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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 28, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

The burger and potatoe wedges were impeccable. 🍔👌🏼

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Food menu is not expansive, but what's there is delicious. Whisky book is very good, and the bar offers some inventive cocktails. Service was efficient but friendly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2016

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2016

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Great waitress. Delicious food. Good cocktails that read sweet but drank mild.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Definitely worth checking out! Good cocktails, great whiskey selection and nice menu selection. We had caramelized Brussels which were amazing!! Peppercorn crusted steak was cooked to perfection. Being a Friday night, the energy level was to be expected, but it was hard to carry on a conversation. Happy we went!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Great fun evening; good food, great cocktails, beer (and Whiskey) and super service, and a great atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Everything was spot on. The food was prepared well. Loved the fall salad with squash puree. Probably the highlight of my food experience. The fried chicken was properly cooked, but needed salt. The apple slaw was bland. I'm not a smoker, so nothing was preventing my tastebuds from experiencing the food. I was disappointed in the flavor of the dish though everything else was great. My friend had a burger and fries--crushed it. Server was excellent. I'll definitely be back, but I think I'll ask for salt and pepper for the table in case it's a more common thing. I give it 5 stars overall because it was an A level experience even if I wanted better flavor from my dish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE. NICE ATMOSPHERE, GREAT PEOPLE.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 8, 2016

I absolutely love Saloon. The service is always great, from the host to wait staff. The drinks are always made with fresh juices and are perfectly balanced. The food is always on point and satisfying. I highly recommend this speak-easy gem in the middle of Davis square.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

We came here with my son who lives nearby. It was hard to find this place even when we were standing in front of it. It was very loud and noisy, but the food was delicious. I would definitely come here again, maybe on a night that isn't quite so lively. It was hard to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Love the atmosphere. Food was okay, but that is standard in Boston. Service was great & cocktails/beer list are perfect!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2016

Went to Saloon for a belated birthday dinner. Had read a ton of reviews about the quality of the drinks but not too many reviews about the menu. Luckily, we were pleasantly surprised with our dinner. My husband had the spicy fried chicken, which was delicious. I had the salmon in curry sauce, which was also very tasty. My only complaint about our appetizer, the mission figs and chorizo, was that is was too small. It was so good, we just wanted more! I would recommend Saloon as a great spot to meet for drinks, or to have a casual, but quality meal. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 9, 2016

I have been to the saloon many times and I always have a good time. I am constantly recommending the place and I have always had a good experience with wait staff etc. This night was different, we struggled to get good attention from the waitress and the music was incredibly too loud and could not hear anyone in our group of 7. I will try and give it another shot, but I will be hesitant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Loved the ambiance and the food was amazing. My wife and I are still talking about it.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Hadn't come here in a while. Used to love this place, but this time, the music (which was a genre seemingly incongruous to the decor, menu, etc. of the restaurant) was so very loud that I had to shout to my dining partner and had to ask her to repeat herself several times. Entirely ruined what would have otherwise been a pleasant dining experience. I'm disappointed in what used to be such a interesting restaurant, and I don't expect I'll be returning any time soon. :-(

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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2016

We had a great meal and great service. The specials were on point and it was a great treat for a father's day special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 29, 2016

I went to dinner expecting to enjoy a decent meal, but , as soon as we sat down we were told"all we have are burgers"!! I wouldn't have gone there if that was written anywhere , not on the website,nothing mentioned about a limited menu!! Left hungry and disappointed !!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2016

What sets Saloon apart is the ambiance and the bourbon. Once you find the place (look for the little white globe light) and head down the stairs, you are deep in the belly of an old-school bourbon bar. Dark wood, dark leather, and dark spirits abound. They don't necessarily have rare and fascinating bourbons, but they have an amazing variety of bottles you might want in your home bar, and you can try before you buy. Taste a classic Manhattan with different spirits, or love on their bespoke cocktails - the Back Disaster was full of mezcal yumminess. I go here about once a month, mostly recently to introduce a friend to what is amazing about bourbons.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2016

We've been to Saloon a number of times, and we went again for our anniversary dinner. Every experience has been really great, especially the first one, when the director of beverage personally guided us through our whiskey flight.

We like sitting in the more enclosed area past the archway, to the right of the bar. It's a bit more intimate, although standing patrons from the bar tend to spill in there during busy times. The food is tasty - it's a small 2-page menu of comfort food and higher-end items. We loved the charcuterie board, and I had the rodeo burger for the second time, cooked to perfection with delicious truffle-parmesan fries.

The servers are fun and knowledgable, friendly and very responsive. There's a good cocktail list, lots of beer selections, and a TON of whiskey options, obviously.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2016

For one of the most beautiful interior spaces in the area, the music does not fit. For 12 dollar cocktails it doesn't make sense to feel like a sports bar. So much class with food and cocktails

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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Ambience was cool. Small snacks were tasty (honey truffle popcorn, fried pickles and potato wedges). Very disappointed in their cocktails. Sadly, the 5 types that were ordered among my table were all undrinkable.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Food and drinks were outstanding. Great selection of whiskey.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2016

The restaurant was empty when we got there, the hostess put loud people right next to us. Not sure why when there were plenty of tables available. Other than that food was great, waitress very helpful and attentive.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Big disappointment. Chose Saloon in large part based on the menu posted on line only to discover a completely different and extremely limited food menu at the restaurant. When we asked our server if the menu was limited because it was Valentines Day she said no. She went on to say that they were aware that the online menu was different and that the issue wasn't new. No apologies, just "are you ready to order?" The good news is that one of our companions had the Open Table App and was able to book us a table at Five Horses which is around the corner and which I'd recommend. Would never recommend Saloon for anything because I felt like I was the victim of a bait and switch.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

We had the pan seared scallop plate and the starlet chicken which I believe replaced the cornish game hen on the menu. Both dishes were delicious :)

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2016

Our son recommended Saloon after he found himself there one late night. We went for my birthday and the food was absolutely delicious!!

Started off with buffalo Brussels sprouts and oysters. The oysters were sweet and disappeared in a 2 minutes. The Buffalo Brussels sprouts were outrageously delicious and would get 2 orders the next time - one just for myself.

2 of us had the steak tips which were tender, juicy and delicious.
1 of us had the scallops and they were the same - tender, juicy and delicious. The squash side was equally delicious.
1 of us had the burger - which was unbelievable!

The beer selection was excellent.

Our waitress was spot on and fun. Whole place was vibrant but not too loud so you could talk easily with your table mates.

Will definitely go back with our friends who are foodies!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2016

I had been by for drinks and liked the place, was looking forward to having food.

When we sat I realized the menu was cut by most items (because of Super Bowl?). Our server then "miss-entered" the order so we waited an hour for 3 steak frites and chicken wings. Trying to get another drink was an effort in futility. When our food did arrive my "medium rare" was "well done" and our server didn't seem interested in asking how things were. I would have sent it back, but was starving and already embarrassed I had picked the spot.

We paid and left.
We will not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2016

A friend and i came here last Saturday. We had a reservation which was great because the place was packed! They were pretty busy but our service was unusually slow. I think we were at sort of a forgotten table. I've been here before at the bar and had a similar service speed level, so that may just be part of the charm. A great place to go for a fun and unique bar scene and the drinks are always delish!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2015

The interior and ambiance were perfect, food was pretty good, but service was terrible! We will never go back because of the rudeness of the waitress, but if that had not been the case this place could have been a go to restaurant for us. We were ready to order more drinks and dessert but were so put off after or meal we had to leave.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Enormous whiskey list. The bartenders are constantly coming up with new concoctions. I've been back several times and often entertain out of town friends here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2015

My favorite place in Somerville, food is always excellent and the vibe is crucial.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2015

Excellent food and drink, and a cozy atmosphere that invites you to stay for a while.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2015

My son suggested this place for his 27th birthday. My husband and I, our daughter and her fiance, son and his girlfriend plus our other daughter and son all enjoyed it very much! The menu is limited but what they had was delicious. They have a big whiskey menu and many other drink choices. It was special for the occasion and my son was very happy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Really friendly staff, great service and great food. The speakeasy vibe was very cool too. I will definitely go again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Always enjoy coming to this restaurant. The fact that there is no obvious sign makes it seem fun, and being in the basement adds a mysterious touch. The drinks are awesome, especially if you are looking for a cocktail. And the food was great- my date has been raving about his steak tips since we've been there. Lively bar and good service, I would definitely recommend this place for a romantic date.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2015

So Saloon is well known for it's vibrant bar scene and excellent beer/wine/whisky etc selection but where it stumbles is the food. Although I appreciate a limited menu, to find out on a busy Saturday night that they have run out 3 items on the menu is dissapointing. In fairness the chef did try and make it up to us by providing a couple of side dishes...but still. Also, service was really slow, again appreciating that it was a busy Saturday night. I would recomend going to Saloon to eat - just not at the weekend.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Loved the ambiance, food, service but not the noise.
Not an experience for a group.
Music should be lower and fewer speakers. Could not enjoy a discussion

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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