White Horse Tavern

4.5
827 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
8 reviews
Dined 20 hours 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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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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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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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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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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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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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SP
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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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary and New Year Eve celebration.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We stumbled upon The White Horse Tavern making last minute New Years Eve dinner reservations. Delightful find! Even though we could only get an early evening reservation, the cozy Colonial atmosphere seated next to the open fireplace was perfect. Tim, our server, could not have been more pleasant and accomodating, taking time to fill us in on the unique history of the tavern. The food was delicious and the only restaurant we found that offered swordfish and shortribs, both our favorites. We started with perfectly crisp and chilled salads accompanied by hot, freshly baked bread. My husband loved the perfectly grilled swordfish and I could cut my shortribs with a fork. Of course, we always leave room for dessert and the chocolate bread pudding did not disappoint!
The only negative, which is why I gave the rating 4 instead of 5 stars, was the reception we received when we first entered the restaurant. We arrived at 4pm for a 4:15 reservation. The maitred never made eye contact with us, did not welcome us in, he just told the young hostess to seat us and give us drink menus and then give us a dinner menu at 4:15. Really! He was very curt in his instruction, never smiling, on what was a holiday evening. I felt compelled to console the hostess when she seated us. I can't imagine working for someone like that. He needs to take a page from his professional, pleasant, accomodating staff.

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A
New England
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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w
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we ate here over the winter and were seated right next to the fireplace, which was perfect for the mood. the cocktails were excellent and our meals were divine. definitely recommend.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing seating.

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R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff is amazing. The food was very good, except for my potatoes lyonnaise, which were simply mashed potatoes. I truly enjoyed it. The tables are quite close, as if they want to ensure they utilize every nook and cranny available. I didn’t need to hear the gentleman at the next table treating his date poorly. Nor did I need to here the party of 4’s legal issues 2 tables in front. Tables are placed directly in front of beautiful, large fireplaces, almost as if they are in them. The kicker was the Maitre’D who was very staunch. He gave the indication that human activity bothered him. Perhaps he should be reminded that suit and tie he was wearing could not be afforded by most. And that the hostess herself did not meet the dress code in her mini-dress with athletic stripes down each side.
With that our bill of $130 with no alcohol or dessert, left me with a memory of excellent scallops and beef Wellington, a serving staff I would gladly exceed in 20% gratuity anytime, but a Maitre’D I would love to send to a back alley for a meal.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice upscale colonial tavern with fine cuisine. Menu items were well thought out and appropriate to the historic setting but prepared with modern flair. All locally sourced and identified as to farms and locations. Wine list is superior and reflects that the owner has knowledge and a discerning eye. We were very pleased with our dinner, service, and the romantic ambiance upstairs near (not too near, please) the fireplace. One minor constructive comment: I found the scallops just slightly over salted.

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New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef Wellington was delicious. The charcuterie was a great appetizer. The McNab Cab went very well with both the charcuterie and the beef Wellington.

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