The Blue Ox
The Blue Ox

The Blue Ox

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theblueoxlynn.com/
  • Phone: (781)780-5722 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Bar: Opens Tuesday through Sunday at 4:00 to close.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Matt O'Neil
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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!
  • Private Party Contact: Joanna ONeil 8772452019

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street
  • Public Transit: We are a short walk from the Lynn station of the MBTA Commuter Rail.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • 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.
A word from The Blue Ox
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Blue Ox reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (145)neighborhood gem (136)special occasion (94)hot spot (87)vibrant bar scene (86)good for groups (59)notable wine list (58)romantic (39)kid-friendly (25)late-night find (12)great for lunch (7)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As always very good!!!! Or I would say not good, but excellent!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another lovely dinner
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love this place, it is the only one of its kind in Lynn! Nice cozy ambiance, great service, next time might try sitting at the big spacious bar. The crab cake is the best I have ever had! Whatever they dress their arugula in is amazing. Ordered the smoked filet (again) which was cooked perfectly and simply divine. The lobster scampi special was delicious, the fettuccine was al dente, lots of lobster, delicate sauce. Can't wait to go back! Oh yea, and their drink menu is like no other!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and the service at The Blue Ox are exceptional. It's great to have such a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The biggest issue was figuring out what to eat since everything on the menu sounded delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great staff, fantastic food and drinks in this is a really up and coming neighbourhood. We had the lobster special! We dined here before an Arts After Hours event. Great evening. You should check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, Service
    Janet
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've had the pleasure of going to The Blue Ox, twice, with many more visits to come. Both times have been to celebrate Birthdays, one my own with family and most recently a friends. I recommend it for any occasion or for just for the pleasure and satisfaction of a great meal !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our 10th time dining with you and perhaps the best yet. Matthew does an amazing job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very salty preparations
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Too much salt in food- really like the restaurant but feel bloated after from the salt
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BeauVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Consistently delivering quality food drink and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Great at all
    Laurel
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had heard such great things! Had res for 2 at 7:15 & hostess sat couple with 7:30 res before us. We wated 30 mins for a table. Someone took drink order & someone else came to take food order. There was no organization at all. The waitstaff was...wierd. Don't know how else to describe it. Calamari and Tuna tar tar - wouldn't order again. Extremely fishy tasting like it was old or something. Chicken wing special was good. Just a strange experience over all. Won't be going back.
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  • Best Burger EVER
    diningfriends
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had to try the "sin burger" seeing that I had not tried it yet and it was just awarded Best Burger by the Boston Magazine. The burger was amazing and very large! Their fries are also delicious. Everything was delivered timely and hot. Never disappointed when we dine at the Blue Ox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger on North Shore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Try their Sin Burger! It's amazing, one of the best burgers I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Dianna
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This restaurant is fantastic. The owner is also the chef. They have a fantastic menu and delicious food, utilizing local sources for ingredients. Drinks are different and incredible.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    zgalVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our party of four enjoyed the pear and caesar salads and the specials of baked ricotta with zucchini flowers, fettuccine with lobster and ribeye. The grilled pork tenderloin was also a winner. Portions are ample and food quality outstanding. One of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible evening!
    Datenights
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went on a Saturday night at 8:00pm with just the husband. It was quite loud when we walked in, very lively and lots of action at the bar. We were seated at a great table for 2 by the front window, so thankfully, a little quiet spot. Service and wine were amazing and food was to DIE for! Husband's ribeye steak was, "the best steak I've ever had" and my entre and appetizer (stuffed baked Brie) were both heavenly. Can't wait to go back and would very highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deborah1019
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    what started out as a disaster ended up well. they were forty minutes late seating us; had no burgers left (!), brought me the wrong drink, and wouldn't give us extra chips because they were running out. but the manager saved the night...gave us free drinks, an extra appetizer, and great service for the rest of the evening. we come here a lot and would have hated not to be able to come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WilF
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As diverse and unique as Lynn is, I was surprised to see how un-diverse the Blue Ox was. In my opinion this isn't a true representation of the city of Lynn. In my experience eating at an establishment where the people are as interesting as the food makes for a great dinning experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem in Lynn
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the time we entered to when we left the staff were engaging, professional, informative. They complement the food, which is a foodies delight. While the published menu is basic, the specials will engage you. Each course was a composition where each ingredient had a purpose. If you like bourbon or single malts then the house smoked bourbon is an absolute must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Among the Best on North Shore
    A1NorthShore
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have been to Blue Ox many times, and they never disappoint. In addition to great food, their cocktails are something special. This time I went with a foodie friend from out of town, and he was very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place !!
    RJT33
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A place you can count on for amazing food, even better service and a comfortable feel every time. Were hooked !!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    KTandfamily
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Husband and I went with another couple and had a fantastic meal. The only problem...very slow kitchen. Can't blame our server b/c he was extremely attentive but clearly the kitchen was overwhelmed. Still, the food was amazing and I would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Luckygirl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had another amazing dinner at The Blue Ox with nothing but exceptional food & service. Finally tried the lobster tacos and they did not disappoint! Also made sure we saved room for sticky toffee pudding which is a family favorite, absolutely delicious as always. Already looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceklent per usual
    Kristen7212
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have eaten at the Blue Ox so many times I cant even keep track.. I have always had top notch service as well as amazing food. Never a disappointment and I especially love bringibg new people there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Brandon
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Sat in the bar area for dinner the other night and as always, great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    PATETVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have always wanted to try this establishment. Wish we had tried it sooner! The food was fantastic- owner/chef puts out some quality food with portions large enough to fill any foodies belly! The General Manager was very knowledgeable and knew the wines! Cannot go wrong here!! Will be back...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Review
    Betz
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was exquisite. But it was so noisy that we had to yell to hear each other. I don't know if I'd go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dinner
    StaceyMT
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A group of 5 friends gathered for dinner at The Blue Ox. The menu options were terrific. It was hard to make a final selection. Our group ordered a few appetizers to share and then individual entrees. The food was delicious everything enjoyed their meals. We all would highly recommend The Blue Ox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SSBD
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Waitress very accommodating since one of our party "forgot' we were meeting and arrived very late. She was very knowledgeable about preparation of dishes and did not have to "go check" on any questions. Did not feel rushed, Comfortable setting, low key. Have been several times - someone always orders the chicken and I then wish I had - probably best dish on menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We're a regular and love it. However, very disappointed that for a 7PM rezy, you were already out of the seafood special (swordfish)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The blue ox is by far the BEST restaurant on the north shore! Chef Matt O'Neil is amazing with his creativity and the food quality is top notch! The staff is first rate as well - love dining here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mihcelin-star quality all around
    EdikVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    fantastic all around - food, decor, amazing eclectic wine list - bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I read a review about the blue ox and asked around and everyone that had been there recommended it. We had guests from out of town and went there on a Saturday night with a reservation for 6 at 8. We were seated right on time and had a great meal. It is a bit loud which would be the only down side. Other than that, everyone enjoyed their meal and we had everything from fish to pork and even a pasta dish. The chef did a great job, I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprise in lynn
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    When I think of Lynn, I don't necessarily think of fine dining, but this place has changed my mind! The smoked filet special was awesome, never had a smoked filet before and now I want it every time. Drinks were delicious and strong. The boys bolognaise was ok, but cooked perfectly. Will be back soon, the menu is great, wanted to try it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time at the Ox
    dapperdave
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is our go-to place for special occasions and it's always great. This visit was with friends to celebrate my retirement and we really enjoyed ourselves--highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    capa7
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. Best tuna I have ever had and I have had it at a lot of restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return.
    mrtlsis
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    What a pleasant surprise! We go out with my sister and her husband every few months and love to try different places. We all agreed that the food was excellent, the service exceptional - the only drawback was that it was a bit noisy. We will be back to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food and service were great; I also appreciated complementary parking nearby As it was a neighborhood that was not familiar to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    What I would expect if I were dining out. Good service and good food. I would not place the Blue Ox on my go to list as a favorite, but not bad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Crab Cakes Ever!
    Beverly
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The tarragon aioli was amazing. Together the crab cakes and the aioli were over the top! A great place for foodies to enjoy innovative dishes prepared with many locally sourced ingredients, and a cool waiter who knowledgeable about local sources.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    coho
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Second time at Blue Ox and it keeps getting better. Love the hand made cocktails and smoked steaks. Service is excellent. Wish I lived closer
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unsanitary
    Mustbeclean
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    During our dining experience all four members of our party ordered the sin burger. All of us subsequent ally became ill that evening, which was believed to be from outdated or poor quality meat. I would not recommend this to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate