Blue On Highland

4.5
1210 reviews
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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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brandon was an amazing server! He knew the menu really well and gave us really amazing suggestions.

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 25 people at two tables for a graduation celebration. When we walked in we immediately loved the ambiance/atmosphere in Blue on Highland. We had one server and were a little concerned it might be too much for her to handle 25 of us..we were wrong. Kristen was great! The menu was varied and delicious. We especially loved the mussels. Everybody in our party of 25 was very satisfied. Thank you Blue on Highland!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waitress was grumpy and dismissive. Three out of our five orders were wrong or undercooked.

Blue On Highland
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for providing us with this feedback. We are so sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. What you described does not match our standards what so ever. Your comments will be passed along in order to improve. Thanks again for the review. We hope you give us another shot in the future!

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G
New England
118 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit understaffed but our server kept us up dated with meals. She commanded with a large booth for 6

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B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

way too noisy for conversation...this, unfortunately, takes away from the food, which is quite good.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always busy at lunchtime and a bit noisy. Even as I say noisy, somehow it just becomes a din & is not annoying. Maybe because service is excellent & food is too. They get you in & out if that’s what you want or let you sit & enjoy your company. Delightful!

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CB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The staff is friendly, and my husband and I can enjoy a nice dinner -- with our kids. I had the BEST lobster roll the other night. Paired with a glass of wine, it was a really nice Mother's Day Dinner :)

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super spot and love the energy, fun versus uptight. Not too casual or too fancy, prefect quality! Loved it!

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m
New England
48 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Great vibe. Was a solid Mother's Day Brunch venue.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter was great.

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CM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a favorite place to go. The salads are outstanding and there's something for everyone on the menu.

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P
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diverse menu... Fresh everything... And reasonable!

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S
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The noise level was as loud as a sports bar, but there were no tvs or other media to cause noise, just poor acoustics. Meal was OK, not a lot of taste. Would not go there again.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall our experience was excellent. My only complaint would be the noise level...it gets very loud. Look forward to going back! Thanks and have a great day.

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GM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was not busy Sat luncheon time. Everything was great!

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We came to the conclusion that the chef must smoke because every dish was very over-seasoned. The vinagrette on my salad make my mouth pucker - way too much lemon. I couldn't finish it. My husband's risotto had way too much blue cheese (weird choice anyway) and his cucumber cocktail tasted like water. My fish tacos were very good though and the service was very friendly and attentive. So it was okay, but won't hurry back.

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 4

After several years of not visiting Blue on Highland, I was very excited made a reservation and brought several couples along. We arrived on time Sat nite was greeted and the told before we were even seated (our reservation was at 6:30pm) that we had to be excited by 8PM because of another party arriving at that time. SHOCKED, and very surprised by this statement our dining experience was shattered. We felt very uncomfortable during the evening. I spoke to the manager when leaving explaining our experience, without satisfaction.

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JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent menu, server was attentive and multiple beverage options for any palate.

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A
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I ordered the tai salad and they forgot to put the avocado in it

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SC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, good value, easy parking

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DN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food & good beer selection. Nice place to meet some friends.

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JC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a good neighborhood restaurant with parking in the back.

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GW
New England
80 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Frank makes the best drinks in town. A good drink is a great start to a great meal. We did not get main course but appetizers are always outstanding: tuna poke and lamb lollipops are our favorites.

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LD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bolognese was excellent!

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WD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We arrived with an 8:15 pm reservation. We were sat along the backside of the bar. You knew every time the bartender used a bottle along the wire wall. We were given bread and water to start. We then waited about 10 or more minutes for a server. The server stated she wasn't our server but could get drinks for us. I told her we were ready to order so she took the whole order. Then we received the drinks, not sure who dropped them off. Then I received a salad. The meals may have been brought by our server, again not sure. Someone did check on us half way through the meal. I never did get a refill on my soda or anymore water. We ran out halfway through the meal. The food was good. I had the lobster ravioli and it was delicious. Just wish we had more interaction with our server. When you are paying a decent price for a good meal, I don't like it to be fast food service.

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BS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought the food was really excellent. The menu is very good for casual dining or diner entrees. Service was very pleasant.

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JA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a great place for food and atmosphere! A favorite of ours!

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S
New England
34 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love both the fish and tuna poke tacos. Great lunch... can’t wait to go again

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CC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to lunch with a friend. We had the most delicious meal. I had a turkey burger with all the fixins, no bun and sweet potato fries. My friend had the soup of the day, split pea and the buratta salad. Our food was spectacular! Izzy our waitress is superb. Friendly and attentive in a very lovely way. Izzy helped make our experience fantastic. We love Blue anyway, but today it was very special!

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S
New England
48 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good for a quick bite on a weeknight. Service was a bit slow, but we were catching up with friends so it didn't matter. Fish tacos were excellent, and I don't even like fish.

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C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here and meeting a friend for lunch or dinner. Food,service are excellent! Sometimes a bit noisy but not always! Sat in an enclosed booth and it was perfect! Seems to be one of my preferred meeting places!

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Burgers cooked just right! Our server, Lady, was terrific!

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GW
New England
80 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is always great. Burgers are the best in Greater Boston. Beer and burgers for lunch with exceptional service.

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d
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Friendly, attentive service. Lots of menu options - but not for vegetarians or vegans. Even the salads had steak and bacon. I'm sure they would've left off certain items, yet it would've been nice to see one or two interesting vegetarian options.
My salad was good yet my friends' lobster bisque was "very average". I would still give this restaurant another try, because I enjoyed the atmosphere and good service (reservations, hostess and server).

Blue On Highland
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you for providing us with your feedback. Our team is always happy to make any accommodations to ensure complete guest satisfaction, and we apologize that you were disappointed with our menu selections. We will be sure to use your feedback moving forward, to ensure options for all guests, and we hope to see you again soon!

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SN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was very attentive. Appetizers were very good as was main meal. Would go again and would absolutely recommend

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CC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Blue on Highland several times. Being able to reserve a booth is essential for our enjoyment. Happy to be able to do that through Open Table

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B
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were able to get a booth...which helps a LOT with the noise! We LOVE their sweet potato fries, shrimp tacos and caesar salad. We make this a regular when my friends and I meet monthly to catch up. Plenty of options and haven't been unhappy with the food yet.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Blue on Highland. The food is delicious, the staff is great (thanks Nicole) and it has a great atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed their dinner.

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j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great drinks and apps! Love my sweet potato fries and truffle fries! Got to sit at my favorite high top in the bar area - best people watching around! :)

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b
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice spot in the suburbs. Ambiance was nice, server was great. Food was good. Nothing we ordered wow'd us, but it was all good. It was pretty much as expected. Overall we though it was a solid option.

Blue On Highland
Responded on March 25, 2019

We're sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. Although we work to make everyone's visit a 5-star experience, we are always looking for an opportunity to learn more. When you have a chance, please message us to provide us with more details about your visit so that we can follow up appropriately. Thank you in advance for your time!

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