White Horse Tavern

4.6
1517 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 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 certain requests.
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4.7
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4.7
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1lovehuck
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we had a table in front of a roaring wood fire, which was very pleasant. (Other tables may have been chilly.) We also had great service.

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DeepakG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I absolutely loved everything about The White Horse Tavern!

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AmiH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic New England elegance. I am fortunate to live up the street from this iconic restaurant, and it never disappoints. My husband had the chowder and the steak frites, one of his favorites, and i had the lobster bisque and roasted squash. Everything was perfectly prepared. I look forward to many more dinners...next to the fire...this winter.

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vipRichardS
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here is very good and very consistent. Great atmosphere.

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MaureenK
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Upside -Really liked overall feel of place and had good drinks. Downside, food was only passable. Crab cakes too salty and on the lobster mac and cheese the lobster was over cooked.

White Horse Tavern
Responded 2 days ago

Maureen, First and foremost, I would like to apologize for the dissatisfaction with your Crab Cakes and Lobster Mac and Cheese. We always strive to make every dish perfect every time but on occasion we do miss the mark and for that I am sorry. Whenever you are not totally satisfied with any item please let a member of our staff know so we are able to fix the issue while you are still dining with us. My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experience. Food and service were awesome. Would definitely go back. If you visit Newport this is a must do. Oldest restaurant in the USA.

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KenW
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great holiday meal for a memorable Thanksgiving
Kevin the waiter was excellent, answered questions well and advised on options for the holiday meal.
Food was excellent and portions appropriate but not overwhelming.

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vipalylee
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We went for thanksgiving dinner, we were seated on the 2nd floor. It was very dark. I left my phone flashlight on so I could read the menu and see what I was eating. I am in my forties so it’s not totally a vision thing.
Dinner was good, I just couldn’t see it. Too bad out $42 a plate turkey dinner didn’t come with a piece of pumpkin pie .
We paid $10 for the smallest piece of pie I’ve ever seen.
Won’t be back , the idea was better than the experience.

White Horse Tavern
Responded 2 days ago

Alyee, Thank you for taking the time to review White Horse Tavern. As I am sure you are aware our building is historic in nature. It became a Tavern back in 1673, nearly 350 years ago. We do try to pay homage and respect to the historical aspect of our Tavern which includes the lighting. If you are not totally satisfied with any item please let a member of our staff know so we are able to fix the issue while you are still dining with us. My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager

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ColineR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable meal and family reunion here the night before thanksgiving. It is our second time at this restaurant and we would definitely come back again upon our next visit to Newport !

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AdriannaM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, the crispy duck specifically was honestly one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. Sarah, our server has a great sense of pairing and recommended a cab that paired perfectly. We will be back.

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PamelaK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, great steak. Beef Wellington good. Just wish creme brûlée was plain, not pumpkin.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The host and wait staff were not friendly.
The dishes were unusual but not the quality or level we expected

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SydneyC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary at the White Horse Tavern and had such a lovely time. The food was wonderful (I had the scotch egg and it was amazing)! The service was perfect- attentive but not intrusive. Pacing was also excellent- we never felt rushed but weren’t ever waiting too long. Definitely would recommend for special occasions and the regular get together!

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vipSTC123
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

My husband and I dined there yesterday for our 18th wedding anniversary. My husband asked our waitress, Sara to snap a picture of us to commemorate the event. She refused and said she was too busy. It would have taken her less than a minute. She then provided us with very poor service ( she didnt ask us about dessert after we completed our entree). Luckily, her coworker, Ben was very nice and took our picture and our dessert order. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant. It was definitely overrated in food quality, and the service was sub-par. I will not go there again.

White Horse Tavern
Responded on November 16, 2020

I am incredibly disappointed to hear about your experience regarding the service. In saying that I will be speaking to your server directly about the importance of such things as taking a moment to take a quick picture for you and offering the dessert menu. I also noticed your comment about the quality of the food. Would you be able to provide me with a little more detail on what you did not care for? My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager White Horse Tavern 401-849-3600 ext. 100

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very excited to check out this spot, as I had read that it was one of the oldest taverns in the country!! Everyone we encountered was extremely pleasant, our waitress was fantastic, and we had a great meal. The overall atmosphere was so charming; I absolutely loved each room and the historic feel behind it. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing appetizers! Would recommend this place to everyone

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faith
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent but the service outstanding. Keith started 3 weeks ago yet seemed to have served there for years. Lovely and knowledgeable. All his suggestions after requesting were perfect and made for the best dining experience in Newport. He also told us ghost stories !

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DeeD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great food, amazing service :)
I got the lobster mac and cheese - amazing!

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MariaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is amazing. The food was fantastic and our server, Ben, was very attentive. I must've put the that we were celebrating our anniversary when I made the reservation, because they brought out complimentary champagne to celebrate. I had the buttermilk chicken sandwich with truffle fries which were AMAZING! We sat outside, I assume due to COVID and since it was really warm out. I would've wanted to sit inside if possible due to the structure and history, but I am just glad we got to go.

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PhilippeG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food, service, and everything, great place !

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DrewP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Food Ever, a bit pricey but it’s definitely worth it

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Ngiselle
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent birthday dinner and ambiance. We had a great visit. I only wish the waitress had known something about their drinks.

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PaulaLG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the place and the environment, but the food is not that good.

White Horse Tavern
Responded on November 9, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review White Horse Tavern. I am incredibly disappointed to hear the that you did not enjoy your meal. Would you be able to elaborate a little more on what you did not enjoy so I can speak with our Executive Chef to correct these issues from happening again in the future. My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager White Horse Tavern 401-849-3600 x100

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vipKimmy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not what we expected given the reviews, poor service and food quality has dropped. Dessert was fine but cold. Overpriced and the dining area was dirty and no candle on your table if not the main room. We’re new in town not idiots.

White Horse Tavern
Responded on November 7, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review White Horse Tavern, I am incredibly disappointed to hear about your experience regarding the service and the food quality. I would like to discuss this matter in more detail with you over the phone. I can be reached at 401-849-3600 Ext. 100. My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager White Horse Tavern

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RachelZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was absolutely amazing. He told us spooky stories about the restaurant’s ghosts. It was awesome.

We ordered the lobster Mac and cheese. Great portion of lobster in it and it was so good I was weeping tears of joy. Gonna dream about that
Mac forever.

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LorraineJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. The staff was extremely attentive and aware of keeping good social distance. The restaurant acknowledged that we were celebrating an anniversary with a complimentary glass each of prosecco; that was a nice surprise!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful time. Delicous food, excellent recommendations, timely service.

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staceyc
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent meal, great service. I would recommend for sure.

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vipDeanaB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service - Summer was wonderful.

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listera
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place. Beef Wellington is to DIE for. Also got the large shellfish sampler and French onion toast. The bread with honey butter was fantastic. Highly recommend!

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DeniseS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I was told it’d be a nice cozy evening by the fireplace on a cold rainy day for our first visit to White Horse but fireplace doesn’t come on until November. It was drafty near window and lights went out 2x but food was fantastic. I got the beef Wellington, the fan favorite I was told. My husband said his short ribs were fatty. My drinks were great. And overall I loved it for a special occasion as it was our priciest meal of the week.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and the prices were terrific as well. Will be back.

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HeidiT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Tim was exceptional. The whole dining experience was perfect for my parents' 50th anniversary.

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KarlaG
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was on our vacation to-do list. The history attracted us here. Reserving a table was easy. We arrived and were seated right away. Our dining area was quaint and quiet which I thoroughly enjoyed. The staff was friendly but not overly talkative. The food came out promptly and it was tasty. I enjoyed the ambiance and will most definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pub fair in a cozy, quiet setting in downtown Newport.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Great experience!!

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JasonL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Only thing I was somewhat disappointed with, was the food was not hot. It was almost room temperature. Other than that the place is lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! There was a mix up with our reservation time. Open table had 7pm. They had 630. They were able to accommodate no issue! Scotch eggs really good, pork belly app very good not your typical pork belly it was amazing. I got the beef wellington, cooked perfectly to MR ! Definitely reccomend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great, a little on the high side on prices, but both service and atmosphere very very good@

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IanR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! The reputation of the Beef Wellington is well-deserved. One of our party had a vegetarian meal which looked delicious and they thoroughly enjoyed. Service was efficient with just the right amount of attention.

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White Horse Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1517 OpenTable diners.

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