We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Foundry On Elm

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2956
+1 617-628-9999
11:00 - 01:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 10:30 - 01:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 117: English reviews
Cambridge MA
Level Contributor
181 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a reliably good place for dinner, but I had not been for brunch. It turns out that brunch is definitely a sweet spot: excellent buffet, delicious steak and eggs, and even better "non-traditional" eggs benedict. The Bloody Mary is also top-shelf. Definitely worth stopping in for brunch – or dinner.

Thank Scott M
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Five old friends shared simple plates, good drafts, vermentino, and 3 hours in the wayback of this long narrow gastro-pub. Friday at 6 full and loud. Low-key waiter grins conspirationally, repeats "That sounds like a plan" and pays attention to special orders. Rectangular clam pizza had bacon, potato, and white cheese -- good. Scallops entree came in an odd (tamarind?)... More 

Thank Fred B
Needham, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We stayed in West Cambridge for 2 days while our house had work done. We were looking for a nice restaurant nearby. My husband and teenage daughter and I wanted a casual restaurant with meat and fish options. It was very nice. My husband thought it was expensive as it was about $100 for the 3 of us. We shared... More 

Thank Marmar1066
Level Contributor
112 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Nice classy calm relaxing bar. Tasty delicious bloody Maria's. Attentive bar service. Make sure you try the devils on horseback made from dates, bacon and balsamic cream. Yummy.

Thank Claire27
Level Contributor
97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Foundry On Elm can be hit or miss, depending on your server and the time of day. But it's worth a visit to experience the Davis Square vibe, and to enjoy a few unique and tasty items. The 'Devils On Horseback' - feta-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates - are usually good, as are the grilled Portobello sandwich and the truffle parmesan fries.... More 

Thank GraceMarieGMC
Somerville, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The Foundry has a good beer selection, and pretty good food. The problem is it never managed to figure out an identity for itself. It's not a neighborhood spot like Christopher's down the street, and it doesn't fill an interesting niche like it's sister restaurant Saloon nextdoor. The food isn't good enough to be a real attraction with the other... More 

Thank arglebarnacle
Level Contributor
108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Had a 6 pm reservation; was seated quickly. The casual dining room filled quickly. Service was attentive; done with a sense of humor but professional. We had 6 in our party; all went away satisfied with their meals. Started out with two plates of calamari; which had a light batter and very tender. Grilled cheese and soup was surprising well... More 

Thank Savannah2011
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The food is good every once and a while. But the bouncer always act like their police officers. Beware if you've had more than one drink!

Thank Andrea N
New England
Level Contributor
627 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 432 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The salmon was very good, excellent tasty grilled cheese and yummy tomato soup, very good bolognese. Our server was very good, and we love the dimly lit bar atmosphere, an active bar scene, with a larger area for dining tables.

1 Thank lexmiller
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Visited for a casual evening dinner with friends. The location is easy right in the square. The place is casual and comfortable and not too loud so you could converse easily enough. Food was better than expected and the wait staff was patient. My friend pronounced the grill cheese sandwich the best ever. My Salmon dish was tasty and the... More 

1 Thank Mary Ellen B

Travellers who viewed Foundry On Elm also viewed

Somerville, MA
Somerville, MA

Been to Foundry On Elm? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
American, Bar, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2956
  • Public Transportation: Redline Davis Square T-stop
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-628-9999

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Foundry On Elm staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?