Oxbow Tavern

4.3
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495 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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Thursday, November 28, 2019

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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

What 495 People Are Saying
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K
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Solidly good food in a nice atmosphere. We had so-so service. When we didn't order appetizers, our server seemed to lose in us. Very good neighborhood feel.

c
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Second visit here and it was better the first time. Our waitress "hovered" for us to place our order quickly, portions were very small. My husband ordered the halibut and it said it was on a cauliflower puree but there was about a tablespoon of puree. Chickpea fries were delicious. Not sure we would go back though.

f
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this place! We used to go to Ouest and didn’t know that this place had opened! Excellent experience! Great service from our waiter George too!! We’ll be back for sure!!!

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

They really need to address their very bad and
non existent service. Terrible attitude from waiter staff.
They act like they are doing u a favor taking your order and bringing u food. This was my “go to “ neighborhood restaurant and unfortunately it has gone down hill with the Oxbow name. Food is fine but there are enough restaurants that bad service and attitude equals “ I don’t need to go there “ .

F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I go to OxBow freqently. The service on 11/11/2019 at 6;30p with one waitress was unusually slow, especially getting drinks and off the cuff. One was forced to use the bus person to get bread and drinks. Resturant was only moderately busy. To be fair this is unusual and hasn't happened before. Just a hint.

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall a mediocre experience. The duck entree was good, the halibut was dry, and unfortunately our waitress was brusque bordering on rude.

p
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a brunch visit and the service and food was very good. Also, they nicely accommodated my daughter.

J
Seattle
387 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Three guests and I went for a Saturday evening dinner at Oxbow. We got a window seat as requested which was nice. Two guests ordered specialty cocktails and enjoyed them. Another guest and I shared a bottle of red wine. Nice list but no reasonably priced options. Our server and support staff are very attentive and helpful with menu choices. We all had fish options and all were delicious. My salmon was perfectly cooked (rare as requested). Place has a nice buzz.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointed - food was cold and underseasoned - Tom Valenti's name is on the menu, but his great cuisine was nowhere to be found. But, I would give them another chance.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Always a pleasure to eat at Oxbow.

DD
New York Area
210 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gracious service even when a diner arrived 45 minutes late. Kudos!😃

NY
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fine. Wonderful service. Food was fine. That sounds worse than it is. Perhaps this writer is jaded. Endive salad was good, so was halibut. The food is pretty much the same as the old Ouest. Which we loved. Maybe it’s the ambience. Hard chairs. Lots of tables. Doesn’t feel as upscale as the food warrants. Also the table next to us were very loud talkers. Not the restaurant’s fault. But there’s nothing to absorb the sound. So tepid review not due to food but due to ambience. Definitely will return. Again, maybe this is a jaded diner talking.

MR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed dinner. Good food and drinks.

R
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

vaunted grilled pork chop was poorly seasoned and meat itself was mushy.
steak had to be sent back--it was medium instead of the medium-rare we ordered. it's been fine on prior visits.
oxbow cocktail was good.
coq au vin pretty good.
tarte flambee is very good.

MD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was horrible. Coq au Vin was in a thick overdone sauce. Chicken was really overcooked. Halibut was dry and tasteless. Server clearly not interested in our table, and we were out quickly. Pricing is way off for food quality.

VB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was a big fan of Ouest so I was looking forward to trying Tom Valenti’s new place. It was disappointing.
Nice ambience, rather perfunctory service bur the food was just not very good. Had a steak that was pretty tough and gristly. But the really silly thing was something called Galfrettes as an appetizer. It was a handful of Ruffles potato chips with onion dip for about $10. What?

j
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I asked for a glass of Chenin Blanc and she brought me Sauvignon Blanc without telling me as they were out of the Chenin Blanc. Not too nice. Then the waiters changed and we were happy with the new one.The waiter/waitress should always tell the customer if they are out of a certain wine and not try to pass it off as the one I ordered. Deviled eggs were delicious. Wonderful burger and salad.

SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place, easily accessible not too noisy, delicious food and portion sizes and prompt service by courteous staff.

s
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a fun night with one exception - the servers and service was meh. Maybe it was just an off night for them.

f
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

I WOULD HAVE GIVEN THIS RESTAURANT 5 STARS HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE INCREDIBLY LOUD LEVEL OF NOISE DUE TO HARD SURFACES AND VERY CLOSELY SPACED TABLES. THE FOOD AND SERVICE WERE GREAT, BUT I WON'T RETURN DUE TO THE NOISE.

DF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Oxbow is a bustling place without many tables for two or privacy. We were seated near a walking path of the waitstaff and were repeatedly jostled throughout our meal. Our table for two was also almost connected to those next to us, which was fine when it was only another couple eating dinner next to us, less so when it became a party of 7 teenage girls celebrating a birthday - we felt like their parents chaperoning the event. That said, the food is very good - the chicken sandwich and french fries were delicious - if you're heading out with a group this would be a great place to come.

f
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Everything was mediocre except the service which was poor. Things have gone down hill at this spot which used to be lovely.

M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very relaxing meal because of the excellent service and great food. I had the haddock, my friend had the fried chicken and chocolate mousse cake and everything was delicious.

UW
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great addition to the neighborhood. Very good food, nice service in a comfortable setting.

W
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were only there for brunch, but I will definitely go back for dinner.

SJ
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and vibe. We had such a good time that we ended up drinking far too much wine, then ordered Irish coffees. It ended up the most expensive meal of our holiday. Beware!

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food here is very tasty, though a rather limited menu. Alas, main courses arrived from the kitchen only warm, had obviously been sitting for some minutes. It’s very noisy when busy.

A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Not the usual dining experience. Have been to Oxbow many times. Waited an hour for our main course. When our meal finally came my wife’s halibut was cold and had to be sent back. The waiter was totally inept. The only good thing was the manager bought us dessert. Too many other choices in the neighborhood. Don’t know what was going on in the kitchen or perhaps they were under staffed. It was a Tuesday evening at 6pm so not even like prime time or a weekend

K
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Rude hostess

LE
New England
52 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and executed well. Service was on point. No complaints really enjoyed the experience.

F
New York Area
219 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Oxbow, under the formidable Tom Valenti, delivers decent, simple food to the UWS, which is a food desert. Any drop helps! Thank you, Oxbow.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Great for Lincoln center proximity w/o the crowds

HF
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dinner was great. Food was terrific. Service could have been a little faster but staff was courteous and accommodating. Atmosphere was comfortable and casual.

I'd definitely go again.

A
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were so wonderful. One of my guests ordered seconds & that’s never happened before. Delicious highly recommend.

a
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miracles of miracles, the corn and chive risotto that accompanied the wild striped bass was prepared al dente--so hard to find in the U.S.! The fish was perfectly cooked. The braised duck gizzards came with a delectable sauce. The service staff was charming and attentive even though we had the last reservation/last order at 9:30 on a Saturday night.

D
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good food, close to Lincoln Center, friendly service

GM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from the staff. They were very accommodating even though we showed up too early for our reservation. The ambiance is also great.

CC
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a corner table looking out at NYC going by. The service was perfect. Attentive without being obtrusive. The lamb Bolognese was very good but not the best I’ve had. The ambiance was perfect for a Friday night in NY. Would recommend. We will be back.

MP
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood restaurant that serves A+ food in a great atmosphere with great service. Try to get a table by the window - a fun, New York experience in a great New York Neighborhood.

n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've loved this restaurant but own this one occasion, it was a little disappointing. The food was mostly great. The French onion soup is terrific. The seafood salad appetizer wasn't great. A little too sharp for our tastes. The double pork chops were fine and the pasta was very good. As always, the rinks are pricey, but they were doing a terrific bar business on a Weds. evening.

The service was efficient. Not as friendly as usual.

The ambience is great if you don't mind the noise. There is a lot going on between people at the bar and adjoining tables. It is a fun place if you enjoy people-watching.

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