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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Good for a Date (7)
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Bar Seating (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Casual (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Great Beer (2)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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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 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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Very good ambience, food and drink, but the bartenders and servers were utterly overwhelmed and multiple times drinks and food too a long time to get to people

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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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vip
 (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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