Light Horse Tavern

4.8
1185 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!
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SGind
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and beautiful venue- particularly the balcony seating!

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MarkS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great Food great location will definitely be going back. Love the Oyster selection

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bklyn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fine meal with excellent service. The atmosphere is upscale, wine selections very good, and the pricing favorable. Overall we had a lovely evening, not rushed at all.

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PeterP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

perfect for a relaxed dinner, especially outside. Inside can get louder that I prefer, but it is not terrible

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ZaidaP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Traditional plates made with a creative flair. We had a party of six and each meal was delicious.

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TS85great
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant! The food and service were great. Will definitely go back!

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vipSVH7
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Server was polite and attentive. They remember your face and everyone checks in. Great for brunch or dinner. Make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lighthorse is one of our favorite hometown restaurants. We love the service, the food and the ambience. Their Mushroom Risotto is phenomenal and their Meatloaf is always a go-to. Staff is still adhering to masks, and there is still some social distancing and we felt comfortable dining indoors. Highly recommend!

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PeterG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

While the food was as good as always - which is very good - it was a little disappointing that the menu still seemed to be more seasonably 'winter' menu, with not much that was lighter, more spring/summer...
i.e. meatloaf wrapped in bacon with mashed potatoes, duck breast in mustard sauce, chiken breast with winter vegetables, pork chop in a honey-coriander glaze w spaetzle, etc. All failry heavy/winter style dishes. Even the fish specials were either fried (it was very tasty!) or in a 'morrocan style' sauce which sounded heavily spiced... i.e. wintery.

We love Light Horse, and probably go there more than most other restaurants at which we eat, but the menu needs to be stepped up to offer more dishes that fit the current season... if it had still been 90 degrees outside, we may have had trouble finding anything that would have been in sync with the day.

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vipJanineK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable experience, as it has been in the past. Disappointed that several menu items weren't available for our 7:30 reservations. Could use some more specials and seafood alternatives.

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Latac12
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and ambiance. Family friendly and an overall place to hang out with friends!! The staff is delightful!

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vipKarenK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Back for brunch again and another great midday meal. My eggs were overdone (ordered over easy and not runny), but otherwise excellent - presentation and flavor great. And my companions' meals were excellent all around. Service was superb.

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Petey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a 6-person reservation for which we were seated immediately. The service was excellent, and we all agreed that our food was excellent. We never felt rushed, and despite being a busy weekend, the food came out timely. The ambience inside is great as well.

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EricT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch and loved it. Started with the fried oysters and a Bellini which were FANTASTIC. Everyone loved their main dishes. Love this place every time I go.

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Luna
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful rooms and food to match. Great service. Great vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is my second experience with my wife and the food is really good the service and price is great no complaints at all I recommend with out hesitation 🙌🏻

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere!

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JoanS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in a very long time. Perfect service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A favorite place with a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone loves it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The bus boy was incredibly rode, rushed us off table. Made us clear our purses off table and move from table when we were done paying bill and waiting for friends to use restroom . Made rude comments in Spanish ( we can understand )

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tfitz695
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the Light Horse. The menu changes, has interesting choices, and is not too overwhelming. I was there for a working lunch and it was great.

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ElizabethB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Came here for Mother's Day, so it was pretty busy - understandably it took a long time to get our food. However, the food was just OK, nothing great.

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Laurie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleased at how airy the room was, with doors open, fans twirling and tables well-spaced.

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007Foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

food was excellent. Our service wasn't unfortunately. We sat next to the bar, and saw our drinks waiting to be delivered, for maybe 10 min. Our server wasn't the best, she didn't mention there was a pasta special either.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love light horse !!! Our favorite spot in jersey city !

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JamesA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Place was great. Fantastic food. Nice selection at the bar.

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vipMea1969
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints! Outstanding food, excellent service, it’s become one of my favorite places in Jersey City.

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vipNYCFAN
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in DTJC!! Always a special evening

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SGJC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food, taste like a home cooked meal.

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JaredS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in NJ. Great for brunch with oysters or dinner with drinks.

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JasonF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Maybe they are very understaffed? Mistakes were made throughout the visit. Food was very sub-par and it was clear the kitchen staff were scrambling to get orders out the door so the care they would typically put into a dish was not there especially from a quality perspective. For example, the eggs in the benedict might as well have been hard boiled because the yolks were so overcooked, they crumbled when you cut into them! Owners - you need to figure out how the make Light Horse Tavern great again ASAP!

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vipMaureenH
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting area for 4 days and chose this restaurant twice in those 4 days. Great ambiance, food and service!

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vipJanice
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us had a very enjoyable dinner - we had apps and dinner of raw oysters, BBQ ribs, burgers, duck and crab cake - all were very good. Apple pie for dessert was also very good. Service was prompt and nicely attentive. Prices were reasonable and the atmosphere was very nice as well. We will be back as it was a great spot to meet friends from NYC for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good and service was amazing!

We ordered the calamari, the NY Strip Steak, Brussels sprouts, fries and the apple pie. Soooooo tasty! Definitely a hidden gem.

Plus the Owners or Manager were so nice and accommodating!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place few steps from home, owner so nice and gentle every time.

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CarlaH
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible experience for the second time. Food took 1 hour 40 minutes with absolutely no updates. Very poor service. I will not be going back

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vipGiselle
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! The whole dining experience was above our expectations!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, service is excellent and the food is even better. This is our Go-To Happy Place!

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vipPayalP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Light horse tavern has an old world charm with big windows and high ceilings. It delivers on ambiance.

I’ve been to Light horse tavern for several years and food has always been delicious but for some reason today’s brunch lacked in flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re frequents of the lobster garage but have not tried light horse tavern since moved into town due to the pandemic. We were absolutely pleased and enjoyed our dinner. Thank you for accommodating us despite changing our reservations a few times. We had a fantastic dinner!

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Light Horse Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 1185 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.

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