55 Chester St, Somerville, MA | Directions 0214442.395095 -71.122301
Hours: 11:30am - 12:30am daily � Noon on Sunday
Sunday and Monday Nights: Late night menu starts at 10pm | Kitchen closes at 11pm | Restaurant closes at 11pm
Neighborhoods: Davis Square
When Redbones Barbecue opened in 1987, a BBQ restaurant of its authenticity was virtually unheard of north of the Mason Dixon Line. Years later, with BBQ joints popping up everywhere, Redbones still stands out because of the fun, the food, and the wide range of services. Customers and staffers alike share the spirit of Redbones, where community rather than commercialism is the order of the day.
The Fun - In the dining room, there is a constant flow of customers, waitstaff, music and food. Nostalgic photographs of BBQ days gone by, autographed photos of rhythm and blues greats, and artistic, homemade menus and signs adorn the walls of the unpretentious main room. For the curious, there are counter seats up front, where people can observe first hand the action of the open kitchen and chat with the pitmaster and crew. Call us today for a takeout order at 857-254-8894 or stop in and see us.
AWFUL FOOD! – WAY OVER-RATED...I don't know why people rave about ANY of the food here, but it must be because they like 'blah food' instead of 'soul food'. it's too bad because they are located in a good spot--Boston definitely needs better bbq places!
Not a place if you want BBQ – First off, let me say that the staff and the atmosphere there is great. BUT, if you are looking for BBQ, even quasi-BBQ, steer clear. I know a lot of people from NE love this place but that's because the bar has been set low when it comes to BBQ standards. YES, there portions are big but that doesn't matter when you can't get past 3 bites. YES, they have a variety of sauces but they are all HORRID.
Good things: Okra (yeah, I'm from the south, can you tell), the beer selection, the staff, and the atmosphere. It's a great place to have a few drinks!!!
Bad: The dried up substance they try to pass for BBQ and the runny things they call sauces.
There should be a law that bans people from claiming to serve BBQ without meeting certain standards (like with wine).
Great Atmosphere, OK Food – Food is OK.. I've had better at Tennesse's BBQ.. The ribs are not bbq'd with the sauce on it, so, they tend to be quite dry.. The portions are huge., so, that makes up for the dryness and they also give mild, medium or hot sauce. I love the casualness of the place, though it does tend to get crowded around 8ish.. We went there in a big group of around 20 people and just wanted to hang out by the bar for the most part.. So, that was OK..
Things I like there are
2. Atmosphere (Both upstairs and downstairs)
3. Veggie Burger
4. Buffalo Shrimp
5. Corn Pudding
6. Corn Bread
7. Fried Okra
Notice, how none of these things have any bones :-( Oh well.. My friends like it... So, I guess I'll keep going there..
Overrated – Redbones is very overrated. Although good bbq is hard to come by in New England, Redbones is not the place to find it. Save your money, buy some frozen ribs at Star Market, and cook them on the grill, they will probably taste better.
I will say that their service, beer selection, corn bread and bbq sauce are all stupendous. But as far as the meet goes, its typically dry, bland, and cold. And don't even think about the Texas Chili....blahh.
Great food, fun atmosphere – Great BBQ, very fun atmosphere. Long wait on the weekends but worth it. Nice selection of hard to find beers and changes every week. A+++++++++++++++++++++
Not a chance – Redbones is a place for people who don't know what TRUE bbq should taste like..or even resemble! I seriously believe they try to drown their meats in sauce to cover up the lack of taste (and to help soften the meats?!) And the sad part is, the sauces are horribly bland. The hushpuppies are like little rocks you'd rather throw at the waiter who never shows to your table and if the hushpuppies had a taste, I'd attempt to describe them to you... alas, no. I'm not cranky but having grown up around REAL bbq in the South, I can tell you...Redbones 'ain't' it. The closest good stuff in MA you will find is Blue Ribbon. Go there instead!!
Best Rib Place in Boston – Love Redbones. The ribs, pulled pork, buffalo wings & okra are excellent! A can't miss! The food arrives at your table quickly...so eat fast or it will pile up in front of you. Excellent beer selection. Tremendous value for your dollar. You never have to wait long for a table...even during dinner on a Weekend. The "All-You-Can-Eat" lunch special is a bargain if you love ribs (show up hungry). The service staff is fair...but considering the speed that the food arrives (and how it tastes)...you gladly overlook it. The decor is "dive-esque"...but it's got a cool vibe. The major drawback is the parking. However, if you drive past Redbones, you wil find a little parking lot that usually have spaces. By far, one of the best bets in Boston!
don't dress up – Great messy food- and good service. The waitress was helpful explaining different types of ribs and genuinely seemed to care if we liked everything. The beer was cheap.. overall a great experience, lots of fun. The portions are huge so skip the appetizers to save $6 and you will still have plenty of food.
Barbecue joint, with in-house smoker, that slathers Somerville with top-notch ribs, pulled meat, sides and an immense breadth of beer. – In Davis Square, the spicy tradition of Cajun Louisiana collides with the Southern home-cooking of Arkansas and the twangy strut of Texas--seasoned with a healthy dose of Delta blues. It's the kind of place where waitresses fling sass, authentic cornbread comes with every meal and you're likely to hear Hammie Nixon's corn-pone harp playing in the background. Pork and beef ribs, brisket, chicken and Texas-style pulled pork share the menu with well-executed sides like hush puppies and cat fingers. Save room for caramel custard. To drink, Redbones offers 24 microbrews on tap and more than a dozen big and little brands in bottles.
Great atmosphere, not so great food – Tried Redbones a couple years ago and didn't like it. An out of town friend raved about a recent trip, so I thought I'd give it another try. I will not be going back. The service was great, except that our food came before the appetizer. The appetizer, Hushpuppies, wasn't very good and had to be soaked in the vinegar 'sauce' provided in order to get down. Had much better Hushpuppies and ribs in VA a few weeks ago, so I don't believe the reviews that say this is a good as southern cooking. I'd rather have ribs at Chilis.
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