The Blue Ox

4.8
3039 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.
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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great - Food, drinks, service, atmosphere .

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RR
New England
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is ever NOT outstanding? Methinks no. Great service from a new-to-me waiter & awesome food. Again...as always.

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

This is our go to for special occasions, food is always delicious and the service is outstanding. We had the pleasure of having Dawn as our server and she is outstanding !

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MO
New England
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I love the Ox. The food is always delicious and creatively prepared. Our party enjoyed the Faroe Island Salmon, a swordfish special and a rib eye special. The two having salmon brought home leftovers. We also had the baked Brie appetizer. It was Plenty to share between 4 people. The vibe here is lively and the crowd is a mixed age group. The cocktails are creative and delicious. And there are nice wine choices. We were too full for dessert but it was tempting.

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

I loved the food! We had lobster with risotto and the bolognes! My husband had the filet. Both amazing! Great date night! Our waitress Effie was amazing!

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S
New England
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ate was mouth watering-oysters, salad, chicken, swordfish with polenta. The service was incredible. The only down side was that it was very busy and pretty noisy. We would definitely go back, though. Oh, and be sure to make reservations.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! I highly recommend this as your go to restaurant in Lynn.

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

The food was excellent but our waitress Effie was outstanding!!

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Blue Ox was lovely. Met my daughter there for a quick late dinner - food was awesome - waitress was a doll never made us feel rushed!!

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is NOTHING short of amazing. We’ve never had anything less than amazing.
I get the sin burger almost every time as it’s just SO good. My husband gets the ziti bolangnese almost every time as well, it’s packed with a ridiculous amount of meat.
Even their honey butter with crunchy bread is outstanding.

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s usually a family favorite but went with a group of friends that had never been. Thumbs up from all!!

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

I thought after being there for the first time, overall it was decent, not great. The things I liked about it was the ambiance. Love the painting, lighting, and the music was appropriate and level. Customer service experience was ok. I think they were short handed. The biggest issue is having to wait for our waitress alot because she had alot of tables. I think if there was more staff maybe it would've helped. Now the food was just ok. I had the hanger steak with asparagus and brussel sprouts with bacon. I felt like the food was definitely not up to par with the price. I could've got a two dollar steak and cooked it better at home. Like I said it wasn't a horrible experience but not a good one either. I felt like if it was applebees or chili's prices I would've been ok with it because that's the experience I had.

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

I hadn’t been to the Blue Ox in awhile and was craving their tuna tartare (served with homemade potato chips). Three of us ordered 4 appetizers, paired with a lovely glass of red wine the bartender (Christine) chose for me - and it turns out, we never got to ordering entrees! The baked Brie was delicious. We enjoyed a hearty salad, the special meatball and, of course, the most excellent tuna tartare. Everything was perfect. The wine, the food, the service - EVERYTHING! I Don’t wait so long to go back next time!

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EH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. New convenient parking at the bank next door is great.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger I have ever had!!!! Gotta try the Sin Burger ...

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RM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place great food

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation. The services is excellent. My favorite place to relax.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Blue Ox was not as special as I remembered from my first visit a few years ago. We had the tuna tartare (why is there cream cheese under tuna tartare) which was tasty, chicken wings which tasted as if they had barbecue sauce from the super market - still they were okay, and the chicken which was salty. Even with a reservation we were crowded into the first room where there is a bar, read: noisy. Overall the place is okay, just not worth driving to Lynn for!

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A
New England
45 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

2 of us had bolognese that was delish and enough for lunch the next day. 1 had the hangar steak and said it was the best they had had in a long time- tender & full of flavor. I had the pork chop. I loved this dish. It had everything I was craving- squash, potatoes, roasted Brussels and a great chop w/ very tasty BBQ sauce that had a hint of heat. We always have a great meal at the Ox but this was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time going to the blue ox - definitely will be back!! Great cocktails, apps and mains. The north shore isn’t exactly known for its outstanding restaurant options but this one is now a new favorite and could compete with the best in Boston

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YW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was ok but expensive for small portions. Sitting next to the entrance door ruined all dining experience.

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AD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner and drinks. Devon our waiter was fabulous. We asked him for suggestions and everyone of them was wonderful. My friend and I had a great night and are looking forward to coming back.
After having wonderful drinks, appetizers and dinner, the dessert was the best!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Blue ox is always great. The food and service is always outstanding and it’s reasonably priced.

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Server did not ask how everything was while we were dining. Had to ask 3 times for bread and twice for lemon. Pizza was bad. Burger was ok but the plate was loaded with french fries. Caesar salad and stake were good. Our table in the isle had a lot of traffic. Place is dark, noisy, not inviting. Overrated.

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AU
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

enjoyed the meal and would go back again...have been there before ......always a pleasant evening...good wines too

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as usual! My go to restaurant!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff! Our hostess,Anna was so accommodating because we were running a few minutes late. Our server, Ryan, was very attentive. Excellent food and service.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food wasn’t bad. A bit one dimensional in flavor but prepared well. Service was disappointing. Took a long time to get attention even during the meal. For example appetizer arrived well before cocktails.

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KH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We will be back again soon!

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent family dinner at Blue Ox. The food quality is outstanding. The service is exceptional. I had the filet mignon special. It was so good and the sauce was delectable. Omg. So good. Others had the sin burger, yum, and the halibut special. All dishes were perfectly cooked and beyond expectations. Run, don’t walk, to the Blue Ox. A+++

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R
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Fabulous food. Great service

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Back room was great and enabled comfortable conversation. Pear salad was outstanding and everyone liked their entrees Dawn was attentive and personable. We always have a good experience at the Blue Ox

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b
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great as usual. Dawn always provides excellent service, and the food awesome. I ordered a filet medium, which is more like medium rare to me, but she did explain this in advance and she said I could and should send it back if not done enough, which I did. It came back perfect after that.

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LS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious! We were there on a busy night and there was limited space to wait for our table.

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KL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love it here, Blue Ox never fails! Got the Ribeye special and it was amazing...

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan was awesome- very attentive. Food was delicious I’ve been a few times and I recommend it as part of my work life also

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time visiting, we were going to a cheap trick concert at lynn auditorium. Our Server was very knowledgeable of products and cold smoked filet mignon was delicious. Will go again on a slower night to take our time to enjoy this gem of a restaurant.

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KJ
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Per usual, everything was excellent. We have a hard time eating anywhere else because the Ox is our benchmark and we are always disappointed everywhere else.

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SA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and Service were great. It was a bit cold, but I was also close to the door, and our waitress also noticed and told us she'd try to get the heat turned up. Next time, I'll request the back room, which looked a bit nicer, but we WILL be back. Overall, a great meal!

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