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Redbones Barbeque

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Redbones BarbequeRedbones Barbeque

129 Ratings
Ratings: 129
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
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

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Photo of Naerhu
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%

A $20 cab ride from Boston Commons.

Redbones est omnis divisa in partes tres. The first that you see upon enterance is the 1st floor restauant with a counter at the back overlooking the kitchen. The second is the bar, where you are also able to take your dinner, and finally the basement which also has a bar in addition to tables and has really wacky art on the walls.

The service was friendly and fast, both at the first floor bar and the second floor.

The beer list was amazing, with Storm King, 3 or 4 selections from Stone, Hennepen, Berkshire Coffee Porter, Triticus and other great stuff.

I had the St. Louis ribs, which were amazing.

An amazing experience, cheap at any price.

Naerhu, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of StevieW
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%

My favorite place of all the different spots on my recent vacation. Redbones is definitly one of a kind. Not much I can add that hasn't already been described, except my outstanding service experience. I went there with my girlfriend to meet a few of her old friends. I went downstairs under the brother's recommendations. While waiting, I had a McNeil's IPA and Theakton's Motor Oil Stout on tap. Both Unbelievable. Once we were seated, it became obvious that our dinner order was lost, finally our food arrived. I had the BBQ Combo and couldn't finish it. Great BBQ, coming from a BBQ lover that has been all over the South, that is saying something. Then we it was time for the check to arrive, the manager came over and apologized and picked our check. That was totally unexepected. They showed they care about customers. So far 2 stops in Boston and 2 comps.......time to play the lottery.

StevieW, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%

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!

CharlesRiver, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of PatandDavid
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

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

PatandDavid, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of bewley
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

bewley, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Murph
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

This is quite possibly my favorite place to go in the greater Boston Area. Only been there twice but both experiences were really great. Always an excellent beer selection, and they rotate a few seasonals in. You can always find a few different things here. The food was amazing and the service was also good. I can't wait until I can finally make it to one of there beer dinners.

Murph, Mar 24, 2002
Photo of Tchuck
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

Tchuck, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of brewandbbq
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

brewandbbq, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of doerickson
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

Tough to add much after all the great reviews this place has already gotten...outstanding beer selection on tap--seasonals, local/regional beers, beers from all over the country, Belgians, often something on cask...and an eclectic bottle selection to boot. I really like the fact that you can check their daily tap selection on the web before you go:


Make sure you eat some bbq while you're there. The downstairs bar, Underbones, can be smoky as hell, and I got spoiled going there all summer when Tufts was on summer vacation and the crowds were down, but you really can't beat this place.

doerickson, Sep 19, 2002
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