Oxbow Tavern

4.3
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471 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

What 471 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
142 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
28 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Rude hostess

LE
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
New York Area
217 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great for Lincoln center proximity w/o the crowds

HF
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
137 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
51 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good food, close to Lincoln Center, friendly service

GM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

RJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent... a little noise bc it’s full .. Amanda that’s a good thing!!

c
San Francisco
223 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Great service, Quite on a Sunday night. A good go-to on the Upper West Side

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance. My food was good, although my companion’s was okay. Service was

SG
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, the food and wine at Oxbow Tavern were very good when we dined there last Saturday night. My husband’s gazpacho was excellent as was my halibut. My husband’s salmon was a bit over salted, but, otherwise, everything was delicious. As the restaurant is convenient for us, we eat there fairly often and are rarely disappointed. Saturday night was no exception.

L
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Our waiter was aware we were in a bit of a hurry due to theater tickets and was great.

D
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We love this restaurant and live close by so we feel lucky. Had the endive salad, always wonderful but a much smaller portion than in the past. Also the grilled quail (which I love and always order) now comes with lots of sliced garlic on top of them. So if you don’t want the garlic, tell them when you order. Apparently all of their “simply grilled” items come with this. Otherwise, fantastic as usual.

RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I very much enjoyed Oxbow - the wines by the glass were very pleasant and our dinner was very good. All in a great value for a convenient week-day dinner.

FB
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Reliably good food and drink. Friendly staff. Good neighborhood place.

v
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my go to place in the hood. Daniel is the best server on the planet

MT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, I would — and do — recommend Oxbow Tavern to friends: New Yorkers and visitors. That said, it must also be said that $8.00 for an iced coffee at brunch, as well as the repeated charges for an iced tea refill, seem excessive.

TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had brunch here with my parents and liked the relaxing ambience of the restaurant. I thought the service was excellent, all three of us ordered the bottomless mimosas/bellinis option and we never had to ask the waitress for a refill. The food itself was good but I would have liked to see more brunch options on the menu. Definitely think this is a good option if you're looking to try something new on the UWS and are looking for a bottomless brunch spot over the weekend!

RG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to the restaurant. We enjoyed the pulled pork special, house burger and chocolate pot dessert. It was an easy five minute walk to Lincoln Center. We’ll be back!

M
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. On the pricier side and I found the crowd to be on the older side.

JK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Dinner was adequate marred by the waitstaff’s inattentive service. Food was well presented but over cooked.
Past meals have been much better so I’ll chuck it up to a one off this time around.

GH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great addition to the neighborhood.
Food was excellent and service same.

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

Finally got to try this neighborhood place and was not disappointed. I had the coq at vin which was excellent (and a generous portion) and a friend had the duck gizzards--both very hearty French bistro-type fare, flavorful and nicely presented. Attentive service and good atmosphere.

UW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was really looking forward to dining here, but both my companion and I were very disappointed in overpriced food. We will not be returning.

s
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently great neighborhood spot. Service excellent, atmosphere sophisticated yet friendly. Food very good. Go-to place when friends or family are in town.

P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Oxbow Tavern. The staff was welcoming when we arrived and our waiter was truly wonderful, friendly and attentive! We will be going back.

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I enjoy as a neighborhood restaurant- can get a little noisy

GD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered two appetizers pre-theater and unfortunately both were disappointing. The gravlax came on a wonderful potato and corn pancake but was swimming in oil without any acidity to balance it. The endive salad had so much Roquefort dressing that I couldn't taste anything else. Too bad because the food had potential to be very good.

PG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Tom Valenti was there and said hello to many diners.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal enhanced by terrific service!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Went there on a Thursday. Our waitress was kinda of aggressive. The foods are just ok. Didn’t think I would come back

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