Light Horse Tavern

4.7
1162 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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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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007Foodie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMea1969
New York Area
4 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
1 review
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has very good food, staff is friendly. We would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience. Will come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get together with family in outside bubble was great-service was terrific and so was the food. Crispy ribs, salmon and octopus salad were great! We have dined here ( inside and outside) and have not been disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant. Very cool atmosphere and the wait staff was very attentive. Food was incredible - I had the skirt steak which would cooked perfectly and my fiancé loved his lobster roll. French fries were also so tasty. Big fan of this place

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is off the beaten path from grove street and other spots but its worth the trek, really terrific food, good value, expansive drink and wine list and the freshest oysters I’ve ever tasted.

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vipMarcelA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food all around. Cocktails were great and ambience is wonderful. Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food exelente, service and price u can’t beat that , very happy I will back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent.

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vipCamilleD
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Service was ok. We were asked to leave because they needed the table. We were not aware of the time limit.

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BeckyH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance and service were fantastic. Very good cocktails to start the evening. We had the wedge salad, skirt steak, and pork chop - all were delicious! We also ordered a side of the Brussels sprouts, but there were undercooked and very bland, so I’d say skip those. Overall, a great meal and nice evening.

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MacFriend
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was impeccable. A gentleman from Egypt. Friendly, thoughtful, kind and gave us great suggestions for good food. Service was timely and food was excellent.

Thanks so much.

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vipLauren
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The atmosphere is great! Cozy and historical. Food was good but service was very disappointing. Our server wasn’t wearing his mask properly and kept pulling it down to speak which made us very uncomfortable. We ate inside, so maybe staying outside is best.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful, even with Covid precautions

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went for brunch with my girl friends and we really loved the food. The LHT medium rare is a great sandwich choice and don’t forget to order banana bread with extra cinnamon cream. The ambience was perfect for those who have a thing for vintage decors. The service was okay. 8/10 would recommend.

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vipKat45
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I love this place and I’m a repeat guest, the food and ambiance are wonderful. I was just thrown off by manager’s behavior this time. We were on time for our reservation but had to wait as he was busy with other people. Upon check in he was unfriendly and said we are late and that he needs the table back in 90 mins. Obviously he doesn’t have enough servers to ensure a timely order and delivery process. When our time came to an end he walked up and down in front of our igloo to gently remind us to leave. His server apologized many times for his behavior but I didn’t feel valued and we couldn’t even have dessert. His behavior and pressure diminished our dining experience and obviously the place was not equipped with enough staff to ensure a smooth flow. We then went next door and spent our whole afternoon there with more drinks and dessert. Really sad as this was one of my favorite places...left a bad taste in my mouth!

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vipNicoleG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Valentines Day! Had amazing experience! Food, drinks, service and even atmosphere! The price was very good for what we ordered and the quality of food. We were surprised with how low was the check! Definitely, will recommend to friends and family! Reliable and consistent even during these complex times! Great job guys!

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JohnM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to relax and eat well especially if you enjoy fresh seafood.

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JLV1111111
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

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vipNicole
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the ambiance in here. It’s rustic and romantic but also great for groups. We shared the beet salad, very good. I had shrimp cocktail and asparagus for dinner and my husband had the pasta special. Everything was fresh and tasty. Service was great! We sat at a table next to the bar area. Since it’s close to the door they Prp used personal space heaters that did a great job. The chocolate bread pudding was our least favorite. It was a chocolate chip bread pudding but was more buttery. I ate it but my husband passed. Cocktails were very good too. This is a historical building so I like that about it. We will be back! PS- wish they had filet mignon on their menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service.

LM
LaquethaM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, service was excellent. Will definitely don't here again if I'm in Jersey City.

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Light Horse Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1162 OpenTable diners.

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