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The White Horse Tavern

26 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840
401 849 3600
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Ranked #22 of 205 restaurants in Newport
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Farewell St
Transit: The White Horse Tavern is a quarter mile up Marlborough Street from the Newport Gateway and Visitors Center.
Description: As a native to Newport, our Executive Chef takes every opportunity to attain the freshest local and seasonal product from area farms. In support of his vision for sustaining the heritage in sourcing locally for food, Chef will start his morning with a visit to a farm. He will handpick produce for our menu; or creativity strikes, and a dinner special is born!During the winter, our professional servers keep the chill away by feed cozy wood burning fires within our dining areas. The addition of a wonderfully calming and romantic reprieve from our sometimes unforgiving New England winter weather. THE HISTORY: Our tavern is a two story, timber colonial. It has come too be the oldest tavern within the United States. Originally built in 1652, as a two story, four room residence, the structure was converted to an inn by William Mayes in 1673. Documentation has shown that our tavern once served as the colonies Legislative Meeting House, as well as Counsel Chambers and Courthouse for Newport, RI.You are sure to be apart of history while dining within our enchanting walls. Our team looks forward to serving you!
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79% Recommend
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We recently were in Newport for a wedding weekend and visited here for brunch. It's almost sacrilege to be in this part of the world and not try the seafood. With that in mind I ordered the New England clam chowder, and the mussels with a glass of Mumm's. Everything was delicious. The fact that they, among many others, claim... More

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Monroe, NJ
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The White Horse Tavern states it's Americas Oldest Tavern, and that may be true, but their menu is up to date and their chefs offerings are varied and interesting. We had their mussels in a delicious white broth but the dish was flawed by finding the beards had not been removed from quite a few mussels. Our main courses were... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The charm of this restaurant is wonderful. The food was great tasting and service was pleasant. It is a dark interior with lighting similar to the time period but was such a great lunch place. Would definitely recommend.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stopped in here for a drink. We sat at the main floor bar. Small, quaint and full of charm. Had a cup of chowder and it was really good. The staff was nice. The bartender has some great stories of some of the famous people that may or may not have frequented the place. I would definitely go back... More

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burton on trent, UK
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were staying over the road at the Old Jailhouse and after a long drive down we did not want to wander too far. Good choice, we were advised of the Tavern at the Guest House, so pottered over and were offered a comfy berth and a holding drink. Order taking was prompt and attentive with a good knowledge of... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

You can immediately see and feel the the age of the place but in a good way. Great food and strong drinks. A touch on the pricier side but comparable to other places in the area.

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Oceanside, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

This is a cool building with a cool story... that's about it. They are supposedly "known" for their burger, which I ordered ($14). I requested medium... it came out a hockey puck - unedible. Fortunately, our server, Gary, who has just been working a few short weeks, tried to fix the problem quickly. My #2 burger came out really rare...almost... More

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Alyssa H, General Manager at The White Horse Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about your experience with us. I do apologize for your burger not being cooked to the temperature that you ordered. This is not common for our kitchen team, and our Chef has looked into this to ensure that it does not become common. I am happy to see that you enjoyed Gary's service. We look... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Went on a Monday evening, didn't make a reservation but they did have a table. Will say they were busy for a Monday. Server kept losing track of us even though we were seated right by entrance to the room, I know he was busy, but really should have done better. Kept walking on by and took forever to get... More

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Alyssa H, General Manager at The White Horse Tavern, responded to this review

Please accept my sincerest apologies for your experience with our service. This is definitely not of our standard. I can assure you that this has been addressed and corrected. I hope that you will give us another chance to offer you a better experience next time you are out to dine. Regards, Alyssa More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Finding out that I was a descendant of Governor William Coddington, the first governor of Rhode Island, made me want to try this restaurant. He had owned the land that this oldest tavern in the United States was built on in 1673 and owned a home right behind it. He is buried in a cemetery right down the street from... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We are new to the area....we were so excited to visit such a historic place...we arrived early and had a drink in the bar...I could almost picture Ben Franklin sitting next to us, enjoying a cold one. Pretty cool... The parking was easy..the place was clean and comfortable.... The Food...Yum. First of all, I will go back JUST for the... More

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Alyssa H, General Manager at The White Horse Tavern, responded to this review

Glad to have you in. Welcome to the neighborhood! We look forward to having you in again! Best, Alyssa More

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