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:
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Massachusetts Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, 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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4.5

value

4.3

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (28)
Casual (22)
Hot Spot (22)
Great for Brunch (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Cozy (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Authentic (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Late-night Find (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
People Watching (10)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great customer service from the time I walked in to the time I left. Special shot out to our waitress and the management who made my visit very special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Cozy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Darryl's is a popular restaurant because of a great location near the Boston Symphony, its unique menu of southern style comfort food, and its a blues & jazz joint. The atmosphere is
just funky and the seating is close. Making a reservation is recommended but don't expect the table to be available when you get there as we waited 1/2 hour past our reservation time and it seems this is normal. Luckily we got seats at the bar and ordered our food from there. I asked the waitress how spicy the blackened catfish was and she said it wasn't spicy at all. Well it was probably the spiciest blackened dish I have ever had but tolerable for me, just not what I wanted. The collard greens were as good as I have ever but note also highly spiced (including much salt) and the yams were quite good as well so expect very high quality sides with your meal. For people who like low spiced foods, you will need to order very carefully. The polenta for example was not spicy at all and my date said they were good but it was my first time for polenta and it didn't do much for me other than good for sopping up the collard green juice. There was a good choice of craft beers and they seem adept at making cocktails so this is a fun place to go if you are aware of its limitations of being crowded, highly spiced food, and noisy.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place, make a reservation! Very crowded on the weekend.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent music, great staff. Peach chili chicken wings are truth.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Overall our party had an awesome experience. It was my friends wedding night. They really enjoyed themselves!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was tasty, and the band awesome!

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Great Valentines dinner was well accommodated when entrees came a little late.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

Daryl's has Excellent food and atmosphere. Music was very nice.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome! The food was great and I loved the music!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I was in town for a special occasion and I received a gift certificate with excellent recommendations! I thoroughly enjoyed and would also definitely recommend.

Our waiter, Brian was excellent and very personable!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

LOVED it - as always! We bring out of town guests here for Sunday brunch and it’s always their favorite highlight of visiting Boston. Many thanks to the staff and entertainment!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was nicely prepared for a brunch setting. Good variety, not too many choices. Fried chicken was exceptional.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My main issue is that they seat a table of 3 at a table meant for 2 people. Which was truly boogled our minds. When we entered they had a huge table that was meant for a group but had 2 people seated at it. They should reserve that table for big groups and not allow 2 ppl to sit there.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I'm a Southern transplant always on the hunt for food and music that reminds me of home. So many places up north do Southern food a little too fancy and upscale, but not Darryl's. There's this perfect balance between cuisine and authenticity that is hitting all the right notes. Speaking of, the music was absolute fire the night we went. Great staff, wonderful drinks, delicious food. What more could a girl want?

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A fun,vibrant excellent experience! Great food, talented music and song. One of my favorite spots in the city.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I have two favorite Boston restaurants and Darryl's is one. I am always happy there, for so many reasons. The food is delicious, the host/hostess and wait staff are super warm and welcoming, the bar is cozy and intimate, and the music is always a treat. It is one of a kind and I am so grateful it exists!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We were there early for business. Nice ambience. We had fried chicken and waffles and gumbo.— all good. Simple drinks. We were all happy. Later on the jazz started. Yes, it was loud but very good and not overwhelming. I’m not a jazz fan particularly but one of my guests were. Very good she thought.

Nice casual, good vibes , good food, good music. Heard the Jazz brunch is fab and will have to catch it.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We enjoyed our meals... Very creative with drinks and just right portions of food to share. Overall the experience was great just wish the noise level was a bit lower.

It's a good idea to come early!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

What a terrific spot for sunny Brunch. The food was very good, the service was terrific and the jazz band added much to the meal. This was a return visit, and it will be enjoyed again. a great time was had. Thank You.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is such a special place - the music is wonderful, the staff are so friendly from the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, and the food is outstanding. Cocktails, too. For a place that is so busy, it is especially wonderful to be treated so well!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I love this restaurant for the soul food and really good service. Denise, the bartender, makes great drinks and delivers excellent customer service. We tend to eat earlier here so that we can have a conversation before the music starts at 7pm and then stick around to listen to a bit of the jazz afterwards. I've never had anything to eat here that I didn't like so would highly recommend the chicken, catfish, chicken and waffles, jambalaya, and shrimp and grits. Sides of greens and macaroni and cheese are some of my favorites.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The place is very nice, but we got a table in the back room and could not see the live jazz band.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice music and atmosphere, staff was very friendly. Did not like the table I was originally seated at, they quickly resolved the issue. Food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

When we walked in, there was live jazz music! It was very loud but nice! The food is pricey for what they have but it was good. Recommend for maybe a business meeting

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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had a great time! Our food was well prepared and the atmosphere in the place was fun. There was a paint party going on in the back, light jazz playing and the buzz of conversations. The only down point, our server was very busy, which cause long waits before we could get her attention or to bring something to the table that we asked for (never received my milk for my tea, lol or was she able to fix our bill). Overall, that would not keep me from returning. I chalk it up to her having a busy night but a couple of my friends were bother. Head here for a great meal, jazz and conversation.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Delicious food, fun time at Darryl's! The corn bread was delicious and so we're the cheese curds. For our main meal, I had the shrimp and grits and my husband had the blackened catfish.Two of my kids had the chicken and waffles, and the other had a hamburger. We all are very single bite, so yummy! There was a fun band playing music, only thing it was so noisy hard to hear each other but we enjoyed the entertainment.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I have been here several times and love the atmosphere and the live jazz band. It’s loud but what a great vibe. Sunday brunch is excellent food was great and good service.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I don't know where else in Boston to find food like this. Louisiana or thereabouts? Maybe. But Boston? This is rare. HInt: try the shrimp and grits! You've never had grits like this. And the meatloaf is some kind of heaven.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I love Darryl's. The food is yummy. I absolutely love the clientel. Being around beautiful and kind black people gives me life. The drinks are delicious. And the live music is on point

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Loved Darryls! Great spot. Live music was awesome- didn't want to leave. The food was great as well. We had chicken wings, chicken and waffles, and catfish. All delicious. Fun spot. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Best shrimp and grits ever!!!! And I have had plenty!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Capable and ample US-southern cuisine. Blackened catfish, shrimp and grits. Not terribly expensive and with very good live jazz.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great, the only reservation I have, is that they didn't have any jazz performance that night and were setting up for a party while we were eating.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went ice skating at Frog Pond and then headed to Darryl's Kitchen and Bar for dinner. The live jazz band was very good and the food is always excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Wife ordered Shrimp and Polenta. For 24.00 she expected more than the three shrimp that came with the dish.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our second visit to Darryl’s before going to an evening at the Pops. Great food with a Southern accent! Friday night featured a 4 piece band which was entertaining, but made conversation near impossible.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing! Excellent Music and Excellent Food. I truly enjoyed the vibe and cant wait to return again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was great. The live band was very loud and could not have a conversation. I did not go there for the music, just wanted to have a meal with my family. Asked for a table away from the music and still got charged an entertainment fee.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We love Darryl's and are always happy to get to go there. The food is good, the service is good, and the ambiance is the best. We don't get there as often as we'd like, but we do often recommend it to friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date
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