Redbones BBQ

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$30 and under
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Barbecue

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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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Redbones has gone down hill from what it once was. The ribs were dry and fatty. They were great once but that was a long time ago.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and drinks!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food! Awesome service! The collard greens were the best part. Will definitely be back!

m
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

delicious bbq in a funky restaurant with bright art on the walls. Very live atmosphere. However, that being said, I would've given 1 or 2 more stars due to the service. First off the bat, there was so much confusion at the front door, 2 people taking names and just seating people, where as they seemed confused when we mentioned we had reservations party of 4, 7pm. One person figured it out and we were led to our table. We were then greeted by a waitress who really seemed like she wanted to be anywhere but there. I get it, but seriously, it was not crowded for a Friday night, surprisingly. She made us feel very rushed. she dropped off drinks in a rush, dropped off waters in a rush, when I had a question, she seemed put out. Then when we ordered our meals, my husband specifically ordered the Smoked BBQ Chicken dinner, with his 2 sides. Our meals came to us and she gave him his dinner which was just a Fried Chicken dinner, with sides. When he mentioned this to the waitress, she responded as if we were stupid, saying "Yeah, well we don't have the Smoked Chicken tonight," Well, don't you think you could've mentioned that to us as my husband was placing his order?? Seriously, and my husband is the nicest man (he's a head chef in another restaurant, by the way), and he just decided to take it, because everyone else had their dinners, and it was getting late (very slow service too) and he's not like that, bad karma with the kitchen to send back food. She was quick to drop off the check, didn't even ask if we wanted to see a dessert menu. I saw her and she had already changed to her street clothes. Looks like she was dying to get out of there. Yes, we will probably go back, but maybe for a lunch special, and upstairs where it has a more relaxed vibe. BTW, fried chicken was tender, and moist, but skin, which looked crispy, was really not, it was soggy, no crisp or crunch to the texture, but tasty. Collard greens very flavorful, too

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family get together. Location was a factor. BBQ was very good. Portions were more than adequate. Staff was accommodating and friendly. Value for food was reasonable

CG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink were fabulous. Service and server were very friendly and helpful.
It’s a noisy place but that’s something you can over look as everything is perfect!

BF
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food! Very chill and casual place.

JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best BBQ food in Boston area - especially the St. Louis ribs and brisket. Staff is very friendly and helpful with choices and the rotating draft list is impressive

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!! I loved it.

OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and fun atmosphere.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome bbq at reasonable prices

TC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Best BBQ around bar none. Have visited several of the "top" BBQ spots in the area and none compare. This place is true over the fire BBQ. My family has visited three times in the last month it's so good. We live an hour away so that's saying something!

The beef brisket is unbelievable, as are the beef ribs and Memphis pork ribs. Great selection of sides, combination plates and other non-beef/pork options too. My oldest daughter loves the catfish and my little ones the chicken and waffles. Not to mention the that bag of powdered sugar beignets to finish!

Parking can be an issue as the area is very busy and parking is scarce so arrive a little early. There is a metered lot around the corner but it's hit or miss Seating is tight upstairs but very family friendly. I prefer the downstairs area as it's darker and more unique, but it can get a bit "lively" later in the evening, so keep that in mind if you're bringing little kids.

If you love great BBQ, especially brisket or ribs, this place is worth a visit!

NY
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What BBQ? That’s BBQ.

BB
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always great smoked and pulled meat. I'd give it a 5 star except that the brisket on one dinner was luke-warm. But we enjoyed it anyway.

SV
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers was very polite excellent service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was exceptional and was extremely kid friendly. Food was great!

D
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great waiter!

D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RedBones is such a treat for my remote colleagues from the south. I love bringing them there for some great BBQ options. I love coming here for business or personal dinners and lunches. There is something for everyone! The downstairs space is fun, but I personally prefer the casual energy in the seating by the kitchen or at the bar.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Food was served cold and did not get what we ordered.

s
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always consistent when you can get in. Always busy . Parking is the issue

LB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is consistently good - and this time was no exception.

JB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

JS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

best BBQ in Boston. Ribs and pulled pork were slow cooked to perfection and the all the sides were fantastic - onion rings in particular

JW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned to Red Bones after a 10 years since last visit, not much had changed. The food was outstanding as always! The ambiance and service was great!! The fried okra was absolutely amazing, lightly breaded, no grease, fresh and flavorful. Ribs and pulled meats are out of this world!! Keep up the great work!!!

d
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Basic BBQ in Cambridge/Sommerville; decent sides, large portions, good smoked meats, especially brisket. Nice beer selection and friendly staff. My third visit, from afar, left with been-here-done-that feeling. Good for large groups (6+).

DD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve already recommended Red Bones to several friends.
My husband ate at Red Bones frequently when he was on the faculty at Prospect Hill Academy.
Everything about Red Bones was awesome!
Waitress was great!
We will go again to Red Bones. Also we never felt rushed.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and attentive service

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Redbones. If you like (love) BBQ, you really cannot go wrong. Yum, delicious. Just don't worry about the calories.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great gluten free service!

DO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal. Nothing fancy but tasty. We are downstairs which had a fun vibe.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Being a lover of Texas beef ribs, and having experienced the real thing in Austin Texas, this place was a total let down. The ribs were skimpy and dry. This veggie rice was sticky and cold, and the biscuits were hard and cold. Very disappointing as my Sister had raved about this place years back and I never got the chance to try it until now. If beef ribs are your "thing", don't waste your time.

AB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great drinks and a fun atmosphere. Thanks!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a great pleasure to eat at Redbones. Perfect meat, good beer selection, delicious sides, very friendly and cozy ambience. It is definitely a go-to place for us whenever we crave bbq. I’ve had their pulled pork and beef brisket so far and they were 12 out of 10!!

r
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service is always great. It was a very busy Saturday night so conversation at a table of six was a bit of a challenge. Baby back ribs, BBQ beans with burnt ends, brisket, all outstanding. Don't forget the corn fritters!

GH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We did the tourist thing in the Boston area on Labor Day weekend with the kids. I stumbled across this place as a kid-friendly option that was close to our hotel. The food was delicious, with huge portions. I seldom find really tasty collard greens here in the northeast but theirs were excellent. My only complaint is that the downstairs floor of the restaurant is extremely dark, which honestly would have been fun if we were just out for a date or something but was a little challenging with two little kids.

g
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great BBQ for Boston. Been around for 30 plus years and has stayed busy. Make reservations.

P
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We love to go to Redbones, but we were hopeful that since we made a reservation, we would be seated downstairs, which is less noisy. However, we were crammed upstairs which was noisy..and crowded because there was a roof leak, so some tables were not being used.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , excellent service ! Love redbones ! Never disappoints

DK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious food. Good service, Will be back.

EB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed ourselves. It was what we expected. Everything was very good