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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!
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Light Horse Tavern Live Music Series:
Showcasing Different Artists Throughout The Week: Monday's-- Live Guitar, Tuesday's-- Live Piano, Sunday-- Live Piano & Bass.
Light Horse Tavern can do catered events. For more information please ask to speak to our Private Events Coordinator.
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.
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.
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Light Horse Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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!
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!!
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.
I've been to Light Horse Tavern on a handful of weekend nights and the service, ambiance and food were always great. However, this past Saturday's visit makes me not want to recommend this spot to anyone. We came for a bday dinner and we were seated in a back room that does give off the same 'tavern' vibe as their main dining room. For 5 people, we were unwillingly there for 3 hours... the service was awful, as we watched full meals come out to other tables that sat down after us. Also, our server came up to us 3 times (before we asked ourselves) saying it would only be a few more mins for food. Three of five meals came out cold and one of them came out 10 mins after everyone else's. We were really disappointed by this experience, especially after talking this place up to those who came with us.
Great food, but the service was horrible (seemed to be the same across tables based on the apologies going around). We received oysters as an appetizer and took 10 minutes to flag someone down for utensils, and despite ordering our wine for apps and for entrees at the beginning, we couldn't get our servers attention for the second glasses we ordered until the entrees were almost done.
Maintains some of the old time look with the bar and dark wood. Very good food but things can get loud in the bar area. There is a small dining room if you prefer less noise. We had a corner booth in the back of the bar area and that was very nice and a bit out of the noisiest area.
Parking can be a challenge. The garage nearby (2 blocks away) was full but when asked, they were able to accommodate us for a couple of hours. The restaurant had a deal with them, so parking was discounted.
Really good experience on our 2nd time here. The food is French-centric. There's a good steak, branzino, and other seafood such as fresh oysters. The couple we brought with us loved their dishes. There was an upright bassist and pianist playing which was really nice on a Sunday evening. The waitress was very nice. We'll be back!
Overpriced for fairly bland food. Waitress made a mistake with order and when we complained to the management they refused to even acknowledge the issue. This is a restaurant that I have been to on 3 previous occasions and whilst there is a good ambience the best times are when we are sat at the bar enjoying a few drinks. Bar staff are always extremely efficient and friendly. I would not go here for food again as its expensive for the quality that you get.
We had a wonderful evening at the Light Horse Tavern. The ambience of the restaurant with the doors open to the outside and the live music was trendy and fun. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. I ordered the vegetable lasagna and it was absolutely delicious.
I went here for summer lunch with a friend, and we ate outside on the patio. The patio was welcoming with potted plants and umbrellas and a view of the neighborhood. We started with delicious yucca fries and pesto broccoli. The entrée selections were excellent - fresh, creative salads and tempting sandwiches. The service was attentive and personal. This is a neighborhood gem - I will return next time I'm in Jersey City.
The steak special was incredible and the apple pie ala mode made an off the chart wonderful combo; wines and service both equally good too. Music and conversion from nearby table of eight a "bit" too loud and detracted from overall excellent ambience. Can't wait to go bac!
Tried this place for the first time and it was great! Parking can be a bit of a pain, but we lucked out with a spot about 2 blocks away.
We were greeted promptly and offered a choice of indoor/outdoor dining. Our drink orders were taken, also promptly, and bread was brought to the table. The drink/wine selection was very decent in size, so we had no trouble with choices.
I started with French onion soup and my boyfriend started with a selection of oysters from the raw bar. Again, the appetizer and raw bar selections were plentiful.
For dinner my boyfriend had the pork chop....and he is still raving about it!.. It was a very nice sized portion and was cooked to a beautiful medium. I had the bronzino and it also was very well prepared. Everything was full of flavor.
The only negative comment was about the side of asparagus. We had to remind them that we ordered it and when it came out it was a total of 5 spears. For $6 I think a few more spears could be spared.
All in all we are looking forward to our next trip into Jersey City and the Light Horse Tavern.
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