About Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen

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.

604 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02119
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Southern

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Saturday: 12:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Sunday: Brunch 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Dinner 3 p.m. - 10pm

Cross Street:
Massachusetts Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 536-1100

Website:
http://www.dcbkboston.com/

Catering:
We do both drop-off and pick-up catering. Menu featured on our website at www.darrylscornerbarboston.com.

Parking Details:
Parking lot on North-Hampton, and street parking is available.

Public Transit:
Mass Ave (Orange Line T Station stop). Walk away from Boylston St, towards Tremont but take a right on Columbus Ave (when you see NY Pizza). We're on the next block across. You can't miss our sign.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monday is reserved for complete buyouts to accommodate up to 100 guests for private events, while an intimate back room can accommodate up to 30 guests daily.

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM

Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

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Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

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4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (48)
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Good for a Date (32)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Casual (21)
Fun (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Romantic (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Authentic (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Cozy (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Late-night Find (10)
People Watching (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Great Beer (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Spicy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed the live music and the D.J however, our meals were served at different times, there was a delay on the adult beverages and we had to send a few drinks back, although we had reservations- delay on seating. Also, I did not enjoy the crowd after 11pm. I feel the establishment is not geared towards that type of crowd(bottle service, men under dressed etc.). When I think of Darryl's, I envision a clean, professional mature crowd. Please do not stray away from that vibe. Thanks J

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food! Excellent service! Wonderful music! The perfect Friday night out.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious and the live music was awesome. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Spicy, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Live Music, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Darryl's was great! The cocktails were expertly made and the band was amazing. However, the real standout was the food. Everything from the Lamb Shank to the Mac n Cheese to the Polenta was incredible. One of the best meals I've ever had!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Darryl's Corner Bar is one of the gems in our neighborhood. This is not the first time I visited the venue. I organized a friend's get-together, enticed by the live music. All of us were extremely satisfied with the food we ordered, the cajun-spiced tuna and the lamb shank were exquisite. Unfortunately, the noise level, due to the live performance, has been unbearable. This is not the first time, though. The venue is small, therefore, I don't see why the use of a microphone and amplifiers are really necessary. Four of us at the table couldn't understand one word of what the other one was saying. Our server, while very charming and friendly, was rather pushy, not giving us the necessary time to go through the food menu but since it was a rather busy night this can be forgiven although would show a sign of professionalism.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great place and we had a great time as always. Music was great. Musicians were great. They even sang us a song for our birthdays and anniversary. Friendly all around. We love to come here and have introduced others too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, People Watching, Live Music, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of the best Jazz joints in Boston with delicious soul food eats!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Spicy, Live Music, Great Beer, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good southern food, great live music

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Darryl's was amazing! There was a band there who had guest singers and everyone was so phenomenally talented. We got 10% off for showing our theatre tickets as well. The food was incredible. The service was very slow (we arrived 15 minutes early and the hostess told us our table was ready but she needed to find menus and rather than having us wait in the bar, had us wait in the cold vestibule for 15 minutes while looking for menus, and the food took about 45 mins for appetizers to arrive), but the bartender was friendly and quick. I will definitely be back, especially to hear the amazing music!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I thought that the food was very good. I had the blackened catfish. (Just the right amount of heat to it). I like having the choices of 2 sides to complete the plate. We were there on a Sunday evening. A jazz band was playing. They were good: Because of the small space, it was loud, and difficult to carry on a conversation

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch while listening to live jazz. Staff were excellent and food was great, too!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went to Darryl's before an event at Symphony Hall. Service was great the food was amazing and the cocktails were perfect.
Can't wait to go back for an evening there enjoying the food and the live entertainment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Authentic, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I love Darryl’s Corner! This was my 4th or 5th time eating from Darryl’s so I was expecting a great dinner. However, I was surprised since my dinner fell flat in taste and temperature; the collard greens and mashed potatoes were cold and the catfish was disappointing since it tasted like codfish instead. I come from a carribean family so I know what catfish tastes like. I will still go to Darryl’s although this time was kind of “Meh” because the atmosphere, service, and drinks are always on point.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I've been to Darry'ls a few times to eat (as well perform), and I've always enjoyed it. This was my first time going for brunch, and it did not disappoint! Everything was good...the French toast was to die for, the BBQ ribs were fall off the bone, and everything else was tasty! Immediately after I left, I recommended it to my older brother. The wait staff and servers were friendly, and the drinks are good as well. If you do brunch, PLEASE make reservation or you may be waiting a while LOL. I'll definitely be back!!!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Need better southern food. Catfish crisper, no hot spices in collard greens, and cook the green beans not steam/blanch them.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Live Music
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My parents were in town, and as Southerners, we believe love to brunch on Sundays. They also love live jazz music, so I thought they would enjoy this spot, and I was right!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food at Darryl's was great! It was a nice place to have brunch with my family and celebrate my parents' anniversary. The servers were very nice and attentive, and even brought a slice of cake for my parents to share! Overall a great place to eat. I will definitely be back!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Four of us; wonderful dinner. The food was great - very fresh and prepared beautifully. Catfish, salmon, and a melt-in-your-mouth braised lamb shank were all excellent. Garlic mash and various vegetables all were very good! A good craft beer selection kept my husband satisfied, and the cocktails were great. The service was lovely, our waitress friendly and attentive. We will DEFINITELY go back, the next time we are in Boston. We had an early dinner so we didn't get to hear the jazz entertainment this time - but will hope to have a chance for that the next time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great Beer, Casual, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome place. Everyone is soo nice. Great live music! Good food, good drinks. GREAt atmosphere! highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Bar Seating, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I know the weekends can be crazy here but on a Monday night it really was an intimate neighborhood bar. We had the chicken and waffles and the lamb shank. Both were superb. The staff were attentive to every detail and incredibly friendly.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Darryl's is a live and energetic place!
I recently came to celebrate my friend's birthdays. Really love the southern style jazz brunch. Although it could have more vegan/vegetarian options. As someone who eats vegan and who LOVES collard greens, I'm sad I can never have any when I visit here because they have meat/meat products in them 💔
The band is always fantastic! The staff is very friendly. Price is right. And best of all it's T accessible if you don't want to drive🙌

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Daryl's never disappoints, with its high energy, good music, diverse crowd and southern inspired food that's good for the soul. The staff is so welcoming that they once drove my husband and I home in a rainstorm!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband and I had a great time at Darryl’s, we will definitely be back in the near future! We have been looking for a dining spot that hosts live R&B music in a romantic setting, and we sure found it. April Stanford was the singer and she truly rocked the house with her melodious vocals and witty personality! I can’t wait to go back and chill. The crowd was also extremely diverse which means anyone would feel comfortable here! The service was excellent and our waitress was extremely attentive but not checking on us too often. Overall a wonderful experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and drinks were great! Place is clean and nice. Waitress was very nice and helpful. Down side: reservations were not kept, still had to wait 45minutes for seats, place is small. There is a fee per person for listening to live music while dinning on weekends . Music at times was too loud to hear the company I was with. I would go back for take out, if that's an opinion.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Darryl's never disappoints. I've dined at Darryl's seven times in the last year and a half and the food has been very good, consistently. I've celebrated family birthdays and get-togethers and everyone always has a great time. I love the atmosphere, music and staff. It's my go-to for southern cooking.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My friends and I were visiting from Atlanta. The restaurant didn’t know this, but the service we received made me wonder if maybe I HAD mentioned it because they treated us like special “company.” They took great care of all their patrons. Everyone was pleasant and the atmosphere had lots of positive vibes.

We were AN HOUR LATE for our reservation and had not even called to let them know. (terrible...I know-we didn’t plan for that whole street parking thing) The hostess was so gracious and did her best to accommodate us despite the fact that the house was packed. We were seated within 30 minutes and the waitress was just as amazing as the hostess. The food was excellent! When the waitress checked on us with the routine “how is everything” question we casually mentioned that the food was slightly lukewarm BUT that we still loved it. We continued enjoying the music, drinks and our meals and a little while later a manager came over to apologize for the food temp and removed those entrees from our check!! We felt horrible because we didn’t mean to actually complain...we were just answering her question lol. Needless to say we left a generous gratuity. We will definitely return if ever in Boston again! I could see a spot like this thriving in Atlanta.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

A little loud due to the live show. Food was awesome. Service was great. Would definitely eat there again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Loved the vibe. Great drinks, food and service. We'll be back!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

If your kids are attending Northeastern and you are looking for a place to take them to dinner, Darryl's is a good choic. A nice casual and fun place, with good food, drink and live music. Drinks were creative and tasty. The meals were excellent. I couldn't resist the chicken and waffles with real maple syrup, which was very good, but put to shame by the salmon, lamb shank, and jambalaya selected by the others in our party.

The only knock I have on the place is the $20 entertainment fee that surprisingly appeared on our bill. In their defense, it is noted on a small sign at the entrance and on also on the menu, neither of which we noticed. A little notification by the wait staff would have been helpful.

But, what was inexcusable was including the fee with the rest of the food, so that it is then taxed and included in the total that, if you don't deduct from, you would then tip on.

All that said, I would go back, as I don't mind supporting live music, plus the food and drink was quite good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Darryl Corner was a breath of fresh air. My friends from out of town came and they loved everything about the it. We are big on brunch and it was prefect. The live music, the art on the wall, the staff and the food were all amazing. AND we met Rutina Wesley sooooooooo this put the experience over the top!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Casual, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food jazz brunch is the best great service always enjoyable

Tags: Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

A bit too loud for what I was looking for. I was on a date and thought I could relax a bit with the live band, but it was just so loud that I could barely hear my date. We were yelling at each other and we were already at the other end of the room. Had to call it quits and grab our drinks and walked elsewhere along South End to find a nicer romantic spot. Food looked good but we didn't try anything.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Charming place, great location, interesting menu and the food we had was delicious and well-prepared. We were there on a Tuesday, when there is no jazz (we knew this), and this had an odd effect: they were out of: cheese curds, green beans, chicken thighs, and sauvignon blanc. Waitress was charming and apologetic. What we had - meatloaf, shrimp and grits - were well done (meatloaf a bit more loafy than meaty, but still very good); we had a great table and a great time. We would return - just not on a Tuesday!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service was so bad, I don't think I'll plan to go back anytime soon. We waitied 15 minutes for our server to even acknowledge us to bring us water and over 40 minutes for our apps and food to arrive as there were other tables that came in after us that were being served!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Live music was great. Super convenient to Huntington Theatre. Bar seemed really popular. Food was just ok. It was really loud (even before music started) to the point we all needed to repeat our order 2-3 times for our waitress to get it, and we had a hard time having a conversation.

Tags: Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Darryl's always comes to mind when looking for a place where to enjoy Southern cuisine while enjoying some jazz music. Although you are never quite sure what type of performance you are going to get, you will be entertained. It is one of my favorite hangout spots with friends, especially on a Friday night/weekend. It can be too noisy at times but it is always fun.

The food is great. Grits and Shrimp is my "go-to" dish as well as the catfish for appetizer and bread pudding for dessert. Great food!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The gumbo and the cornbread muffins are sublime. Great service and music, too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We went for dinner at Darryl's before a show at the Huntington and had a great meal! The hushpuppies were outstanding as an appetizer! So many choices on the menu, but the chicken and waffles won out finally. No regrets! We didn't have enough time for dessert, but I saw the next table over get theirs and they looked tasty! We'll be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Friendly and competent service. Neat ambiance. Very good food. Surprised and pleased to learn that they have a 10% discount if you are going to the theater (which we were). Will definitely return!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We went there to hear Jazz and was surprised with the fabulous food. And service was over the top. The best Shrimp and Grits I have every had in my life. And the fried oysters oh my.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Authentic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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