Five Horses Tavern - South End

4.5
476 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.
What 476 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It's a pub masquerading as something more than it is. Keep expectations low, drink booze and it will be worth it

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was super spicy and they didnt mention it on the menu. Which ended up with me not eating much. The waitress also messed up my drink.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Easy walk from Northeastern. Comfortable atmosphere, but nice enough for our celebration. Interesting cuisine but something for everyone. Very friendly staff. Recommend!

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love 5 Horses! Great food, excellent beverage selection, and wonderful staff.

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W
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was average. great selection of beers. Fish Tacos were dry and too wet as the torta fell apart. Chicken wings weren't very flavorful or crispy (which we asked for). We went on a Monday night and it wasn't busy either so the kitchen should have been on their game.

I liked the atmosphere and high top tables in the bar area. Think its time to refresh their menu.

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MF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a great experience at Five Horses. Excellent food, great drink list, and friendly service. We will certainly be back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service makes this a definite return visit for me! Our waiter was excellent!

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

The food was terrible-extremely salt—sent two different meals back twice. I finally just ate what they brought me because I saw we weren’t getting any where. I was genuinely upset that I actually paid money to consume their food—and they didn’t even do anything two make up for it like comp a drink. The best part was the meals I sent back were on the bill when they dropped the check—unbelievable!

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LK
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very comfortable and quaint tavern with lots of brick and warm wood. Menu is limited, but creative, which I enjoy so I don't have to go through pages of menu items. There are a few entrees, tacos, sandwiches and some small plates, as well as pizza.

My husband ordered the steak entree and I ordered the fried chicken salad. Both were prepared well and we thoroughly enjoyed them. My initial choice was the pull pork sandwich, but they were out. I look forward to going back to try some of the other menu items. Service was efficient and we had a very friendly server who answered all our questions satisfactorily.

Lots of choices of beer including a flight of different brews, which my husband ordered and enjoyed. Limited selection of wine, but I enjoyed a lovely Spanish Rose that was offered.

This is a perfect place to have dinner if you are going to a show at Symphony Hall and want a casual dining experience. Symphony is about 3 blocks away and less than a 10 minute walk.

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

My wife & I had a 6:30 reservation thinking we would have plenty of time for a 8pm event at Symphony Hall, a 10 minute walk away. Seated right away, it took 10 or so minutes to place our order with an overworked and very harried server. Another 10 or so minutes passed before our drinks arrived. After sitting there until 7:20(!), and seeing later arrivals already eating or getting their checks, the waiter came over apologizing repeatedly that he forgot to submit our food order! He said he would talk to the manager about getting our food out quickly. We asked him to do the best he could but that we were now in a big hurry.

The food arrived around 7:30 and when presented the bill, all our items were listed. The waiter said we should talk to the manager, who wanted all items paid for despite our long wait due to the server's screwup. I asked that the manager come to our table. After a few minutes wait, the manager, Dominic, came over. I told him that while we we quite unhappy about how long it took to get our meals, I was even more upset that Dominic did not even approach us until we asked to see him, and that not even our drinks were comped. His response was that he was surprised that we were as upset as we were! Perhaps this is the way Dominic treats all of the customers.

My wife and I dine out often, very rarely complain about food/service and do not nitpick about things hoping that it will result in a free drink or meal. In this case, however, the way Dominic handled our issues and the arrogant attitude that he had when he saw how unhappy we were, forces me to give him and the restaurant a HUGE thumbs down even though the food was good. Dominic needs to bus tables and do other tasks so that he can learn how the restaurant business runs and how customers should be treated. We will NEVER return to Five Horses Tavern in the South End, solely because of their poor, inept management.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good brunch! Great mimosa flight!

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

Excellent! Host ordered cab. Cab never arrived. Host ordered Uber; Uber was prompt. Great staff.

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RO
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It is a "Tavern" with a PUB atmosphere so you should expect some chatter from adjacent tables. But the noise level this time for "dining" was too much for me in part from a loudmouth at the adjacent table.

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, especially the cornbread

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious! Great service. Excellent ambiance.

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JC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and beer selection in a very comfortable environment.

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LM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there with a group and the food was very good and the waitress was attentive. Fun atmosphere and has a great weekend brunch vibe.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
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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h
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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
San Francisco
2 reviews
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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B
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
53 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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b
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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OT
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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