Light Horse Tavern

4.7
1246 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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vipSVH7
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming and welcome. Always great food and service. Our go to place.

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SteakLover
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in from out of town. This is our go-to place.

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Hilde63
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Seven ladies were treated amazingly well. We felt welcome and enjoyed every second

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family gathering

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lunch
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was my husband’s 40th birthday and this is his favorite place for a burger. It did not disappoint an easily disappointed old man.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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vipPhysicianexec
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meeting friends that one has not seen in more than 5 years.

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Lauren
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, very nice atmosphere. They’ve had a live musician the few times we’ve been there. And while he’s very talented, and sings lovely classic songs, it’s a bit too loud for a dining atmosphere when you want to converse with friends. We found ourselves straining to hear each other.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and very nice time there.

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vipLorettaM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Accommodated perfectly. Great service from the bar and staff.

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SUZY
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific brunch and service!

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vipjamesv
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot for really tasty food and drink. Great service. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Steak and Eggs I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lou took great care of us. Great experience. I’ll be going back - so much more to try!

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vipNicscot
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem in jersey city. We were staying to be close to Newark Airport but wanted to have a nice dining experience. It far exceeded our expectations. We had the house favorite meatloaf and the Branzino special. Both were excellent. Had the butternut squash soup with pumpkin seeds as a starter which was delicious and seasonal. Great service.

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Alexis
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great brunch and service. Delicious food and drinks.

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AllisonM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place. We loved the menu options, the drinks, the atmosphere. We had a great time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
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
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Classic spot in JC…good food, excellent bar

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vipDavidH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lobster roll was excellent

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TomF
Philadelphia
6 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
10 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
18 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
66 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
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy our meals there!

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paulw
New Orleans
10 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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vipKristiS
Denver
29 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
34 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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Light Horse Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1246 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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