White Horse Tavern

4.6
766 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Proper Dinner Dress Required: “Country Club” or “Business Casual” please. Jackets are not required but collared shirts are expected. Please no athletic wear or sneakers. Please remove hats in our establishment and mobile phones should be turned off so as not to disturb your fellow diners. Thank you!

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 Rhode Island’s farms. We embrace RI’s vibrant food scene to bring you the very best artisan cheeses, honeys, prime cuts of beef and local fish right off the boat – all in a Colonial tavern that’s been serving America for over 350 years. So join us for a taste of 21st century Rhode Island in our 17th century Tavern; You won’t be disappointed!
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
M-TH: 11am– 9 pm
FRI-SAT: 11am– 10 pm
SUN: 11am – 9pm
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Phone number
(401) 849-3600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Silvia
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at the White Horse Tavern was everything we were looking for. A cozy room with fireplace, excellent service, delicious food and very reasonable prices for what they offer. My husband loved the Beef Wellington and I enjoyed the pan roasted chicken breast. Razor clams casino were delicious too. Perfect ending was the butterscotch bread pudding. It was a lovely evening! Servers work well together and were very friendly. When we got our coats they were toasty warm. That was a nice touch.

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BK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was well prepared, tasted delicious and well presented. Service was widely erratic, with long stretches between server sightings. Staff seemed a bit overwhelmed on the evening we were there.

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience! A bit Pricey but worth it! Atmosphere was awesome!

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Charleston
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and great ambiance!

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LT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you want to be part of history, here is your chance. Dinner in a place that is older than the country it sits in.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service, atmosphere was decorated for Holidays, definitely recommend.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Was our 3rd time dining there. Food and service are both OUTSTANDING. I cannot say enough about the food quality and presentation. Truly top notch on all levels. My one and only complaint is one that I think is likely unavoidable - the fireplace odor. The smell as you walk in is initially charming, inviting, and of course adds to the ambiance of the restaurant. As the night wore on, however, I could smell nothing but the burning smell. It was overwhelming to be honest. I felt like I was breathing in smoke the entire time. When we left the restaurant and walked to our car, we could smell the fireplace odor on our clothes and hair. We literally reaked of smoke. Had to shower when we got home. Even my purse and eye glasses smelled for a few days. Because of the age of the restaurant, I'm guessing it's maybe unavoidable(?), but I think going forward, I will likely go back in the summer months when the fireplace may not perhaps be used.

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n
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

White Horse is straight out of the history books. You feel like you are dining at Paul Revere's house. The atmosphere is fabulous, you are literally in a pre-revolutionary war time house. The menu is a nice mix of sophisticated American cuisine. Wine list is great. Our server was attentive in the beginning, but he quickly got busy and he barely stopped at the table when asking about dessert and delivering the bill (after waiting quite a bit for both). He mentioned he was new, so we'll cut some slack. Otherwise, we really enjoyed our first time at the WH....perfect for a winter's night. I'd go back.

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

We had a reservation for lunch on Saturday and were seated promptly. The atmosphere was very historic and the tavern was tastefully decorated for the holidays. There were real wood fires burning in all the fireplaces.
My husband ordered the Reuben Cuban Sandwich and the Butternut Squash Soup. Both were delicious. I ordered the Lobster BLT Sandwich and the Rhode Island Clam Chowder. The soup was very good, but the kitchen forgot to add the bacon to the sandwich. Our waiter Sean apologized and brought the missing bacon promptly. With the bacon, the sandwich was very tasty. We ordered the Carrot Cake for dessert. It was heavenly and it was given to us at no charge because of the missing bacon in my sandwich. We look forward to eating there again the next time we are in Newport.

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NC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our 30th anniversary and were seated right in front of one of the four fireplaces in the building . The smell of the burning wood along with the colonial decor made for a very charming ambience. Superb wait staff and food. We must come back here again soon.

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ED
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool place with great food, beer, and history.

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious anniversary lunch in a quiet, quaint locale

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ever 5 stars thank will be back again.

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PM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We went on Thanksgiving. The menu and wine list were excellent and included a traditional turkey entree. Service was spotty but it was completely full so the staff was clearly pressed. I had the seafood stew, which included scallops, clams and lobster. The sauce was good, as were the scallops and clams, but the lobster was overcooked. My desert was partially burnt but quite tasty. The ambience was fantastic in its historical context. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her turkey dinner.

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M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Disappointing. Waited over an hour for reservations made more than 1 month in advance, specifically for ground floor. Arrived on time, and notified at check-in that table was ready on 2nd floor. Not appreciated...
Not pleasant at holiday time.

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LS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. You can feel the history as you enjoy your meal. Dominique was awesome as our server and the food was superb.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is special we sat next to a crackling real fire at a fireplace that’s probably been used for over 350 years. I’ve been going over 14 years and food is the best it’s ever been.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend love the food, the service was excellent and it wasn't too noisy. I read other reviews saying it was too loud however I feel if you plan to be there at 7:30pm or later it isn't as loud. Very cool history. I recommend the duck, it was delectable. Very cool history behind the tavern as well. I highly recommend.

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J
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our dinner here! I lived in Newport for 3 summers about 30 years ago and always wanted to visit. It was worth the 30 plus year wait.

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CC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service and a delicious meal was everything we weary travelers were hoping it would be. Local, fresh ingredients thoughtfully prepared - fabulous from start to finish, would absolutely return.

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FW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The little upstairs bar was cool but can get crowded quick. The restaurant itself was really historic. Dominic, our waiter, was polite. The dinner wasn't as good as I was told it would be. The chicken I ordered was a boneless breast but found a bone as I was chewing. Very disappointed with that! Dessert was ok, nothing special!

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p
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We have been going to the White Horse Tavern for many years. I love the atmosphere. However I did not enjoy it this time. Many tables were open, yet they squeezed us in a corner table right next to the serving hutch. The lunch menu was very limited even though it was restaurant week. We were seated right next to the most obnoxious pair who were extremely loud. So loud we could not softly converse with each other. The entire restaurant heard them(throughout our entire meal) and I feel management should have approached them to keep there conversation at a normal level.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My husband and I were in Newport for our tenth anniversary, so we decided to splurge on a really nice dinner. I must say, the food was wonderful- I had the Duck Scotch Egg starter, followed by the Beef Wellington. The egg was ever so slightly over cooked, so the yolk wasn’t particularly runny, but it tasted wonderful. And my Beef Wellington was cooked exactly as I ordered it, rare, and was succulent. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his oysters and sea bass. My only complaint is that they are too busy and noisy and the wait staff is too rushed for it to truly be considered a fine dining experience. More like a tourist attraction where they are trying to serve as many as possible. I would go back for the food but not the atmosphere.

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C
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Expensive but good food. Menu is a bit limited.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

lovely aplace and great waitress. Should light the fireplace beginning in October ,though.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Host was not as friendly and acomodable as near by places.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

While waiting to be seated. my wife and I experienced the maitre d' having 2 separate conflicts/ disagreements with 2 different waiters in front of 8-10 waiting guests . The tension was extremely high and really put a damper on the entire night. I happened to notice the mature d throughout the night as he was seating other guests in the dining room and he continued to look very uptight and irritated. We all have bad days so I hope this gentleman will become aware how his unprofessional behavior negatively affected our experience last night.

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a lovely historic upscale tavern style restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. It was Newport restaurant week, so we got a great three course meal for a good price. My husband said the Caesar salad was the best one he ever had. The chocolate mousse dessert was also a standout. Unfortunately the night was marred by a large group that was sitting behind us and was very loud and took up a lot of our waiter’s attention (the service was still excellent, but a little slow, not the waiter’s fault). It should be a quiet, romantic restaurant, maybe they should limit the size of the parties.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Thought it was just alright.

Felt slighted when we chose the restaurant week menu vice regular menu.

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent

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p
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Newport and I saw reviews of this restaurant so I knew it would be good. The food was tasty and portions were reasonable. The lighting was low and the old building turned back time for the diners. Our server was terrific. She helped divide a tomato salad for us and served it to each of us. We felt very pampered. I had the scallops with interesting root veggies and a tasty sauce. My husband had a monkfish special that he enjoyed immensely. We had dessert of course and didn't share. I had a delectable dish of chocolate peanut butter ice cream. My husband had a pecan tart that was not overly sweet. It was just right. I would recommend any visitor to Newport to make a reservation, sit back, and enjoy the oldest tavern in the country. It's well worth the trip.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a pleasure. The waitstaff are top notch. The food is delicious and made with the freshest ingredients. Our favorite spot to celebrate.

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RB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

we come here twice a year and have for the last 23 years. our waiter, dominic, was terrific as was the entire staff. the hostess was most accomodating in that i requested a specific table and waiter. she delivered on both. everything was great and we are looking forward to our next visit in may.

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DW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster macaroni and cheese was fantastic! Our bartender made great amaretto stone sours. The White Horse was definitely a highlight of our girls trip!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and atmosphere.

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AC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual, the White Horse Tavern did not disappoint. Our waiter, Dominic, was just fantastic. A very genuine person and friendly to boot. The food is always fantastic. We will continue to come to White Horse for celebrations and special occasions - we always feel so welcome!

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LR
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a national landmark, and the restaurant lives up to that billing.

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SO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is at least the third time dining at the White Horse Tavern. The food is excellent. Service is good and not rushed.

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DD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were very good. It was easy to hold a conversation as it was not too loud. The staff was very accommodating.

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VA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful historic setting, beautifully executed meal, service was excellent.

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