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The Independent Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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75 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143-3032
+1 617-440-6021
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 01:00
Mon - Thu 15:00 - 01:00
Fri 15:00 - 02:00
Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great place to grab a few drinks. Very authentic feeling and great place to get the full Union Square experience. The food is just decent- but fine for apps and a quick fix with drinks.

Thank Z6027BNpaulr
Montreal, Canada
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30 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We picked The Independent after walking by earlier in the day and being impressed with the modern pub look, alas the look was the best part. The menu had the usual burgers, fish & chips and salmon - we chose the fish & chips, a Bluefish pate and French Onion soup. The appetisers were fine but the fish & chips... More 

Thank Brian B
Rhode Island
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We were there about 3pm on a Sunday and they were only serving brunch. That is a very late brunch. They did have 1-2 lunch items on the brunch menu though. Waiter was attentive and friendly. Food was okay. It came out cold so it may have been better warm.

Thank Loves_October
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274 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 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 angi r
Saugus, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 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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82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 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 2 May 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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633 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 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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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

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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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
US$21 - US$30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
15:00 - 01:00
15:00 - 01:00
15:00 - 01:00
15:00 - 01:00
15:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75 Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143-3032
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-440-6021

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