Oxbow Tavern

4.3
336 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us at Tom Valenti’s Oxbow Tavern this Mother's Day for our regular brunch and dinner menus, which both include kid-friendly options!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us at Tom Valenti’s Oxbow Tavern this Easter for our regular brunch and dinner menus. Visit the spirited Columbus Avenue Street Fair (from 10a.m.--6p.m.), then enjoy a meal with family or friends.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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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 336 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Never felt rushed, service was friendly and attentive and food was excellent. Will definitely go back.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. Nice greeting and waitstaff. A bit noisy but we very much enjoyed the evening.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. It was stuffy and they refused to open the window or turn the air on. There were only five people there but it was all slow. We will never go back

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Brunch. It is what it is. Brunch is not an accurate assessment of what a chef can do. It's a crowd pleaser. I would be happy to come back and see what happens with dinner. Yes, I know this is a tavern. But some are more welcoming than others.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ll try it one more time - they have been excellent in the past. This time was a miss 🙁

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FY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely to sit and have a meal and chat and catch up.

Attentive staff.

Thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. The chicken sandwich is just as good as you’ve heard. Outstanding cocktails.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent atmosphere, cool bar, attentive service, delightful food

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TE
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Still miss Quest but Ox Bow Tavern is now becoming our go to neighborhood place. Consistently good food, no attitude & nice ambiance.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go there a lot, like the food and the wait staff is wonderful. Long Bar is a blessing!

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F
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm a former 20year Manhattan resident and during my tenure in the city, I was a fan of Chef Valenti's previous restaurants, so I chose this spot because of him. We wanted a casual room with great food for an early dinner after a Broadway matinee, then back to CT. The wine selection was wonderful, the terrific server was very courteous by checking with us on how quickly (or leisurely) we'd like to proceed. The food was very tasty and satisfying - and I chose both healthy and indulgent courses, so it's a menu that will please a multitude of palates. If I still lived in the city, I'd consider myself fortunate if this were my neighborhood tavern.

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AB
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

UWS is so lucky to have Oxbow Tavern in our midst! Great wait staff, of course good kitchen, and the only fault with the menu is that it's so hard to make a choice, not just order most of it! For brunch, I decided on the omelet and arugula salad plus a decaf cappuccino and loved every bite and sip. Great salad dressing, and fresh contrast to the omelet! I'm on my way back in an instant....

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OG
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

A cheery and fun neighborhood restaurant. The menu, however, is a bit of a stretch. Odd offerings. We always go for the hamburger which is good.

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W
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Don’t go for late Brunch!!

We had heard great things of the Oxbow Tavern and liked Ouest his previously place but were very disappointed. Initial service was poor and server was uninterested (she heard our English accents and assumed we were tourists). My wife had the chicken sandwich which she said she could have done better and Citeralla’s does. My Tuna nicoise was fine but we were in and out in an hour. Will not be be going back.

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WP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. No pressure. The hostess was very accommodating as our first table was too noisy. She was able to reseat us in a quieter area of the restaurant.

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SR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a new discovery for me—a great find. I have now had lunch there twice and will definitely come back. The country salad is delicious. The service is prompt and unobtrusive.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good but a bit expensive for what they offered. I got the cod partially because I thought it came with cauliflower and a chickpea dish but it was just cod On top of a yummy truffle sauce. Other entrees were less expensive but had no sides, which were $9 each. Wait staff was great. The host was chilly though.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Initially bad service. Improved after we moved tables. Poor value for price paid.

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CH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and calm bistro atmosphere

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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! Thank you, Daniel

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n
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I would NOT recommend this place to anyone for any reason. The food is barely mediocre. The service is inattentive. The hamburger arrived cold & overcooked. It took 15 minutes to get another warm & overcooked one. The wine, which was ordered when the burger was sent back, did not arrive until the new burger was more than half eaten. We live in the neighborhood and really liked his other restaurants, but we will not be back to this one.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on March 24, 2019

Hello nkatt, We’re really sorry to hear that your experience wasn’t up to our standards. We think it’s unacceptable. Thank you for trying Oxbow out, and if you ever return, please ask for a manager and remind us about this; we’ll make sure to take care of you.

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I
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pots de creme was out of this world, and service was fantastic as always.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on March 24, 2019

Wonderful! We hope to see you again soon.

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a
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good neighborhood place; buzzy; very decent food. Will go back!

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first lunch at Oxbow was a pleasant surprise. We were greeted at the door by Mr Valenti himself. I’d been there for dinner several times which was excellent. Lunch was delicious. We ordered the seafood salad and the French 75 cocktail... finished with cheesecake. Service was excellent and the quieter afternoon ambience extremely relaxing and conducive to conversation. I’d recommend lunch at Oxbow Tavern highly

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MB
Vancouver
52 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Better than I expected. Food was solid and service competent and friendly. I will come back and recommend. I had the duck breast which was perfectly cooked. The salmon and NY streak were also great. Creamer spinach was perfect. I’d pass on the gnocchi.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Utterly uninspired food in noisy old bar. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s become a real restaurant.

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e
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Mediocre French food in pretty restaurant. It’s almost the same as the previous restaurant in its place cafe talullah before that place went downhill to the unstable. Menu almost the same as well. Oxbow is best suited to a drink at the bar and an appetizer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is really excellent, a rarity among restaurants on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, especially after Telepan and Picholine closed a few years ago. The bistro approach of Oxbow Tavern certainly makes economic sense. The only issue I have is that the restaurant can get very loud because the tables are close together and there is no sound insulation to dampen sound. Go for the food, but not if you want a quiet place to talk.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. Nice quiet ambiance

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tom Valenti never fails to create sumptuous food in a comfortable yet dynamic setting.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding lamb shanks. Wish they offered them more regularly.

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A
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific as usual!!! Tom Valenti is a treasure and maintains an A+++ in hospitality and delicious cuisine.

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EK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food but SO expensive for UWSiders just out for a family celebration.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on March 24, 2019

Hello ElizabethK, We were so happy you joined us--thank you. If this interests you, we actually have a very decent happy hour every day from 3--7p.m. (Mondays 5--7p.m.); I think it’s the best deal in this neighborhood, with great options for food and drink. We also have a prix fixe from 5--6:30 which is also kind of a steal. We’d love to see you again if the occasion arises!

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f
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to find such a wonderful restaurant on the UWS! I will be coming here often! The food was delicious, the service was lovely, the room is perfectly nice visually and we could actually have a conversation! This is a neighborhood gem!

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BA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Poor service and seem to still be in training mode, good menu but lacking in execution. Give them 3-6 months to get it running (assuming they're still around then).

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Difficult to find anything we wanted to eat on the menu, though plain grilled meats are available. Not much for vegetarians and nothing for a vegan.

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CD
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Expensive and retro (both decor and food), noisy and disappointing

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I typically sit at the bar and have a meal and beverage there--service, food, etc., excellent. This is the 2nd time that I have booked a table (there were 3 of us), we were seated promptly - we ordered our meals which arrived in a timely manner with the exception of one side dish for the table to share; we repeatedly asked our server where this dish was and I finally approached the "man in the suit" who clearly was managing the restaurant and he got involved and then the side dish finally arrived - but we had finished our meals! They did not charge us. I had a similar situation the last time I sat at a table there. So, I think they need to work on coordinating arrivals of items ordered.

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Started with the chicken liver mousse (enough for the table), which was better than any foie gras I've ever had. They had a glazed pork chop special that was simply the best pork I've ever had, and an excellent coq au vin and duck breast.

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S
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a very nice tavern- the menu is well conceived, the cooking is precise and attentive, the staff efficient and friendly without being intrusive and the atmosphere is perfect for this kind of place. Amazingly, there is no loud music, just the din of people talking and having a good time. This is an adult restaurant in the best sense of the word- the cooking and presentation are just right, not stodgy but also not gimmicky. If I lived near by I would be a regular.

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