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About Light Horse Tavern

Opened in 2002, this local favorite has become an institution. Light Horse Tavern's chef, Bill Gray 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!

199 Washington Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Morris Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 946-2028

Website:
http://www.lighthorsetavern.com/

Entertainment:
Light Horse Tavern Live Music Series:



Showcasing Different Artists Throughout The Week: Monday's-- Live Guitar, Tuesday's-- Live Piano, Sunday-- Live Piano & Bass.

Catering:
Light Horse Tavern can do catered events. For more information please ask to speak to our Private Events Coordinator.

Parking Details:
Street parking is available around Light Horse Tavern but the Tavern also offers discounted parking for three hours at the ProPark Madox Building.
The parking garage entrance is located one block west of the tavern on Morris Street. The address of the parking garage building is 198 Van Vorst Street. Bring your ticket and ask to have it validated at the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Light Horse Tavern is conveniently situated next to several public transit stops. The Essex Street stop on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is two blocks from the restaurant. The Exchange Place Path station is a 10 minute walk. The Paulus Hook Ferry terminal is a 10 minute walk. The Grove Street Path station is a 15-20 minute walk.

Executive Chef:
Bill Gray

Private Party Facilities:
Light Horse Tavern offers a private dining room available for brunch, lunch and dinner events as well as cocktail receptions.

Private Party Contact:
Ron Smith: (201) 946-2028

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Light Horse Tavern Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.5

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4.7

value

4.4

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Good for a Date (18)
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Business Meals (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Authentic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Fun (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great Beer (4)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I love eating at the Light Horse Tavern! The food never disappoints and the service is always great! They have a great menu and an outstanding brunch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We've been here multiple times and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious, the service is friendly yet professional, and I love the coziness of this place in the winter - all dark wood and atmosphere. Highly recommended, always.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

My husband, son and I ate here to celebrate my son's recent move to Jersey City. We were very impressed with the food and ambience! I had the duck, which I would order again in a minute! Mm husband and son enjoyed the burger and the pork chop. My littlenecks were briny and perfectly chilled but I waited a little bit for them--the server was very apologetic. It wasn't big deal and didn't affect our dining experience. They had my husband's favorite beer on tap and I enjoyed a tasty cocktail. We will DEFINITELY be back!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

very relaxed setting excellent food and great staff. What more do you need

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I would recommend the Light Horse Tavern to my friends and business associates for the food, atmosphere, and service, all of which were wonderful. Thank you for an enjoyable night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 23, 2018

GREAT place in JC for business lunch... looking forward to a return visit.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Haven’t been to light horse in a while because our last experience was really disappointing. Thought we’d give it another shot because it used to be a local favorite. Server was really nice but clearly had too many tables to give any level of acceptable service. Meal was truly bad. The meat temperatures were wildly off, and presentation was off putting. Sorry to see this decline in food quality and service over the last couple of years.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our server Jamel was excellent as was his suggested main course. We enjoy our visits to Lighthorse Tavern, always excellent plus great draft beer!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our regular go-to in Paulus Hook-Food is always excellent and we love the cozy ambiance.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Disappointing..
If the website says brunch till 3:00.
You think that at 3:15 You could order from the regular menu. Not so. My wife ordered a Cuban sandwich from the brunch menu and upon return the waiter told us they were out. We ended up with two burgers we could have ordered at Applebees for twice the price. As we stated.... Disappointing..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love this eatery. However, the waiter we had was a bit pushy. That gave our guests a bit of discomfort. Otherwise, it was a nice gathering and venue,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

First time there and won't be the last. Very nice atmosphere and delicious food. On the pricey side with small portions but they had a nice menu. We will be returning...

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great restaurant....best casual place in town! Food, staff and atmosphere always top notch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Consistently good. Been coming here for years. Hasn’t lost its luster over that time frame which is nice to see.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Light Horse Tavern made a perfect backdrop for a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful evening dinner as always at Light Horse Tavern!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The atmosphere was great and our waiter was abosolutely polite and outstanding. I originally came here for brunch and was not really fond of the croissant french toast but I just wanted to try it out, since it was different. However, I'll come back to try the other options!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Every time I am in town must eat dinner here ! Never disappoints! Excellent staff!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food is always good here and the brownstone neighborhood makes it a cool place to be.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent food, wonderful ambiance, attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff. Tables were not too close to one another, which allowed much-appreciated privacy.Prices were very reasonable, given the quality and selection on the menu

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

From the front desk to the wait staff.....AWESOME!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love, love, love the French Onion Soup and the Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf. Not a fan of the Peppercorn Steak - bit too much. Drinks are good. Atmosphere is great. Bar is beautiful. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Good food, grest service, good atmosphere...had a great brunch

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything we ordered we enjoyed! It's such a pleasure to dine out any have nothing to complain about. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Was our 10th anniversary, the food was excelent as always, but the srvice some how was not great this time around.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great brunch and cute atmosphere!! The staff was friendly and welcome. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was slow, waitress appeared run off her feet bless her. Food was ok not particularly great and certainly not worth the price!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Good food, great service, reasonably priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We loved and we will be back soon,
Nice neighbirhood accessible

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Second time coming here and have been pleased both times. Last time we were seated in the alcove overlooking the bar, which was cozy and pleasant. This time we were seated In a separate room , which was a little cool and did not have the same ambiance as the main area.
The food, however was very good both times. Started with a craft cocktail which had us all in a good place instantly. For appetizers we ordered the cheese platter, onion soup and calamari. All very good. I had the hangar steak with a bourbon peppercorn sauce - cooked perfectly medium rare with an excellent flavor on the sauce. There were burgers ordered, meatloaf and an orrichietti pasta dish that the others we equally pleased with. We finished with an apple pie and a pecan pie....both a must if you have any room left.
Our waiter, Dave, was outstanding!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. The food is excellent - loved the fish and meat loaf. The appetizers of fresh shellfish is noteworthy. Wine selection is comprehensive and finally, service was top notch. A most memorable evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had an amazing date night meal at Light Horse Tavern. The ambience is perfect, the food excellent. A gem in downtown Jersey City!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have come to Light Horse Tavern when visiting Jersey City and had a special event in a private room. The food and service are always good. We asked for a quiet table and were seated at a wonderful booth. The menu was a little challenging for one member of our group who is lactose allergic, but options were found.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As always the Lighthouse Tavern is fantastic! The service started off a bit chaotic.. with the water order. we wanted bottled water the servers kept filling the water glasses with tap and one of our friends wanted bubbled water... we had to ask several times for both.. after the water issue was settled.. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!! DELICIOUS !!! LOVELY!!
Thank you for making a rainy day wonderful!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been going to this restaurant for at least 15 years. Despite at least 4 different chefs it is consistently excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went there after a late night wake in Jersey City. Were very happy with the menu, service, and ambiance. Our server was friendly and helpful, the mood very old school neighborhood tavern.. great find.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We loved the light and crisp fried calamari served on a puddle of spicy aioli. The wine list is extremely limited, as was our server's knowledge of good pairings. The noise from patrons reacting to a game on the television made pleasant conversation tough. That night the mood was more neighborhood sports bar than bistro.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We (Ronald, Heidi & Jens) stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City visiting the New York area. We had a great time and we would like to recommend The Light Horse Tavern as a very good restaurant. Great service / Great food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Ask for David as your server. The best we’ve ever had there.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Nice atmosphere, good service and great selection of food items. My friend had the porkchop and said it was fantastic. I had the skirt steak which had good flavor, but was a little tough.
Nice wine selection.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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