The Blue Ox
Bar: Opens Tuesday through Sunday at 4:00 to close.
Great visit before a local concert. I've been to the Blue Ox about a half dozen times, but probably not in the last two years. The food was amazing and Dawn, our server, was so personable.
The ambiance was great. Service was on point. Food was delicious. Definitely, recommend and continue dining there.
The Blue Ox continues to be one of the best restaurants on the North Shore (and greater Boston area to boot). The food is always excellent and creative and they make the best cocktails anywhere. This diner was just a date night, but we had different dishes than any other time we have eaten here. We shared the crab cake appetizer and it was no less than perfect. Light, crispy outside and succulent crab and spices inside. I went for the 1/2 chicken for my entre. I thought it might be a bit pedestrian, but was pleasantly surprised that it also was perfectly cooked and had great spicing. Service was great and the waiter was attentive, but let us linger as much as we wanted and we never felt rushed.
We've been to the Blue Ox several times. This time we brought friends who have never been. They, and we, were not disappointed. The food was great, as always. Our server, Ryan, was wonderful. Our friends totally enjoyed their first time at the Blue Ox.
Had not been back in quite awhile but the food is still amazing. Waitress was a bit ditzy but did I mention the food was amazing. It was very loud but again the food was amazing. I had the Panko Cod my date had the hanger steak. Both were amazing.
Trusted the reviews online...didn’t dissapoint! We were staying in Salem and took a chance!!! Food, service, scene, was amazing! I live in NJ and will definitely make this a stop when I’m in town!! EXCELLENT!!!!!
We had been to the Blue Ox many times, but stopped going when our last visit was sub-par, which was probably 2 or 3 years ago, but decided to give it a another go the other night. We are very happy we did!
We started with the baked brie appetizer which was out-of-this-world delicious!
I chose the pumpkin ravioli and hubby chose the pork chop. Both entrees were absolutely delicious! And I brought enough home for a second meal the next night.
Our server, whose name I neglected to get, was sweet and very attentive. The warm bread with maple butter and the cinnamon ice cream were also wonderful. All in all, a very, very good meal; so good that we will definitely be back sooner next time!
I'm very happy that I thought to make reservations...very busy, which is always a good testament to the food.
Our table of five friends had a wonderful dinner at the Blue Ox. From the moment we entered the restaurant, to the time we left, we were treated exceptionally. Our dinners we amongst the best dinners we have had, including raves about the chicken and pork chop. We laughed at the complicated burger explanation, and that too exceeded expectations.
It should be noted that we were attending a concert at a nearby venue and our waitress Dawn beautifully timed our meals. She was the best! We will definitely return.
Always outstanding at the blue ox. I've been going there since 2012 and it's always been outstanding all around
The Ox was terrific. Tuna tartare is amazing. Many nightly specials which are a great compliment to the regular menu. Service was excellent. All of our needs were met quickly without feeling rushed. A must try!
Can't say enough about this restaurant. Clam chowder was quoted by a member of my party stating it was the best they have ever had. The filet minion was to die for and the halibut was fantastic too. The waitress was friendly and knowledgable.
great service....good food....limited wine list......would definitely go back
the ribs were beyond belief...salmon was excellent
great food. waitress very attentive. will return in the near future
As always the Blue Ox knocked it out of the park. The waitstaff is awesome, helpful and friendly. Drinks and wine have great choices. Caters to families and couples. But the most important aspect is the food. Excellent, delicious and consistent. I’ve never had a bad meal. Most recommended. If I lived closer I’d be here weekly.
Fiancé’s birthday dinner
Birthday celebration and they greeted us with a happy birthday and put a candle in dessert! They were very attentive and food was delicious!
We had to have a quick meal before a concert st the Lynn Auditorium so we each had one of their gourmet burgers. An excellent buger with exceptional service by our waitress, Dawn, I believe, May be Brenda.
Fantastic dinner as usual. I always recommend the Blue Ox to friends and family.
I love this place! It’s my go to for whenever we have a special occasion or we just need something delicious.
The food and drinks at the Blue Ox are outstanding. I leave each time with a new favorite dish!
We were celebrating our sons 24th birthday. We waited 30 mins before getting bread. My husbands steak came out 25 mins after the rest of our entrees. The good service I’m used to was lacking. We were a party of 6.
The lobster risotto was outstanding, and the "Sophisticated Ricky" was like a stepped-up Cosmopolitan. Great meal.
Excellent food and service! Only negative was the noise level. My husband and i couldn't hear eachother talk.
Food was great though noise level was quite loud. We were seated on the bar side of the restaurant. All the food was excellent as were the drinks!
Food was awesome. There was a corncopia of tastes for the items picked to eat. Its exspensive but worth it.
Always wonderful here! Our local favorite. Friday we say at the bar, Dan was our bartender/server and it was perfection!!! Food was amazing, service great, can't wait to go back soon!!
My third time here. Delicious all round. I had a delicious pork chop --thick and juicy-- served with tasty brussels sprouts and lovely butternut puree. Well worth a trip to this dining spot.
Food was excellent; server was fantastic. A fabulous experience every time we go!
Excellent service at all points in our experience. We were there on a Saturday night and it was very busy. The food was delicious from the honey butter for the bread to the smartly balanced flavors on my entree.
Blue Ox is our favorite special occasion restaurant, never disappoints
Consistant..great seasonal menu. Service is a cut above. Greeted with smiles.
We went for our anniversary and we got 2 glasses of complementary champagne which was a nice touch. We always love the Blue Ox and tell our friends and family about it!
Birthday- great birthday celebration choice!
A friend and I enjoyed dinner and drinks.
Food was great and was served by Dawn.
Dawn has been there for as long as I remember and I think she is a tremendous asset to the Blue Ox.
Had not been there in a while and anxious to get back after a sub standard service experience the last time...total 360 this time, our server Ryan was really great. The food is always fantastic and did not disappoint this time either. We started off with oysters that were shucked perfectly! we split a very tasty Caesar salad and I had a porcini ribeye steak special, my wife had the scallop special...both were perfectly done, how we asked for them. The production out the relatively small kitchen space from Matt and his team is really amazing. Can’t wait to get back there because I forgot to have some of their unique famous wings this trip!
Have gone to Blue Ox multiple times and has always had a fantastic meal. Saturday nights meal was good but wasn’t like passed times. Food wasn’t seasoned as it has been, bland taste. The presentation was great! Hope it was just an off night!
Always a great spot for everyday dining and special occasions. Love all the food from the perfectly cooked steak to the delicious crab cake pear salad.
Love the Blue Ox. It never falls short of excellent. For appetizers lobster tacos, tuna tatare, baked brie are my faves! The menu is great on its own but they offer specials that are creative and pleasing to the palate. This time, a swordfish option was offered that was outstanding. I always get the hanger steak because I crave their preparation. I know fries are considered more fast-food, but Blue Ox homemade fries will come out the winner against any upscale steakhouse.