Taps: 28 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 114 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +15.1%
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
07-07-2003 17:57:59 | More by PatandDavid
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
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.
06-08-2003 17:59:32 | More by slander
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-29-2003 12:37:14 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.38/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-28-2003 01:04:19 | More by drewbage
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
02-17-2003 06:28:58 | More by LiamStLiam
4.2/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-14-2003 05:58:24 | More by bennybrew
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
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!
12-06-2002 12:44:38 | More by UncleJimbo
4.9/5 rDev +17.5%
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!
11-11-2002 16:51:33 | More by CharlesRiver
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
on the recent pub crawl, we all went to this fine establishment. My favorite place on the crawl. environment upstairs/ redbones, seems very family style eatery. underbones/ the downstairs part, is much more fun. the walls covered with colorful, outlandish art with a see, and hindu theme. very interesting. the beer selection is pretty good with 20 or so rotating taps and more bottles of very tasty malt based beverages. always something new and fun on tap. food- terrific, i lived in the south for many years and i would have to say the BBQ at redbones can battle with southern cooking easily. good stuff, check it out.
09-23-2002 16:07:52 | More by Myk
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Beers: There's around 20 beers on tap, that are constantly rotating out -- quality and selection can be hit or miss at times, prices are reasonable. Chances are you'll always find something on tap. There's also a nice handful of bottled beer, that also rotates now and then.
The Food: is probably some of the best BBQ available in the Boston area - down and dirty style. Portions are large, prices are cheap in comparison -- go for the catfish fingers and buffalo shrimp. Some of the meat is served too dry though.
Underbones: is the name of the downstairs, and it's a totally different environment than the upstairs dining area -- dark, arty, peaceful. If you're going to go to RedBones, you have to hit Underbones. Upstairs is fine, but always busy and not comfortable for an evening session of imbibing, eating and discussion.
RedBones is also known of their beer dinners where a theme is picked, speakers are brought in (usually brewers) and you get to feast on some kick-ass BBQ and quite a few special brews brought in for the event and/or month. These events are highly recommended and you get a lot of value for your buck. Check out their website for dates and details.
Worthy for anyone visiting Boston who enjoys good beer and/or good BBQ, just don't expect to be wow'd all the time by the beer quality and selection. This is a restaurant first.
09-22-2002 16:23:38 | More by Todd
Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.