Light Horse Tavern

4.6
1230 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Opened in 2002, this local favorite has become an institution. Light Horse Tavern's Chef John Holm, brings a new exciting vision to the Jersey City culinary scene. The chef's philosophy is to source out seasonal ingredients and to preserve the integrity of the product when cooking.

The seasonal menu always includes a variety of fresh oysters and clams, as well as lighter fare such as the grilled octopus salad, fresh market fish, and heartier favorites such as the prime steaks.

Whether settling in at the bar for a pint or indulging in the spectacular cuisine, you are sure to become addicted to the experience. Visit any day for lunch, weekend days for brunch, and always for exquisite food, people watching and pristine outdoor seating.

Light Horse Tavern, a revolutionary dining experience!
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, our server Joe was Awesome, extremely attentive , informative and friendly ! Made for a great experience:-)

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vipDonald
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Classic spot in JC…good food, excellent bar

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vipDavidH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lobster roll was excellent

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TomF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, good service and great ambiance

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vipTracyNYC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood spot. Great food, great service, great ambiance.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good dining experience at Light Horse Tavern! Outstanding food and service!

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vipTimothyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome family brunch. Very attentive to our needs. We had a wonderful reunion with out of town family members at the Light Horse Tavern

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vipfoodtaster
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

This was my second experience here it’s been several years but I was disappointed in not only service but overall food preparation. I ordered the Cuban sandwich as did my nephew. The yucca fries were saturated with oil tasteless to say the least. The appetizers were ok but nothing special. The waitress tried but definitely not experienced.
Honestly a big change from a few years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I was greeted by a hostile host. When I asked if there was seat availability outside, he immediately launched into a self-righteous rant, saying I should have called instead of making an OpenTable reservation. It’s pricey for no reason. I’ve had better and bigger lobster rolls for less from street vendors. I wouldn’t go back.

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vipSandiEzB
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our entrees — the pastrami spiced salmon and NY strip steak, prepared perfectly. We ordered sides of Brussel sprouts and asparagus and both were delicious. On previous visits, the food has been inconsistent, but this time was very good. The noise level is never good…no matter where you’re sitting. The bar fills up as the evening progresses and we’re not a fan of the big screen TV in the middle of the dining room. But, we were pleased with the food and that’s good enough these days.

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SUZY
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy our meals there!

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vippaulw
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

So Light Horse is one of my favorite restaurants in the country, I come to town about once a year and this is one of my first stops. That said, last night was a well below average performance for them. Service was terrible, well I could go on, I will come back, but if I had a bad experience again, probably not.

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LoreenaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service1ambience5

Good food but service super slow abs they seemed disorganized almost my meal was lukewarm at best

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KristiS
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood and the building has a great vibe to it - historic. Food was good, nothing exceptional, and service was above par.

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TiffanyJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We waited for everything and I do not mean a normal wait. We waited for our drink orders to be taken then waited for entree order to be taken. When it came time to order dessert and that this point the restaurant was not crowded we waited some more. We even waited 10 minutes for our check.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Service was above and beyond our expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Our server ignored us for a solid 45 minutes. We had to ask the host for drink refills. Food took an hour.

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MeredithM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Really highly totally completely recommend 🙂

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vipJenS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy coming here. The food is quite solid and changes seasonally. I love the historic references. The wine temperature could be better and the live music a bit quieter.

TJ
TonyaJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I didn’t like it

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CharlesS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our lunch , very pleasant restaurant with friendly staff. Great sea food platter. Mussels were superb

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vipnbfoodies
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in our other dining experiences here everything was wonderful. We were promptly seated and water and bread were quickly brought to the table. Our waitress, Janelle, took our drink orders and advised us of the night's specials. My boyfriend started with 1/2 dozen oysters and I with the beet salad; both were very good. For dinner we moved on to the pork chop and the crab cake special. His chop was a good quality and cooked to his liking with a nice flavor. My crab cake was good, but as I compared it to one of my favorite restaurant's crab cakes I wouldn't say it was great.

The biggest drawback here is the parking. There is a garage just 2 blocks away, and that's where we parked. They do not accept cash and then charge a service fee for using a credit card...seems kind of self serving.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

A couple friends cancelled and I wasn’t able to update the reservation on Open Table, so I called and asked to change the number of people. After confirming they would see me shortly I arrived to be told my reservation was cancelled. These things happen, no big deal right?

We were re-seated in what looked to be an overflow dining area and about 15 mins later service began. Food was okay, service was okay, nothing to write home about though. We finished dining and it was probably another 15 minutes until our server gave us the time to request a check.

Overall the experience was a 3/5 since the food was decent. Prices were high considering portion size, but the flavor was good.

Likely won’t return given the underwhelming experience. I get covid had an impact but overall was not a great experience for a birthday celebration.

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PeterS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food: dozen assorted oysters, wedge salad, risotto, shrimp & grits. Waitress was attentive but didn’t hover. Outside table on a quiet side street. Lovely dinner experience overall!

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vipyurifiaschi
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family owned business, always serving what is the most fresh from Oysters to Meat.
I recommend them for Brunch / Lunch and Dinner - I tried them all.

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vipjamesv
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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vipSandyT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had great food and service. Would love more salad options and vegetarian/vegan. Thank you!

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Chieftech714
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our old neighorhood bar/restaurant. They are an excellent place for a great meal, great service and good drinks. We love the place always have. I had the assorted oysters and I wish I had more room in my stomach for another dozen.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Light Horse Tavern! Great food, friendly staff and beautiful atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always had a great meal here! Lemon ricotta pancakes were on point for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Our waiter took our order and then we never saw him the rest of the night. He never checked up on us to ask how the food was or if we needed anything. At one point I had to stand up and walk right up to him to get his attention. Service was poor. French onion soup was too salty. Fish fry came with little to no sauce. Overpriced for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place a d the overall experience!

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vipKevD
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening!

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vipMIch
Anchorage
104 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great. Food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the portions were perfect! Our waiter was helpful and very personable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Light horse has been a hot mess for the last few years, even before Covid. The kitchen has some struggles in both speed and quality. Service is mediocre

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Tony
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ny strip and lobster roll was amazing, the oysters were super fresh too. Great bourbon selections with fair prices.

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SherilJ
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved every bit of it. The ambiance, the service and the food was just on point. Would definitely come back and recommend this place to other!!! Thank you.

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RosaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service n food!

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Pilibra
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service.
The waitresses are very professional.

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Light Horse Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1230 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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