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Sun, 10/17
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The White Horse Tavern is America's Oldest Restaurant and a National Historic Landmark. The White Horse strives to create a fresh, contemporary culinary experience in a historic tavern atmosphere. For generations, the White Horse has served the freshest fish, clams and lobsters from Narragansett Bay along with just-picked produce from local Rhode Island's farms. The White Horse embraces 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. Visit for a taste of 21st century Rhode Island in the 17th century White Horse. You won't be disappointed!
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Grill
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Is expensive but the atmosphere was nice. Service exceptional. We ask sitting in the table 50 (preferred by Jacqueline Kennedy) and were placed. A reserved space in the second floor, an incredible experience.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are many very good restaurants in Newport, but this one is uniquely special. Not only is it the oldest operating tavern in the US, but the building has retained its charm. The dining room is small (so make reservations in advance) and intimate, with...an over-sized fireplace and exposed beams in the ceiling. The service was polite and efficient, but unobtrusive, and the menu was a refreshing throw-back to a different time. Let's be honest though. We go to restaurants only partially for ambience. We really go for the meal, and this tavern will not disappoint. When is the last time you ordered Beef Wellington at a restaurant. Have you ever? Not only is it featured on the White Horse Tavern menu, it is DELICIOUS. We ordered ours medium rare, which is not easy to do when cooking meat inside puffed pastry, and both of our meals were spot-on. I will definitely include this restaurant in our "must-do" list whenever we visit Newport.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just had drinks here in the bar but found the drinks tasty and the bartender's service very good. We sat next to the table claimed by George Washington and had a good time thinking about him sitting next to us even if 250 years ago,...or so.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to 22 Bowens, Clarke Cook House & the White Horse Tavern the last of which was the best. All -around attentive, professional service and thumbs up on all four dinners. I had the slow roasted meatballs, which was 3 nice sized, tender orbs...with a rich red sauce. Main course was steak frites cooked perfectly, though could have used some oomph in the spice dept., but was still very good. Great reviews for the lobster mac & cheese, roasted chicken & the scallops. The staff was terrific and the place was awesome. Go, go, go.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The White Horse Tavern was a special place. The food and the service was top-notch. Would recommend!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to Newport and we were lucky enough to be able to dine at the White Horse Tavern. From the moment we arrived we were treated like family. Keith, our server, is probably the nicest, most gracious and efficient server we have ever...had the pleasure of meeting. Thank you Keith!!! His recommendations about dinner were excellent and his beautiful personality made our experience so wonderful. I enjoyed the tomato and burrata salad along with the salmon. Both were delicious and the salmon was cooked perfectly. My husband enjoyed the bisque and the swordfish and again, both were delicious. Thank you to the restaurant staff who at this difficult time in the industry were as welcoming and warm as could be. We hope that things steadily improve - we don’t want to lose such a wonderful and historic establishment and we certainly don’t want to lose Keith!!! Best wishes to all!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 7, 2021 via mobile

We were two couples doing a mini family reunion after not seeing each other for a few years. We’re not kids but were led to a table upstairs. The place is the oldest restaurant in Rhode Island and is charming. Our server was abrupt as...they are apparently understaffed. My wife had shrimp cocktail that weren’t really jumbo. I had a good Caesar salad. She ordered steak frites. I ordered beef Wellington. They have no lobster on the menu. The Wellington was good but very small. The steak frites was so tough my wife had to send it back. You think the waiter would immediately have gotten her a menu so she could order something else but he didn’t. She had to wait until he got around to it. Obviously I couldn’t finish my meal while my wife was waiting to order something else. Dessert selection was inadequate. The website needs to be changed as it says jackets are required for gentlemen. They allow a lot of non jacket wearing men in. Our server couldn’t even get us water when requested.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 17, 2021

Had reservation, arrived on time and requested info on where to park from the hostess. I had parked in bank lot down the street but she cautioned against it and directed me to private lot behind the restaurant. There was one space left, I grabbed...it!!!! Hostess had sat my wife while I was parking and she put her upstairs at a table next to one occupied by a family with a very loud toddler! There were other available tables in adjacent rooms! We had to listen to the loud child for at least 45minutes! Not what you want for a special evening out at one of the more expensive restaurants in town. Other than that, everything was great: -Meals were delectable from start to finish. Seafood sampler was delicious with clams, oysters and huge shrimp; swordfish was firm, fresh, cooked just right and served over cous cous; desserts were to die for and included pineapple upside dow cake and bread pudding. Only hiccup was the steak with frites--meat was a bit tough, grizzled and extra chewy. Mgr comp,d the steak. Service was stellar and the setting in an historic colonial era inn was perfect! Definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 14, 2021

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with dinner at The White Horse. Everything was wonderful. The building is old and beautiful and I loved it. We were given two complementary glasses of champagne as an anniversary gift to start which was a nice...touch. We ordered the pork belly and crab cake as appetizers and both were delicious. My husband had the beef wellington and OMG was it amazing. I had the swordfish which was delicious as well. We split the pineapple upside down cake for dessert which was the perfect ending to the meal. Our server was quick and attentive. We will definitely be back the next time we visit Newport!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 5, 2021 via mobile

Went on the recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed! The ambiance was as expected, colonial tavern, small rooms but comfortable seating. The place was very crowded on the Tuesday night we went but the limited staff kept up graciously with the demand...and the meal’s timing was not off. The best part , of course , was the food. The beef Wellington (it’s been on the menu for 50 years!!) was absolutely perfect. The salmon dish was also very good, as was the starter lobster bisque which we shared. The dessert (chocolate candy thing) left a bit to be desired, came across quite flat but overall the meal was delicious. The wine list was also extensive and had great depth. We chose a house Pinot noir (from Sokol Blosser, $44 per bottle) which was very good but nothing special. The only downside to going to the White Horse is the price. So be aware! It seemed to be a tad more than was necessary. The beef Wellington was $48 and the salmon was $34. Anyway, if you would like a “colonial” experience and are willing to pay for it, GO!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Response from Donnapaz | Reviewed this property |
Sorry this is so late but I would recommend business casual. Just saw this in my in box. Sorry.
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I would call the restaurant to make arrangements.
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Menu can be found on their website
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5