Five Horses Tavern - Davis Square

4.6
551 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Five Horses Tavern is conveniently located in Davis Square, walking distance of the Red Line, Somerville Theater, Tufts University, Davis Square Theater and Porter Square.

Our mission is to serve modern American comfort food, incorporating locally sourced ingredients, with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Our friendly staff will make a memorable experience whether you join us for lunch, dinner or our highly acclaimed weekend brunch.

We are a fantastic venue for hosting large groups and intimate dinners. Our Bar offers a wide variety of craft beers from around the world, boasting 37 draft beers, 120 bottles, signature cocktails and a thoughtfully selected wine list.

Join us on the patio or saddle up to the bar and admire our selection of over 150 bourbons and whiskies from around the globe.

Reservations are recommended, however walk-ins are always welcome!
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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The shakshuka is delicious! Lots of interesting things on the menu. The loaded tater tots (special) were a disappointment though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was pretty good but one out of 3 meal was served cold not hot at all. The waitress did not refill our drinks at all. But the food despite being cold was still good. The corn bread appetizer was amazing.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Friendly staff and ambience. Has the feeling of a neighborhood pub with plenty of beer varieties and good grub.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This place is honestly a hit or miss every time. They have some good items on the menu but others are really bad and not worth the money. Overall this place is very overpriced for what you get. A rather sad salad with rock-hard chickpeas and chicken for $18 - absolutely ridiculous. Someone in my party got a chicken sandwich which was also quite bad (stale bread and not too flavorful chicken). The drinks were okay, a few were tasty like the mai tai and some were not strong enough and rather foul tasting like the bourbon cocktail and the spicy margarita. Honestly, there are many better options in Davis Square and I won’t be returning here, at least not for dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were given a wonderful private table for our 12 person reservation. The food was delicious. And the service was fast and friendly!

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great beer selection and he food was fantastic! We went for dinner before a show and returned after the show for a few more drinks and snacks! I ordered to fried chicken dinner and it was awesome. Replaced the mashed potatoes with a side of roasted veggies, glad I did. The roasted veggies were delicious and unlike any other veggie side dish I’ve had.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Good food and service, but sooo LOUD! Impossible to carry on a conversation.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We wanted to like this place, saw it had many good reviews, but we found it to be just too loud (not fun-loud, just loud) and the food was only okay. Service was fine, nothing exceptional. The draft beer list is amazing and that seems to be the main attraction. I’m sincerely confused as to why this gets top reviews as we had a very mediocre (but still pricey) meal which no one ate much of and we were all happy to leave.

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five Horses has a great drink selection, an excellent brunch, and a menu that provides options for non-meat eaters and meat eaters alike.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and nice gluten free options (Just make sure to check with server in regards to allergies because they cross contaminate unless you specify that cross contamination is not okay). The tables were very close together but overall, it was a great experience.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place, but can get a little noisy making it hard to hear people talking at your own table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The tavern isn't terrible, it's just the food is very subpar for the pricing. Extensive drink menu which is solid, but I've been twice and ordered different items to test around the menu, all of it is pretty bland, except the tacos which were primarily just spicy but not really flavorful. I will say the honey butter cornbread is the best thing on the menu, which also kind of sad when you think about it lol. It's conveniently placed and the ambience is fine, but won't be going back for a meal.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selections with fresh ingredients. Excellent service and atmosphere. Loved it!

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch option in Davis Square - yummy food, lively but not too hectic, and delicious morning cocktails.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went out for a girls night on a tuesday. It was pretty quiet but very nice we were able to talk and had a great time. Service was wonderful and the food was great. Definitely coming back.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Great service, food, and vibe! Pizza was yummy, as were the tacos.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. I ordered a lot of tacos, which were very good. The 4 stars would have been 5 but I got served a fish taco, and I have seafood allergies. The waitress was very apologetic and had my order fixed very quickly. It was a little on the loud side. We were very impressed with the beer selection. The brunch there is very good also.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My cousins and I try to get together once a month and we were very happy with the service and the food!

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FH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The vegan and vegetarian options are a thrill here, especially since they don't make a big deal about them. Good location, friendly and busy ambiance, interesting beer list -- all good. (The noise level was indeed high for my 57-year-old ears; maybe not the place to go for a large group gathering.) Nothing about this place is extraordinary, but everything is good and it all adds up to a great stop after work or before a movie.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place to dine.

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EK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it at five horses all of the girls in the family go to brunch on Saturdays there, the wait staff is amazing very inviting and on top of everything for you. Can’t get any better!

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j
New England
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a regular go-to place for us. excellent service, love the food and beer menus!

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GM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We arrived early and seated straight way. Unfortunately this was in the lower part by the front window, host desk and front door.
If can be very breezy there on o winter evening in February and I should have asked to move. Lesson learned. I also seemed to be in the sweet spot for the 'music' playing from a directional speaker, which made conversation difficult. Service and food was adequate for the price. I just wished I'd moved table from the isolated and definitely cold entry way.

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good beer and drinks selection, food was fun, noise was way too much. Service was great.

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NJ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were in Davis Square for the Sci Fi Film Festival on the evening we went to Five Horses. First off, parking was easy in the Rite Aid lot. We could walk to the theater, too. The restaurant is lively, even at 5:30 on a Saturday. Service was good. The Gluten free options were good and the server seemed to know the menu very well. I had the Pulled Pork and Grits which was very flavorful and something I haven’t had in a long time. My husband enjoyed the Fried Chicken. And although we were easily the oldest people in the restaurant, we enjoyed our dinner and would return when in the area.

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JQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Way too noisy. Impossible to talk to each other. We liked the food a lot, but won’t be back.

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MM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun for a casual date night. The Ox tail chili was bomb!

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DM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there. A couple of our older Davis Square favorites had closed, so we did some looking around. Glad we did! The food was really delicious and the place was cozy (nice to be seated near the fireplace on a night like that one). Kind of noisy, but that's to be expected with a lively crowd.

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JB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food!

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EG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food that is a little funky and original

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MT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at Five Horses Tavern, very impressed with the beer selection and the food. They have the comfort food side covered, but they also have some nice healthy options. Liked the breadth of the menu on the drinks and the food side. It is noisy and a bit dark. Nice ambiance, but need to know those things.

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MI
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was awesome, the setting was nice, tater tots are amazing

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AB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I ordered the Tavern breakfast, and my eggs were cooked perfectly. I don't normally come here for brunch, but I enjoy it when I do! Came with a couple friends, and discovered one of my guests went to the wrong Five Horses location. The server was extremely friendly, and was accommodating for ordering for our guest. She also was prompt with refilling our coffee, and was extremely apologetic when she informed us about issues with our orders.

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M
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for mid-Saturday brunch and their food was reliable as always. Seating for a group of five ended up being a chair added to normal 4-seat, high-top table near the front window instead of in the warmer booth and low table area. Most of us kept our coats on to ward off the chill. It'd be nice for OpenTable to distinguish the seating options here, so people could better choose which area they ended up in.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Loved the mimosa flight. The vegan burger and tater tots were delicious!

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LP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with friends. Staff were accommodating and friendly. Food was tasty. Will be going back soon

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K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped here for dinner after shopping in Somerville. Great find and great service, very friendly and accommodating to our needs. Brought kids 11 and 12. They loved the chicken cutlets (which they split since plate was enormous : ) They serve tater tots rather than french fries which were the best tater tots that we've all ever had!! Salmon dinner and veggie burger were delicious also...
Look forward to eating there again!

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B
New England
58 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Just so dreadfully bland and lifeless. I’m pretty sure my salmon was deep fried. When I asked if I could have my side alone with out the other accoutrements I was told they were all combined. Um, what? It says “Carrots” as it’s a side dish not like it all
Mixed in with my dish? Is this earth?

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D
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for new years eve - easy to make a reservation and good food!

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KK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere, nice beer selection and good food, go.

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