Redbones BBQ

4.7
415 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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New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best BBQ in Boston!!

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CB
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with our toddler girl that loved the brisket! We always enjoy going to Redbones, the food is great and our waiter Christina was also fantastic!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I first went to redbones in ~1990. It was reliably excellent then. There was always a long wait to get in, especially on a weekend night. The hush puppies were a favorite treat. In 2019, not so much. All the food, including the hush puppies was served quickly, but at room temperature. The collard greens, another former favorite, were disappointing: over cooked and underflavored. The special sausage was a standout, spicy and delicious as was the mustard that accompanied it. I would not go back.

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GP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The beef ribs are incredible, makes me come back every time!

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PB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The location is convenient, there is a pleasant “buzz” and great music, and the food is outstanding (the brew is very good, too). The only thing, really, that detracts from the overall experience is the service, which generally is indifferent, at best.

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NI
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food here is spectacular. Very authentic. Large portions for an amazing price. The dining room itself is very unclean/dingy which is fine for a BBQ place but not to this level. The table was sticky. Our drink glasses were sticky. Our server was incredibly slow. We were his only table when we got there and we had to hunt him down two times to place our order (drinks and food). He didn't have much sense of urgency but when it's a slow Wednesday afternoon, perhaps be a little more prompt. He was really kind- I will say that. Very nice guy. But I would request another server if I got him again.

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TA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, Southern Hospitality in Somerville form at its finest. The only drawback is that the noise level is quite high, but I think that is just because this place is a local gem and it’s frequent by customers.

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HL
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great! The Memphis rib is delicious and we ate a lot!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice on time service was nice and attentive food as always delicious

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a great place for authentic barbecue.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Graduation dinner

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there. Downstairs was dark but food and service were exceptional. Will definitely be back.

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S
London
37 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid food, great beer list and cocktails, and always a low-key, fun time.

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AH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, great vibe. Maybe could have used some notes clarifying different rib styles/textures for overseas groups (like us)

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TM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with a cool vibe. Good is good, drinks are great with a fantastic beer selection.
Highly recommend for a casual group outing.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ribs and sides definitely worth waiting for it!

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

The meat is Excellent! But, the side dishes are mediocre. The batter on the onion rings came off so quick and I ended up with a small bowl of white onions. The Mac-n-cheese tasted like boiled macaroni with cheese sauce added, and the potato salad was too salty, plus I kept removing tiny bits of peelings off of my tongue.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sean is a great server

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Tampa
41 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place! Really fabulous St. Louis ribs, brisket, baby back ribs, chicken and waffles, mac n cheese, collard greens, coleslaw, corn fritters, beignets! Not a diet place, hahaha. Warning, both dining rooms are crammed with tables...but, if you like a rollicking fun time, it doesn’t matter. Downstairs is our favorite. Great vibe, great music, love the artwork. Bit dark, but that’s ok. When I want to feed my college sophomore well, with leftovers to take back to the dorm, I take him here.

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AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great BBQ place and very affordable. Very good BBQ, loved the ambience, and friendly service.

Only issue was they did not know I made successful reservations via OpenTable... and indicated they have been experiencing some issues. (Not sure what issues exactly.)

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B
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice job overall! Wait staff was exceptional. Will return another time and bring others with us.

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GM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and I’m from KC! We were a slightly high maintenance group and our served Kristen was super patient and kind.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've always loved Redbones and just found out you can make reservations making it so much easier on a busy night! I do wish they still had the catfinger and buffalo shrimp app combo (last month they made it special for me, but Saturday I was told they couldn't do it), but there are so many other yummy things I made it work. And of course, a visit isn't complete without a serving of fried pickles and jalapenos!!

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Amazing food, but the upstairs dining room is very loud.

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BT
New England
27 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate downstairs. Great funky atmosphere. We had Memphis ribs, fried chicken, fried pickles and jalapeños, fried oysters and fried catfish fingers. Everything was delicious. The dinner portions are huge.

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely our go to for BBQ in the Boston area. Always a great experience and friendly staff!!

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RL
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The ribs and pulled pork were incredible but the jerk chicken was unpalatably spicy. Root beer is local and fresh and the nachos were great as well!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was really good. Tough to park. Music was a bit loud, but very cool atmosphere!!

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DR
Greensboro
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Being a son of the south...this place has great food!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, cool place. We would go back again, and plan to soon.

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BC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for 7:45pm and showed up 10min early. We weren’t seated until after 8:15pm. The food was great but the service was on the slower side. We didn’t mind too much but it’s something to keep in mind if you are looking to go somewhere after you eat.

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B
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not been to Redbones in about a year - checking out the competition around Boston. We were so glad to return - everything from the grilled wings to ribs, brisket and collard greens were fantastic. There IS no competition!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Some of the best bbq I've had in Boston. Sides were ok. Went with the brisket and it was juicy and flavorful on the inside and the perfect char on the outside. And it only took about 5 min for the food to be served.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pricey, but food ok. Not very big portions for the price.

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

By far the best Southern food I've tasted since leaving the deep south a decade ago.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food portions very small and not worth the mention. I have been eating here for years. And disappointed with the beef ribs. Barely any meat to enjoy. The place "Red Bones BBQ" is appeasing more of the Vegetarians. Then the customers that made them famously good. This place pushes the drinks more; Then the food!

A Food CRITIC, df

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Redbones never disappoints! We ordered buffalo wings & baby back ribs and bbq beans for a side - DELICIOUS! Many of their menu items are gluten free. The waitstaff is super friendly & very welcoming.

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MS
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Got the meat sweats now! The food was delicious and the portions were enormous. Tasty, tasty beef brisket and loads of sides. Very busy and gave our original table away as we were 4 mins late but that was no problem another table was soon found. Great decor, friendly but very busy staff.

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LJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food! Pulled pork in particular was melt in your mouth!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for lunch

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