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Five Horses Tavern - South End, Boston, MA

Five Horses Tavern - South End

4.4
4.4
810 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Five Horses Tavern is conveniently located on Columbus Avenue in Boston's
historic South End, walking distance of the Orange Line, Back Bay Station,
Symphony Hall, Northeastern University, Boston Medical Center and
Prudential Center.

Our mission is to serve modern American comfort food, incorporating locally
sourced ingredients, with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
Our friendly staff will make a memorable experience whether you join us for
lunch, dinner or our highly acclaimed weekend brunch.

Our bar offers a wide variety of craft beers from around the world,
boasting 40 draft beers, 60 bottles, signature cocktails and a thoughtfully
selected wine list. Guests can enjoy dinning on one of the largest patios
in the South End.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 936-3930

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Christopher Foy

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Claremont Park

  • Parking details

    Every side street in the South End has the first four spots reserved for visitors!

  • Public transit

    Symphony & Mass Ave

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 810 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. h

    hapf

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good brunch and nice ambience Overall, very goos dining experience
  2. WB

    WillB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    All was pretty much amazing, but the chicken wings had something to be desired... definitely get sauces with them. Otherwise wonderful evening :)
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving Day
  4. JD

    JustinD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Man, this place has definitely gone downhill in the last couple years. The service: rough, and unapologetic for mistakes. The food: not what was promised by server, and portion sizes have become far less generous than they used to be here. Definitely not "take friends visiting from out of town here for brunch" material anymore.
  5. RC

    RobC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great beer, good food, good value for Boston
  6. B

    Brian

    Berlin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Five Horses markets themselves as a craft beer restaurant. I was disappointed though that the menu on Untappd (supposedly updated 2 days earlier) didn't represent what they actually had available according to our server. Felt like a bit of a bait and switch. Something to be aware of if you are making the decision to go somewhat based on that info. Meals were' okay, but it seems they missed the step of putting the bread crumb covered mac n' cheese in the broiler... cast iron pan was rather cold with no crisp to the dish. I've been there before and had a better experience... this visit wasn't great though.
  7. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Food was good as always.
  8. T

    Tremm

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good spot outside while the weather lasts
  9. MM

    MauraM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite old school bar with great food that is our go to when in Boston! Never disappoints. Great bartender.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Poor service, bad food, overpriced
  11. JG

    JohnG

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent beer list and great bar pizza - will have to go back and explore all the options.
  12. JK

    JoeK

    New England

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beers (plus neat drinks and wine) and tasty food. A great lunch on the patio with friends. Plus friendly service! This place is a winner!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They ruined my wife’s birthday. I came in earlier in the week to request a bottle of champagne and orange juice to be ready for the table, they made a note, and when I got there the note was ignored and we weren’t able to get that. They ran out of chicken and waffles at 1pm on a Sunday. The waitress didn’t know the menu or understand how to take a breakfast order, my wife had to ask how I wanted my eggs for her. We ended up walking out after a half hour of disappointing service and food. If you want to have a good experience for a special occasion, go somewhere else.
  14. R

    Rygo

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The last few times I’ve gone they’ve run out of certain menu items. I even had to reorder twice because they were out of my first two choices.
  15. KK

    KathyK

    Houston

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Love this place, our waitress was awesome and the manager was so accommodating! Love coming here when we visit our college age son. This time the food was just average, could have been what we ordered or the fact that they were really crowded, but we will definitely be back!
  16. CH

    ChristineH

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    4:00 PM on sunny Saturday. Waited 15 minutes to be served and 20 minutes for food arrival. Server took order and disappeared for the rest of the evening. Majority of customers ate at outside patio. Our family of three were the only eating customers. A group of 8 drank at the bar. About 5 servers inside standing around or looking busy doing administrative things (restocking supplies, cleaning, not serving customers).
  17. JM

    JandM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood tavern. Good food. Great service.
  18. DI

    DavidI

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting for the week. Five Horses was near our hotel. We got a drink Saturday night and enjoyed it so much we went there for brunch Sunday. What a brunch. When we come back to Boston we will for sure be back. Pro tip, if there is just two of you order a half order of the donut holes instead of a whole one just to enjoy and not ruin your actual meal. So good.
  19. MD

    MichaelD

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Where to start....very slow service even though waiters were present but paying more attention to the bartender than customers. Food was average at best - corn bread is not really corn bread but more like corn pudding. Waitress took a drink away that wasn't finished...one of our party has an allergy to cucumbers and pickles so asked to make sure that no cucumbers or pickles were on the burger he ordered and it came with loads of pickles...so uneatable. Incredibly loud crowd - three women at the bar were so loud you couldn't hear the person next to you talking - never witnessed anything like it. If you go, eat outside so you can at least you would be able have a conversation with the person sitting with you.
  20. JG

    JudithG

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    service was very good and food also was good. Biggest complaint was the music was overwhelmingly loud. I felt like I was in a night club. we couldnt wait to get outside after our meal. Not sure why they need the music that loud in a restaurant pub.
  21. ML

    MattL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is excellent. Fried chicken tenders starter was moist, tender, and perfectly breaded, with two contrasting and complimentary sauces that were both delicious. The atmosphere was fun, casual but fancy, lighting was great. Had a blast!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic. A member of our party had allergies and the server and the kitchen were incredibly helpful and patient. One of our favorite places in Boston.
  23. TB

    TroyB

    New England

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place for a Birthday!! The Concierge of the Mandarin Oriental told me this was one of his favorites and it did not disappoint. We came in with a party of 7and they took great care of us like we were family.
  24. LP

    LanaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere. Great service. Food was above average.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Food was bland. Waitress brought check when we were still eating our food and kept coming back to see if credit card was in there. I found this very rude and uncomfortable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Luis our waiter arrived at our table about twenty minutes after we had been seated. He definitely needs some training. Coffee served without sugar, waited 10 minutes and finally went in to get it. He busted the vacated table next to us and reset it without wiping table. Never asked how our meals were or if we needed anything.
  27. AF

    AprilF

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beer on tap! Staff was friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner here. The tap beer selection has lots of options, and all apps / entrees were excellent. Pretty noisy, but adds to the fun mood!
  29. CC

    ChrisC

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We were very disappointed in the service. Drinks took forever to arrive after we ordered and the last beer I ordered never arrived.
  30. CC

    ChristinaC

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good, but nothing standout. Enjoyed it, a little loud.
  31. N

    Nell

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place, but noisy
  32. FW

    FeliciaW

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Over priced and the food was mediocre. Service was okay. Waitress didn’t check in once though. Probably wouldn’t come back.
  33. MF

    MichelleF

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I liked the outdoor seating and our waiter was very nice.
  34. m

    msmj2

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Perfect weather for patio dinning! Loved the wine we chose, Stoneleigh Sauvigon Blanc. Mildly disappointed that the Salmon was unavailable, but my 2nd choice of the Hanger Steak was excellent.
  35. B

    Baltazar

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good at 5 Horses Tavern! Only a smidget of critique with “too much dressing” on buffalo chicken salad. Staff was on point! B
  36. PC

    PattyC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very accommodating- great job by all!
  37. VZ

    VeronicaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious. Great variety, everything perfectly prepared. A beautiful spot on the corner of Claremont and Columbus. Highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing - the food the service the ambiance.
  39. OC

    OldCrone

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My ratings say it all. Wait staff was lovely, we ate outside, so noise no problem. All food was great.
  40. c

    cyc3

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a beautiful sunny day--perfect to sit outside on the patio of the restaurant. My reservation was for 1 pm a little later than typical for Sunday brunch , so I didn't have any problem being able to sit outside. The restaurant has a first-come, first-served policy for the patio. It took a while for the server to take our order but I imagine that had to do with the shortage of workers. Once she brought the food, she was attentive and responsive. Our food was delicious--we both got the chicken and waffles. I had wine and my friend had a cocktail. It was all good, very well prepared and presented. I will definitely return soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Five Horses Tavern - South End using the Order Online button. Five Horses Tavern - South End also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Five Horses Tavern - South End also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-3930.

Five Horses Tavern - South End is rated 4.4 stars by 810 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Five Horses Tavern - South End

535 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Claremont Park

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Every side street in the South End has the first four spots reserved for visitors!

  • Public transit

    Symphony & Mass Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Christopher Foy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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