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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Blue Ox reviews from OpenTable diners
222 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (164)neighborhood gem (156)special occasion (98)hot spot (98)vibrant bar scene (93)good for groups (71)notable wine list (61)romantic (36)kid-friendly (30)late-night find (12)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • One the best on North of Boston
    bsp1234
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    There are a handful of great restaurants on the North Shore. The Blue Ox always is amazing and my top choice. I can't go and not order the tuna with the homemade potato chips as an appetizer. I always struggle with what to order because it all so good. I had the salmon this time and I would order again for sure. The drinks are yummy and strong too. If you have not been yet - go! And, make a reservation they are always busy!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    MustgoRestaurant
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a highly recommended place in the area to go for excellent food. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a detour, maybe a journey!
    JOHN02155VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Amazing find in Lynn, very sophisticated, good bar. Uses locally sourced food when possible. (There's a community garden across the street!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner... again!
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our 3rd time here, and it hasn't disappointed us yet! The smoked filet special is out of this world, get it! I ordered the monkfish special, and do not regret it. So full of flavor, and the veggies underneath were the perfect balance to the meaty fish. Would definitely order again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious - again!
    att71
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our 5th visit and did not disappoint! The oysters on the half shell were incredibly fresh. I had the roasted salmon which was delicious and a pretty generous portion. My husband had the hanger steak which was also very good. Overall, service was very professional though it took a bit to get our bill. We had a great table by the window, so the noise wasn't too much an issue, but certainly would have been further into the restaurant. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ronnie
    ronnie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    everything was excellant from the service to the food good job
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Blue Ox's reputation proceeds it. I think because it's in Lynn, it get s a higher rating than if it was in Boston. I mean, it's Lynn , right? and it's a decent restaurant. The food is good, but pretty pricey , $42 for a steak ? The ambiance is OK, unless you are seated in the front room, then it feels like you are in a cafeteria. I'm referring to the very front tables, not the bar high top area. Even with a reservation, we were " stuck " in the front room. There is a brick lined room to the side, but we didn't have that choice. Too bad, then it might have been a better experience. Overall, It's good , but expensive and loud and crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Ox
    Finedining
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a great time and great food! Service was great as well. Have already recommended restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars
    cara
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The absolute best restaurant in the area. Every aspect is great from the food, to the service, to the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!!!
    Foodie14VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food is always amazing and the service is equally amazing! This restaurant has become one of my favs and we got at least twice a month. Great cocktails, delicious food, great service and great value. It is a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    andy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    we've been going to the "ox" since they opened and it's been consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELISH!!!
    TracyDavidCrew
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Blue Ox is a (not so) hidden gem in Lynn! We just moved to the area and we have already been twice. This has already become "our" place for date nights for good food and a killer drink menu. Definitely try their oak barrel Manhattan, Pear Martini and Hot and Dirty Martini.... Just not all in one night. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • one of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I found Blue Ox to be one of the best restaurants around. I try to go to decent restaurants that offer named food...this place was rewarding. Portions were large for the quality of food. Usually they skimp with the rich dishes, but these guys do not. Location is a little tricky but worth it. Close to downtown lynn, we parked in the eastern bank lot which was allowed. Good thing too. It looks little shady there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food--great service!
    CoriB
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I knew the service would be good from the moment I called to say I would be late due to traffic and that I understood if they couldn't hold my table. The receptionist said, "Don't worry; we'll make it work," and thanked me for calling. And when we arrived, we were promptly escorted to our table. Our server was very friendly and helpful; the great service he and other folks who tended our table provided really added to the quality of our experience. The food was fresh and delicious. The smokiness of my perfectly cooked filet mignon worked wonderfully with the port wine sauce. My husband devoured his crispy code over corn risotto. Drinks were tasty too. We plan on coming back to The Blue Ox!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely worth the trip
    flowersdolly
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We live in Newburyport, MA and took the train to Lynn to dine at the Blue Ox. Our reservation was at 5:30 (so we would make the return train home). We thought the restaurant would be empty at that time. It was pleasantly filled with folks at the bar and in the dining area. It was nice to see families there also. The calamari was delicious. My only complaint was that my filet of beef tasted smoky, not my favorite taste. I should have listened more to the server's description of the dish. But it was such a long description that I missed the part that said it had a smoky flavor. The filet was perfectly cooked, and the frites were delicious. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his meal. I would avoid smoky dishes in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fun
    LovestheSox
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food is wonderful and service superb! We always always ALWAYS have a great time when we go. A Must Go To Experience for all diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    traditionalist
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We are early eaters so when we arrived for our 6:30P reservation, and were seated immediately, the bar was crowded but the dining room about half full. By 7:30P the dining room was packed which we thought was notable for a mid week evening.. Service throughout was excellent. Food was of ample quantity and delicious. An Italian style appetizer was nicely presented and was just what we wanted. I had the Rigatoni Bolognese and my wife had the Faroe Island Salmon. The Rigatoni was perfectly cooked and the lamb, pork, beef ragout was, at the risk of repeating myself, delicious. A very special place for very special dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Blue Ox
    MinniesMom
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I found the Blue Ox food good. Not great. And if you factor in the extraordinarily high prices, probably on the low side of good. They were accomodating when we asked for the over loud music to be turned down, that was one plus. The tables are too close together, you can hear your neighbor's private conversations most easily. I am not sure I would rush back there any time soon. Here in this survey, you are asked about noise level. "Energetic" is the closest choice we are given. It was, however. obnoxiously loud when we arrived and even after we asked for the music to be turned down, it was still too loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dawn was fabulous.
    LizzyLuu
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I always enjoy myself at the Blue Ox. Food is outstanding and I love the experience. I must however mention that this time our server was exceptional. She made great recommendations, which we thoroughly enjoyed, was very friendly but did not hover. A restaurant can have great food but if the service is not there it can ruin an experience. Can't wait to return and have the oysters with Champagne vinegar - one of a few great recommendations by Dawn. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great family dinner!
    luvtheox
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dine here all the time but I have never written a review. Excellent food-always, consistent, we have a lot of favorites! my kids love it- If you go with children go early! Best crab cakes Ive ever had! Great salads, meat selections and yummy drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • His and hers
    Datenight
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My dinner was amazing. I got the pork tenderloin. For $22 it was beyond delicious! My husband got the bone in rib eye for $42. He said it was ok and that for a few dollars more he could've gone to Capital Grille for top of the line beef and the steak would've been phenomenal! Our server, Dawn, was awesome. I gave it a 3 because of the price of his steak and he was really unhappy w it. Again, mine was delicious!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Earlybird
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We loved the food and had a wonderful dinner the only complaint was that we ordered a "special" and assumed that it would be around the same price as other menu items 10-29... We were very surprised that the special was $44 MUCH more than we anticipated. We feel the server should have told us the prices when she told us the specials... However the food was spectacular and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!
    RCPINES
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This has been our go to place for a great meal since they opened. They never disappoint, always a great meal and fantastic service. Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    YoginiVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Varied menu, excellent service, good for late night, vibrant bar scene. Grilled shrimp on the peach salad was delicious. Big shrimp perfectly seasoned and grilled. The gnocchi was very good and generous portion. The maple butter with the bread was superb. My spinach was much too salty, however the waiter said I could request it with less seasoning next time. Overall a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very good we all enjoyed. Looking forward to our next visit
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was fabulous! Only complaint was it was quite noisy in the bar area. Would request a table in the dining room in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    lovelocaleats
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal, with 1 except.
    MikeC
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went in last Thursday and had another great experience. Our friend visiting from NY always wants to go when she visits so we made sure to get a reservation. We got in early so had a drink at the bar. Our reservation was for 7:30, we checked back into the hostess area at 7:45 and our table was ready, they forgot to come get us, but no big deal. Upon sitting the waiter informed us that they were out of burgers (at 7:45 on a Thursday). I had been hankering for a Sin burger and a beer all day, not having one in a while. Oh well, next time. We split the Rib-Eye which was awesome and Mathew? (the waiter) and Charlie were great as usual! Charlie always makes it a great night for us!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    lynnsci
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.