The Blue Ox

4.6
2794 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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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.
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Phone number
(781) 780-5722
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt O'Neil
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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!
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Private party contact
Joanna ONeil: (877) 245-2019
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market Street
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
We are a short walk from the Lynn station of the MBTA Commuter Rail.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
2,794 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
75%
Very Good
19%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food and service was amazing!

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AF
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great hidden gem. We visited Blue Ox after friends recommended . We were super happy for find a cute bistro with great food and amazing service. We will be back soon.

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SI
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We were delighted with our first experience here after hearing from several friends over the past years about how good it was. The hamburgers were amazing, the service was attentive without being intrusive and we had a great table.

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CD
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food , atmosphere , service, love our waitress Dawn! Always a great night when we dine there.

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KP
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great all around and very accommodating! Thank you!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Welcomed with a wonderful host and wait staff. Greeted us unexpectedly with 2 glasses of champagne. The entire experience was so relaxing, enjoyable and flowed wonderfully. Will continue to recommend to all we know. We will be back again and again. Thank you for making our celebration so perfect! Dawn- you are amazing.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Delicious food and very accommodating with allergies. Server was very professional. Went last night (Thursday) and the only issue was the hostesses. We showed up an hour early for a 7pm reservation and there were like 12 tables open between the 2 rooms. They kept trying to offer us a bar table and explaining that “our table” was still being held for a 5:30 reservation which was at that point 30 minutes late. Ok so what about the other 12 tables? After about 10 minutes of waiting and 5 awkward interactions with the hostesses we were seated in the dining room. And FYI when we left there were still 5 tables open.

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n
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excellent food and great service in a pleasant setting.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The good...accommodated last minute reservation, sat separated a bit from two large parties so noise level wasn’t too bad, food was delish!
The bad...service was poor - could not get our server’s attention, was left for extended period of time with no acknowledgement or attention, had to ask two other servers for things our server should have done, vastly different mixed drinks were made for same type of drink, very unbalanced tables (annoying), and of course no burgers available.

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RA
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food. Great burgers and appetizers. Highly recommended.

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JW
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We always get a great meal at the Blue Ox. The ambiance, food, and wait staff make it one of our favorite restaurants.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I have no complaints about my dining experience at Blue Ox. The food was delicious and our waitress, Dawn was very nice and helpful! I look forward to going back soon.

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p
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Always love the Ox !
It is, hands down, my favorite restaurant!
In my opinion, the food is outstanding !

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G
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Picked Blue Ox as one of my favorites, to celebrate my birthday! It was as wonderful as ever....never disappointed! From the hostesses that greet you, to the servers, the cooks, the entire staff, it is a most pleasurable experience. Food is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. A surprise birthday dessert at the end of our meal was a delightful, special touch.
Can't wait to go back!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food.

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PF
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Every time I have been to your restaurant I have always had a great experience and the food has always be delicious!

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EP
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great food and service. I would certainly eat there again.

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J
4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Delightful, as usual. I make an annual pilgrimage here and always wish I came more often! Went with a friend. We shared the lobster tacos (appetizer) and got 2 entrees to share: the sin burger and the lobster and scampi risotto. Also got one dessert to share. The lobster tacos are terrific, and the lobster and scampi risotto sublime. No meal here would be complete without the sticky toffee pudding for dessert! Yum! The risotto portion was so large that we had to take the sin burger home untouched, but even reheated it made for a superb lunch the next day. And a half a burger is plenty! Love this place.

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KI
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The service was outstanding, our server was friendly and attentive. Our food was out of this world, the drinks delicious. Overall perfect, I love This place.

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t
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Always on point

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great food and a wide selection. The best burger on the planet.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Me and my girlfriend arrived, were promptly seated by the window, and given our menus. We chatted for a bit while deciding what to have. My girlfriend decided on having a burger, which was sadly sold out right before the waiter went up to order it for us, so she chose to have the Pear Salad. I decided to have the filet mignon with mashed potatoes. I wanted to opt for extra potatoes as a substitute for the asparagus that came with my plate. Sadly i wasn’t able to. I was visited by a woman who seemed to be the manager ( or someone of similar authority ) who kindly suggested that I should have some vegetables with my meal. I chose corn. What I got was creamed corn. It was my first time having creamed corn, and I won’t lie I’m a picky eater, I wasn’t the biggest fan of creamed corn after having it. Nothing against the chef, it was made fantastically, I’m just very picky like I stated beforehand. I got my fillet mignon well done ( I can’t have bloody meat I get sick if I do ) which came out fantastically along with the mashed potatoes that were 10/10 too. My girlfriend wasn’t the biggest fan of the salad, this wasn’t due to something being wrong with it, she just never had pear salad and wanted to try it out. The waiters we had tend to us were great, each had their own personality and weren’t cardboard cutouts. That made our meal infinitely better. We ended the night with my girlfriend having the chocolate mouse cake without the berries, and I went for the cheesecake ( can’t quite remember the cheese type since my memory isn’t so good ) l. I’m a small eater and the potatoes and beef had stuffed me to the brim. I wasn’t able to finish the rest of the cheesecake I left about a 1/4 on the plate. It was fantastic I just couldn’t fit anymore in my stomachs or I would have burst. I do t make a lot of money and have to save to go to such a nice place with my girl, but I defiantly will make it a point to stop by for dinner on my next special occasion. 10/10 experience.

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d
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent as always. We took a guest who had never been there and he thought it was magnificent.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Made a reservation at The Blue Ox for dinner before a concert at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium, which is just a few blocks away. A varied menu, great food, craft beers and ciders. Prompt and attentive service, great pub vibe. Highly recommended.

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R
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was delicious. Little expensive and they added a 20% tip on the bill for a party of 6. Did not like that at all. Our server was excellent but still thought that was not right. Very loud.

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SG
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We come here about once every 6 weeks or so. Cant get enough. Love everything about it.

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C
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Came to the Blue Ox on a recommendation from a friend, and it absolutely delivered. Food was delicious, service was great and the whole place had a great vibe to it.

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SD
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Another great dinner at Blue Ox. Oysters were plump and briney, a great start. Drinks are always on point and the tuna special and sirloin special made for wonderful sharing. The friend zucchini blossoms were a nice add to the tuna dish. Dessert was a must after a great dinner, and the chocolate mousse tort was a great a great closer.

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K
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I have been here several times for different occasions and I always look forward to going back. Our waiter Matthew, who we've had several times is great. He is knowledgeable,friendly, and helpful recommending dinner ideas. The food is fantastic as well. I've tried different meals and each one is delicious.

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p
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent place to eat top notch food, service above average.We even thought it was Better than Ledger 1st time at Blue Ox. Ledger 8 times.keep up the good work.Altough Ledger has better dessert.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great time

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MG
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Every time we come here it never dissapoints. Food was delicious, our waiter was great as always.. staff was friendly and helpful! Thank you Blue ox for great service and an even better meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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BD
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The Blue Ox is one of our favorite restaurants. Matt O'Neil continues to impress with his simple, but always excellent menu. It is well known for the "sin burger", but the steaks, pasta and chicken dishes are as good as any fine restaurant you can name. The main dining room can be a bit loud.

The only complaint we had was the practice of submitting your entire order at the same time. I much prefer to order an appetizer and wait on the entrée, since I might change my mind after the appetizer. Plus, all the food started coming too fast (salad came before the last bite of appetizer or before we could even finish our cocktails), so we had to tell the waiter to pace it out as we wanted a leisurely dining experience. He was happy to slow things down.

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TM
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Service and food were excellent! We’ll definitely be back soon.

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T
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The halibut special was outstanding
The food is consistently delicious and the bar offers many seasonal drinks

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LS
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Always delicious. Fantastic specials. Never disappoints!

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GS
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The Old Fashion wasn't up to it's normal standard but the food was great and the service was great. Ryan does a great job and make the dinning experience better.

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AD
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We had a terrific meal here - great service from Ryan and top notch recommendations. Appetizer was tuna tartare with chips made in house and as our meal both specials - the steak with a smoky sauce and the scallops with fresh veggie hash. Everything was well-cooked and delicious. Generous portions so no need for dessert. Also we had a fabulous wine - Emeritus Vineyards Hallberg Ranch 2014 Pinot Noir. What a find! Amazing meal overall and no complaints - what a great spot!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Another great experience at the Blue Ox

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EJ
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food would have been 5 stars had they not missed the balsamic drizzle on the lobster tacos. Otherwise, it was a perfect experience. Kudos to the waitstaff for keeping open ears and hearing of my birthday. She brought out a scoop of salted caramel ice cream with a candle to top off our celebration. See y’all again soon!

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