Oxbow Tavern

4.3
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555 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 - 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
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience in the neighborhood for dinner!

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu. Lovely setting. Excellent service.

AM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time at this restaurant. It seemed the seating was in all in one area; plus the tables were really close together in our area. Our waitperson was personable, answered question & made suggestions (but being a former waitress, I could see they were super busy). That said, the meal was excellent. The food and wine were yummy and the experience made a very nice birthday celebration. We will be back!

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party of three and everyone was very satisfied with their respective meal. The service was both friendly and prompt. We will recommend it to friends.

W
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Oxbow for dinner after walking past it a million times. Had a great seat by the window and our waitress was great. Everything we ordered from salads to steak and Halibut were fantastic. Drink order came quickly, wines list was extensive and reasonably priced. Dessert was also very good. Will go back and try some other dishes, burger, etc.

ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Off hours is very quiet. The food is sensational. George is a great waiter.

G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All aspects of the evening were as hoped for. Excellent service, delicious appetizers, salads and entrees. Nice but relatively informal atmosphere. My son is a spoiled foodie and he liked it a lot.

W
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service good food in an interesting room. I’ll go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have eaten here several times. Tonight’s valentine meal was lacking all around. Steak was overcooked and dry. Chocolate covered strawberries were soggy. This is too nice a restaurant for this to happen. Highly disappointed.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always top notch. It is expensive, but the quality of the food and friendly service is exceptional.

P
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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s
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good food and service. Love the quail. And wine list.

NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great ambiance, service and quality of food. decor is lovely and very comfortable.

BS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was very nice and good choice, attentive staff, presentation was good and overall like to come back.

PP
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our first visit: Reserved a table and were seated promptly. After placing our orders, I discovered a nasty-looking meat gravy stain on the side of the tablecloth facing me. The manager offered another table, but nothing as good as ours was available. Fried chicken sandwich was delicious, although it could have used a bit more grenache, and it didn't need the raw onion (which cancels therein flavors. Fries were hot and glorious. Attentive service and a pleasant ambiance. We will return.

E
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the first time we have dined at Oxbow Tavern and certainly not the last. Lunch is a rare treat, but for dinner before a Lincoln Center event with friends, this is the optimal choice. The location is convenient, the price fixe menu for dining prior to performance offers a plate for every taste. The wine offerings blend and accentuate every choice. The service is prompt and courteous. The placement of tables by the window yield interface with the New York scene. When celebrating a birthday the lite candle is carried with song to the celebrant!

BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch! Quiet, wonderful food and service. Very civilized place for a quiet business or social lunch.

We had a delicious omelet and chicken sandwich.
Delicious.

Excellent attentive service and lovely atmosphere.

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress was amazing the food delectable and the entire evening was perfect!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were meeting friends after going to the theatre. We had been there the week before and had a lovely meal. Our table was waiting. Out server was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. We’re definitely going back

T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FABULOUS! EASY! DELICIOUS!

VA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
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
63 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
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
87 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
44 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
21 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.

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