Redbones BBQ

4.6
316 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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Full Bar
What 316 People Are Saying
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4.3
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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1.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent food, very "cosy". Service unremarkable

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Delicious and fun atmosphere

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

loved the fried oysters, excellent ribs and fabulous brisket

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and love it here! Slower service sometimes

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Usually, I would recommend Redbones. The food is great and service is usually ok. On this occasion, we had made a reservation but still had to wait for an hour to be seated and had to check with the waiters regularly that we were not forgotten. Very impatient service once we got seated and far from friendly.
No appearance from any management either as I would usually expect if there was a problem or complaint. Its like they couldnt care less.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had mike as the bartender when we got there and he was phenomenal! We had Elizabeth as our waitress and she was a doll! Great vibe and great food!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

There are to rooms, first floor and basement. The basement contains a bar and is a little bit more noisy. However, the ambiance is great in the basement, so I prefer dining down there. The brisket is really good and the diner special is great value.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Most of the ribs were over cooked and dry

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I went with friends for dinner on Monday. This is my 3rd time at this restaurant. The food was great. I really liked St. Louis style ribs. We enjoyed the foods with favorite beer. That was awesome.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Amazing food though hostess accidentally gave our table for a large group away but they sat us with in about ten min. Food took a little while to come out but it was worth it.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We waited for 45 mins for fried chicken that was cold. The server brought corn bread as the food was arriving. We used to love this place - it has gone downhill.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Family night

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Beignets were a great way to end the meal.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic draught list! In addition to beers, lots of great local ciders on tap. One of the highlights of the evening. I had the Downeast Roasted Joe (coffee & bourbon infused cider - amazing!) and my husband got the Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom (incredible!)

My husband ordered the pulled pork dinner with dirty rice and baked beans. Everything was on point.

I ordered the smoked sausage with cornbread and french fries. The sausage was super spicy. I'm personally a fan of everything spicy, but if you're not expecting it, it might be a surprise for something. Overall delicious. The french fries were nothing special and the weakest link out of everything, but the cornbread was out of this world.

The ambiance is very casual. The service was friendly, but not necessarily a focus. If you're not a high maintenance person who likes to enjoy yummy barbecue comfort food in a casual environment, then this is the place for you.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Redbones never disappoints - pulled pork, mac and cheese and biscuits. Yes, please!

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