About Five Horses Tavern - South End
Five Horses Tavern is conveniently located on Columbus Avenue in Boston's
historic South End, walking distance of the Orange Line, Back Bay Station,
Symphony Hall, Northeastern University, Boston Medical Center and
Our mission is to serve modern American comfort food, incorporating locally
sourced ingredients, with many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
Our friendly staff will make a memorable experience whether you join us for
lunch, dinner or our highly acclaimed weekend brunch.
Our bar offers a wide variety of craft beers from around the world,
boasting 40 draft beers, 60 bottles, signature cocktails and a thoughtfully
selected wine list. Guests can enjoy dinning on one of the largest patios
in the South End.
Contemporary American, American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 11:30AM - 12:00AM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00AM-12:00AM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Five Horses Tavern - South End Ratings and Reviews
Great little hole in the wall restaurant ...
Great little hole in the wall restaurant. The food was amazing! The chicken and waffle club was delicious and the presentation was great. The service was strange - it's as though there isn't one server assigned to your table so you have multiple people checking on you throughout the meal - I didn't love that and found it a touch disruptive and confusing. The parking is atrocious but in the South End it's about average. Overall it was a great brunch and I would definitely recommend and go back.
Went with a group of friends. I had 2 of ...
Went with a group of friends. I had 2 of the tacos but wasn't that happy. I think I was the only one of our group that wasn't 100% happy with the food though. We had a good time here but I would definitely try something else next time.
We came with a party of 10 girls for a b ...
We came with a party of 10 girls for a bachelorette brunch. Our morning started off great. We were greeted by friendly hostesses and were sat right away at a spacious round table. This was about the only positive experience I can write about. Our day quickly started on a descent when we were given an extremely inexperienced, poorly trained waitress. (For a party of 10). We sat down at 11:00 and ordered our first round of drinks-Mimosas for the table and a VIRGIN extra spicy Bloody Mary with bacon (listed under their non alcoholic bevs). Drinks came, food was ordered, waitress disappears for nearly 45 minutes. When another server comes by to ask if we needed anything...food was our only response...also some more drinks and water too. After About an hour, the waitress reappears telling us somethings off the menu that they were out of...as a table full of ladies who WORK in a restaurant ...this was a red flag that she had waited about 45 minutes just to put our food in. Food finally comes. Our GF DF friend got served whole milk with her coffee when she requested almond milk and regular toast. Orders around the table were messed up and tots were Luke warm. Irritated and hungry...we eat whatever was placed in front of us regardless of the order or not. Finally the bill comes (that we had to go through and separate the orders ourselves even though we had asked for separate checks). First thing we notice....one virgin bloody..and one alcoholic Bloody Mary. Our initial thoughts as we saw this was that if the bartender received an order ticket for a regular Bloody Mary..then that was what he made. Immediately we went to the bartender to ask him if he made 2 Virgin bloodys or one for the table. His response...that the first Bloody Mary was a regular bloody....served to the PREGNANT WOMAN...who drank the entire thing. That would be me. Initially when called the owner was only going to compensate my $15 meal. This was unacceptable for us and he took care of our entire tab.
The food at five horses was fantastic. W ...
The food at five horses was fantastic. We split a soft pretzel and mac and cheese to start- both were delicious. I had two tacos per the waiter's recommendation: seared tuna, which was flavorful and crunchy, and duck, which had a sweet sauce to complement the richness wonderfully. My friends enjoyed the salmon and the bbq sandwich (a place that serves tater tots as a side instead of fries? my kind of place). The food was contrasted by the service, however, which was slow. We had to repeatedly ask for items and remind the server multiple times of what we requested. We tried to get the bill for probably 20 minutes before our server finally caught my eye. I'll definitely be back, as the service could have been off that day and the food was worth it.
A group of friends met here for a pre-th ...
A group of friends met here for a pre-theatre dinner. I had been to their sister restaurant in Davis Sq, so recommended we get the cornbread, which is freshly baked in its own skillet. It was sooooo yummy, and I don't even normally like cornbread! We also had the roasted brussels sprouts which were similarly awesome. We had a variety of entrees, mostly the tacos or salads. The amount of filling in the tacos varied a bit, but all tasted good. The salads looked good too - I had a bite of the fried chicken one had added and that was excellent.
Our server was very good about checking with the kitchen on a food allergy that was of concern to one of the party.
On the dessert menu they have a skillet-baked chocolate cake which we didn't have room to try, but we're definitely going to have it next time!
My son flew in from San Diego late after ...
My son flew in from San Diego late afternoon so we came for a bite to eat while waiting for traffic to ease up. My daughter and I have been before for Brunch, lunch & dinner. Great place! The Grilled Avocado & Bean Salad my daughter had was excellent & good size. Would love to try myself. My son & I had the tacos. We both had the Tuna Taco - so good!! We both enjoyed that one. I also had the Cajun Fish taco which had just enough of a good bite to it & very tasty, while he had the Mighty Duck Taco. He enjoyed that one as well. Great beer & wine too. Will definitely be back again. More food to try! Always good food & love sitting on patio.
I went for brunch on a Saturday. Five Ho ...
I went for brunch on a Saturday. Five Horses serves from both the brunch and luncheon menus. The service here is excellent and one of the wait persons even suggested a selection for the next time I return for dinner. I had the Southern breakfast which is fried chicken, a fried egg, and thyme biscuits with a side of sausage gravy. Don't hesitate about the gravy, it was smooth, not salty and a perfect compliment for the biscuits. There is a lovely patio which I will look forward to for a future visit in the cool of the evening.
We had a party of 10 and had an amazing ...
We had a party of 10 and had an amazing time! We loved the giant round table which allowed for open conversation. Our waiter was great, especially considering all the food and drinks we ordered. I have already recommended to friends and I would definitely go again!
Great atmosphere and great beer selectio ...
Great atmosphere and great beer selection. The Cajun fish tacos were amazing as were the calamari rings. Our server Jenn was very friendly and prompt as were the supporting food deliverers and busboy. I highly recommend Five Horses Tavern - South End.
Convenient walk from Mass Ave. T stop. ...
Convenient walk from Mass Ave. T stop. A bit smaller than the Davis Sq. location. Tacos were good, and at first I was thrown by the 6$ per taco price tag, but it was a sizeable taco on a flour tortilla. The ribs though. These were some of the saltiest ribs I've ever had. I don't know if this is the norm or just an off night, but I wouldn't order those again. It took a while for our server to notice we were waiting for the check, but otherwise service was good. Mainly because I don't like being checked in on too frequently during my meal so this was a good fit.
Bizarre... Our experience was bizarre. ...
Bizarre... Our experience was bizarre. It ,is hard to describe. We arrived , thought the place looked great and really wanted to like it. We picked our appetizers, they arrived quickly with our drinks. No silverware or dishes to eat off- 10 Minutes to get them. . The apps were "dumped" at the end of the table. I'm a major rib fan. I asked the waiter about their ribs. " The are a house specialty and the portion is large" The ribs arrived. 4 end of the rack, small, burnt and chewed like rubber. 15 minutes late the waiter asked how are meal was. Politely I said " well I hate to say anything but I'm not impress with the ribs" His reply " That's too bad" He smiled then walked away. A few minutes later the table next to us had their ribs delivered. Huge difference in quality. Seems like a nice place, the portions are small in relationship to price and the staff all appear to be friendly and hard workers. I blame a lack of training in their service faux pas. It's the kinda place you want to really like and go back to again and again. We may......--
The grass-fed burger is fantastic. I onl ...
The grass-fed burger is fantastic. I only eat grass-fed beef so I only have burgers once every couple months. I often get my "special" burger at Five Horse since it has never disappointed me. The tater tots need an upgrade. Maybe offer sweet potato fries or regular fries since they don't have any fries on the menu. I love the beer list here and always get something different. Sitting outside is excellent and the waitstaff always takes care of us, including bringing a water bowl to our dog on the sidewalk. :)
Great burgers. Best turkey burger I've e ...
Great burgers. Best turkey burger I've ever had in a restaurant. The Cajun tacos are really spicy, but still tasty. The pretzel appetizer was delicious! Great beer selection. Service was perfectly fine, not extraordinary.
The Brussels sprouts looked like they ha ...
The Brussels sprouts looked like they had been burnt! Turned out to taste great! Served in a sauce of pork belly, mushrooms and pickled apples! Yum !The chicken entrée was moist and nicely flavored! Hangar steak was good! Got the jalapeño mashed potatoes to go with it! Great choice!
Just happened by one afternoon for lunch ...
Just happened by one afternoon for lunch and came across your great selection of draft beers and a very knowledgeable bartender. Great lunch....Came back for dinner next night and service and staff again were great. Chef had some very unique and delicious ideas. Love the place, unfortunately I'm in Pennsylvania and probably won't be able to come back for a while.
But I will be back and will tell everyone I know about you guys.
This is my second visit to Five Horses, ...
This is my second visit to Five Horses, but first to South End and first for dinner. My prior experience was brunch in Davis Square and that was amazing!! However, my most recent visit for dinner in the South End was just ok. I found the corn bread to be soggy, almost undercooked; the pretzel somewhat bland; and the pork belly and cajun fish tacos just ok. The pork belly was a little hard to chew through. The service and vibe are very good, so I will probably give it another chance for dinner and will definitely go back for brunch.
Five Horses South End has been a favorit ...
Five Horses South End has been a favorite of mine for dinner or drinks for awhile, but I finally made it to brunch and I'm sold!! It had something for everyone, all of which was fantastic, the drinks so creative and good, and the price is reasonable. We were able to sit for over 2 hours and not feel rushed. Such a lovely visit!
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