Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

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Comfort Food
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. The sleek bar, exposed brick walls and sexy lighting 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. Enjoy specialties like the traditional Louisiana style Gumbo; Blackened Catfish; and Fried Chicken & Waffles. It's one of the few places in Boston to offer live jazz, blues, R&B, and funk music - hosting notable musicians 6 times a week.
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We're grooving into a new decade with our popular southern comfort fare and spectacular live music. Kick off your New Year's Eve with a prohibition style celebration as classy as the 1920s. Enjoy forbidden cocktails and speakeasy specials. A $10 entertainment fee is requested of all guests.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I loved this place and only giving it a 4 star due to the fact that my guest and I where literally forced to leave after 2 hours. We were told that our table had another reservation coming up.

U
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was very good. I loved the fish sandwich. However, the drinks were a little too sweet and the excessive amount of Cajun spice on the French fries rendered them almost inedible. Would absolutely eat here again.

M
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Although my experience was subpar, I would recommend Darryl's as it is a neighborhood gem with amazing live music and classic comfort food.

KD
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome music!! Hard to talk but that's not why you go there.

DL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch with our two young kids who love jazz. The service and food were great and we all enjoyed the music.

s
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Music much too loud while dining- unable to converse with people at my table sitting DIRECTLY across from me.
Food was so-so: ribs covered with too much sauce and portio was adequate

MR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived in the Boston area for 32 years and this was one of our BEST nights out since we moved here!! Fabulous food, entertainment, people and service. LOVED it all. Can't wait to go back with friends.

EN
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a very pleasant surprise.

It was super convenient to Jordan Hall and the Symphony.

Four of us had tickets for the former and were looking for something not fancy but not the same old bar burger. This hit the mark perfectly.

There was a great buzz already in the building when we arrived at 6:30, and they were telling walk-ups it would be a 90-minute wait. The service was friendly, low-key but professional. We all had the house Old Fashioned which, unlike the polite size cocktails at some places, came in a healthy sized glass, rich with smashed fruit and all of the flavors that make Old Fashioned's great.

We each had a different southern bbq special. My short ribs were cut-with-a-fork tender and full flavored. Raves were heard for the catfish and salmon. The bbq chicken was rated "good but not that special." Note: that person cleaned her plate down to the little bones.

The live music was a special surprise, particularly that early in the evening. It filled the room with great sound and energy but not so much that we couldn't hear each other talking.

The conclusion is that we will go back, probably before our next visit to the Berklee Performance Center -- and will definitely make a reservation.

SB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely top notch. The service was incredible,
especially, the bartender/ “host of all” Denise! The music was impressive.
I was in Boston from out of town. I will recommend to all and plan to return the next time that I am in Boston.

N
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dope vibe. Food is awesome. Live music was great, couldn't really hear eachother speak though. A litttttttle too loud.

HM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Spent time with friends!

GF
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We go to Darryl’s regularly for the deliciously soulful soul food, the nice and highly competent staff, and the jazz combo often cocking away in the corner. This visit had an act that included steel drums, and it was a night when the place was full with excited patrons, so the sound level was higher than the “medium” level I listed (medium does describe the place most of the time, though). Like any place, service at Darryl’s slows down when the place is packed, as it was last Sunday. But they handled it professionally, personally, and gracefully and kept things moving. We’ve recently had the shrimp&grits (wow) fried oysters (wow!), collard greens (very satisfying), gumbo (wow), and the perfectly cooked fried chicken (dark meat) that has virtually no liquid fat clinging to it - It was like chicken tempura - light, tasty, crunchy, and only the chicken’s own juices to add a lovely moistness with a rich taste. Finally, we had a Gorgonzola burger that also hit a 4.5/5 on flavor. Portion size at Darryl’s isn’t small, but it is not as much as at so many restaurants that expect you to take half your meal home - We had a thing or two to box up, but for th most part the portions gave us good filling meals that we finished. So do be sure to gamer sides, maybe even an extra one or two like we do.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My husband’s birthday

TK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our server was excellent. The band was a lot of fun.

TM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The vibes were cool & the food was even better. I’ll definitely be back during my next visit to Boston!

IF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I wasn’t a fan of the buffet. The food wasn’t as fresh as I would have liked it to be. The macaroni And cheese want fully done and tasted like it came out of a box.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around!

DM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The live music s jazz quartet was professional quality. I was blown away. There was convenient parking. The service was high level and smart. Loved it

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fun and loved the food which was delicious and plentiful.corn bread was like no other we have tasted, chicken and waffles delish, ribs and Mac n cheese amazing , grits new and interesting . Disappointed in peach cobbler to go but still great experience . Service and drinks perfect, fun people watching atmosphere

BE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food use to be seasoned so well with rich flavors and now it's a bit bland (please season the catfish). Definitely not southern cooking like when it was Bob the Chef's back in the day but the mac and cheese + greens were pretty good. The place is nice and cozy and the staff was very attentive.

BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food & service! :) Quality restaurant!

LB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I do go here often, and it is a place I highly recommend. The drinks are amazing, even though they're $13, food has never disappointed, and the atmosphere is lovely (especially when they have live music nights). Annoyed that these past two times the I have gone there has been some type of technical difficulty with the card readers causing them to take twice as long to process payment, as well as the cards arriving at the table one by one (bookless) instead of all together as we had given them. Although these are minor difficulties, I have now experienced it twice so it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But it isn't bad enough that I won't be going again! I will forever be there for birthdays and girls night outs, but I will bring a little more patience with me! lol

TB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came for Datenight, our first time there. Porsche was our waitress and she was amazing! She was friendly and patient with us when we could not made up our mind lol. We will be back for sure! We love the atmosphere and the food!

k
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly service. Amazing atmosphere. I definitely recommend the calamari

H
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, great cocktails and food that is just amazing. On top of all that you get live music.
What else could you want.

BP
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! The music is great! Wish they played a little longer : but awesome nonetheless!! Will be back!

GS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent music and people
Will gladly be back
The live music was excellent (Other Than Boston Band) and the DJ was solid afterwards.

ME
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a new place for us. It was very friendly, the service was outstanding and the food was very good 'comfort food'. They have live music every night with a small cover charge. We were leaving early for another performance so they waived the cover charge AND gave us a theatre/performance discount. The music was pretty loud and very nice jazz/blues, but that can be mitigated with a table a bit further away. We'll definitely go again.

N
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice buffet, especially their pork ribs! Warm and nice live music.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Great music bar to chill with a drink listen to some great bands

f
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Birthday celebration

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always fun and delicious

QT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere was lovely, and the music was wonderful. The staff was friendly and the food was good.

B
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great little place. Good food and friendly service. Fried catfish was excellent, but fried chicken was disappointing. Fried polenta side was very good. And very generous portions.
This IS a neighborhood outpost, though, and close to Northeastern University, so be prepared for a very loud experience.

V
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Excellent Southern food at a good price point. It is very noisy during some live music performances so I would check out what is happeningthat night before I go again.

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool vibe at Darryl's. I have a blast every time I go there: amazing music, amazing food. The beef ribs with the mash potatoes are divine!

AK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music! Good food and very nice service. For a Wednesday it had a lot of vibe and presence!

L
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe and energy! The live band was a pleasure to listen to. The food and drinks were just as good! Would definitely recommend to family and friends!

D
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend out for dinner - had a great experience and the server was amazing

LJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darryl's has always been a place that feels like home and during this visit it was more of the same. The food was great, service just as much and the atmosphere was lively. I will be back soon.

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