Five Horses Tavern - South End

4.4
440 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Five Horses Tavern is conveniently located on Columbus Avenue in Boston's
historic South End, walking distance of the Orange Line, Back Bay Station,
Symphony Hall, Northeastern University, Boston Medical Center and
Prudential Center.

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.

Our bar offers a wide variety of craft beers from around the world,
boasting 40 draft beers, 60 bottles, signature cocktails and a thoughtfully
selected wine list. Guests can enjoy dinning on one of the largest patios
in the South End.
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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five horses always delivers!

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TC
New England
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local Tavern! Awesome food and beer choices. Great place all around!

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JA
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to a NEU Men’s hockey game and met up for a bite to eat before the game. Great location, good food, good beverages and easy walk to Northeastern.

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A
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is a bit overpriced, in my opinion, but the cornbread is delicious and the service was great!

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WF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Very attentive, great food, lovely atmosphere! Will be back!

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small and cozy, very good food, decent beer selection. Were there on a Monday, but it must get crowded on weekends. May make sense to get a rez.

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PV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was flavorful and the portions are ridiculously large.

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AE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great, drinks work great. Service here is fine during the meal, but it took a good 40 minutes to be able to get the check. Would appreciate more frequent check-ins from the server, especially when it’s clear no one is still eating.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Definitely hit up the Bloody Mary but they really ought to figure out a better way to handle the amount of ice in the pitcher.

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CW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Average, average, average. If a restaurant serves a $14 burger that is better than what I would make at home, it gets my vote. Average burger at too high a price loses my vote every time. Good, pleasant service doesn’t overcome average food, especially at a tavern/pub where burger should, IMO, be the best item on the menu.

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D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always Seem to Enjoy Five Horses
Three of us had lunch at Five Horses to celebrate a birthday. This place always seems crowed, so I recommend you make reservations. I did on Open Table. We were sat at a nice table by a window. Started with the K-Town wings and a bowl of tater tots (which they are known for). Both delicious. The birthday boy enjoyed the chicken tenders while the other two enjoyed the tuna tacos. They were OK....but would have preferred a hard taco shell. We ended with the birthday boy enjoying two Blackbottom cupcakes. The service was great and the food great. The drinks also very good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch here was excellent! My partner got the Old Dirty Benny and it was amazing. I had gotten the Southend Sunrise - a breakfast pizza with eggs and prosciutto which was also excellent. May be my new favorite Boston brunch spot!

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

Went there on Saturday night. Ordered a dirty martini, it came with a twist. I told our service that it was incorrect and that it should have been dirty. He took the drink, came back with the same lemon peel and an olive in the drink...so I had a lemon dirty martini. We ordered two salads, hangar steak, and a burger for me. I asked for no mayo and wasn’t hopeful that it would come without it. My guess was correct, mayo on the bun. My burger was cold, not hot, not room temperature, but cold!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent beer list with many local options. The food was also fantastic. We ordered a pretzel appetizer which was hot and delicious, accompanied by a spicy mustard and a cold cheese dip, which was different but welcomed. I ordered mac and cheese with bacon and jalapeños. The size of the dish was not overwhelming, but appropriate. The service was fine, although our waiter may have changed halfway through (maybe due to a shift change?) but we were not notified and our new waiter didn’t identify himself as such. Regardless, everything was delivered accurately and in a timely manner. Prices seem aligned with similar venues in town, but the beer and food costs add up quickly. We are not used to city prices, though. We would return again and we recommend for casual, tasty local options.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Loved the ambience.
Food was not great. Chicken fingers very overcooked. Jalapeño mashed potatoes were quite good though. Burger was fair.

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AA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Have been here for drinks before and it’s been great vibe and selection, but when I came in to have dinner everything was terrible. The food was barely like warm, the lime wings had no flavor unless you squeezed the already pre squeezed lines onto them, my burger had something that resembled spray cheese on top, and was so soggy it stared to fall apart. I’d come back for the beer selection but definitely not the food.

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LM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service and food were fine - this was our second time there while in Boston. We complained that our pepsi tasted like water - we received four new ones that none of us consumed as there was clearly something wrong that day. We did not complain again, assuming the waiter would notice that none of us consumed them and they were left on the table. Needless to say the drinks were still on the bill, which we paid as we did not want to create a fuss.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beer selection, and atmosphere. One of our favorite neighborhood spots.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We were sat at a table that didn’t comfortably seat 5. We were ignored for 20 minutes when a server came over and make a flippant remark “I can see you giving me the evil eye”. We then waited another 10 minutes and were told they were out of the wine we ordered. 15 minutes later we had our drinks. The rude female server never came back and a gentleman took over who was WONDERFUL. very friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding. The female serve with blonde hair and a southern accent doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the staff. The hostess was also lovely.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a company dinner here. The food was great, service was good. We spent about $400.00 and when it was time to order desert we were basically asked to leave that they had a big party coming in and needed our table.
Hostess very unprofessional and we probably won’t have anymore parties at this establishment.

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c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It is a fun restaurant but it was too noisy. I should have requested a table in the back. Food was ok-nothing outstanding.

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New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

My husband and I have regularly patronized Five Horses for the past four years. But we won’t return. No one, including our server, seemed interested in taking our order, and it took 25 minutes for us to be served tap beers. When our food did arrive, the staff couldn’t wait for us to finish so they could seat another party. NO longer the friendly neighborhood bar with upscale food we really enjoyed once upon a time.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall good time and food. Quite a few items on the menu were no longer available and the weight staff could have been more attentive.

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PS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our 4th year post Holiday Boston Pops and will probably be our last. Seemed understaffed and were out of the wine I ordered and the cider another in our party ordered. Waited 20 minutes for appetizer (we wanted a pretzel but they were out of that as well) and when I got my entree, it was cold. They did take it off the bill, but will try someplace different next year...overpriced and understaffed.

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and feel like we've discovered a new place to dine with friends. Great for pre Symphony Hall events! Food was excellent - diverse menu and wonderful service... Plus you could actually carry on a conversation with friends!

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KH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The last 3 years we have attended The Boston Pops followed by dinner at Five Horses. Our family loves the atmosphere the food and the service. We’ll be back
Merry Christmas 🎄

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WF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was a little lack luster. Wine bottle was served without being poured into glasses (not the end of the world), pizza was served without plates (again not terrible) just didn’t feel polished.

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TE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place for brunch in Boston! I love the food, the service and the music they play. Great atmosphere!

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BW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prior to attending event at Symphony Hall we gave this restaurant a try and were rewarded. The bar side of the restaurant is hoping at 5:30 on Friday evening. We chose to eat at the "quieter" side of the restaurant and the entire experience was positive. Service, food and ambience all hit the "5 star" level. We would recommend Five Horses Tavern to anyone.

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LD
New England
69 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

How in just one week place can go from being so great to so awful is beyond me. They stuck me in a corner and then proceeded to ignore me. I had to flag the waiter down 3 times. Then I waited one hour for two tacos for which the waiter’s response was “my bad” after he told me he never put the order in. I ended up walking out after being there for 1 hour and 20 minutes only having a beer and cornbread. And I had to pay- bad business move. I’ll never go back.

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T
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice experience, brunch tacos were great...just needed two or three more, ha. Beer selection is always great and would recommend for a nice meal and beer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre at best and for the quality was severely overpriced. Would not recommend.

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S
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good and delicious as usual service was attentive and friendly however they sat us in the back where the waitress put the dirty dishes I. A bin which was very interrupting and loud that made me jump every time they threw in dishes . I did speak to our waitress to be less noisy with dishes as we were having a hard time hearing each other . Between kids crying music playing and dishes being thrown in right behind us made it a very unpleasant dining experience may be we should stick to Davis square location

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LD
New England
69 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m so excited to have found this restaurant!! It is great! Fish tacos were outstanding and the waiter was really great! Fun atmosphere and everyone was so friendly!! Thank you!!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We are repeat customers and we live closeby. Food was great tasting, but the temperature was cool to cold.

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P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find for a 'before Symphony' vegetarian meal! Loved the white mushroom pizza. Daughter gobbled up her avocado tacos. Great service.

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OT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. The food was great (be sure to have the corn bread).

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, fun bar, but we were seated right by the door and it was freezing every time someone walked in (often). And that was with a reservation.

That being said, the burger and tots are GREAT.

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid choice for good food and excellent service. We had Symphony tickets and asked the waiter to get us out in time and he succeeded.

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