Oxbow Tavern

4.3
397 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
Upper West Side spot located near Lincoln Center serving modern American food with French influences in a casual setting by Chef Tom Valenti.
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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:15PM
Mon 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:15PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:15PM

What 397 People Are Saying
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GG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Although Oxbow became a favorite neighborhood place, we were disappointed this time. They replaced my absolute favorite dish on menu, Seared Tuna with Sumac, with a Tuna Nicoise Salad -- hardly a dinner item and hardly comparable and not great -- paltry pieces of less than fresh tuna, soggy overdressed greens, 2 tiny 1/4" pieces of haricot vert, and 2 paper thin tiny slices of potato, at $36! Waitress was in a bad mood and made us feel like we were imposing on her with every question or request. I hope they put the Seared Tuna back on the menu. It was my main reason for dining here.

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CR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the brunch I had here! Highly recommend the chicken salad sandwich, but replace the chips with french fries. The omelette was a little overpriced at $17, but good sized and came with fries as well. Loved the decor inside at the bar!

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AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Omelette was good. Needed to ask for bread/rolls on table. Staff was all right but I got the feeling that they wanted to speed us along. When we needed them, didn't see waiter. However when it came towards end of meal took plates away, gave us water and then the waiter gave us bill without asking. He then asked if were ready to pay.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service with kindness - perfectly prepared strip steak.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The tuna in our orders of tuna nicoise was sinewy and mushy, as if it had been frozen after cooking. When we pointed this out to the server he seemed surprised and did not immediately offer to substitute other dishes. Neither he nor anyone in management apologized. Service on the whole was lackadaisical during a very quiet lunchtime. On the good side, the egg white omelettes were very good.

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FD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The brunch salad portions are the size of an appetizer portion and the price is for a full dinner portion.

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1
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice restaurant. Good menu, good food and very nice service. Looking forward to going back.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were fans of Ouest and were happy to hear about chef Valenti's new restaurant. Suffice to say that we enjoyed everything we were served and recognized our waiter, Richard, from the old place who was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Oxbow Tavern is the kind of place that we'll look forward to enjoying on a regular basis - good to have y'all back in the neighborhood again-

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SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was sufficient.
Doubt we would have ever listed it as one of the top 10 even on the restaurant depraved upper West side

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C
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently very good. Neighborhood gem!

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N
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went before theater and took the fixed price menu. I had a salad and mushroom tarts flambe(flatbread). It was very greasy and had little mushroom flavor. My friend had very mediocre mussels. Totally meh— glad we didn’t pay full price but still wouldn’t go back.

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E
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This was not our first time at the Oxbow, as we live in the neighborhood and have always enjoyed Tom Valenti's food. But the service really spoiled the evening. The server was a woman who should not be in the hospitality business - she was surly and abrupt. Having worked in restaurants, this type of attitude is difficult to ignore. The food was reliably good. Now that we have the name of the server on our receipt, I will make sure to request that we not be seated in her station in the future. Or perhaps she will come to the realization that she is not cut out for restaurant work. I would recommend the restaurant based on previous meals -- not this one.

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f
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience in every way. I would expect no less from the kitchen of Tom Valenti.

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L
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was well done, and service very professional.

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b
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it- been passing this place and checking it our for awhile- finally went in and was so glad I did. Food was spot on, delicious and creative cocktails, great service. How lucky we are to have in this neighborhood.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for brunch. It is fabulous. The eggs benedict, omelets, bloody marys were perfect.

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TO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Initially, we waited quite a time to be asked for an order, then had to ask the bus boy to get someone. Unfortunately this pompous server, in his 50's I would say, treated us with disdain, and lucky for us, assigned a female server, who was the total opposite to him....extremely professional and excellent. The food was excellent, eventually, the service was excellent but it was way too loud....sadly. Would go back as extremely convenient to The Beacon Theater, and great food. Try for yourself.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Okay, but I would not go out of my way to eat here again.

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WP
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, and the menu was very approachable. Went with a group of picky eaters, and they all left very satisfied.

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The first turnoff was the smell of cats in the restaurant. Further, it was dirty. The food not great. But waitress was nice although hurried us to move along. All in all, not a great evening out. Would not recommend.

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

everything was very good but the gravlax was too greasy and had insufficient curing, It should have been served with some sort of toast or bread as it was too rich without.

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MO
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very warm and cozy....old charm and quiet but not dead and boring...great staff and service....and the food was just awesome....be back again for sure.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never eaten duck gizzards before, but after eating said dish at Oxbow, I will forever be a fervent fan! Also, my wife is pretty picky about her fish and she said the halibut was cooked perfectly :)

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not quite as tasty or polished as Ouest - but hopes continue.

Glad you are here on Columbus Ave. We need you.

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent as always, staff helpful and gracious, the food really is so amazing!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Mediocre brunch given the high cost. Eggs Benedict. Bland. Bloody Mary. Unusual. But not worth $14. Brunch for two total $80 with one drink each.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far, the best restaurant in the Upper West Side- Valenti is a wizard in the kitchen.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Made res for 4 ppl and they sat us at a big table for 6 - restaurant is noisy so hard to have a convo- they moved us when 4 became avail - but getting settled in wasnt pleasant

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r
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will put Oxbow Tavern high on the list of preferred restaurants from now on! A great neighborhood gem.

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g
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit, mid-week, for lunch.
Excellent service, food and ambiance. Will return.

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e
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We wish you had been here 40 years ago when we lived on w. 73rd st.
Great food. Good service. Great combination.

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g
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Past years when this restaurant was Talluhas it was one of our local favorites. This visit was a disappointment. Waitress was uninterested unfriendly and generally in different. The food was good but not memorable prices were excessive for the value experience. We do not plan to return.

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M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for brunch and it was terrific. We all had Eggs Benedict either with spinach or with smoked salmon. The eggs were done perfectly. Our waitress was charming, friendly and very competent. All together, a very good brunch.

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I had been to this restaurant a few times before most recent dinner and enjoyed it on previous occasions. Looked forward to endive salad, which I loved in previous visits. it was unrecognizable and barely edible. My dinner companions agreed. I ordered tuna and found presentation unappetizing. Tasted OK but not good. Dessert was good, but I won't go back.

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BE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Fries from frozen, really?!?

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CG
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A pleasant surprise!

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SN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never eaten here before and found the restaurant on Open Table. We can't wait to return. The food, service and ambiance was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

While the food was delicious, I would not recommend Oxbow to anyone who would like to enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner. For $16-20, you will receive maybe 3 1/2 ounces of wine. When we questioned this, we were assured “That’s our pour.” It’s my only complaint, but it’s a big one.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on May 19, 2019

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. We wanted to write back to assure you that our pours are measured before they’re brought to the table. They are a standard 5 ounces (but perhaps look smaller because our wine glasses are on the larger side!) We hope that you’ll join us again.

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ER
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Definitely will continue to eat here.

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SH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Nice long bar if you want a drink, but food was mediocre and disappointing. Expensive....but for what?

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