Redbones BBQ

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Barbecue

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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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DD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve already recommended Red Bones to several friends.
My husband ate at Red Bones frequently when he was on the faculty at Prospect Hill Academy.
Everything about Red Bones was awesome!
Waitress was great!
We will go again to Red Bones. Also we never felt rushed.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and attentive service

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Redbones. If you like (love) BBQ, you really cannot go wrong. Yum, delicious. Just don't worry about the calories.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great gluten free service!

DO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Nothing fancy but tasty. We are downstairs which had a fun vibe.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Being a lover of Texas beef ribs, and having experienced the real thing in Austin Texas, this place was a total let down. The ribs were skimpy and dry. This veggie rice was sticky and cold, and the biscuits were hard and cold. Very disappointing as my Sister had raved about this place years back and I never got the chance to try it until now. If beef ribs are your "thing", don't waste your time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a great pleasure to eat at Redbones. Perfect meat, good beer selection, delicious sides, very friendly and cozy ambience. It is definitely a go-to place for us whenever we crave bbq. I’ve had their pulled pork and beef brisket so far and they were 12 out of 10!!

AB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great drinks and a fun atmosphere. Thanks!

r
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is always great. It was a very busy Saturday night so conversation at a table of six was a bit of a challenge. Baby back ribs, BBQ beans with burnt ends, brisket, all outstanding. Don't forget the corn fritters!

GH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We did the tourist thing in the Boston area on Labor Day weekend with the kids. I stumbled across this place as a kid-friendly option that was close to our hotel. The food was delicious, with huge portions. I seldom find really tasty collard greens here in the northeast but theirs were excellent. My only complaint is that the downstairs floor of the restaurant is extremely dark, which honestly would have been fun if we were just out for a date or something but was a little challenging with two little kids.

g
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great BBQ for Boston. Been around for 30 plus years and has stayed busy. Make reservations.

P
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We love to go to Redbones, but we were hopeful that since we made a reservation, we would be seated downstairs, which is less noisy. However, we were crammed upstairs which was noisy..and crowded because there was a roof leak, so some tables were not being used.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , excellent service ! Love redbones ! Never disappoints

DK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Good service, Will be back.

EB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed ourselves. It was what we expected. Everything was very good

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

BEST BBQ IN BOSTON

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s
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good here, but for some reason my chicken BBQ sandwich did not taste as good as I remember it. I wish I had gotten the brisket, which both of my adult kids got and loved. Our waiter was timely and efficient, but not particularly engaging. Totally fine all around. Place was packed by the time we left.

F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bbq place. Down to earth. Big portions. Good sides. Vinyl table cloths. Good beer selection. Friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Get the beignets!

MK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Always a great spot, terrific food, typically good service they just missed this time. Nevertheless their food doesn't disappoint.

CT
New England
48 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Redbones and can hardly believe how good it was. Great service, immense portions and delicious food. Can hardly wait to go back! Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ place definitely in Boston

S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time I had been back in years and it hasn't changed a bit. Absolutely fabulous food and worth the 1 1/2 drive to get there...

CR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a good restaurant, the food is very good, I totally recommend it

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Friendly service! The coconut cream pie is to die for!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town from NYC. Excellent food and service accommodating.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ in Boston!!

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CB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with our toddler girl that loved the brisket! We always enjoy going to Redbones, the food is great and our waiter Christina was also fantastic!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I first went to redbones in ~1990. It was reliably excellent then. There was always a long wait to get in, especially on a weekend night. The hush puppies were a favorite treat. In 2019, not so much. All the food, including the hush puppies was served quickly, but at room temperature. The collard greens, another former favorite, were disappointing: over cooked and underflavored. The special sausage was a standout, spicy and delicious as was the mustard that accompanied it. I would not go back.

GP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The beef ribs are incredible, makes me come back every time!

PB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The location is convenient, there is a pleasant “buzz” and great music, and the food is outstanding (the brew is very good, too). The only thing, really, that detracts from the overall experience is the service, which generally is indifferent, at best.

NI
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food here is spectacular. Very authentic. Large portions for an amazing price. The dining room itself is very unclean/dingy which is fine for a BBQ place but not to this level. The table was sticky. Our drink glasses were sticky. Our server was incredibly slow. We were his only table when we got there and we had to hunt him down two times to place our order (drinks and food). He didn't have much sense of urgency but when it's a slow Wednesday afternoon, perhaps be a little more prompt. He was really kind- I will say that. Very nice guy. But I would request another server if I got him again.

TA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, Southern Hospitality in Somerville form at its finest. The only drawback is that the noise level is quite high, but I think that is just because this place is a local gem and it’s frequent by customers.

HL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great! The Memphis rib is delicious and we ate a lot!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice on time service was nice and attentive food as always delicious

T
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a great place for authentic barbecue.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Graduation dinner

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TC
New England
171 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Let me start with the one drawback - it took a few minutes for our server to appear. But once he did, everything was up to Redbones consistent high standards: great food, ample portions, great value for dollar. Maye it's not down-home bar-b-cue, but it's a taste of authenticity in Somerville.

JR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there. Downstairs was dark but food and service were exceptional. Will definitely be back.

S
London
37 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid food, great beer list and cocktails, and always a low-key, fun time.

AH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, great vibe. Maybe could have used some notes clarifying different rib styles/textures for overseas groups (like us)

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