Five Horses Tavern - Davis Square

4.6
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587 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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CN
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, tasty cocktails, excellent service and because we were celebrating our birthdays, our server brought out a dessert on the house which was a fun surprise! Will definitely go back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

All the food was delicious! Service was generally good. There was a bit too much time elapsed between the appetizer and the meal, but we weren't in a rush so it was all good - not the server's fault, prob just a busy Sat nite kitchen.

AW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very friendly and well-run restaurant. As a first-time guest, the menu looked great, but the food ended up being a disappointment.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was great, and the atmosphere was fun. Unfortunately, the food was just okay - which I was very surprised about! The cornbread was very thin, and for $10 that was disappointing. The fried chicken was juicy and the jalapeño cheddar mashed was good, but the pork belly in the mac and cheese was hard as a rock. My boyfriend got the duck burrito, and everything was overcooked, so we couldn’t even distinguish the duck from the pork belly. Great drink selection though, so would probably come back for drinks with friends and skip the food.

MT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet friends or take a date. Super beer selection with lots of great New England style IPAs on tap. Comfort food and healthy options.

DT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wide variety of beer on tap and bottle gets notice for Five Horses Tavern but the food is the real star. The tavern environment includes sidewalk first-come seating and comfortable inside tables, booths and bar seats. The burgers looked fantastic and comfort food can be defined by the excellence of the mac and cheese. The fried chicken is a heaping serving with jalapeno/cheese mashed potatoes and a generous portion of mac and cheese. This is the best fried chicken I've had in the US including many southern and quality restaurants from corner to corner including Alaska and Hawaii even. It's a matter of preference since there are many great places for fried chicken but this isn't to be missed. Service is remarkably attentive and efficient. I'm going back to try the ribs, burgers and other food - and maybe a few more of their beer varieties! The Five Horses Tavern is a great place to bring your hunger and thirst and leave refreshed in body and spirit. Enjoy!

C
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food service and atmosphere were great!!! Would highly recommend

c
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sunday early dinner. All three dishes were surprisingly delicious and, in my case, very healthy. Well done!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good but really expensive, would love to see brunch specials on cocktails or a combo deal

MK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess were very kind and held my table when my friend was 30’ late on a Friday night. We eat here about once per month and it’s consistently excellent. Thank you!

HM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was great. Had reservation through OpenTable and was seated with no issues. Food was great-had the steak. Cosmos was rightly made. So hard to find the right Cosmo but they nailed it!

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good bar food. Good service with just the right amount of contact with the wait staff, Great location to hang with friends.

GR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great music, and great vibes! Well done! Highly recommended!

NL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed everything except the music was too loud. Had to keep shouting to my friends in order to have a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a good time with my wife.

LR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch to celebrate a birthday! Friendly staff. Yummy and unique brunch items. Loved the option for a mimosa flight.

SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and with so many different offers, there was not a single repeat order with our party of 8 during brunch! I love that they serve Grady’s cold brew, it’s one of the best coffee I’ve had.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really awesome server and delicious brunch w fun drinks! 10/10 would go again

CC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Five Horses is a great place to catch up with friends, grab great food and drinks.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a delightful time at Five Horses. It was a bit too cold and there were gnats flying around the space because the windows were open. Apart from that, I enjoyed the experience. The food and drinks were reasonable priced and the ambiance was great a casual meal with friends.

BW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Brunch menu is fun and food and beverages are good. Friendly, attentive service. Not too loud. We especially appreciated the staff’s courtesy after we’d departed and someone in our party realized she’d lost her cell phone—we called the restaurant and they kindly looked for it. We’ll return!

S
New England
78 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service as always very attentive power bowl salad came with out avocado and when asked got two small pieces ! Which is unusual here ! The vegan burger excellent however no French fries got tater tot which is not the same Cucumber side dish not fresh may be left overs due to 4th of July holiday I still like to give it 4 star because I always like to come here for their fresh hot pita with white beans and their iggys bun , I hope the quality of food is better next time
I wish they had regular martini glass 🍸for straight up drinks I love the spicy margaritas straight up the small glass doesn’t hold much for the price

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great brunch and awesome bloodies

E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an excellent time splitting an appetizer and eating an entree. The food was good, the ambiance was nice, and the drinks were great. I would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They hosted my husbands big 4.0. Party and everything was perfect 🎉🥳🎂. Thank you ☺️

E
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Duck Burrito was good as usual. Food and prices were good. Would have received better rating if my reservation was really honored. I came on time for my reservation but was seated 15 minutes later. Defeats the purpose of booking early if we come and the table hasn't been prepared and we'd have to wait for other people to finish eating.

SC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

My last few visits, the food has been lacking and the cocktails are just okay. When Five Horses first opened, I remembered the food and drinks were fantastic, but in the last two years, food and drinks have gone downhill. Dinner on Saturday was just "meh" and finally the last straw. I will not be returning.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun family experiences

D
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that we ordered was fresh and delicious and the service was top notch. Fun atmosphere and one of the best margheritas I’ve ever had. I highly recommend it!

SF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid pub food at a Reasonable price. I wouldn’t cross town to go there but good neighborhood spot.

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved a table for five and loved the round table they had ready for us on the upper level, perfect for our daughter’s graduation celebration. Excellent service and fun atmosphere yet low key and fairly quiet noise level
Which we loved.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant, second time I have eaten there, fun menu options!

S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nicely eclectic bar food with some genuine gourmet touches. Everyone liked the brussels sprouts, the St. Louis ribs and the Chinese chicken wings, but the big hit of our table was the street corn pizza. (We added grilled chicken to ours.) There's good breadth and depth in the draft beer selection, with something for everyone. The wine list is modest but solid -- and decently priced. A festive, happy joint that was almost-but-not-quite-too noisy on the Memorial Day evening we were there.

RW
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Five Horses Tavern! Our daughter moved to Somerville last year and when we come to visit from NY we try and eat there as often as possible. Menu is unique, food is incredible, staff is friendly, and the beverage list is varied and extensive. Kudos and keep up the good work!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Meat was undercooked

C
New England
4 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.

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.

SM
New England
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.

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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