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dbar
  • Address:
    1236 Dorchester Avenue
    Dorchester, MA 02125
    Neighborhood:
    Dorchester
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

dbar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dbarboston.com
  • Email: info@dbarboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 265-4490
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Coombs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: dbar can be booked for many different types of events. •Sit down dinners, up to 60 people •Cocktail parties, up to 180 people. •Large scale club events with DJs and dancing from dbar’s amazing sound and lighting system, also up to 180 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Brian (617) 265-4490
  • Special Events & Promotions:
    Fridays and Saturdays: DJ's and dancing after dinner.
    Show Tune Tuesdays every Tuesday 9pm-2am with VJ Rompy.
    iThursdays!, every Thursday, bring your iPod or iPhone and you be the DJ.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Savin Hill // Red Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in parking lot adjacent to restaurant.
A word from dbar
Open 7 days a week, dbar is a full service restaurant that seamlessly transforms into a nightclub and lounge as the night goes on. Formally an old school Irish pub filled with mahogany charm, dbar has been renovated into a hip chic hot spot. With warm glowing candles & long leather banquettes, dbar offers a casual and comfortable atmosphere that attracts clientele from Dorchester and surrounding areas. The unique and classy menu inspired by Executive Chef Christopher Coombs changes with the seasons and features the finest and freshest available ingredients throughout the New England area. Most of the menu takes a French twist, but also contains an assortment of comfort foods (such as our famous Veal & Pancetta Bolognaise) and old favorites (like our simple yet delicious Giannone Chicken Under a Brick.)Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Cocktail menu is one of the best. Have dined there many times and everything from apps to entrees have been delicious and unique."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We always enjoy dBar. Our servers are always good, attentive and friendly without hovering, and Rory is a great addition to the team. Looking forward to seasonal change of menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is my second time going to dbar in recent months. I had the gnocchi and brussels sprouts, both delicious and an amazing cocktail from the bar. The server was knowledgeable and attentive, without overdoing it. The dessert was a little slow in coming, and he comped it, which was unnecessary. Nice scene too. Will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "What a wonderful dinner we had! Very personable and knowledgeable waiter. Fantastic bread, very tasty salad, and a truly superb chicken entree. Dessert included home made ice cream! And everything reasonably-priced. I don't live far from here, but for some reason I never thought of this place when making dinner plans. I will now."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Two friends and I enjoyed attentive but not overbearing service on Saturday night. The food was tasty, and the drinks were satisfying. Both bartenders paid attention to us, and the host and hostess were inviting as well. I will go again. The Cool Cucumber martini and tuna ceviche were as good or better than the equivalents at other Boston restaurants that I frequent. I would like to emphasize that Andy and his fellow bartender stood out. I truly appreciated going to a restaurant that i had not been to and receiving outstanding service and being made to feel welcome. I would like to note that the standard response by Andy to us and others was "Of course." I love hearing that, especially as compared to "No problem" when I ask for something."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good drinks, very neighborhoods, great food and service. Mostly very friendly and easy place to enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "dBar has truly excellent food and very good service, but is loud. We were seated near a speaker, and asked the Hostess to have the music turned down, which the Manager did for us. Otherwise, we would have been shouting across the table. Keep in mind that dBar on the weekends and later at night (after 9 p.m.?) becomes a bar, more than a restaurant; so if you want a quiet spot, go early! I had the scallops, which were perfectly cooked: seared and juicy. My friend had the sirloin sandwich. The french fries are AMAZING! (I kept eating them off my friend's plate.) For dessert, we split a goat-cheese cheesecake -- EASILY the very best cheesecake I've ever had. Such an interesting flavor, and not overly sweet. We highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went to DBar with such great expectations as a friend had highly recommended it. The service was terrible waited a long time just to get a drink and when she did bring the drink it was the wrong one. We had to bother the host later to take our order as the waitress seemed to have forgotten about us. The lobster omlet lacked lobster. So disappointed as I was so looking forward to it."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We're longtime fans of Dbar, but this was our first wine tasting and we brought two friends with us for the restaurant's Wines of Sicily dinner. We had been to Sicily in 2012 and toured some of the best wineries. Dbar did not disappoint. The wines were great, the food excellent, and the service stellar. At one point during the dinner, I said to my friend, "Wow, it's like we're back in Sicily!""
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Went with a group of friends - we arrived at 7:30 and left at 10:45 PM - great food, excellent service, absolutely no one rushed us and we were able to talk and laugh and thoroughly enjoy the evening. One of my favorite places!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I was pleased with our experience, not blown away, but it was good."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This was the first time going to dbar and it was amazing! I took my mom here for dinner when she was visiting from CT and in my moms words "this was one of the most memorable meals ive ever had in boston". She is extremely hard to impress when it comes to food so the fact that she was beyond satisfied says a lot. We started off with a tuna ceviche (super fresh and ample size for an appetizer) and then I had the chicken under a brick while my mom had the oso bucco. Both entrees were phenomenal. We ended with a brownie/chocolate dessert that was gooey, chocolate filled and just the right amount of sweet to end a wonderful dinner. Our server David was great and service was extremely prompt and friendly. I will be back!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We drove in through practically a snowstorm for our most recent visit to Dbar and it was worth it. Maybe even made it better, since it wasn't as crowded as we had expected. The food here is amazing and the servers are excellent - I have gone with their recommendations for both food and wine at times, and I have never been disappointed. Our previous visit was a Tuesday night and that is musicals sing-a-long night - go early if you want a non-raucous dinner. Also, great awareness of lactose/gluten issues, and very willing to make adaptations. All in all - it's almost an hour's drive and I can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went for Valentines Day and had the four course 65pp. prefix menu they were offering. The food was decent and the atmosphere was pleasant. We were seated near the bar off in the corner. The food was decent, but wasn't mind blowing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "DBAR has been a truly wonderful addition to the restaurant scene in Dorchester. It has the best food in Dorchester, a lively atmosphere, great service, and a very friendly staff. We have never had a bad meal at DBAR and have been going for many years. This is our Go To restaurant of choice. Thanks DBAR!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Dbar never fails to provide outstanding food and fantastic cocktails."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The duck liver pate is always delish! The service is amazing. Our server was very helpful in making wine recommendations and was not at all pretentious or snoody. The smoky beef tacos are a must try. I have always left very satisfied with my experience. It's also very reasonably priced. Everyone seems very friendly and again, our server was great!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My husband and I recently went to dBar to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It's in our neighborhood and we've been happy with the food there on our visits. It did not disappoint this time, either. Food and service were terrific. It was crowded and noisier than the last time I was there; then I was sitting in a booth with our guests and not in the middle of the floor. Noise level made it difficult for us to talk. Next time, I'll ask for a booth or a table in a quieter corner. Even the noise level did not diminish our enjoyment of the food and the caring, professional service."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "dBar has come up with a winning formula...there is always .lots of babble about "comfort food" but what does it really mean? Great food that makes you feel better for having eaten it and you have not had to parse the list of ingredients. That what dinner at dBar is with the bonus of nice service from a wait staff that really cares if you have a good experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "Usually, we don't get to go out for New Year's Eve with 3 kids, it's quite impossible. This year, we made early reservations for Dbar's New Year Dinner Special. It was more fantastic than usual. Four exquisite courses!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "They had a great prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve with wine pairings. The meal was delicious and the wine choices nicely done."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "You can always feel that you will be ripped with a prix fixe menu,but Dbar did an excellent job? I did beef carpaccio, beef chops and they were fabulous. My husband had the scallops, abd chicken breast and it was great. Well done such a good job, we can't wait to get bak. Service was exceptional as well and we had a memorable New Years dinner. Soo good, thank you."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Good salmon, scallops & burger. Overall good food but service was a little slow but probably just a short staffed holiday experience. Would go again. Nice wine list!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We visited our daughter in the city and chose dBar due to the proximity to her apartment - but it is worth the trip from anywhere in greater Boston. There was a parking lot which is a big bonus in the city. The interior was modern and clean. The food was excellent and the service was just right. I can't wait to go back next time!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I thought the restaurant was outstanding. The food is delish, the prices are reasonable and the service is amazing!"
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "I live an hour away and wanted to take a friend out for dinner for his birthday. He recommended this restaurant. We had a great meal at a great price. I recommend it."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We were first-timers at dbar, and were celebrating a birthday. We had a few out of town guests, and a few local ones, as well as a very spunky 2 year old. We grabbed the first reservation of the day, and it was perfect. Everyone was happy with their meal, music playing in the background was great (and quiet enough so that everyone could talk), and I had one of the best Bloody Mary's ever. Also, our waiter brought out some bacon, a little early before the food, so that the 2 year old could start eating. That was super-accommodating. The off street parking is a hard find in the area, and made some of the older guests feel more comfortable. My only "con" was that it wasn't nice enough out to enjoy their outdoor dining space."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Great restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. Food is well prepared and presented. Great wine list."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "One of the better places to eat in Dorchester, but pricey. I've never had a bad meal here, but I've also never had an outstanding one. It's usually a small problem I notice - the dish might be too salty, or the quinoa undercooked, or the duck a bit dry. Although filling enough, the portions are on the small side for the price, and the entrees tend to be heavy. It would be great if they were accompanied by more *green* vegetables. Mixed drinks are pricey and a bit too sweet for my taste. The wine list is good. All that said, DBar is still a good place to eat. With a bit more attention it could be fabulous."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I went to dbar with some friends for show tunes Tuesday. The food and drinks were delicious, and the service was impeccable. The wait staff is thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable. It did get a little loud when the show tunes started, but the dj played a fun mix. We'd definitely all go back. :)"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "I've been to dbar quite a few times now. I've been to many restaurants in the Boston area, but this is by far my favorite. The staff couldn't be any nicer, the atmosphere more charming, and above all, the food more delicious! On top of all that, there's a parking lot, and plenty of street parking if that's filled. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Been before and...... Food a few levels down. Bisque mediocre , had to ask for spoons. And bread...after apps served. Drinks needed reminder Food was telid. Fries over salted, ceviche bland and tasteless Disappointed. We're a fan of this and deuxave. Hopefully bad night."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The dbar is my favorite restaurant in Boston, so far. I'm new to the city and have tried many places since I moved here. For the quality of the food (both presentation and flavor) and the friendly and attentive waitstaff, dbar is at the top of my list. My friends and I all got different items from the menu and each entree was so flavorful. The price of the meal is also cheap when you compare the prices of other restaurants of comparable quality. My favorite dish so far is the lamb with risotto. It was cooked perfectly and the risotto was a great side to accompany the lamb."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The restaurant has very dim lighting in the sense that we used the candles on the table to read the menu, but it does set an atmosphere for the dinner. The food was amazing, the menu isn't extensive but does give variety. The waitress was very attentive and had good humor which worked with my group of friends. However, we went on a Tuesday night which is "Show tunes Tuesday", well it ended up just being music videos of musicals, but was very loud to the point where we couldn't hear each other talk and subsequently had to leave. All in all a god find, and would definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Great food! A little too loud to have a coversation."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "and we will come back. My husband is from the south shore and always wants to head there for dinner - now he knows we don't have to drive 30 minutes to have a nice dinner!! Service was good, nice atmosphere and good food!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This place never let's me down my go to restaurant I. The city when I need a good meal."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The chicken under a brick was fantastic served with flawless mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Simple, delicious, strong drinks, nice eye candy. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Nice local hidden gem in Dorchester. Food is good, Nice Ambiance, Friendly staff, Small Intimate dining area /vibrant bar for any occasion."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "This was our first meal at dBar and all 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed it.....EXCEPT why on earth does the room have to be so dark? We could barely read the menu and had trouble identifying some of our food. I totally missed the white aioli on the edge of the white plate. We don't mind a dimly-lit room, but this was uncomfortably dim! I want to give a loud shout out to Rob, our waiter. Excellent service. We felt very well-taken care of."
    Dined on 10/12/2013