Redbones BBQ

4.6
389 reviews
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Redbones is a well established, much loved restaurant located in Davis Square - Somerville, Massachusetts (click here for directions). RedBones has become a favorite for many folks over the years, most likely due to its authentic downhome-style Southern food, its unique ambiance, and the genuine friendliness of its staff. Redbones also offers 24 fresh microbrews on tap and often hosts local Brew Fests. Catering and delivery are available for private functions.
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RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The ribs and pulled pork were incredible but the jerk chicken was unpalatably spicy. Root beer is local and fresh and the nachos were great as well!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really good. Tough to park. Music was a bit loud, but very cool atmosphere!!

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DR
Greensboro
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Being a son of the south...this place has great food!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, cool place. We would go back again, and plan to soon.

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BC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for 7:45pm and showed up 10min early. We weren’t seated until after 8:15pm. The food was great but the service was on the slower side. We didn’t mind too much but it’s something to keep in mind if you are looking to go somewhere after you eat.

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B
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not been to Redbones in about a year - checking out the competition around Boston. We were so glad to return - everything from the grilled wings to ribs, brisket and collard greens were fantastic. There IS no competition!

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d
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Some of the best bbq I've had in Boston. Sides were ok. Went with the brisket and it was juicy and flavorful on the inside and the perfect char on the outside. And it only took about 5 min for the food to be served.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pricey, but food ok. Not very big portions for the price.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

By far the best Southern food I've tasted since leaving the deep south a decade ago.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food portions very small and not worth the mention. I have been eating here for years. And disappointed with the beef ribs. Barely any meat to enjoy. The place "Red Bones BBQ" is appeasing more of the Vegetarians. Then the customers that made them famously good. This place pushes the drinks more; Then the food!

A Food CRITIC, df

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Redbones never disappoints! We ordered buffalo wings & baby back ribs and bbq beans for a side - DELICIOUS! Many of their menu items are gluten free. The waitstaff is super friendly & very welcoming.

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MS
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Got the meat sweats now! The food was delicious and the portions were enormous. Tasty, tasty beef brisket and loads of sides. Very busy and gave our original table away as we were 4 mins late but that was no problem another table was soon found. Great decor, friendly but very busy staff.

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LJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food! Pulled pork in particular was melt in your mouth!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The ribs were way over cooked, the fried chicken piece quite small. Disappointing.

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JB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I come here all the time. He ALWAYS can find something to complain about when we go out for good. Redbones was the first place he literally raved about for weeks after. The grilled wings are his absolute favorite, but you truly can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The service is always great, even when they are super busy our server has always been apologetic of the rush and very nice. We couldn't recommend this place enough!

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great customer service, even when I came late they still found me seating and I was so relieved. The server was very attentive to our needs of refill of beverages to ask us how the food is, I felt very satisfied with the food and service. Thank you:)
From Casstrena

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Liquid smoke anyone? The Mac and cheese is Velveeta. The meat is clearly not actually smoked. The hush puppies were the highlight of the meal. The greens were cold. Drinks were weak.

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G
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The downstairs is full of interesting ever-changing art. Very casual, nice people!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We’ve been to Redbones many times in the last 25 years. The food is always excellent. Our only issue this time was that the kid who was our server seemed to be in the weeds. He wasn’t attentive and we were left to flag him down for drinks, silverware, etc.

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

The hostess was very kind ... found us seats in front of the kitchen so we wouldn't have to wait long on a Saturday night, as the place was packed, as usual. It was fun to watch the cooks turn out tantalizing food. It smelled and looked so good! We were served promptly, and the brisket was amazing. Melt in your mouth! Flavor to die for, with hardly a spec of fat! We'll be back!

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ET
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Redbones is the perfect place to go with family and friends!

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

We love Red Bones. The food was delicious. We all ordered something different and everyone was happy. We sat downstairs and there was a group of 8 people who were loud. Definitely will go back again soon for the baby back ribs!

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

The food was DELICIOUS!! And the service was polite and helpful. I can't wait to go back!

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Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to take my college sophomore son on my business trip into Boston! He got well fed, with leftovers to go, because of the generous portions. Fun, lively atmosphere. Super friendly service. The St. Louis ribs, brisket, Mac and cheese, coleslaw, roasted root veggies and shoestring fries were all wonderful. Generous pours of wine, corn fritters and beignets were also very welcome after a long, cold trip to get there.

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AL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cool environment, perfect place to meet with friends and have a delicious meat dish. Looks like a traditional American tavern and everything feels so comfortable! Excellent value for money choice.

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

Amazing food and great beer selection. Place was packed and even though we arrived 10 minutes late to our reservation, the hostess did not have a table ready for us and encouraged us to grab a drink at the bar. Luckily, we didn't wait too long and made our concert on time afterwards.

I ordered the chicken and waffles per some online review recommendations, and it did not disappoint. The gravy and syrup as dipping sauces makes every bite magical. My boyfriend got the memphis ribs with mac n cheese and coleslaw, all of which was very good. Mac n Cheese was a little runny but maybe that's just a preference.

Cant wait to return again. Love Redbones!

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent as usual. Service was good. Manager was able to accommodate us with a request for a new table. (We had reserved the table days in advance for a birthday gathering. However when we got there, we received 2 tables with a giant pole in the middle, which meant you couldn't see nor talk to your other half of the group. It may as well be a 4-top table. Anyway, problem was resolved. Much appreciated it.)

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JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Brisket too dry, rib is decent but salty, and the place was really loud.

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DB
New England
78 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this amazing place! Foods perfect for southern hospitality. Great service thanks to the amazing Berniece!! Would come back for more southern comfort.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I am sorry to say I was really disappointed. I ordered the Brisket dinner and it came out all fat and burnt ends, like some one scraped the pan for scraps. My dinner companion had the same thing and his looked just cut, lean and freshly cooked with even slices. The guy at the table next to me had a great looking Brisket sandwich. The waitress didn’t check back, by the time she did everyone was half way through the meal. I was extremely upset, because I really appreciate good BBQ.

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at redbones. The service was on point. I ask for recommendations and she gave me her honest opinions on both. The food was delicious as always. I just wish the collard greens were a little less spicy so I can order it next time. The iced tea (eddy) cocktail was delicious. Overall, can’t wait to go again.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place - would recommend if you like casual and delicious BBQ.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ, truly excellent beer list (including my favorite Belgian beer on tap!), fun ambience, and the fried pickles are always worth it.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Finding authentic BBQ in New England can be a challenge, but this place has a great selection. The brisket was smoky but not overdone, very tasty. We went here because of the gluten free options which were extensive and with a separate fryer, I could enjoy the french fries too. Portions were right too. The dinner specials were enough to eat without overstuffing yourself. I also appreciated a good selection of sides, not just baked beans and coleslaw, as some other BBQ places.

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KG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my 21st birthday dinner + first legal drink this weekend after wanting to try it because of many recommendations. Safe to say I was not disappointed. The food is amazing (such big portions), and beer selection is also lengthy and diverse. 5 stars!

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Redbones! Food is always delicious and staff super accommodating . Our daughter is graduating Tufts this year and we are sad because Redbones has become our family tradition whenever we go to visit!

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AG
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Red Bones is a no-nonsense, no-frills BBQ joint attached to a bar with a huge beer menu. The food is off-scale excellent and the staff is super-friendly. it's a bit noisy and crowded but that's a great vibe for eating BBQ.

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FO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What can you say? Redbones... is Redbones! Great casual fare in the heart of Davis Square. Upstairs and downstairs dining and bars. Think indoor BBQ picnic without having to haul everything from the car. Thumbs up.

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A
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A couple next to us, at another restaurant, overheard us talking about “needing some good bbq” and they suggested RedBones. They said you probably passed by it and didn’t even realize it was there. No truer words. The place is super unassuming but the food is ridiculous. The chicken and waffles excelente. That gravy. The service was awesome. It all reminded me of our days back in Miami. A definite return in the works.

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