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Trina's Starlite Lounge

Bar, New American Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
Inman Square, Somerville
  • The folks at Eater and Bon Appetit Magazine like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Keith G.
    "... the modern and the fallen angel, I love the rocking chair."(5 Tips)
    "Monday brunch: sloppy joe eggs & fruity pebble French toast"(4 Tips)
    "equally serious about craft cocktails and chicken and waffles."(11 Tips)
    Bon Appetit Magazine
    "... version (served with hot pepper syrup) at this comfort-food spot in the Boston..."(3 Tips)
129 Tips and reviews
  • Southern food
  • cocktails
  • chicken & waffles
  • monday brunch
  • fallen angel
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    Boston.comSeptember 22, 2014
    Try a Kayem dog (same dogs used at Fenway) is griddled, then pressed with American cheese, hot pickles, mustard, and caramelized onion. If it’s not your dog of the day, no matter; any dog-day will do. Read more
    Boston.comJuly 31, 2013
    Try the "Vicious Circle", a classic craft cocktail with a twist. Based on the algonquin cocktail, pineapple is added to the mix to give this strong drink a hint of summer. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 20, 2012
    A leader of the local Southern comfort food movement, Trina's is equally serious about craft cocktails and chicken and waffles. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Martín C.
    Martín CaballeroNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't leave without trying the Starlite-style burger: two 4 oz. patties on a bun, separated by a layer of fries and another layer of cole slaw, topped with special sauce. Messy but so worth it.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Here's our go-to order: the skinny onion strings, the bbq sweet potato chips and the pepperoni roll. Give us a can of Carling Black Label or a terrific cocktail and we're happy campers. Read more
  • Irina
    IrinaJanuary 16, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Favourite local bar with great music, friendly bartenders, good food & cocktails (they are all seriously tasty)! Def try crispy sweet potato chips👌🏻
  • American Way
    American WayNovember 17, 2011
    The Dog of the Day has achieved cult status. Recent hits, the Charcuterie Plate dog notwithstanding, include the Dog Fried Rice dog with Chinese five-spice, a soy glaze and sesame oil. Read more
  • Craig C.
    Craig CollinsAugust 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Here is a tip from a real person. Everything here is spectacular and unique. In particular, try the strawberry chipotle chicken and the sloppy Joe's on Wednesdays.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 9, 2013
    The Monday "industry brunch" leaves diners happily full of chicken and waffles, homemade pop tarts, and Kool Aid du jour. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixJuly 6, 2011
    Only six taps here, but the draft options are choice. Get the fries with (or without gravy) and the onion strings to soak up all the menu of craft cocktails, offbeat wines + more. Read more
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    While some say the best chicken and waffles are to be found in Harlem, farther north they do a mean version (served with hot pepper syrup) at this comfort-food spot in the Boston suburb of Somerville.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilliamsNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Some really tasty stuff here. Just not tons for the veggie crew. The veggie burger is super tasty and the drinks are A-Ok! Worth it.
  • Becky
    BeckyOctober 22, 2010
    Sloppy Joe night, kool aid du jour, tang, hot dog of the day, chocolate covered bacon, and drinks that will knock your proverbial socks off. If you're gettin a burger, order it w the cole slaw. Trust.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 9, 2014
    Order a double cheeseburger with a side of onion strings. Place the onion strings on burger. Reconstruct the burger. Eat. Enjoy.
    Boston.comJuly 15, 2010
    At this hipster restaurant and bar, hot dogs are a focus of the menu. They’re available griddled, as corn dogs, and topped with chili and cheese. But where chef Suzi Maitland really gets creative is t Read more
  • erin g.
    erin genettMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Eggplant Parm is outstanding. Probably the best I've ever had. Get whatever Pretty Things they currently have on tap.
  • Keith G.
    Keith G.July 25, 2014
    Drink here. My wife loves the modern and the fallen angel, I love the rocking chair.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJuly 17, 2012
    "turkey burger: A moist, hearty patty tricked out with a sweet and savory blend of Swiss cheese, mustard, apple mostarda, and peppery arugula"
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WheelerJuly 11, 2017
    Great little neighborhood cocktail bar, divey vibe without the drama. Eat anything they serve with potatoes!
  • Kenneth M.
    Kenneth McKlinskiJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always lively crowd, varied savory comfort food dishes, and a refreshing selection if cocktails and beers to choose from.
  • BDCwire
    BDCwireOctober 28, 2013
    There are restaurants ready and willing to fatten you up. Trina’s Starlite Lounge serves its chicken and waffles with hot pepper syrup. Read more
  • Navin A.
    Navin AmbiNovember 18, 2016
    Great Monday brunch if you are up for it. Awesome cocktails. Crazy chocolate covered bacon.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KasemirMay 10, 2015
    Chicken and waffles are bomb. So are the tater tots. Ask for some hot sauce for the chicken.
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LyonsOctober 6, 2012
    The only thing better than the chicken and waffles is the post-chicken and waffles blumkin. I wish I could give it 6 stars.
    Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012
    There's a mysterious taste that stands out in this drink, and whatever it is, it's delicious. But my favorite part is the garnish -- a big, crunchy dill pickle. Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 14, 2010
    If you're nursing a hangover, order the off the menu Tijuana Alarm Clock, a Secret Recovery Cocktail w/ blanco tequila, orange juice, eggs (and some other stuff). Read more
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 11, 2014
    Get their famous chicken and waffles and try to enjoy as you attempt to tune out all of the hipsters around you...
  • Steph H.
    Steph HillJanuary 22, 2014
    Great cocktails and beers! Apparently a hot spot for Harvard architects and hipsters? Thanks to my friend Jon for showing me the place!
  • Laura W.
    Laura WongAugust 7, 2016
    Your typical bar food but phenomenal cocktails at a fairly reasonable price. Great dive
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GarvinMay 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Mac and cheese and a cup of chili, and have them mix it together for you. It's good, and should be a new menu item.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 30, 2010
    Tyler Balliet from The Second Glass is turning 30. Join his fans & friends for cheap food & good drinks at Trina's, Somerville's version of an industry clubhouse (May 6th, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.). Read more
  • Citysearch Boston
    Citysearch BostonApril 27, 2010
    Sometimes there's chocolate-covered, sea salt-dusted bacon in the kitchen left over from Monday's brunch. Ask during the week and ye shall (perhaps) receive.
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalNovember 1, 2011
    The atmosphere? Kinda cheap, kinda classy. The hot dogs? Heaven on a toasted bun. - CBS Boston Read more
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixApril 22, 2012
    Named "Best Brunch" by Boston Phoenix Readers in 2012! Try the fried chicken and buttermilk waffles with hot-pepper syrup. Read more
  • Justin E.
    Justin EllisFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Place your faith in your bartender: Don't know what you want? Tell them what you like.
  • Britta L.
    Britta LehmannOctober 14, 2013
    Classic drinks and loads of beer! Sadly way to many young People.....nice place to be though....
  • Jason C.
    Jason CoppoOctober 11, 2012
    I come here for sloppy joe Wednesdays. What more of a tip do you need. ;-)
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiAugust 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Every Monday Starlite serves "Industry" Brunch from 12-4; great music, fun people, and all the Tang you can drink.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CooperAugust 1, 2015
    Nice place to grab a drink. A bit too noisy for a date, but always a fun crowd.
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BerkFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Chicken and Waffles will blow your mind. Secret ingredient: the sweet/hot sauce.
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GagnonOctober 14, 2013
    The hash browns are actually just one giant ball of fried potato goodness.
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GigliottiDecember 2, 2015
    Mac & cheese, cheeseburger, fries... They're all amazing!
  • Zlata Z.
    Zlata ZubenkoSeptember 5, 2016
    My hubby & I split lobster pasta which was delicious.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 11, 2014
    The hot dogs are creatively delicious - although not cheap.
  • Jay P.
    Jay PorterOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I love this place. Do yourself a favor and try the Deconstructed Rum & Cola.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Fabulous cocktails and service make this hip new joint an instant classic. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Sam
    SamFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Natale a Padua is an elegant, superb cocktail. Delicious!
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WaltonApril 13, 2012
    Sizzles & Suds - April 29th 8 to 12pm. Cheap ass Sailor Jerry tiki concoctions & Narragansett pounders. No RSVP. Just show.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 21, 2012
    The mac and cheese appetizer is made with Ritz crackers and love. You can really taste the love.
  • Andrea I.
    Andrea IsabelleMarch 20, 2015
    homemade pop-tarts, need I say anything more?
  • Brandon G.
    Brandon GreenJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Mac and cheese + chorizo. That's all you need.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you visit Trina's Starlite Lounge don’t forget ask for a drink made with Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HeatonOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hello, introduce yourself, and be friendly to Jay, Emma, Trina and the rest of the staff... You will never have a bad time at Trina's after that.
  • Ian P.
    Ian PoynterSeptember 16, 2016
    At brunch, the breakfast sloppy joe was great.
  • Lucas B.
    Lucas Baker-SirotyMay 26, 2011
    Wednesday is sloppy joes night. The sloppy joes are fantastic. Go Trina's style!
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliNovember 3, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is inconsistent, but the service is always top notch. So if anything is less than perfect, speak up and you will be well taken care of.
  • denise w.
    denise waddingtonSeptember 22, 2010
    Lots of "comfort food" on the menu. Very decent food and great cocktails. Gets a little loud after 7.
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    In this hipster crowd you’ll see lots of National Health Service glasses, narrow-brimmed hats, long colorful knit scarves. Read more
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Trina's Starlite Lounge!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RuryJuly 9, 2011
    I can't get enough of the chicken and waffles...that syrup is incredible.
  • Julie
    JulieMay 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Monday brunch: sloppy joe eggs & fruity pebble French toast
  • holly h.
    holly hannonMarch 12, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything! Everything is wonderful!
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetFebruary 6, 2010
    Great prices at Trina's. $9 cocktails, $3 beer bottles and $5 drafts. Say hi to Josh behind the bar.
  • Jen D.
    Jen DeutschFebruary 28, 2012
    Try the Maple Bourbon Martini With Chocolate Covered Bacon
  • Jon A.
    Jon ASeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for Monday brunch, drink a bloody Mary and eat homemade poptarts!
  • Charla M.
    Charla Mustard-footeOctober 20, 2013
    Next time we're in Boston, we'll meet you there. Many friends with taste (ours) have recommended it.
  • Sahil K.
    Sahil KathawalaSeptember 20, 2014
    Some of the best fried chicken I've had in Boston!
  • Jay P.
    Jay PorterJune 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I am ever-so-patiently awaiting the return of the Deconstructed Rum and Cola but it is ever-so-difficult!
  • fc
    fcAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chocolate-covered bacon. The chocolate is great, the bacon is good. The combo? Not so sure.
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie ChenMarch 8, 2015
    This place doesn't look like much but wow! That Starlite hot dog 👌
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out Trina's Starlight Lounge as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Jake F.
    Jake FochettaMarch 19, 2016
    Live the high life and have their sweet potato chips.
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BaxterJanuary 13, 2012
    Tasting menu. Dinner for decadence. Brunch for budgets. Won't be disappointed either way.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 7, 2011
    Order the "Word to Your Mom," which is made with Pretty Thing's Jack D'Or.
  • Delilah W.
    Delilah WebbJune 29, 2010
    Try the "violette hour" - it has cucumber liquor and is super refreshing!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CarrascoApril 2, 2011
    the Fallen Angel is an eye opener - spicy mango margarita with a bbq dusted rim
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 3, 2015
    If you are in Trina's Starlite Lounge, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • fc
    fcSeptember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the fried chicken & waffles. The hot pepper syrup makes the dish.
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 26, 2010
    Four hot dogs paired with four wines by four chefs -- for $44. Get there at 6 p.m. for pre-dog cocktails.
  • Sam C.
    Sam CJune 24, 2010
    Try the Berkshire Brewing Company "Shabbadoo"--a black & tan of their pale ale & one of their porters. Amazing.
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MurrayDecember 11, 2009
    the following are delicious... Fallen Angel, Sweet Potato & Bacon Hash, Corn Dog, Gravy Fries.. I hope the baby sleeps through the night!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 18, 2010
    Try the Buttermilk Waffles and Fried Chicken
  • Jason D.
    Jason DunnDecember 29, 2011
    Try the Moscow whatever drink. It's divine.
  • Nick N.
    Nick NickAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for dates
  • EricaLynn J.
    EricaLynn JasionowskiFebruary 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fettucine. Violet Hour. Bacon Brussels. You're welcome.
  • Tristan
    TristanMay 19, 2013
    Quite literally a perfect bar.
  • Sam
    SamJanuary 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The milled wine is superb on a freezing cold day.
  • Kathryn
    KathrynApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Somerville cup #2.1, a great summery drink
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SKAugust 29, 2014
    Best turkey burger of my life!!
  • Jade N.
    Jade NgDecember 27, 2014
    Eggnog custard pie tonight.
  • Martín C.
    Martín CaballeroJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap beer and poor lighting FTW. Get a dog and a bucket of Hi-Lifes
  • Marshall O.
    Marshall OMay 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The chef with the beard and tattoos is the dreamiest!
  • Jess W.
    Jess WileyJanuary 17, 2012
    Best corn dog you will ever have
  • Jason K.
    Jason KoenighausJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The deconstructed rum and coke is BACK! @jayporter
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SMarch 2, 2013
    Get the tater tots!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KiracofeNovember 3, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Starlite dog + a High Life. Get in.
  • Tal N.
    Tal NadariOctober 18, 2011
    Try the Shaddock! Amazing
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WintturiJune 11, 2012
    Best bartenders in the Ville
  • Barbara H.
    Barbara HoughJanuary 31, 2015
    Noisy but everything tastes so good.
  • Alison T.
    Alison TrujilloSeptember 11, 2010
    The violet hour is a wonderful drink to sip up.
  • Paul T.
    Paul TuennermanAugust 24, 2011
    Three Words - Get The Chili!
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.September 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You might see some hipsters here. Seriously.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DeNoiaFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fallen Angel. Sounds weird, but its delicious.
  • Caitlyn M.
    Caitlyn MorleyOctober 6, 2013
    Corn fritters were sooo good! The rest was mediocre.
  • Ariel
    ArielMay 26, 2013
    old-school vibe
  • Josh H.
    Josh HoekwaterApril 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Baked haddock is amazing and a great value.
  • Nelson J.
    Nelson JoyceMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Only place I've ever seen Black Label cans.
  • Sam
    SamMay 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The Calamansi Collins is an amazing drink.
  • Michael b.
    Michael butalaOctober 23, 2010
    its financially irresponsible to get the pony bucket. they are only 7 ounces.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    All the drinks taste sad.
  • Dara S.
    Dara SternJanuary 9, 2012
    Great cocktails!
  • John P.
    John PJanuary 29, 2011
    Chicken fried chicken is so legit
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 22, 2015
    Get some chicken and waffles.
  • A I.
    A IbsJuly 26, 2016
    Fried chicken
  • Martin H.
    Martin HanniganDecember 17, 2010
    Ask the DJ to play Sweet Caroline!
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The Drunken Monkey cocktail, made with Old Monk rum. Drink.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BMay 28, 2012
    Monday brunch!
  • Sweety M.
    Sweety MalhotraJanuary 10, 2015
    Nice food guys
  • Cody D.
    Cody DamonJanuary 11, 2010
    Get the Corn Dog! You will not be disappointed
  • Will A.
    Will AndersonApril 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Gotta love it when Emma is behind the bar = ).
  • Steve S.
    Steve SchnelwarOctober 8, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    As if the top notch cocktails weren't enough, but a bucket of high life ponies? The choices just got harder my friends.
  • Jenn D.
    Jenn DePrizioFebruary 26, 2012
    First full of dollars
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BMay 28, 2012
    Monday bruch!
  • Annie
    AnnieMarch 5, 2011
    Cuban was delish!
  • Katie
    KatieOctober 22, 2009
    get the Brunswick stew (blue plate special)
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeBlancDecember 31, 2009
    The fallen angel is worth a try.
  • John P.
    John PJanuary 30, 2011
    Bucket of ponies
  • Erwin C.
    Erwin ChukNovember 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the dog of the day.
  • Graham S.
    Graham SpectorJanuary 16, 2011
    Place sucks so much.
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