nice experience but the menu
nice experience but the menu never changes and is very limited. Needs more fish choices
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and friendly service.
Great food and friendly service. We had a wonderful Easter brunch and they accommodated our 1-year old with a kids menu and high chair.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was very good but a little
Food was very good but a little expensive for neighborhood location. I will go there again but they do charge "Boston" prices. Food and service were very good.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and ambiance
Very popular local establishment that is unassuming on the outside but has great space and atmosphere on the inside. We were there on a Friday night and there was a very vibrant bar scene. The bar is next to the restaurant and the energy flowed into the restaurant in a good way.
Food was excellent. Better than expected and I expected it to be good. Server was very friendly and service was good. We will definitely come back again.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place. Nice decoration. A
Great place. Nice decoration.
A little too loud.
We had to speak loudly to hear the conversation in our table of 4.
Drinks were good.
Best Pomegranate Martini. Will go back for that.
Food was hit or miss. Some great some ok.
Short ribs were very soft, and tasted very good but needed more sauce to mix with the pasta.
Steak and fries: Steak was good but fries were too dark almost burned.
Duck was not a hit. Could be better.
We have been there before a couple of times. We will go back.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Jazz brunch was wonderful...food,co
Jazz brunch was wonderful...food,cocktails and band!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a very nice visit to Blue.
Had a very nice visit to Blue. Server was excellent and the food was delicious. We all chuckled at the huge ice tea glasses: they're old fashioned jars with 24 ounces of tea to the brim!
4/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good time and great service!
Our server, Yulia, was outstanding, as well as very understanding that our group of four, who hadn't seen each other for a long time, lingered a bit too long at the table. I appreciated her good service and nice personality.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
limited menu; let us have
limited menu; let us have a leisurely dinner; nothing was outstanding, but good; service was great
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner and service.
Great dinner and service. Thanks for the great night.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time here. We heard good things from a coworker of mine. Start to finish it was top notch. The only draw back was that we had a reservation and the hostess sat us by the door/service computer/hostess stand where we could hear everything going on with staff. Yet 2 ppl walked in the door in front of us with no reservation and got a nice booth away from all the chit chat going on.
So on that note, we maybe back have not really talked about it yet.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were looking for a great non greasy spoon type Brunch, and loved the idea of having live jazz to listen to. Upscale, classy
And modern inside. Everything we had was delicious. Good sized portions, Presented beautifully, great service. Coffee is great- I generally first judge a restaurant on their coffee.
I can't wait to return for dinner. Their brunch was fantastic so I can imagine that their dinner is too! Highly recommend.
We had eggs Benedict and challah French toast with strawberries. I usually could care less about French toast but theirs was delicious, fluffy and perfect.
Definitely my new favorite place! Be sure to park in the back lot (free).
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A rare treat in the 'burbs
I love to eat out. I owned restaurants in another lifetime so I love to truly enjoy every aspect of dining out (even with a 3 and 6 year old). But way to often my high enthusiasm winds up getting pummeled under bad and/or insincere service and food that is less inspired and even less consistent than I ever dared imagined possible.
HOWEVER, that was all turned around the other night when I had the pleasure of dining at Blue on Highland. Sadly, I was expecting more of the same mediocrity, but what I found was that rare gem of a place that I will look forward to going back time and again.
The service, atmosphere, and food and beverages were fantastic. I mean, really, really, really good both in selection and quality.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been here on more than
I have been here on more than one occasion and have never been disappointed
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was excellant, hard
Service was excellant, hard to find service at this level anymore.
Food was fantastic - Seafood linguine was spectacular and the Chicken picatta was outstanding. Food was out of the kitchen very quickly and very hot.
Dessret was Chocalate bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream that was just amazing.
we will be back and will recommend to all our friends.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
not just a neighborhood place
We had a group of six at a round table which was perfect for conversation. Because the tables are not on top of one another, the quiet atmosphere lowered the stress level. Each main course was outstanding- delicate sauces not overwhelmed by too much spice or butter, as is the case with many establishments lately. They were even better than the descriptions in the menu. Dessert- creme brule was excellent, as was the apple (?). Entrees were large enough to share. Service was professional and not intrusive.
Blue on HIghland should be considered a destination restaurant.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
They are not quite as good
They are not quite as good as they were when they opened a few years ago. The menu is less extensive and varied. The service is more distracted and slower, the wine by the glass list is pretty blah, and the portions could do to be smaller with a commensurate reduction in price. It wouldn't hurt to use less salt. They are still a nice place, but there are now better places in that price range in Needham.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
this was our second visit to blue. we encountered a problem with one of our entrees and the waitress without hesitation handled it perfectly so much so that will be back again.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was full mid-week. We were seated when we arrived - a bit earlier than our reservation. The service was fast and excellent. The menu is very broad. The guacamole was very fresh. The chips were crisp and tasty. The chicken soup was better than home made. They make a great Caesar salad - I've had it before. The dinners arrived quickly - all were fresh, hot, and delicious. Portion size is perfect. Flavors are great. BOH is a hidden gem. Parking is very easy in the muni lot behind. We'll go there again.
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went for the first time
I went for the first time on recommendations by many others, and I do plan to visit again in the very near future
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was great, the food was perfect and the wine and bar selections made the evening. Great place for a good meal and a nice evening.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
had a wonderful time, food
had a wonderful time, food was so good and service very good, attentive but not too much. fun yet relaxing so all in all we all shared a good experience....
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for families looking
good for families looking for a nice meal e.g., as with grandparents. good service. nice ambience-open, light and not too noisy.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We like trying out different
We like trying out different places. We chose this restaurant on OpenTable because we had never been to it and all the reviews convinced me this would be a good place. As soon as we were greeted by the hostess, we felt that we had made the right decision. Everything was great. The waitress/service was very pleasant and knowledgeable, the food arrived hot and delicious. We stayed and lingered in our conversation and never felt that they wanted us to leave. This would be a great place for a special occasion.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant serves good food in a casual environment--a cut above the chains and above the usual neighborhood spot. We came for the Sunday jazz brunch. The menu was short and simple. Our omelets and French toast were attractively served and tasted good. The music was terrific. I've been here before for dinner with my family, including two kids under eight, and found the restaurant very friendly to well-behaved kids, as well as to parties of adults.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and great waitress.
great food and great waitress. very pleasant evening.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
They had a scallop risotto special and halibut as well and I asked if they would replace the scallops with the halibut and they obliged. It was excellent. Hopefully it will become a new entree. Comfortable atmosphere and great service. My guest had t,he scallop risotto and it too was very good.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was pleasantly surprised
I was pleasantly surprised that my group of four were given the exact table I had requested upon my making the reservation.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Needham go-to
Blue is always my go-to place when I am meeting someone [in the Needham area] I haven't seen for a while [or ever] it is hip and trendy, busy but not packed, the service is accommodating and the food is very good but not too over the top in any sense. I've never had a bad meal or experience there. And while its not like a library, you can actually converse with your dinner guests!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good, as
The food was very good, as was the service. The decor is very nice. I'll definitely return!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but pricey
Good food, great service and nice ambiance. Overpriced though (basically, Boston prices) - not something you expect to see in the suburbs price-wise, and not premium enough to warrant said overpriced-ness.
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Blu....thanks for the champagne...food outstanding! Wonderful ambience & waitperson was excellent!
Thank you, thank you thank you.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal, pleasant atmosphere
Four of us ate dinner at Blue, and had a lovely time. The food was very good, and the service attentive and appropriate. The place is nicely decorated and an easy atmosphere to sit and talk with friends while you eat and after.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our lunch at Blue,
We enjoyed our lunch at Blue, very busy day there but all went smoothly!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant is still quite a plesant environment. However, the food and service has slipped to average. Salad was good, but pizza was like a less than average pizzaeria, too much cheese.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
VERY good meal. Server was
VERY good meal. Server was OK. She came through w/ a nice dessert for the b'day girl. We will go back.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Blue. We took our
We love Blue. We took our 6 year grandson there as a special treat. The staff was very accommodating and there was a perfect kid-friendly menu to enhance our visit. We all enjoyed or meals and will certainly return,
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food awaits you at Blue!
Fresh food imaginatively prepared. Great service. I have been to Blue several times now and have never been disappointed. Definitely indulge in the parmesan truffle fries! Only wish I'd had room for the lemon crème brulee - next time! If you've never been to Blue on Highland - go!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I go here often with clients for a nice lunch in the area. The food is great and the service was excellent. The noise level can get up there as it is a large open room. I asked for a quiet table but I am not sure if there is a very quiet spot.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Lunch or Dinner
This is a great restaurant. I have been there many times and have tried various items on the menu and have never been disappointed. The food is always good, salads are fresh, breads are excellent. At dinner I have had wine which is very good at a reasonable price. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. The decor is just enough and the place is immaculate.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A memorable birthday
We brought our 13 year old grandson for his birthday, and his 11 year old brother. There were tasty and appropriate menu choices for all (parmesan fries, baked brie appetizer, swordfish, margherita pizza, cheeseburger, and spinach salad). A decadent chocolate cake and coffee ice cream with a sparkler delighted the birthday boy. The portions were large. Next time we will split entrees.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at the Blue
My husband & I love dining at Blue. The food is consistently excellent, the ambiance is intimate yet has much energy & the waitstaff are always attentive without being overbearing.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
great lunch spot
I had a lovely lunch at Blue this past week - delicious steak sandwich! My friend was quite late and I really appreciated that they seated me anyways so I could wait for her in comfort and that her late arrival was never an issue - so many places make your life so difficult in that type of situation and Blue made mine easy! Thank you! My only quibble was that the a/c was on and it was quite chilly in the restaurant.... but the food was delicious, the parking is fairly easy, and I will return!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decent Dinner at Blue
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.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic local restaurant
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.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorites !
Blue on Highland is outstanding !! Food and service is top notch. Have dined there many times and never ever disappointed.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for a business
Great place for a business lunch. Fast, attentive service. Lunch menu is straightforward an accomodating.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enoyable evening out
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!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM