White Horse Tavern

4.5
748 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
Proper Dinner Dress Required: “Country Club” or “Business Casual” please. Jackets are not required but collared shirts are expected. Please no athletic wear or sneakers. 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
Elegant 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 748 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ZM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend love the food, the service was excellent and it wasn't too noisy. I read other reviews saying it was too loud however I feel if you plan to be there at 7:30pm or later it isn't as loud. Very cool history. I recommend the duck, it was delectable. Very cool history behind the tavern as well. I highly recommend.

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J
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved our dinner here! I lived in Newport for 3 summers about 30 years ago and always wanted to visit. It was worth the 30 plus year wait.

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FW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The little upstairs bar was cool but can get crowded quick. The restaurant itself was really historic. Dominic, our waiter, was polite. The dinner wasn't as good as I was told it would be. The chicken I ordered was a boneless breast but found a bone as I was chewing. Very disappointed with that! Dessert was ok, nothing special!

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p
24 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

We have been going to the White Horse Tavern for many years. I love the atmosphere. However I did not enjoy it this time. Many tables were open, yet they squeezed us in a corner table right next to the serving hutch. The lunch menu was very limited even though it was restaurant week. We were seated right next to the most obnoxious pair who were extremely loud. So loud we could not softly converse with each other. The entire restaurant heard them(throughout our entire meal) and I feel management should have approached them to keep there conversation at a normal level.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

My husband and I were in Newport for our tenth anniversary, so we decided to splurge on a really nice dinner. I must say, the food was wonderful- I had the Duck Scotch Egg starter, followed by the Beef Wellington. The egg was ever so slightly over cooked, so the yolk wasn’t particularly runny, but it tasted wonderful. And my Beef Wellington was cooked exactly as I ordered it, rare, and was succulent. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his oysters and sea bass. My only complaint is that they are too busy and noisy and the wait staff is too rushed for it to truly be considered a fine dining experience. More like a tourist attraction where they are trying to serve as many as possible. I would go back for the food but not the atmosphere.

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C
13 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Expensive but good food. Menu is a bit limited.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

lovely aplace and great waitress. Should light the fireplace beginning in October ,though.

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

Host was not as friendly and acomodable as near by places.

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

While waiting to be seated. my wife and I experienced the maitre d' having 2 separate conflicts/ disagreements with 2 different waiters in front of 8-10 waiting guests . The tension was extremely high and really put a damper on the entire night. I happened to notice the mature d throughout the night as he was seating other guests in the dining room and he continued to look very uptight and irritated. We all have bad days so I hope this gentleman will become aware how his unprofessional behavior negatively affected our experience last night.

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a
14 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a lovely historic upscale tavern style restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. It was Newport restaurant week, so we got a great three course meal for a good price. My husband said the Caesar salad was the best one he ever had. The chocolate mousse dessert was also a standout. Unfortunately the night was marred by a large group that was sitting behind us and was very loud and took up a lot of our waiter’s attention (the service was still excellent, but a little slow, not the waiter’s fault). It should be a quiet, romantic restaurant, maybe they should limit the size of the parties.

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A
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Thought it was just alright.

Felt slighted when we chose the restaurant week menu vice regular menu.

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c
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were excellent

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p
18 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting Newport and I saw reviews of this restaurant so I knew it would be good. The food was tasty and portions were reasonable. The lighting was low and the old building turned back time for the diners. Our server was terrific. She helped divide a tomato salad for us and served it to each of us. We felt very pampered. I had the scallops with interesting root veggies and a tasty sauce. My husband had a monkfish special that he enjoyed immensely. We had dessert of course and didn't share. I had a delectable dish of chocolate peanut butter ice cream. My husband had a pecan tart that was not overly sweet. It was just right. I would recommend any visitor to Newport to make a reservation, sit back, and enjoy the oldest tavern in the country. It's well worth the trip.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a pleasure. The waitstaff are top notch. The food is delicious and made with the freshest ingredients. Our favorite spot to celebrate.

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RB
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

we come here twice a year and have for the last 23 years. our waiter, dominic, was terrific as was the entire staff. the hostess was most accomodating in that i requested a specific table and waiter. she delivered on both. everything was great and we are looking forward to our next visit in may.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lobster macaroni and cheese was fantastic! Our bartender made great amaretto stone sours. The White Horse was definitely a highlight of our girls trip!

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OT
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and atmosphere.

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AC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, the White Horse Tavern did not disappoint. Our waiter, Dominic, was just fantastic. A very genuine person and friendly to boot. The food is always fantastic. We will continue to come to White Horse for celebrations and special occasions - we always feel so welcome!

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LR
19 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This is a national landmark, and the restaurant lives up to that billing.

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SO
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is at least the third time dining at the White Horse Tavern. The food is excellent. Service is good and not rushed.

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DD
24 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food and service were very good. It was easy to hold a conversation as it was not too loud. The staff was very accommodating.

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VA
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful historic setting, beautifully executed meal, service was excellent.

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B
13 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were in town on a cruise ship and just had to dine at the historical oldest tavern in America. The restaurant was only serving in a small dining room on the ground level and without our OpenTable reservations we would have been turned away. We were seated at a lovely round corner table. I tried a cup of their clear clam chowder. It was loaded with goodies but I still prefer white clam chowder. We both ordered the lobster BLT sandwich, one with fries and the other with green salad. The sandwiches and sides were quite delicious. Our server, John, was helpful and understanding of our time restrictions ( to return to the ship). Since it is a tavern, we also enjoyed our favorite cocktails. This establishment is worth a visit, for both the history and the food.

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EG
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The White Horse Tavern is just awesome. Everything is good. Historical landmark that does not disappoint.

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b
26 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was very interesting to be in such a historic tavern. The rooms, floors, fireplace and decor all had an authenticity that cannot be faked.

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KD
14 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We love the White Hirse and try to visit each time we come to Newport. We celebrated our anniversary this year and it was fabulous.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food over priced. Poor value. Food not hot. Would not come again. Very disappointing.

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CL
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Disappointing dinner: seated at a table crammed a bit too tightly between two others, server was inattentive and unenthusiastic, and the food was unimpressive (my mother's scallops were cold on the inside). Overall, we were left with a feeling that the staff simply did not care (no one even checked to see how our meals were). Have been here before and had a good experience, so guessing they were having an "off" night, but this was enough to discourage me from returning.

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v
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and lunch an dessert was outstanding

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CY
90 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch with History...

Dined here for brunch with my wife and mother-in-law and absolutely loved it. The atmosphere totally lived up to all the hype of a historical tavern. The plank wood floors, giant fireplaces... totally authentic. Equally good was the food. You must try the pecan french toast with sliced apples and bacon. Amazing. My wife enjoyed a EBLT and was equally happy.

I highly recommend White Horse Tavern to foodies and history buffs. You'll love it!

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VL
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our experience was wonderful! We arrived about an hour early and they were able to seat us immediately. We hotness seated in a small separate room which at first was slightly disappointing because we didn't get to see much of the building and the room was pretty bare. However, the small room ended up working out perfectly for our group because my parents could actually hear the conversation, which is sometimes difficult at restaurants.

The appetizers and meals are beyond phenomenal. I can't rave enough about the food! Really a perfect special occasion restaurant!

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VF
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal - great choices for vegetarians.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy ambience
Wish there were more vegan options but appreciate what u had.

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DJ
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding, personable service from our server, Ryan, and from the host and bar staff as well. Good coordination between the bar and dining room to keep track of what we ordered while waiting for our table. The food was classic and well done, and the ingredients were very fresh.

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MM
50 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

This was our second visit to the Tavern. It's a very good thing that our first visit was outstanding because this time, with family members, it was not. Had this been our first time, it might have been our last. The service was extremely slow, almost painful. When our main courses arrived, one was stone cold and had to be returned. He ended up having to watch the rest of the table eat their food and then partake of his. No apologies.......

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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
5 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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