White Horse Tavern

4.5
835 reviews
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At The White Horse Tavern we strive to create a fresh, contemporary culinary experience in America’s Oldest Restaurant. Like generations before us, we serve the freshest fish, clams and lobsters from Narragansett Bay along with just-picked produce from local RI’s farms. We embrace RI’s vibrant food scene to bring you the very best artisan cheeses, honeys, prime cuts of beef and the highest quality chops and poultry from local farms. We're proud to embrace RI's vibrant food scene, which has made the White Horse Tavern a New England destination.

Proper Dinner Dress Required; Business Casual is appropriate. Jackets are not required. Please no athletic wear or sneakers. Please remove hats in our establishment and mobile phones should be turned off.

Please note any allergies or special requests when making your reservation or any restrictions with stairs. Specific tables may be requested however we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to meet yo
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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The white horse tavern was a great experience for my wife and me. The food was amazing, along with the ambiance and our server Domenic was fantastic. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting Newport.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we were treated with 5 star service. Our waiter Tim was very professional and never kept us waiting for anything. Food was phenomenal, I had the filet and it was wonderfully prepared.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in Newport. A little off the beaten path-not far though. And worth it.

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PQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such great drinks and food! Service is always top notch! Love the history!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere. Our server was delightful and knowledgeable. Food was delicious. We will definitely be back! A must try in Newport!

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was not as good as anticipated, the food lacked seasoning and the service was not good. The matire de asked how everything was and we described that my girlfriends fish was was extremely fishy and not cooked through and also how she didn’t finish her cocktail and the waitress poured water in it by accident, but didn’t offer her another. No part of our meal was comped or even a free dessert was offered. Would never ever go to this place again. The mood was beyond boring and nothing to offer even though it’s the oldest tavern in the United States, should have been able to capitalize on that.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We were in Newport for the weekend. I ordered the Striped Bass special that was excellent. The beet salad had too much lake and not enough beets. My date ordered the seafood stew which was disappointing. It only had 2 scallops, 2 clams and a small lobster tail. Leeks, potatoes and no broth. My date described it as pitiful. In addition the carrot cake was dry.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Historic restaurant with a wonderful ambiance and fantastic service. Great selection of food, although they we're out of the short rib and lobster mac and cheese by the time we dined which was a little disappointing. Bread pudding for dessert was phenomenal, and the charcuterie platter was great. Overall, a really great experience.

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c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in they made us feel very welcome. Our server was exceptional in every way. We had questions about wine and beer and they were very helpful with both of our choices. The atmosphere was warm and quiet. My wife and I classified the White horse Tavern as one of those places to go for a "Special Occasion". We will be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy ambiance in a historic location. Will definitely be back.

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SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was very disappointed in my special requests for my husbands 70th birthday. I made my request ahead of time asking that we be seated in front of the fireplace which did not happen. I also asked over the phone that I have a piece of cake with a candle sent to the table. They said I would have to ask the server when we arrived. I did that and she said we would have to order from the menu which would totally dismiss the surprise. For a $250.00 dinner for 4, you would think they would send over a free piece of cake. Will not be returning. The atmosphere was nice, food was okay.

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CM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Incredible spot. We were in a small (chilly) room off of the main upstairs dining room. Our position took away from the experience but if we were at any other table it would have been great!! Wonderful service.

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SP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentines Day!

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! The food was delicious especially the bread pudding. Will definitely visit again. Loved how quaint and cozy it was.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OCS Graduation Eve. We were running 15 mins late but they didn’t have any issues seating us when we arrived. Our server Tim was great. It was a great experience celebrating a special occasion.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful original ambiance, beautiful fireplaces. Food was nice mix of classic and modern twists. Excellent service. Was a bit drafty for my wife and a few other couples but that’s part of being in a building from the 1600s. They kept putting wood on the fire and drew the drapes. I switched seats with her and was perfect for us both. Celebrated 1st anniversary with champagne and great food, loved it!

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ML
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time to Newport! This restaurant has incredible history, atmosphere, ..Outstanding service,
Food was amazing..How can you go wrong!! We loved it and will be back again!

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PP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, loved the service - thanks Tracie, you were outstanding- and loved the historical atmosphere. Just a great place. We thoroughly enjoyed!! Five Stars!!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to the White Horse Tavern on my own as part of a solo mini-vacation. The ambiance is wonderful and they sat me at a table right in front of a roaring fire which was nice not only for aesthetics but also because it was absolutely freezing out that night. The wait staff was really friendly and professional. The maitre de was very helpful about learning which places to visit after a nice chat.

It’s not too loud which is interesting because the place was full of patrons. This medium hum was welcome as I enjoyed my book by the fireplace.

The food was very well done and the prices were what you would imagine for a place where business casual is the dress-code. Still, based on the lobster mac and cheese and the soup d’jours, it was worth every penny.

I would recommend The White Horse Tavern not just for the food or great service but also for the experience of visiting a historic eatery like this.

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EO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on a very cold winter day. House holds so much history, oldest tavern in the country. We had choice of table and picked one in an alcove, private room which was really nice. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience.

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h
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In one word “Incredible”. Can’t imagine going to Newport without dining at The White Horse Tavern.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservations were canceled at the last minute due to utilities problem. Very disappointing

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The table setter and table clearer was horrible, and the waitress was sharp with her answers and an occasional smile. I’ve been coming her as a local for decades and sad to see the decline

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KK
Las Vegas
66 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

White Horse Tavern has several things going for it - and several that need improvement, in my opinion. We were there for brunch. I'll start by saying I liked it just enough to try it for dinner. There is much to be said for its history and the historical ambience inside. We were warmly greeted by the hostess who took our coats (they have a coat check!) and we were promptly seated. Unfortunately the room's ambience was marred bit by an odd choice of background music (contemporary pop, essentially) which was annoying. Service was excellent throughout the meal. We started with the duck Scotch egg which is a good concept but lacking in execution. It needs more sausage for a moister finish. The sauce below definitely helped but it really needs to be less dry. The poached eggs and the pork belly (the Farewell eggs Benedict) were perfectly cooked. The hollandaise was delicious. The English muffin is, in a word, pedestrian, like it was purchased from Sysco or some other giant food service provider. Either get better muffins or, better still, use something else - toast rounds, for example. The omelette was rather overcooked. The egg mixture was lacking sufficient fat and moisture so it cooked up unfortunately dry (add a little milk and minced butter). The breakfast potatoes on both plates were cooked through and seasoned, but that's the where the good ends. Lacking caramelization they lacked texture and the better flavor they would have had were this done. The bloody Mary and the WHT's version of a kir royale were both very good. Unfortunately the coffee was probably the worst I've had in some time, again tasting like very cheap food service coffee. And again, I enjoyed the WHT just enough to try it for dinner. I've found the food in Newport to be rather overrated, having been to numerous restaurants over the past eight months. While White Horse missed the mark for brunch I am hoping it will hit it - or at least be much closer - for dinner.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for brunch. It was really great. The food was tasty and the service was outstanding. The place was very cozy, loved the atmosphere. I highly recommend this place.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance in this old building. We went for our anniversary and were seated in the formal dining area with the fire place. I was worried based on some reviews that it was going to be too formal but need not have worried, and the service was friendly not stuck up. Everyone was friendly, from the coat check girl, to our waitress, who wished us a happy anniversary too having noted during the reservation we were celebrating, which i thought was a nice touch.

The dinner itself, the Beef Wellington was the reason for us choosing the place and it was good, it didnt blow me away hence the 4/5 stars but it was tasty. The prices were on the higher side so i expect perfection for that price.

I would recommend, the place wasnt too busy when we were there on a Saturday night during a storm. Definite charm in this place.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday event

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and great drinks. Have been several times and will continue to go back.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at the historic White Horse Tavern! Food and service was superb

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SM
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific old-world charm. Cozy tavern room with fireplace. Other authentically historic rooms for incredible ambience. Food is very sophisticated. Staff is warm and welcoming. What more could you want?

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EP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for New Year's lunch after visiting The Elms; great location with easy parking. The food was very good, the ambiance was wonderful, the service was was good as well. It's been many years since dining at the White Horse and was as good as we remembered. It's a little out of the way but worth the extra 3 minutes and they have on-site free parking unlike other restaurants where parking is either expensive or impossible to find.

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PL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We were disappointed with the choices on the Luncheon Menu for New Year's Day. Assume dinner menu is a bit more extensive.

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DG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, however the night we went, there was a party of ten seated near us that had several very loud and annoying guests. We weren't the only party bothered by the ongoing raucous noise.

When diners come to a high-end restaraunt, they should expect be able to eat their meal in relative peace and carry on a quiet conversation without being continually interrupted by rude neighbors. It is simply unfair.

The White Horse staff should take greater responsibility for ensuring a reasonable environment for other guests. They should have some means of respectfully controlling loud tables and preserving a quality experience for all.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

The atmosphere here is amazing and I have heard that this is one of the ‘must visit’ spots in Newport. We were very excited to visit on New Year’s Eve and made a reservation ahead of time. When we arrived we were shown right to our seats however it was at least 10 min before we saw our waitress. She took our order and then we didn’t see her again for the rest of the evening. My husband ordered fish which was cold and pink inside (raw). We had to flag down another server to send it to finish being cooked. My Beef Wellington was delicious but both the sides were cold, I didn’t send them back though because I didn’t want to be rude. When we finished our meal we had intended to order more drinks and dessert but after 25 min of sitting and waiting for our server we decided to give up. We flagged down another server to bring our check.

The waitstaff and the kitchen both seemed very disorganized which was a big bummer! I’m not sure if it was the fact that it was a busy night or poor management but overall we had a very disappointing experience due to the lack of service and improperly prepared food.

Maybe it’s better when it’s a less busy night...

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PC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year eve

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P
New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve was excellent. The meal and the service were outstanding

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k
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both very good, atmosphere was cozy and perfect for a cold night. Male host was not friendly at all when we first entered, actually almost left because of his demeanor but decided to stay and glad we did.

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RC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was hard to get into rhe resturaunt with my walker. I sent the Sole back because it was loaded with bones. I ordered Rib Eye which was excellent. My wife had the Swordfish which was also excellent.
Thw waitress and staff were all couldn't do enough for us, they were the best.
We would definetly will go back.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! I can’t think of one negative aspect. You can just feel the history and the food was excellent.

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