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Saloon

4.3
4.3
272 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food

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.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 628-4444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dana Love

  • Neighborhood

    Somerville

  • Public transit

    Red Line Davis stop

  • Additional

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

Menu

Appetizers

  • Fried Oysters$13.00

    peppadew tartar, lemon

    • Devils On Horseback$9.00

      feta-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, reduced mint balsamic

      • White Truffle-Honey Popcorn$4.00

        • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts$9.00

          maple-buffalo sauce, crispy shallots, parmesan

          • Poutine$12.00

            hand-cut potato wedges, smoked cheddar, applewood smoked bacon gravy

            • Potato Wedges$7.00

              garlic, parmesan, horseradish mayo

              • Warm Brassica Salad$12.00

                sauteed kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, acorn squash puree

                • Pork Belly Tostadas$12.00

                  cider braised pork belly, manchego cheese, apple-cabbage slaw, creme fraiche

                  • Maple Buffalo Wings$12.00

                    bleu cheese dressing

                    • Wedge Salad$10.00

                      iceberg, applewood smoked bacon, cherry tomatoes, candied walnuts, bleu cheese salad

                      • Local Oysters on the 1/2 Shell

                        served with classic cocktail and red wine mignonette

                        • 1/2 Doz.$16.00
                        • 1 Doz.$30.00
                      • Charcuterie Board$16.00

                        Chef's selection of 3 cured and artisan meats, mustard, house pickles, fresh baguette

                        • Artisan Cheese Board$16.00

                          Chef's selection of 3 cheeses, house seasonal jam, fresh fruit, fresh baguette

                          Entrees

                          • Steak Au Poivre$29.00

                            peppercorn crusted 10oz angus ribeye, frites, watercress, Cognac cream sauce

                            • Fried Chicken$20.00

                              Parmesan breaded chicken cutlet, buttermilk biscuit, smoked bacon gravy, apple-cabbage slaw

                              • Chickpea-Tomatillo Stew$15.00

                                Israeli cous cous, tomato-coconut broth, grilled cornbread, jalapeño butter

                                • Pan-Roasted Faroe Islands Salmon$24.00

                                  seared shiitake mushrooms, red quinoa, cherry tomatoes, curried coconut sauce

                                  • Rodeo Burger$16.00

                                    USDA prime blend, maple smoked cheddar, crispy shallots, whiskey BBQ, garlic parmesan wedges, brioche bun

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                                    What 272 people are saying

                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                    4.3
                                    4.3 based on all time ratings
                                    • 4.2Food
                                    • 4.1Service
                                    • 4.3Ambience
                                    • 3.9Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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                                    1. N

                                      Nance

                                      New England

                                      28 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      28 reviews

                                      Dined on April 14, 2018

                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                      Food was superb - braised pork shank was the best!! As the bar/restaurant filled up, the noise level was too loud to hear across the table. Servers were very busy yet helpful.

                                    2. JB

                                      JocelynB

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 24, 2018

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      We celebrated our Anniversary here after a co-worker recommended. We loved the vibe and the food. When we arrived for our 6:30 reservation we were seated promptly and the space was quiet - the longer we were there the more crowded it got. By the time we left at around 8:30 pm the place was packed. Our food was spectacular and the cocktail menu was really interesting. I'm 13 weeks pregnant and the bartender was really nice about making me mocktails so it felt authentic. Definitely, recommend.

                                    3. ER

                                      EricaR

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on March 24, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      What a cool place! The menu was small, but everything we had was delicious and filling. AMAZING cocktail and whiskey list.

                                    4. P

                                      Paola

                                      New England

                                      67 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      67 reviews

                                      Dined on March 20, 2018

                                      overall4food3service4ambience5

                                      Awesome location and great ambiance. The room is cozy and inviting. The drink menu is amazing if you like whiskey and bourbon. The food is ok but the menu is small but with the right set of options. This place is all about the drinks.

                                    5. BW

                                      BabsW

                                      New England

                                      13 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      13 reviews

                                      Dined on March 17, 2018

                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                      Menu is limited but good, food wise not ideal or designed for vegetarians or pescatarians, but overall a really fun basement dwelling with an extensive drink menu. Cool red booths, but lots of hard surfaces and very dark. It is super loud post 7pm. We were there for St. Patrick's day most recently and it was too loud, not enough staff, took over 10 minutes to be recognized and served water, had to ask for it. Once the server did attend to our table he was great. The vibe is fun, not good for children or teens or if you want to have a conversation without shouting. Will go back, just not on St. Patrick's day- if you want rowdy on this holiday- go! It's Davis Square, Boston, a great place to celebrate with friends.

                                    6. C

                                      Carl

                                      Atlantic City

                                      34 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      34 reviews

                                      Dined on February 27, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      cool atmosphere, early west. Great food. Have only basic liquors no Southern Comfort

                                    7. n

                                      newtosomerville

                                      New England

                                      18 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      18 reviews

                                      Dined on February 26, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Can never get enough of the Arancini and the selection of whiskey. Wow!

                                    8. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New York Area

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on February 22, 2018

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      Ambiance was so fun! The speakeasy setup, the old dark wood work, antique mirrors pairs perfectly with the traditional prohibition craft cocktails. Get the flask for two from the bar great way to stay on theme!! The food was also spot on. Definitely coming back!

                                    9. O

                                      Occasionaldiner

                                      New England

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on February 17, 2018

                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                      Great ambience and bar setting. Food is yummy but on the heavy side - would be nice to see fresh veggies/salads and/or lighter appetizers on the menu. Staff friendly and welcoming.

                                    10. E

                                      Errick

                                      New England

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on January 31, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      I'm already a whiskey lover but the things they do with their whiskey in cocktails can make even non-whiskey lovers appreciate it!

                                    11. LB

                                      LaurenB

                                      New England

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on January 27, 2018

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      Food and ambiance were both great! I entered special (birthday) instructions when I made the OpenTable reservation, but they were not implemented at the restaurant. That was disappointing, but everything else was great.

                                    12. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on January 27, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Everything was amazing the drink and food and ambiance were great but the music was too loud

                                    13. b

                                      bagelboots

                                      New England

                                      5 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on January 26, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      bustling speak-easy style bar with extensive liquor library and short to-the-point bar food menu. Oysters were very fresh

                                    14. K

                                      Kimber

                                      New England

                                      31 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      31 reviews

                                      Dined on January 25, 2018

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Cocktails were decent. Food was phenomenal. I got the rodeo burger. Will definitely be back.

                                    15. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      65 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      65 reviews

                                      Dined on January 20, 2018

                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                      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.

                                    16. D

                                      Downthesquare

                                      New England

                                      47 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      47 reviews

                                      Dined on December 31, 2017

                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                      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.

                                    17. g

                                      greencityguy

                                      New England

                                      14 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      14 reviews

                                      Dined on December 22, 2017

                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                      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.

                                    18. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 18, 2017

                                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                                      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

                                    19. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      8 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      8 reviews

                                      Dined on December 16, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    20. KP

                                      KevP

                                      New England

                                      14 reviews

                                      vip
                                      4.0

                                      14 reviews

                                      Dined on December 7, 2017

                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                    21. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on December 4, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    22. J

                                      Jess

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on November 10, 2017

                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                      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

                                    23. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on October 28, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    24. H

                                      Hanna

                                      New England

                                      3 reviews

                                      3.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on October 23, 2017

                                      overall3food4service2ambience4

                                      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.

                                    25. AO

                                      AudO

                                      New England

                                      39 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      39 reviews

                                      Dined on October 23, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    26. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      2 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on October 14, 2017

                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                      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

                                    27. a

                                      anonymous

                                      New England

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on October 9, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    28. m

                                      maha

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      3.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on October 7, 2017

                                      overall3food2service1ambience3

                                      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.

                                    29. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on October 3, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    30. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on September 22, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    31. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on August 23, 2017

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    32. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on August 19, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    33. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      3 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on July 29, 2017

                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                    34. DJ

                                      DrJimbob

                                      New England

                                      11 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      11 reviews

                                      Dined on July 17, 2017

                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                      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.

                                    35. D

                                      Dunwich

                                      New England

                                      48 reviews

                                      vip
                                      3.0

                                      48 reviews

                                      Dined on July 7, 2017

                                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                                      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.

                                    36. J

                                      Jude

                                      San Francisco

                                      5 reviews

                                      4.0

                                      5 reviews

                                      Dined on June 5, 2017

                                      overall4food4service3ambience3

                                      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.

                                    37. EM

                                      EthanM

                                      New England

                                      7 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on June 3, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                    38. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      New England

                                      4 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      4 reviews

                                      Dined on May 19, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      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.

                                    39. TS

                                      TheSundanceKid

                                      New England

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on May 8, 2017

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      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.

                                    40. JS

                                      JasonS

                                      New England

                                      3 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      3 reviews

                                      Dined on April 25, 2017

                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                      Excellent food, atmosphere, and service.

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                                    Saloon is rated 4.3 stars by 272 OpenTable diners

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                                    • Neighborhood

                                      Somerville

                                    • Hours of operation

                                      Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 1:00pm

                                    • Cuisines

                                      Comfort Food, Contemporary American

                                    • Dining style

                                      Casual Dining

                                    • Dress code

                                      Smart Casual

                                    • Public transit

                                      Red Line Davis stop

                                    • Payment options

                                      AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                    • Executive chef

                                      Dana Love

                                    • Additional

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

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