About Redbones BBQ
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.
Somerville, MA 02144
Barbecue, American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Sunday and Monday
Kitchen Open 11:30am-10:30pm, last call 11:00pm
Tuesday thru Saturday
Kitchen Open 11:30am-12:30am, last call 12:45am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Red line- Davis Square
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Redbones BBQ Ratings and Reviews
It had been many years since I last sampled the deliciousness that is Redbones, and I am relieved to report that they have maintained the high level of quality I came to expect during my grad school years in the late 90's. The baby back ribs are as tasty as ever, and the beer selection is excellent, offering something for every taste. I was happy to discover that the no-reservations, cash-only polices had been revised in the intervening years.
The food was amazing, fresh and tasted great. The service was perfect; she didn't hover but was always there for a refill or to add to the food order. Great beer selection at a good price. Music was just beginning as we left, so we could have stayed longer into the evening. Actually going back again this weekend!
Nice evening with my family. Service was prompt and polite. The food was copious and tasty. The environment is casual and like an old diner with close seating at blue and white gingham table cloths upstairs and more of a bar environment and darker and loads of fun funky art downstairs. Food can be ordered individually or family style. Moderate price range.
Always loved Redbones and have eaten there since the first opened 30 years ago. What once was a great vibe with great ribs no longer is ... ribs were dry (not juicy), brisket was dry. They have brought back the fried oysters but again over fried and over cooked. New owners?
Companion and I took College Boy out for dinner on Parents Weekend. He had already been here twice so it was our turn. After getting a sacred street spot which was proceeded by Boston-area Friday traffic, we arrived late but Redbones held our reservation. We were seated in the funky downstairs area, a lively combination of families, professionals and hipsters. It’s noisy, but it’s fun noise. It’s Friday. Celebrate! The menu is fantastic and trying to decide difficult. We ordered pull pork, brisket, and fried chicken with an assortment of delicious sides including corn bread, hand cut fries, collard greens and mashed potatoes. I of course had a brew. Great BBQ. The pulled pork was moist and flavorful. Might be the best I’ve had. The brisket was excellent; the chicken wonderful. Bottom line - I can’t wait to return to Somerville.
This restaurant on a side street off Davis Square is always filled and for good reason, the food. The barbecue is always delicious, with choices of Brisket, pork, chicken and all of the usual sides prepared with care. You always leave full and usually with clean plates in front of you, as you can not stop eating the wonderful food. Portions are generous, but not crazy large. The only downside is that it is usually packed and the noise level seems to keep going up as people try and talk over each other. College students abound with Tuft's just a few blocks away. Parking in the area can be difficult, but a lot a block away can sometimes provide a spot.
This is a place we love to come back to. The food was great as always, and the drinks made the waiting for the food (normal part of waiting for delicious BBQ) go quickly. Our server was great - super attentive, while giving us time to look through the menu, and come by regularly to check up on our meal/drinks, etc.
We love to bring our friends here and anyone that loves BBQ always enjoys it. They have a good variation on menu items and drinks, so there will always be options for everyone at the table.
Went here with my 9 year old daughter and a college age friend. This is such a comfortable place, casual décor, and classic R&B playlist. They do the range of BBQ well. We had pulled pork, brisket, and baby back and pork ribs. Collard greens, corn bread, potato salad all hit the spot. We started with the fried okra, which while satisfying leaned a bit too heavy on the batter. We are hoping Redbones has many more decades in Davis Square.
We've been going to Red Bones for over 10years. Still love this place. Vibe is energetic. Excellent craft beer selection. BBQ is great. Keep it up - we still love it. Our go to favorites are Fried Pickles, homemade sausage, a flight of beers, and, of course, ribs. On this visit, we took family visiting from Italy - a real foodie nation. Our group got the brisket, Texas Ribs, St. Louis ribs, and the sausages. We shared the fried pickles - all plates left clean and all guests left delighted.
This is the place for you if you want real BBQ. Been going here for over 20 yrs. Not only have my favorite items have remained on the menu, but nice additions to the menu have been made. Stones throw from the Davis Square T stop makes it very easy to get to. Parking in the area is limited, but I seem to find a spot whenever I choose to drive.
We used to be huge fans of Redbones. After several disappointing experiences, we stopped coming. Then we heard that they got better again, so we gave it another try.
The food was mediocre (dry ribs lacking flavor, a bland veggie bowl and an overcooked burger) and the service was surly. We will not be coming back.
I am originally from Houston, Texas now living in Boston for over 25 years. Every single time I enter Redbones, I feel like I am back down South. The food is simply spectacular, the service is perfect, the people are so nice and the barbecue tastes exactly like my elderly father's. Redbones helped keep me satiated through both of my pregnancies and grueling Boston medical training! The joy of my life is to bring my now 15 yo son and 14 yo daughter and see how much they love Redbones, too! I love telling stories of how you all catered my bachelorette party in Jamaica Plain and how your buffalo shrimp and collard greens satisfied all pregnancy cravings for both pregnancies! I cannot wait to bring my grandchildren here one day.
Thank you, Redbones!
Diana Perry MD
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