Blue On Highland
Blue On Highland

Blue On Highland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://blueonhighland.com/
  • Phone: (781) 444-7001
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Tartsinis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Plated
    Banquet Style
    Passed Orderves
  • Entertainment: Jazz Brunch on Sundays
  • Special Events: Family Gatherings
    Social Events
    Corporate Functions

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mark Lee
  • Public Transit: Needham Heights MBTA Commuter Rail stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking behind the restaurant in public lot or on street.
A word from Blue On Highland
Blue on Highland is an upscale suburban restaurant serving modern American cuisine in a contemporary, elegant setting, located in Needham, MA, just outside of Boston.Blue on Highland is perfect for power lunching or socializing after work over dinner and drinks, celebrating special occasions, or simply enjoying fine wine and appetizers in their beautiful bar and lounge area.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Blue On Highland reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (74)fit for foodies (34)great for lunch (26)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (16)special occasion (15)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (8)romantic (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (7)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • sad but true
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We keep going back but feel that this may be our last time for a meal. Our first time was fabulous but we have been back 6 times over the last 2 years and it just has not been as good as that first time. Service has been consistently very good. Drinks delicious. We went back the following night for the pomegranate cosmo, super delicious and better than other area similar cocktail.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monthly dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We meet with friends here monthly, and while we all have our menu favorites they recently expanded the menu with interesting and delicious additions. It is a spacious, but not large restaurant, well lit, with simple, tasteful decor. Generous bar portions, and friendly, efficient and enjoyable staff make it a favorite place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is a very nice neighborhood restaurant for lunch. The tables are not so close together so that you can enjoy personal conversations. The food is decent although I didn't particularly enjoy the flavor of the pasta bolognese.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    dennehypr
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Needham has many options for casual dining, but Blue On Highland rises above the pack. We had a reservation for a late weeknight table and ran late and were a bigger group than our reservation; the staff could not have been more friendly and accommodating. We were a scattered, tired group and they were patient and flexible with our requests. Bravo, Wednesday night Blue staff, for being professional and demonstrating to a bunch of hungry businesspeople the true definition of "service" and "dining". This is why we buy local, too - you didn't kick us out as you cleaned and we enjoyed some more time together. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoda1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant with good food and pleasant staff. Easy to park and easy to get to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual local spot
    Foodexplorer
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have been to Blue twice, the second time with several friends. Both times we sat in the dining, rather than bar, area. This is a comfortable, moderately priced, friendly place. We found the steak flavorful,tender cooked a perfect medium rare as requested. One in the party ordered the salmon and pronounced it okay as he felt it lacked seasoning and was slightly overcooked. Another ordered the lobster roll which was deemed both tasty and filling. Our servers both times were attentive and personable. Blue is the place to which we will most likely return when we want a comfortable setting with very decent food. It's nice to have this close by.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    yumo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    As always...staff was always close at hand...food was very good...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    Travel4kidsBrasil
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Live music during Sunday brunch .kids like the marinara pasta and mini sliders . Musica ao Vivo aos domingos . Mini hamburger foi top para as kids
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Diner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I had enjoyed some lovely lunches at the restaurant prior to our dinner outing. My Thai noodle soup was flavorless and the waiter never came over to see how things were, so I never got to reorder and eat. He was kind enough to remove my entree from the bill once he came by. Then he dropped the bill and never returned, so we had to get up after 15 minutes to ask if a staff person would take our payment. Not fun on a Saturday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect!
    ESGF
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Enjoyed dinner with old friends. Shared tasty appetizers: tuna, guacamole. Each of us enjoyed our entrees. Wine was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location Location Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Meeting friends from Arlington, North Attleboro, and Holliston - Blue was the perfect location - right off of Rte. 128. Seated by the window with a nice view of the rainy night we were having. Everyone enjoyed their meals - butternut squash ravioli (ordered by 3 out of 4) and a shrimp and pasta dish. We were able to stay and chat a while after finishing our meals. Did not feel rushed by our waitress. A very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A misstep for restaurant
    nightout
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We have dined at Blue for many years and always had a great experience. Our last visit was very disappointing. The service was terrible. We waited a long time for water and a waiter. The particular food I wanted was sold out - it was only 7:00 pm. The special was not good. The waiter took our coffee and tea order then completely forgot them and presented us with the bill. We didn't protest and left. They were not on the bill. If this was my first time at Blue I would never come back. I am willing to to try it again and hope it is better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding BLUE
    WestwoodMaxine
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The server was especially gracious and the food delicious. The server readily accommodated my request to prepare a frittata without s wrap. It was a jazz brunch and the music was wonderful - the group was very talented!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Experience
    EnvoyBoyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Cocktails and food were very good. Not a destination experience but certainly worthy of a try if living or visiting in the area. Waitress was very attentive. Big fail, however, was on wine. The list was small and eclectic, which can be great fun! I asked the waitress some questions, which she couldn't answer. Fair enough. She sent someone else over. Due to the lack of uniform, I assume this person was a manager. I asked about two different wines and she told me she hadn't tried the wines but could print out some tasting notes for me. Epic fail. Food this good deserves a staff knowledgable about its (small) wine list. Maybe that's why the bar was packed but the restaurant was mostly empty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Have found bar scene to be noisy and overwhelming. We were early and had a delicious meal, attentive waiter and enjoyed the quiet
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • comfortable experience
    LinnyVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I arranged the reservation for 3 couples and they took us right away. Staff was very attentive. We had a comfortable round table and were able to converse because the surrroundings were allowed us to hear each other. The menu has something for every taste and the food was tastefully served. All in all a very comfortable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    Mentah
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was my 4th or 5th time dining at Blue on Highland. The food and service are consistently excellent. Everything is always prepared and seasoned to perfection, and the service is always top notch. Always a pleasure dining at Blue on Highland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    we enjoyed the dinner - the view was great and service very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After Babson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Server was not as attentive as she should have been. Mixed up several entrees including two of the same where one was medium rare, one medium well. Should have been marked by the kitchen or by her to at least ask which one went to whom. Been to Blue many time; always dependable. First time disappointed with service. Food, pricing, wine and ambiance were, as always, terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    First time at Blue on Highland for lunch ... food was great. Service was a bit rushed, but may have been because they were trying to get us in and out in an hour. Definitely would go back
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PLEASANT RELAXED DINING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    PLEASANT RELAXED DINING-Good service & food; varied menu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    we enjoyed the place the food and the service, everything good, nothing fabulous, menu hasn't changed for a long time but still good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice service, food not great, noisy
    wdnmb
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The server was very friendly, answered our questions and responded to our requests promptly. Unfortunately two out of four in our party were not happy with the food: the lobster in the lobster roll was not fresh, and the accompanying french fries were soggy and mealy. The hakefish tasted greasy and the "new potatoes" were not cooked through. The asparagus were good, as were the pasta dishes. The noise level at the beginning of the evening was very high and therefore not great for people dependent on hearing aids. It did level off later on as the proportion of adults in the room increased.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Would go back in a heartbeat!!
    Robert
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were meeting out of town friends at a location convenient for both of us, and another friend recommended Blue on Highland as it wasn't far off I-95.. We ordered the salad with the sliced duck and it was absolutely outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable and his recommendations were spot on! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always good food and service
    suzz
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is a consistently good restaurant. Takes reservations on time. Nice ambiance. However on weekends when it is full noise level is high. weeknights it is quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I will dine again
    Jennamac
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I have heard great things about the restaurant however when I dined solo I wasn't thrilled with the service and it felt a little rushed. The brunch was a small selection, I would of liked a few lunch options besides basic salads. The restaurant itself had a very inviting comfortable atmosphere. Will try again, however not during Sunday brunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very amiable wait staff
    Needham43
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Anthony and Ashley were terrific.! Wait staff is always very anxious to please and are enthusiastic in their attention. Very consistently!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our Go-To's - but not 2nite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We enjoy Blue as a close, neighborhood quality restaurant. On this particular evening, we had tickets to the symphony and let the waitress know we were on a tight schedule. But it didn't seem to affect the speed of our food - in fact, despite our heads up, it felt like the food took extra long to come. We will definitely be visiting again... but probably not if we have plans immediately following dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hard to eat
    Bornhungry2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating an anniversary so we thought Blue would be a great choice - wrong. The drinks were good but expensive at $11 each. The calamari app was a bit tough and chewy, fair. The duck entree was good however my wife's seafood dish was hard to eat as it had some undercooked, rock hard little bits of what looked like green onion. When this was brought to the servers attention she just shrugged her shoulders and took the dish away! I would not return or recommend Blue. For $100 there are many better options.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue on Highland
    Food4
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We sat at a round table which was perfect for 6 diners. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient, tending to our needs without being asked. Every meal was perfectly cooked and served. The portions were ample which led us not to order dessert because we were so well fed by the meal. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice options
    Steve
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have eaten here several times. Nice ambience, good location. The appetizer and main course selections are excellent. I usually sit at the bar, which has several large screens withing view, but not loud or obtrusive. One note, the bar height is actually a little high (I checked and it's the bar height, not the stool height) which makes it only a slightly uncomfortable height, but I managed. The bartenders were very nice, but after getting our drinks and specifically asking us if we were having dinner (yes, we were), they did not come back with menus or a setup for a very long time. When they finally set us up, the rest of the experience was very nice. We both had the haddock special and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice location Not nice food
    songwarrior
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to this place because of the good reviews. Our waiter was distracted. A large table next to us got all his attention. The food was bland and almost seemed re used. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good meal
    CBS42
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's a little out of our way most nights, but we always look forward to eating here. The dishes are imaginative without being overly fancy (i.e.: I can understand everything on the menu!). The staff is friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needham Wins With BLUE on Highland
    CurdNerd351
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The service provided by Alissa was top of the charts. The apps and entres were very very good. I'd skip dessert....the desserts were not up to the rest of their standards
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal at Blue On Highland
    Gpaxman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were seated promptly. Our server was attentive and appeared very knowledgeable about the meals. The entrees were all good, the baked brie appetizer was particularly notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than previous visits
    HeatherVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I thought the food was better than it's been in the past. Such a great spot, it was a shame the food was so bland, but this time it had more flavor. Maybe a new chef?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I like this place and it really is charming but sorry when I book a reservation at a 1000 point restaurant and don't get anything?!?! Really? The hostesses could not be more aloof and frankly bimbos, and not helpful or anything; they need proper staff moving forward. I will go back but no reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MACNatickVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Again, the food was very good. Anthony is always a great server!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Mentah
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service are always perfection at Blue on Highland. My husband and I dined there on Saturday, and it was surprisingly not crowded. We started with the Parmesan Fries as an appetizer - it comes with a white truffle and chive mayo - and also ketchup for simpler folk like myself. Delish. For dinner I had their special, which was Risotto with baby shrimp, peas and sun dried tomatoes. Heavenly. My husband had crab cakes for dinner, and said they were great. He ordered the chocolate bread pudding for dessert - I didn't try it, but he wasn't too impressed with it. He said it was overcooked. Other than that, perfection. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buisiness early dinner
    Bigfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Last minute reservation with client who needed a vegetarian option; very accommodating and excellent meal provided off menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.