White Horse Tavern

4.7
1969 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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 are 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 note any allergies or special requests when making your reservation or any restrictions with stairs. Reservations are recommended to be made 2 to 4 weeks prior to your preferred dining date and time. Specific tables may be requested however we are unable to guarantee certain requests.
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vipEZtoplease
Tahoe
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved this place and the people and the swordfish was best we ever had - clam chowder in clear broth was great too

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vipcherieee
New England
129 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A wonderful historic restaurant in Newport. The food for the most part is very good we go here a couple of times a year always enjoy ourselves. My swordfish was a little dry, I liked it much better the last time I had it here. It was a little dry and not very flavorful. It was supposed to have olives, capers and tomatoes and had one or two of each. My husband liked his duck and the dessert was great, coconut/almond ice cream in a shell. We will return, I won't get swordfish again.

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ChristinaM
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful but pricy. Service was very good.

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vipUrbanFarmgirl
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like historic, dark, romantic, candles lit next to a classic old fashioned….this is your spot. Yes we’re only in Newport a few nights, so the draw to be near the water brought us to Bowen’s the first night. (Fabulous) But this place is special. Go early for a drink at the old bar. Order the Beef Wellington. It’s as outrageous as you’d expect. The duck, equally delish. The pate appetizer and lobster bisque were divine. Enjoy!

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ParissP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience for our anniversary. Our server, Tim, went above and beyond to make our night extra special. The beef wellington was incredible. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Touristy and the beef Wellington

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KevinO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Overall good food with decent
ambiance, that being the house itself.

The initial greeting was flat and unremarkable. Our table was in a tiny room that felt closed in and unimpressive.

Our entree presentation left a lot to be desired with a plop and leave attitude of the food runner.

Our waiter Tim did an exceptional job throughout the entire meal.

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vipAngie
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server James was outstanding. Also the meal was divine and did not disappoint! We loved dining in this magical historic place.

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WendolynH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were attracted to this restaurant for our anniversary because of its history and reputation. It did not disappoint. The beautifully maintained colonial building is delightful. The service was great and the food was excellent. The wedge salad was crunchy and delicious. I highly recommend the duck. This delicious dish had a generous portion of perfectly cooked tender duck breast with truffle cream sauce and el dente root vegetables . The scallops were wonderful. And the creme brûlée was the perfect finale.

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SallyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. My dessert was just ok

I’d go back!

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vipHave2Eat
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance wonderful. Beautiful old tavern atmosphere. Lovely staff. Food very good

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Vter
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster bisque is the best I’ve had in years! Absolutely delicious.

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RobertP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Horse Tavern is off the charts. The food was fantastic. Great cocktails. Service was impeccable. We had the grilled swordfish and the steak frites. Cooked to perfection. Highly recommended.

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JeanetteD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef wellington was the best I've ever had.
We love old taverns because they remind use of the UK.

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vipNikkiB
Pittsburgh
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The best truffle fries I've ever had! Steak/frites was very good. Duck was done in a way different than I've ever experienced with a creamy sauce which was a gamble but worked well. Noticeably short-staffed with very stressed wait staff but our waitress was still attentive. Ambiance is dark, would go more for the historical appeal than romance.

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MartyH
Naples
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, service and food were excellent! The Beef Wellington was the best!

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Fitz1952
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops with corn pine were to die for. Best in Newport!

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LoriF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the tavern. The ambiance was delightful, staff was very knowledgeable about the history. Our meals were perfectly cooked and delicious. We also enjoyed 2 different desserts with coffee. Complimentary Prosecco after dinner as we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary was a nice touch

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LisaB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s like stepping back in time to a friendlier place, the finest food and drink in an historic restaurant.

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vipPBMB
Greensboro
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the oysters, wedge salad, beef wellington & dessert (key lime & brownie) everything was delicious & great service- perfect place for date night in Newport!

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vipGailM
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We were pleased with the server and the quality of the food. However, we were extremely displeased with the receptionist. She first seated us at a high top table in a closed bar on the third floor with a view of the kitchen. We were told this was “Jackie O’s favorite table.” I think not. We, of course, refused to be seated at such an unacceptable table, especially since the restaurant wasn’t that busy. Consolation prize was a table in a closet of a room off one of the main dining rooms. This tavern is touted as one of the most romantic dining spots on Newport. We did not find this to be at all true.

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vipVictoriaK
Kansas City
32 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the walk!! This historic location is so warm and inviting. On a main road but feels intimate when I side.
Our server Sue was exceptional!! She was attentive, fun, and customer focused. Covid has been hard on the service industry so seeing people like Sue and those behind the scene working hard to make this a great experience is heart warming. The gentleman who filled water glasses was on it. We never had to ask for more water.
Food was delicious!!!! I had mushroom risotto and I made myself stop. OMG!! Partner had the chicken and it was delicious as well.
Really a great evening!!

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vipCarolC
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there for a birthday celebration. Two of us had the duck which was great. I had salmon which was also great. My friend had the Beef Wellington which was overcooked although she asked for medium. That was our only disappointment as it was also the most expensive dish. Otherwise the food was great and service excellent.

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PjBu
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was very good. The tables were spaced out well.
Food was delicious. Server was exceptional.

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vipBrandonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit on the slow side due to a staff shortage. However,

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WendyA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at the White Horse Tavern. Our waitress was excellent. I had lobster bisque for an appetizer which was delicious. I had swordfish for dinner and it was amazing. My husband enjoyed a steak dinner. We had some good cocktails. Overall we had a wonderful dinner at this most historical restaurant. The restaurant was very clean, and there was good spacing between tables.

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vipShapeShifter
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience4

Not my first trip here. The waiter this time is best described as surly. It was nearly comical if it didn't make the experience less pleasant. The food was good. Table was good upstairs. Was he trying to be ironic or is "gruff" a deliberate matchup for this old establishment. Mysterious but I would go back.

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vipJEM7
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Charming atmosphere and nice menu that reminded us of the taverns at Williamsburg, but with service that absolutely ruined the evening and had us just short of walking out. Would strongly recommend skipping over this restaurant for a few months until they can figure out their staffing.

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zezz
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've had Beef Wellington from California to Chicago to NY and White Horse Tavern has the best Beef Wellington I ever had. The wine list is perfect. Service was excellent. I enjoyed wearing a jacket to dinner.

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LarryB
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Upstairs very warm. Food excellent. Wine list excellent. Service very good. VERY loud.

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CatherineM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tavern restaurant. We had great service and everyone enjoyed their dinner from the appetizers to the desserts! Highly recommend!

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HollyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. The food, service and ambience were top shelf. Our waiter was friendly, funny and engaging. I would absolutely return.

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Becca08
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening and delicious food. Great wine list.

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vipJerseyGirl
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to Newport in 5 years and were so happy to visit Newport & The White Horse Tavern once again!
The ambiance, food & service is always impeccable! We had a very enjoyable dining experience!

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vipFoodieGaga
San Diego
155 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved the historic atmosphere of the tavern, even including our slightly tilting table on the 450 year old floor. We enjoyed thinking of all the people who ate there through the years.
Our mains were scallops and duck, both done very nicely. The duck had a wonderful selection of veggies, not the normal steamed broccoli. My one complaint was the fois gras was good but minuscule, barely two bites, on a large piece of toast.
We had excellent service and enjoyed chatting with neighboring tables. There was a good crowd all night long on a Tuesday.

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Sumac
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting Newport and we love dining at the White Horse. The food is outstanding and we love the historicity of the restaurant.
It’s a wonderful restaurant.

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vipNorweigan17
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot say enough about this restaurant!!! We were greeted with such a warm welcome and Keith our server was exceptional. In these times when the hospitality industry is suffering, he is a true professional and his warm welcoming was so refreshing. We hope that that the industry improves for all of those affected by the decline in staff and to servers like Keith, your presence spoke volumes about your true self. We are grateful to all of you and to all of those at White Horse Tavern.
Now the food- OUTSTANDING!!! Keith was very helpful in describing the selections and everything was done to perfection.
The tomato and burrata salad was so fresh and the Lobster Bisque was delicious!!
The salmon and the swordfish were done perfectly and the accompaniments were also fresh and delicious.
We look forward to our return and thank you again!!!

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BrendaE
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a charming historic inn. The salads and soup were amazing we didn’t get full dinners because it was late in the evening. We were not to thrilled with the charcuterie tray, cold pulled pork is not very appetizing.

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vipSaral
Fort Lauderdale
128 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I’m a regular at The White Horse very disappointing this time. Chicken was completely dried out abs tough. The faro was so salty I couldn’t eat it. Appeared it was cooked earlier in day and warmed before serving.

Service was excellent. Due to staffing no outdoor dining which is disappointing since it’s my preference!

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Faith
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit again! The staff, food & atmosphere are always excellent. Tim, our waiter this time, made our (birthday celebration) experience great.

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White Horse Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1969 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.