The Blue Ox

4.8
3151 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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The Blue Ox is a casual neighborhood restaurant that strives to be inviting, relaxing, and value-oriented. Our dining room and bar offers an approachable American style menu with a twist, warm and family-friendly décor, and exceptional service filled with personality.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Bar
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–11:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(781) 780-5722
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jay Silva
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Private party facilities
Looking for a convenient North Shore location to host your next event? You'll see why The Blue Ox was voted "Best New Restaurant." Offering multiple private dining options, a professional staff, and delicious menu, The Blue Ox will exceed your expectations!
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Private party contact
Joanna ONeil: (877) 245-2019
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
The Blue Ox has expanded our parking options with a large, well-marked lot just steps from our front door offering free parking for all guests. There is also plenty of street parking available.
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Public transit
We are a short walk from the Lynn station of the MBTA Commuter Rail.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food all around for 11 people! Everyone loved what they got, from the Sin Burger, to Pork Chop, Steak, Striped Bass, and Spinach Salad. Servers were wonderful and the dessert platter for the crowd very tasty!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Blue Ox!

JW
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Will definitely be back soon.

l
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food, as usual. A bit loud but we knew that would be the case.

LM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best filet mignon ever!

RL
New England
131 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing and excellent! From the salads to the main entrees you can’t go wrong with anything. The menu has changed up a bit and it’s better than ever! I had the cod dish and was absolutely delicious. The ox is the best!!

DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always excellent

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much! Great staff, food, and drinks.

F
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't much like going out to dinner, especially in the summer. I am (immodestly) a good cook, and am almost always disappointed in my meal whenever we go out, even at highly rated expensive restaurants. We also have a beautiful backyard, and it's tough to leave in the good weather. So I was not optimistic when I took my wife to the Blue Ox last Saturday.

But everything at the Blue Ox on Saturday night was special. The drinks (Kettle One gimlets) had a unique delicious twist and they went incredibly well with the excellent Duxbury oysters. Our shared Caesar salad was fantastic, with a wonderful, creamy dressing with just the right hint of mustard. And both of our meals, the striper special and the ribeye special were delicious. Muy rico.

The service, Dawn(?) and an patient water guy who had to fill my glass like 8 times as I had been surfing all day and was dehydrated, were outstanding. Hell, even the bread was good.

So, now I'm mad at you Blue Ox, because I have lost my excuse for not going to out to dinner!!!

S
New England
50 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been awhile and just what we remembered. Great service (Brian), great Oysters (shucked perfectly), great Tuna Tartare (and those chips!!), great, unique Ox Wings, great cocktails and great tunes! Matt and the team are killing it, Be back soon!

BO
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday

SK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the pear salad. Trust me. My favorite restaurant on the North Shore.

C
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a neighborhood gem serving inventive food without the high priced pretense. Always really flavorful and the staff is A+. Just a great place.

CC
New England
82 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Ok, heres the good and the bad. I've been to Blue Ox many times. There are certain things they do very well: cold smoked filet mignon...my husband won't eat steak anywhere else! Steak frites is also very good. Tuna appetizer with the homemade chips...outstanding! The salmon is done perfectly. So, all in all the food is usually very good to outstanding. Skip the lobster tacos...for some reason these were not a fave with anyone anytime I've gone. If you like bourbon, the "bacon and legs" drink is also one of my husband's favorites. The waitstaff are very nice and affable, and often times the person that comes to your table may not be your actual server. They all seem to help out each other.
Alright..now the not so great: the wait time can be inconsistent, this includes getting service to come to the table and actually getting the food. This visit, the food came out in dribs and drabs. The two cold smoke filets were presented at least 5 full minutes before any other food and the next two dinners were wrong. The chairs are not particularly comfortable. Blue Ox, consider chair pads for your diner's comfort.
We will definitely be back, at least the next time my husband wants a phenomenal steak!

s
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waiter!!!!
Drinks perfect!!!
Love the wings!!! And pear salad the best!!!!

KM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Filet Mignon, a special, is ALWAYS a "go to". We were able to order a "SIN Burger" KETO style with no trouble, along with substitutions that were KETO friendly. Haven't had a bad experience there yet. Always a winner!

TI
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the Blue Ox 3 times now. NEVER had a bad appetizer, drink, entree or dessert. Their pear salad is SO good, only restaurant in which I look forward to having salads at. All of their entrees are portioned perfectly and great flavor. I can't say enough good things about the Blue Ox.

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great!

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We made reservations two hours prior to a show (5:30 reservations for a 730 show). We were seated right away and our waitress was great however our meal wasn’t served until 7:10 causing us to have to eat quickly to make the show.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at The Blue Ox. I wish I lived closer because I would be there all the time. Everything is so fresh and tastes great. The staff is super friendly and inviting. Love the ambiance as well. Look forward to going back!

A
New England
50 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love the Ox. Best tuna tartare ever! Love the bolognese. Ribeye special was very tasty- leftovers were equally great. And the polenta was spectacular.

JG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very loud, very crowded. Food and service are good, but prices are high

CC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. And great service with very knowledgeable and pleasant server.

JR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner - nice atmosphere, excellent food, and good service.

TC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was great. Open table however never put our reservation in. Luckily it was early and they were able to accommodate us.

CK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently wonderful service and food. Will continue to visit for special occasions!

BS
New England
117 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger ever. But all of the food is excellent as well.

J
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my local go to spots

RW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We both ordered the filet mignon, and it was outstanding. We also loved the hand-cut potato chips.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond amazing! Every single dish was delicious and the waitstaff is so professional and kind. We had a great experience - a perfect one to be honest! Highly highly recommend

P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for two, waited 10 minutes at table for acknowledgement from waitress, then another 30 minutes for drinks to arrive. Apparently there was in issue with the computer which complicated orders. It was very noisy, unflattering decor/basic for pricey menu. It was a disappointing experience because food was really great. We won't go back.

PM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - wonderful meal, wonderful service. Our family go to for special occasions or just a nice change

MC
New England
77 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A nice weeknight dinner with attentive service and food that is a notch above. The service was welcoming. I appreciated the offer to cover the air conditioning vent under our table. The menu is a nice change from many others. The choices offered a wide range of inventive dishes. We will be back

D
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal service and atmosphere.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

We have tried this restaurant three times, and each time there was an issue. Mostly it’s about the time it takes to get seated on a busy night even with reservations. Tonight we got seated right away at our reservation time but then it took over 20 minutes for a server to even come and say hello.Food is excellent but it’s just not worth the trouble.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food that we ordered was excellent and plated well. Our table was very happy with all the appetizers and entrees, cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Ambiance was good, but a little loud on the bar side, could stand to use some acoustic dampening ceiling tiles or baffles. It was near impossible for conversation while having a drink waiting for our table. The dining side of the space was excellent, not quiet and not loud, perfect really. The bathroom was serviceable and mostly clean, but it did have cobwebs and spiders in the ceiling corners. The only real knocks were the inability for two guests to order the sin burger because they were out of ground beef, and the waitress was exceedingly difficult to find at times. All in all, a very good time, and will definitely go back.

BB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan our server was outstanding. Very busy night and he actually hand delivered our doggie bag out to our car.

MB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Devon, was attentive and funny. The food was stupendous, as always - fresh, high quality ingredients and large portions.

EB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
Innovative menu

CH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal as always. One of our favorite placed to eat!!

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