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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.

191 Oxford Street
Lynn, MA 01901
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Market Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 780-5722

Website:
http://www.theblueoxlynn.com/

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.

Public Transit:
We are a short walk from the Lynn station of the MBTA Commuter Rail.

Executive Chef:
Matt O'Neil

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Blue Ox Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
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Creative Cuisine (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Special Occasion (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Casual (31)
Worth the Drive (29)
Hot Spot (28)
Comfort Food (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Cozy (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Fun (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Romantic (18)
Authentic (17)
Business Meals (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Late-night Find (9)
Seasonal (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Healthy (6)
Great Beer (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a great meal. Filet and sticky toffee pudding!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

the food was fantastic! I had the lobster tacos, clam chowder and calimari. Everything was amazing! Probably one of the best meals I've had in a long time. Worth the 30 mile drive. Service was excellent. Bar area was noisy but the dining room was quieter. Reservations highly recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Truly wonderful dining experience. The food was delicious, the service was outstanding from water glasses being full, to checking from the waitress who always allowed a few minutes for friendly chat, I love it here.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I just love the Blue Ox! My friend had told me the food was great so I finally checked it out. Our waitress was so friendly and nice! She checked on us to make sure we were happy and taken care of. The food sounded good on the menu and it was even better in person. I can’t give this place enough props. Love it!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Staff made us feel like we were their only concern. Will definitely be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Although there are limited menu choices the food is always excellent. Service was superb. Also a great cocktail and wine selection. Nice hidden gem in Lynn

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My most favorite restaurant ,the food is over the top .I had the Tuna tartar appetizer and Gnocci Bolognese .Everthing was excellent .

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We have been there many times before and the never disappoint. Great food great service = a great time had by all. We will be back

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Awesome!!! Thanks Matt & BO Team!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Such a great place for drinks, dinner and fun. So delicious every time!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Funky, upscale packed with people enjoying life!! Nice bar with full service for dinner as well as high tops and small restaurant area. Food was superb (Duck Risotto, Raw Oysters, Chowder, Pear Salad) service excellent. Decent wine list.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

First time @ this restaurant as we don't live in the area but we were going to a concert in Lynn. Food was very good, we both had a burger which was delicious. I don't know where they get the pickles from but they were so good. Fries were a little salty but had a good flavor. Only down side was the service. It was a busy Fri night and we waited over 10 minutes for our 1st drink and when we asked the waiter he said they probably lost our drink order and did get them to us shortly after that. Waited a while for the food too. Over all was a good experience, just a little slow on the service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Another fabulous meal at the Blue Ox. The food is consistently delicious (super fresh oysters, perfectly cooked salmon) and the staff is friendly, professional, and attendant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always excellent. We all always enjoy our meals. Service was excellent

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were attending a show after dinner so a bit concerned about time but waitress was very aware and efficient. Food excellent and very convenient location

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I had been looking forward to going to Blue Ox. My friend and I made a reservation (strongly suggested) before a show at the nearby Lynn Auditorium. The decor was very pleasant, very clean with a lively atmosphere. The staff was excellent! Very friendly and welcoming. I am a "foodie" and don't mind paying for great food and a nice experience. However, I thought the food was just "average". I ordered one of the specials that night (linguine with mussels and kale) and my friend had the Cod entree'. I didn't think that either dish was worth the price we paid ($30 and $28). I am not cheap but I really didn't think the cost matched the quality.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always excellent! Service

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love the Blue Ox. Always a great dining experience from super service and fabulous food. The hanger steak is a favorite. You can't go wrong with any selections, but some of my favorite appetizers are: the baked brie--great for sharing, the tuna tartare with homemade potato chips, lobster tacos.

There are several reasons it is always a hopping spot!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and service is outstanding. Best sticky toffee pudding I've had since being in Grand Cayman.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always outstanding in every way. Food service and wine

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Handcrafted cocktail at the bar started things off nicely, but I found the hostesses to be non-responsive: your job as a hostess is to greet people and make them feel welcome. These young ladies did neither. Starters were lobster tacos - didn’t knock my socks off. But it was served with a nice salad with a very tasty dressing (not drenched!) - I’d heard the bartender recommend the chowder; I wouldn’t. I was expecting a creamy comfort food and what I got, although flavorful, was too spicy.
The filet mignon: perfection.
PEI Mussels were Just ok, Broth was a little weak on flavor. Desserts were terrific. Vanilla ice cream was creamy perfection, sticky toffee pudding was spot on and the creme brûlée was tasty and nicely garnished with fresh berries. Would I go back, absolutely. I’ll just ask more specific questions about the menu options.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Parking was easy, we found a space right outside the door. Unfortunately, there was no handicap automatic door. That made getting in and out of the restaurant somewhat challenging. We waited about ten minutes before we were seated, but to be fair we arrived early for our reservation.
I ordered the Sin City burger and it was fantastic. He should have beat Bobby Flay! My guest ordered the tuna tartare. She discribed it as fine, but not having a lot of taste.
We sat on the bar side which was fairly loud. But the area we were in was pleasant enough and allowed us to have a conversation.
The server was knowledgeable about the menu; however, once our food was received, we next saw her when we were finished. If there was a problem, I am not sure we would have been able to have it addressed.
Overall, it was an enjoyable evening and I will likely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We come back often, a local favorite, this time bringing friends. Each diner was very happy with their choices. My husband and I had a mussel special, my friend got the Salmon, which is one of my favorites. Our other friend got the pumpkin raviolis!!! Amazing as always. We sat in the back dining room which is a good place to have nice conversation and not as lively as the bar area. Always happy, always looking forward to our next trip back!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was quite good, as usual. Excited that fries were on GF menu, but then learned they were not. 😕

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Definately worth the drive to Lynn! Fun atmosphere and great food!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

There were no burgers left which was disappointing but other food choices were good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is delicious but very pricey. Be prepared to drop some $$$ and to wait a long time for your meal. Not a place to go to before a show or if you have less than 2 hours to eat. Average time of meal being served is an hour after you order it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went for my mom's 80th birthday before a show at Lynn Memorial Auditorium. It was perfect!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food is always of the highest quality and the service top notch. The back room is much quieter than the front bar area which we like to facilitate conversation. Our favorite place on the northshore.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had a very nice evening with friends, everyone was pleased with their selection. Staff is friendly, attentive and agreeable to dividing apps and desserts. Nice selection of specialized cocktails, wine and beer. Plenty of free parking available.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

night out with friends.. had a great time. Highly recommend oysters, tuna, steak and we had white chocolate pumpkin bread pudding , OMG.. YUMMY

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always enjoy the Blue Ox, on this visit the food (2 specials) was outstanding. High grades for our waiter also. Will be returning again soon.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I’ve been many times and I always enjoy the food and the staff. They always amaze me with the quality and creativity of their entrees- there’s no comparison in the area!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic as usual. Never disappoints! We love the Tuna tartare, the oysters, all steaks are soft and delicious! The chicken is the best chicken you wil ever have!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent meal and great service with Matthew as usual!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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