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About Redbones BBQ

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.

55 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American, Southern

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 628-2200

Website:
http://redbones.com/

Public Transit:
Red line- Davis Square

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Redbones BBQ Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (27)
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Good for Groups (17)
Great Beer (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for a Date (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Late-night Find (9)
People Watching (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Happy Hour (4)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 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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·Dined on November 23, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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·Dined 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!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on November 16, 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!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Skimpy, no meat all-bone ribs. Deafening volume

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 (Toronto)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Casual, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 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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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Red Bones was awesome but I used the Open Table app to make a reservation and they didn't get it. Never using them again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Tulsa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great barbecue and southern-fried fare with a lively atmosphere.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Companion and I took College Boy out for dinner on Parents Weekend. He had already been here twice so it was our turn. After getting a sacred street spot which was proceeded by Boston-area Friday traffic, we arrived late but Redbones held our reservation. We were seated in the funky downstairs area, a lively combination of families, professionals and hipsters. It’s noisy, but it’s fun noise. It’s Friday. Celebrate! The menu is fantastic and trying to decide difficult. We ordered pull pork, brisket, and fried chicken with an assortment of delicious sides including corn bread, hand cut fries, collard greens and mashed potatoes. I of course had a brew. Great BBQ. The pulled pork was moist and flavorful. Might be the best I’ve had. The brisket was excellent; the chicken wonderful. Bottom line - I can’t wait to return to Somerville.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great ribs and brisket. Love the casual atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Visited because of the positive reviews. Some of the best BBQ I've ever had - juicy, flavorful baby back ribs and brisket. A bit pricey for a college town, but definitely worth it!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Date night

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Favorite restaurant in state. Honestly top 3 bbq restaurants I've been to and I lived down south while I was in military. It's a must try.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing as always

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Like the place, but the food was dried and overcooked. Slmost felt like it was cooked for a long time and was reheated for serving. The service there is awesome and they have 32 onces beers!!

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent BBQ and in the midse of fabulous Somerville!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This restaurant on a side street off Davis Square is always filled and for good reason, the food. The barbecue is always delicious, with choices of Brisket, pork, chicken and all of the usual sides prepared with care. You always leave full and usually with clean plates in front of you, as you can not stop eating the wonderful food. Portions are generous, but not crazy large. The only downside is that it is usually packed and the noise level seems to keep going up as people try and talk over each other. College students abound with Tuft's just a few blocks away. Parking in the area can be difficult, but a lot a block away can sometimes provide a spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Redbones never fails to deliver. Great BBQ at.a reasonable price. And a great beer selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Spicy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Well as we know it's getting cold in boston. We sat by the door that was left open so that our food cold.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is a place we love to come back to. The food was great as always, and the drinks made the waiting for the food (normal part of waiting for delicious BBQ) go quickly. Our server was great - super attentive, while giving us time to look through the menu, and come by regularly to check up on our meal/drinks, etc.
We love to bring our friends here and anyone that loves BBQ always enjoys it. They have a good variation on menu items and drinks, so there will always be options for everyone at the table.

Tags: Live Sports, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Authentic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Redbones has some of the best beef ribs and other BBQ in the Boston area.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Went here with my 9 year old daughter and a college age friend. This is such a comfortable place, casual décor, and classic R&B playlist. They do the range of BBQ well. We had pulled pork, brisket, and baby back and pork ribs. Collard greens, corn bread, potato salad all hit the spot. We started with the fried okra, which while satisfying leaned a bit too heavy on the batter. We are hoping Redbones has many more decades in Davis Square.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Yummy! Authentic southern BBQ -large portions and great value

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We drove over an hour just to come here because it's the best BBQ food around! We were not disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We've been going to Red Bones for over 10years. Still love this place. Vibe is energetic. Excellent craft beer selection. BBQ is great. Keep it up - we still love it. Our go to favorites are Fried Pickles, homemade sausage, a flight of beers, and, of course, ribs. On this visit, we took family visiting from Italy - a real foodie nation. Our group got the brisket, Texas Ribs, St. Louis ribs, and the sausages. We shared the fried pickles - all plates left clean and all guests left delighted.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very tight upstairs, very dark and noisy downstairs.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Some of the best BBQ I ever ate. The Memphis style ribs were simply phenomenal, the sides were great...just a 1st-class mean start to finish. I eat a lot of BBQ and this place just made a very short list of the best.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

This is the place for you if you want real BBQ. Been going here for over 20 yrs. Not only have my favorite items have remained on the menu, but nice additions to the menu have been made. Stones throw from the Davis Square T stop makes it very easy to get to. Parking in the area is limited, but I seem to find a spot whenever I choose to drive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We used to be huge fans of Redbones. After several disappointing experiences, we stopped coming. Then we heard that they got better again, so we gave it another try.
The food was mediocre (dry ribs lacking flavor, a bland veggie bowl and an overcooked burger) and the service was surly. We will not be coming back.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

I have been coming to Redbones since it opened in the 1980s, and it remains one of the area's best casual dinner joints. Delicious, as always!

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Awesome experience, as per usual!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Reservation made all the difference for a Saturday night dinner at Redbones for 6 people.

Really creative arty decor. The dinner special was tasty and priced well.
The service was quick.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

I am originally from Houston, Texas now living in Boston for over 25 years. Every single time I enter Redbones, I feel like I am back down South. The food is simply spectacular, the service is perfect, the people are so nice and the barbecue tastes exactly like my elderly father's. Redbones helped keep me satiated through both of my pregnancies and grueling Boston medical training! The joy of my life is to bring my now 15 yo son and 14 yo daughter and see how much they love Redbones, too! I love telling stories of how you all catered my bachelorette party in Jamaica Plain and how your buffalo shrimp and collard greens satisfied all pregnancy cravings for both pregnancies! I cannot wait to bring my grandchildren here one day.
Thank you, Redbones!
Diana Perry MD
Sharon, MA

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Very good food. Good portions. I recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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