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Redbones BBQ

4.5
290 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great Beer
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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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Red line- Davis Square
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Additional
Full Bar
What 290 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Waitress was personable and informative but service extremely slow even for a casual, leisurely dinner. Food was ok - nothing notable.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

#foodadventurefriday

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Awesome bbq in a really cool setting!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing as always. Favorite restairant in Somerville and perfect, quiet spot for a New Year's dinner.

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2.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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2.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Waitstaff was clumsy and inexperienced

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Waitress was great, server was amusingly disinterested

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Casual and cool!

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Brought my sons and they loved the atmosphere and we all loved the food. Top notch meats and sides are a great value.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Great ribs! Excellent beer choice! Ambiance fantastic. A gem in Somerville!

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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!!!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Always good for what it is... great BBQ, atmosphere, service. Its ol time fun and good food!

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Skimpy, no meat all-bone ribs. Deafening volume

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

A Somerville classic. Never goes out of style. One of the better barbeque places to be found anywhere around Boston.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Redbones never disappoints! Stuck with my classic (the pulled pork sandwich) and tried the fried pickles for the first time - SO GOOD.

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2.0Dined on October 24, 2017

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?

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