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The Blue Ox
The Blue Ox

The Blue Ox Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theblueoxlynn.com
  • Email: information@theblueoxlynn.com
  • Phone: (781) 780-5722
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 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
  • "No other restaurant around even come close to the Blue Ox. The food and service are fantastic- absolute top quality provisions are used and it shows! We look forward to going every time and rave about it the whole way home- love it!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I don't know the origins of "Lynn, Lynn City of Sin" (it's really a diamond in the rough city), but Lynn certainly has a sinfully good restaurant in The Blue Ox Restaurant. On a quiet street with really nothing much else on it, it's the kind of place you have to KNOW to go to. Based on guest traffic on any given evening, it's clear those in the know are never disappointed. High points: interesting wine list and nice bar; Island Creek oysters; a creative menu offering that changes often and gives folks the opportunity to go for a higher-end entree or a reasonably priced (with no sacrifice on taste) burger; consistently OUTSTANDING dishes no matter what you order. Downsides: ALMOST, but they didn't quite nail the overall ambience. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was exceptional. We had the tuna, oysters and calamari for apps, the pork dinner was so delicious I had to try and recreate it the next night at home. Our server Effie, I believe was her name, was exceptional. She was professional, real, and friendly and everyone enjoyed her."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I heard about the great steaks at The Blue Ox from a newspaper review. I ordered the cold smoked and whiskey barrel soaked sirloin; my husband got the rib eye. Both were cooked to perfection as we had ordered them and the service was exceptional. Great selection of beer on tap and an above average wine list. Their chocolate mousse dessert was wonderful as well. We will be back! We heard they have some of the best burgers around too!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delicious and unique cocktails - especially the Friar's Vow with egg whites. Super fresh oysters. Fabulous pork tenderloin. The service is attentive and professional. Can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My second experience at the Blue Ox was wonderful! The service was great, the food was divine and the drinks were delicious. We even got serenaded with some opera, when one of the servers sang Happy Birthday to a fellow guest! What a treat! I would definitely recommend the Blue Ox to others!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We always enjoy the food here. However, this time my meal was not quite as enjoyable. I had the Lobster Scampi special. In addition to being bland, it was too "lemony". Everyone else enjoyed their dinners. Clearly, this will not stop me from returning but will go back to ordering my old faves!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Definitely request a table in the side room...a bit less noisy. There were a number of large parties: one had 17!! We noticed a lot of children! The bar was packed. The oysters were amazing!! And the frites were the best I'd ever had!!! I also was impressed with the dessert wine list!! I'd definitely go back! The restaurant uses the banks parking lot next door...which was full! So we parked in the mall parking lot across the street. I suggest getting a bit more creative with your desserts. I'm always looking forward to something out of the ordinary."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great for dinner for a small group. The food was very good - Local and creative. The service was amazing. Bartender was very knowledgable and helpful. I'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have frequented this restaurant after work with the girls, family dinner, etc. the food and service is always outstanding. A real gem in my home town (city) of Lynn"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Server Dawn is a pro. Helpful with answers to questions and personal recommendations based on our tastes. Food was superb. Crab cake app. was outstanding. Crusty bread with whipped maple butter was to die for. Absolutely will return to Blue Ox!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The only reason why I did not rate Ambience with 5 stars was because the other room seemed to have a bit nicer atmosphere than where we were sitting. (The restaurant is small and sort-of split into 2 rooms. Being a party of 2, there probably wasn't a better option for where the waitstaff sat us.) My boyfriend was completely pleased with everything (it was his first time there). It was my third time dining at The Blue Ox, and I would definitely go again. This place IS a gem located in the heart of downtown Lynn."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Our meal was outstanding as usual, always great service and food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Exceeded expectations! Very good drinks, food and service. Will return and recommend!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great food wonderfully prepared. Nice presentation. Good service. Noise level can make conversation difficult. Would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Dined at The Blue Ox on Saturday night April 5. The restaurant was very busy. We had an incredible dinner. Lobster Tacos were so good! Hanger Steak and the seasoned fries were outstanding. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert was a fantastic choice! Everything was terrific. Our server, Dawn, was hands down one of the best servers we have ever had. She was attentive, upbeat and a wealth of information regarding the menu. Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Pear Salad was absolutely delicious and large enough to share!! Two of us had Scampi Lobster with fettuccini. It had a delicious flavor, but in both our dishes the lobster was quite overcooked. With no hassle the kitchen remade the dishes and the second time they were perfect. However, since 2 out of 3 plates were incorrect and we had to wait an addition 20 minutes, one would think that at the very least a free desert would have been offered. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and quite pleasant. Also, they sat us at the table next to the bar, which was very noisy - hard to hear one another. If I go back, I would request a table in the other room."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The blue ox is by far the best restaurant around. You cannot beat the price for the quality and creativity and the service is fantastic as well. It's just a great dining experience and we look forward to going every time! Chef Matt O'Neil is a true talent!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "$1 oysters Monday - Thursday are a must! Great drinks and food all around."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The meal was great as was the service. The general manager, Charlie Gaeta, is to be commended for being most customer friendly and attention to detail."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed our first visit to The Blue Ox. Our server, Dawn, was oustanding. A professional. The bar was quite crowded fairly early on a Friday night but the bartender was outstanding and made a wonderful martini. Upon being seated at our table (not a lot of ambiance but just fine), we were served warm and very delicious bread with equally delicious honey butter. The food was very good and we enjoyed their renowned burgers. Would certainly return to sample their other entrees. A welcome addition to this area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Once again the food and staff continue to exceed expectations."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant--by far. The tuna tartare is phenomenal. I almost always get the bolognese or the filet mignon--never disappoints."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Being in the food industry has made me a pretty tough customer;) I have relatively high expectations of dining establishments, especially those restaurants that have built strong, positive repuations for themselves. Kudos to the staff at The Blue Ox for fulfillment of those high expecations every time I visit. The wait staff is always knowledgeable about the menu, the food is always perfectly presented and HOT if it's supposed to be (not the plate, just the food) and FRESH. All dishes are expertly prepared and served - and delicious - from apps to coffee. Thank you for being there, Blue Ox! You're a diamond in the rough, and not only because you're in Lynn. :-)"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I wish I could do what they do to their steaks (cold smoking) at home- honestly the most flavorful, delicious beef. I ordered a seasonal scallop special which was a phenomenal use of seasonal ingredients. Also- try one of their selected/featured wines; obviously a lot of thought goes into this list. Don't skip dessert, either!!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The waitress was amazing as were the "bus boys". The waitress was able to answer any questions and she didn't rush us. It was very relaxing. My husband and I both chose one of the specials for the evening, but started off with appetizers. I love their clam chowder so that was my choice. My husband had the clam cake - could be a meal in itself and very tasty. My smoked filet was so delicious, the steak practically melted in your mouth. By far, the best steak I have ever had. My husband got the scallop special which was equally amazing. And the servings were generous. This is a very good restaurant, a little expensive but worth every dime!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had the award winning "sin burger" - so good! Can't wait to have it again - fun place and busy - book ahead if you can!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "the blue ox never disappoints. for a moderately priced meal that is equal to much more expensive dining, it can't be beat. hard to get a reservation on weekends, and it is understandable. we love it here."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our dinner and service at the Blue Ox Saturdsy evening March 29, 2014 was just fabulous! It was the best meals I have had in a very long time! I look forward to returning in the near future!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We live in Lynn and had been meaning to try the Blue Ox for years. So glad we did, but I wish we did it sooner! The food was scrumptious. My husband's steak was the best he's had in years, which is saying something. I ordered the cod, which was good, but the risotto that came with it was to die for. The tuna tartare app was out of this world. Service was excellent. We were a little surprised by how loud the place was, even at 6:00 on a Friday, but overall it was a fantastic experience and I'm so glad the Blue Ox is in Lynn. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "So nice to come in, be recognized. Such attentive service and always delicious cuisine and original drinks."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food was outstanding....drinks exceptional. Service was perfect. Came from Boston for a special occasion..... it was worth it! thanks for a great evening!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great menu, food, & service. You can count on me being back, but not with business associates whom I wish to impress . Outside façade, leaves a lot to be desired, & ceiling lighting (room off the bar) needs help. I'll be back with foodie friends & family, who I don't need to impress with " image". Places like the OX are owned by a chef with great pride in his work, and it shows in the food. It'll generate great devotion from those with a well developed taste for fine food. Perhaps Lynn doesn't have business people, who want &/or demand an "upmarket" image. That's a marketing decision for the owner, not a quality decision for the chef. An enhanced image will grow this business, I wish him the very best in whatever he does."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The Blue Ox has been a mainstay for us since it opened. Every dish is delicious and certainly a full plate. Matt does not skimp on what he serves and he works extremely hard to give each menu item a flair that is not what is expected. The wine list is good and the cocktail list is very creative as seems to be the trend these days. The Hanger Steak is absolutely great and takes the reputation for that cut of the beef way beyond where it has been before. The menu does not vary too much which is good and bad. But the daily specials do help to add a bit of variety to the rock-solid menu. And, of course, the desserts are fantastic by being diverse and delicious. Order one if you are dining for two."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "We have been to the Blue Ox before but a visit last week reminded me of how much i love their food, how attentive the waitstaff is and how much i enjoy the energy of the bar and dining areas. It has quickly moved up the list of favorite spots on the North Shore!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Food and service area always consistantly perfect. Great drinks."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Four of us went here on a Saturday night. The bar was packed with people and very loud, but the dining room off to the side was much more quiet. Overall, great food for a fair price. Worth the drive into Lynn."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "As usual, the Blue Ox hit on all cylinders. Everything, and I mean everything, was as good as one can expect. Anything more would be gilding the lily."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I can't wait to go back. I was so happy with everything we had from the bread and butter at the beginning to the dessert. I had a ravioli dish that was fabulous, the sauce delicious! My friend had the steak special (bone in) and was probably the best steak we have had at any restaurant. We are in our 50's and 60's and have traveled extensively and eat out allot. We believe this is one of our top 2-3 of all time...maybe number one. We'll have to go again soon and see if we find the experience to be the same. I had this toffee pudding dessert with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream and thought I was in heaven. I know it doesn't sound fancy and special but it was fabulous."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for a date night and had a great time! The service was great from start to finish! The hostesses, bartender and our server were all super friendly and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious as well! Definitely recommend! We will go back soon!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014