White Horse Tavern

4.6
1577 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.
What 1577 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichelleJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the historic aspect of the building and cozy ambiance with the warmth from the fireplaces. Didn’t realize Sunday had a Prix Fixe menu which offered just the right portion size and top menu selections.

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sflip
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious meal. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented. It was a treat to be in this historic building but still enjoy current food options. So well done.

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MEBBCB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Service and staff were great as was the atmosphere.

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vipMarkV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Atmosphere is fantastic-old house, comfy and warm with a great fireplace. They did a great job managing through Covid issues with appropriately spaced tables. I had hoped we would have had an explanation of what everything was on the charcuterie board before we were done with it, but everything was delicious. The dessert also was not edible and the waitstaff didn’t notice I took one bite and was hoping someone would ask how it was. Overall, would come back, it’s a great place.

White Horse Tavern
Responded 4 days ago

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for the dissatisfaction with the dessert that was ordered. I will pass this information over to our Executive Chef so we can correct any shortcomings in the kitchen. We always strive to make every dish perfect every time but on occasion we do miss the mark and for that I am sorry. I hope you will join us again soon. My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager

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olgav
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had drinks and dinner, it was warm by the fireplace and great history!

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elizabethm
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Hi. Went back after many years. It’s during Covid and they were very careful about protecting us n every way. The staff is warm and welcoming. It was lunch so they had a limited menu. The food was ok, nothing wow. Good Caesar-but if you’re looking for a classic American restaurant Caesar you might be disappointed. Basically I’m hopped salad with a delicious dressing and small heavily seeded crumbled, not croutons. Cuban Reuben was tasty. Jumbo shrimp cocktail was fresh but simple.

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RicG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful lunch. Excellent service and food. Will definitely return for another time. Thanks

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tonyl
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The food was not as good as I expected, for what is supposed to be a higher quality restaurant and for the price.

White Horse Tavern
Responded 4 days ago

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

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vipMichaelF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about dinning was prefect at The White Horse Tarven.

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vipkmac
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Jenessa in the downstairs bar was outstanding, great service, great personality, she made the night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about White Horse Tavern was amazing! The ambiance was really cozy, we were seated upstairs near the fire place. The food was delicious and TK was a great server! I am already looking forward to dining here again.

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Susie
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The Banana pie dessert looked amazing upon presentation but once you cut into it was a sloppy gooey mess,too sweet and inedible. Otherwise meal was delicious

White Horse Tavern
Responded 4 days ago

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for the dissatisfaction with your Banana Cream Pie. I will pass this information over to our Executive Chef so we can correct any shortcomings in the kitchen. 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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SydneyC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience to dine at the White Horse. Everything from the food to the servers to the atmosphere was phenomenal.

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marianas
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We visited the restaurant because of its history. Although the food was well presented, we felt that the price of the appetizer we had was high.

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kendra Starr's dessert's are amazing. I am not a dessert person but found my fork diving into pate de choux a la creme again and again to enjoy the praline.
Tim, our waiter made our anniversary; so special despite the COVID restrictions. Between his stoking of the fire and his bon vivant style , he made us feel like we were a world away. We truly felt special and appreciate the extra efforts of all parts of the house.
Thank you to all your efforts. I was nervous about dining inside and appreciated how tables were space out and seated.
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White Horse Tavern
Responded 4 days ago

Maureen, I am glad to see that you enjoyed your evening with us. I hope you will come visit us again soon! My Best, Jarred LaPlante General Manager

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JosephD
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very much enjoyed our experience at the White Horse Tavern. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was comfortable and captured the history of the tavern. My husband and I had the beef Wellington which was delicious. My only reason for not giving the food five stars was because I felt the portion of beef Wellington was a bit small for the price charged for the dish. Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will definitely visit again when back in town.

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JohnBegin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Best, The Oldest and the Cocktails and Food are Amazing! Great Sunday on a cold January Afternoon! Staff and management were so accommodating!

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StephenK
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about the experience was beyond outstanding.

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JohnBegin
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited with family and was greeted with a special private room on the first floor in the Tavern. Such a special afternoon in The Oldest Tavern in America! Our server was Amazing and the staff could not have been more pleasant. The Chef is really talented btw.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Keith!!!

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vipKSar
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place. Great food and service in an amazing place with so much history. Didn’t expect the food to be so delicious.

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vipBigguy99
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The food was OK the shrimp cocktail was very very good Clams were very salty and Sandy the waiter did not know the difference between a cappuccino and a cup of espresso and a banana cake couldn’t not taste any banana it’s just a big cookie with whip cream on it slightly disappointed it’s not where we thought would not be going back

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MaryannB
New England
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!!! Friendly waiter. Gorgeous building!!! Loved every second!!

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vipleslwc
Western NC
65 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

We enjoyed the White Horse Tavern. The food was delicious. Our only concern was the value vs. the experience. This was an expensive meal...and it was great, but I'm not sure it was to the level we expected.

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vipPaoloBO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service are always great, I have been there many times and never been disappointed.

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vipMLRGRI
New England
59 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A must try restaurant. Setting feels like you are transported back to the 1700's but food is contemporary and well prepared. Not trendy, just elegant.

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BillC
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome meal. Quiet, in front of the fireplace. Great service and food.

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BettyM
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very satisfied with the experience. It was an intimate and cozy atmosphere and the food was very complementary.

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AmyF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went for our New Year’s Eve dinner a day early. The setting was beautiful and service was top notch as always. My hubby had the short ribs and I had the catch of the day which was swordfish over sweet potatoes, chorizo, okra and they were both delicious. Tim, our server, was great. Quick service and friendly with suggestions and helpful hints. We felt very safe as the tables were certainly spread out with lots of room in between. From our cocktails (Smoked old fashion and winter sangria) to dessert which was a chocolate marscapone cake, it was all fresh and delicious.

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vipdmk3975
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening at an Historic Restaurant. Food was delicious and service was just as good. Enjoyed the beautiful fire

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StevenR
Poconos
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best duck I ever tasted! And I’ve had some good duck.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was phenomenal
Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about both the food and wine menu! Definitely Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the best lunch here!!! All the tables were very socially distanced and far apart. Hostess sat us by a lovely fire & the ambiance was really great. Great service & food. All the necessary precautions were taken. Would definitely come back!

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MichaelC
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The perfect place for Christmas Eve dinner with my family.

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Maria
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went here for my birthday on Christmas Eve. It was amazing. From the table being seated just feet from a fireplace, to the food, the service, ambiance, drinks. Everything was perfect. The servers were fantastic and were there whenever you needed them. The manager Jarred checked on us a couple of times which was great. Everything was absolutely perfect. Will go back ASAP!

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a little early for our reservation but greeted warmly, seated promptly, and enjoyed excellent service throughout the meal. The menu choices were plenty and uncomplicated, and the meals were absolutely delicious! I’m anxious to try their brunch. I highly recommend The White Horse Tavern for any occasion, from the scrumptious meals to the exceptionally preserved colonial decor.

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KAMW
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant in every way. Five stars and above for the Tavern.

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Kyle
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night with my wife. Excellent food, drinks, service and desert. Will definitely return.

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KevinV
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just an amazing experience!!! My wife and I had reservations as our last stop on our "Hallmark experience" in Newport. The food was outstanding - appetizers, bread, main course, and two surprising complimentary gingerbread cookies!! The service from the host was top notch. We were seated in front of a fireplace on second floor and attentive to our needs as well as keeping the fireplace stoked. Our waiter for the evening was truly the finest I have experienced - knowledgeable of the menu and provided recommendations from drinks to our taste buds. I could feel the history come alive in the oldest operating restaurant in the United States. Perfection!

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White Horse Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1577 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.