Redbones BBQ

4.6
327 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue, American, Southern
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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
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Phone number
(617) 628-2200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Red line- Davis Square
Additional
Full Bar
What 327 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my college-age son for a casual dinner that set the mood for light conversation. The food was out of this world delicious, and lots of it. The ambiance was relaxed and fun...just like an outdoor barbecue, right down to light banter with the guests at other tables. Everyone was having fun, including the waitstaff, who were friendly and attentive at all times. Can't wait to come here again!

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JS
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Too much salt on the food

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service! The waiter never came back! Food better than service

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly - at our reserved time - in spite of the music festival that was being held just outside the door! I was impressed.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I eat here all the time, mostly just at the bar with a couple other people and service is usually pretty good and fast. This time we went with a group of 7 for my birthday and had an 8:00 reservation...but we probably didn’t get sat until after 8:30. I understood, they are busy and there was a long wait. Once our food arrived, myself and one other were missing our food for probably 20 minutes. The waitress never stopped by to check on us so everyone was practically done with their meals by the time we got ahold of our waitress to let her know some food never came (we had to get up and ask another waiter to get our waitress). There was no apology for any of this either which was upsetting. I usually LOVE this place, I chose it to celebrate my birthday, but this experience was just blah.

I will definitely be back as the food is delicious but will probably stick with sitting at the bar with a smaller group.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Downstairs seating is more private and cool! Upstairs lights are super bright. Mac and cheese is to die for, catfish was good but definitely go for bbq.

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G
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Redbones always does the job. Now with reservations it makes dining there much less of a hassle. The staff is always prompt and pleasant. The BBQ is about as good as you can get around here although the hot (not temperature) fried chicken may be regional style around Tennessee it is a bit much.
If you want good BBQ with good service and good beer this is the place.

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EM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This restaurant was a great find! Wonderful southern barbeque offerings. Pulled pork was deliciously smoky and the tangy sauce a perfect compliment. The thin French Fries were very tasty; ribs were fall-off-the-bones perfect. The fried catfish sandwich was most and flavorful. This is a "hole in the wall" type of place; very casual, tables close together and with an energetic vibe. Beignets were served hot with a generous amount of powdered sugar and the coconut-cream pie was creamy, not overly sweet with a generous amount of perfectly toasted coconut sprinkled on top. We'll be back to try other things like the buffalo shrimp, fried okra and shrimp & grits!

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dined at Redbones on Labor Day weekend. Made reservations but it wasn't crowded. We received our food within 10 minutes of ordering. Ribs, pulled chicken were amazing, cornbread was good and Mac and cheese was just OK. Service was friendly and efficient. There was an error on my check that was quickly resolved. I will definitely return when I am craving great BBQ.

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I
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty food, fun atmosphere! Very loud, hard to have conversation. Enjoyed the choice of side dishes. Friendly staff.

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r
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want real Bbq stuff especially ribs . This is the place. All ribs are dry rub and if you want a sauce you add it at your table. Once college kicks in this place gets very busy.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding! Really authentic BBQ. Pretty small, tables are very close together and it's really loud. But the food is fantastic.

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MN
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Kind of a mixed bag. Buffalo shrimp were tasty as was pulled pork and the st Louis ribs. Fried chicken I'd pass on. Slaw was serviceable. Sauce needs some work.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Servers have all been there a really long time so they are knowledgeable and friendly.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always liked the food when I had it at parties catered by RedBones, but it was better at the restaurant! Excellent ribs, the dry rubs were perfect. Service was great.

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z
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not quite what you’d get on a dirt road in Alabama but a pretty good approximation. The pulled pork is tender and moist with plenty of smoked-in hickory flavor. The ribs were meaty, smoky, and moist though they could have been a tad more of the latter. I prefer hot BBQ sauce and theirs has good bite to it although I did add some Tabasco, but it didn’t need much. The sauce cooked on the ribs also had lots o’ tangy-and-hot goodness to it. Now, the sides. Redbone’s mac & cheese is excellent. The mashed potatoes are pretty good. Not great but they do the job. I’d like to see them cook the collard greens a tad longer but their recipe is tasty. I’d also like to see some pickled pepper juice available so the collards can be eaten as God intended. Cornbread was good. I’m not a fan of sweetened cornbread, and while theirs is sweetened, it is less so than most. In the absence of skillet cornbread, it does just fine—moist, flavorful, a smooth texture (not grainy or mealy, as with some cornbreads). Our waiter was extremely nice, very helpful, and efficient to boot. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable with lots of sweet soul music. Redbones is a good choice to get a BBQ fix if you can’t make it down South.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

If basing solely on food, I’d give a thumbs up. However, tonight’s service was AWFUL.
We had 6:15 reservations, we checked in at 6:14 and were told we’d be seated shortly. We were subsequently ignored/avoided until 6:40 when we approached them because we noticed others were being seated ahead of us, out of turn. They seated us at 6:45, and we ordered our food and drinks right away. Our food did not arrive until 7:45... we had a waitress quickly check in with us once during that hour. She did offer us cornbread due to the wait, but did not ask to refill drinks. When the food arrived, I asked for a 2nd beer, which didn’t come out until 20 minutes later when I was almost done with my meal (I just sent it back at that point). They did comp the bill 20%, but not until I actively went up to the waitress and asked her to take the 2nd beer off our check.

They could have easily offset the extra delay by being proactive and attentive once we were seated, but instead took an avoidant approach which was very off-putting.

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T
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Redbones is great. Top quality barbecue, choice of rib types and sauce types. The sides are so good and the list so long, it's hard to choose. Handled food allergies with care. Friendly staff, great service.

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MP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very personable. The food is hardy and good value.

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H
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love Redbones! I always come back for more. I now live just over an hour away and I still make the drive for the amazing ribs. Being spoiled with ribs from the south this is just as good!

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j
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, very "cosy". Service unremarkable

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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fun atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I have a dairy allergy and specifically asked the waiter for sides made without butter/cream/milk/etc. He recommended steamed broccoli and roast vegetables. I took a bite of the vegetables and tasted butter. I had a reaction that night. The waiter made no effort to check with the kitchen or look up an allergy menu and stupidly, I trusted him.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good as always but the service wasn’t as good as I remembered our waiter was very quiet and kind of rude in a low key way and forgot one of sides but was kind enough to ask if we wanted to take it home or if we would like him to take it off our bill which was the option we chose.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious brisket! You get a lot for your money. This place isn't fancy, but wonderful barbecue!

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GR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I made a reservation for 7:00. The table wasn't ready for us, so we had to wait. Then they got us confused with another party, and sent us to the wrong table. To make a long story short, we weren't seated until 8:00. They did give us free drinks, however. The food was fantastic, worth the wait.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel gave us great service, very patient, and accommodating.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a little wanting -- had to ask for things multiple times, appetizers arrived at same time as mains, one person in party was served 10 minutes after everyone else at table. On the plus side, food was good and beer selection was good. Ambiance was nice and lively. A cool and popular neighborhood spot.

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DG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very nice and helpful and the food was so delicious!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Been to redbones a lot, we take visiting friends/family but this time made us not want to go back. It took three servers over 15 minutes to come over and the place was empty. Everytime we tried to ask they said one minute. The guy with the fedora might as well been sleeping, the man wearing the scarf honestly took 10 min to set a table and the lady kept walking in circles. Food was good like usual but we were very disappointed in being ripped off with a meal. One of us ordered the dinner special and the other ordered the brisket meal. You pay $5 for the meal and get an extra piece of meat but a very small piece plus No cornbread, that was BS and I’ll be re-yelping redbones on my account.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was really good but pricey for such loud, casual restaurant. I ordered baby back ribs (among the best I've ever had!), fried chicken, pinto beans and slaw. Very satisfying. But I was not expecting to pay $25! I thought that was a lot for 4 ribs and one small piece of chicken. My friend ordered fried chicken and three sides for $21. He got one small piece of chicken. We commented to our waitress about the paltry portion and she "snuck" him another piece.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent BBQ - definitely top 5 ever. Visit every time I’m in Medford. Wish one opened in my town.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, servers, and atmosphere. Ate in the basement level dining room and although it was dark and loud, definitely preferred it to the upstairs. Would recommend for great BBQ and beer and the fried jalapeños and pickles are a must.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've gone to Redbones several times and the staff is excellent as is the BBQ.

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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I just love Redbones! I took my partner th ere for the first time and we sat at the kitchen bar. He loved the pulled pork and brisket and sides and now no have to take him back for ribs soon!

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LB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried pickles? Check.
Pulled pork? Check.
Mac and cheese? Check.
Biscuits and fresh jam? Check.
Really great beer? Check.

I'll always come back to Redbones!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

When you go out for BBQ it’s all about the food. Redbones delivers with fall off the bone ribs that are packed with flavor and crispy, melty and tangy pulled pork and awesome sides like collars and fried ochre. Brisket was a little underwhelming and overshadowed by the pork products. The kids loved it too! Only downer was the slow as molasses staff and sporadic pacing. But it was tasty enough to forget that. Surprised to find such good BBQ in this area!

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

loved the fried oysters, excellent ribs and fabulous brisket

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! I take everyone who visits me here. The space is cool, the food is AMAZING, and the servers are all so nice and attentive (without breathing down your neck).

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and love it here! Slower service sometimes

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