Redbones Barbeque


116 Reviews
Redbones BarbequeRedbones Barbeque

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(617) 628-2200 | map

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Photo of StevieW
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of doerickson
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Great beer selection that keeps changing. You will never leave this place hungry if you order food. Good bbq and killer catfish sandwiches.


Wow, how times have changed since my initial review. Recently the beer list has been stagnant with too many 90's style imports and the same ole IPA's that they have on tap every single day. Seems like if its the beer guys favorite breweries, then you see alot of beer from those breweries. Portion sizes have drastically been reduced on the food, and the bbq isn't all that - maybe slow cooked, but no smoke in the ribs. Biggest rub lately is the pricing - seemed to have taken advantage of the recent wholesale price increases by adding $1 - $2 onto every pint. $6 now for anything not local and $6.50 for an Avery porter? c'mon I was born in the afternoon, but not yesterday afternoon.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What else does a beer lover need? Many great beers rotaing and changing frequently. Belgians, sesonals, locals, uniques and different offerings from great breweries. Cask Harpoon, draught Brookyn Penant Ale, Rogues, Dogfish Head, Chimay and, of course, PBR. The food is fantastic. Meaty BBQ fare for carnivores and fish offerings for the herbies. The service is prompt and friendly and food is up in minutes. The scene is more artistically 'ghetto' than actually ghetto.

All thumbs up all around. A must for beer advocates. Cheers!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Redbones is a very interesting bier-bar, indeed!! Quite the odd decor, especially downstairs at Underbones... Bones has a most decent selection (usually 22 or so) of micros; mostly from the local area but also from the west coast and Europe. Decent bottle offerings, too (Schlenkerla Rauchbier! Aventinus!! Mmmm!!) They even do a cask-conditioned bier from time to time. I do wish they'd serve 'em less cold, though. BBQ is verry good, with great lunch specials. A must if you're in the area! Zum Wohl!!!

overall: 4.5
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$


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Photo of Murph
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Redbones Barbeque in Somerville, MA
4.18 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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