, it didn't need the cheese). My husband's skirt steak was also delicious and perfectly cooked. I didn't taste my cousin's brisket but he really liked it. The service was a little curt. Our server would simply leave if she thought we were taking too long to decide on something. She was either rushed or slightly rude, I couldn't tell. I was also surprised we didn't get any bread. But I can't complain because the entrees really were delicious.
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  • The Light Horse never fails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    The Light Horse never fails to please. Great food with a seasonally changing menu. Excellent service and a nice environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Lighthorse is a fantastic
    WineauxInAlexandriaVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Lighthorse is a fantastic restaurant. Great menu, great food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The food was good, and we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food was good, and we can't complain about the service; I recommend this eatery.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The Light Horse offers some very interesting fare that is expertly perpared. All of the dishes that we had were excellent with both the flavor and presentation. They also have a very exetensive offering of wine, cocktails and beer. There is a bar upstairs for after dinner fun if desired.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had dinner on New Year's eve.
    Trish
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Had dinner on New Year's eve. Cozy feel with good service!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my first visit, i enjoyed
    dawn
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    my first visit, i enjoyed the crabcakes, a wonderful meal. i also saw the scallops dish and will try that on my next visit. looking forward to returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I looked at every restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    I looked at every restaurant on King Street and the Light Horse had the most appealing dinner menu (we ate downstairs in the restaurant part, not the upstairs bar area). One thing I love is that you can order their wonderful side dishes as appetizers - the shallot bread pudding and the crisp brussels sprouts are a must. I would go 50 miles out of my way for the black pepper pappardelle with mushrooms and kale, and my husband was crazy about the beef brisket. Another time my sister and I had a completely vegetarian meal, which was entirely delicious. Fair wine prices and a fine beer selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food here was fine - basic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    The food here was fine - basic and yummy, the servers were nice, but the ambiance was bizarre. It was something like a diner with circle shaped mirrors on the wall and other circle themed elements. I'm not sure what any of that had to do with the name Lighthorse. Table clothes would have helped and would have been appropriate for the price ranges on the menu.
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  • Excellent food,servers need upgrade
    openwaterVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Excellent food, exceptional wine list. The servers need training on upscale dining--kept rushing our order and dropping by to ask how we were doing. A bit over the top; reminded me of an Olive Garden server. Also, the front desk clerk could upgrade her attire and be more friendly. Old jeans and boots are not befitting of a hostes.
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  • Very Tight Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Big mistake on my part... Having a date night with my wife for the first time in two-months, I looked over some reviews and chose the Light Horse. We were crammed in between other couples so tightly their conversations dominated ours. I ordered an appetizer and drinks, we paid and left as quickly as we could. I had learned all I needed about the couple on my right. We probably won't go back. The menu and the reviews met the mark, but the experience definitely didn't.
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  • The Non-pub pub?
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    Was very surprised that this restaurant with a pub-like atmosphere had such an interesting and tasty menu, not settling for the standard pub fare. Bravo! Butternut squash soup with roasted apples and pumpkinseed oil: delicious. Skirt steak with crispy brussel sprouts: equally good. Pork loin with bread pudding: too much food! And the "pudding" was more of a bland stuffing. We liked it and will definitely return.
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  • Tried this restaurant in Old
    SanFranVisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    Tried this restaurant in Old Town for Sunday brunch with people from out of town. There was a large, very loud party close by, which was annoying. The acoustics at The Light Horse are not good. The food was average; there are other better restaurants in Old Town, I'm sorry to say.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The lights were too bright
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The lights were too bright and having the food network on the tv was very distracting, but the food was amazing and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Could be better.
    thehappydiner
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We were a party of 8 and had a nice table and on time seating. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating, as was the rest of the staff. Most of us had good but not above average dinners. Two people ordered the brisket, though, which was tough and not even chewable. One said they had to swallow pieces whole, and I don't know why they didn't send it back and get something else. I imagine the chef would have been amenable. In sum, most of us wouldn't go back. For the price range there are better options.
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  • Food is very good, ambience
    BetzabroadVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Food is very good, ambience is good, decor needs updating, and wait staff needs a tad more training. Please add something new to the menu... So we will want to return often...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious...some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Food was delicious...some great new ideas on preparation. We enjoyed one of the booths which gives you more privacy and the chance to catch up with each other. Our server Maggie was Awesome! Wine list very good and staff knowledgeable about the selections.Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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  • Thursday night
    WestOG
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    We went for our anniversary and it was lovely. A very fun atmosphere with large tables that would make groups comfortable. The bar upstairs sounded like a great time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot in Old Town. Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Great spot in Old Town. Creative menu and quality "Bar Food" available in the main dinning room downstairs. Dinning room is cozy and not too loud. Service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • a rather disappointing spot
    DJHorkVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2012
    a rather disappointing spot of a restaurant food. Probably a good bar and beer, but just some ordinary to poor bar food at high quality restaurant prices.
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  • Our third time dining here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Our third time dining here this summer and the quality of food and service continues to be excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new chef, perhaps?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    We first tried the Light Horse about a year ago and loved it. It became our regular neighborhood spot - especially since the staff is very accomodating to families with young children. We don't know what has changed in the last few months, but the last 2 times we ate there, the food was VERY AVERAGE. Did they get a new chef? Also, last weekend, we waited for nearly 30 minutes for our food. It took forever! Did they get a new manager? The service has always been great, and while the menu is essentially the same, the food isn't as good as it used to be...we are disappointed because we really like this place!
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    kid-friendly
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  • Waitress very attentive, food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Waitress very attentive, food was tasty. My dining companions considered the sauce on the Mussels appetizer and the Cioppino entre to be a bit too salty, i didn't notice an issue personally. The scallops were great!
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  • Really excellent food--unusual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Really excellent food--unusual and well presented. Would not have expected anything as good at this relatively low price point.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    First time visit to a restaurant we've walked past for three years. Glad we tried it. The atmosphere is casual and sleek, very clean. Service is friendly and prompt. We visited on a Wednesday evening and it was busy but not full. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The staff was very accommodating.
    Marie
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    The staff was very accommodating. Mussels and scallops were excellent as was the sorbet desert. 50% off on a bottle of wine was great. We'd come back. Our server was excellent. When we wondered aloud about what one desert was, she heard us and looked it up in the kitchen. She then returned to inform us. She also came back after the wine was delivered ad asked whether we liked it. That's a first for any restaurant I've ever been in.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • The restaurant has a confused
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    The restaurant has a confused identity (not for a special occasion, not casual). Also, the restaurant has a very quiet atmosphere (not for a fun Saturday night). There are certain food dishes that were outstanding and some that were not very memorable at all. Their seafood and vegetables were outstanding and very fresh! Having said that, the service is lackluster and the tables are extremely uncomfortable (the tables are much lower than the benches which makes it very uncomfortable to eat). The food was a high point but the ambiance is not at all enjoyable.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was excited when I saw the
    hungryinnova
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    I was excited when I saw the menu, but the food itself wasn't that great. Definitely overpriced and overrated. The appetizers were decent. I had the scallops and there was was too much gazpacho on the plate, which was very 1 note. The crab salad didn't taste like crab at all and was served on a soggy baguette. They were nice enough to let us include sides in the restaurant week deal in place of desserts. The sides were decent as well.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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  • The food at this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    The food at this restaurant is so incredible! We started with the crab & marscapone fritters and the bacon-wrapped, goat cheese-stuffed dates - delicious! Highly recommend the duck with the faro salad, and the crispy brussels sprouts! The waitress was quick and friendly. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • My wife and I had been meaning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    My wife and I had been meaning to check out The Light Horse and we stopped in for dinner during Restaurant Week. It exceeded our expectations. The menu was limited, but had still excellent variety. My wife and I had different dishes and everything was very good. I had the cippolini which was excellent. On our way out we noticed that they have wine discounts throughout the week. We will definitely be back.
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  • Food was excellent, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Food was excellent, service attentive. The dining area is on the noisy side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate