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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food

4.5

service

4.4

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4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (46)
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Good for a Date (31)
Fun (27)
Casual (24)
Hot Spot (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Great for Brunch (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
People Watching (6)
Great Beer (5)
Spicy (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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 January 1, 2018

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 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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·Dined on December 17, 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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent food , drinks and service. Creative menu. Jazz band starts at 7 pm.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

food and service were excellent! Our waitress was efficient and friendly. Always love the atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Owner was super nice and so was the waitresses. The only person I dislike was the hosts. She didn't acknowledge me when I first came in. We stood there for a while and she still didn't look up. The owner helped us. It was weird because we had reservations too. At the very end we paid and half of our jackets was on and the host came over and told us we had to leave basically because they had another reservation waiting. Tacky tacky tacky. Other than that the vibe and food was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Was surprised by the entertainment fee added to our bill. We didn’t realize there would be live music and it was so loud we rushed out so we could continue our conversation. Food was good, great menu choices. I would go back but not when there was live music.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food, friendly service and fantastic live jazz. A great spot and right near Boston Symphony Hall. Should become a Neighborhood classic.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great dinner. Fussy diners were all happy with:
Gumbo,fried green tomatoes, blackened catfish, and of course - red velvet cake.
Perfect ambience for food with great live music

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Really fun and welcoming place, with great live music. Food was very good and it was just a very relaxed, comfortable and fun atmosphere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

we've been coming here for decades! always fun. always GREAT music and always satisfyingly delicious food!! blessing to all of you! keep up the good work!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went to Darryl's for their all you can eat brunch buffet and it was worth it! The food was delicious with plenty of options for a non-meat eater and meat-eater. Also highly recommend the brunch cocktails.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We have been many times to Darryl’s . This time we were celebrating our anniversary and let them know via open table. There was no acknowledgment or even a congrats.

The food and service was as usual very good, the entertainment was disappointing with the singer reading most lyrics off her cell phone and focused primarily on her friends who gathered in the immediate area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was my third time and this restaurant I wanted to celebrate my anniversary there and it was still and always the best

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great jambalaya, spicy but not too spicy. All types of chicken are great as well. wonderful ambiance, good music.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was decent, but I think what hurt our experience is despite having reservations (unlike many others) we were given the WORST possible seats. We were placed directly behind the buffet line, so not only could we not hear the Jazz music, but we couldn't see it either. The food was actually very good, and the selection was huge. I just found it odd that we were given the worst seats in the house. We also only saw our server once and ended up having to physically go to the bar to ask for water refills. The music was good and I would recommend going to the Jazz brunch, but only if you can get a semi-decent table and if service is improved.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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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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