Five Horses Tavern - South End

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539 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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 539 People Are Saying
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4.5
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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always amazing! Hands down best brunch in Boston!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All six of us enjoyed our Saturday afternoon meal. There were options that appealed to each of us. Brunch and lunch menus were both available. I would go again and would recommend.

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The service could’ve been better. They refused to give me the seat I requested. The food also didn’t taste as good as their other location.

EJ
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Yes for casual drinks and apps, and to hang with friends, but I wouldn't advocate for entrees. We were surprised - food looked great, but was mediocre or bland.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great and our server was really friendly! A little expensive for what you get but we will definitely go back for a special brunch.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, servers were friendly and responsive - this place is a top favorite to visit for celebrations!

MR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was friendly but inconsistent - sometimes attentive other times ignored. And main meal came nearly immediately after the appetizer, which is a pet peeve.

a
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for an early brunch on Sunday (1/12). Very attentive service by Fallon - my soda was flat and not only did he quickly address it with the manager, but also offered alternatives. A small thing, but showed how much he wanted to make sure I was happy. We come here often and the food is always on point. My boyfriend loves the chimichanga!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It took at least 15 minutes for our server to offer to get our party drinks.

MD
New England
58 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed holiday lunch with a friend. The restaurant was pretty quiet. Really enjoyed the food and the cocktails. We had burgers and drinks, and chocolate cupcakes for dessert.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here since 2014 for our pre-Holiday Pops meal. One food allergy in the party and she is always well-taken care of. Menu has changed over the years but our fave drunken wings and cornbread remain. Tap list is fantastic. Service is always awesome but this year was beyond. If I had a third arm I’d give it three thumbs up.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit - came for holiday get together with colleagues. Would recommend

DG
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love coming here and the drinks are always good. Burger was way undercooked and service was a little spotty, but will definitely be back.

RS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was fine w/the exception that one of the four meals arrived almost 15 mins later than the other 3. Not good.

JW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. We had dinner here with our children after seeing The Pops. No children’s menu, but enough on the menu for them to choose from. They were also very food allergy friendly. One of our daughters has an egg allergy, which makes eating out difficult. Delicious meal!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very crowded and noisy. Food service was extremely slow. One of our party didn’t get her order until everyone else had finished. One order came out wrong and when we said something the server told us we were wrong. Food quality was average. Ordered the tuna tacos and they came out way overdone and ice cold. Overall just not a great experience.

HS
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good burgers and lots to choose from on draft. Great place to watch the Pat's games.

T
New England
67 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good except it was too noisy. We understand it is a tavern, but if we were there with a group we wouldn't be able to talk. There was another room that seemed quieter, so if we go back (and we very well may), we will ask to be seated there.

A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It was fine, the food for dinner is way better. Still very expensive restaurant for very regular food.

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch. Delicious food and outstanding service. Gotta love the mimosa flights,

g
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

OK for lunch or drinks but not really up to a pre- concert dinner with friends. Especially if you want to be able to have a conversation while you eat your unexciting dinner.

J
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our party came in on a slow weeknight. The bar was barely half full and it took over 20 minutes to get two beers and one cocktail. The pretzel came with grocery-store quality mustard and a congealed gross cheese mix. The fish and chips weren’t seasoned or even salted. The salt and vinegar chips had no salt nor vinegar. They were dry burnt potatoes. My husband had a oily pizza without any seasoning or even a hint of salt. The service was just okay. I would have been significantly more understanding if the place was packed but it was barely half full. We won’t be back.

f
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Love the food but no need for loud music on Sunday am. 4th or 5th time here and always fir lunch but never before was music so loud and annoying. Asked to have it turned down but did not happen. . Lots of brunch options and will miss the fried chicken but prefer quieter for Sunday mornings.

CD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and the cocktails were fabulous as well and everyone that worked there couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food just wasn’t great.
Ordered pancakes and tavern breakfast with pork belly.
Pancakes were ok, but they only came with a cup of maple syrup and a scoop of flavoured cream. Also, I would like them thicker and more fluffy.
Tavern breakfast came with a dry sourdough toast ( thing with toasting sourdough is that it has to be thick, as otherwise it comes out dry and hard) a version of roast potatoes and the highlight of the dish, two poached eggs that were good.
Just not good enough for us to go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best corn bread we’ve ever eaten! Great atmosphere, excellent food and terrific service!

G
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Drunken Wings are THE BEST

PB
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience2

I really wanted to like Five Horses as all of the staff were so nice - but the food was not good at all. When my hangar steak came cooked medium well instead of medium rare, the manager quickly took care of it and was very apologetic. But it still wasn't very flavorful; nor was the broccoli rabe that came with it. My husband's southern fried chicken was also not very good. We won't be going back.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so wonderful! We came here for my dad’s birthday, and everything was perfect—from the food, to the service, to the very extensive beer list. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

RH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet up with friends. Ample bar are up front and separate dining area in the rear. Broad enough menu to suit all tastes.

R
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Can’t keep a reservation. Made us sit at them bar.

Average food.

GI
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good potatoes and french toast. Expensive drinks for being only slightly better than average. Fast Service. Go there at 10:30 to have your pick of seating, as it starts filling up around 11.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was our second attempt lured back by a gift card sent by Five Horses in order to redeem themselves for our first less than stellar meal. Thank you, it worked! There was a learning curve involved, and once that was mastered our experience was much better. For example, medium rare means medium well and “tomato preserves” is code for a smear of watery ketchup. So this time an honored request for a rare burger with extra pickles and mayonnaise, and no tomato preserves allowed for a tasty burger. Kudos to the waitstaff, who was very sincerely patient with our questions and needs. The side of the ubiquitous squash medley vegetable offer was surprisingly well cooked and really good! Other members of our party got the power bowl, it was pretty good despite the nearly flavorless tofu. Other things on the menu looked interesting, and now that we have learned how to order, we will probably be back. Thanks again!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great neighborhood bar and restaurant.

N
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Went there specifically for the burger and it was overcooked, there was a small squirt of what looked like cheese wiz and the tomatoe-ish sauce was scarce and a poor substitute for a real tomato. Asked multiple times for mayo before it came. On a positive note, the tots were cooked perfectly.

JO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Menu is quite limited.

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m
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time here - mostly “younger clientele’ but the staff was extraordinarily nice!! They made our time fabulous- would highly recommend it!!

c
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Two out of three meals were good, the third was not very flavorful and the fish did not seem fresh. Our waiter was mediocre.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was absolutely outstanding!

MK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in super neighborhood! Try the Brussels sprouts! Sitting outside on a warm fall day was the best!

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