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Permanently Closed - The Wild Horse Cafe

4.1
335 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Wild Horse cafe is an American Bistro serving new american cuisine focusing on local ingredients.
Boasting 24 hand crafted draft beers, an extensive martini and cocktail list. Easily accessible from Rte 128 and close to the North Shore Music Theatre. We also offer late night food 7 nights a week. Come in and let us feed you! Celebrating our 14th year.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday 11:30am-4pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:30am-3pm

Closed Mondays
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Phone number
(978) 922-6868
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sam Hunt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bennett Street
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Parking details
Private lot parking directly across from the restaurant. On Street parking in front of restaurant on Cabot Street and Bennett Street.
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Public transit
MBTA train stations within 2 miles at Beverly Depot and Montserrat.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Well - we made a reservation, got a confirmation, and bought a coupon. We arrived on time and found it closed. and snow and ice in front of the doors. No one answers the phone, or returns email or voicemail. I can only guess they closed and didn't bother to tell anyone...

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2017

Made a reservation for myself with a group of friends, based on a personal recommedation and the information available on their website. I relied mostly on WS info to decided whether to book there or not. Turns out it looked nothing like the photos on the website and the menu had about 5 entrees to choose from, which was a fraction of what was on their website menu. The restaurant was very dark and uninviting, the booth we sat in was very uncomfortable, the best glass of red wine was just 'eh' - and the food was unimaginative and tasteless. The waiter explained that he tells everyone to disregard the website as it hadn't been updated in ages, and the reason why only a few people were there (our party + 3) was because they were closed the next day. hmmmmmm..... overall, Blahhh

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Great meal and the service was outstanding

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Great food! We finished every bite from unique appetizers to delicious dessert!
I would highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Great food, wonderful staff, delightful eclectic atmosphere and cool seasonal cocktails and a fantastic wine list. Romantic for a special day or cool enough to meet up with a friend to catch up on things. Definite recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Love The Wild Horse! My husband and I have been coming here for years and have consistently excellent service and delicious food. We are never disappointed and always spread the word!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband and I dined here for Valentine's Day. The low lighting and rustic atmosphere enhanced our romantic evening. The bread was fun and interesting and it helped that we were given four hunks of it instead of a load that often detracts from the appeal of bread. The entrees were certainly tasty and the wood aroma and flavor is a winner.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food and service were outstanding. The room was a little cold (temperature) and there was a gas fireplace in the room that was not turned on. Not sure how much heat that would generate, but it was Valentine's Day so it would have been nice ambiance. Great grilled salmon, generous portions, cooked perfectly. Awesome dessert called "chocolate therapy" half cake, half brownie, whipped cream. Awesome! I recommend this and will go again.

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2017

The dinner menu was very basic and uncreative. We were rushed to order entree with apps due to running out of items. It was 8:00pm with room half empty. We were told orders would be put in after apps but they came out (cold) immediately after apps were cleared. Entrees were mediocre and apps were better. Disappointed overall.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Great place to hang out and relax with good food and drinks

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Restaurant was empty on a Friday night. Likely because the food is not very good. We ordered lamb lollipops for appetizer. The server asked very precisely how we wanted them cooked and mentioned that if they're undercooked they can be chewy. Better to go more to medium. They arrived raw and were sent back. Item was taken off the bill. The entrees were okay but nothing special. $17 for a salad with salmon isn't too pricey, but it was something I could make very easily and better at home. They had a haddock special that we wanted, but one table of about 7 people apparently ordered all the portions they had. The special was 86'd at 7:30pm.

As we were leaving around 9pm, a group of younger folks was arriving. There was much discussion about whether the kitchen was open and still serving. Really? 9pm on a Friday and the kitchen must have been closing due to boredom.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

This was our first time at The Wild Horse. The staff was very attentive! The atmosphere was very nice with the open kitchen. The food was very good! We will be going back!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

we were attending North Shore Music Theater following dinner with our family.
The service was quick and efficient.
We will definitely visit your restaurant again!

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2016

My daughter and I come once a year before our annual viewing of A Christmas Carol. We have had the same waiter each year for the last 4 years. He is always friendly and helpful with the menu. The food is excellent every time we have come. I can not imagine going anywhere else for our annual dinner. I also work close by and have come to the Wild Horse with my co workers on occasion and continue to have great food and excellent service.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2016

The menu was somewhat limited but what we did order was very good. Our server, a young man by the name of Henry, was superb and made our experience that much more enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2016

Enjoyed it very much. Service was great food was very good. Would go back

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely dinner before a show at North Shore Music Theater (which is less than 2 miles away). Food was very good and service was extremely accommodating. Loved the quaint decor. We recommend the fried pickle appetizer! Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

My wife I decided to give the Wild Horse a try after removing it from our dining options a couple of years ago.. We were feeling that it was not worth the money at that time.. Understanding it is under new ownership, we decided to give it a try and we are glad we did. Both of our meals were excellent and the service was attentive. However, it was little weird when the dining room cleared out at 7:30 but it was explained to us the most diners were heading the theater near by that was starting at 8:00. Just meant we had a nice quiet dinner by ourselves.. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Not what I expected A very limited menu and nothing to write home about this restaurant

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Small dining room with livingroom style seating made the atmosphere relaxing. The menu selection is small however excellent. My cousin and I selected from the small plate/appetizer menu and everything was excellent. Plenty of food to share.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2016

we had great Bistro salads, one with salmon and one with beef. Cleaned our plates. Delicious. Nice beer menu as well. We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2016

Tried it for the first time on Sunday afternoon. The brunch was excellent, as was the service. I would highly recommend it. The only thing I would suggest that they put Wild Horse wine on the menu!

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

My wife and I enjoyed a very nice dinner prior to a theater engagement at the nearby Cabot theater in Beverly. Both of us expressed great satisfaction at our meals, our service from a very friendly, polite waiter, and the general ambiance which we found very interesting and comfortable. We finished in time for our ride to the theater which offered a wonderful event (Michael Feinstein and other vocalists). Overall it was a very pleasant evening and we would certainly hope to return to the restaurant again and obviously recommend it to others.

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2.0Dined on October 23, 2016

Food quality was poor. We ordered from the brunch menu:
French Breakfast egg sandwich with ham, gruyere cheese and croissant and a side of fruit.
Waiter brought the following: Breakfast egg sandwich with over cooked thin slices of prosciutto, orange american cheese on toasted white bread with a side order of fried potatoes.

Waiter informed us they were out of the fruit side order and croissants, as he put the plates in front of us. So the kitchen just filled in with what they wanted, never checked with us to see if we still wanted the French Breakfast sandwich....with all the substitutions? The waiter never informed us that there would be substitutions. Just put it in front of us. Because it was so bad; there was no charge for one of our meals. Nevertheless, I have never experienced a kitchen staff substituting what was on the menu with whatever they decided and never informed the guest. Will not return and not recommend. The atmosphere has potential, but disregard for the customer is a serious problem.

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

The food was decent and the atmosphere was nice, but the service was spread way to thin. They hustled and did their best, but considering it wasn't that busy I felt like we waited way too long for basic things. The delicious cocktails helped with some of the wait times.

We enjoyed getting out, and while it wasn't bad, it won't be my first choice next time.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

10/15/16: Meal & server were both excellent. We all had a great experience at Wild Horse. Will return soon...enthusiastic recommendation to all.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Second time the wife and I had a date night at the wild horse in the past couple of months - an incredibly exquisite evening! The food was amazing (steak frites and salmon). The drinks were delightful and the service was superb! Definitely making this more of a frequent trip!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2016

Definitely check out the Brussels sprouts starter and the cowboy poutine! Delicious!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Excellent staff. Chris was our server and he was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Romantic and quiet setting. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

I wish I'd started coming here years ago. A group of us went for dinner before the theater (North Shore Music Theatre, highly recommend it) and had a great meal. Nachos were a little iffy but the roasted asparagus was great. The 14 year old recommends the burger. The salads were great, as was the salmon. Waitstaff was all friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Great food, nice atmosphere. We had theatre tickets and staff was accommodating about getting us out in time.

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3.0Dined on October 1, 2016

We had tickets for the theater and allowed plenty of time for our meal.We had to wait to order for a long time and informed out waitress that we had plans when we placed our order. We waited 1 hour and 15 minutes to get our main dish, by this time we were already late. We ate only a small part if our meals and ran! What we had looked great, and I think it should have been great had we had a chance to eat it.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2016

The Wild Horse Cafe was a Beverly hot spot several years. It was half empty at 7:30 PM on a Saturday night. Menu is rather limited without a lot of tasty items jumping out at you. I had the Bistro salad with steak. Rather boring salad served with salmon instead of steak. My wife's salmon was good. This restaurant needs a new menu.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Great food and the cake batter martini is the BEST!!

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2016

The outside doesn't look like much and the inside is mixed with tavern vibe and rustic floors but nicely appointed window dressings and tables. Reminded me of an old west tavern where fancy and rustic were intermingled. We had fun with great food and attentive waiter.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Wild Horse Café is a good restaurant, but the reason I couldn't give it 5 stars was due to a few mishaps - I ordered Cheese Tortellini (I requested Balsamic dressing on the side) - this was forgotten and prosciutto was left off - I had to ask for both. Restaurant itself it a fun vibe, good service and good menu. My other negativity was it was a very humid day and the restaurant was very hot - I asked about this and they turned up A/C - never heard it prior to that.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2016

still a good restaurant but needs a refresh. Bathrooms especially.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2016

Our party of 9 enjoyed a wonderful meal the drinks were great and loved the ambiance. The service was the highlight of the night as we were attended to by not one but 2 friendly, competent servers. I will absolutely be back

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Great good! We had steak and salmon and both were nice. They came with delicious fries and a big salad. Great service.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2016

Met friends for a pre show dinner. Drinks were great. The risotto was incredible. Brussels sprouts ap is good. Didn't love their version of grilled cheese but it was well prepared. Great choice.

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