Located in the heart of Davis Square, Saloon is inspired by the iconic New York City pre-prohibition establishment. With a focus on brown liquors and local beers, Saloon calls reference to a time when drinks were serious and uncomplicated. In the early 1900s, the saloon was the standard institution prominently found on street corners across major cities in young America. The bar program at Saloon features whiskey-based cocktails inspired by the era's classic drinks.
. Enter through a sleek wood door underneath the blinking Davis Square Theatre sign.
Somerville, MA 02144
Comfort Food, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Red Line Davis stop
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Saloon Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant is a WINNER! We were a very diverse crowd of 6. 4 Octogenarians and two mid-life boomers. Two people love spicy/ vegetarian/ some are strictly carnivores, and others enjoy well seasoned food. This place met everyone's idea for a terrific meal. We were all extremely satisfied with our dishes and I received accolades for directing this group to Saloon.
This is my 4th time there and I'm always surprised by how delicious and comforting the food is. Keep it going.
Met up with an old friend visiting from out of town. Our server was attentive an knowledgable. We ordered a second round of cocktails since the first was so good! Got a few smaller plates to share and finished everything, really great variety of rich dining options.
Open Table said they were serving Dinner till 1 am. Sadly the Dinner menu got over at 11 pm. And once we got there, they weren't so sure if they even had waiters to handle a group. Is it because we went late night ? But still Open Table said they were serving dinner till 1 am. Otherwise I would have booked a proper dinner place else where. My rating 2/5 for misinformation.
Went for a 30th birthday based on the extensive whiskey selection. The birthday person was ecstatic! The food far exceeded my expectations... would go again in a heartbeat. The only negative was that he asked for two beers off their list and they were out of them both.
Friendly service, got a little slow when business started rolling in. Very good beer selection with thoughtfully curated drafts readily available. Small bite options were a little problematic as one of our dining party has celiac disease and another keeps kosher, limiting our options, but we had enough and were satisfied with what we had. Noise level made conversation a little challenging, and the low-lit ambiance makes for an atmospheric hangout, but not necessarily the easiest place to read a menu.
We have been to Saloon several times, and it's usually pretty good (especially the cocktails), but variable in food quality. We had an enjoyable experience this time and there was nothing wrong the food, but we couldn't help noticing that it's awfully easy to run up a bill that's more than when we get a great meal at a fine dining restaurant.
Environment was cool, speakeasy, trendy vibe but not overwhelming at all. Food and Drinks were delicious. Menu could have been a little bigger but everything we had was fantastic so more nitpicky than anything.
The service was some of the best I've ever had/seen and Ive worked in the F&B/hospitality industry my entire career. The server was available whenever we wanted but not pushy in anyway. Also very honest with his recommendations.
I highly recommend based on my experience.
I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, since he's really into whiskey. The hostess was really accommodating and let us sit in a more intimate seating area (since it was really quiet that night!)
The drinks/cocktails were SO good, we loved the speakeasy vibe, the red leather cushions, and the dark lighting. The oysters were a bit odd-tasting--I've had SO much better, but the ribeye + chicken milanese were worth the order!
We had a wonderful night, though, and I'd go back!
The food here was outstanding. It is a great dark ambiance in a speakeasy/saloon style restaurant and cocktail bar. The drinks and food were outstanding and I would recommend it for a date or a get together with friends. If you're looking for a bright, open ambiance, this is the wrong place.
I took my boyfriend there for St Patrick's day and he was just as amazed as I was, it was our first time and the atmosphere was great and the history behind Saloon and it being one of the first pre prohibition bars in Massachusetts was amazing. Also they have over 200 different selection of whiskey which was great. We will be coming back with our friends.
Hard to enjoy a birthday dinner with family and friends when the bouncer won't let the birthday girl in because her ID expired on her birthday. Would have totally understood were it a 21 year old or college kids. But we're in our 30s - our 60 year old mother was with us. It was just ridiculous. We won't be back.
Interesting, cool space. Very nice place for a get together with special friends or those you want to be special friends with. Dinner entrees were good, but not great. I think if I go again I would just get a couple of appetizers from the relatively limited menu. Cocktails and drink menu was outstanding.
Complaints - the place was very dark (really hard to read the low contrast fine print menu) and there was basically no cell service down there. How about some wifi or a cell repeater?
This place has a fantastic burger. Try the fantastic burger. It's fantastic.
The wifi doesn't work, but I think that may be intentional. They have no TV's and no cell service. The wifi network exists and you can connect to it, but it doesn't have access to the internet. I think they're trying to force people away from their tech - which is laudable. I just feel like I'm missing an arm sometimes.
Going to see a movie at Somerville Theater so wanted to grab a bite and a beverage in the Davis Square area. Saloon had OpenTable availability so we grabbed a table. Not disappointed. Really interesting subterranean experience. Great décor. A little dark and the background music level was a little too high for easy conversation. Super cocktail and beer menu. My wife loved her cocktail. Decent wine selection. We stuck to the appetizer menu. Everything we tried was very good. Highly recommend the pork belly tostada. Charcuterie and cheese plates were very nice. Creative yet affordable. Our server was very nice and attentive despite a sudden rush of diners. Good date night venue. Would like to go back and hang out at the bar.
After making reservation through OpenTable (and receiving the confirmation) and calling earlier in the day to confirm and see about modifying it, we arrived at our reserved time to a non-existent reservation. They reassured us they would be able to find a place for our large group regardless and asked us to wait "10-15 minutes" while they made it happen. After waiting 45 minutes past our original reservation time, we again inquired how much longer it would be or if it wasn't looking possible so we could just find another place to eat that night. We were again assured it was nearly ready and offered free appetizers to make up for our wait. Surprisingly true to word, within 15 minutes of the second inquiry we were seated. Unfortunately, the service and food were equally disappointing as the reservation service. No free appetizers were ever offered as promised by wait staff, they had run out of several dishes by the time we were able to order, the food we did manage to order was unusually subpar (I've had better steak at Texas Roadhouse which is saying something...), the appetizers we did order took 45 minutes to come out (with our meals and which we received almost exactly two hours after the reservation was set for) and our waitress was no where to be found through most of the 90 minute meal (the birthday girl managed to be able to order just a single drink through the dinner). Being frustrated and thoroughly ready to leave after the main meal was finished and again no waitstaff were in sight to order more drinks or food dishes, we had to go to the wait staff station to request our check. This was a thoroughly disappointing night and way to celebrate someone's birthday. Would whole-heartedly not recommend for meals... at least on the weekend.
Had a big group --- was originally 8 but turned to 7 --- and after having gone to Saloon four times before this visit for drinks /only/, I will probably visit again for food /only/. Service was attentive, no BS. Drinks were strong (duh, this is Saloon) and genuinely perfect. Apps were delicious and meals were cooked to perfection. Great job, Saloon!
The food just isn't very good. The steak, for 29, was fine but small and a quarter fat. The chicken was overcooked. The bread on the cheese plate was dry and they covered that up by pouring olive oil on it--not worth eating. The ambiance is very cool. The cocktails were not good either and my husband's came in a glass chipped all around the edge. The place was not busy except for a Christmas party breaking up as we arrived. Don't see this place lasting very long.
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