Light Horse Tavern

4.7
1112 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Opened in 2002, this local favorite has become an institution. Light Horse Tavern's Chef John Holm, brings a new exciting vision to the Jersey City culinary scene. The chef's philosophy is to source out seasonal ingredients and to preserve the integrity of the product when cooking.

The seasonal menu always includes a variety of fresh oysters and clams, as well as lighter fare such as the grilled octopus salad, fresh market fish, and heartier favorites such as the prime steaks.

Whether settling in at the bar for a pint or indulging in the spectacular cuisine, you are sure to become addicted to the experience. Visit any day for lunch, weekend days for brunch, and always for exquisite food, people watching and pristine outdoor seating.

Light Horse Tavern, a revolutionary dining experience!
What 1112 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kbrk
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the raw bar and cocktail menus. Great spot for date night. Love the ambiance and the service is always great!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great birthday brunch!

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RosemaryR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service never fail! "Igloos" are safe and warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Went for brunch and it was great. The dome became a bit hot. Food was great and service was amazing. Definitely recommend.

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vipAnnD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

I been here a number of times but this night the food was not good. Very very salty. The waiter actually took a meal off my check. We were a party of 6 and everyone complained about the food and the salt.

JF
vipJohnFrank
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal here in JC

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SGmez
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delivery food & wonderful service . Can’t wait to go back

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Imani
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great! Service was phenomenal and their French onion soup was the best I've had so far.

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vipKathy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a fabulous brunch. Just perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience2

A bit cold indoors with a single curtain at the entrance to prevent wind gusts when door opens.

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NatalieT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed my dining experience! Would recommend and would return

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DebraE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and delicious food!
Our table started with the fried calamari - light and perfectly cooked. We had to order two! Then a skirt steak - cooked to perfection! The pork chops - fantastic. Our littlest lady had buttered pasta - even that wasn’t perfectly prepared. I had the cod special that had a light flavor and the sauce was so good I could have taken a bath in it! Our server was busy but always available. Over all a wonderful night out.

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ChristinS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service ! Delicious food !
Very safe set up to adhere to social distance rules

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AlyssaD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, as always! Love the artichoke salad

TN
vipTracyNYC
Dublin
20 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I am new to JC, so this was only my second visit to White Horse Tavern. Both visits were awesome...beautiful ambiance, exceptional service and great food. It’s so great to have this gem of a restaurant in the neighborhood!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love the Light Horse Tavern! Recommend it highly but be patient with the service. Sometimes it is slow.

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RachelH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places in Jersey City! The coolest inside and great food. Hard to beat.

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vipTomT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whether it's dinner or brunch Light Horse Tavern never disappoints.

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vipTracyNYC
Dublin
21 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wonderful service and beautiful ambiance.

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vipCetts
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I just enjoyed a very relaxing Sunday brunch here. We sat inside and felt very safe. I’ve been here many times and have always enjoyed it. This was my first time for brunch and it did not disappoint I loved my fried oysters and avocado toast. As always, the service and food was excellent. We look forward to returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. They make a great Bloody Mary!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, ambiance and friendly staff. Thanks for staying open!

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CeeGee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Overall everything was just fine. I was seated near a door which was a little chilly. The waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was decent. It was a fine experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambiance as always

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vipLindsay
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Ribs were lacking flavor, but everything else was delicious. Our server was sweet and attentive. Love the atmopshere.

JT
vipJohnT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Light Horse is always high quality food and very cozy.

MB
MeridithB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy restaurant with high-quality food. Taking COVID precautions seriously.

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vipLisa
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was great...I’ve loved the restaurant since I moved here 18 years ago. Only negative is the waiter had his mask below his nose. The mask is useless when worn that way and it made us uncomfortable.

KB
vipKimmyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came on a Saturday night with a group of 6 for a birthday dinner. We were given a great table in a secluded area of the restaurant that was almost like being in a private dining room. The food and service were both exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I love dining at the light horse tavern. We love the ribs on the bar menu and the bacon wrapped meatloaf. Delicious!

JF
vipJohnFrank
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a great meal. I love love the mash potatoes. They offer great daily specials.

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ponyscott
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well now...great food and super great atmosphere in a Historical building from 1875 in a older area of town...love it!

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vipAnnD
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I HAVE EATTEN HERE NUMEROUS TIMES! I LOVE THE ATMOSPHERE SERVICE AND OF COURSE THE FOOD IS GREAT!

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JonathanH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent from greetings till the bill. Excellent service, amazing food, great ambiance. It couldn't have been better!

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netaware
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been going there for 8 years and always a sure bet! I met my girlfriend there too n
I love the place!

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ElvisParsley
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious as always including the specials. Service was attentive despite less staff. It was cooler outdoors but the heaters did a reasonable job. Perhaps could use a touch more lighting, otherwise, overall a great experience.

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vipDennylu
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My husband Dennis and I have been eating outside at LHT almost every Friday since they reopened. Every meal has been truly great. This Friday Dennis had a wedge salad which he said was the best he ever had. I do not eat meat and did not try it as it had bacon, but it looked like the perfect amount of dressing, blue cheese and bacon bits. I love the fried oysters and had them yet again - three to an order and simply yummy. We always share.... we get the fish fry every week as they change the fish weekly. The fish is always perfectly crunchy and delicious - this week was shrimp, cod and another delicious fish. I had the Chilean sea bass which was made with a mustard seed sauce. Perfectly browned on top and also delicious. Got my winter coat ready to keep up this Friday night tradition!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good location and ambience for a business meeting

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vipRatitou
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine there. They are a model of consistency, and their dinning room and bar are lovely.

JC
JayC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food and menu and the waitstaff was kind and helpful. Definitely one of Jersey City's finest restaurant through and through.

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Light Horse Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1112 OpenTable diners.

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