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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Great for Lunch (18)
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Comfort Food (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Cozy (13)
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Bar Seating (11)
Business Meals (10)
Romantic (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Live Music (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
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Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (New Orleans)·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 26, 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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·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 19, 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 6, 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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·Dined on November 4, 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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 (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 28, 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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 (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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·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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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Omg loved it and my date loved it. It was definitely worth the drive and I appreciate this.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

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

nice twist on some classic dishes, service was friendly but slow, sat outside which was lovely

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Fun evening with nice outdoor seating. Food was delicious and waiter was attentive. Good quality and pricey, but perfect for special occasions. We went for my husband's birthday. Enjoyable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Loved everything about it

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great service and really yummy brunch. We sat outside so it was quiet and our meal came out fast. Would go back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food quite good exc for lobster tail (avoid). Pleasant outdoor setting.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

OK for informal get-together, but much too noisy for a business dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Have been here multiple times and always a great time. I highly recommend the desserts, salads, and gnocchi. The homemade gnocchi is amazing.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

David the waiter was very knowledgeable and really made our experience! He was good fun and very attentive! Thanks David!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The food is never great, but for New Jersey about equal to others. They could do with a menu revamp!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our Sunday evening meal was delicious. The Light Horse Tavern is always delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had a great dinner. Really enjoyed the Korean ribs off of the bar menu. The oysters were fantastic as well. And great wine recommendation. Would definitely go back. Highly recommend it.

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