The White Horse Tavern
The White Horse Tavern

The White Horse Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.whitehorsenewport.com/
  • Phone: 4018493600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Silvia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or just a night out with friends we have 3 private dining rooms that can accommodate 4-75 guests. Your guests will enjoy a specially prepared meal by our renowned chef, Rich Silvia. Our expert staff can assist in customizing your dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Amber Fraleigh 4018493600x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Farewell St
  • Public Transit: The White Horse Tavern is a quarter mile up Marlborough Street from the Newport Gateway and Visitors Center.

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary on-site parking available. On-street parking. Several private parking lots in immediate area.

A word from The White Horse Tavern
America's oldest tavern. National Historic Register structure. originally built in 1652 the property was converted to a tavern in 1673. Meticulously restored colonial rooms with wide plank floor and beamed ceilings offer candlelight dining by open fireplaces. Elegant yet casual dining of contemporary American cuisine. Voted most romantic restaurant in Rhode Island. Famous tavern room (bar) with fireplace. Unique. Romantic. Fun.

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The White Horse Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (85)romantic (73)fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (52)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (19)good for groups (17)great for brunch (16)great for outdoor dining (13)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Lovely dinner
    RobtheDiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had a lovely dinner. The service and dinner were excelent. The only problem was it was difficult to read the menu in the low lighting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super Place
    tjjeVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The White Horse Tavern is a must when visiting Newport. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably will not return
    xxxx
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    + Food was excellent... All selections explained with pride by the server + Historic setting - Lighting was very dark...; - Tables were cramped...2nd floor seating area had an odd odor. Somewhat unpleasant...l - Server was courteous...but service delivery was painfully slow
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very good dining experience
    BobT
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our family (4 adults) went here to celebrate my daughter's birthday. There are a modest number of selections on the menu. Everything we ordered was delicious and nicely presented. Our waitress was excellent and very attentive to our needs. She even put a candle on my daughters molten chocolate desert cake. I would recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Treat
    Chris
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been going to the White Horse Tavern for dinner on and off over the past 30 years and it never fails to meet or exceed my expectations. The wine choice is excellent as are the meat dishes, with the Beef Wellington being my favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WhiteHorse Inn
    FoodMaven
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Out appetite for both ambience and great food was well satisfied here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal & great service.
    CPGburyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The farm to table options were terrific. Our entrees - one beef and one chicken were outstanding. Kudos to the chef. In addition, the service was great and the venue charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C & N
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Simple, fresh, healthy food prepared very well and with a creative twist. Wait staff a bit immature lacking knowledge of foods served but attentive and pleasant. Surroundings quiet, quaint, and very clean . It was a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't leave RI without dinner here
    SueSRD
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The White Horse Tavern has maintained its reputation in Newport for a reason. It has a charming, elegant, relaxed atmosphere and some of the best food in New England. The service was wonderful and the wine list is extensive, with a price range for every diner. I highly recommend it and would go back there in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off the beaten path in Newport
    Amyl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant is located in a historical building away from the harbor. The food was delicious but the service was only okay. We had to ask what the specials were and also the fish of the day. For the prices charged, I think the service could have been better. Overall we had a nice evening but management should better train the staff to the level of the food served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining here makes any night special
    PixieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The historic White Horse tavern is authentic colonial ambiance with an excellent, tho not extensive menu. Whenever I come here I have the excellent beef Wellington- a dish you don't see on many menus anymore. It's a little pricey but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Borderline1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our lunches (Had to go back) were spoiled somewhat when waiter demanded my Wife remove her hat for our meals. Very poor etiguette and for my lifetime, have never been so insulted, publicly. So vulgar a request, that he may as well have asked her to remove her dress. We almost walked out. We found it was not the Waiter's idea, but the OWNER'S POLICY! Hat's off---- to the Waiter and the Chef for their respect and professionalism to save the day for the reputation of a truly incredible restaurant in all other ways.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seemed a bit off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We ate at White Horse several years ago for our anniversary and it was fantastic, but something has changed. My wife ordered for her steak medium rare and it came out well done. We've never sent food back but decided to this time. When the second steak arrived it was very rare. The table to our right also sent food back, and the waiter was apologizing to the couple on our left for some reason I could not overhear. Not sure what is going on, perhaps just a bad night. My wife did note that it was "burger" night with respect to the special of the day... I hesitate to judge, perhaps they are wonderful burgers, but we didn't get dressed up to eat at a 400 year old establishment for burgers. I had the tuna, small portion for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Continues to be a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We are locals and enjoy bringing friends and guests to White Horse Tavern. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, the colonial atmosphere is unique. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old Tavern
    TomC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had Lunch --- their creative treatment of "standard" fair makes it special and noteworthy. This Old Historic tavern has appeal because of its place on the National Register but in order to maintain itself as a noteworthy destination they must and DO prepare present and serve excellent food offerings --- we're not talking gourmet - we're talking creative and well executed ! --- the staff is helpful friendly and attentive and I would recommend the White Horse to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok. Service not that much.
    Ororoina
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was not so careful; the set is old and nice; noise level quite high (mostly due to our table neighbours). Food not gret but ok
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible and terribly disappointing
    Pickyhubby
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was so embarrassed to have people visit from out of town and have a such a bad meal. All the entrees came to the table luke warm and were barely mediocre even after they were reheated. I had never had a bad creme brûlée in my life, yet they managed to mess that up as well - forgot the vanilla - tasted like whipped cream inside. The building is very historic and pretty but it seems like that's all they have going for them, and they take advantage of it rather than creating an appropriate menu. Total disappointment - would not recommend it to anyone!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere
    MaryCarol
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We wanted to eat here because of the historical background of this establishment. We enjoyed our dinner, and the service was very good. We ate inside, but there is outdoor patio dinning also. Nice small bar, and I wish we could have gone early to sit and have a drink there before being seated for dinner. One tip, on open table, we were only offered two times to dine, but I called the restaurant later, to ask if we could change the time, and they were very accommodating. So if the time you want is not offered, contact the restaurant directly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't change a thing
    bwk621
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lots of character in this centuries old tavern. Lobster bisque was very flavorful. Could have been a few degrees hotter for my taste but was quite good nonetheless. The rare ahi tuna entree was perfect and balanced well with the julienne squash & zucchini in a light lemony dressing. Wife had the striped bass and reported that it was delicious. The desserts were sinful. The silk cake, butterscotch bread pudding and the cheesecake rolls were shared among all and we couldn't pick a winner. 3 way tie for first. Service was excellent. Everyone made us feel welcome and seemed genuinely glad that we chose to dine with them. Will most certainly return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary
    donnadee
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a wonderful romantic dinner celebrating our anniversary. we plan on going back to celebrate my birthday in the fall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trading on the past
    Newbie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As oldest tavern in US, certainly has historical significance and reputation. Wasn't full of patrons, but waited 20 minutes for refill of coffee and water at Sunday brunch. Overall, service was not up to standard of price of meal and reputation. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • White Horse Tavern
    Sheila
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had not been to White Horse Tavern in quite a few years. Everything from the service to the food was excellent Menu had just enough choices and everything was fresh and delicious. Beautiful old tavern!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rushhaus
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For being theoldest Tavern in the US (1672) it did little to inform or permote this. The wait staff (bar maid most noticable knew next to nothing about the history of this old gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • continued excellence
    BerylVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our return visit after a lot of years away from Newport was nothing short of fabulous! Food, service, and ambience were all outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful experience in historic setting with excellent food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Amazing
    TeacherDetective
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    To be honest, we went to the Tavern because of its historical significance - not thinking much about the potential food experience. However, we left all agreeing that it was one of the best meals we had ever eaten! Our appetizers were good - I would have liked a bit more seasoning for my Rhode Island mushrooms, but my husband's clam chowder and daughter's shrimp were excellent. The star, though, was the butter poached lobster! So amazing! I could have licked my plate for every drop of goodness. The chicken breast seemed equally tasty. Desserts were sinfully superb - bread pudding was especially well prepared and luscious. Overall, we felt we were given a modern food experience with careful attendance by the staff. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • White Horse Tavern August 2014
    Localnewporter123
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I am a local who took a guest around town for a week and not only was the beef Wellington and rib eye cooked to perfect, our waitstaff was courteous and right on top of our needs. My guest (and even myself) think this was our favorite part of our trip. The food and drinks were phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2doWIneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent meal here while visiting Newport this summer. Ask for a room in the rear for private dining for 4 or more people. We had a delicious meal, beautifully presented and efficient service. Highly recommend when visiting Newport. Not inexpensive but well worth the price. We will be returning when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks, Pepto Bismal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband ordered the pork dish. He said it was so tough that it was unedible. This was after a 35 minute wait to get our food, so he didn't want to get something else. Laster that night he had an upset stomach which may or may not have been related to the pork. They compted our dessert.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 stars
    LeighCooper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I took some friends to this restaurant who were in from out of town. Everyone enjoyed dinner. The wine list was great and the desserts were fantastic. We're all excited to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The White Horse Tavern
    atopic
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Definitely a special dining experience. Our first visit several years ago was on Thanksgiving Day, and we still remember it as the best Thanksgiving meal we ever had. Our second visit lived up to the first: high quality ingredients, preparation and service. Plus, it offers a unique trip back in time, as one of the oldest taverns in America!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • White Horse always a good pick
    STEVEANDD
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    For some reason we usually go to WHT in the winter but we checked out the summer menu and decided to give it a go. We were not disappointed. My husband had the pan seared scallops and I had the statler chicken. Both dishes were fantastic. And John the bartender was fabulous. Glad we went!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fish
    jcbohnVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had swordfish and scallops - both very well prepared. Excellent staff, unobtrusive service, quiet so you could actually hold a conversation. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back in time...
    Louis
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A must while in Newport, away from the peers, quiet area, very old house that make you feels living an historical moment... Great service, good recommendations and charming. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance to spare
    nicknamenicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was good and the ambiance was superb. Dimly lit and quiet, the place fairly reals of history.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Leisurely meal or inattentive?
    Disappointing
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I'll paraphrase the great adman David Ogilvy's advice on keeping clients happy: Pretend that each dinner is the only pebble on your beach. Second consecutive disappointing meal. The food is certainly good (not great), but the waitstaff isn't up to the task. To charge as much as they do, they need to pay more attention to their diners. There are too many other really good choices in Newport. And it's probably just me, but could diners please dress up just a little? And keep their elbows off the table? Please treat a meal at the White Horse Tavern as a special event.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Really the only issue we had was that it was soooooo quiet. We felt like we had to whisper. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    cell
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a fantastic time, the food, and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Ramsay Go Home
    Yadlig
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chef Ramsay will find nothing to do in this establishment. I guess that's why they are the oldest dining spot in the USA(since 1672)!! If your in Newport RI, Don't Miss out o one of the best ever dining experiences!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wonderful experience! Great food! Cannot wait to return so many more thing I'd love to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.