The Blue Ox

4.7
2874 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
What 2874 People Are Saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AO
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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K
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was great. Service was on point. Food was delicious. Definitely, recommend and continue dining there.

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BD
New England
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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DH
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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s
New England
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

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.

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TM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!!

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J
New England
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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DL
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding at the blue ox. I've been going there since 2012 and it's always been outstanding all around

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Thanks!

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t
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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AU
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

great service....good food....limited wine list......would definitely go back

the ribs were beyond belief...salmon was excellent

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MB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food. waitress very attentive. will return in the near future

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fiancé’s birthday dinner

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F
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration and they greeted us with a happy birthday and put a candle in dessert! They were very attentive and food was delicious!

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DS
New England
77 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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RC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner as usual. I always recommend the Blue Ox to friends and family.

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ST
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! It’s my go to for whenever we have a special occasion or we just need something delicious.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks at the Blue Ox are outstanding. I leave each time with a new favorite dish!

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AJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster risotto was outstanding, and the "Sophisticated Ricky" was like a stepped-up Cosmopolitan. Great meal.

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HM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food and service! Only negative was the noise level. My husband and i couldn't hear eachother talk.

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NL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. There was a corncopia of tastes for the items picked to eat. Its exspensive but worth it.

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DC
New England
34 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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NA
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent; server was fantastic. A fabulous experience every time we go!

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T
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Ox is our favorite special occasion restaurant, never disappoints

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistant..great seasonal menu. Service is a cut above. Greeted with smiles.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday- great birthday celebration choice!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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!

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R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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FM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New England
72 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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