Taps: 28 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 114 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Place was packed - a good sign. We stood at the bar in the basement, then sat fairly quickly at the table behind us.
Quality was like most other bbq joints, food and drink menu was borderline overwhelming.
Our host/waiter, Mike was fantastic. Let me sample some beer before I chose. Food came out super fast. Wait staff was buzzing around and knew everything off the top of their head.
The beer menu was great, most beer was on tap, a cask was tapped and plenty of bottle conditioned. Styles ranged from US craft to good Euro imports.
Food was plentiful and tasty, bbq never disappoints. Dessert was fresh, maybe homemade.
Based on your size beer you may pay a bit, the food was priced reasonably. Will definitely go back for beer selection.
03-27-2011 02:19:17 | More by bierschmecktgut
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
im a big fan of redbones. its not just because davis square is fairly short on good places to drink but also because they not only have an amazing tap list thats constantly changing but the food is really good and you get a lot for your money's worth.
the atmosphere is good the place is usually packed which can be overwhelming as its fairly small. the upstairs bar has the best feel i think. old wood dominating the scene with tvs in the corners if thats your thing.
the tap selection is great with 25 or so taps at any given point and they seem to constantly change the taps (i was there twice one day and within the 4 hours since my first visit about 4 beers had changed on the list.
the staff are friendly and very helpful if you need any help deciding what you want (or you can just spin the big wheel which is another way of deciding on what you want)
they nail barbecue at this place. the prices are very reasonable given how much food you get.
pricing on beers can get a bit steep but no more so then other places that have beers on tap that you can only get in a few places around boston.
overall a super place and quickly become a favorite of mine
03-14-2011 19:46:15 | More by celticfutblclub
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
So I've been hear a few times, and have never been disappointed. The food always kicks ass, and the beer selection is surprising, especially considering the smallness of the place. They have various options, regardless of your preference. The staff is attentive, but unmistakeably disinterested, which I like. They check in and float around, but are laid back and don't hover. Ever. If you go on a busy night, you might end up getting seated cafeteria-style, elbow to elbow with strangers. This happened to my girlfriend and me once, and it was actually a lot of fun.
We were there for lunch today, and boy, lunch there is the best thing ever. Order the combo, and for $8.99 you get pounds of ribs, chicken, and sides.
02-26-2011 02:57:55 | More by sjverla
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Met up with some friends at this place for lunch. Sat the bar first which is on the side. Really friendly staff and a large selection on tap. The bar might not look big, but there were at least a dozen stools, some stools facing the wall, and a table at the window. Sat down to eat in a very crowded and loud dining area. Although I could barely hear anyone, I felt it still had a charm I usually see at many barbecue restaurants. I was really impressed by the attentiveness of the dining room staff as well in such a busy and noisy place. The food was incredible and some of the most reasonably priced barbecue food I have seen, especially for that area. Beer selection was great and unique. I had Allagash White, Opa-Opa IPA, and Tuckerman's Pale Ale while I was there. Noticed they had Rogue Old Crustacean. Overall, if I lived in Davis Square, this would be the place for me.
01-19-2011 03:57:28 | More by fitzy84
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
this is a really good barbeque joint right off the red line.
the beer is always fresh, as they have constantly rotating taps, with about 20 or so beers to choose from at any given time, with most of them being really good crafts.
the service is great, and the atmostphere is pretty good, the place is not fancy, the tables are plain as are the chairs, not table clothes or cloth napkins, just really good bbq.
and the prices are really good for the food, the beer is starting to get a little bit expensive. if you are ever in the area and you are looking for a new place to try this place should definitely be at the top of your list.
01-19-2011 03:20:06 | More by rowingbrewer
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally got to check this place out with YouBrewIDrink on our way to the NotF 2010. Thank goodness I had a GPS because I probably would never have found the place. Being on a little street did have one advantage, we scored a parking spot right in front on a Friday at lunchtime.
The place is split in three, with the bar section to the left, a more family-style eatery on the right and another downstairs which I didn't visit. There was a lineup for the restaurant side, but we got a few spots at the bar.
Seems like a nice locals' hangout, obviously with full Red Sox nation regalia everywhere. The vibe was really laid back, not divey enough to scare off someone like my wife, but worked in enough to make me feel at home.
Very interesting tap list that would have kept me occuppied for a nice long session, but it wasn't in the cards this time so I went with a pint of cask-conditionned Larry which tasted fine.
Service was exactly what you'd expect from this type of bar. Our waitress was a little swamped for Beer service, but a little friendly banter fixed that up nicely. Food service was lightning quick though. We got litterally a ton of food at very reasonable prices, and I love BBQ served with good Beer so this place had win all over it. Even though I built this place up in my mind for years, it didn't dissapoint in the least.
11-11-2010 17:43:13 | More by Goldorak
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Redbones is a place I don't consider often enough. Cask ales, rotating local beers, really cool tap handles (upstairs at least), great service, good food, a nice atmosphere, and the option to get half pints all make it a great place to grab a beer. If I lived in Davis or Porter, I could see this becoming a regular haunt, but as it is the overcrowding and relative distance makes it more of an occasional stop for me.
I prefer the upstairs bar, though the downstairs has been growing on me, and due to how crowded it gets upstairs is where I usually end up. Still, I really love the upstairs--the feeling of walking into a small lodge-style bar, something that reminds me of the dwindling private drinking clubs of Somerville, Cambridge and Manchester. Of course, mine is a romanticized version of these clubs where there is ample good beer, no haze of smoke, and a good degree less alcoholism among the clientele. And with beautiful tap handles. The downstairs is a completely different world--dark, cool, the ultimate rib joint with a decent bar tucked into the corner. It gets crowded down here, too, but there's more room to maneuver.
I love that Redbones has a good local focus in addition to serving many great non-local beers, like the wonderful Ridgeway IPA I had recently. Lots of good Smuttynose Big Beer, Berkshire, Opa Opa, Pretty Things and Cape Ann are often among the many excellent local breweries featured. The food speaks for itself, and the availability of small bites at the bar is a big bonus.
I was torn on calling this place a bit pricey or reasonable. Like I said, I love that there's an option between multiple pour sizes, so you can try more beers or wade into a pricier one. I also love the sampler palette option. Many beers are reasonably priced, but a lot of the specialties are a bit pricier than I'd prefer or expect. Then again, the pours are generous... I recently had a Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, which was delicious, potent and pricey at $8 (I didn't consult the printed menu for the price), but at least it was served in a full 16 oz pint, which is unusual for such a high ABV beer. So you see I'm torn on the price, but the bottom line is while it can be a bit pricey, there are plenty of reasonably priced beers to choose from as well.
11-02-2010 22:02:01 | More by FrankLloydMike
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located very close to the Davis square stop.
There is an upstairs and down. The down has tables and a bar, where you can wait during busy periods. This place seems to get very crowded very quickly.
The beer selection is great, with a good mix of local and foreign beers. There is a cask and plenty of option on tap, along with a bottled list.
The BBQ food is great, and they have vegetarian options as well.
The walls are well decorated, giving the place a lively feel.
Good beer and BBQ - there's something for everyone. I feel I'll be going back there at some point.
08-22-2010 02:55:35 | More by BeerSox
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here quite a few times now, but always for lunch. Other reviewers have scared me away from trying to come here later in the evening due to the apparent crowds. Lunch is a different matter and I've been able to bring the family, including a preschooler, without any trouble. Roughly 20 taps, nice mix of locals, US craft, and European brews. Cask has been available during a couple of my visits too. The BBQ is solid and the portions are ridiculous. My current favourite lunch deal is the combo - a big bowl filled with a seemingly random selection of whatever BBQ they've got in the kitchen for $9. Plus a whole plate of sides. Prices on food and drink are reasonable and I've always had good service here. Recommended.
06-12-2010 13:24:23 | More by DrJay
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Went here for lunch the other day. Atmosphere of the place is busy yet not overly loud or annoying; has some sit-down seating but I chose to sit at the bar.
They have about 20 beer on tap, plus a cask and a decent bottle selection. Turnover on the taps seems pretty high, so everything seemed pretty fresh to me. I got to try Cisco IPA on cask which was a nice treat.
The service was good. Food came out pretty fast. The guy working the bar seemed kinda new, but he was able to answer all my questions about the beer and food.
The food, by the way, is incredible. Some of the best bbq I've had in a while. Everything is reasonably priced as well: the beer and the food. Although for lunch, the food deal are really inexpensive for the amount and quality of food you get.
06-10-2010 23:24:43 | More by TommyW
Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.