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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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (48)
Comfort Food (42)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
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Good for a Date (31)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Casual (21)
Fun (21)
Special Occasion (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Romantic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
People Watching (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Great Beer (4)
Spicy (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

It was great for my first time the music was excellent and the food was delicious I will visit again

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great music - too loud for talking so go with people into the music. Dinner was great. Food was super SLOW to arrive but the server was attentive. Food was delicious. Cool drink menu.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We had a great time at Darryl's and wish we lived in Boston to visit it more!

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I can here with two friends and all I want to say is thank you to the host, that's about it! I have come here plenty of times and I must say the service before was great! But this time it was horrible ! Let's start off by saying when we sat down , we have NO idea who our waiter was. The host then came 10 mins later took our drink and food order, after that an HOUR went by after putting our order in and STILL NO ONE came to check on us or tell us our food was coming or anything. After 15 more minutes of sitting we ended getting up and leaving. This was the worst experience I have ever had here.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We've been there several times but for whatever reason, we waited almost two hours for food! We were there before the restaurant became busy and yet we had to wait, received the wrong food, and drink. The waitress did her best and the manager eventually came over. The bill was reduced and we would definitely go back but the food service was terrible - which again was a first.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Braised short rib was impeccable. I paired it with the candied yams and green beans. It was euphoric to say the least.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Food was great and fresh. waitress was attentive, professional and polite. Environment was warm and welcoming even though the space was very small ans i felt on top of the guests at the neighboring table. Drinks were delicious and they was not cheap on the alcohol. An overall good experience and worth the drive from Rhode Island.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Darryl's Jazz Brunch is fun and lively with a soul food twist. The music has been outstanding both times I've been there. The wait staff was attentive and friendly and the food was excellent. The only criticism was that there was a delay in seating those of us who had a 2:00 reservation. Because the restaurant is small with limited seating, guests lingering over their meals and enjoying the music overstayed their welcome. It took 15 - 20 minutes after our reservation time to get seated.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Delicious food, the live bands are always amazing, and you can't beat the customer service. I love this place.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The manager told us our reservation was not ready when we used OpenTable to book and we had to wait 30 minutes until they decided to open more tables for us to sit on. The music was then incredibly loud and made it hard for us to conversate amongst one another. When we finally got the check there was a $20 entertainment fee we were not told about upon arriving at the restaurant. The staff was nice but the manager seemed to be having a tough day, overall we did not enjoy the experience as we thought it could have all been dealt with better. We should have been sat at the tables immediately upon arrival if our table was not available instead of sitting us at a bar for 30 minutes and then deciding to open up a table for us. The food was good but it would have been even better if we didn't have the sour taste in our mouths from the unpleasant welcoming. The manager should have really done better on this one!

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 (Miami)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Very good food!!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Went to Darryl's to celebrate the end of the semester. Food was good and the live music was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2017

The service was terrible. 1 server for the entire restaurant. The server did not communicate well. We had to tackle him to get our drink order in after 10 minutes. The apps and main course were received at the same time. The food took forever to come out. It took 45 minutes to get any food, even corn bread, that never appeared. We were headed to a show and told the server we were under a time constraint. IT DID NOT MATTER, THEY DID NOT CARE.

The food was great.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

EXCELLENT FOOD, MUSIC AND SERVICE. THIS IS NOT MY FIRST TIME GOING THERE.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mothers Day

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food at Darryl's was off the charts, including the grits and potatoes that stuck out. My Mother complemented heavily on the catfish which she described as "melting in the mouth" and she enjoyed her Mother's Day treat.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

One of the best places to hear/see live jazz along with your meal. Great food, great service, great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food is great and the music is awesome! They are more concerned about people waiting to be seated than those actually seated. If you have a good dining experience you will come back for dinner. They put the check down right after we were finished eating and did not even offer us dessert. I have a 20% tip anyways because the food was good and the musician was amazing. But overall not a great place to eat dinner but great place if you want a bar scene or live music. We ate and left within an 1 1/2. So not worth the price, plus parking fee for just an 1 1/2 .

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2017

We usually stop in for glass of wine and appetizers on Thursday evening -love the live band and high energy throughout the resturant. The food is delicious, the wait staff is phenominal and we never feel rushed to give up seating. If you have'nt been put Darryl's on your to do list and visit soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Tapas, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Live Music, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Went with group to celebrate birthdays. The food was awesome the music was phenomenal and everyone was warm and welcoming. The band even played Happy Birthday to my brother and sister...

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great place! The ambiance and the live entertainment was very soulful and vibrant. The food was delicious with that southern taste that Boston really needs!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Music was great, lots of fun. Poor wine selection by the glass but food was great!

Tags: Spicy, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Denise is the best bartender in Boston! Great food, great music! The place to be on the weekends!

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

The food was good, we had burgers (one beef/one fish) and they were ok. It is pretty noisy and we left before the music was in full swing. You need to be careful where you are seated if you are going to overlap with the music. The most distressing part of our visit was that there was a woman who clearly was a regular, who had way too much to drink and there did not seem to be any attempt by the manager/staff to address the situation so others could enjoy their meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Food was great, wait staff was on point, music was smoking but the Sunday hostess was unfriendly, selective and down right rude!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great place and the music is always enjoyable. Stop and enjoy a good meal while listening to jazz

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Overall it was a good experience however, I would recommend a few more vegetarian selections on the menu.
Thank you

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The food was delicious and the live band was awesome! It is definitely loud when the band is playing so it is not ideal for too much conversation (without speaking very loudly or sitting super close to whoever you came with that is). Will definitely be back for more!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fun, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We sat to eat at the bar and ordered right away. The band playing was outstanding, but unfortunately we ended up having to get our food to go after waiting for 1hour and 45 minutes for it to come out. Rumor has it that the chef quit mid shift! We'll likely be back - hopefully next time with better results.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

After waiting for 2 hours we finally walked out (along with several other tables) without ever receiving our meals. This was after we spoke to a manager who said he would check on the situation and come right back, but then completely vanished. This was my first time there and I have no intention of ever returning or recommending to anyone. We spent around $100 for the entertainment fees, tip, bland drinks, and 1 appetizer that took 45 min to come out. They didn't even comp anything, which is ridiculous. If they had apologized and offered a refund of some sort I would have been willing to give them another chance. But to spend all that money and then still have to go find somewhere else for dinner on a Saturday night is not worth it at all. And I've heard from others that this is not an uncommon experience, so beware! If you are actually trying to eat dinner, you might want to look elsewhere. I even emailed the restaurant to give them another chance and got no response.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

great food, great atmosphere and Denise is absolutely amazing!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (London)·Dined on April 22, 2017

This would have been great if the kitchen was getting food out. 2 hours and starters only we left. Service, music excellent, makes it very hard to rate

Tags: Live Music, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

The food was not nearly as good as it has been in the past but what really bothered us was the "entertainment fee" that nobody mentioned--no mention when I booked, checked in, or was offered our menus. That kind of ruined the vibe for us.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

I really like Darryl's. Great art, great music, fantastic food. I'd highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went here for Sunday brunch and it was great! Food was delicious especially the mac and cheese. Arrived at 1 instead of 2:30 for my reservation and they sat me within 10 mins what great customer service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Darryl's is a place I would expect to go to New York City to find. We have been looking in Boston for soul food with soul music, and this is it. We will definitely be back. We had terrific barbecue, beef ribs and lamb shank, jalapeño hush puppies, everyone was having a great time. The staff too did some dancing around the restaurant. Our entrees took "forever" to arrive, but they apologized and took a discount off the check. We didn't really mind the wait because the music was so good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Live Music, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Brought the lovely girlfriend there and had an amazing time! Very small area, but poppin' spot for a dinner date. Live music was phenomenal, and the "Happy Birthday" sequence was great way to end the night. Also, if you like a shortrib, Darryl's CBK does it right!

10/10 would recommend to a friend! Will be back at some point in the near future, possibly to test the brunching vibes.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Love Darryl's! I've gone here with friends, for happy hour, and most recently, for my mothers birthday (Sunday Brunch). It was great. The live band always sets the mood and the food was perfect per usual! I only wish that they had a greater selection for the buffet (waffles, pancakes, catfish, fruits, etc) since it is kind of pricey. I also think that because this is such a hotspot they should expand!! Lastly, in my most recent visit, my server was upset that I did not tip her what she said was a "mandatory 20% gratuity" ...the funny thing is on the bill it gave tipping options like 15%, 18%, 20% etc., etc. It left a very bed taste in my mouth because although she was right I did not tip 20% (I tipped 18%), she made it seem like we were obligated to pay her. I don't like servers like that at all. But overall I will go back to Darryl's for sure!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The live music was a great backdrop to catching up with old friends. The Sunday brunch was nice, a great variety, and delicious. The French toast could have been cooked a little longer.

Minimal options for vegans.

It was a great place to spend a Sunday morning. The next time I'm in Boston, I'll stop through.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on March 21, 2017

The portions are too small for the price. I ordered blackened catfish with macaroni and candied yams. The yams were covered in a disgusting dark brown sauce that had far too much cinnamon in it. Nothing was sweet about the yams. When I told the waitress there was too much cinnamon in the yams, she said they couldn't be remade, which means the chef cooked a giant pot of disgusting "candied yams", probably noticed that he/she did something wrong with the recipe, and continued to serve them because they were already cooked. Not cool. The restaurant is too expensive to have nasty food...and I came when there was no entertainment so I don't even know why I wasted time, really. Wasted calories.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find
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