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The Independent Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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75 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143-3032
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 2:00 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were visiting the Cambridge area and strolling around when we spotted the farmers market going on in the parking lot. After having a walk through there we discovered this restaurant and decided to give it a try. The food and atmosphere were really great! The staff were super friendly and it was quite the happening place on a Saturday... More 

Thank Rob K
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ran out to dinner late on Saturday night, food was fine, drinks were ok, loved the outdoor seating. Wasn't real busy so not sure if it's the "place to be" or not.

Thank Angi816
Saugus, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

The Independent is one of the better sit-down restaurants in Union Square. I'm yet to try anything from their menu I did not like, they have a great alcohol selection, and their trivia nights are small but very fun. A comfortable spot for lunch, dinner, or a couple of drinks with trivia.

Thank Christopher B
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

Sandwiches are good, also the pasta, beer was great and the service was nice and proactive. There is a TV in the space.

Thank Yaso C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Visited this place by coincidence as we were on our way to prospect hill. Service was great. We were in love with their croque Monsieur.

Thank Sara N
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016

The service is friendly and normally fast. The food is average and too expensive for what they offer, but if you want to eat at a nice table indoors, it is a good ambient and ok to bring children.

Thank Danuza
Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We invited friends and family to a book signing event at The Independent. Despite all of the mayhem we created, the Independent staff was attentive, friendly and enthusiastic. Never a grouchy look - and I'm sure we drove them crazy. Our numerous orders for numerous appetizers were always served promptly.

Thank PaGrotts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016

Great food, fun atmosphere and staff and tasty drinks! Would definitely return when in Union Square.

Thank Cheebie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

I had heard about this place and read great things so when my mom came to visit my husband and I in Somerville I knew we had to try it out. Good selection of food and drinks. Fun atmosphere and friendly service. May not be my all time favorite but we will be back.

Thank Sarah A
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2015

The restaurant is nicely situated n a quiet corner of Union Square. It offers a terrace where you can sit outside in the sun, where youndrink a variety of beers, local and international. The food is not special but good. The service is friendly, but sometimes a bit slow.

Thank BartvK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143-3032
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: 617-440-6021

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