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About Blue On Highland

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.

882 Highland Ave
Needham, MA 02494
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Mark Lee

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 444-7001

Website:
http://blueonhighland.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz Brunch on Sundays

Catering:
Plated
Banquet Style
Passed Orderves

Parking Details:
Parking behind the restaurant in public lot or on street.

Public Transit:
Needham Heights MBTA Commuter Rail stop

Executive Chef:
Peter Tartsinis

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Family Gatherings
Social Events
Corporate Functions

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Blue On Highland Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (28)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Great for Lunch (18)
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Good for a Date (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Business Meals (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Cozy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Romantic (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Authentic (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

A friend who is gluten intolerant was in town. We all had a great meal. He said the burger on a gluten free bun was one of the best he's had. The harvest salad is always yummy. Our waitress was great.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The Mrs and I had a chance to dine without the kids and didn't want to drive into the city. We booked a table for Saturday night and had a really nice meal. We were seated as soon as we arrive 7:40 for a 7:45 pm reservation. The place was packed and yet was not overly loud. Colleen set us up with water, bread and checked in on us while monitoring her many tables. She explained the two size wine glasses for sale and gave us good tips on the menu. We ended up spitting the mussells (awesome broth) a couple of glasses of wine in addition to our entrees. I had the prime rib - very tasty and the Mrs. enjoyed the lamb kabobs. The place started to clear out around 8:30~8:45 after the rush. we declined dessert. would go back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I needed a lighter dinner before an event. Our wonderful server suggested a Cranberry Mule to start that was great- not too sweet. We shared the Tuna Poke appetizer and it was amazing, both the tuna itself and the seaweed salad on the side. We each got salads- the Caprese with Chicken and the Thai Steak Salad. I didn't try the Caprese but my husband said it was delicious. The Thai Steak was perfect- very flavorful, good texture, and spicy without being overwhelming. I haven't ever had a bad meal at Blue, but this one was the best so far.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent burgers and service. Would have liked more ice cream in my brownie sundae

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

I brought clients/friends for a business casual lunch. Service was good, food was good. Would use this lunch venue again for certain.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely suburban spot for lunch.
Recommend !!
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Can’t wait to go again!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was good-fairly average in quality and creativity. Nice and modern decor, good service and live music was not overpowering. We met because it was a common location but wouldn't go out of my way.

Tags: Casual, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Blue has become my go-to spot for lunch, brunch or dinner when conversation has a high priority. The food, service and lack of loud music or TVs blaring make for a most enjoyable dining/meeting spot.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious pizza , salad, and especially the brownie sundae!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was great. The ambience was great. It was weird that after advertising a New Years Eve special, last call was at 945pm

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very nice evening. The staff was flexible and accommodating as we had one couple that couldn't make it. Service was good and the waitress was very knowledgeable. Food was well prepared and the pace was just right. A little loud at times due to the proximity of the bar, but only occasionally.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing dinner! Love this place! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Consistently good service and great food. I love this place. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it. Personally, I love this place because I don’t have to explain the meaning of the word rare to them - one of the best burgers

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Able to talk with each other.
Food yummy

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This has been a neighborhood favorite for years. Food is always good and service is always friendly. We plan to return again soon

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband and I are new to Needham. We really enjoyed the experience. It felt young and comfortable. Food was great. Fun local vibe. Lots of menu options.

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

It was a bit busy at lunchtime. Nicole was our server and she kept us abreast of the situation in the kitchen. She was attentive to our every need. The food was hot when served and scrumptious. I will definitely go back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The experience started out poorly. The hosts were very rude. I had a reservation and requested a booth, they were all empty but we were told we couldn’t sit there. I told them I would wait, I said I would get a drink at the bar and to let us know when we could sit. They never sat us, and there were open booths. I’m not sure what the problem was with us sitting in a booth, but we stayed at the bar because they never came to seat us. The bartender was great and the food was good which made the experience better.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had an 8pm reservation. Very disorganized. we were seated at 8:45. The hostess apologized, but that is all. Great waitress. Food came quickly. The prime rib was OK, rest of options were good.Portions overall small for the price.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

From the moment we sat down, to the end of our disgusting meal, everything was horrible! The quality of the food was inedible! Our waitress appeared in a rush the entire night and did not appear happy with her job! Two of us ordered Chicken Piccata and two of us ordered tbolognese. All of our dishes were gross! We have eaten in hundreds of restaurants and we've never had such an unpleasant evening, from the waitress to the food. One chicken piccata was returned because it was burnt. It was taken back and redone. The second one that arrived was dry and tough. There were no capers and the sauce was weird. Not a piccata sauce. The two people that had the bolognese couldn't not even eat it. If any of it was eaten, it was because they were starving at this point.Then the bill came! ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER COUPLE!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? What a rip off! NOTHING WAS COMPED! NO DESSERT ON THE HOUSE! IT WAS A NIGHTMARE!!!! NO MANAGER EVEN CAME OVER TO SEE IF EVERYTHING WAS OK!!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! I will be sure to let all my friends and acquaintances know that BLUE ON HIGHLAND is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!!! PLUS IT WAS SO NOISY !!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went with friends last night. It was very busy and the service reflected it. Terrible is generous to say. I ordered a starter and the waitress comes back 15 minutes later and asked us if we’d like a starter like we never ordered it. I ordered the bolonese. It was not bolonese sauce. It was awful. They substituted mushrooms for meat and made a spicy sauce that has no relation whatsoever to bolonese sauce. I don’t know what they were thinking but they should either learn how to cook Italian or take it off the menu. We won’t be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a pleasure to have a meal here!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice neighborhood restaurant--Needham has come a long way and this restaurant is one of the hot spots!

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Ambiance is enhanced by the jazz music at Sunday brunch. Service was fine. Food was okay. My eggs Benedict tasted good, but the mixed greens that accompanied it were saturated with vinaigrette and very wilted. Home fries could have been hotter and crisper. Husband enjoyed his omelette which was prepared as he requested it. His butter was too cold to spread on the delicate toast without tearing it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Pretty much our go to spot when in the area! Enjoy sitting at high tops by the window in the bar area.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Sliders were good. Wings a bit small but tasted good. Steak good but undercooked, Greek salad ok. I thought it was better years ago. Slow service for entrees.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

My second time at Blue (first time was for lunch). The drinks are generous, the food was superb and the service was impeccable. I ordered a Manhattan on the rocks, and it was perfectly made and presented. I shared the chicken chipotle egg roll appetizer, which had a wonderful combination of heat and flavor. I had the nightly special -- roast chicken risotto with onion and something else. It was really good, and I'm glad I ordered it. Normally, I'd order a fish dish, and the menu had a wide selection of seafood to choose from.

There's plenty of parking (free and 6:00 pm), and a great bar scene. Although I didn't review Blue after I had lunch there, the experience was so enjoyable that I met my daughter there for dinner.

While there are many restaurants to choose from in the Western suburbs, Blue on Highland is high on my list of "go-to" restaurants. I'll be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Birthday dinning out. My wife and I went to Blue to celebrate my sixty-eight b-day. We had the southwestern rolls fro an appetizer-tasty with a little tang, followed by a side ceasar salad-fresh- and both had the NY steak-well-seasoned and perfectly cooked and ended with a chocolate lava-cake-moist and rich. Tis is the second time we had the same entrée and appetizer and would go again for the same.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was great, booths awesome for quiet conversation.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great friendly service and food was really good!
A little noisy though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The have frequent live music. We were there on a Wednesday evening and there was a soft jazz keyboard and bass.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My first time eating and it was worth the drive from Cambridge to have dinner with colleagues who were in town and staying in Natick. The service was great and our server did a great job recommending dishes. Loved the guacamole as an appetizer. The salmon was perfectly prepared with a great sauce and the parm risotto was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great Neal before attending the great Gakk performance and the staff were very receptive to our time Line. My risotto was delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Having had dinner at Blue with a friend, I recommended Blue to my husband for a quiet lunch where friends could actually hold a conversation! The food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Usually, this restaurant is very good ... it must have been a very off night! The server messed up every part of our order ... the bussers were bringing the wrong dishes to tables. I ordered white wine and was brought red. I told him to stop before he poured and yet still poured it into the glass. The food had hair in it. We didn't even bother to send it back due to all the repeated screw ups.

I've eaten here dozens of times and this was the WORST experience - by far!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our girls night get-together unanimously decided on this place as we wanted prime rib. All of us ordered a queen size (12 oz) prime rib. It was all made to perfection as it was printed on menu, rare to medium-rare. The dish included baby roasted potatoes which came out pipping hot, but I thought was a bit dry even for a baby size when you pop an entire potato in your mouth. Garlic broccolini was good and made al dente. It wasn't bitter like broccolini is normally. The au jus was just right for the steak. The cut was good too. Not too fatty. I don't recall any horseradish sour cream and I'm usually one for horseradish with my prime rib. I guess it was that good that I didn't need it.
Two glasses of red wines were ordered: Merlot and Malbec. Decent wine selection and a 2-page selection of IPA beers and cocktails. Ice tea was served in a large drinking mason jar, ice filled to the tippy top. Caesar salad was delicious with their house made caesar dressing and shaved parmesan. Chocolate lava cake was good too. It could have used a bit more "lava". Good thing there was vanilla ice cream accompanying it. I would definitely go back for the food and service. Our waiter was fast! He came back with my salad and then with our dishes at the same time. Timing was great with drinks too. The dining area was a decent atmosphere for conversation. I did however notice the table we were at which sat for four had a partisan that separated another party for two. The partition was a bit low in my opinion so at times I locked eyes with person on that side of the table. Other than that, it was a great evening for good conversation and food. The bar area at the front of the restaurant was jammed pack. Not a seat empty and lots of standing customers near bar.

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As always the food is good but the portions are small and the prices are high.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Bolognese had so much garlic, some of it was in big raw chunks. I thought it was inedible. My daughter picked out some of the spaghetti. Definitely would not order that again if I ever decide to give it another try.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Buzzing restaurant with excellent service and good food. Very noisy and smallish portions. Service was excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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