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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Blue Ox reviews from OpenTable diners
229 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (169)neighborhood gem (160)hot spot (104)special occasion (100)vibrant bar scene (92)good for groups (68)notable wine list (66)romantic (47)kid-friendly (26)late-night find (19)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Never disappoints!
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Only my zillion the time here, and once again very happy and excited to go back! Ordered the baked stuffed brie which was so tasty and comforting. The boy ordered the salmon which was perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor. He usually hates eating his vegetables, but loved the kale/radish/mushroom medley to both of our surprise. I ordered the cod which was light and paired with the most delicious pumpkin risotto. Their drinks are so original, try the dark and stormier, it's amazing and perfect for this autumn weather!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night at Blue Ox
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As usual the food and drinks were delicious--that has been a given every time that we've gone for dinner. Unfortunately, because the restaurant was so busy on this night, they had run out of several of the items that we were hoping to order--namely all of their burger selections and one of the dessert items. We still enjoyed what we did order from both the apps menu and the nightly specials. The meal and the experience were still fantastic, and we will still go back often, and we will eventually have the menu items that we missed on this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    FatOne
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time I've gone here. Everything was awesome! We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a fabulous dinner
    Februarygal
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Hanger steak was so delicious as was kopeks tenderloin and chicken. Service was attentive, and the place was hopping!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had the chopped salad and the pasta with butternut squash and brussels sprouts and they were both heavenly. Our waiter was great and really knew his drinks and food. We were there before a concert and he was very aware of our time constraints. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Both of our meals were absolute perfection. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Always Always Amazing!
    Luckygirl
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    It's wonderful to find a restaurant that is consistently great and constantly changing their menu. Finally tried the wings and I'm still dreaming of them. Also tried the special Lobster Fra Diavolo, which was perfectly cooked with a great spice kick. Fabulous dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been to The Blue Ox multiple times but this last time was the best. We were seated a small cozy corner table. The tables and chairs are not the most fancy but the food makes up for the lack of decor. We started off with the Brie appetizer, it was superb! We then split a chopped salad. It was plated separately for us and the portions were big. It was a great combination of cheese and beets and nuts, very good! I had the Seasonal Pumpkin Ravioli with a brown sugar, sage sauce, absolutely perfect! It was quite a large portion that I was not expecting. My boyfriend had the chicken and raved about it! We finished with a delicious creme brulee and cordials. The waitress was very good and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Backnine
    BACKNINE
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A fantastic restaurant. Food is second to none. Entire staff is excellant--a great knowledge of the entire menu and substitutions you may make.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My All-Time Favorites
    jban
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food, great drinks, great service. I been here many times. That's all I can say.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived Up To The Hype
    Impressed
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was told by everyone I know how great the Blue Ox is. From the food, drinks, service, you name it. I went there with my wife for our anniversary and was happy to find out that everything I was told, was tr7e. Delicious, prompt, courteous and memorable. Thank you Blue Ox! We'll be back soon and frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Karen
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Heard great things about it, so glad I went the tuna tartar was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    When your waiter brings you a tasting of a wine you asked about, you know it is going to be another good evening at the Ox. The host came too saying Chef O'Neil was going to start over as the filet was not cooked to his liking and wondered if we wanted a snack while we waited a few minutes longer. This is why we come and love the Ox. The pork and filets are a perfect meal from first to last bite and I really enjoyed the Chatham oysters with a prosecco and herbs dip that only enhanced these briny delights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    Jitterbug05
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went out to dinner with my husband. We had a great time. Staff is great and the food was out of this world! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best spot around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Cant beat the quality and attention to detail anywhere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    Outandabout
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Made a reservation for a wednesday night and the place was full when we arrived. The tables were comfortably spaced and we were given a cozy corner table for two. Waitress was friendly. Had the Tuna dinner special which was awesome. Nice wine selection to choose from. After dinner our waitress brought us two tasty complimentary glasses of homemade Limoncello.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EleanorVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner celebrating our daughter's birthday. Everything was so good. I had the pork tenderloin and it was out of this world!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch dining experience in Lynn
    saugusrosa
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had been wanting to try the Blue Ox, and thought it would be a good choice for our anniversary dinner. We were thoroughly impressed by the quality of the food, drink, service and ambiance. Pricey, but worth it if you're looking for a fine dining experience. My oysters were perfect, and the filet mignon was the best steak I ever had. My husband loved the special wings appetizer and he got the filet as well. Fun cocktail menu and great desserts. Our waitress delivered impeccable service. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    loud
    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.
    LizzyLuuVIP
    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.