Oxbow Tavern

4.3
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510 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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Ring in the New Year at Oxbow Tavern! We’re offering a dazzling array of specials alongside an abbreviated à la carte dinner menu. Specials include a Mushroom Tarte Flambée with fresh Périgord truffles, Ragu of Fresh Maine Lobster and Filet Mignon with black truffles in potato purée.

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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 510 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
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4.2
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3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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...

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

r
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KD
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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

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.

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
11 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!

K
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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
44 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 13, 2019
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
11 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
389 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
46 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
18 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
21 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.

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