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The Blue Ox
The Blue Ox

The Blue Ox Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theblueoxlynn.com
  • Phone: (781) 780-5722
  • 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 (877) 245-2019

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "fantastic all around - food, decor, amazing eclectic wine list - bravo!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was absolutely delicious. Best tuna I have ever had and I have had it at a lot of restaurants."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The tuna tartar was wonderful, as usual. I could have stopped there, but moved on to the salmon, which I would order again. The wife had the filet, which she raved about. The service was great, and they were helpful in having us move to the quieter back dining room. The front room with the bar is too loud for our taste."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Food and service were great. It was my sister's 5oth birthday, our waitress made it very special for her. Thanks"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This is the 2rd time my husband and I have been to The Blue Ox in Lynn, MA and we had another outstanding night there. The food was not only good but presented with imagination. The beer and wine were outstanding. It's best to get a reservation, especially on a weekend night because there's always a line out the door just before the restaurant opens at 4 p.m. And people come from all over because of the wonderful reputation The Blue Ox has. It makes me proud to see a restaurant doing as well as this one in my old hometown."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service and food was excellent. My wife and I have been going to the Blue Ox for years now and they continue to exceed expectations."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Blue Ox is hands down the best restaurant in Lynn. My family and I ate there on Sunday for the first time. I had the suggested red wine, the pear and goat cheese salad, followed by a cup of clam chowder (delicately spiced with Tabasco sauce), rounded out with the lobster tacos. Everyone loved their meal. Our waitress, Dawn, was pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable, and made the evening extremely enjoyable. We look forward to eating there regularly now that we discovered the best restaurant in Lynn."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food is good if you r are a party of two. The tables. Are aweful stuck in terrible parts if rest have stopped going there as regulars. For that reason."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I am never disappointed. I enjoy eating at Blue OX although not as often as I would like The salmon is my favorite and my go-to choice every time. The appetizers are also a favorite and have regularly picked the seafood (crab cakes, calamari, lobster tacos). Everything is fresh and prepared to order. Our waitress remembered that I had requested no-salt added to my food. She was very attentive and my grandchildren enjoyed a few laughs. I am looking forward to coming again and maybe try one of the hamburgers."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I live in W. Mass. I did a bit of homework and was in Lynn for an event. One of the most delicious burgers , bursting and oozing with all types of flavors, textures (aioli truffle oil and gorgonzola......celestial), Lobster Tacos...hit the 5 out of 5.....great blend of lobster , avocado and other spices.............Very, very good food.............and drinks and fantastic service.....polite, professional, quick, gracious and courteous................kind of like finding a needle in a haystack now a days."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our waiter asked us at the outset to put the whole order in at once so the kitchen, which would be busy, could prioritize. Apps came quickly, dinner almost 45 minutes after the last app had been cleared. The waiter was unapologetic and did not communicate the delay. The good was very good, but not good enough to be worth the wait. Also, it was a hot night and the ac was not working in the room where we were seated. They did not tell us that and no one every apologized for patrons' obvious discomfort."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I LOVE the Blue Ox...hands down my favorite place for special occasions ! (I'd rather stay home that go out and have mediocre food.) The Ox rocks !"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We took my mother here for a great meal on Saturday evening at 7:30pm. We prefer the bar side of the restaurant and had a lovely table. Chowder and Tuna Tartare starters were awesome with homemade chips and extra bacon in the chowder. Seabass special, steak frites and the cod fpr our mains. I LOVE the summer cod over risotto...it literally tastes like summer on a plate. Drinks all around (though they no longer carry an orange vodka for the Mama's martini, but we subbed in raspberry and it all worked). We are regulars at the amazing spot in downtown Lynn. The food and service are on par with any "downtown" Boston establishment and the chef/owner has an amazing industry pedigree to back up his on point food and beautiful restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time there and will defiantly be back! I got the chicken entrée and Omgggg so good. Bartender was wicked cool and the wine was delishhh. Kind of pricey but def worth it"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent food and service as usual. Matt is a great chef. The prices seem to be creeping up especially with the wine and drinks."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Second time at this restaurant and second time it did not disappoint! Waiter is extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Home made hummus with warm pita is delicious. Their rosemary French fries smell as great as they taste! And everything is fresh. I had fresh sea bass that was cooked perfectly! My only constructive comment on this dish was there was a little too much going on on the plate - wasn't necessary! The fish held its own, cooked to perfection!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The Blue Ox is always reliable...don't know anyone who has ever had a bad meal there. We often go, four women, but this time there were three couples, husbands and wives. There is a good selection of hours d'oeuvres...in fact, I had two hors d'oeuvres for dinner and they were both delicious. They do not have my preferred brand of vodka, but I can make do because the drinks are generous. Hard to get a reservation, for good reason."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had heard good things about the restaurant, but my experience did not live up to them. When our drinks arrived, my martini was not very cold. When I asked the waiter for ice, he appeared annoyed. My companion and I split an order of fried calamari. They were tender but not very flavorful. My companion ordered baked cod which she told me was excellent. I ordered a bone-in rib eye which was poorly trimmed and had more than a little gristle. I pointed it out to the waiter. He took a look at my meal and generously offered to take the dish off the tab. However, he explained that the chef told him that a bone in rib eye is EXPECTED to have gristle. Yikes! For desert, we split a crème brulle. It was excellent! Bottom line - just OK."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The Blue Ox is one of my favorite restaurants north of Boston. The simplicity of the menu and decor make it all about the food. The food is wonderful! A lot of the food is locally sourced and it is evident--fresh and healthy. I am so happy that the chef has really made a huge success of his restaurant. The staff all seem to love working there, and there was not one thing I could suggest for improvement--all good!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I have been to The Blue Ox more times than I can count; guess I sahould have reviewed sooner. Whether it's for cocktails, apps, or a full 4 course meal (including the two best apps everyone should get-Fried Pickles and Tuna Tartare, and the most amazing dessert of Sticky Toffee Pudding with Cinnamon Ice Cream), I have never been disappointed. Kudos to Chef Matt for creating an outstanding menu that appeals to many pallets. The quality of food and presentation as well as taste in perfection. Blue Ox also have very knowledgable and friendly staff who are able to recommended the best dishes and perfect wine pairings. I recommends this to anyone and everyone, which is why I tend to bring anyone and everyone there!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious as expected. The scallop special had me wanting to like my plate clean. The other three people with me were happy with everything that we ordered. The noise level as with most newer restaurants is louder than I am comfortable with. As we had a late reservation it was more pleasant at the end of our meal. The wait service could have been more attentive, skilled, pleasant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The Blue Ox is a hidden gem on the North Shore. The food is consistently fantastic and the service is typically wonderful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went here on a first date and the vibe was awesome. The waiters were great the food was outstanding. We lost track of time and before we knew it it was 12 and even though they close at 10:30 they didn't bother us or ask us to leave. Great experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food as always! Lobster tacos!!!! Maybe would have liked one additional fish choice!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The calamari, that ubiquitous dish so often badly done, is exquisite here. Rushed to the table straight out of the fryer, the fat ultra clean, the red and yellow pickled peppers crispy and vibrant with just the right hit of vinegar, utterly delicious, and the sweet rings and tentacles fresh, fresh, fresh. Oh My God. It was so good, we swooned. My husband worked at his side of mashed as if it were a dish of ice cream. It was about as rich. He loved it. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our sons birthday and he could choose any resturant. He chose the blue ox. As usual the staff was great, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was comfortable. Waiters and waitresses are informed on all meals they're offering and will customize as you like. We have been going to the blue ox on a regular basis and have yet to have anything negative to say. On the occasional lazy night we will do take out and that is just as good as the sur down meal. I think the owners and staff have nailed it. They know what people want and that's what they give them. To those that haven't tried it do your self a favor and make the reservation. You won't regret it!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Refreshing! Satisfying! The Blue Ox, located in two connected store fronts, is refreshingly hip without overdoing it (no attitude). The lightly-battered calamari appetizer with vinegar peppers and marinara sauce began a very satisfying meal of sauteed sea scallops and a hanger steak with a port wine reduction, sauteed asparagus and hand cut fries. The scallops were moist and flavorful and the steak perfectly medium rare. The overall service was quite good, making us feel that the staff were glad we were there. Our friendly, knowledgeable server patiently answered my many questions (prompted by dietary restrictions) about the menu. Bottom line: excellent food, friendly, efficient staff, pleasant atmosphere. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything on the menu is great...from the starters (Tuna Tartare and Lobster Tacos to die for) to the entrees (Cod is a favorite), burgers, and desserts (Sticky Toffee Pudding!!). The cocktail list...featuring locally produced and housemade products...rivals any NYC or Boston bar."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "If your looking for a quieter dining experience request a table in the room away from the bar. Bar room too noisy to hold a comfortable conversation."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went late on a Thursday evening. Place was busy. Creative cocktail list - excellent use of local artisans liquor. Wine list was good, but not a lot of choices for glasses. Food was cooked really well, nice presentation, and prompt service. Had the lobster scampi special and asked for light garlic. They did a great job keeping the sauce flavorful with lemon and other seasonings. Partner has the steak frites. Spot on cooking for the meat and the fired were crisp with a nice rosemary scent. Dessert was am awesome toffee pudding. Sat by the door and it was a little cool - but other than that the experience was great. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We go on a regular basis because the food and service are excellent. Every experience has exceeded out expectations. The food is exceptional! You must go to see this local gem!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014