Five Horses Tavern - Davis Square

4.6
565 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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New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

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New England
71 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

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

great brunch and awesome bloodies

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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.

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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 ☺️

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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.

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

Fun family experiences

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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

Meat was undercooked

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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.

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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
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.

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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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C
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
4 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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