Redbones BBQ

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361 reviews
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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.
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JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Brisket too dry, rib is decent but salty, and the place was really loud.

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DB
New England
74 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this amazing place! Foods perfect for southern hospitality. Great service thanks to the amazing Berniece!! Would come back for more southern comfort.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I am sorry to say I was really disappointed. I ordered the Brisket dinner and it came out all fat and burnt ends, like some one scraped the pan for scraps. My dinner companion had the same thing and his looked just cut, lean and freshly cooked with even slices. The guy at the table next to me had a great looking Brisket sandwich. The waitress didn’t check back, by the time she did everyone was half way through the meal. I was extremely upset, because I really appreciate good BBQ.

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at redbones. The service was on point. I ask for recommendations and she gave me her honest opinions on both. The food was delicious as always. I just wish the collard greens were a little less spicy so I can order it next time. The iced tea (eddy) cocktail was delicious. Overall, can’t wait to go again.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place - would recommend if you like casual and delicious BBQ.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ, truly excellent beer list (including my favorite Belgian beer on tap!), fun ambience, and the fried pickles are always worth it.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Finding authentic BBQ in New England can be a challenge, but this place has a great selection. The brisket was smoky but not overdone, very tasty. We went here because of the gluten free options which were extensive and with a separate fryer, I could enjoy the french fries too. Portions were right too. The dinner specials were enough to eat without overstuffing yourself. I also appreciated a good selection of sides, not just baked beans and coleslaw, as some other BBQ places.

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KG
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my 21st birthday dinner + first legal drink this weekend after wanting to try it because of many recommendations. Safe to say I was not disappointed. The food is amazing (such big portions), and beer selection is also lengthy and diverse. 5 stars!

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Redbones! Food is always delicious and staff super accommodating . Our daughter is graduating Tufts this year and we are sad because Redbones has become our family tradition whenever we go to visit!

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GS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Red Bones is a no-nonsense, no-frills BBQ joint attached to a bar with a huge beer menu. The food is off-scale excellent and the staff is super-friendly. it's a bit noisy and crowded but that's a great vibe for eating BBQ.

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FO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What can you say? Redbones... is Redbones! Great casual fare in the heart of Davis Square. Upstairs and downstairs dining and bars. Think indoor BBQ picnic without having to haul everything from the car. Thumbs up.

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A
Key West
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A couple next to us, at another restaurant, overheard us talking about “needing some good bbq” and they suggested RedBones. They said you probably passed by it and didn’t even realize it was there. No truer words. The place is super unassuming but the food is ridiculous. The chicken and waffles excelente. That gravy. The service was awesome. It all reminded me of our days back in Miami. A definite return in the works.

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place for really good barbeque. Large portions reasonable price. Great beer selection.

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LB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always fun And consistently good food!

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L
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The men you cook in the open kitchen deserve metals! I sat by the kitchen and is very hot. The men do not stop working. They work quickly and as a team.

The waitress though was not great. She took a long time to take our order, bring our drinks and forgot the second round. She didn't check on our food (from why others around us who came in later were serviced).

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations here before seeing a show at the Somerville Theatre. Great proximity to the venue and the Red Line too! The place seemed pretty authentic, with solid reviews, and walking distance to where we needed to be - the main two reasons why it was chosen. And well, hello!! Barbeque!! Yum.

My boyfriend has a gluten allergy and most restaurants are pretty accommodating to that fact but we did appreciate that any menu items that were gluten free were clearly marked on the menu. Seems like a small thing, I know, but it gave him the confidence to order without having to ask a bunch of questions. He ordered the ribs, potato salad, and coleslaw. All excellent in his opinion. I ordered the combo plate with pulled pork and pulled chicken - both great, but the chicken edged it out slightly. Because I was a good girl who ate all of her veggies ; ) I awarded myself with an order of "Texas Sheet Cake". Um, where has this been all my life? I will drive the 40 minutes here just for this.

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A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent BBQ! Salmon was excellent too for the non-meat eater in the group.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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GM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Wait staff was aggressive in removing plates throughout the meal. Seemed like they were staring at us while we were eating just waiting to swoop in. A bit uncomfortable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food.

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RM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Went with a party of 8. Was told we’d be seated and served separately. When I told them we’d be going somewhere else they were able to accommodate my party (i made the reservation 2 weeks in advance). Food was good.

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l
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and friendly - we've been eating at this restaurant for 25 years and judging by "The Belt" it is as good today as ever. Slaw seems better (less mayo, more vinegar) and I feel like corn bread used to be given before the meal, where now it's a side, but in the days of gluten-free and low carb seems a wise business practice. Nice attentive service, delicious bbq (and one of the few places I look forward to eating chicken), and good beer. Save space for the pecan pie, too, with real whipped cream. I had a combo of a pulled chicken sandwich and a single piece of fried chicken - might do a quarter chicken and no fried chicken next time. A younger couple seated near us (and seating is close) asked about my husband's order and got the same, and after tasting commented that he'd been in Texas the month prior and this bbq was just as good as what he had there.

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HK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I expected much better food at Redbones. We arrived at 4:45 on a Saturday, so the food should have been fresh. However, it was all overdone - both the ribs and the chicken wings. How can you dry out and burn ribs and wings??

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SZ
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited RB on a Sunday afternoon. The food was great, especially barbecue items and sides. Nacho's great, too. Service was great. The bar was fun to catch part of the game. Price was reasonable. Look forward to going back.

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ok food, great atmosphere. Long a Somerville fixture and still worth going to.

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JO
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food. Good beer. Be prepared to sit very close to other people in the restaurant, and it will be noisey. There’s a downstairs but you feel like you’re at a glow in the dark mini-putt. May not be for everyone, but worth the food and beer.

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FG
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance is top notch. This is your go to bbq place.

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent BBQ. They handled a party of 10 with ease on a Saturday night.

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun time at Red Bones! St. Louis ribs are great! My kids loved the chicken and waffles!

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OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty good but the service could’ve been better. Had to repeat requests to waiters several time before we got it.

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RS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Food is usually very good. I had 1/2 rack Baby Back Ribs which were juicy and good. Some of the others in my party had the 1/4 rack special and they were very dry and not an ample portion. This could just be a one time thing. I sure hope so.

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
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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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ribs in the Boston metro area. They have many gluten free options. Food is DELICIOUS! I love coming here for the bbq vibe!

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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
8 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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MC
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful spot to get a group of friends together - food here is always consistent. We always get the orders for four or six depending on the size of our group and add on others from there. Highly recommend.

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OT
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
18 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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