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Blue On Highland
Blue On Highland

Blue On Highland Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://blueonhighland.com
  • Email: inquiries@blueonhighland.com
  • Phone: (781) 444-7001
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Jazz Brunch on Sundays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mark Lee
  • Public Transit: MBTA Needham Heights train stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking behind the restaurant at 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I was taking a special friend to a birthday dinner and found this restaurant on Open Table. I thought this was a very nice experience all around. The ambiance was very nice, the noise level was lively but comfortable, the food was excellent, and we had a delightful waitress. One thing I particularly liked was that all the food arrived nice and hot. A wine lover might think that the wine list was not extensive, but for me there was a nice range of wines and prices. I look forward to visiting this restaurant again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Blue was our first experience and we found the noise level uncomfortable. Otherwise, the food and service were very good."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I eat here often and it is generally good. I've had one bad piece of fish there but this particular evening was fine. Three of us ordered salads and one ordered a pizza so it wasn't exactly a creative dining experience but as always, the service was good and food was well prepared."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Met up with friends after work for great cocktails and dinner. Good portions of fresh, fresh food well prepared. Attentive service and an understated, yet comfortable ambience make Blue a popular local destination. A good selection of tasty food makes choosing a difficult decision, but you really can't go wrong. Too many sun-dried tomatoes kind of overpowered the shrimp risotto, but it was perfectly prepared. Lemon creme brulee was light and silky smooth, but could have used a bit more lemon punch. Still these are mere quibbles. (And we haven't had the courage to try the chocalate cake for the table ....). If you need a good place for dinner with friends or clients, you really couldn't do better than Blue - go!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Likes- the restaurant can be full but one does not feel crowded. Nice to have dining conversation privacy. Easy to park, nice menu. Would easily go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Visited on March 24 and ordered the bolognese. Reasonably tasty but lukewarm at best. It made me not want to return."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Wonderful Sunday Brunch. Great LiveJazz Trio --- Does not interfere with conversation."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The plan was to celebrate a birthday at a nice restaurant. The result was a pretty average dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Having a reservation made all the difference in the world to table seating...we had a quiet booth! We had an opportunity to talk, share and enjoy our meal. Service was excellent, food outstanding! Love having this restaurant in the neighborhood! Would recommend it! Open Table made all the difference."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Food and service was great. The only thing that could of been improved was the risotto should have been creamier it was a little al dente . The chocolate bread pudding was unbelievable and we should have listened to our waiter and shared it!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "WE GO HERE REGULARLY. IN A TOWN WITH MANY DINE OUT OPTIONS, BLUE ON HIGHLAND IS A SURE WIN EVERY TIME."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "My wife and I chose this based on some other reviews and the location (just down the road). Happy to say we were not disappointed. The service was very prompt and the food was excellent. We did notice that when the place filled up there was some extra ambient noise, but nothing that made it difficult to have a conversation. We would go back..."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Just moved back to Needham. Went to Blue on Highland for the first time with a couple from out of town. After waiting a very long time to put in our order, we had to call the waitress over to ask her to do this. She seemed very irritated by this & then with a very rude attitude, she took our order. It's too bad she gave us such a bad impression since all other aspects of the dining experience were very nice."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Was nicely surprised by this little neighborhood restaurant in Needham. Glad we had a reservation because they were full and people were waiting at the bar, but everyone looked happy and eager to enjoy the atmosphere. Every plate that went by our table looked delicious and our table enjoyed the steak frites and the risotto special."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Having been to Blue many times before I was surprised that the food was not up to par. We were a large party and several of the group got the hamburgers. They were "tasteless" and some did not like the cheese. The chicken pica was not great also. Upsetting was that the roasted chicken was not on the menu and hasn't been for a while. We will not be going back to Blue for a while. Also, the waitress was great but the food service was a little slow. We had children with us and we waited what seemed like a long (too long) time."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I will go back anytime, consistent menu and food. Excellent prices..."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Met friends there and have a fabulous dinner. Room was a bit noisy but it was a fun place!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "wonderful suburban brunch venue-- easy to get into, great service not an extensive menu but more than enough to choose from ---- Lovely music definitely would go again"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Food was good but you have a limited menu. You should also give a choice of spaghetti or linguine as a substitute with some of your main meals."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We've been to BoH many times and have always had a great time and meal. You'll definitely want to try to get reservations as the place does get busy most nights."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was not very good the ravioli app was undercooked giving el denti a new meaning. The pork entree had a very hard breaded crust a stake knife was needed and dry in the middle. The braised shirt ribs was salty but cooked well. Although the Sean minor cab was tasty."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Place was cozy and the waitress was attentive, very attentive. Like really there a lot. Food was okay. The fries looked like they were scraped from the bottom of a pile of leftovers. Noticed other plates that came out looked much better. It it was late, I was tired, and didn't want the hassle of sending it back etc etc. would go for drinks and a salad."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The ambiance of Blue on Highland is the reason my friends and I keep returning. The food, with new additions, is fit for anyone. I tried the Thai Steak salad for the first time and absolutely enjoyed every morsel. My friends had salmon and pizza with salad, and thoroughly enjoyed their meals as well. We had excellent service and we would highly recommend Blue to family and friends."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Blue. We rarely find a good Schnitzel like the ones we enjoy in the Fatherland, but Blue knows how to make one tasty! Our server was attentive, and the hostess gave us an excellent welcome when we arrived."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Really enjoyed dining here. Nice ambiance in decoration, lighting and general feel. Food was good and service was great."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Blue on Highland is my family's default neighborhood restaurant because they always have an open table and the food is solid. However, the service is often inconsistent. Most recently, we went when they were clearly understaffed (the dining room was not full); we waited over 40 mins for food. We eventually asked our server for some bread because we were hungry. When our food came, 1 was incorrect. No one apologized. Good restaurant if you want the basics (salad, soup, sandwiches) and don't have reservations, but not if you want a quick meal."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Business lunch was moderately priced, good but not over attentive service, not rushed. Much easier to hear conversation at lunch time compared to dinner time"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Impeccable, friendly service, food always very good, sometimes excellent. This couple with easy parking and tables spaced so you can actually converse with your table mate make this a great place to go for special occasions or times when you just want to go out for a reliably good experience."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We have been here a few times. At some point, I said never again. They had unevenly nuked my pasta. But Friday night the food was just bad. Calamari tasted like the oil they fried in had been used for weeks. All the food was just terrible. What a shame, it is a beautiful comfortable place. I doubt we will ever go back."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "It's been quite I while since I last visited Blue and I was happy that the food was still way better than average. The portions were perfect. The salmon was buttery, melt in your mouth with just a bit of a seared on crust and the risotto was perfectly creamy. We had great friendly service. It was relatively busy on a Wednesday night but the noise level was merely " lively" and not intrusive. I plan to go back sooner rather than later."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Looked at Open Table to find a relatively local restaurant that I knew nothing about but might like to try. The reviews seemed good and I thought I would like to try something new so I booked for Friday night dinner. There was a wait for the table but only 20 min. The service was relatively good with some lapses of non attention. The food & drinks were very good! Others would do well to try it!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My husband and I were going to a party in the neighborhood and decided to try one of the local dining establishments. We were not disappointed. The restaurant can veer from casual to elegant depending on your mood. We arrived in casual gear and felt perfectly at home, although there were many guests in dressier attire. The menu is simple, but guaranteed to suit just about everyone's tastes. All of the food we had was well seasoned and flavorful. We also tried some of their specialty drinks and they were quite good also. The service was excellent. We had a wonderful waitress who was attentive without being overly intrusive. I'd say the dessert was the best part of the meal. Overall the atmosphere, food, and service are top-notch!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We have always liked this place. The food is good and usually the service is great. We did get some attitude from our waitress on our last visit which took the edge off of our night. Maybe she was tired but the glares and huffiness was uncalled for. We will not let one bad night change our opinion of a fun restaurant with well prepared and reasonably priced food"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This was my second time to the restaurant. I like the atmosphere and decor. There is also ample parking. This time, however, the food was not as good and the waitress was did not return to the table for a significant amount of time after we were served our main meal."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This place is convenient and inexpensive but food is heavy on the pasta/starch accompaniments. Nicer in summer when windows are open."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Great place for a business lunch. Fast, attentive service. Lunch menu is straightforward an accomodating."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Nice place, but inconsistent. One dish (chicken piccata) was excellent, the other dish was mediocre; luke warm steak and French fries made from frozen fries. Guacamole, also from freezer, had no taste, very flat."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Blue on Highland is outstanding !! Food and service is top notch. Have dined there many times and never ever disappointed."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Blue is a great find for lunch, drinks & apps or dinner without having to drive into the city. Great food, terrific service and an easy location to get to. I met a bunch of people -- some coming from Boston, some from the local suburbs and for each of us it was an easy 10-15 minute trip. Among the group we had salads, shrimp tacos and burgers-- simple right? But each was prepared and served in a different and tasty way that made them stand out from standard restaurant salads, tacos and burgers. I have been there several times -- different occasions, different times of day. With the girls, with my husband and for business meetings. Each was perfectly suited in that environment. Blue is a great find."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I have not been to dinner at Blue in a while, usually head there for lunch, so I was surprised to see that the dinner prices are $$$$$ now excluding pizza options. Not being very hungry, we each ordered a salad (very tasty and a good size) and an order each of the scallops appetizer, which was excellent. There are now much better options for wine by the glass then there was the last time I dined there. As always, if you make reservations, request a table as far away from the bar as possible or you will be yelling to make yourself heard. Blue is a vibrant, energetic place to dine, and the bar area is very popular and always crowded so if you want a quieter meal there, try lunch - no bar crowd and the prices are more reasonable."
    Dined on 11/6/2013