The Blue Ox

4.7
3074 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Hi! We saw TBO on phantom gourmet and heard on various outlets their burgers were to die for! So, we made reservations in advance, 8pm was the best time that worked for us and we drove an hour north to celebrate a special date to us. Our server was so kind and sweet! We ordered calamari which had such a fun kick to it, recommend trying. And when we went to order burgers which we came for, the waitress explained they were out. Extremely disappointing to say the least, I wish they notified you they old make X amount of burgers when you make your reservation etc. We would have tried to come earlier or another date. Instead we ordered $30-45 meals each which wasn’t really expected. I ordered the hanger steak which was cooked perfectly and was really good. He ordered the filet and it was a little over cooked but still good. The food was good just disappointed to miss the award winning burgers and had to make the drive to eat the same meal we could of had closer to home.

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g
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Service, great food, and a positive vibe! Acoustics are a bit to be desired but I am not sure how that could be addressed as there are some sound dampening materials on the ceiling to help with the problem. Regardless, we will be sure to return to one of our favorite restaurants !

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed being at the blue ox for dinner, every thing was excellent and we had a great time.

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KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food here is always AMAZING!
I had noted that we were celebrating a birthday and was hoping for a nice table, but we got placed at a table that was right at the service station. We felt like we were in the way of the staff throughout the entire meal. Waitress was a little harsh but her overall service was fantastic.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped by for dinner after work, excellent food and service

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RI
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With Antique Table, Rossetti's, and The Blue Ox, Lynn is quietly surprising everyone along the North Shore as an unexcelled source of great cuisine. The Blue Ox is warm and festive -- yet subtle enough for us to celebrate another anniversary there. We had a crusty, succulent ribeye with fingerling potatoes finished in duck fat and a chocolate torte whose crust was a slide of pure chocolate. This is the kind of meals memories linger over.....and why we and so many others keep on going back.....

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual time food was fabulous, on this visit the service,(thru absolutely no fault of our server) was painfully slow. We were attending a show at Lynn auditorium and were on a bit of a time crunch. It was crowded due to the show however we had been in similar situations at the Ox and never had a issue. It was only a minor inconvenience and will not prevent me from eating her again, the Ox is still one of our favorite spots to dine in Lynn

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend went here for dinner tonight, and I will definitely be back. We moved to the Northrop shore recently, and this is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Our server Nicole was excellent. She was very attentive but never interrupted the meal.

Appetizer: The hummus plate is a MUST. The picketed veggies are incredible! I would have never thought to put that together, and now I will be doing this regularly. I ate all the pickled veggies so quick and the hostess was kind enough to bring me a couple sliced carrots and cukes without me asking! It’s that little touch that makes a dining experience.

I had the French rose paired with the gluten free salmon which was DELICIOUS. They have a whole GF menu which is just amazing, and the food tastes so good! It’s so nice to go to a restaurant where asking for something GF isn’t difficult! The salmon was a generous piece, cooked perfectly, and I loved my meal.

My boyfriend got the pork tenderloin, which he liked, but not as much as the salmon. The broccoli slaw was a bit saucy.

The real winner here is the dessert. WOW! Every bite was delicious and so beautifully plated. This place is incredible and we will be back!

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great experience! This is our go-to for special dinners and they did not disappoint. Food and service is consistently wonderful.

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JD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints. Can be loud on bar side but have other side for quieter dining

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Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is amazing! Good food suggestions and conversation. The food...WHOA! I had the tuna tartar and mushroom ravioli, both out of this world with flavor. Do yourself a favor and choose the Blue Ox for your next meal.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Last minute decision, later in the evening.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When making a reservation, i asked for a quiet spot if possible, and that’s exactly what we got! the food, if anything, has gotten better over the years, and the service was unobtrusive and attentive

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MB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to The Blue Ox. The service is always excellent. There are dishes we just love on the menu and this time my husband had one of the specials. They also make a cocktail that I love, the "Sibling Rivalry."

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great vibe, great food, great drinks. Bartenders and wait staff are very nice. Overall, very enjoyable experience.

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CM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary.

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1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! No complaints, I will be back

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FC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Blue Ox is a local gem. Our server was marvelous and the food was great. Herbs a little too strong in the ravioli and would love to see more vegetarian options especially an entree.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Matthew and Assitant GM Devin made for a great night out.
Thank you!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and our waitress and staff were super awesome. Thank you

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to the blue ox it is absolutely amazing. My boyfriend and I love not only the food but the people, especially Devin. Devin’senergy is amazing and he is knowledgeable and informative!

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New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood place! Server was “new”. but truly outstanding. We dine their as often as we can.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For years this has been our favorite celebration restaurant. Last Saturday it was disappointing. At arrival for a 6 PM reservation the entire facility was mobbed and loud. We could barely walk to our table in the back room as the tables seemed to cover all the space. It looked like tables have been added to deal with higher demand. Fortunately we had a table near the window as I am hearing challenged and would not have been able to converse in the rest of the room. The food quality has dropped as has the quantity. I had halibut for $38 and the piece might have been 8 oz if that. My wife had the cod which she has been getting for years and the piece was smaller as well. It also didn't go well with mushrooms and broccoli rabe.
It is a long ride from Beverly but it always seemed worth it. But we both have decided that we will look for local options. We will miss the baked Brie appetizer and the Sticky toffee pudding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience as always. Fantastic apps, entrees, desserts, and drinks.

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. I had the lemon hummus appetizer and the filet mignon both delicious and the filet was perfectly cooked. My friend had the chicken cesar and he loved it ... very close to Lynn Auditorium so perfect place for dinner before a concert! Service was efficient and attentive. A little noisy but very worth it....

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good, but rather pricey. Drinks were expensive as well, but overall a nice place to dine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and even better cocktails! My favorite restaurant!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. My new "go to" restaurant. A gem in Lynn ma. Food is incredible. Very welcoming.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Seated immediately upon arriving for table reserved ....
Excellent service food and spirits
Would definitely go back !

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were first rate. My only negative is that it was very noisy and with our party of 6 it was hard to communicate.

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MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants

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MG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, varied menu, nice vibe, great service. Neighborhood gem. We love coming here.

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B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I my grandson who was visiting from New York had never been to the Blue Ox. He started wth the tuna tartar and because It was his first time there so he wanted to try their famous burger. He was very pleased with both his selections. The service was as outstanding as the food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started off with a suggested white wine which had hints of apple, pear.. tuna tartar with homemade potato chips that is the best you will ever have.. the annual Guinness corned beef dinner which has had me coming back annually for 9 years and topped with the sticky toffee pudding which is decadent ! Does not get any better than this.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great - Food, drinks, service, atmosphere .

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RR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is ever NOT outstanding? Methinks no. Great service from a new-to-me waiter & awesome food. Again...as always.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to for special occasions, food is always delicious and the service is outstanding. We had the pleasure of having Dawn as our server and she is outstanding !

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MO
New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I love the Ox. The food is always delicious and creatively prepared. Our party enjoyed the Faroe Island Salmon, a swordfish special and a rib eye special. The two having salmon brought home leftovers. We also had the baked Brie appetizer. It was Plenty to share between 4 people. The vibe here is lively and the crowd is a mixed age group. The cocktails are creative and delicious. And there are nice wine choices. We were too full for dessert but it was tempting.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food! We had lobster with risotto and the bolognes! My husband had the filet. Both amazing! Great date night! Our waitress Effie was amazing!

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