Horseshoe Grille

4.6
199 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue

Horseshoe Grill in North Reading has been family-owned since the 1920s when it was originally a supper club for members only. That changed in 1957 and, since then, patrons have come from all over to sample the famous ribs that have made Horseshoe Grill an institution.

The relaxing atmosphere inside makes it the perfect place to get to work on a rack of ribs, lobster Rangoon, Thai chili calamari or nachos. There is lighter fare at Horseshoe Grill too like the Asian chicken lettuce wraps, cheese quesadilla, ahi tuna and summer fruit salad. There are gluten-free options on the menu too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Second time here and liked it even better than the first!

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MrTed
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We have always loved this place and loved it when it was a shack with country music down the street.

This time it changed and last time also……Service meaning waitress was totally unattentive (thank goodness for a young guy who helped us else we would have walked out)……Appetizer of Tai Shrimp get rid of it and bring back the callimari to the menu……Don’t say St Louis ribs on menu and then give me overcooked baby back and so on

I miss you so where have you gone 🤔😞

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Alice
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn't been here in a while and it was better than we remembered-- food was great, staff were super friendly. There were some loud people around us but that's not the restaurant's fault. We will definitely be back.

CG
CarolG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to eat with family, meet friends for lunch, dinner, or drinks. Everyone makes the dining experience memorable. Definitely try this restaurant.

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vipRobertH
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Pick this spot every time I'm in the area!

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TimM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been here a few times now and it is always very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My experience overall was a decent one.

Pros: Easy to make a reservation. Food and Cocktails were great. Husband had the pulled pork, my friend had the ribs and I had the nachos grande. I was so hungry when I got there I thought the half portion wouldn’t be enough. I was wrong! The nachos were HUGE and so good! Server was friendly

Major Cons: We were seated in the extension patio room with the garage doors that open for an outdoor vibe. We were ATTACKED by mosquitoes. It was so bad we had to ask them to shut the garage doors which they kindly did but only on our side of the room so mosquitoes were still getting in from the other side. That was the worst part of our night.

Not so major cons: limited cocktail menu. Most things were sweet and fruity so My husband asked for a bourbon neat. The server seemed confused as to what he was asking for. She said she could ask the bartender if he can do that. When she asked what kind of Bourbon my husband asked if they had Woodford in which she replied she had no idea what that was but could check. She was very sweet but definitely needs more training at least in the cocktail area.

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CarolG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good prices, attentive staff. Everyone is always pleasant and helpful. They have great specials and a good selection of desserts. Customers have a variety of seating options, inside, outside, bar hi-tops, tables, and booths. Great place to meet friends without feeling rushed.

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KathyN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donna was our waitress. She was great! Food was great.

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SamM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be able to eat in the open air. Also , I have to eat wheat free and their menu is so helpful with that.
Great choices.

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vipOTIS
New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very excellent service from my server Sean. Great brisket sandwich and the cucumber salad was cool and refreshing which paired well with the hot and spicy BBQ sauce.

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CarolG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Horseshoe Grille is a great place to meet friends for lunch, dinner, or drinks and appetizers. They provided optional seating inside, outside, and half in and half out under a covered roof. The staff is very accomodating and the menu has many items to choose from. Our server was personable and attentive. Good quality food for the price.

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CBOKen
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

One got the brisket and one got panko chicken. Both meals were very good. My husband at first didn’t think there was enough brisket but when he finished he was satisfied. I think it looked like a smaller portion because of the large serving dish. Mango mai tai was good cocktail. Would recommend. Server was attentive and pleasant. All in all good experience. Ate inside and it was well spaced and relaxing. Outside looked like a noisier crowd which I usually like, but it was very hot so opted for ac.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went to Horseshoe Grille with my family in June. It was our first time since the pandemic. Food was good if not spectacular. I got the meatloaf and my wife got a salad. The boys had cheeseburgers so we did not experience all they had to offer.

The server Jeff was fantastic. Very friendly young man who was attentive and knew the menu inside and out.

We go dour or five times per year and have never had a bad meal.

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ALfromBOSTON
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to order a variety of appetizers and all of the items we ordered were perfect.

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vip1010203
New England
75 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Food was good, but server was not too attentive

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SherriB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Great service and food! Go here weekly for years and never have been disappointed

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JeromeF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend Horseshoe to everyone, the menu is diverse, the food delicious, and the
staff friendly! Go now and enjoy!

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ElaineF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group sat in the covered outdoor area, and enjoyed ambiance to go along with good apps, food and drinks. Our server was great - friendly and attentive. Always enjoy it there.

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DonnaM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was awful. One hour from time we arrived until food was delivered. People next to us warned us waitress was never around, their order was wrong and it was slow. Should have listened and left. Ordered sandwiches to make it quick but didn’t happen. She was never to be found and others server was nice to help us just to get water! Not even an acknowledgement or apology for the wait or service. Just complained to us they didn’t expect such a crowd on a Monday. She literally had a table of 2, 3, and 2 tables of 4. Like the food but a bad server just ruins the experience. Hopefully better experience if we decide to try it again.

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AndoverResident
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friends were up from Virginia, so expectations were high. Jeff our server exceeded them in every way - personality, knowledge, right-level service, and personal recommendations. Very nice evening.

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vipDonnaG
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside on the patio. Food was delicious. We did not feel rushed at all.

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MagdelB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table inside the restaurant. The atmosphere was really nice and calm, but still lively. Our food was great and the service was also amazing! We felt special, and very welcome. Will definitely return!

JM
vipJMC1
New England
142 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always been pleased with the Horseshoe Grill. I have gone there for many years, with the exception of not going during the Covid pandemic. I was pleased that upon returning I found the same great experience that I remember was still in existence. Laura was our server and she was superb!

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patriceo
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

They should have more wait staff and less at the host station. Horrible service. Sat down for 15 minutes without acknowledging us. And then had an attitude. Not great. Food wasn’t bad but it was over an hour before we had food. Rough

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TomG
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My chicken quesadilla was made with barbecue chicken which was not on the menu. And $14 for a quesadilla is a bit over the top. I have always loved this place because the food in general is very good but it is definitely overpriced. They would do better by lowering their prices and filling the restaurant

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Ruthie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One couldn't ask for a better server - outstanding. Drinks and food quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Nice evening outside. Waitress was nice enough and good service. Food was good

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vipXygris
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nacho's are to die for we go from time to time and just make a meal of it. Panko Chicken is a favorite with the kids. BBQ is great, love the smokey flavor in the meatloaf, Chili and pulled pork are excellent. Just wish they made blackened salmon. Oh and lets not forget the fireplace in the middle of the restaurant, very cozy.

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CamiloM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and service! Food was exceptional! Definitely going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were friendly, the atmosphere was great and the food was delicious. I’m excited to go back and try more food from their menu.

JC
JayC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch with friends at the Horseshoe Grille. Brian (I think) our server was great. Everyone enjoyed their meals and I especially would recommend that you save room for the bread pudding bites. So yummy!!

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AerialPrince632
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a fantastic Mother’s Day Lunch!!!

From start to finish Horseshoe Grille met and went beyond my expectations.

The staff was super helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable.
The decor was fresh and clean.

The waitress was spot on. She was very accommodating, knew the menu to a T, and very nice to our son’s.

Highly recommend Horseshoe Grille!!

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ALfromBOSTON
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was outstanding and all six of us were very impressed at how perfect our dining experience was.

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DeirdreF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the Horseshoe is amazing. It is our go to place. The food and service are impeccable.

JH
JanelleH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I've always had a great experience here. The hosts and servers are friendly and professional and the food is always amazing.

JO
JillO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for outside but didn’t have a table for me. We went elsewhere. What’s the point of making reservation?

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vipsusanf
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything looks so good on the menu we decided to stick to appetizers. Very creative and high quality.

JM
vipJimM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great value and in a convenient location. Sat in the outdoor area that had covering.

FAQs

Horseshoe Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (978) 664-3591.

Horseshoe Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 199 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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