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Redbones Barbecue

55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144-3001
+1 617-628-2200
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (40 reviews)
“ribs” (97 reviews)
“cornbread” (51 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144-3001
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Redbones can get crowded, but it's often possible to get a seat at the bar, even if there aren't tables available. This is the best seat in the house, anyway, because it overlooks the kitchen! Brisket is good, but not great. Ribs are excellent, as...More

Thank Stephanie E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing wrong with the setting. From the outside or the inside, this place looks and feels like a classic barbecue joint in KC, or Tuscaloosa, AL, or Taylor, TX. And some of the food is pretty good too. The pulled porks sandwich I had was...More

Thank morl8tr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in Davis Square about the time that Redbone's came into existence: 1980s. At that time there was a noticeable divide between the "regulars" who hung out at the bar and those that were merely coming in to eat. I mean, you'd hang out...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to Redbones before and we were eager to eat here again and we were not disappointed. The ribs here are amazing!! On this visit we tried the Memphis ribs and the Texas beef ribs and both choices were fantastic. The ribs are...More

Thank Marv1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to Red Bones several times just this last time the food took a very long time. After speaking to the bar tender. She sent over assistant manager and the handled the situation excellently. The bar tender was excellent and always have great...More

Thank jean c
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This is be coolest and best BBQ joint in Boston area. The bar has the BEST BEER SELECTION of any other brewery in town . The buffalo grilled wings are some of the best you'll find. The rest of the menu is above average for...More

Thank RTrivia
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Stopped in for lunch, ordered the fried pickles and jalapeños app. They were sliced thin and served nice and crispy, and surprisingly not to spicy hot! Had the veggie burger which was homemade with mushroom and salsa, not like the usual pre made black bean...More

Thank EmptyNesters6257
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We had multiple unfortunate events on this visit so before I babble on, for quick reference I highly recommend the catfish sandwich, and a local friend highly recommends the texas beef ribs ... when available. Also, they have an excellent drink menu, including the best...More

Thank Maria v
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The food and the overall vibe here is very casual and southern-cool. It's an original place -- not a bit of chain-food about it. You get yummy old-school southern food -- piles of barbecue or ribs, and sides like cornbread or collard greens or baked...More

Thank Lesley D
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We ordered Redbones takeout delivered to our VRBO in Summerville, just outside of Boston. I am not usually a fan of this fare, but the ribs (St. Louis Style) were delicious. We ordered the dinner for 4 to feed our family and we're not disappointed....More

Thank Lhubb123
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Deanna D
Is there a parking lot or is it street parking?
2 May 2016|
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Response from Martha2010 | Reviewed this property |
I believe only street parking - we were lucky to find a parking spot right in front of the restaurant
are you near hotels
21 April 2016|
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Response from Marconi33 | Reviewed this property |
Other than a couple of B&B's on Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge, there are no hotels near Redbones.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144-3001
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-628-2200
  • E-mail
Authentic Home - Style Southern Food