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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Casual (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
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Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Healthy (11)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (10)
Great Beer (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Cozy (7)
People Watching (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Authentic (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Live Sports (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was great, booths awesome for quiet conversation.

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·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I like to eat here with t he family, but I do have some bad points to share. It was SO LOUD when we ate, not only was the table next to us loud but the whole place is very loud. You can barely hear the person talking to you across the table. This is always the case, they have to fix this because otherwise you are just going to get the bar crowd. I dont see continuing to come here when it is always so loud! Love the food, the waiter was good, wine good, it is in my neighborhood so I love to walk here, but please, please, do something about the noise level.
thanks

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Lyndsay is great

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Lobster roll wasn't the best. Meat was tough and not presented well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very enjoyable - nice menu - food was very good - service was excellent

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Risotto, service, decor were great as always! Wine list is interesting; try the Truro Chardonnay. The only downside (again) was the tomato and mozzarella salad. It was too cold, and the mozzarella was tasteless.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was good. The service was good. On a Sunday night it wasn't very busy so it wasn't too noisy which looks like it would be a problem given high ceilings and wood floors if restaurant was full.

The food was not anything very remarkable but well done. I think quite expensive for what you got.

They did have a lot of beers on tap and what we ordered was very good.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We made a reservation & asked for a booth upon arrival. We were told 2 parties of 5 were expected for those seats. They sat us near the bar & another loud group. The booths went unused during our dinner and when we were leaving they sat a party of 2 in the booth.
Also the waitress seamed to be disinterested in helping us. My husband asked for ice for the water table & a glass only 1/3 full of ice was given. It melted very quickly & he asked for more ice. The service was not good.
I can find a better place for the price that is for certain.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very good service - the wait person was very attentive - the food was very good. The wait person recommended an excellent bottle of wine which we all enjoyed.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our food was great - wine delicious / we liked ourx table - overall a Very enjoyable dining

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Always love eating here when visiting from West Coast

Tags: Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Vegan
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Unless you are sitting in a booth on the side, it is VERY noisy.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Blu on Highland is a vibrant bistro. The food is pretty much farm to table with a variety of choices. The service is attentive but not intrusive and we were able to enjoy a leisurely lunch. My only complaint is that it tends to be a little loud, so may be a little energetic for a business lunch. Fun spot for casual meet ups and would highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Lovely neighborhood spot with a great variety of foods, interesting menu. Salads are terrific.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This restaurant has a limited and not very interesting menu. It was O.K. but there are so many interesting places I would go instead.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Good food, great service. Fish tacos were very good. Server was very attentive and food was served quite promptly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very mediocre everyday food (not mentioning that I found a peanut in my french fries which could have been deadly for someone allergic to them). Extremely overpriced for the quality.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Chose Blue in Highland just based on convenience of location for a family gathering. Pleasantly surprised - the food was excellent and the menu has a wide range of price points. Everyone in our group raved about their meals and we will definitely go back next time we're the in area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Overall, this place was a disappointing. The food was, at best, just okay - clearly prepped and ready to go. Lobster risotto dish and the beef plate were ordered and delivered in less than 10 minutes. Some might appreciate that, but that screams “pre-cooked” (and as a result, continually heated) to me. The arugula salad was good and also came out unusually quickly. The server was short and unfriendly, and atmosphere was quite loud considering the few people that were in the restaurant. Desserts were terrible- and we have 3 to share! Not one was decent enough to finish...and I love dessert! Didn’t even finish the ice cream, which is basically the sin of all sins. Our bill was over $200, and for that price you’d expect a slightly better product.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We were very pleased with this choice. We had a large group on a Friday night and were able to reserve on Open Table. The ambiance was great. We had a perfect table and a great night. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the selection of entrees was terrific. This was a far cry from a french bistro in Dedham that seemed to go out if their way to make it difficult for us due to the size of our party (13). Thank you Blue, for a great evening!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The atmosphere was great and the menu had lots of choices but unfortunately I didn't like what I ordered. However my friend's lamb was delicious.
Although a nice and cozy place, I did find it pricey and the waitress was a bit rushed. She didn't add anything to the experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great atmosphere and food!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very fun hip place but very noisy, no sound absorbing elements. It was impossible to talk with 4 people. Food was good except my haddock was extremely salty. Not a good place to have a conversation....

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

My wife and I both ordered the same meal. I had a glass of cabernet sauvignon. My wife had ice tea. The wine list is diverse enough to find something you would like at a price you want to spend. The ice tea came in a jar-cute. We both had the Caesar Salad to start. It was plentiful and fresh. Our entre was the New York Sirloin. Both were cooked to perfection. The meal comes with a sweet potato puree and we substituted asparagus for the broccolini, which we find a bit bitter. On this night we made a reservation a 5:00 PM through Open Table for a 6:20PM reservation.
The Blue was rocking. There was a lively bar scene and the tables filled up immediately after our arrival. Not a place to come to for a romantic meal as it is very open and voices carry. But if you want a well prepared meal and a menu with some classics as well as some creative dishes, then this is your place.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great Boulinase
just the woman next to us had too strong perfume and we should have moved to another table.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

On a Sat night, the noise level was a too much, server was attentive, dishes were well served and tasty

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Consistently good food at Blue, but the service on Saturday night was really poor. She kept apologizing to us, and then ignoring us again and again. Also forgot my salad.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We tried this for the first time and will definately will be back. Good food, very quick service, reasonable wine and beer prices and good beer selection.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

On line menu has more offerings than actual menu. Actual menu hasn't changed.
Server not sure of specials and never offered coffee or dessert.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food Quality is very good except the Calamari. Half of the order are made out of fried peppers. The calamari is small and portion is small compare to the price.

Tags: Great Beer
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