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The 15 Best American Restaurants In Somerville

Updated: August 22, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Somerville restaurants for American cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Somerville eateries below.

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Tasting Counter

New American, $$$$, Spring HillNew American, $$$$Somerville, Spring Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Field & Vine

American, $$$, Union SquareAmerican, $$$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
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Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

American, $$, Davis SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Davis Square
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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  • TimeOut, 2020

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Trina's Starlite Lounge

American, $$, Union SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0
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Highland Kitchen

American, $$, Central HillAmerican, $$Somerville, Central Hill
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Avenue Kitchen + Bar

American, $$, Ball SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Ball Square
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

J and J Restaurant & Takeout

Portuguese, $$, Union SquarePortuguese, $$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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NU Kitchen

American, $$, Union SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Union Square
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Southern Kin Cookhouse

American, $$, Assembly SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Assembly Square
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.0
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RF O'Sullivan & Son

American, $, Porter SquareAmerican, $Somerville, Porter Square
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
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Oliveira's Steak House

Brazilian, $$, SomervilleBrazilian, $$Somerville
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Five Horses Tavern

American, $$, Davis SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Davis Square
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Redbones BBQ

American, $$, Davis SquareAmerican, $$Somerville, Davis Square
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
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Happy Crab

Creole, $$, SomervilleCreole, $$Somerville
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.5

True Bistro

New American, $$, Teele SquareNew American, $$Somerville, Teele Square
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Why is this list better than others?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best American restaurants in Somerville. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 15185 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 1052 lists and articles from Eater and others were carefully reviewed by boam. Yes, we even looked at Eater - Where to Dine Gluten-Free in Boston, Eater - Where to Eat Vegetarian and Vegan Food Around Boston and Eater - Where to Find Greater Boston’s Most Romantic Restaurants to pull this list together. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Questions & answers

Tasting Counter, Field & Vine, and Trina's Starlite Lounge are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in Somerville.

NU Kitchen, Ball Square Cafe, and Bloc Somerville are the highest-rated vegan-friendly American restaurants in Somerville.

Field & Vine, Trina's Starlite Lounge, and Highland Kitchen are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Somerville.

Field & Vine, Trina's Starlite Lounge, and Highland Kitchen are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Somerville.

Tasting Counter, Field & Vine, and Trina's Starlite Lounge are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Somerville.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair fried chicken with Kentucky 75

    For an elevated experience, pair your fried chicken with Kentucky 75. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.


  • Chardonnay and shellfish


    A white wine, like Chardonnay, is a good partner drink to with shellfish because balances richness with acidity.

  • The perfect match for your barbecue

    When having barbecue, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.

Did you know?

  • Celebrating American

    Perhaps you want to try something new out, have you considered a Chicago Hot Dog Festival? Give it some thought. Every year in Chicago, Illinois, thousands of people attend the festival, adding to the appeal of the already charming city.

  • Who made the first chocolate chip cookies?

    Where does chocolate chip cookies come from? The United States and the creator was Ruth Graves Wakefield.

  • The go-to pairing

    Surely you’ve tried Spanish granache with your mac and cheese? It’s a classic pairing.

Parking tips

Parking in Somerville can be a challenge. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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