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About Saloon

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.

255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 628-4444

Website:
http://www.saloondavis.com/

Public Transit:
Red Line Davis stop

Executive Chef:
Dana Love

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Saloon Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Bar Seating (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Romantic (6)
Cozy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Authentic (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Make sure you know where you are going, this basement restaurant was hard to find. Limited but interesting menu. burger and fries were very good as was humus. service was horrible. Place was 1/2 empty, we had 4 people help us - all were slow.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Saloon delivers on the ambiance scale, but overall dinner value is subpar. Very expensive small drinks and main entrees with poor portion size - not a winning combination.. Four (4) scallops at $32.00 with no appreciable sides to speak of. Much better dining can be found in Davis for the money.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was excellent. I only put 3 stars as value because it is a pricey restaurant but excellent and worth it for special occasions. Creative cocktails and excellent liquor list with skilled bartenders. Only once in 6 times visiting has the food not been great; this was not one of those times; everything was excellent. Classy place being one of the original Boston area speak-easies. Architecture and atmosphere is very pleasing. Our experience this time was kindly waited on by two servers, one of whom very kindly offered to swap out a cocktail I tried but wasn't fond of, and suggested his favorite whiskey as soon as I looked at the list; I took him up on that and it was a good choice! Overall a very nice experience and I'm more than certain I'll be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Taking someone here for the first time makes you look like you’re the coolest person ever. Very speak easy vibe. Food menu is limited, but has something for everyone - we filled the table with appetizers and were perfectly happy and satistiated. Service was relatively quick and responsive, do not come here if you are in a rush - good things take a bit of time. Hero tip: order two orders of the potatoe wedges - they are that good

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Overall great, love the ambience. Pork shank was amazing. Great cocktails.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

always love the atmosphere even though it can get busy and loud at times

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

A phenomenal speakeasy style bar! Went for the drinks but would come back again for the food. A fantastic experience all around!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good but overpriced, cocktail was only OK (and $16!) We love Saloon for drinks with friends, but will probably not return for a dinner date

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Go here a lot the food is always great and it takes you to another place with the décor and mixologists!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Saloon has gotten a bit more hit or miss lately. Some of our group's cocktails were good while others were a little off. Food was delicious as always, if overpriced, as always. Service was incredibly slow and the server offered no apology or explanation.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Vegan, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went here with some friends for my birthday it was a nice atmosphere, but louder than I wanted. Also maybe slightly over priced , but normal for area... food and drinks were good

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Bar Seating, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The service we received was phenomenal! The sous chef even came and sat next to my husband to discuss his dietary needs.
The food was delicious and the ambiance was wonderful.
We will definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Love Saloon. Great food, lovely bourbon/whiskey selection, killer old fashioneds (and other cocktails), and knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Second time going to Saloon, and it was just as amazing as the first time. Our server, Joe, was pleasant and provided excellent service. It was super loud, but also a Saturday night so expected. Definitely going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great service, not rushed, good food, fun birthday celebration

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Great Beer
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Clean, friendly restaurant. I like the speakeasy feel, but the place is a little darkly lit. Can use some candles on the table or something like that. Romantic, though, that's a plus.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Longest bourbon, rum, and whiskey menu I've ever seen.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Cozy, Happy Hour, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fun, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Excellent service! I called a few moments ahead of my reservation, asking if I could push it back 30 minutes, they were entirely able to accommodate me and very nice, very understanding about it.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Excellent food, atmosphere, and service.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Excellent food and atmosphere. Terrific booze selection. Great service. Menu interesting but not extensive. Well worth a repeat.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 17, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I hadn't been here since this place opened a few years ago- I love the decor. The food was outstanding. It was a little crowded as we were seated near the bar on a Saturday night, but I think that's a testament to how good this place is! Highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Romantic, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on April 6, 2017

It was all around a very good experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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?

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Love the dark wood and brick atmosphere. Had every app on the menu..delicious! Great drinks, great service. Fun place for dinner and drinks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

The menu selection is small however everything was Outstanding. Very pleased with portions and quality. Service was fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Our food at Saloon was great but the service suffered as the bar became more crowded. There was long periods of time before the waitress could get back to our table. The atmosphere was nice up until that point.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The service and food at Saloon were excellent!! Beautifully prepared steaks and yummy veggie sides! The cocktails were a little lackluster in preparation as the amounts of ingredients didn't taste balanced.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great ambiance. Pricey food and drinks, suitable for a special occassion. We are happy that we tried this restaurant but will not be back frequently. The menu is small, but the food was tasty.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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