Oxbow Tavern

4.3
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535 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American

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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 - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:15PM
Mon 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:45PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:15PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:15PM

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
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4.1
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3.8
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was uninspired and disappointing. I could make better coq au vin. In a party of five, no one was impressed by their entree.

C
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

What started out on a good foot, quickly slid...seated on time, polite waitress only to have her disappear...We sat while other tables ordered...then we ordered....the food came but missing waitress and missing french fries....eventually they showed up but only eventually...another staff was really rude - when I asked if he could get the ice cream out quickly, he basically said no...that they "send it up when they send it up." Really? And when I indicated I would like my coat, he just ignored me. Others have said they have seen a service issue there so...something like that sort of ruins the overall experience. Others get both, good food and good service...so...onwards.

AR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend, his brother and I went here before a painting class on a Monday evening - it was superb! We shared the mushroom tarte flambee and I thought we were going to have to order another one. It was so flavorful and perfectly warm and melty. We had the Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Australian Lamp Chops and Coq Au Vin. I can say hands-down it was the best Coq Au Vin I've ever had, including in Paris. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and moist throughout (I did not try the chicken sandwich). For dessert: a cheesecake, chocolate cake and a passion fruit pudding (i'm not doing the descriptions justice - they were to-die-for!). Wine list is very well thought out and the champagne is superb! LOVE IT!

MK
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Interesting bistro menu, a little something for everyone, convenient location. Be warned however: Happy Hour is very popular, which makes seating iffy during that time. It's those terrific HH prices and options!

My only real complaint is that the decor is hard-edged--tile floor, tin ceiling, iron fixtures, widows out to the street, etc. So it can get deafeningly loud. Knowing this in advance, I requested the quietest table in the house--which we got. But it was still hard for a foursome to converse at a comfortable level.

y
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is always delicious and fresh. Service is professional, and always makes for a fun time

JM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit to this spot. Outstanding in every way. I especially want to compliment our server and the overall service - it was excellent. Food was terrific.

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was very poor. The food was ok but nothing great. The only good thing was that the place was quiet because was Sunday evening.

HC
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everything we had was delicious. They have great onion soup and the burger was prepared exactly as ordered.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

our concert at Lincoln Center finished early and we arrive to an open restaurant at 4:30. We were told we could order a drink at the bar or take a walk until 5:00. Really ?!

DG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. A bowl of soup should never cost $16 though

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food & service were very good but the main courses come without any sides Nothing!At this price point it would be nice to include a vegetable or other side with the main course.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

New Years Eve The service was excellent. The caviar appetizer had maybe 1/8 tsp of caviar and the lobster ragout was 75% gnocchi. The panda cotta was excellent and light and creamy .Oxbow has been a favorite of our but now I’m not sure.

RW
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service delicious food. Was in from TX for New year's The chicken sandwich and mushroom tart were outstanding, ate there two nights in a row, highly recommended

RW
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome chicken sandwich and mushroom tart pizza, highly recommend

F
Cleveland
55 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

neighborhood gem

JO
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Steak was extremely tough and fatty.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way

D
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

It was our misfortune to dine during a shift change in the wait staff. The late crew were disinterested and almost rude. The stripped bass and halibut were both tasty but the halibut was a meager portion and the small amount of cauliflower puree under the fish did not make up for the lack of a vegetable. There was no bread served.

D
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very popular bar scene, with great food. Convenient to Lincoln Center.

CJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, good service and very nice atmosphere.

F
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat there frequently. Food nicely prepared, wait staff attentive and friendly. A nice neighborhood venue.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and overall experience! Wish the waiter would have been a bit more attentive towards the end of the night. We waited 15-20 for the check.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very delicious food. Overpriced though.

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed dinner Saturday.... we shared the seafood salad and salmon appetizers. Both were excellent but the salmon was one of the best seafood appetizers I’ve ever had. My wife had the striped bass and I the steak. The bass was great. The steak was cooked to perfection but lacked just a bit in taste. The au gratin potato the came with the steak was very tasty. We also shared a side of brussels sprouts which had a really nice flavor. Desert was the apple crisp... worth every calorie. Overall a really nice meal, glad we chose it and would definitely go back. I’d be remiss if I didn’t compliment the excellent service by our waitress as well as the runners and bus team, all extremely pleasant, professional and efficient.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thank you, Caplmp23, We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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1
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The noise was a little loud as we were seated near the bar. The waiter George was very attentive.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We sat at our table for more than an hour. Our server never showed up, in spite of requesting service three times. We finally stood up to leave and while we were definitely seen doing so, we were still ignored. Fortunately there are lots of restaurants on Columbus...

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello MichaelS, We’re sorry to hear this, and quite surprised. Please let us know the date and time you visited and we will follow up. Thank you.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Maybe. I had specifically requested a table by the window. When we arrived at 545pm for a 6pm reservation, the restaurant was fairly emptied however we were shown to the last table in the rear. When I requested another table, we were shown to a two seater next to the water pitchers. As you can imagine, the waiters were always going to the water pitchers. Also We both ordered soup, but only mine came out. They didn’t hear my husband’s order. Very disappointing.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello Sandyw, We’re sorry to hear this. The last table in the rear in the window is frequently requested, so we do apologize that it wasn’t to your liking. Please let us know if you have a specific request in the future, and we’ll do our very best to make you comfortable. Thank you.

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r
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious halibut, good rec on the wine and the red wine was appropriately slightly chilled.

KD
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very cosy neighbouhood restaurant. Friends and guests enjoy meeting there for a cettain comfortable outing.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on December 11, 2019

Thank you, KathyD!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Main entree took well over an hour to be served, on a Thursday. Food was good but that’s just not cricket.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hello JimM, Thank you for commenting. An hour is curiously long--did you speak to a manager? Please let us know the date and time you visited, and we’ll follow up. Thank you.

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely return for their meal. We had their Thanksgiving dinner and it was AMAZING!! Very friendly staff, we enjoyed it very much.

CL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just horrible. I had a fish plate (Halibut). The fish was dry and the portion was small. Actually, everything was overpriced. The server was super unfriendly, slow and generally off putting. The restaurant was too cold and loud. On top of this, I was overcharged and they were very unresponsive.

Oxbow Tavern
Responded on December 23, 2019

Hello CafeL, We’re very sorry to hear you had a bad experience here. Please write us directly at info@oxbowtavern.c o m and we’ll clear up anything that was overcharged. Thank you.

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DW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious!!!!!!!

TS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm not sure why I haven't been here sooner, as we live nearby. We went for Thanksgiving and I must say - it was one of the few places that had an affordable holiday meal. Most places were $89 and up for prix fixe meal. They had a regular menu that included a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for like $32.50. The plate was wonderfully presented with white and dark meat, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, a roasted sweet potato. We started with the delicious deviled eggs so it was hard to finish the whole meal :)

creative drinks on the menu, too. Looking forward to returning.

JT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Great food. Good location. Noise level very high. Service poor.

EC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

In a party of 5, both the pork chop and the halibut were way overcooked. Our waiter came and looked and was in agreement - he apologized and both were sent back. The two dishes came back muchhh better but those individuals had to wait an additional 20 minutes to eat. Disappointed Oxbow did not do anything in addition to make the situation better.

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, excellent service & warm and inviting atmosphere. A little loud but not a problem.

MM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I was expecting one of the best restaurants in the Upper West Side and unfortunately, Oxbow tavern did not deliver. The positives including prompt seating and excellent service. The ambiance of the restaurant is bland. When reading the menu, you get the feeling that you are in for a top-notch meal; the food did not match up. I truly felt that the appetizer I ordered could have been purchased at the corner bodega for less than $2. My entree was surprising in it's presentation, but that did not upset me- it was the disappointing taste that did. It was certainly flavorful, but not necessarily in an enjoyable way. If the restaurant presented itself differently and the prices were half of what they are, the experience would have been more palatable.

BB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful! Good food, great service, very helpful - thank you!

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