White Horse Tavern

4.6
655 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
Proper Dinner Dress Required: “Country Club” or “Business Casual” please. Jackets are not required but collared shirts are expected. Please remove hats in our establishment and mobile phones should be turned off so as not to disturb your fellow diners. Thank you!

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 Rhode Island’s farms. We embrace RI’s vibrant food scene to bring you the very best artisan cheeses, honeys, prime cuts of beef and local fish right off the boat – all in a Colonial tavern that’s been serving America for over 350 years. So join us for a taste of 21st century Rhode Island in our 17th century Tavern; You won’t be disappointed!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of Operation
M-TH: 11am– 9 pm
FRI-SAT: 11am– 10 pm
SUN: 11am – 9pm
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Phone number
(401) 849-3600
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Richard Silvia
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 655 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
2.0Dined 2 days ago

Steak was too salty, fries were not crisp. Honey tart was a blob in a damp crust. Mushroom appetizer was fine. Waitress was very good but overworked, and rest of staff wasn’t helpful.

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OT
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Birthday party for friends

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JA
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food, service, atmosphere, experience! The building is beautiful. We will be back.

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CR
5.0Dined 6 days ago

We really enjoyed our visit to White Horse Tavern. We had a great meal and the service was exceptional.

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MH
5.0Dined 6 days ago

This is the best restaurant in Newport. I always take visitors and they agree The historic building has a special ambiance and makes for a memorable evening. The food is creative and always outstanding.

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TS
4.0Dined 6 days ago

We wanted to check out one of the oldest operating restaurant/taverns in the US and knock back a pint where George Washington supposedly drank. Our reservation was handled nicely and we were given a table by the window, so very nice experience. Our server was attentive and the food was tasty. It was on the expensive side for what you get, but how often do you get to dine in a restaurant that is several hundred years old. If you're in Newport RI, worth the visit even if you only go to the tavern (where casual dress is permitted) for a cold pint.

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MT
3.0Dined 7 days ago

The most exceptional thing about the restaurant is the building itself. It's very old and quite charming. The food was acceptable for its cost, but not extraordinary. The cocktails, however, were not good - very watered down. The establishment holds a lot of potential. It would be nice if they were as attentive to their musical selection as they are to their dress code. Smooth jazz muzak really ruins the ambience.

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K
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great historical venue, staff was exceptionally friendly and professional. Food was great, as was the wine. Old authentic maps and paintings from the era cover the walls throughout the tavern. Highly recommended!

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RA
5.0Dined 7 days ago

This was our first time in Newport and dining at White Horse. What a great experience and lovely old building. The lobster bisque was the BEST! All of the food we had was delicious and the drinks at the bar upstairs were tasty. We look forward to our next dining experience there. We definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Amazing experience with great food and great service!

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i
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Good food and service, at times could be noisy

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OT
5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

The wait staff was very attentive. Our food was excellent. My husband ordered the scallops and loved them. I had the seafood bouillabaisse and it was excellent. The honey custard tart was incredible!! It is a historic venue with lots of charm.

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MB
3.0Dined on 11 July 2018

We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and informed the restaurant when they called to confirm the reservation. Neither the hostess nor the server mentioned it nor did they ask if we were there for a special occasion. Service was slow and the food was just okay. No one asked if we had food allergies or sensitivities. Coffee wasn't hot and tasted blah. So much for a bucket trip restaurant, I'll stick to Providence dining.

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OT
4.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Went for an Anniversary dinner and the Beef Wellington was excellent!

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BH
5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Outstanding historical restaurant. Very reasonable prices. Nice wine list. Wonderful lobster sandwich. Very taste salad with grilled shrimp. Our waitress was so helpful. We received a nice one-page history of the site. We will be back during the winter with our whole family

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JD
4.0Dined on 8 July 2018

It was a lovey evening. Food was good and service excellent.

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2.0Dined on 7 July 2018

There are several options for fine dining in Newport that are much better than The White Horse Tavern. We were disappointed with the food and service, for the money you pay to eat here, it's not worth it. It was our anniversary which was noted on the reservation (asking for a nice quiet table), and they put us in the middle of the serving station and a table of 13, including two children. I guess everyone's idea of quiet table is different. Like I said, in Newport there are so many fine dining choices, I would suggest trying somewhere else.

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F
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Great ambiance, delicious food, love they have a dress code..

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TR
2.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Beautiful historic building. We were told business casual required which was ok. This was obviously not enforced. Shorts, sandals and T Shirts were welcome. We ordered Scallops which were tasty but you only got 3 and a NY Strip. The steak was served sliced and didn’t resemble a strip. It looked more like less expensive sirloin. I also shared that it was my girlfriends birthday. They don’t do anything special for guests on their birthday.

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JF
5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

The White Horse Tavern! The oldest continuously running tavern in the United States! One of the finest meals you can have in Newport, hands down. William Coddington was granted the lot in 1639, and his children divided and sold it to Francis Brinley, who built the house in 1673. She sold the house to William Mayes, Sr., who converted it into a tavern. His son, William Mayes, JR. took the tavern over and received an expanded liquor license to serve “…all sorts of Strong Drink.” William was a notorious pirate, who had just returned to Newport with his bounty. Openly welcomed and protected by the townspeople, Mayes caused “much embarrassment” to officials of the British Colony. Mary Mayes Nichols, William’s sister, and her husband, Robert, shortly followed as innkeepers. Jonathan Nichols became tavern keeper in 1730 and gave the tavern its present name. Walter Nichols, the proprietor in 1776, moved his family out of the tavern and Newport rather than live with the Hessian mercenaries billeted there by the British. This was a turbulent time in Newport, and slaves and free men gathered across the street at the Liberty Park to hold slave elections and to protest British rule. When Walter Nichols returned after the war he added the gambrel roof and re-opened an enlarged White Horse Tavern. In November of 1895 the Nichols family sold the structure to Thomas and Bridget Preece, and the building became a rooming house. By 1954 the structure showed years of use and neglect. Under threat of being converted to a gas station, the Van Beuren family assisted in purchasing the property, and it was meticulously restored. It re-opened as The White Horse Tavern in 1957. The bar is the original kitchen. The flooring is original 17th Century wood planks. It’s only changed hands 6 times in its 350 year+ history. Across the street -- the famous Great Friends Meeting House, constructed in 1699. A really incredible and historic place. No better place for dinner on any Independence Day!

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Only issue was the unclear dress standards. The waitress was not attentive at all to us either.

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OT
3.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Food great, service above average but the woman managing the place is on her high horse about the dress code...no sandals for a guy? She “let me in” but made reference to my sandals twice ...huge turn off. This is a beach and boating town not a country club. Sad because I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while and feel like I wasted an opportunity to try somewhere else.

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BK
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

We were in Newport for a trip and looking for a good upscale meal . Everything was superb! From service to a awesome meal!!!! The history of the building alone will attract you to give it a try.

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OT
5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Exceptional

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EW
4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

The food was good although I never got the salad I ordered and the scallops I ordered were cold on the inside. Once they were actually cooked they were delicious. My wife had chicken which she said was very tasty.

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OT
5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

We had a great dining experience on vacation. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely go back if we are in town again.

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AM
4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. It was a classic historic tavern setting, just outside of downtown Newport, easily accessible on foot.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

This is an annual dinner for two of us when we come to the Newport Flower Show. This was recommended about 6 years ago by someone who lived in Providence. We have made reservations for dinner every year since then. This year we even sat at the same table as last year, whether that was planned or coincidence is unknown, but we liked it. The food is always consistently excellent. We are always tired from working and designing on the NFS, so the quiet atmosphere is what we are after. Keep up the good work. I hope people appreciate you, as we do.

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JX
5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Beef Wellington is signature dish and is excellent. Try the blue cheese potato croquettes. For dessert, go with butterscotch bread pudding. Only complaint was noise level, but a walk back in colonial history as it is the oldest tavern in America - built in 1652.

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

We came with very high expectations and were positively surprised

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OT
5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Great experience for my fiancé’s birthday. We arrived early for our reservation and had a drink at the bar. The bartender was incredibly friendly and helpful. Once we finished our drinks, we went to our table where we met our server, Molly, who was absolutely fantastic! Great recommendations and her jovial attitude made for a wonderful evening. Due to the sheer number of great restaurants in Newport, we have a three month rule so we don’t go back to the same place within three months in order to try them all. We have already decided that the rule will have an exception for the White Horse Tavern.

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LF
4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

I took my husband out for Father’s Day and it was a delightful meal. We have been there many times before yesterday and it always a great meal.

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C
5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

We had a great dinner to celebrate Father's Day. The lobster bisque, scallops, steak frites and brussell sprouts were excellent. My only complaint is that they apparently lost our main course order. I still don't know what happened. However, the manager came over, unprompted, and apologized for the delay. He also provided a courtesy cocktail to my husband. All was well.

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L
3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

If you like historic, like Frances Tabern or One if by Land, Two if by Sea in NYC, then this is the place for you. Otherwise, don't go for the food. Overall, we were disappointed with our experience here. Dishes were under-seasoned and the scotch egg totally missed the mark; over-cooked egg, skimpy meat portion and dry. The server (not waitress) brought our entrees while my husband had gone to the bathroom between courses which is a big no-no at any fine dining establishment. Plus, his entree was cold and we sent it back (which we Never do!) but at $33 for the catch of the day it was necessary. The heating improved it and the veggies on both entrees were seasonable and well prepared. We did not stay for dessert and were not offered any truffles or anything (especially considering we were celebrating our 25th anniversary!). The wines by the glass were fine, but again, with a fine dining name, we expected more.

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NH
5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

We had not been here for over 10 years and were so glad to find that it is as good as ever. Delightful Old New England setting. QUIET - great for conversation. Our waitress was terrific and the food outstanding.

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OT
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

I love this place. The history. The food. It’s all a bunch of yes.

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p
5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

One of the rare restaurants that has it all with gracious hospitality and elegance, excellent food, expert staff, and intimate for conversation without shouting over the din. The Inn is authentic 'colonial' with two spaces on each of two levels and a cozy bar, all three venues with large fireplaces. The espresso martini is a real kick, and the wine menu offers some nice choices at 'reasonable' cost. The signature dish is been wellington ....... amazingly delicious; we also had scallops at the table ... done to PERFECTION, best ever. Dominick and Jack made us feel welcome without being intrusive, and the hostess was delightful. We are planning a return trip to Newport for another excuse to dine here. Yes, prices are higher than many, but I rated this a good value because it's all about what you GET for the price. Well done!!!

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C
4.0Dined on 12 June 2018

The White Horse Tavern is a small and cozy place to have a nice quiet and intimate dinner. We enjoyed the ambiance of this tavern. The food was good and the service excellent. It is worth a trip to the "oldest tavern in America"--every time we are in Newport, we make it a point to come here. We are never disappointed. We'd love to make another visit on a cold, snowy evening so we could enjoy sitting next to that beautiful and inviting fireplace!

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H
5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Outstanding experience. The food was divine and the service outstanding. Only regret we did not get dessert. Just WOW!

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BF
5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

Came at the recommendation of our accommodations the Jail house Inn. Totally enjoyed the experience and the ambience. I enjoyed the fine dinkngecperi nice and appreciated the dress code. Great job.

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