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Redbones Barbecue

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55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144-3001
617-628-2200
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12:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 45
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  • 7
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good Food. Long wait for a table

Redbones is located in Davis Sq. which is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area. I really like the BBQ at Redbones. I've had BBQ cooked by a chef on an outdoor grill in Austin,TX as well as BBG from the famous places in Memphis and Kansas City. I believe... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Rachel K
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Somerville, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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303 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Arlington, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best barbecue in Boston, awesome atmosphere, great beer selection. Plates are huge, you can split it between 2 people

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I was recommended to eat here by a long time friend. he said it looks a little seedy and rundown but hey, all the best barbecue joints are. My wife and I had the lunchtime combo each which is essentially the previous nights left overs reheated with more sauce accompanied by beans and coleslaw. The plate is piled high and... More 

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Several people with whom we wished to meet in the Boston area suggested Redbones when they learned we were staying in Somerville. On our one visit we were seated quite quickly. Noise level: moderate-to-high. Nothing to criticize -- it's a very competent establishment, serves good BBQ, has a very good beer list. It is not a go-to place, however. Maybe... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Redbones is legendary in Somerville. It precedes all the gentrification of the last decade. That said, Redbones does not the have the spark it once had. The food is only fine and the service is uninterested. There's a great beer selection, however.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Redbones is located in Davis Sq. which is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area. I really like the BBQ at Redbones. I've had BBQ cooked by a chef on an outdoor grill in Austin,TX as well as BBG from the famous places in Memphis and Kansas City. I believe Redbones is up to par with them all.... More 

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Tel Aviv
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We just had a terrible dinner at Red Bones. It started with in-edible corn bread - sweet, full of butter. But it was complementary, so we were not upset about it. The french fries and onion rings were too soggy and full of oil. The grilled salmon had a smoky taste. The steamed brokoli was too hard. The mac and... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A fun place to go. Great selection of beers. Sometimes I find the bbq a bit dry, but most people rave about it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Visiting Red Bones again will in Massachusetts felt like returning home! Love,love,love this place!! The brisket is amazing, love the beans and the lemonade is so good I didn't even feel the need to add alcohol! My son declared the ribs the best he had ever had, and my finicky five year old ate 3 pieces of their corn bread.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This place may look like a hole it the wall, and feel like it too, but the BBQ was very well done. The beer selection was great, and they bring corn bread for all complimentary. I had the smoked brisket plate, which was so well smoked that I could cut this brisket with my fork. The slaw and potato salad... More 

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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This barbecue will not disappoint. Ribs are amazing. Pulled pork super tasty and the Mac n cheese is gooey heaven. A must go to if you're in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144-3001
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: 617-628-2200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Bar, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?