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Redbones Barbeque

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

116 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

55 Chester St
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144-3001
United States

(617) 628-2200 | map
www.redbones.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
153
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
Taps:
28
Bottles/Cans:
40
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 153
Reviews by AndyAvalanche:
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I had a good time. My wife and I went on a Sunday afternoon around 2pm for a late lunch. I liked the atmosphere and vibe of the place, but I'll be perfectly honest in that it was not a busy time and we had no wait and weren't crowded. If it were the other way around it would have been miserable. To put it politely it would be considered "cozy" with zero elbow room. The place wasn't very big and all the tables were pretty close together. It looked very homey, like "we are who we are" type place. You could see into the kitchen and see the food being prepared. The place didn't look dirty but at the same time it wasn't a fine dining type place either, had a laid back pub feel at the same time. The service was good, we had a hostess sit us down, a waitress take our order, a server bring us our beer, and a separate server bring us our food, so I'm guessing they split tips. Like alot of BBQ places the portions were generous and we found the prices to be very, very reasonable. The beer list was excellent. There were I think 28 different brews on tap and according the waitress they rotate a lot of them. I found the beer to be pretty fresh overall but my wife got a Ipswich Summer Ale that wasn't very cold. I had a tough time deciding what I wanted so I got a sampler. That was another thing that was pretty cool. You could get a sampler of either 3 or 4 beers whichever you wanted and put any of the beers with the exception of the Belgium beers for $7 and if you wanted to sample the Belgium beers it was $9. I was glad they did that because I was in a kind of picky mood at the time. I plan on going back again sometime soon, hopefully it won't be busy again.

PS-
One thing I found kind of funny, there was a group of people at the bar screaming watching a soccer game on one end, while the sox were playing on the other end on TV and nobody was paying attention, just thought it was kind of funny.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Can be extremely busy but it is worth the wait. Generous beer menu.

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Photo of Ela
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jtk21351
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.39/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of scxcrunner
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Gatch
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Can't go wrong with Redbones! For BBQ in New England, it's superb.

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Photo of JratBones
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Child_Pugh
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Would go more, but their beers are always $1-$3 more expensive than they should be. excellent food.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Redbones has a great beer selection. They have a variety of sizes 10.5 oz-33oz. Their menu has detailed descriptions of the beers with prices listed for each serving size. Their prices are great and the staff knows how to serve beer properly. The food is great but it isn't authentic barbecue its like Tex-Mex compared to Mexican food. It is delicious but it just not the same. You can't go wrong with this place.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of rjp217
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

Truly one of the most over-rated places ever. Let's be sure to split this into two distinct reviews. Their beer list is nice and if you are ONLY looking for a quality beer and are standing out front. Fine, pop in and only order a beer. However, in a world of choices as a whole this place is nowhere near a great option. The BBQ claims to be authentic and isn't even close. Let's just say I asked if they had NC vinegar style sauce...... the waiter literally brought me cider vinegar. just cider vinegar. Go elsewhere for food & beer

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Photo of PhilF
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CAMay
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of StrayteEDGE
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
93 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.
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