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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.
Boston, MA 02118
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, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Five Horses Tavern - South End Ratings and Reviews
I had heard amazing things about this place so I was excited to celebrate my birthday over brunch. We arrived at 10:45AM. We were greeted and taken to a lovely table near the patio. It took 10 minutes before we got our menus and another 20 minutes before our waitress came by to take our orders. Already perturbed, I was hoping the food would come out sooner. It took an hour and 5 minutes before our food arrived from when we sat down. I'm usually pretty patient but no one should not be waiting over an hour to get a simple brunch item that can be made at home in 10 minutes. Also, keep in mind that during this whole time, we have not eaten anything and our waitress ignores our table the entire time, tending to other tables without batting an eye at us. Luckily, a different waiter came to refill our water twice so we weren't dehydrated. From my seat, I watched as 2 girls who got a table at the patio area 20 minutes after we arrived got their menus and orders taken within a matter of 5 minutes. They also got their food a lot faster than us and were paying the bill around the time we got our food. Perhaps patio people get better service because they're closer to the front. Perhaps we were hidden and forgotten in the back. In any case, it was frustrating. Someone who I assume was the general manager came by to apologize for the kitchen being backed up and I informed him we had been waiting an hour. He apologized and came back to say my entree would be deducted. That was a very nice decision which made me less annoyed. Our waitress wasn't aware of this so she brought the check with all items on it; she had the check fixed. In all, the food was decent, the service was subpar, and the outright disregard for our hunger was fully experienced. I tipped 20% because I understand they were probably understaffed but it's Saturday! During brunch time! You should have planned accordingly or at least make a comprehensive sweep of your tables rather than choosing a few to tend to.
We went for Mother's day dinner, and chose this place because of the beer list and the fact that it had some vegetarian options. We sat in the bar section of the restaurant. It was so generic and had no style or decor whatsoever. There was nothing special about it. My vegetarian daughter loved her Kale Salad, my son got the mac and cheese and it was a very small portion. My husband's burger was large, but he ordered it without the "dirty cheese" and the mayo on the side. I ordered the scallop risotto, again pricey, but the scallops were cooked very nicely. My youngest ordered the potato tacos and they were greasy and had a clump of bean puree plopped in the middle and it wasn't very appetizing. Our server was fine, he was being trained, but didn't offer us the dessert menu, so I can't comment on that. We have been to the Davis Square location and enjoyed it, so we were a little bit disappointed with this visit.
Always pleasantly surprised with the number of vegan options at 5 horses. The hummus plate with half bread half veggies is to die for! They also carry Fiddlehead IPA which is amazing! Thank you for being a great brunch spot for vegans & meat eaters alike :)
Service was extremely slow. Waitress seemed to have kept forgetting our table. Took forever to get desserts. It was my graduation lunch and was hoping for a much better experience. Also vegetarian food options need a revamp, a lot of them have unbalanced taste.
Food was just OK this time. Beer selections are fantastic. Tacos with fish were partly ice cold in an odd, unpleasant way, though apparently this was the way they intended to serve them based on the response when I commented to the server. Great place for a drink, but I will not be back for a meal.
Terrible service both at the host stand, while waiting and at the table.
there was never anyone at the host stand. when there was, i reminded her a few times that we had a reservation and she still couldn't seat us but sat several other parties that arrived later than us. When I went back in to ask about our table she said another 20 min - i told her that's unacceptable since we had a reservation. she did then begin to find us a table but we were sat 30 min late after our originally reserved time. and there were other tables so still unclear what happened.
we got a lackluster, quick "sorry for the wait" then we never saw the host again, our server came by and was more friendly. he did mix up the order and the beers took forever to arrive.
when we got the bill there was zero acknowledgment or compensation for all the issues. instead of getting back into a debate we paid and left. we won't be going back.
Our lunch started out on a very good note with our friendly server. Unfortunately she left midway through our meal without any notice. Our main entrees were delivered by someone different...not too surprising. We asked him for another round of drinks. Shortly after that, a different server came and asked for our drink order. From that point on, we assumed he was our server and he was efficient and nice enough but nothing more. The food...Mac n cheese was lukewarm and should have been sent back but we didn't. Tacos were ok...a little too salty but the cornbread was to die for!!! We would go back and try again...food was worth it.
Within Walking Distance of Symphony/ DecentTavern-Bar Food.
We spotted this reataurant a few times and decided to give it a try. They accept reservations which we find helpful when going to a show or concert. Very busy atmosphere with a cozy, neighborhood feeling. Seemed to attract the 30 something crowd.
Pleasant music,but overall noisy which can make conversation challenging. The waitress was friendly and helpful. Met us with a smile and checked in a few times to see if we were doing fine or needed anything.
Just two of us dining. I ordered the salmon which came with carrots and brown rice. Perfectly cooked medium and a good sized serving. Overall, the meal was quite good and I was able to take a doggie bag home. My husband went for the chicken sandwich and tator tots. He was satisfied, but it was not anything special in flavor or presentation. His choice was partly guided by a somewhat limited menu. Probably not bad for a local tavern, but not offering many entrees.
Prices were quite fair. For instance, my dinner was $19.
The convenience was the real benefit. We might try it again, but can't say for our preferences we would rush back. They will do fine with the neighborhood crowd.
We had a very nice visit for Sunday Brunch. Two of us have been before & always look forward to a return visit. Our friend loved it & loved her Brunch pizza. The tacos are amazing as was the veggie burger and our wine. Great service, very friendly and helpful. Love the atmosphere of this place.
We were pleasantly surprised after a noon time lunch at the tavern. Clean and comfortable, it was even warm enough the open up the large windows that look out onto Columbus Ave. Many people took advantage of the sun streaming in and sat at the hightops near the open windows. My Tavern chili was excellent - some of the best chili I have ever had! My buddy had a cod sandwich and said it was also delicious. I can't wait ti go back!
I've been to Five Horses multiple time and to both locations, unfortunately, I was very disappointed with my latest brunch there. The last two times the service has been less than stellar and on Sunday we were virtually ignored. I like the location, ambiance etc., but the food this time was almost unedible.
Food was OK. Pulled pork sandwich with chimichurri sauce was literally that: pork, sauce, roll. They forgot to put in our pretzel order as starter. When we pointed that out, they were apologetic, comped us the pretzel, claimed they were slammed. But it was 5pm on a Sunday and the place was only half full. It wasn't bad, but it was a pretty 'meh' experience. Not worth going out of your way for.
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