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About The Blue Ox
The Blue Ox is a casual neighborhood restaurant that strives to be inviting, relaxing, and value-oriented. Our dining room and bar offers an approachable American style menu with a twist, warm and family-friendly décor, and exceptional service filled with personality.
Lynn, MA 01901
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Bar: Opens Tuesday through Sunday at 4:00 to close.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
The Blue Ox has expanded our parking options with a large, well-marked lot just steps from our front door offering free parking for all guests. There is also plenty of street parking available.
We are a short walk from the Lynn station of the MBTA Commuter Rail.
Private Party Facilities:
Looking for a convenient North Shore location to host your next event? You'll see why The Blue Ox was voted "Best New Restaurant." Offering multiple private dining options, a professional staff, and delicious menu, The Blue Ox will exceed your expectations!
Private Party Contact:
Joanna ONeil: (877) 245-2019
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Blue Ox Ratings and Reviews
A bustling Saturday night at the Ox never disappoints. Chef Matt takes incredible care to ensure each meal arrives as if it was the only dinner he was plating that evening. Consistency of product and excellent service complimented by outstanding drinks. The Oxperience gets better every time
This is our "go to" restaurant. Every single bite is a amazing. If you eat with your eyes, you won't be disappointed ... the food looks as good as it tastes. You are greeted with crusty bread and homemade maple butter - need I say more? My favorites are the Baked Brie appetizer and the Sin Burger (Pasta Bolognese is a close second). Save room for the Sticky Pudding - a MUST with cinnamon ice cream (share if you have to, but don't leave without trying this)! What are you waiting for? GO NOW!!!
have been to the Blue Ox in the past, and it was very good. Last Saturday, we had 8 pm reservations, and they were out of hamburgers which was the only thing my husband eats on the menu. He ordered the crabcake which was too spicy for him and was not happy.
The service was also slow and took almost an hour to get our food. Two of us had the cod which was very good, and one had the pork chop. It was also extremely noisy.
I doubt we will ever go back.
We ventured a little farther afield from our usual Cambridge and Somerville haunts to go to Lynn for Blue Ox. We were so nicely surprised with a wonderful waiter and great food. I was disappointed with our seats since they sat us at the front portion of the restaurant, near a very boisterous bar scene. The food was great and I recommend the drive.
Sometimes good food doesn’t make up for horrible service.
Lately, it seems to be that it just not worth coming when the service is just so awful.
Our table wasn’t ready and when it was we were seated in front of the exit door, which I can’t imagine is safe in case of an emergency. Our waitress was lackluster and by 8p they were already out of pear salad and burgers. The food (lobster tacos and tuna tartare, spicy calamari) were good, the rib-eye (a special) was only fair.
A meal that should have been pretty straightforward was just painful, it took so long. We waited for her to come back after finishing our meals and order dessert. When she did stop by it was to place menus saying “if you want something” and left before we could say anything else. We were still sitting there by 920p waiting to order when we just got annoyed and left. We managed to get a different waiter to help get the check for us.
For as much as I love the tacos and tuna tartare, it might not be worth putting up with the terrible service we’ve encountered the last couple of times we’ve been here.
We were there for dinner before a concert at the Lynn Auditorium as were many other concert-goers. The restaurant was under-staffed, the servers were way beyond capacity. We had to complain to the bar to get service after 20 minutes of no contact, no drinks, no communication. Once a server was assigned the service was excellent. The concert schedule is published and we recommend the restaurant staff appropriately for concert event nights.
We split the kale salad which was great - and big enough that each plate looked like a full salad. The cocktails were imaginative and used local spirits when available. I recommend the Bear Hunter. We both opted for specials, however my wife was informed after ordering that her choice was sold out. Bad planning on "specials" when you run out at a 530 reservation. Make me think the "special" is whatever didn't sell the night before. She was offered a ribeye for an upcharge - and while it was very good - perfectly charred, the veg wasn't as described - and frankly the entire dish was overpriced at $45.
Blue Ox delivers on all accounts. Met friends there and we were all pleased with our meals and the service is wonderful. There is a reason their burger has swon competitions and it was hard not to go that route. I opted for the nanger steak--Wow, so flavorful and reasonable price point. My husband had the pork and loved it so much he didn't share! The lobster taco is a mst-try. I can make the baked brie at home but Blue Ox makes it so delicious it is a must and a great shareable! Great spot all around!
The waitress service was terrific. The food was good and the entire wait staff (in the dining room) made one feel valued. The noise in the bar room is excessive but luckily a cancellation allowed us to move to the quieter dining room. One major complaint was the way we were treated by the hostess when arriving. We were told there was a delay in seating so we stood around for 10 minutes near the door. Then we were seated at a table that was empty, set for dining, and available since our arrival. Why could we not just sit down when we arrived? Then to top it off, the hostess did not have any menus . Fortunately we were soon moved (per our request) to the quieter dining room where, magically, menus arrived and a real waitress took good care of us for the remainder of the night.
Drinks and app (tuna tartare) were great. My husband raved about his swordfish special entree, however, my duck risotto was very over salted - inedible. When brought to waiters attention it was satisfactorily handled. Unfortunately, no time to have another meal prepared and still be able to eat with my husband. Creme brûlée was delish. Noise level is very high on the bar side of the restaurant, I prefer the non-bar side. Past visits have been great so over salted dinner will not prevent me from going back.
One of our favorite go to places and again it was fantastic. The passion that comes out of that small kitchen is amazing! Oysters were shucked perfectly, the Burgers are the bomb, the scallops special was delicious, exceeded my wife’s expectations. Everything fresh, simply prepared and tasty...we’ve never had a bad experience here. The staff is always friendly and pleasant despite the chaos that comes on a Saturday night. Matt, keep up the great work , we’ll be back soon.
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