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Redbones Barbeque

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143 Ratings
Ratings: 143
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: 28
Bottles: 40
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

55 Chester St
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144-3001
United States
phone: (617) 628-2200

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @redbones

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Photo of joshlara
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was the first must stop for good beer and food on the three day excursion into Boston. We got there around nine on a Friday night. There was a half hour wait for a table but that was okay, I like to get a chance to have a beer or two before eating. RedBones has an upper level and a lower level. The upper level consists of a smaller room where the bar is located and another room set up for dining. There isn't much room to stand and hang out at the bar. The other room is much larger and extremely bright. There are booths on the right and left walls with the kitchen in full view in the back. The middle is set up with tables adjoining each other. Seating is rather compact so if you like more privacy while eating this might not be the place for you. The downstairs is set up more for the college students. It is low key and much more relaxing than upstairs. It is dark with crazy fluorescent paintings on the wall. There are tables to eat and hang out at. There is another smallish bar with room for about eight. I must say if you are claustrophobic you might want to stay upstairs as the ceiling is low. There are full length CD's played continuously creating a friendly atmosphere.

The service was mixed. It was good when we were at the bar downstairs. We didn't have to wait for our drinks. When we sat down to eat upstairs it was quick and when we needed something it was brought out immdiately. The only problem I had was the server was not personable, he was almost cold. It felt like he did not want to be there and it was a burden to help us.

The selection of beers was, for me, the best part of the bar. There are about twenty beers on tap with a bunch of bottles offered as well. Both micro and domestic beers were available. I was able to try Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic for the first time and I must say it may be the best beer I have ever had on draft. This alone garners huge praise. I won't mention that I also had Victory Storm King Stout and Stone IPA on draft as well. You can't get much better than that. If it was located in my hometown I would be a regular for sure.

Not all people come here for their huge beer selection. I saw a couple of people drinking Corona and Bud Light. So what brings them here? They come for the great food. I am not into food as much as most people, I'm happy with my favorite beverage, but I must say their food is great. Southern barbeque at its finest. Their ribs are huge and outstanding. Their pulled pork sandwich can't be beat. The pricing is relatively cheap for the quality they offer.

This is a somewhat different place than you might expect. It almost has some local dive bar qualities to it and the dining arrangements aren't the best, but if you are looking for great beer and food, this is the place. Very accessible from downtown Boston as the T will bring you two minutes from their doors.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've spent a good deal of time working and traveling throughout the south, and the one constant positive aspect of working there is the food. Slow-smoked baby back ribs, Texas ribs, dirty rice, BBQ, fried okra, pulled pork, home-made baked beans, collard greens, coleslaw and catfish are all wonderful comfort foods. The one short coming of good southern cooking down south, is the difficulty in finding quality beer to match the food.
Redbones, on the other hand, has both authentic-style southern cuisine, plus world-class beer. Redbones has a great variety of slow-cooked, smoked, grilled and BBQ meats. Their side orders are a meal in themselves.
The big problem with Redbones is that their food and beer selections are too varied. There's no possible way I can eat and drink my fill without looking at the order being delivered to the customers at the next table and thinking to myself; Oh, I should have ordered that! Oh, well...next time!

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Alright, no joke but I used to live about 100 yards from this place. Best apartment ever.

There is an upstairs and a downstairs with a bar on both levels.

Upstairs is almost communal style sitting with a separate bar. The service in the restuarant is great. In the bar they usually have over 30 (give or take) various brews from all over on tap. Sometimes service was easier if you were a female so we would send my roomates girlfriend to the bar for us. After the bartender's started to recognize us life became much easier.

Downstairs is UnderBones. Very eclectic decorations with cool paintings done on the walls. You can spend hours just looking at the walls. There is another bar down here with full menu service. All the beer tasting and beer events are held down there. This is usually where I would try to sit.

Warning: During meal hours it may be quite a wait for a table, so be patient, because the food is worth it.

Oh yeah, the FOOD!!! I won't torture you by waxing poetic but it is the best BBQ I've ever had. All styles of ribs, sauces, chicken, sausages. It is damn near impossible not to gorge yourself. Also, unlike other BBQ joints, they respect vegetarians and they have a veggie option or two on the menu which they cook on separate grills/stoves away from the meat.

Photo of fdrich29
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Taking the turn down Chester Street and walking into Redbones hits you in with feeling that you've somehow left Davis Square, that you've left Massachusetts completely.

The smell of roasted flesh and BBQ sauce grabs you once you've passed through the doors and are waiting in the line to get in (if you're there on Friday or Saturday nights expect there to be one, sometimes in excess of an hour). The tables are really packed into the floorspace, like you'd expect to see "down south" although the vibe of Davis is still prevelant. Great selection of beer, no worries there, I usually go with a Harpoon IPA, you're gonna want something light because the food is going to fill you up nicely. They serve Guinness last I was there but even the most die hard fan of the stout is going to want to pass on it here.

When I do treat myself to Redbones I go all out and get the sampler plate with a selection of ribs, chicken and brisket. There is no shortage of selection at Redbones for meals or side orders, which include sweet potato fries and collared greens, and many others you typically don't find this far north of Mason/Dixon.

As you look around you'll see the waitstaff busy attending to everyone as the place is always packed. Don't expect 1:1 attention from your server here. On occasion I've ordered two beers at once, knowing I might not see my server again for some time.

As far as New England goes there are only two places I think of for really good BBQ. The Yankee Smokehouse near Ossippee and Redbones in Somervile. If you're a fan of BBQ and beer Redbones will not disappoint.

Photo of pmowen
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My first trip to Redbones. Went to Underbones while waiting for a table upstairs and ended up taking our meal there cause the wait for a table was so long. Beer selection was quite good I thought. I had a couple Hop Rod Rye, an Arrogant Bastard and a McNeill's bucksnort all on tap and fresh. The food is intense. Best barbeque I've had in Boston along with Blue Ribbon Barbeque on Mass Ave. Service was bad. They were quite busy while we were there and as a result the service was bad. Waitress and bartender were both nice but slow and not attentive at all. I'll definately be back, but during the week when it's slower.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been coming here for years. If you want good beer and good BBQ together, this is the place to go.

Perhaps familiarity has bred contempt, for I now regard it as good but not great. While it's still a congenial gathering place, I'm afraid the bloom is off the rose for me. It's no longer the best place for BBQ in Boston (that would be Blue Ribbon, but they don't serve beer so they don't count.) I'm starting to find the non-Q dishes more interesting, like the grilled chicken salad, or the beef skewers.

Too often the cask is either off, or seems to be on its last legs. But it still has a great selection on the taps. I've have some interesting beers here. My one beef is they are so devoted to the full pour, there's never a head on the beer.

Stil it retains a fond place in my heart. This is my local where I come with my friends every week to have a great time together.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Redbones..Aaaaahh Redbones..What can be said?
So many great memories there,and some I don't remember-I'm sure.
The people are great,the food is great, and the beers are awesome.
Not the biggest beer selection,but always choice.
They keep a good mix of regionals,imports and beers from away.
If theres a great new beer available in Mass,they will have it on tap.
You can check the website which stays somewhat current for the draft selection,but, word for the wise,many have been burned by checking the site for that one beer the've waiting for and driven for hours,and bammo,big dissapointment when you get there.
Call first!
Redbones is usually quite busy and very popular.
Be prepared to wait on the weekend for a table,sometimes for quite a while,and don't be standing too close to the large hostess when she lets loose calling out the next partys name!Your ears will bleed.
Spin the dial on the wheel of beer,don't be afraid,if you don't like the taste,they won't make you order a full one.
They keep a couple of dozen on tap and usually a cask as well.
Beer is always served in very good condition in various glass ware and offer samplers and 10oz servings as well.
As for the BBQ,it's a meat eaters dream come true.
For the true carnivore,order the "around the belt"3 different types of ribs and topped off with the best brisket anywhere.
There's enough there for almost 3 meals.
The side are great too-dirty rice,potato salad,hush puppies,cole slaw.The buffalo shrimp and catfish fingers are worth the trip alone.Yum.
They have expanded thier menu in recent years and there are daily specials which are always good.
All this and now they are smoke free!
I was pleasantly surprised on my last trip down,when I braced myself,opened the door to the bar area,waiting for that familiar sting in the eyes, and found no smoke!Yea baby,yea!
Redbones does a lot in the name of good beer,several beer dinners throughout the year,with different themes and featured speakers.Prizes also,and unlimited beer and BBQ.Thats what I'm talkin' about!

Photo of bewley
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went there once on a Sunday evening and ate upstairs. The service was great, if hectic. The food was quite good. They make their own homemade sausage and change the flavor daily. I was lucky enough (according to my waitress) to have the Hot Italian sausage as it is not served often. It was good and served with a very nice dirty rice and beans, lots of garlic and flavor.

I had a Magic Hat Heart of Darkness stout on tap which was pleasant and braced me for being surrounded by a multitude of happy kids who ranged in age to six months to 8 years old. Toddlers appear to love the place and so do their parents who can drink beer and eat ribs whilst their offspring drink lemonade out of pickling jars. The gist of all this is that if you happen to be there on the weekend, (especially on a Sunday) you may want to consider partaking downstairs, called "Underbones," which has a very interesting atmosphere--a sort of Mexican, fluorescent Day of the Dead feel about it.

Redbones is a great place.

Photo of goz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here a bunch of times, both upstairs and down. The atmosphere is definately unique, but extremely fun and comfortable for me. The beer selection is always outstanding - I usually try to get whatever McNeil's they have on tap, and then try whatever else piques my interest after that. Service is always quick and helpful, and the bartenders offer tastes w/o a problem. Food is also outstanding. I've never had a bad experience in this place.

Photo of waughbrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like the downstairs area a lot more than the upstairs, but both are pretty good. Service is usually very friendly and low-key, ordering mistakes always end up in your favor. Selection is a great variety, always changing. A good focus on beers from around the U.S. especially the West Coast. The beer quality is inconsistent. Sometimes the beers don't taste as fresh as expected, and sometimes you can taste the beer that was previously poured from that line. The food is very good and very messy, but what do you expect with BBQ? Not many vegetarian options, but you might be able to guess that from the name of the place. Overall one of the best beer places to go to around Boston to have a good time.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Not was I lucky enough to get here once during my recent trip to the AoBF2 Stammtisch Festival, but I got here twice.

The first visit was an impromptu break from the all-day Stammtisch. BeerFinancier, BierMansGirl and a few other BA’s fancied something more than Pretzels and Wurst, to soak up the excellent flowing alcohol, as well as getting some fresh air. So we left the Stammtisch with a mission for some wholesome food, & after flagging down a Taxi-Cab - ended up at the infamous RedBones.

The traditional looking wooden bar runs down the left-hand side, as you enter. A full wall runs parallel to, and about 6 feet in front of, the bars counter. To your right immediately as you enter is the entrance to the upstairs dining are that lies behind the wall in front of the bar. We were here for the food and after collecting a drink at the bar we took our seats in the dining area and enjoyed a hearty, well-priced meal. The Jerk Beef Sandwich I had was excellent and spicy as I had hoped. But better than that, I had the chance to drink a Cantillon Kriek served on tap, which was stupendously marvelous. The McNeill’s ESB was also very good. In addition to about the 20-25 beers on draft, it also sells a Cask beer via Beer Engine, although the one I had was flat, lacked vitality & carbonation – this is so often a case of using hard & soft spiles incorrectly, or not using hard spiles at all to control the release of dissolved carbon dioxide in the cask. Still, it is true to say that this is a widespread problem I find in the US as a whole when I come across cask beer, so it’s not just peculiar to just Redbones, a minor ‘beef’ really.

There is also a bar downstairs but we only visited this for a brief look when I attended Redbones the second time on the Sunday after the Post-Stammtisch Party at the Boston Beer Works – North Station when PatandDavid showed myself, xlperro & BochTech the brightly decorated underground bar – recognizable from so many of bennybrew’s photo’s from a previous BA Social.

After having heard so much about this place, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. Drawbacks are its popularity, which can make it busy at times, and I could not get used to going behind the end of bar to get to the Gents upstairs Toilet – weird.

Overall, a great selection of Beer in a ‘down to earth’ environment, that has the added bonus of selling some wholesome Barbeque food, which all makes for a superb establishment.

Last Visit: 9/13 & 9/14

Photo of PZuke
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Had to check this place out after reading about it on BA. It is a small place with seating on the first floor and the basement. When I went during the weeknight the first floor was very family orientated. The basement was were the bar was and they had a few tables about in a very dark room. Have read and heard about the beer and I was not disappointed at the selection. Ever changing taps of hard to find imports and exports beers. The bartender will be happy to give you a sample if you ask. The beer was fresh and of high quality. The only downfall of the beer is the fact that you get all your beers in the same types of glasses. The beer selection is good but I felt the best thing about Red Bones was the food. They have an excellent southern menu with all the tradition foods that you will not find around Boston. Was very excited to see Corn Fritter and Hush Puppies on the menu. Reminded me of trips to Florida as a kid. I had the ribs that were very good with a couple of nice helpings of sides. This place is cash only and while I would go here to eat any time it would not be my first choice for beer.

Photo of John
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Redbones is very similar to a place called Dinosaur BBQ that Rochester and Syracuse BAs know well. In terms of beer section, the edge goes to Redbones. An interesting and rotating selection of 24 draughts keeps the BA’s interest peaked. Very good selection of bottled micros and Belgians as well as cans of some "classics" like Schlitz and Genesee. Last visit I especially enjoyed the Concord IPA, Rapscallion Blessing and the Stoudt’s Abbey Triple. The food is outstanding. The bar staff is very friendly and accommodating providing samples of beers and food! I was curious about how the jerk pork tenderloin was last Thursday and the reply was: “want to try it”. Very cool. One of my favorite places in the Boston area. I’ll be back here again and again. Highly recommended. Cash and personal checks only. No credit cards!

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

True southern BBQ and great beer, what more could you want.

The atmosphere, on the lower level, is dark and almost a little spooky. Dark walls painted in white and florecents are complimented by the low lighting. A very small L shaped bar on one side of the room, with a few spots to stand along the walls and a few higher tables around the bar. The rest of the small room is your standard seating area 4 person tables. Very laid back and simple. Nothing fancy.

The food here is probably some of the best, true to style, BBQ you're going to find in the Boston Area. Hush Puppies, Corn Fritters, Fried Catfish (fried with a true cornmeal batter), pulled pork, ribs, chicken and more.

The 2 dozen or so tap beers and equal numbered bottles are pretty evenly split between your good ol' micro/macro standards and much more obscure belgians, germans and craft brews. What really makes redbones stand out though is that they have a constantly revolving selection of beers you're simply not going to find at any other bar. The newest Dogfish Head you havn't heard of yet on tap, or that bottle of Westvletern abt 12 you've been looking for. Basically you're almost always guaranteed to find a beer you've never had before here.

Really the only issues with Redbones are that they serve all their beers in the same small assortment of glasses, they are cash only and the seating is very limited at the bar.
But beyond that, If you're in or around Davis Square and are looking for some good food and good beer, Redbones can't be missed.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally...I made it to Redbones. I didn't know what to expect concerning the atmosphere...I've just heard so much about it. I did know however, that I would get some kickass barbeque and some top shelf beers, many of which have a difficult time finding in the PA area.

I was right on with that. Upon arriving, my friends and I were told it would be about a 30 minute wait for a table. So of course we went downstairs to Underbones to have a few pints while we waited. It ended up only taking about 15 minutes, and we got a table downstairs where we were waiting. The wait staff was very friendly and quite knowledgable about both the beer and the food.

I love the atmosphere of this place...its down-home and southern, yet I would not feel out of place walking in here after work in a suit and tie. Redbones is for everyone! The crowd was of all ages, and everyone was lively and enjoying the food, beer, and company.

The bbq is some of the best I've had. I had to get ribs (I went with the Memphis style) in addition to some pulled chicken and hushpuppies. The food is messy and simply wonderful, and the prices are easy to deal with. The beer! They had around 20-25 beers on tap, which is a fair amount, but it was the beers themselves, not the quantity, that made me happy. Some tough to find beers were the highlights. They previously had some Gose on tap but I just missed it. I sampled a Dogfish Head Weedwacker Wit and a Paper City Blond Hop Monster. $3.50 a pint each was pretty impressive as well. Decent selection of bottles as well, but the prices are higher.

I would like to make this a stop everytime I am in the Boston area. The service and food are awesome, as is the rotating selection of quality brews. Not to be missed!

Photo of vitesse
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

what a great place. i convinced my girlfriend to come here for dinner on the promise that the food would be good (she's not into the beer), anyway, i wasn't let down.

seriously amazing barbecue/soul food. big enough portions to have for lunch the next day. cool atmosphere. good prices.

and did i mention the beer. when i visited they had rogue dry-hopped red ale and one of the heavyweights on tap. as well as a good selection of micros/belgians/etc.

and the service was really great. our waiter brought us free appetizers when he asked if we could change tables to make room for a big party. that was mos def appreciated.

definitely worth going way way out of your way for.

Photo of Tchuck
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Like Pat, I don't know what to say that hasn't been said before, so a few thoughts:

1) Probably one of about three places in Boston that will have something on tap that I've never had before. Some places have more taps, but aren't as daring, or don't have what they advertise in stock.
2) You can't go wrong with the food, but some items bring it to the next level: catfish fingers, sausage o'the day, collard greens, hushpuppies, pulled pork, brisket, and the pecan pie.
3) On Sat. nights in April, they have a guy from The Union Bay Oyster House selling oysters at the bar. Good times.
4) Try sitting at the counter in the back of the main restaurant. The chefs are always friendly, and will often throw samples your way.
5) Go early or during the week to avoid crowds to the extent you can.
6) I'm grateful I live only a few miles away, and that my wife is always willing to drive home afterwards.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said before??

We are lucky: we are locals. That means they know us by name when we come in, we know practically every bartender, and they always treat us right.

First: the beer. Redbones has a rapidly rotating beer menu, which means there is something new on almost everynight. It's where I discovered Belgians, it's where beer is an event...I've had so many different and wonderful beers here, I can't even start...One can always find something to drink here, and if the draft list looks boring (rare, but when you go a couple of times a week...), well, they have been expanding their bottle list.

The food: The barbecue is great, but I find the portions are just way huge (appealing to some folks, just plain too much for me). Go for the BBQ if you want. Check out the daily specials. I would also recommend the grilled tuna, or any of the fish, it's very good.

What a local can tell you...ask for a sample of the beer! they will always be happy to pour you a sample, why order something you will not like. As far as the cask beers go: they can be hit or miss, so again, ask for a sample.

Also: If you've always heard that the beer selection is great at Redbones, it is. If you think you are going to get the perfect glass to go with with each indiviual beer, you're not. They do not have the room, so you will get your beer in a pint, or a half, or this little 10.5 glass for the Belgians, or your Rapscallion in one of their glasses, but that's it. You are not going to get every beer in the perfect glass, but I say: who cares.

Redbones is hard to beat: unpretentious, friendly people, and a desire to please the customer. I recommend it, and take any family visiting to it for the RBs experience. I've made many friends there, and love running into fellow BAs there. Pat

Photo of slander
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bar.
Buh.
Cue.

Had to go. Have wanted to go for some time now, and the AOBF afforded me the opportunity. Headed out with Davo, Spesh and Heather after a long long day and caught a great damn meal.
The place was jammin' but that's what you get for rolling in on a Saturday night after 7 PM. Spotted the beer wheel, and thought better than to spin after I saw some of the things on it. Took a Stone Smoked Porter because I could and we headed downstairs to wait upwards of an hour for a table (which is by no means whatsoever a complaint, we knew what we were getting ourselves into). The lower floor is seating area with a bunch of close tight tables and a bar area. The whole room is a collage of these oddly cartoonish aliens and animals (and "Spock") with painted brightly colored everywhere. It's like Keith Haring on paper (you either get that or you don't. I make no apologies). Got a good look at the beer wheel. Not crazily great, although reasonably with rotations, it can go hit or miss. Finally, a table. There's just too damn much on the menu to easily chose for. Ribs, ribs, ribs, ribs and ribs. I went with some sampler that afforded me a ridiculous amount of food. I think there were beans and slaw nestled beneath but I never got down that far. The food was outstanding. A must if you do the barbque thing and you're within 100 miles of Somerville.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally able to visit this mecca of the Boston area...

Visited early afternoon on a Friday. Only 2 or 3 other people in the bar, with nobody in the restaurant. Bellied up to the bar and took a look at the beer menu. Unfortunately, I wasn't horribly impressed by the selection, but, in looking at the numous Alstrom bothers reviews, the selection must be excellent at other times. I was too afraid to spin the wheel for a beer, as PBR was on tap and I don't think I could have handled that. Unfortunately, the cask-conditioned beer wasn't quite ready, either.

Soon we discovered that the Boston ban on smoking in eating establishments doesn't apply to other areas, for we just received our beers when another guest sat down next to us and lit up. Off to the restaurant side!

Grabbed a table (not that it was crowded) and ordered some food. Holy dog snot! This is some seriously good food! The BBQ was very tasty and messy, the beans and slaw just added to the enjoyment of the meal. Not to mention a quality cold beer to wash it all down with. Excellent food at a very, very reasonable price.

Service was excellent as well. Friendly staff quickly took our orders, got the food, and checked in on us during the meal.

I can only imagine what this place must be like on a Friday night. Great beer, great food, and great music. Another "must-see" place to visit in Boston. Take the T from downtown and you are there in 10 minutes.

Photo of drewbage
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mmmm... RedBones is a godsend. Especially when you're a poor Southern boy trapped in Boston and missing a good bit of BBQ. Now that was the reason I first walked through the door of RedBones, way back in the day. Sat down and rolled up a plate of pork and collard greens.

Came back for that and the beer. This is easily one of the best places in a great beer drinking town. They always seem to be moving ahead of the game and getting something new in to tease your taste buds.

Photo of LiamStLiam
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Redbones has two particular strengths.

One is the beer selection. They've got 24 beers on tap, and it's always a very well-rounded collection. It's a great place to go sampling.

The food is some of the best barbecue in Boston, and there's plenty of it.

It can get a bit crowded at times, especially in the bar, but the staff is talented and knows the beers well.

Davis Square also has other good bars, including the Burren, and one of the best used bookstores in Boston, McIntyre & Moore, is there, too.

Photo of bennybrew
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

12.12.4 EDIT increased the score fer service. i dig redbones.

beer. bbq. what more could you want? lots of beer? good bbq? well then, my friend, you've found your place.

and when i say lots of beer i don't mean bud, bud light, bud ice, michelob, mich lite, busch, busch lite, miller .... you get it. i'm talking dogfish head, rogue, the biggies. i think there were 15 taps and a great selection of bottles including many belgians. if you can't decide what to have they have a wheel o beer to decide for you.

the food was some tasty as well. i had me some pulled chicken sandwich which came with slaw and some fine beans.

the bartenders were great but the waitstaff was a little overwhelmed when the room got full.

go and go often. i go every time i'm in sommerville.

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4.45/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Redbones is a great place to go for some beers or for some great barbeque. There is usually a very good to excellent selection of micros on tap to choose from, and they often have special theme periods (e.g., beers of the Pacific northwest, or English ales, etc.). They have about 20+ taps, and a good selection of bottles, including several great Belgian beers. You can even sometimes find Belgian lambics on tap here. They also have special events (sign up for their mailing list online). The bar upstairs is comfortable but gets crowded and loud on busy days. The restaurant is not fancy, but the food is very good. Of course, their specialty is barbeque. I particularly like the fried catfish and the fried okra. The service is usually good to excellent. Overall this is a great place.

8/31/03
After many more visits this year, I decided to update my ratings. This place is still great, and one of my favorite places to have a beer!

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is my kind of place. I honestly think of different ways to talk my girlfriend and friends into going. The quality and selection of their tap beer is top notch. I love how they always seem to have local, regional and imported beers on tap that rotate constantly. It is actually an easy place to get to if you take the Red Line to Davis.
The food is great as well. I normally have the pulled pork or chicken but I have heard the ribs are great as well. Try the Jerked Chicken if you like it hot!

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Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
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