Saloon
Saloon

Saloon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saloondavis.com/
  • Phone: (617) 628-4444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Derek Clough
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Tracy Witkin 6176284444

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Red Line Davis stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Saloon
Located in the heart of Davis Square, Saloon is inspired by the iconic New York City pre-prohibition establishment. With a focus on brown liquors and local beers, Saloon calls reference to a time when drinks were serious and uncomplicated. In the early 1900s, the saloon was the standard institution prominently found on street corners across major cities in young America. The bar program at Saloon features whiskey-based cocktails inspired by the era's classic drinks. Chef Derek Clough has created a menu intended for sharing that combines historic American fare with contemporary favorites. A native New Englander, Executive Chef Derek Clough has created a menu at Saloon that is inspired by the historic American fare that was brought to the US through European colonization. Infused with modern day elements, the result is a menu that pays tribute to the culinary story of the pre-prohibition United States. Enter through a sleek wood door underneath the blinking Davis Square Theatre sign.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Saloon reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (19)neighborhood gem (18)hot spot (17)late-night find (16)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (8)romantic (6)special occasion (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Poor menu options - hardly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Poor menu options - hardly anything for vegeterians to choose from. Vast whisky selection was impressive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Great food, great drinks. Their specials were spot on.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best atmosphere around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    My favorite place in Davis, hands-down. Saloon has a distinctive atmosphere that you just can't find elsewhere (and you just can't beat, in my opinion). If you like whiskey drinks, small (but carefully crafted) food menus, and pre-prohibition-era charm and glamour, you will love Saloon. If you don't, you are wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monk fish special not cooked well
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Fish should flake with a fork, unfortunately my husband's required a fork & knife...just barely cooked. The pickled peppers apps were delicious, and my sliders were great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Bar / Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    With a name like Saloon, it is what you'd expect. A prominent bar with dinner tables set off in the adjacent room, but still with a clear view of the bar. Classy - dark - wood paneled - downstairs cellar ambiance. We were there early on a Friday night, before a show, for dinner so it was "lively". Food was fantastic, guys had guy food (braised pork shank, braised short ribs) and the girls had girl food (pan seared salmon, winter squash risotto) and everyone raved about theirs. Not a place for martinis (for me) as their gin list, though high end, was short. This is a WHISKEY bar. One of the best rye Manhattans I've ever had. Waitresses were fun and friendly and food was out of the kitchen in short order. It was hard not to have a good time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Downthesquare
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Nice restaurant in the heart of Davis Square. In a very speakeasy design, one is immediately drawn into the atmosphere. Good drinks, nice bar. The food was very good, not 5 star level but was nicely done.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique
    CrashCondoVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    I've been to a lot of restaurants. The only word that comes to mind to describe this place is unique. Unique in many aspects, food, drinks, ambiance, service, decor, this place has it all and delivers high grades for each. Try the bacon wrapped dates and feta! Mind boggling good! The truffle fries will make you weep! One hint. There is no external sign for this place. It's kind of speakeasy-ish. The entrance is an unassuming brown door. adjacent to the Foundry. Go. Go now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpectedly delicious
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    There's a limited menu but everything we ordered was delicious. Especially the fig appetizer, the risotto and Hake in phyllo. The to-die-for warm chocolate cake topped it off. The cocktail and whiskey list is extensive. A little loud but fun atmosphere. The hostess was a hoot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for drinks. Good is not great
    Geminetix
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    A bit overpriced but the drinks are good. I don't recommend this place if your looking for a satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First a heads-up - they have
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    First a heads-up - they have a limited food menu on Monday & Tuesday night. We didn't know that going in and it might have influenced our decision to dine here. Three of us dined and two of us enjoyed our meals greatly. The 'devils on horseback' were a highlight. The 'warm brassica salad' was heavy on broccoli rabe, light on the other brassicas and mostly left on the plate.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Speakeasy
    mdemop
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Would siggest going back on any visit to Boston. The punch in the flask in awesome as is their mint julup.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food knowledgeable wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Had a great date night with my husband, very rich meal. Some may say portions were small, but I thought they were just right so we didn't leave feeling stuffed. Fabulous drink menu, unexpected combinations that were spot on! I will be trying to replicate at home! Perfect place for when its cold outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out
    Steve
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We received a gift card for a wedding gift. We have lived in Somerville for 3 years now and have never been to Saloon. We would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to try new and exciting food options. The menu is small but each item is handled with excellence. Book ahead though, the Saloon gets busy quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very fun night
    Jeff
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Had a very good experience. They do get very crowded so I recommend reservations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Visit for Dinner; Still Good
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I love the ambiance, booths, and cocktails at Saloon. The food options are also right in line with my tastes. I will say my pork shoulder dinner this time was a little flat in taste, but my wife really enjoyed the short rib and the charcuterie plate was very good. Cocktails are very tasty but at $10+ a pop could be slightly larger; some are barely over a jigger including mix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Though the food was very good
    BonVivantVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Though the food was very good they really need more menu choices, and maybe invest in a few wine glasses. Red wine should NEVER be served in a straight, stemless whiskey glass.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    LoveWins
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Saloon is hard to find but once you do, you'll be back. The stately yet cozy atmosphere will remind you of an English pub. The food is simple and delicious. The drinks are inventive. I love bringing out-of-town guests here and they always ask to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place, nice decor; but...
    flanga
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    ... parking in and around Davis Square is horrible. allow plenty of extra time, if you're arriving by car. the T's Davis Square stop on the Red Line is a better option. ... the entrance is totally unmarked (carrying the 'speakeasy' theme a bit too far, IMHO). A small plaque, a street number sign, something, *anything* would be better than the nondescript unmarked entrance they have. ... the menu is limited --- it's more of a watering hole than a restaurant --- but what's there is tasty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Aisha
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Though the noise level was surprisingly loud for a Sunday night, the food was delicious, the service was great, and the cocktails were sublime. We shared the charcuterie plate and two amazing pizzettas. The only thing missing for me was a description of what cocktail ingredients were - most I had never heard of. I went on faith and loved what I got, though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu emphasis is heavily on
    new2sville
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Menu emphasis is heavily on the drink selection which is excellent. Food menu is somewhat limited and fairly expensive, portions run to the small side, but it was good quality, prepared and delivered quickly, service was very good even on a Saturday night at 7pm. It's pretty loud though. Bill ran to $40 per person with one drink each. Bread for the table was an extra $5. This is more of a hotspot for drinkers, but we had a good time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fair and very overpriced.
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    My husband had the NY strip which was small and very gristly. I had the risotto special with mushroom and short rib. Plenty of mushroom shy on the meat. I ate the meat and a bit of the risotto but it was just gross. Mushrooms were slimy and way too many of them. This place is great for drinks, but for dinner I would recommend The Foundry next door.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly good food; great scene
    Whats4DinnerVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Salmon, cod, and sirloin special were surprisingly good. Loved the leather booths, exposed brick, and soft lighting! Great draft beer list. A little pricey, but the food is much higher quality than the typical bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I want to love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    I keep going back hoping the service will get better. I've had a few good experiences but the last few have not been great. I use to blame it on weekends vs. weekdays, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. This time, we couldn't even eat our charcuterie because they gave us a tiny half loaf of bread. We had 3 pieces each. We left most of the food on the plate and a runner just took it away. We would have *tried* to ask for more bread but we didn't see a server for, literally, over an hour. No one asked how our food was or if we wanted more cocktails (we did!). So, we sat with an empty table, with just water glasses, for basically 1 - 1.5hrs before we could give up, flag down our waitress, and get a check.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    YummyMummy
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Love the speak-easy atmosphere and the too-cool-for-school vibe. Even though it reeked of hipster, I felt really comfortable hanging out with another mommy friend for dinner. Great food, excellent drink list (esp. love the "Hipster Cans" section of the drink menu, which included PBR and 'Gansett), and overall fun experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • basement jem with forgotten charm.
    Conant
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    For an excellent selection of whiskey, bourbon, and top-shelf hard stuff, this is a great place to meet people who are in the mood for a good time. The waitresses were attentive and eager to serve-----and why not? the drinks are on the expensive side, but the atmosphere is unique; a throw-back to classic joints that were common before the eighties.........perhaps as far-back as the twenties?? The food menu is an after-thought, and it really isn't a place for dinner. If you're interested in impressing your date, this likely isn't the place on the first night-----but perhaps on the third??? cocktails were well made. Gin selection is very good, but limited to three---vodka selection is quite limited as well----room for improvement there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    DawnQ
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I didn't know this restaurant existed until a friend took me (it's hidden in Davis Square), but I am so glad I found it! The food was amazing (I got the short rib and pecan pie dessert) and the staff was beyond friendly, plus it has great ambiance. Basically, it lives up to its name and actually looks like a saloon - haha. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SBOB
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Great food and atmosphere. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prohibition never tasted so good
    Cooken79
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Tlhere is a playful atmosphere and a great interior. Love the ambience. The age is late 20's and up, perfect for us post-post-college crowd. The drink list is vast and it's fun to choose a cocktail that fits your mood. If you're a whiskey drinker you have come home! Any type and variety you could hope for are laid out for you on butcher paper. And of course, for you beer drinkers, that list is great too. Our server was attentive and helpful in choosing drinks and food. She had an answer for every liquor question we asked and her food recommendations were on the money. My chicken entree was succulent and satisfying. Dessert was large and delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh.
    sockmonkey00
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    This place looks amazing and the drinks are really great and affordable. Food was pretty blah which was surprising and the menu was pretty limited. Not bad, but I wouldn't eat here again. Great place to meet for a drink and then head somewhere else. The service was BRUTAL but I feel like they had one girl covering the entire place. She was very nice and a great waitress, just overworked.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The bar area is lively and
    azulita
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The bar area is lively and full of people on the Saturday night we enjoyed there. I prefer a space where I can talk to my table-mate and luckily, they had just the thing in a section just off the bar. The person who waited on us was charming, anticipated our needs well and didn't interrupt conversations unnecessarily, an extraordinary talent that I value. We ordered the charcuterie and the sliders. The mustard in the charcuterie was fantastic (you don't usually get surprised by that) as was the proscuitto. The sliders were also an amazing choice, full of flavor, tender and moist. Overall, my friend and I had a wonderful time catching up, enjoying good food at a location that was convenient for us both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rock solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    It was a quiet Monday night so we had a corner to ourselves. After a couple of their fantastic cocktails we ordered some dinner. I won' detail our choices but they were inventive, perfectly executed and delicious. As soon as I got home I emailed a foodie friend with the details of the meal. That good. The waitress was cool, helpful and just present enough. I love the space, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service, and very loud
    bobocatVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Haven't been there for an year as last time we went in, service was painfully slow so we thought to give it a try again. The atmosphere was good, nice to relax to have some drinks if you are not in the hurry. they have very good drinks selections, though disappointed with the food. Our server was nice and friendly but service was really slow. It took almost an hour by the time we get our main course. Won't go back for food again but maybe some drinks. Also the place is very loud, hard to have a conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food & they know cocktails
    MagsVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Small, concise menu. Extensive beer & spirits list. Generally delightful service. Always good to us when we say 'pre show' - they can get you in and out quickly - or let you linger over delicious drinks. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent.
    presbyterian
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I had heard about Saloon's amazing cocktails, but I honestly wasn't entirely sure what the food situation would be. The guest of honor in our party (a groom-to-be) is a true foodie, so I was kind of gambling on the food being good... We were not disappointed. The food was fantastic across the board (especially the bacon-wrapped dates!), and it was all a huge hit with the groom. The drinks were also exemplary, as expected. (Thanks for the recipe for the stylized Presbyterian!) Finally, the service was fantastic. The whole table appreciated the responsive, considerate service from Ariel, our server. She also pretended that our jokes were funny, which was especially kind. Basically, this was a huge win all around. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating to groups
    hoboVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    I came here for my birthday with a reservation, but 3 people bailed and 1 was late. The waitstaff was very accommodating to this wrinkle in the plan. Some people got salmon, the vegetarian got the risotto, and many regulars recommended the steak which they ordered. I love burgers so I got the trio of sliders. I was pretty disappointed that the sliders were completely well done while I had ordered it medium rare. This was not just a fluke on my order, everybody (I think 3 in total) else who ordered the burger also didn't have them cooked to temperature. The steaks, however, seemed to be perfectly cooked. Also, it took quite a while to serve the drinks and to pick up the check. It's still a great spot if you have a big group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night :)
    Vivian
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We went to Saloon for our date night, followed by seeing the Great Gatsby. The atmosphere was excellent as were the drinks, and I was really surprised that the food was very good as well! They really have hit the trifecta. This is a very fun place and a nice change from our usual, more kid-friendly fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks definitely. Food not so much
    hockiemackVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Saloon is an awesome scene. It's got that dark, sexy, old-fashioned vibe that truly made me feel I was in the prohibition era. The whiskey list and cocktails are fantastic. I love coming here for drinks. Food... not so much. It's a short and expensive food menu that didn't quite impress my palate. We had the stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and the trio of small burgers (blanking on the name). Everything tasted well, but wasn't memorable. I'd rather go somewhere else for food, but definitely hit up the saloon bar for drinks after!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great mood setter for Great Gatsby!
    oerquiaga
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Great service, fun ambience, wonderful service. Impressive help with finding wheelchair accessible features.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem--literally hidden
    Laura
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Very difficult to find--the only sign for the restaurant is on a small light outside the door. The food was good, although the dipping sauce for the special appetizer that we ordered was bland. Our server was great but I gave the service 3 stars because food runners tried to deliver something to our table that we didn't order twice during our meal. The short ribs were amazing. The strawberry and rhubarb crisp was too runny and had the consistency of apple sauce, but tasted great. I'd definitely return, just for the interesting ambiance and the short ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomodating for last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Very accomodating for last minute additions to our already large group on a busy Saturday night. Food was very good and exceeded our expectations. Cocktails were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic