Five Horses Tavern - South End

4.5
459 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Ran Boston marathon and went here after getting good reviews. I was very excited to see they had cask conditioned ale from the U.K. (I’m from the U.K. and it’s hard to find) after waiting at the bar for over 5 minutes to be even noticed, I order my beer. They started pouring and then set it down. After at least another 5 minutes, after serving many other drinks, they asked if they could help. Not a good start. I said I was waiting for my beer and they topped it up and put it on the bar with a third of a pint of head. After saying it wasn’t good enough they argued with me about it being cask ale. Basically they could serve cask ale properly!
I took what they could get, wasn’t asked it I wanted to open a tab, just ran my card. The beer was good though.
At this point I was really hungry, our waiter (Carlos) was great, very nice and tried hard. This is why they got the stars they did!
They were out of a lot of items in the menu, which showed poor planning on one of the busiest weeks in Boston.
I ordered a thin and crispy pizza. It was almost raw dough, it in any way crispy. I was extremely disappointed.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian or pescatarian selections. Young, vibrant scene. Terrific service. Huge craft beer selection. Awesome

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Five Horses, one of my favorite restaurants for all different settings!

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MM
SW Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bar atmosphere. Need bigger TV's. Tried Mac and cheese based on other reviews...and I have had much better.

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EM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was really hard to talk around the large round booth table. It was pretty loud in the restaurant to begin with, and then the seating made having a good conversation difficult.

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KM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious. We go a lot, but it was slow this night!

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

We love this place! The food is great, the people are wonderful and we really love all the vegetarian options! The beer menu is extensive and the staff is so helpful in helping us try new brews.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Service, food, ambience all spot on and good value to boot

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r
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wouldn't recommend it for food. My tater tots were overdone and the chicken sandwich bun was a bit dry.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so accommodating and pleasant. We were there for a weekend visiting and came back twice.

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MI
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is great. Service was a bit slow.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch here before heading to the St Patrick’s Day parade, it was excellent

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

Careful curated, fun beer list paired with upscale inventive bar food. Warm and friendly service. Definitely an “energetic” noise level. Try the tuna tacos and honey hot wings.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and total experience was excellent. The servers could not have been more attentive. They worked as a team and clearly enjoyed and felt a sense of pride working there. The food was beautifully displayed and tasty. Usually places with an excellent craft beer menu don’t have good food. Not true here. The food was to die for. I can’t wait to return.

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MD
New England
52 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had lunch at this restaurant with a group. Not sure why, but we waited at least a half hour for the food once we had ordered it. The food was ok. The bar looked really cute; would go back for that.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lots of great menu choices for our Sunday brunch, very good Bloody Marys, cozy ambience, decent prices for South End and friendly staff. What's not to love?

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I loved the menu with vegetarian and vegan choices (given that I'm a vegetarian). It's not often that you find a pub with those choices. The avocado taco I had was good and interesting. The beer was fabulous. We sat in the back where we could hear each other.

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VF
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch. We were looking for a new place to try out and stumble upon Five Horses Tavern. I had the Dirty Benny which was delicious! The donut holes were a nice touch too to start out with. The tunes were on point! Very attentive service from our bartender.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has a fun vibe, the food was okay, felt the prices were high for the quality of the food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five horses always delivers!

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TC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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Chicago
2 reviews
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 3, 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 3, 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 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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New England
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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