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The Blue Ox

4.7
2723 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
What 2723 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

One of my Favorite place to dine! Food, Beverages and Service are outstanding!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Fist time visit- a definite return plan. Dawn was very patient with our rowdy table!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Anniversary

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I eat at the Blue Ox once a month in the summer, after sailing. It is the best restaurant in Lynn. Great food and wonderful staff.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

As usual the food was fantastic...except they ran out of burgers again :(...but not a biggie given all the other choices. I tried Oysters this time as they looked great on a table close by...and they were GREAT, shucked perfectly. They were busy so the service was not like we are accustomed to there. The staff was great at getting items out of the kitchen but not clearing from the table, and had to ask for...drink glasses to be taken away, pepper mill for salad/main dish (twice) and a white wine chiller for the table. I'm gonna chalk it up to a busy Saturday and look forward to getting back there again soon because the food is really great.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Outstanding!! Went with my mom and have never been so full or happy after a meal! Definitely worth every calorie! Started with the baked Brie appetizer. WOW. The truffle with the melty, oozing cheese is a perfect pair. Then we split the “sin” burger and bone in rib eye. Both were outstanding! Neither of us would usually order steak or a burger when out to eat, but so happy we went with the recommendations! Ended the meal (although way too full) with the sticky toffee pudding. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does!

Service was great. The waiters were attentive and quick. Honestly though, even if the service wasn’t that good, I would go back just for the high quality food!! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic food, great service. It’s not cheap but you get what you pay for! We had a great time.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The Blue Ox is the best! Every time we visit we are thrilled with the incredible food, service, and ambience!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

High end food and beverage program in a loud, casual environment. A very casually dressed crowd on a saturday night including tables with lots of kids.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food is amazing! The drinks are amazing! The atmosphere is great. It is by far one of my husband and I’s favorite spots for a date night or celebration.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was a fantastic experience, fromthe moment you walked and greeted to the waiter/s that were non intrusive but very much around when you needed them without ever having to ask for them something so little but greatly appreciated in my opinion, the food was spot on and the waiter recommended a personal favorite of his and it quick became one of mine with that said, you should try the baked Brie it was phenomenal, the cocktail drinks were absolutely perfect. The atmosphere was great dim lighting but you’re not sitting in the dark. I could probably go on and on about this place but I’ll leave you with this I can’t believe it took me this long to to venture out and have this wonderful experience and will and already have recommended it to friends and coworkers also I will most definitely be returning to try more of the menu

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great service and great food

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I was here on a date, it was later in the evening so we got our pick of seating and chose the high top booth at the bar. The ambiance is perfect for an intimate meal. We ordered hot n dirty martinis which were delicious and dangerous! I had a filet cooked to perfection and my date ordered the pan seared halibut special that night, also delicious. This place is such a gem, the staff is absolutely magnificent. Definitely will be dining here again and again.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I have eaten at The Blue Ox before and it is always good! I had the Hot n Dirty martini - one of my favorites anywhere! I shared the lobster tacos and the tuna tartare with my husband - they are our favorite appetizers! For my entree, I had the salmon, also one of my favorites! Everything was delicious as usual! During dinner I had wine. I was especially happy that they offered half bottles of Savignon Blanc! I would highly recommend The Blue Ox but make reservations at least a week in advance as weekends are packed. My only hang ups with the restaurant is the noise level and that some if the tables are too close. It’s sometimes hard to hear the conversation at your table but that won’t deter us from going back!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Was seated as soon as we got there at 5pm and our server came over to get our drink orders. They brought over a mini spoon for my daughter which i think is such a nice touch. Had the baked brie appetizer which was delicious as always. Two of us had the Sin Burger and one had the Pork Tenderloin. Both are amazing and are our go-to items here. The Blue Ox never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Service is the best! Thanks to the team at Blue Ox for being a part of so many special occasions for our friends and family over the years. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Service is outstanding. Wait staff is always friendly and knowledgeable and your water glass will never be empty. As the restaurant is always busy (which is a good thing), it is a tad noisy. But, that would be the only 'negative,' if you could even call it that. Food and presentation are always excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food and service was great. We got there 20 minutes early for our reservation and was seated promptly. I wish that because you are a party of two, you aren't stuck in the corner by the window every time. You see all the activity coming and going at the front desk. Because it is usually my husband and I, we are always placed in the small corner. This is a deterrent for me. My overall experience was wonderful, I just don't like always being placed in that little corner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

great food and service for easter sunday lunch. matt, please bring back the fried pickles.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As always our time at the blue ox was amazing

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a great night for dinner. Both the steak and cod were very good. Will be back. Service was excellent

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Everything is always perfect. Service is exceptional. Manager is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fabulous food great service amazing drinks. We love the Blue Ox

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was good. Rigatoni w bolognese was delicious.
Service this evening was slow. Blood orange old fashioned tastes like a glass of orange juice.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We have been going to the Blue Ox for years and love it. 2 visits ago we had our only disappointment there ever. There was a new sauce on the calamari that neither I or my wife liked. We were discussing this with our waiter and telling him this. He asked if we wanted the calamari that we way it had been prepared! He got us the calamari the way we liked and commented, "My job is to say 'yes' to you". Great food, excellent service!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was delicious and are server was excellent! Plan on coming back soon.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Usually I love Blue Ox...excellent cold smoked filet mignon and I love the spicy tuna app. But, the entrees were all over salted. This complaint was from 3 out 4 diners all eating different things. The pan seared scallops were almost too salty to eat. Pretty disappointing considering the price. The craft cocktail menu is fun and innovative but the draft beer selection is limited. I think I’ll wait awhile before going back .

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We love this hidden gem in Lynn MA. The tuna tartare is the best I've ever had and served with hand cut fresh potato chips - it becomes an addictive indulgence! Everything on the menu displays the care one feels when dining in this chef owned restaurant. Lot's of seasonal flavors enliven the menu with daily specials. The regular delivers a good selection of choices. I'm a cook and a bit of a foodie, this place always gives a great meal. I wish we had more like this in Boston!

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The night started out well. Our waitress was friendly. The cesar salad, hummus and wings were delicious. I ordered the filet, which I ordered medium rare. It was completely raw inside, which I understand happens, but then it came back well done. The rest of my party had already finished their entrees so I let it go. I ordered the dessert since I was hungry from not eating my entree. Dessert was good but thought it should have been comped since I couldn’t eat my entree. What made me never want to go back to was when the manager came over and asked us to move tables so they could seat another party. We spent almost $500 (before tip) for four of us and still had dessert, coffee and martinis To finish and were asked to leave our table. They didn’t offer to help move anything so we would have had to transfer our drinks and dessert ourselves through the restaurant to another table. It was embarrassing, and made us never want to go back. I will not be recommending the Blue Ox to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The Blue Ox has never disappointed. Perfect for first dates! Food was perfect, I had the pan roasted salmon, my date had the pan seared scallops special that night. Both were delicious. This place is truly a gem.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

As always, the food was great here. A bit of a disappointment was that there was a mix your with our order so we waited an extended amount of time to be served but the recognized the issue and removed the app. from the bill. Always a “go to” place. Even now.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This is our go to place for special occasions, we celebrated our wedding anniversary, as always the Blue Ox never disappoints and is always a pleasure to dine there, Matthew was our server and he was wonderful as always

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This was a Birthday dinner for me son. It was our first (but his third) visit to Blur Ox. We had a great time. Server was friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Food was great. Good wine and craft beer selections. Noisy, relaxed, comfortable ambience but not intrusive.
This is really a neighborhood gem and one worth seeking out.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Server (Matthew) and food were fantastic! Filet was cooked to perfection and the pear salad is amazing! We Had a bit of an issue with our reservations. We made reservations in advance. However, upon arrival the host wanted to seat us by the door. It was very cold and my elderly mom did not want to sit by door. I communicated this to hostess and she seemed to make a big deal out of it. I asked to be seated in the main dining area. It took all 3 hostess, and over 15 min, to figure out a way to accommodate my request and seat us in main dining area (away from door). The Blue OX should make it clear that you have to request main dining room, if you don't want to sit near the front door. I was not going to sit in an area of the restaurant where my guests felt cold and uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Service was excellent
Food was fabulous, cooked just right with ample portions.
Drinks were just right, not too strong, not too weak
I thought the prices were very reasonable for a quality dining experience. We will definitely return, and very soon

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Every year we visit the area for a workshop and The Blue Ox is always a must!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Fantastic meal as usual. Tuna tartar is always a family favorite. Halibut was excellent as were all the entrees. You can’t go wrong with the Ox!!!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Blue Ox appetizer wings were to die for, a must have! Best burger by far! Tried the 18oz Delmonico on the bone for $44 and it just OK and it wasn’t anywhere near the advertised 18oz. It was actually about 10oz! So the special Delmonico is a bit of a rip off over priced and undersized!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

In a word, fantastic! The food is fantastic, we especially enjoyed the spicy tuna App. The staff is great, very welcoming . We love the place.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We were there on sat. Feb.3rd And come quite often but this time we got calamari and WOW FANTASTIC they were different and amazing that new sauce is so good ! Our waiter was so so so good also he was a brunette tall young guy who worked the front small tables on the right side if facing the door from inside !
Thanks as usual
Ralph & Leah

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