Blue On Highland

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Blue on Highland is an upscale suburban restaurant serving modern American cuisine in a contemporary, elegant setting, located in Needham, MA, just outside of Boston.Blue on Highland is perfect for power lunching or socializing after work over dinner and drinks, celebrating special occasions, or simply enjoying fine wine and appetizers in their beautiful bar and lounge area.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

It is too noisy.

GW
London
102 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still the best burger in Boston. Still the best service in Boston. Makes me said that by giving it 5 stars I’m reducing my chances of getting a table here on some days of the week. However, I believe it is my duty to let my fellow foodies know that they MUST have Blue Highlander and. Vermonter burgers!

L
New England
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service makes the meal at this nice local spot.

B
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The service was pretty good / good came out super fast. Delicious! A little loud at first but cleared out so more comfortable later on. Booth is a little tight.

P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a drink and snack after work. Great beer list—tons of choices. Pizza and fries were delicious. Our server was super cheerful and just the right level of attentive. Even though it was 5ish on a Friday, we were able to have a conversation in our booth without having to lean in and shout.

CH
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have always enjoyed Blue On Highland. On this occasion, I question whether or not I was charged the accurate price for my Bolognese lunch order. I did not make a fuss, but I could have sworn that the menu price was $16.00. I was charged $24.00.

Otherwise, our party of 8 was very satisfied

MB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A pleasant lunch with a friend. A bit noisy but tolerable. Waitress let us sit for a long while after finishing so we could chat.

LJ
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice being there for lunch in a booth. Easy to talk and have conversation. Ordered spinach and kale salad with steak tips as added protein. This is mentioned as an option under the salad listings but seemed to confuse our waitress. Salad came dressed when I said dressing on the side. Steak tips OK but not really tips. More like thin slices. Good portion size.

F
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was excellent and the service was terrific. The waitress was very respectful that we hadn't seen each other in a long time and allowed us plenty of time for lunch and conversation.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent!! We enjoyed our meals, lots of food. It was loud for trying to have conversations. Will go back

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and the service were great, but it is too noisy. They need to install carpet on the floor and up the walls.

D
New England
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to go to blu on Highland . Service is friendly, food is very good. Had a shrimp taco that was very flavorful

F
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed for the second time in my lamb kabob dish. Although the tender pieces were tasty there were several I couldn't even chew. Yuk.

SD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local spots. Always delivers a great casual / gastropub dining experience.

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were seated in the back booth, the noise level was so loud we could not communicate with each other except to shout. Also, we all found the portions very large for a lunch-time meal.

s
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fine for earty dining. Noise level “hectic “ as clock ticks down to dinner hour.

SD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food choices were well thought out. Our lunch came out fast for a 1:00 pm. lunch. Waitress checked on us several times which was good. The only issue we had was the outside traffic noise when big truck went by and the front windows were open because of the beautiful day. I know you can't do much about this, but we had a booth to block some of the traffic noise. Overall, great restaurant and I would recommend to all.

JA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place! Love the food. I would highly recommend this spot.

W
New England
54 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Seated next to the bar and uncomfortably close to another table. Initial service was very slow, as if they were short staff. The table next to ours had ordered shrimp and mussels - somehow, I didn’t get the smell of the sea, but that of magic markers when left open. Because these people placed their empty dishes on our side, we were stuck with this bad smell throughout our meal, as the wait staff never cleaned up the tables.

Our lamb skewer was undercooked and very tough, with little flavor. The salad had way too much feta and the risotto was chewy and flavorless - salt didn’t even help bring out the flavor.

The lava cake was tough from being microwaved and was too hot inside to enjoy.

The beer selection is mostly micro-brew IPAs, would have liked to have seen some lagers and ales.

Pricing was high for what was offered.

We tried, but probably won’t be back.

Blue On Highland
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this valuable feedback! We are so sorry to hear about your recent visit with us and we apologize for not meeting your expectations. We always aim to provide 5-star experiences. While we wish you mentioned these issues to us while dining in the restaurant so we could assist you in person, we are happy you are bringing them to light now. Your comments have been taken very seriously. Again, please accept our sincerest apologies.

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RG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, well prepared. Service, excellent. A bit nousy.

MK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third time at Blue and it was just as good as the first. Our waitress highly recommended the scallops and boy was she right ~ they were outstanding. The service was excellent as well.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Being seated and the service were great, but the noise level is too high. The restaurant needs carpeting on the floors and walls.

a
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Has a farm to table feel to the place. Modern contemporary venue. Community meet up place for locals with an air of authentic honesty and sustainable food choices. Good value.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch. Food and service always great!
It was a beautiful day so the windows were open to hear all the traffic, train and emergency vehicles. For this reason rated noise level high.

s
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Having several allergies, it's difficult for me to dine at unfamiliar restaurants. Blue on Highland was on top of my problem. The host mentioned my allergy as soon as I checked in and offered a gluten-free menu. The server repeated my order back to me to clarify and then when the wrong appetizer arrived, he quickly noticed and whisked it away to redo the order. My salad was just as I ordered it and delicious. Even the decaf coffee was wonderful which is rare! Blue on Highland has a well-trained and professional team of employees.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Liked it all. Not rushed. Barry attentive to younger members.

M
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is perfect. The hostess , servers and manager are all really nice. Highly recommend this place for an out for a date dinner or a night in the town.

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Made reservations for brunch on Saturday only to find out, brunch was not being severed. No where posted brunch is only severed on Sunday.

LB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lamb kabob was perfectly cooked. Substituted the risotto with the spinach almond veggie which was OUTSTANDING. May return just to order the spinach almond veggie for lunch.

AW
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was good but the portion of the salad and the sad 3 ounces of chicken they put on a 16$ salad is ridiculous. This is needham not fort pointe.

s
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect neighborhood gem

KH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good juicy burger. Good service

SH
New England
255 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven't been here for many years, despite living 10 miles away.. not sure why. Just not on our usual path, but everything was great . We'll definitely be back soon

HF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Thai steak salad - awful. It is NOT Udon as described. Not even close. Soggy. Nothing crunchy. Tasteless.
Burger not delivered as ordered.
Parmesan fries cold and old.
Drinks are good, service is good.
There are many better options. Wanted to like it but the food is just bad.

p
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit expensive...food is good. Noise level at the beginning of the evening was very energetic.

A
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good portions and tasty food. I had chicken piccata—it was excellent. Will return soon!

b
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

a favorite of ours-conveniently located and theparking is great
no valets to worry about
thanks

LN
New England
213 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fine for a casual night out, food is good but so noisy you can hardly hear the people at your own table.

MB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the far corner hightop in the bar so noise level wasnt as loud as in rest of restaurant. Love Blue on Highland. Excellent scallops and salmon. Very good service. We will be back soon.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food except the risotto was bland.

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