Davis Square is a fun and quirky little cusp of enjoyment. The old theatre is a great experience..It's just not suited for big folks..tight squeeze for some people. Occasionally you will see public performances by many local or travelling artist- certainly a wonderful treat. They have some notable food & beverage options (Davis Square Donuts, Diesel Cafe, When Pigs Fly Bread Shop, Foundry on Elm, Starbucks, and others) in this area. I discovered Davis Square as I was referred to the comic book shop (Comicazi) shortly after attending PAX convention.
Review by Tegshbayar2 years ago
Who decided to call this a square? I grow beets more square-like than this.
One of the last stops on the red line, just before Alewife. Davis is far superior to Porter by any metric of comparison.
The Sugidama soba and izikaya restaurant is the highlight of the Davis square. This place also serves sushi. Lots of great and affordable diverse dining options from falafels to pizzas....
Easy to access by the nearby MTBA red line station, you can safely walk around during the day, park for free, etc.
Review by Yogapriya4 years ago
More like a hangout spot for homeless people and drug addicts. I wish I could give this place zero stars but Yelp won't let me.
Review by Imisi5 years ago
Nice little area for dinning and shopping. There are lots of restaurants and shops so you have many many options for everyone. Very accessible via Red Line or you can drive and struggle for street parking. I've been to the Foundry and the food was pretty good but a but pricey.
Review by CateC5 years ago
There are very few things to NOT love about Davis Square. It's one of my first memories of Boston, coming up out of the redline stop, spotting some weird looking statues in the main square that still freak me out to this day.
I'll also never forget when my roommate at the time got flack from her grandmother for wanting to live in Davis because apparently it was dangerous in the 70's and 80's. Oh how time and gentrification can change just about everything in a place.
From candlepin bowling, to Tibetan, falafel and decent vegetarian options....there is something for everyone in your party and Davis can be a destination in and of itself, at least it is for us. I love walking around here and people watching on a lazy Saturday afternoon, grabbing a bite to eat or some ice treats at the numerous froyo places and JP Licks. It's better than Porter and Kendall and dare I say it, might even be better than Harvard Square at this point. At least it's not as commercialized as Harvard.
If you're an out of towner looking for something a bit different than Faneuil Hall, take the 15 minute ride from downtown out to Davis Square....but make sure you come with a empty belly and have your walking shoes on.
Review by FirstBilly5 years ago
The best place to live in the Boston area and just as good to visit. There's more culture here than you'll find anywhere else in Greater Boston. Amazing food, great people-watching, fun nightlife spots, a great local performance theater, a very cool cinema that plays a lot of indie and old fliix...just wonderful stuff.
Review by Sharmmaine5 years ago
A convenient little square. Something to eat for all dietary restrictions here. Great ice cream, good burgers, a few pubs. Not many stores. Parking is also a hassle.
Review by Mightiest Bilvam5 years ago
Top 10 things to do in Davis Square
1. People watch in the square.
2. Grab a burger at Boston Burger Company
3. See a movie at the Theatre (check show times and schedules)
4. Listen to live music at the Somerville theatre (check schedules)
5. Johnny D's for live music and Sunday brunch. (Website is always updated)
6. Posto for date night and pizza. (2 gluten free options)
7. Mike's for cheap food and laid back diner feel.
8. The Foundry for a drink. Clink to the crowd.
9. Diesel cafe, eclectic coffee shop and customers. Enjoy the cafe buzz
10. Flatbread pizza (gluten free) and bowling. Get your game on!!!
Review by MHough Matinheikki6 years ago
What a cute little New England-y area! Though a bit confusing to navigate, there are tons of fun places to eat, to drink and to be merry. My favorite of those of course is JP Licks, but that's another story (read: review).
Review by Idreez Lohrenz6 years ago
I used to come here all the time during college and recently came back for a bus transfer and a bit of exploring. So far as I could see, things haven't changed much. To me, the only street you need here is Elm street as it's got enough cafes and resturants to make anyone happy--but maybe there'es more on other streets...
Review by Leesee6 years ago
Davis Square, Davis Square.
They've been trying to get me to leave.
It's awesome. It's beautiful. It's convenient.
Where to begin.
When I first moved here, there was no Foundry, no Saloon, no Painted Burro, no Shawarma Place.
There was no M3 or Amsterdam Falafel.
There was no Spoke Wine Bar, no Five Horses Tavern, no iYo, no Punjabi Grill, no Snappy Sushi or Snappy Ramen.
There was a Rosebud.
There was a McDonalds.
There was a Social Security office.
My, how you have evolved.
Quite a transformation has been experienced. But, you are, still Davis Square.
Review by PAmatoPace Uccio6 years ago
Gosh! Somerville I miss you so much! During 15 days, I used to come there every morning/evening, to eat at Mr Crepe, to go for a stroll... Actually, it represents Somerville so much: typically New-England!
And the movie Theatre... So cute! Don't miss it!
Review by LenaCzD6 years ago
Review #1,000. A momentous occasion. Let's celebrate with the following:
* A cuban sandwich from Dave's Fresh, my all-time fave.
* Amsterdam's overstuffed falafel brimming with brilliant pickled veg and raw sauces.
* A Hawaiian Song smoothie from Blue Shirt, with a dash of Berg & Hauck's Creole Bitters bought at The Boston Shaker.
* A lively Celtic set from folks in a booth beside the bar, while sipping a pulled Guinness at The Burren. Or a funky brunch at Johnny D's. Or a HONK! Parade. Pick your musical poison.
* Pre-game a large Mopsy's Pulled Pork at Flatbread by slurping down Redbone's pork chili verde. Post-game with 12 friends and a whole pig roast at Posto. Because, y'know, all of the pigs.
* Broke? Micheladas with unlimited chips and salsa at Painted Burro. Broker? A $5 gut-bomb of a burrito from Anna's. In my world, a gut-bomb is perfectly acceptable.
* Gotta-grill meats and soups made by a guy who just likes to make soup, fresh outta McKinnon's coolers.
* A business meeting at iYo or Diesel. Your choice - I could office up at either all day.
* A bourbon and a Ploughman's Platter from Saloon. Begin discussing whether or not ((INSERT YOUR OWN BROADCAST SERIES)) is worth all the hype.
* Come to blows and bandage up at Davis Square Family Practice. Exchange gifts from Magpie; that friendship is sacred.
* Nurse those wounds over chicken tenders and tots (and a Bulleit Old Fashioned) at Five Horses. Don't wear plaid.
* Downtown Wine & Spirits for Heidi Jo's jerky and every beer.
* Death wish? An Artery Clogger at Boston Burger Company, followed by an extra thick El Diablo frappe from JP Licks. M3's fried cheese curds, optional.
* Let the coma overtake you, as you nestle in to a cheap flick and a beer at Somerville Theatre. Seal the deal with a large popcorn slathered in real butter (free refills).
You pick the order, just as long as when all is said and done, we Sligrate. Because that's how we do.
Review by Fishinhell7 years ago
I've never seen more retarded drivers than the ones doing laps the wrong way in the Day Street lot.
That said it's a great location that can offer you pretty much anything under the sun in terms of food, pubs, and whatever else you might want. Definitely worth exploring .
Review by Mabroor Hiss7 years ago
Davis would be so much better if the block where the Burren is would be pedestrian only. Make Highland a two way at Middlesex Bank and Voilà, most unique spot would be born. Be bold Davis. Don't you have an association or something?
Review by Middlesbrough7 years ago
Went there for a crafts festival and it was great...the area is full of nice restaurants, shops, a convenient T station. A cute little urban park with nice benches and tables make it very inviting. Love this part of Sommerville...
Review by Hecsasjul Regev7 years ago
Davis Square, I love you so hard.
I lived all over the Boston 'burbs before you found me and made me a one square kind of woman. I've happily lived near you for years and cannot imagine living anyplace else.
You rock me so, let me count the ways:
The Red Line is right there, right in the middle of the square and all the excitement.
Somerville Movie Theater. If you haven't been here, you are missing out!
The food! My gawd, the food. So much of it, most of it delicious.
Free parking for Somerville residents.
Lots of cute little shops like Magpie, Davis Squared, and that fabulous pawn shop next to the tequila bar.
I have now moved away and miss you every day, Davis Square!
Review by Sneakhead Chain7 years ago
Come at least 9 hours early to find a parking spot. And no, I ain't joking.
Selection of restaurants in area is excellent though.
Review by Jagsgirl7 years ago
Davis Square really is one of the more vibrant places in the Somerville and Cambridge area. Tons of unique stores line the blocks. There's convenient parking on the street and several lots off of side streets. It's usually jam packed with people, and the traffic can be a little overwhelming. If you take the T then you will be far less stressed. It's a great place to wander around. The Somerville Theatre is located there and they have an interesting assortment of movies and shows. I love to visit a different restaurant whenever I visit. Some of the more exotic cuisines are Middle Eastern and Vietnamese. Interspersed amongst the restaurants are quirky shops. Lots of local grocers too if you're looking for a rare item. I envy people who live close enough to hop on a bus or the T and visit whenever they like as it's truly a dynamic place to shop, walk, and eat.
Review by Alaeshia8 years ago
I am literally obsessed with Davis and couldn't imagine living anywhere else (ok ok honestly I would love to be in the South End what with the SOWA market and all, but right now this is what's affordable).
There are SO many great places to eat here! Everything ranging from kinda-gotta-dressed up to very laid back. There are plenty of bars with great menus that fit right in the middle of that spectrum as well. The bar scene is pretty fun; I find that it's only irritating in September when all the kiddies are back for school, but they dissipate quickly.
The cultural scene here is just wonderful. In the warm months you'll find people strumming on a guitar, drumming on some buckets, or hula-hooping in dizzying circles. There are also several annual festivals that happen in the Square - there's an art festival sometime in July and Honk!/Oktoberfest was just this past weekend. Over the summer they have outdoor films for kids! And well, I love Disney movies so I go too. (:
The movie theater is another great feature of Davis. Not only is it super cheap ($6 before 6 pm and weekend matinees), but they serve beer and wine! In addition to normal theater candy, they also have caramel popcorn and homemade cookies. The theater features several mainstream movies in addition to limited release films. They also have Sean Connery Bond weekend marathons and show old movies like A Clockwork Orange.
My friends who live in Boston often complain about "how far" Davis is. Pshhh it's a cool 17 minutes on the Red Line to Park St., relax.
I find that most of the people living in the area are young professionals and young families. The best part is that everyone who lives here loves living here and it creates a great sense of community.
Review by RyeMom Dornaus8 years ago
A huge variety of stores and resturaunts a T stop so you don't have to drive here (please don't drive here, too many people try to, if your garmin directs you through here, find another route) big sidewalks and even a movie theater makes up Davis Square. Its clean, its fun and everyone can find something that they will like.
Review by FrankVL Olskey8 years ago
It's a Square and it's central to Porter, Ball, and Teele. It's probably named after some dude who has Davis in his name (first or last). That is just my guess though. But I am probably right. I am usually right. Yelp said it was awaiting my review so here we are. There's some bars (minus one star because there's nowhere to really dance). There's a movie theater that you can drink at so suck it Boston Common. There's also a planned parenthood which I would imagine can be a convenient location for some.
In Davis you will find a lot of hipsters (hence the vegan options and coffee shops) and I mean a lot. Also Tufts kids tend to make their way over here from up the street.
Should be a nice couple of years living around here. And if someone decides to open a club that plays house/techno/trance music I will boost it up to a 5 banger. If I were a hipster reviewing this square it would definitely get 5.
Review by Korynna9 years ago
I love Davis Square, it is definitely in my top 5 neighborhoods in the Boston area. It is nice because the Red Line stop runs through it, has a great restaurant/bar scene, and there are tons of great shops like Diesel Cafe, a comic book store, and When Pigs Fly Bread. A very hip area.
Review by Aneturia9 years ago
If you're looking for a place on the Red Line where different economic strata mix and get along well, Davis is for you. I lived here from 1999 to 2001 when I was fresh out of college, and I just moved back in 2011 after many years of exile in efficient-but-less-soulful Porter Square. I'm delighted to find it now has a CVS and a beautiful gym, and still hasn't lost Family Dollar or the $2 pizza slices at Christo's Pizza. This is a place where many aspects of the city mix; I fit in fine ten years ago and I fit in fine now, and for me that means love.
All that Davis is missing now is a grocery store, a hardware store and a bookstore -- don't get me wrong, I'm glad we chased out snotty, snotty Macintyre & Moore, but where's our equivalent of Porter Square Books? Heck, I'd even take a Borders. The good news is that all these necessities are a ten-minute walk away, in Porter, so they're "missing" only if you're spoiled rotten by the density of the city.
Davis Square is, not coincidentally, my reason for joining Yelp. It has such a neighborhood vibe that I wanted a way to feel involved. This is it! I'll be living here for a long, long time.