Five Horses Tavern - South End

4.7
701 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 701 people are saying
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RichardS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food great service very nice place to meet others in Boston

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Razor
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Something of a disappointment based on prior strong reviews. The chicken tenders were quite tasty, and the beer was good. Tots, mac and cheese, tacos, and shawarma (both sandwich and bowl) all... meh...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of Six enjoyed a thoroughly magical evening at 5-Horses.

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vipnone
New England
79 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

dinner with friends on a very busy Friday night. The service was great - cheerful and prompt, but it was almost too noisy to talk without shouting. Food was fine but not the focus.

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LiseH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. Five Horses never disappoints. Just love the champagne flight and the unique twist on each entree. And the staff couldn’t be nicer. Thank you for making our visit so special!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I originally Thought brunch was until 4 but it actually ended @3:30 and due to the mixup, the manager re-opened the kitchen JUST for my brunch order. ELLIOT IS THE MAN!!! Both waitstaff, Lucy & Chris, were incredibly personable and accommodating. I honestly had a great solo brunch date & will be back for more. The Avo toast + southern comfort were delicious, well seasoned and cooked. The biscuits were light n fluffy, the eggs equally light + scrumptious, I honestly have nothing bad to say! Just eat here!! I found a new fave 🥰🥰

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vipimBON
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender Shelby was wonderful. Super friendly and made the experience that much better. Food is always solid here and the energy is easy and fun.

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MaryM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lively place with a rustic tavern look and feel. Service was excellent. The music was a bit too loud for quiet conversation, but the server kindly moved us away from the speaker. The music was still a bit too loud, but the noise level went up anyway as more people arrived and were seated. The food was excellent. Would definitely recommend a meal there if in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Very loud group and little noise control. Many menu items and popular drinks weren’t available as it was a Sunday evening. Service was good, staff checked in regularly. Food was tasty.

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vipCambridgeZach
New England
91 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back in over a year and a half and we were glad we chose Five Horses Tavern. The updated menu was terrific, and the service was excellent. Definitely try the improved cornbread appetizer, it is amazing. The atmosphere was awesome!

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WendyM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seasonal sangria pitcher was an awesome bargain. Clove infused with orange slices floating on top.

The cornbread was delicious. Warm gooey center with melted butter comes out in the cast iron skillet. A MUST order!!

Service was friendly and helpful. All the staff was great!!

I recommend this place to everyone!

MN
vipMaeND
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really disappointing dinner last night at Five Horses. They were clearly understaffed; we were given water once - and never had our glasses refilled again the rest of the night. Had to ask for silverware; no one came to check on us once we got our meals as to whether we needed anything. Order was incorrect, so made due with what we were given - as it was clear they weren’t coming back. Tried to put our party at a two top - even though we had reservations and could have never fit at the table comfortably. And the food was mediocre - at best. I would not recommend and certainly wouldn’t eat there again.

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JasonS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome little tavern with great food and beer and a friendly staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team could not have been more accommodating for our group, and great food as always!

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vipMarkT
New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy Five Horses and the beer menu is definitely back up to full speed. Great wait staff, super attentive and helpful.

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LaurenW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mimosa flight was delicious. Ordered the apple cider donuts, chilaquiles and hue is rancheros. All three were incredible but I’d go for the chilaquiles over huevos rancheros.

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vipimBON
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is solid.

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vipMick
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere is great. Really enjoyed the outdoor patio

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JoeH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was great overall! I’ll definitely go back the next time I’m in Boston.

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ShelbyD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of all the places we ate at in Boston this place was the best! Food & service was great!

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Almarg2
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time back since the pandemic and glad to be back.

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LeahVT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Five Horses Tavern has a great beer list and a wonderful vibe. Service was friendly and attentive. My main feedback would be for more vegan options. Several of the menu options could potentially be made vegan, so specifying that would be helpful. There was a "vg = vegan" menu key code, but only one menu item was vegan (the white bean hummus, which was good.) Would love to come back if they expanded plant-based/vegan options.

Thank you!

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vip2ndbreakfast
New England
42 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Too noisy for most of the time, although it did improve some when they turned the background music down

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for my birthday with my 2 friends - great experience and good food. Id definitely recommend the cornbread as an appetizer and the Mule for a drink.

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vipGr8eatz
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Wish it was a better experience, had dined here before the pandemic and wanted to go back as I had great dining experience.

The service was slow and the server was inattentive despite asking for a couple of items and not getting them, we still tipped the 20% as times are tough everywhere…
The tater tots were dry with little topping compared to last time. The salads were just OK and fried chicken was super dry. Will be a while before we try it again.

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Garrityfam
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 12 of us there to celebrate my 18 yr old's birthday.
We had a wonderful time the waitress and host were very accommodating.
We will definitely recommend this place to others.
we will no doubt be returning
thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Only thing wrong was that I received a message that I didn’t attend from open table and that makes me concerned that it will effect my future reservations.

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KateP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top-notch food & service. The donut holes are reminiscent of beignets in New Orleans -- fresh, piping hot, dusted in confectioner's sugar. Scrumptious!

MA
MAnd
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Menu varied including wide and interesting drink options. Great beer list. Friendly atmosphere. Terrific brunch.

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vipmsmj2
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with a friend. Perfect weather for eating outside. Our salads and drinks, perfect. Thank you!

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LovelyRi
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go to restaurant in S End. I do live close by and it’s convenient but I’m blessed. The food is comfort food with amazing flavor. Unique items without being weird. Plates are perfect size. Not too big nor small. Easy to share but not too much for one either. Not over priced. Casual but classy comfortable but not lazy atmosphere. Waitstaff are pleasant. I never feel like I had to wait long for food or service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, nice outdoor and indoor seating. Definitely worth it- the Mac n cheese is amazing!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I am gluten free and they were great about telling me what my options were

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We came for brunch and it was really not good. The service was probably some of the worst I have ever received. The gal working acted extremely inconvenienced that we even came.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice, servers are super attentive and they were super helpful with my two little ones. I invited some friends that were new to this place and they loved it.

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Steve
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful, staff was very accommodating to special requests, gave us a choice of tables. Great beer section.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back. Food was exceptional. Where this place really shined was service. My husband and I eat out frequently and haven’t had this type of service in a very long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great!

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vipMarkT
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy Five Horses Tavern in the South End. We were easily able to get outdoor seating, but was nicely spaced out, quiet street, easy to talk and the beer selection is back to their usual standards. Great place and great service.

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Annie
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service

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You can order delivery directly from Five Horses Tavern - South End using the Order Online button. Five Horses Tavern - South End also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Five Horses Tavern - South End also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-3930.

Five Horses Tavern - South End is rated 4.7 stars by 701 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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