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!
loved the fried oysters, excellent ribs and fabulous brisket
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).
Great food and love it here! Slower service sometimes
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.
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!
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.
Most of the ribs were over cooked and dry
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.
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.
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.
Beignets were a great way to end the meal.
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.
Redbones never disappoints - pulled pork, mac and cheese and biscuits. Yes, please!
Family gathering of 12. Great service, fabulous food, lively atmosphere. Everyone left full, happy, and wishing we could dine here together more often. Keep up the great work, Redbones!
I made a reservation a week in advance and called to confirm the morning of the dinner. When we arrived, the table wasn't set up and hostess was brusk and uncommunicative. Once we sat down, we really enjoyed our meal and our waitress was helpful and patient.
Waitress was personable and informative but service extremely slow even for a casual, leisurely dinner. Food was ok - nothing notable.
Awesome bbq in a really cool setting!
Fried chicken, ribs, collards, mac and cheese. I don't think I need to say anything else. Go to Redbones, get messy, feel full, be happy.
Amazing as always. Favorite restairant in Somerville and perfect, quiet spot for a New Year's dinner.
We made a 730 reservation, but weren't seated until 8pm because the hostess wasn't really paying attention to seating customers. The food was okay overall, but the beef ribs were really dry and oversmoked. Brisket was pretty good as were the sides and desserts and our waiter provided attentive service. I ate here primarily because I had been given a gift card, but based on my experience I will not be coming back.
Way too much salt in the rub, still thirsty next morning
On a more trivial but odd note: since I was last there they've repainted the dining room. Oddly, they didn't take down pictures before painting, so all the frames have a thin shim of blue paint around the edges
We've been going to Red Bones for years but this is the second time that we've been really disappointed. Ribs were dry and just not very good. I sent my margarita back because it was basically all lime concentrate. When the waitress brought a 'new' one back, I'm positive it was the same drink just with more ice in it. (She wasn't very personable or nice either.) We had drinks up in the bar upstairs and it was what it was supposed to be. Too bad because we used to love the place but will be going to the various other BBQ places that are popping up all over the city.
Waitstaff was clumsy and inexperienced
Waitress was great, server was amusingly disinterested
Casual and cool!
Brought my sons and they loved the atmosphere and we all loved the food. Top notch meats and sides are a great value.
Great ribs! Excellent beer choice! Ambiance fantastic. A gem in Somerville!
Nothing fancy about the atmosphere. Small restaurant. Server was very attentive and fun. As for the food the meats and sauces were good. Tender ribs and brisket. Sides were just ok.
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.
So delicious !!! We’ve been craving BBQ since we were in NC this past May! We drove from Lowell and can’t wait to back! 🐷 Service was great!!!
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!
Always good for what it is... great BBQ, atmosphere, service. Its ol time fun and good food!
Skimpy, no meat all-bone ribs. Deafening volume
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.
A Somerville classic. Never goes out of style. One of the better barbeque places to be found anywhere around Boston.
Redbones never disappoints! Stuck with my classic (the pulled pork sandwich) and tried the fried pickles for the first time - SO GOOD.
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?