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Blue On Highland, Needham, MA

Blue On Highland

4.2
4.2
1358 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (781) 444-7001
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Peter Tartsinis
  • Catering
    Plated<br />Banquet Style<br />Passed Orderves<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Private Functions are booked on a first come first serve basis, based on dates available. We do not have a separate function room so we require a buyout to accommodate large functions. Please call for details and rates.
  • Private party contact
    Julie Tartsinis: (781) 444-7001
  • Neighborhood
    Needham
  • Cross street
    Mark Lee
  • Parking details
    Parking behind the restaurant in public lot or on street.
  • Public transit
    Needham Heights MBTA Commuter Rail stop
  • Entertainment
    Jazz Brunch on Sundays
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 2.8Value

NoiseModerate

1,358 Reviews
  1. TomJ

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great find in Needham. Highly recommended!

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  2. AndrewH

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a fan favorite; there is something on the menu for everyone at this upscale casual restaurant.

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  3. Jcerb77

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was in Needham for business and searched out Good food in Needham and I found Blue on Highland. My guessed where very happy with my choice. I live in Somerville and will come back in the future.

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  4. ScottyTheGolfer

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lady is a great server, really appreciate how she takes care of the kids

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  5. JLCB

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Blue On Highland is in a convenient location. The parking is ample. The menu is basic gastropub fare for lunch. The portions are on the small side considering the price point.

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  6. PattyG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there with our college age boys. The service and food was excellent. We definitely be back.

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  7. Foodiemom

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Blue is the perfect place for a birthday dinner with friends!

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  8. JanetO

    Greater Boston

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu was fabulous - lots of great choices and variety. I had the salad with shrimp, my dining partner had tacos. They were both terrific! We were there for almost 3 hours just catching up but never felt rushed at all - our server was great! I would definitely recommend and would go back!

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  9. lynner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was perfect !!! Service was great !!! Will go back very soon !!!

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  10. HarryC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well done. Blue is our first choice for local restaurant.

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  11. B2019

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We all like the food, shrimp tacos and pepperoni/saussge pizza. Our waitress never brought our seltzers and we had to keep flagging her down for more water. However, we eat here often for lunch and this was the worse waitress...the rest have all been great.

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  12. NicoleB

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the waitress were excellent

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  13. ChristopherT

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Lunch location, iffy on the dining experience We're n=2 for dining, once a couples night, another with family. Experience has been less-than-meh each time. for our recent family experience, went for dinner with the kiddies (drawn to the kids menu, which in itself is a fantastic price). but apps and entrées were a disappointment, not to mention $$$. Sriracha Shrimp were rather liquidy, SW eggrolls thick and doughy. Mains included Seared Scallops were salty and rubbery yet heavily cooked, but some recovery with a good tasting Pasta Di Mare. Scallops were not worth the $38!. fairly expensive meal for 2 adults and 2 kids, even including the 2 cocktails (overly olive juice'd dirty martini) and 2 glasses of wine. We continue to recommend folks to BOH, and we truly like the place- but both dinner experiences have convinced us that we shall return only for lunch, salads and the burgers, at best.
    Blue On HighlandResponded on March 9, 2020
    We are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was not what you had hoped for. We want to thank you for your continued patronage and we want to get back to what you initially enjoyed about Blue On Highland. We will be sure to pass these comments along to our staff to fix any problems that may exist internally. We hope to see you again soon!

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  14. LauraO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible server, meals were over cooked, wrong items received.
    Blue On HighlandResponded on March 1, 2020
    Hello Laura, I apologize. But can you tell me more so I can understand what went wrong. This is not like us and I would like to get to the bottom of this so I may speak to my employee as to how this happened as well as find out how i can make it right for you. Thank you Scott

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  15. JesseB

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and beer selection, really nice environment.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktail list is expansive and amazing. While they have sandwiches/pizzas/salads, this is the perfect place to come to if you are in the mood for a meal as opposed to just a sandwich or something like that. Dining room is nice but because we met an amazing and funny bartender named Junior, we will be sitting at the bar unless we are with a larger group that requires a table.

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  17. JoeR

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    BonH is a staple when we’re in the area. Really like the lamb kabob on Greek Salad, though I ask to hold the balsamic drizzle (grilled lamb fine enough, why cover all that flavor?). This time I had the steak frites—steak perfectly cooked; upgraded frites to sour cream and chive fries. They toss them in dry ranch dressing seasoning and then comes with sour cream and chive. Bang! Really tasty! I highly recommend

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  18. Mentah

    Greater Boston

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious. I had the Pollo con Rabe. The chicken was tender, the flavor was perfection. But the best part of our experience was our server, Lady. She was bubbly and fun, and promised to let us know if we had broccoli in our teeth. There were a couple of large parties around us who were very loud, so that detracted a bit from the experience. But overall, the food was wonderful and the service was spectacular.

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  19. livetoeat

    Greater Boston

    115 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place for friends to get together. Did not love the lobster roll.

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  20. Bailey

    Greater Boston

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been to this restaurant about 10+ times. I always get a very good meal for my money.

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  21. CarrieM

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by lady and the food was tasty and delicious!

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  22. Kata

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced and unimpressive

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  23. MrEd

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice brunch with live light jazz band

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Bavaria

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is fabulous! I love this restaurant. The staff members are very friendly and attentive. It’s a total neighborhood gem!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience. Ample parking in the back. The restaurant was busy and had a lively buzz. The service was friendly and attentive. Food was very good and so were the drinks. We would go again. Food was a little pricey.

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  26. Tmoney

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant has two types of chairs that I saw in the dining room: hard metal and comfy padded chairs. We had a Saturday night reservation and we were seated in the small metal chairs. We were not allowed to switch to the multiple open comfy chairs. They have tables with low dividers so you are essentially sitting with other people but with a tiny divider, so you feel like you are seated right next to the kid having a meltdown next to you. We had a $14 guacamole appetizer. It was okay, nothing great. A small amount of chips came with it. I got a chicken caprese salad. It came with light orange/light green tomatoes. The ones you see in the grocery store that are picked before they are ripe. I didn't say anything to the waitress because she kept telling us how much we were going to love the place and I didn't have the heart to ask to substitute my tomatoes! It was okay, certainly not worth the prices and the atmosphere was loud with kids and birthday parties right next to you. No thanks.

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  27. MoneyMan2327

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blue on Highland provided a great atmosphere for our small family dinner. We enjoyed the long list of beers and cocktails available and munched on some appetizers to start the evening (Tuna Poke Nachos were a great starter). Each of us ordered a different entree and everyone was pleased with the quality, taste, and portion sizes of the food (Do yourself a favor and get the Braised Short Ribs!). Everything went well and the service was excellent. I'd certainly go back and try some more dishes.

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  28. PAGCHOC

    Greater Boston

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Havent been here in at least 5 years. It was completed renovated. The food was good, the service was okay. Tried to be engaging but she didn't check on us when food arrived. We had to ask for several items a couple of times. So it was just okay.

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  29. GailO

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a reservation and the dining room was fairly empty. We were seated in an undesirable place with uncomfortable seats. I asked to sit at a table with soft seats and we were treated poorly, told that the tables (empty) we asked to sit at were reserved - more than an hour later! The tables were not reserved, but the restaurant had reservations for later service and decided to hold the more comfortable seating open for those diners. Against my better judgment, we stayed and dined, with cocktails, and our tab for two came to about $90. Food quality was just fair. I would never return nor would I recommend this restaurant.

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  30. BethP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was on our list to try for some time... glad we finally did! The fish tacos were great! We will definitely be back!

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  31. EdwardM

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Just a great night.

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  32. NicoleB

    Greater Boston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the service was fabricated

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  33. Bigmomma

    Greater Boston

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nice dinner at Blue, although we were initially disappointed, as the waitress started by telling us that the grill was out of order, so we could not order any meats that needed the grill, and I had really wanted the lamb kabobs. Perhaps the hostess should have told the patrons as we walked in. After rethinking, I ordered a Caesar salad and the mussels; they were both very good and I would return for them! My husband had a Greek salad and the tuna poke. He also enjoyed them; there was so much tuna that he couldn't finish it! It is a lively and rather noisy place, but we enjoyed it.

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  34. RichardD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The burgers are outrageously good! We got there early in the evening, which probably cut down on some of the noise.

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  35. AllisonG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and atmosphere! Lady was so kind and welcoming, the food was good and the lemon sorbet served inside a lemon...delicious!

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  36. Cfood

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reunion of CB old friends before one moves out of town

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  37. GerryD

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Olivia was just wonderful. We shared mussels arugula salad. Yummy I had appetizer size of seared scallops. OMG My husband had burger with braised rib awesome He had so many selections of IPAS hard to choose My pear martini was a ten Couldn’t have been better except we had to leave :( Gerry

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  38. AliMM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. There were 4 in our group. We each had something different and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The server was somewhat friendly but very distant. I’m not sure if they were understaffed the evening we went but she wasn’t very attentive. She gave us the bare minimal service and my friends and I aren’t the needy picky types. Even so, we gave her a generous tip. Never asked how our meal was or thanked us. We’ll return and hope we get a more cordial server.

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  39. NancyS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress Gretchen was top notch! Thank you Gretchen for the great service!

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  40. brunchlover

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Grand Daughter going back to college fun lunch.Very busy,drinks came quickly order taken. Apps came but long wait for entree brought out by hostess ,server never asked if we needed beverage refills till it’s time to get the bill.She was clearly overwhelmed yet remained pleasant.We still enjoyed ourselves food was yummy!!

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FAQs

Blue On Highland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 444-7001.

Blue On Highland is rated 4.2 stars by 1358 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Google Map for Blue On Highland

882 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mark Lee
  • Neighborhood
    Needham
  • 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking behind the restaurant in public lot or on street.
  • Public transit
    Needham Heights MBTA Commuter Rail stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Peter Tartsinis
  • Entertainment
    Jazz Brunch on Sundays
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (781) 444-7001
  • Catering
    Plated<br />Banquet Style<br />Passed Orderves<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Private Functions are booked on a first come first serve basis, based on dates available. We do not have a separate function room so we require a buyout to accommodate large functions. Please call for details and rates.
  • Private party contact
    Julie Tartsinis: (781) 444-7001
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