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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
55 Chester St
phone: (617) 628-2200
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5
I recently went with a friend to check the place out since everyone was raving about it. I went in and it looked like a cafeteria. I gave it a chance. The appetizer we ordered tasted like stale fried dough. I ordered the dish where you get one of all the BBQ styles. But it didn't taste that good. I've had better BBQ before in other places.
I ordered a beer and they didn't have it. I ordered another one, and they didn't have it. I think it was a Stone. Finally I did find one they had. But the people who served the beer didn't seem to know who ordered it.
Overall, it was quite a horrible experience. I would not go back there. The beer selection seemed good on the menu, but unfortaunately I wasn't able to try them.
04-14-2005 19:49:47 |
More by constantpain
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Was at Redbones recently and was a little disappointed. This was the second time I had been there and found the service pretty lacking. They do make a consistent BBQ with some interesting items you will not find elsewhere. Beer selection is always pretty good with the current taps listed on a chalk board and it is frequently changed and updated. Now when it comes to pours is where they really rip you off. I do not think a single beer I got or others in my group got were filled. On some of the Belgian beers which were served in chalices the head of the beer did not even make it to the 25cl line and the beer cost $7.50! The bartenders were not attentive at all either and seemed like they did not want to be bothered. Will I go again probably since some of my friends like it but it will not be my suggestion.
02-22-2009 15:53:13 |
More by Trailmix242
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$
Redbones is a haunt. That's the best way you can describe the joint. It's an easy walk fron the T station at Davis. There is an amazing beer selection for such a tiny place. And they have a wheel if you don't know what to have. The staff isn't professional in any sense, they just do what they have to. But they are usually very friendly so they get extra points The beer is expensive, however, as the pours seem to be short., so don't plan on spending the evening just there. The bar also is very small, so you may not even have a chance to sit down some nights. It's one of the few BBQ joints around, so it makes dining better than a lot of beer bars. However, I but a 3 for food because people should know that the BBQ is considered sub par by anyone that knows their BBQ. That's not just my opinion. But its BBQ. It would be considered the quality of national chain pizza up against something from the North End of Boston. it won't hold a candle to the good stuff, but it'll satisfy a craving for BBQ. I just want to make that clear because I've sent people there for the beer and they've been ticked at me because of the BBQ.
Anyway a fun place.
I like to add, been there multiple times, so it isn't a one experience review.
09-16-2009 00:07:48 |
More by HT75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Redbones BBQ is hard to find and even harder to park near. After reading reviews and checking out the website, I headed there expecting to be amazed. The only thing that lived up to the expectations was the beer selection.
I went on a weekend night so the place was mobbed. The staff that seats you is probably the most unorganized bunch I've ever run into. I had to keep going back to see where my name was on the list, and a couple times they couldnt' find it and acted as if there was nothing they could do. Once seated, the waitstaff was attentive, and even with the huge crowd, the food came out very quickly.
For a big BBQ place, the nearly $20 plate of baby back ribs was very dry and tough to get through. Ribs I've had at the bigger chains (Outback & Texas Roadhouse) were far superior to these and less expensive. If I go back to this place, it would probably be for a weeknight trip to the bar. Once again, the one thing I do reccommend this place for is the nice rotating beer selection (they keep it on a giant chalkboard since it changes so much).
02-16-2006 22:41:54 |
More by bkett01
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had lunch here to celebrate their 7 casks in 7 days event. They listed 2 casks on the menu when I was there, but after ordering a black and tan from Berkshire on cask that was really strange, I realized that they only had one cask on tap and just served me a scotch ale instead of what I ordered. My scores would have been higher if this mix up didn't take place.
Selection: St. Barnadus 8, Berkshire scotch ale (cask), Founder's Breakfast Stout, 60 min IPA, Sixpoint, etc.
Food: Good BBQ for Boston, it would be average if it was down south or out west.
Service: waitresses couldn't answer questions about either the food or the beer.
12-07-2008 22:08:09 |
More by joebrewer
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Parking in Union Square sucks. A lot.
The crowd is a primarily young but fairly diverse mix of hipsters, punkers, and college students. Downstairs has some impressive, colorful artwork of gremlins, pirates, and babies with fire coming out of their asses that some one obviously spent a lot of time on. Your party gets it's own table if you sit down there. Upstairs are long lines of tables in which people you don't know sit next to you. Sometimes that's a fun idea. Other times (true story) you may be sitting next to the guy with whom you got in a fight with over a parking spot outside minutes before and that makes for a really awkward dinner.
The food is good for the area (I like it better than Roadhouse even when Roadhouse still had the smoker) but it's not like anyone from Texas or Tennessee will be impressed. For $8.99 you can get a pulled whatever sandwich with 2 sides and a slice of cornbread--that's not too shabby. For what it's worth the jerk pork is extremely inconsistent and sometimes will fine while other times it will set your mouth on fire.
They have a fairly large taplist (15ish?) and one cask. Despite often having obscure and sometimes rare beers, the drafts aren't very focused and can be unbalanced in favor of certain styles. They do have a good bottle list to make up for any discrepancies however.
While servers aren't uniquely personable or friendly they are very attentive and empty plates are immediately carried away and I've never had an issue with getting what I ordered.
I've been here a few times and the biggest compliment I can give it is the fact that I keep coming back.
01-18-2010 00:01:38 |
More by donkeyrunner
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited on 6/21/2005. I was there at lunch time and not much of a crowd at the bar. I asked for a beer from the published list that I had never had before and well, had to send it back. It had an awful metalic taste and I think the lines needed cleaning. Anyway, a few minutes later with a Stone Ruination in hand, the manager came up with the new list for the day. Half of the taps the bar maid pulled were empty - this was fixed in about 10 minutes as kegs were change out. However, getting the first pull of hennepin suggested a mix of what was on tap before it. It wasn't good.
The food was outrageous though. I had the pulled pork sandwich and highly recommend the food. The bar maid was not only cute as could be but very nice as well.
Best beer was my dessert, Stone Chocolate Porter. Yummy with the white trash sundae!
If they fix thier taps - cleaned, purged of previous, etc I think this would be a great place.
06-24-2005 18:58:43 |
More by maybrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I actually visted this place in October a couple days before Halloween on my way up to Salem,MA. Before I even walked in I noticed a red truck with some dummies set up in for Halloween... I love it. The service was decent. Nobody was overly friendly. The selection was pretty good. A nice chalkboard list of taps including a cask. I really liked that you could get a sampler which contains 5 samples. I love this especially in a bar with so many choices. I believe it was only about 8 dollars too. A good BBQ spot for food.
02-18-2010 15:12:48 |
More by DNICE555
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Holy overrated Batman.
Atmosphere: Dive joint with a good beer selection. I guess I could see how some could think this was good bar-b-que.
Quality: Good quality of beer. For some reason I expected more. Good, solid line of beers that appeared to be served correctly.
Service: Decent, nothing to write home about or complain about
Selection: Good, for a bar-b-que joint amazing, but for all the hype, disappointing. However, had I just stumbled in with no expectations I probably would rate the selection higher.
Food: 3.5 in my mind was generous, but I'm picky when it comes to bar-b-que. Chopped pork was a little tough and the spice on one was just overwhelming. You tasted nothing but heat. I expected much better.
Value: The prices were fairly reasonable.
I'm not sure I would go back. I would definitely give it a second chance, but it would have to work hard for anything past that.
02-15-2006 02:45:48 |
More by Loki
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited RedBone strictly for its beer selection while the food came as a sidenote. The atmosphere is southern-BBQ-dive façade with comforts for the uniquely Boston college crowd that surrounds Davis Square.
The bar, where I ate, is casual and clean and serves up the same fare and food as the dining room. The corn fritters came with real maple syrup, the nachos were hardy but not mushy, and the succotash was delicious.
The bartenders are local and polite, but not quite attentive enough for a beer-fool full of questions.
The beer selection is modest but well rounded with good variety in both its bottles and drafts. 2 Belgians, 8-10 micros, 4 Germans and a handful of schwill to pay the bills. I drank DeRanke Bitter, Fantome Pissenlit, Heavyweight Imperial Porter and Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss. I'm not sure Jason's concerns about dirty lines are still true, but I expect a bit less from draft Belgians to begin with and I'd never had DeRanke or Fantome on tap.
07-05-2005 21:26:52 |
More by NoLiberty
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