Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

4.6
1315 reviews
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The “corner bar” is always the best neighborhood hangout and an integral part of the community. Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen is just that: the intersection of good friends, great food and live music. Owner Darryl Settles pours life back into the former Bob the Chef’s space with a sleek bar, exposed brick walls and sexy lighting that offers Roxbury, the South End and Back Bay the sophisticated social spot they’ve been craving. The southern-inspired menu is approachable yet dynamic. Diners can look forward to down home comfort food prepared with an uptown twist food in specialties like Traditional Louisiana style Gumbo; Roasted Haddock with Chorizo Corn Chowder and Marinated Tomato and Fried Chicken & Waffles. It's One of the few places in Boston to offer live jazz and R&B, Darryl’s hosts notable musicians 6 times a week. With its cool vibe, a friendly staff and late night menu until 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding.. however.. Drinks took forever to get to our table... at least 25mins

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D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Darryl’s is always a hit with me! This was my First brunch experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I arrived for 10am. The one thing I didn’t realize was the buffet menu changes despite what is posted in the menu. As a pescatarian I was looking forward to their fried catfish, however the kitchen did not have it available for the buffet. The options there were still amazing and mimosas were tasty as well!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Well
I thought the food would be better not sure if the food was previously mad.

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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to spend a night. The food is delicious and the drinks are awesome! Soul Food it is and the live musicians are so great,entertainment all around, our experience was Awesome. Can't wait to go back.

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AD
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always have a great time here!! Very cozy and great music.

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AD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend brought me here for Valentine’s Day had a great time!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome restaurant with good food and good music and good service. Will be back again.

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L
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The highlight of Darryl’s is the wonderful soul food menu - everything looked so good, it was hard to pick! We went with hushpuppies to start, which were a smaller dish than I’d expected but packed with flavor and came with a delicious, creamy white dipping sauce. For dinner, I got the salmon burger with Cajun seasoning, which ended up being a little dry. In retrospect, I should have either ordered another dish or asked for chipotle aioli on the side. I also got “sweet potato wedges” aka sweet potato fries on the side which were FANTASTIC, big, chunky fries. They might have been the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. My brother got the DCBK Jazzburger and loved it, and my mom got the Cajun roasted salmon with polenta and collard greens on the side. The polenta was deliciously cheesy and grainy, and the collard greens were seasoned with smoked turkey and were delicious. The servers were great, and the jazz music was great as well, although a little loud where we were sitting. It was hard to hear each other over the music - heads up if you’re eating a meal to catch up with someone. I can’t wait to come back to Darryl’s and try more of their fantastic menu!

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RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time visiting Boston. Delicious food, the band was great which delivered a fabulous time.

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FE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food great drinks great music awesome staff.....i will be coming back!

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went for a girls night out. The ambiance was nice, our waiter was very attentive and nice. I ordered the fried chicken with candied yams and mac and cheese. The chicken wasn't that tasty, I like the wings better. When the live jazz comes on , it is very loud and is hard to conversate and hear.

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darryl's is one of our favorite Wednesday night destinations because of the great live music and delicious soul food. This week I had their fabulous gumbo and crab cakes. Can't wait for next Wednesday!

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DB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darryl’s has amazing food. The service is terrific, and the music is amazing. When they have live music, it can be loud enough that across-the-table conversation can be difficult, but that is to be expected. It’s a feature, not a bug.😀

I love that they apply a reasonable surcharge per guest (added to bill) to support the musicians.

Their brunch was so good! Loved the grits, Mac n cheese, collards, ribs, fried chicken, and red beans and rice. You don’t leave hungry!

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LD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambiance, excellent live music. Our waitress and host were super friendly and engaging. I just Love Darryl’s.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was awesome and food was fantastic!

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LO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I always love going to Darryl's but the weekends are always busy. I made a reservation for 7:15PM and we did not get seated until 7:40PM. The live music makes it difficult to have conversations without yelling so wouldn't recommend going here for a first date. But overall, the food is amazing, drinks are good and the live music is always on point!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You feel like you're at a really cool party and everyone is very nice and kind of beautiful.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

I ordered the crab cakes and they were not fresh. I would go as far as saying they came from a box.. i just got back from Maryland a few days ago and these crab cakes should not be named Maryland crab cakes. There is no comparison... i tasted a few of my friends meal and it was good..

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrating my Birthday and had a great time! The band was really entertaining and good food. Lively atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Reservation at 7pm, arrived on time table ready, music was great, maybe it was the waitresses first night... she sucked. Food was cold and our plates looked nothing like the plates next to us... not a good first experience, I probably won’t go back

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AC
New England
47 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I went to Darryl’s for a late dinner to catch up with my cousin; usually a really good time. It was nice, mainly the service was amazing as always as drinks strong. But the food was not what I hoped; the meat was over cooked and food temp was lukewarm. The live music was a bit too loud, but a nice feel, but not bad.

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was original and delicious!! It didn't just taste good, it FELT good. The only complaint was that the band they had playing was very loud relative to the space, even though they were very good. Thankfully, they took a break during most of the time that we were there and started playing again as we were finishing up.

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ED
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Savory flavors, friendly staff. We will return to enjoy more from their delicious looking menu and talented live music.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Bringing the south to the north, black-owned business

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f
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Jazz/Blues Band on MLK Day was phenomenal! Buffet style brunch was tasty and filling. Our friendly server was quite attentive.

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JT
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great live music, great waitstaff, and just evertyhing. Food was fantastic (corn bread and fried chicken wings were both excellent). Great fun cocktails! Honestly, just a great place for dinner and live music, can't recommend highly enough!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

Food is ok. I got the fried chicken. Over priced for the cold piece of chicken. The live music was great!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive wait staff. Very cool vibe! Fabulous live music AND the food & drinks were great.

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PM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, great food and entertainment was spectacular. Thought I was in NYC

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d
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed going to Darryl's, this was our first visit and most likely not our last. Live jazz music was great, food was good. Jambalaya was a little too saucy, but tasted good. Prices are reasonable and service is good.

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food is usually great, this time my fisherman's platter was not so great. They have a no substitution policy which I never heard of, so I was forced to buy an entree with sides I did not eat just to get what I wanted which was a totally downer. They should change that policy. I've never been to a restaurant that did not allow for subs.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Mediocre food (catfish is great), small portions,slow service. Great music (too loud).

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NA
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The greeters were very friendly and informative However our waiter was snappy and kept us waiting for 20 minutes for a straw. The food was tasty but my grits were over cooked and very hard. I had them before and this was my first time experiencing this. The band was great and the ambiance is very nice, I just wish the place was a little bigger.

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Y
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu selection is nice. Food was very good. Troy Durden was the entertainment and he was absolutely outstanding. A must see!

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Music was terrific but too loud for dining conversation.

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HH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a nice discovery this bar was!!! Excellent food! Very friendly employees! Excellent music and very entertaining!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The live music was great and the drinks were amazing. Make a reservation ahead of time.

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GM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a let down to book a table at Darryl’s! Every single person you interact with from worker to patron is there for good food, good music, good drinks, and good vibes. My absolute favorite spot in the city! Our server, Bianca, was perfection with a welcoming smile. Can’t wait to go back! Thank you!

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BN
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Seating is excruciatingly slow for a table, the bar also has limited seating. Waitress was accommodating and quick. Lots of southern comfort food choices however dishes seemed overpriced and lacking quality.

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find. Interesting menu with Southern flair. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their food and the staff was extremely friendly and attentive.

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