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The Independent

The Independent

New American Restaurant and Pub$$$$
Union Square, Somerville
  • Stars
    Ranked #3 for New American restaurants in Somerville
  • Tips
    Steven C.
    "The food is great upscale bistro, very good beer selection."(13 Tips)
    Emma S.
    "Mac and cheese is to die for."(4 Tips)
    Erica A.
    "Best veggie burger around (yay for carmelized onions)."(9 Tips)
    Joline R.
    "Amazing fries especially with homemade catsup!"(5 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon69 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • oysters
  • DJs
  • Irish breakfast
  • brunch food
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  • Jake F.heart icon on user image
    Jake FochettaMarch 21, 2016
    Everything I've had so far is great. But the cheeseburger was best. The pickles are really good here too.
  • Marguerite A.heart icon on user image
    Marguerite AveryJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent food today! Beet salad, sautéed brussel sprouts, pieces of Phil's fried chicken, some of Karie's French fries, bread pudding. Yay!
    Upvoted Mar 3
  • Gio P.
    Gio PanMay 27, 2017
    This part of the town needed a bar with a late nite menu. And it's very good too!
  • Rycon
    RyconJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sixpoint beers are a destination in themselves, and right now the Sweet Action is pouring beautifully at the Indo. Best enjoyed on the bar side whilst being enlightened by one of the many incredible D
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SigelSeptember 2, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome menu. Great outdoor patio. Haven’t had anything I didn’t like.
  • Asia T.heart icon on user image
    Asia ThurstonOctober 16, 2016
    I had the salmon with brussel sprouts and squash. It was amazing!!!
  • Todd C.
    Todd CannataMay 19, 2017
    Great beer selection. The two meals I had left a lot to be desired. The sirloin hash was ground up and very greasy, and the fish in the fish and chips was pretty over-battered.
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey McGlashanMay 13, 2018
    The gnocchi melts in your mouth. Cocktails on point
  • Sara D.
    Sara DasovichMarch 22, 2012
    Talk to Glen, the bartender on the smaller side of the joint. He is the man with the drinks. P.S. the oysters are fabulous.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikOctober 2, 2014
    Restaurant and bar by the same people who also run Precinct, Foundry, and Saloon. This is a Union Square staple. Read more
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Michael FurtakJuly 14, 2015
    The grassfed cheeseburger is legit. The craft beer menu is likewise tops.
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteAugust 17, 2011
    Best veggie burger around (yay for carmelized onions). Speaking of onions, the french onion soup is a favorite on a cold night.
  • Erik T.
    Erik TalmadgeApril 9, 2011
    food has definitely stepped up since i was here last. local ingredients and an impressive "Today Selections" list. Check it out!
  • David C.heart icon on user image
    David CarrFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tremendous draft beer selection, friendly and knowledgeable bar staff.
  • Elise
    EliseMarch 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lavender honey Bees Knees. Exceptionally crafted cocktails in general.
  • Paulheart icon on user image
    PaulAugust 8, 2014
    Good beer selection. Mac n cheese is tasty. Friendly bartenders.
  • Briar B.
    Briar BApril 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger here is almost always phenomenal, but when they get the grass-fed organic beef burgers? Amaze-balls.
  • Zack B.heart icon on user image
    Zack BrittinghamOctober 19, 2015
    Awesome beer list. Food and service was poor. Would come back for drinks at the bar but that's about it.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithFebruary 2, 2012
    Great atmosphere in this Union Square pub. Order from their amazing beer list.
  • Nancy D.
    Nancy DeolMay 19, 2011
    If you want to bring a large group, let them know in advance bc the bartenders become frustrated. Also, if you are at a table you must have table service.
  • Marguerite A.heart icon on user image
    Marguerite AveryFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Secret late night menu of meatball sub is always the right thing at that hour.
  • Lauraheart icon on user image
    LauraFebruary 14, 2016
    In the summer, they have an outside seating area
  • William M.heart icon on user image
    William MelvilleMay 30, 2016
    The worst service in Boston and the restaurant wasn't even half full. The kitchen is doing a great job but is brought down by the front of house. The waitress spilled a bottle of wine on a customer!
  • Erica A.
    Erica AyotteDecember 28, 2010
    the veggie burger is homemade with sweet potato, caramelized onion, chard, and cheese. very satisfying.
  • Melissa B.heart icon on user image
    Melissa BJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If the grass fed cheeseburger is in special, get it!!!! Sooooo good
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HoltzFebruary 28, 2016
    The snapdragon is a nice, sweet gin drink.
  • Kristen G.heart icon on user image
    Kristen GFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Arabesque - fig-infused bourbon, lemon, and honey - is perfection
  • Constantin W.heart icon on user image
    Constantin WJune 1, 2018
    Nice Service, good food!
  • Rob D.
    Rob DaviesApril 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a phenomenal beer selection. The food is really good, too. The fried oysters are essential.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SweetserMarch 9, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I recommend getting the onion rings with chipotle aoli ( you have to ask for it otherwise it comes with ketchup only)
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BaughmanApril 26, 2012
    The soft shell crab BLT is pretty delicious.
  • Joline R.
    Joline RichardJanuary 15, 2012
    Amazing fries especially with homemade catsup!
  • Amy
    AmyMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hurray for @PrettyBeer and the 1838! And the Indo for a great pour
  • Briar B.
    Briar BMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The grass fed burger. Do it.
  • Terrilyn M.
    Terrilyn MillingSeptember 14, 2013
    Hirsch is delicious. Get it.
  • Steven C.
    Steven CallahanDecember 17, 2009
    The food is great upscale bistro, very good beer selection. One of our favorite regular spots.
  • Megan S.
    Megan StembridgeApril 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The cocktails are divine, just keep away from the sweet drinks.
  • Emma S.
    Emma S.February 28, 2015
    Mac and cheese is to die for.
  • Anandi P.
    Anandi PendseAugust 16, 2014
    Yucca fries with black bean dip
  • Janeware
    JanewareJanuary 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    the place has routinely great bar atmosphere and excellent music, including local DJs on fridaze.
  • Brad K.
    Brad KellyNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Half-price oysters on Monday when you eat at the bar. The Independent, Union Square, Somerville, MA
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.April 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Not bad. Certainly better than the time they completely messed up our rehearsal dinner!
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander JacklJune 2, 2013
    Food is great- portions are huge.
  • Steve W.
    Steve WalshJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The irish breakfast is the best in town!
  • Kevin C.heart icon on user image
    Kevin CoutuAugust 22, 2015
    Good brunch, but I wouldn't come here for dinner
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WhiteFebruary 9, 2011
    Sample before you commit- the beer section is vast.
  • Thomas R.heart icon on user image
    Thomas RizzoMarch 16, 2019
    Drinks and food
  • Sooz
    SoozSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Instead of fries, get brussels sprout with your sandwich. Yum!
  • Arsalan H.heart icon on user image
    Arsalan HashemiOctober 16, 2018
    Good for the dates
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaneyApril 26, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    The cheese plate is always worth checking out and the steak frites are delicious.
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