Light Horse Tavern

4.8
1130 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, even with Covid precautions

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went for brunch with my girl friends and we really loved the food. The LHT medium rare is a great sandwich choice and don’t forget to order banana bread with extra cinnamon cream. The ambience was perfect for those who have a thing for vintage decors. The service was okay. 8/10 would recommend.

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vipKat45
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I love this place and I’m a repeat guest, the food and ambiance are wonderful. I was just thrown off by manager’s behavior this time. We were on time for our reservation but had to wait as he was busy with other people. Upon check in he was unfriendly and said we are late and that he needs the table back in 90 mins. Obviously he doesn’t have enough servers to ensure a timely order and delivery process. When our time came to an end he walked up and down in front of our igloo to gently remind us to leave. His server apologized many times for his behavior but I didn’t feel valued and we couldn’t even have dessert. His behavior and pressure diminished our dining experience and obviously the place was not equipped with enough staff to ensure a smooth flow. We then went next door and spent our whole afternoon there with more drinks and dessert. Really sad as this was one of my favorite places...left a bad taste in my mouth!

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vipNicoleG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Valentines Day! Had amazing experience! Food, drinks, service and even atmosphere! The price was very good for what we ordered and the quality of food. We were surprised with how low was the check! Definitely, will recommend to friends and family! Reliable and consistent even during these complex times! Great job guys!

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JohnM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to relax and eat well especially if you enjoy fresh seafood.

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JLV1111111
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

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vipNicole
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the ambiance in here. It’s rustic and romantic but also great for groups. We shared the beet salad, very good. I had shrimp cocktail and asparagus for dinner and my husband had the pasta special. Everything was fresh and tasty. Service was great! We sat at a table next to the bar area. Since it’s close to the door they Prp used personal space heaters that did a great job. The chocolate bread pudding was our least favorite. It was a chocolate chip bread pudding but was more buttery. I ate it but my husband passed. Cocktails were very good too. This is a historical building so I like that about it. We will be back! PS- wish they had filet mignon on their menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service.

LM
LaquethaM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, service was excellent. Will definitely don't here again if I'm in Jersey City.

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Janey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never ate here before but I loved it! The servers are very attentive and the food is on point. With that and a nice drink, you can't go wrong. It was a lovely evening.

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vipJohnFrank
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One our favorite places to dine. We got the coveted fireplace table this time 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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MarkS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It’s very cozy so perfect for the winter. They had a really good guitarist/singer but the noise made it harder to talk. Food was good but not great. Service was good.

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LisaM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Always have a great meal there. Will be back soon

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vipChrisR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not honor the reservation. Said it was not in their system and they were fully booked. Embarrassing.

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vipMea1969
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Was great food and ambiance, just very cold by the door

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CABO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch!!! Service was exceptional! Great quality food, nothing was disappointing.

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AlexanderM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value

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kbrk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the raw bar and cocktail menus. Great spot for date night. Love the ambiance and the service is always great!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great birthday brunch!

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RosemaryR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service never fail! "Igloos" are safe and warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for brunch and it was great. The dome became a bit hot. Food was great and service was amazing. Definitely recommend.

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vipAnnD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

I been here a number of times but this night the food was not good. Very very salty. The waiter actually took a meal off my check. We were a party of 6 and everyone complained about the food and the salt.

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vipJohnFrank
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here in JC

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SGmez
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delivery food & wonderful service . Can’t wait to go back

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Imani
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Service was phenomenal and their French onion soup was the best I've had so far.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience2

A bit cold indoors with a single curtain at the entrance to prevent wind gusts when door opens.

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vipKathy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous brunch. Just perfect

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NatalieT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed my dining experience! Would recommend and would return

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DebraE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and delicious food!
Our table started with the fried calamari - light and perfectly cooked. We had to order two! Then a skirt steak - cooked to perfection! The pork chops - fantastic. Our littlest lady had buttered pasta - even that wasn’t perfectly prepared. I had the cod special that had a light flavor and the sauce was so good I could have taken a bath in it! Our server was busy but always available. Over all a wonderful night out.

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ChristinS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service ! Delicious food !
Very safe set up to adhere to social distance rules

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AlyssaD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always! Love the artichoke salad

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vipTracyNYC
Dublin
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I am new to JC, so this was only my second visit to White Horse Tavern. Both visits were awesome...beautiful ambiance, exceptional service and great food. It’s so great to have this gem of a restaurant in the neighborhood!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the Light Horse Tavern! Recommend it highly but be patient with the service. Sometimes it is slow.

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RachelH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in Jersey City! The coolest inside and great food. Hard to beat.

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vipTomT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether it's dinner or brunch Light Horse Tavern never disappoints.

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vipTracyNYC
Dublin
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service and beautiful ambiance.

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vipCetts
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I just enjoyed a very relaxing Sunday brunch here. We sat inside and felt very safe. I’ve been here many times and have always enjoyed it. This was my first time for brunch and it did not disappoint I loved my fried oysters and avocado toast. As always, the service and food was excellent. We look forward to returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. They make a great Bloody Mary!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and friendly staff. Thanks for staying open!

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Light Horse Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 1130 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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