White Horse Tavern

4.6
711 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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 711 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very fine dining. Great service and food. Everything was very thought out and detail-oriented. I loved how the menu listed the local places they get their main ingredients from.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Great choice for our 50th wedding anniversary. Truly a great experience.

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L
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meals - scallops and Beef Wellington among the best we’ve ever had anywhere. Coming from NYC, the prices were very reasonable, especially for the quality. This will be a definite ‘go to’ on our annual Mother-Daughter trips!

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N
19 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The Rhode Island chowder was excellent but by the time the scallops were served, they weren't hot. The cornbread tart was different and tasty. But on the whole, the service was extremely slow with no reason as the restaurant was far from busy.

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m
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Took my wife here for lunch on her birthday weekend. We both had the clam chowder and lobster BLT. The food was outstanding as well as the service. A little pricey for what you get, but still worth your time and money.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday dinner

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J
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Seated in small alcove, entrée portions were small but ambience and service were excellent

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The website recommended ordering a rub drink, since that is for which the Inn is known. There was only one rum drink on the bar menu. To compensate, the bartender created a rum drink just for me. It was incredible!

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JS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food,historical place, quiet and confortable

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DL
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and explained the menu items perfectly

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NM
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the place and the food. Only complaint would be the martinis should have been colder and the clams should have been colder as well. Otherwise, i highly recommend it. Service is outstanding.

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o
6 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

We had high hopes for this place as my dad enjoyed his visit here a few months back. We were disappointed today. Our server forgot to bring out one of our salads and two sides which ended up taking over 12 minutes to finally bring out. At which point the main entree (duck dish) was cold. Service was slow and sloppy. Grilled octopus was probably one of the worst ones I’ve had ever. Duck dish was dry and cold. The chicken dish was pretty good. Not coming back unfortunately.

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NP
20 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The White Horse Tavern is exceptionally average. Great venue with lots of historic charm, but the food and service frequently fail to impress. We had an early dinner reservation. When we arrived we were given the worst seats in the house despite the fact that we were virtually alone in the dining room. When we complained, we received a knee-jerk response: all the other tables are booked. When we left 90 minutes later, the place was still empty. No way to treat a good customer. We ordered a $220 bottle of red wine. It was not cellar temperature. It was downright hot. How can you claim to be a Wine Spectator endorsed restaurant and serve hot wine? And, as usual, the food was mediocre at best. Come for the charm, not for the food and service.

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S
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love to go to the White Horse after church for Sunday Brunch. The food is delightful and the service is excellent. Our server, India, was top notch! White Horse is a Newport institution for good reason. We love this place!

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A
25 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I would have given them 5 stars, but I felt like I was nickel and dimed when they charged me $1.00 to add tomatoes to my Ceasar Salad.

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RV
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

A lot of history here, however the lobster “roll” was on burnt toast. After one attempt at a bite it crumbled and was uneatable. After scraping off the lobster there was not very much to it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This restaurant has more historic ambiance combined with excellent food and wine, than any other place I can think of. And it's civilized- dress code, waiters do not address me as "Hon",and everything is thought of (including water refills) before you can ask. And the food...where else can you get an individual Beef
Wellington? This is a place I want to dine at every time I come to Newport.

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TS
42 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second visit. Even better the second time. The food was amazing, service wonderful, ambiance and history

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S
16 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Beautiful setting. Lobster bisque and beef wellington were amazing.

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RA
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Good atmosphere and service. Food was uninspired. There are better places to dine in Newport.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner was delicious! A very charming and cozy restaurant. Food was presented beautifully. We got our own little room off the main dining room which made our experience even better!

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PT
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Four of us ate lunch while on a cruise stop. The ambience was wonderful, the food delicious, and the service friendly. My only regret is that we live so far away that we cannot eat there every week.

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NM
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was fabulous but for the money I would have expected the waiter to be able to recite the specials without reading from his note pad. The most disappointing part of the evening was our pre-dinner cocktail. My manhattan was “off”, I’m not sure if he forgot the bitters or used dry vermouth but the flavor was all wrong.

Also they asked, when confirming the reservation, if we were celebrating a special event. We said yes (40th anniversary). I expected some recognition (otherwise why ask) but there was nothing. Not a big deal but odd.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We made reservations to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary through Open Table. Open Table system stated we could not make a reservation beyond 4:45. Dinner menu does not begin until 5PM. We were given the dinner menu as we hoped. Had requested a red rose for our table but did not have one. The waitress did say happy anniversary to my wife which made her day. Our oldest granddaughter was with us which made our day. As we had an early reservation the dining area was very quiet and pleasant. Two of us had the bouillabaisse which had a sauce the my wife did not like. I thought mine was fine. Both meals were more than adequate with nice chunks of lobster, Our grand daughter had a strip steak done to perfection. We have lived in this area for over 70yrs and this was our first visit to the White Horse Tavern. The historical meaning of the tavern begs a visit. Pricey, but all good restaurants in Newport overcharge. We had our special meal but will not return.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was so warm, cozy and historic. Our waitress Danae was friendly, knowledgeable about the food, and just as knowledgeable about the tavern’s history. The beef Wellington was absolutely the most delicious meat I’ve ever tasted! Definitely worth the money, and I will absolutely be returning.

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AG
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent except for the froi gras which was a little bland.

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AW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not resting on history, the WHT has an innovative menu and unique interior. Parking is easy, cocktails are good. Perfect night out.

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SB
45 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The place has the reputation as one of the best in Newport. In our case we had a problem with one of their signature dishes, the Beef Wellington. One of my favorites. It was not to happen due to first not having foie gras pate, second try did have the pate but was rare when it was suppose to be medium. You say no biggie they will just warm it up, well when the server brought it for third time it was still rare. By now the other three at our table had finished their meals so I gave up. The other three did love their meals. Obviously an off night. They did give me credit for the Wellington.
Their are fine excellent restaurants in Newport. Go have fun!

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c
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We celebrated our 25th Anniversary here. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is relaxing, romantic and peaceful. I love the history of the tavern-so interesting! The only thing that I would add is that there aren't a lot of Gluten Free options on the menu. I did enjoy the Caesar salad without the croutons and the scallops without the Gnocchi; but I would have loved a substitute for the Gnocchi to fill up the dish a bit! A Gluten Free roll and perhaps an additional dessert choice besides ice cream, sorbet and creme brulee would have been amazing! When the restaurant called to confirm our reservation, they asked whether anyone had any allergies, so that the kitchen could be ready for us. I'm not sure why they ask that, since there was absolutely no indication that they knew of our dietary restrictions. All in all, I do love this restaurant. Our waitress was very sweet, attentive and accommodating.

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P
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

Served mussels that didn’t open, obviously dead. Asked for replacement. Friend ordered scallops and served 3. Not enough for a bird! Won’t be back.

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RV
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited Newport to celebrate my birthday. The White Horse Tavern was a recommendation from the bed and breakfast where we were staying. Our table was on the second floor where it was quiet - we were able to enjoy the music that was playing as well as being able to have a conversation. The service and food were outstanding. We had the catch of the day and it was excellent! Our server recommended a French wine that would pair well with our meal - she was right! Excellent place for a special celebration.

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CD
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We took several clients here for dinner the other night. Everything was perfect. They had an incredible wine list. Everyone's good was amazing. The service is what you would find at a 5 star NYC restaurant. We will be coming here next time we are in town.

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DT
19 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An annual favorite - great place to share with friends who are new to visiting Newport as the food, historic ambiance and service are outstanding.

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K
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic tavern setting to celebrate our anniversary. Dined on the 2nd floor - great ambience. Fast, attentive service. Food was absolutely delicious - had the cheese sampler for a starter, followed by the crispy duck. Husband had the catch of the day - he cleaned his plate. Cannot say enough great things about this place - will definitely be back when we are in the area.

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R
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Service was terrible. I asked about adding on a side and the waiter said our food was coming soon and pretty much said no. Also, my one year old was walking and he just was shoving past him as we were leaving, to the point I asked him to please give me a moment to get him out of his busy way. The food was not good. I asked about vegetarian options and the wait said that there pretty much wasn’t any. They had one sandwich or to pick a salad. I had come to this restaurant because of the reviews. I would not visit it again or recommend it.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service in a charming 1600’s tavern.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

There was a hair in our appetizer. The only thing I would recommend about the place is the history attached to it. Otherwise, save your money and your time.

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M
124 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place — so much history. White Horse Tavern Clam Chowder has clear broth with chopped clams and thyme on top: very good. The local greens salad with lobster salad was good, but I failed to request very light dressing or dressing on the side. Way too much dressing.
The Reuben Cuban was stuffed with lots of ham, etc. and grilled on rye. Delicious with a side salad.

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LJ
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve dined at the White Horse while on vacation in the past and made a return trip when we were recently in Newport. Each time we’ve been pleased with the food and the service. Perfectly prepared swordfish and sea bass. Dessert was a caramel tart that hit the sweet spot. Good servers who were attentive but not hovering. We will be back!

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F
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and great food in an authentic atmosphere
The food is fine

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