Black's Bar & Kitchen
Black's Bar & Kitchen

Black's Bar & Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blacksbarandkitchen.com/
  • Phone: (301) 652-5525
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lite Fare Bar Menu: 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Late Night Menu: Thursday 10:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Dane Sewlall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Norfolk
  • Public Transit: Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located next door to a county parking facility. Rates are 75 cents for each of the first two hours, 50 cents for each hour thereafter.
A word from Black's Bar & Kitchen
Black’s Bar And Kitchen is the most appetizing news to swim into Bethesda in seasons.” “I have yet to meet a fish dish I don't like here” Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post. Welcome to Black’s Bar & Kitchen, Bethesda Maryland’s premiere restaurant. Recently named Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant for 2007, Black’s serves a refined menu of Modern American cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Black’s innovative menu blend organic ingredients with a light and fresh flair, including regional flavors from Virginia’s Northern Neck and Southern Maryland’s agricultural development coalition and showcases the finest organic meats and game. The wine selection, over 300 labels in all, is prominently displayed in a new state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled wine room. Black’s received the Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excellence.
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Black's Bar & Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (112)neighborhood gem (88)special occasion (74)great for outdoor dining (63)good for groups (60)notable wine list (58)vibrant bar scene (48)hot spot (44)romantic (35)great for brunch (30)great for lunch (27)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Great food
    4mercustVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The food at Blacks is amazing. My only request is that there be some vegetarian offering on the menu. The chef did prepare a delicious vegetable plate. It would be nice to find something on the regular menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seasonal menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    A good seasonal menu. Somewhat typical, not necessary original in selection or preparation, but solid. The fried chicken ordered by one of our party everyone thought had little flavor... like how do you mess up fried chicken?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black's is doing well!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Wonderful birthday Sunday brunch at Black's. Food was delicious, service great, surroundings sophisticated, noise not too bad, what's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    havi
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food accompanied by excellent service make this restaurant a must. Their oysters were great and the seafood has amazing flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KimFred
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Lovely business lunch! I would recommend for business and/or personal dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    stuckintheburbs
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Birthday dinner with family. First thing I saw on the menu was "Happy Birthday, Jennie!!!" at the top of the page. Nice touch! Great selection of oysters. The hanger steak was huge and the truffle mac and cheese was creamy, rich and delicious. I ordered a medium rare filet mignon and roasted cauliflower with preserved lemon and bread crumbs. The filet was fantastic, but was served blue - had to have it re-fired, but they were very nice about it and brought me soup while I waited. Had to pay extra for sauce for the steak; that seemed kind of chintzy to me. The cauliflower wasn't as good as it sounds, kind of plain, but the filet and cabernet demi glace were great. My husband's grilled rockfish on oyster stew was delicious. Expensive but YUM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Awesome raw bar. Excellent omelet station - had them make me a smoked salmon and carmelized onion omelet - outstanding. The prime rib was too rare - almost raw in middle - only criticism. The baked goods were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    Snickerdoodle
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Can not say enough great things about this restaurant. We visit the area several times a year and will make this one of our must do's! Exceptional night at an exceptional restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TheGuy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am new to the area and it is good to know this place exist, but that's all. I was not impressed. The service was not bad, but the hostess was not very welcoming. Personally, I don't like tables with seats fixed against the wall, it is not elegant at all, not to mention that it might be particularly uncomfortable for some people. Perhaps next time will try the bar.
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  • Found my crabcake!
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was researching a good crabcake in Bethesda and was led to Blacks. It was very good indeed, served as 2 sliders with old bay fries. I ordered them without the buns and found them small but very tasty. 2 for 1 local oysters were excellent as was the local beer.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters oysters oysters
    SaladLover
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    we loved all the oysters we tried, but the Chesapeake's were the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • phenomenal specials
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The linguini with truffles and truffle oil, topped with a quail egg, was outstanding. Really beyond belief tasty. The salad special was creative and especially tasty as well, even if I don't love my greens as I should. Sushi grade tuna for dinner was amazing also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Generally we expect and get an excellent meal at the Black's restaurants, but this one was a bit disappointing. My husband and I split the arugula salad which had too much dressing for our taste. My husband ordered the salmon medium rare, and it was served medium to well cooked. I ordered the crab cake entree which had a salad with it that was also overdressed -- with the dressing the dominant taste for the whole meal. Surprisingly disappointing but usually very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off night
    StnissankaVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I know the Blacks group of restaurants well, and have been to Addie's and Blacksalt many times. This was only my second time at Black's, the first time being a Valentine's Day years ago. The main courses took a long time to come out... Ling enough that a comped dessert would have been appropriate (that didn't happen, and considering the table next to us sat down after we did and received entrees before we did, it should have). The fried chicken needed to be moister and better seasoned. Everything else was good, but I guess knowing the quality and high end service we normally get, this was a disappointing visit. Thankfully the Addie's mussels were just as amazing as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad chef day
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Eating for years at Blacks. Today was a disaster from the kitchen. Kale salad week before was delicate and delicious. Today, not eatable. Kale heavy, thick dressing vinaigrette over whelmed. The Blacks veggie salad was presented with lettice, 5 blackeye peas. Previous same salad had variety of veggies including radishes , delicious. This salad too was acid dressing,vinaigrette . Soggy bread under white bean salad. The server never ask why we left most of the food on our plates. She never offered anything else. Bread or cookies would have been a gentle Offer of apology for this disaster of food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Go To Place
    Gormand
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The bar during Happy Hour is always packed. The cocktails and bar food menu should not be missed. We always have dinner after a cocktail or two A foodie place with a great raw bar selection from local to east and west coast. The mussel dishes should not be missed and the hangar steak was a winner as well. Cooked to order with a nice presentation. Wine parings are also great with the wait staff very knowledgeable. This is our fouth visit and as always a very enjoyable experience. Don't forget to try the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sparenone16
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Extremely noisy table next to us so we got moved to another. The food this time was unremarkable for two of us and wonderful for the other two. They ordered the duck which, they say, is their reason for choosing this restaurant. My salmon was overcooked. Just a bit disappointed this time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Seafood Off Staff Night
    YumYum
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This was not my first trip to Black's. You can count on then for high quality seafood and an excellent wine list. This night, the staff seemed out of sync and it took longer to order with less attentiveness than past times despite thw slower night. I have always felt that the dining room is too open with not enough privacy screening from other tables. However, this is countered by the fact that it is one of the few places with carpet on the dining room floor which really deadens the ambient sounds from other tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat specials
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I don't care for cod and the cod over a stew with cockles (?) was so good I forked my husband for stealing more than what I thought he should get for a taste. He had the salad special, with mustard greens, olives and crumbled blue cheese and that disappeared so fast I barely had a chance to see it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Recommend!
    kyfoodie77
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Been at Bethesda for 6 years, but recently moved and came here with friends during a visit back to DC. We had a group and a reservation, everything ran very smoothly and the food was excellent (I had the rib-eye, mac-n-cheese, and mushrooms)! The service was also very good with a very nice atmosphere. My only recommendation is that if you go with a larger group, be sure to tell the serve you want separate checks up front. Overall, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, wine and great oysters
    trio
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent Oysters and a great boutique wine list. We throrog=ughly enjoyed our dining experience. A must stop while visiting Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find. Great food.
    PAfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As always this is a neighborhood gem. Wonderful bustling energy. Eat in or outdoors. Easy garage parking next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Skupper1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My spouse and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Blacks. Excellent food and service. Not too loud. Great oysters. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weee
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    You can't beat Black's for the food and service. Never disappointed. One of the few restaurants that serve whole fish and make it worth ordering. Oysters are the best. Fantastic mixed drinks and wine. Thank you for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rafterman69
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    food is great love the out door dining. if you love oysters this is the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    dashVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Very disappointed. My calamari, usually good at Blacks, was as tough as rubber. Service was inattentive.
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  • Not Bad great Fish
    ThomasKellerwannaBe
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Mostly my impressions were positive; wait staff very professional, the food predominantly Fish was amazing. Fabulous starters, salad, etc. Only bad thing was a soggy portion of Swiss Chard that looked and tasted as if it were steamed for 5 days and left on the counter for another 5 days, rather than sautéing hot for seconds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great restaurant and food but very unattentive server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kyle was an excellent server!
    ChristopherVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Black's brunch was very good. It offered a nice array of selections- excellent omlettes and seafood. But although the food was not over the top, I must complement Kyle, our server, who was phenomenal. It my first time to Blacks for their brunch and Kyle was exceptional. He even convinced me to try Sweet Potato Pie! I had never had it before, and wow - it was excellent! He is definitely to be requested for excellent and personable service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paint it Black's
    LcblynnVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Another great meal at this wonderful restaurant. Only criticism is that wine is too expensive. The selection is excellent but they could have a similar variety at a lower cost. Service was a tad slow in beginning because our server had no help with the wine. They need more support there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grat Dining Place
    SDMGTOWN
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was excellent and so was the service. I would totally recommend this place and will be returning again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Brunch That Should Not Be Missed
    Markula
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent food and very good service made for a very enjoyable afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sussVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food equality is consistent. Too consistent. Chef should add one or tow things as add ons every week. Example: Caesar salad. This can be made Differently every week one weekend, use whole grilled romaine, another with chopped romaine, the next one mixed up romaine...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    pjamie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Another great brunch at Black's. I mainly eat the raw bar, and all of the selections are wonderful. I will highly recommend it if you are eating the buffet, because the other items are expensive for what you get. The waiter gave great service and let us linger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Saint
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went there with friends that recently moved to the CONUS. All of us had various seafood dishes and they were quite tasty and cooked to perfection. The mussels were consistently good and the key lime dessert was a great way to finish the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have always found the food at all of Black's restaurants to be excellent, but tonight all four entrees for our party were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Oooops...slipping in quality
    sussVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Slight change of quality can be seen immediately. Smoked salmon is not as high quality. Seafood offerings are scaled back - no crab offereing this season, smaller selection of tartare and cerviche. Salads lack variety and quality not like before. Breakfast Sausage shrunk. Less crawfish used in the Eggs Benedict. One meat selection - Prime Beef - instead of two which had ham and Prime Beef. Hopefully the quality comes back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambiance.
    Chltbny
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The Restuarant ambiance was sexy romantic and inviting. Wine display gorgeous
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Exciting eating experience. Many wines and Doug will help you choose one, he's excellent with finding a special wine for you,a
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty tasty
    Foodiegirl83
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were greeted and seated very promptly upon arrival even though the restaurant was very busy. The lighting is nice, but it was quite noisy in there- more of a "bar" feeling to me even though its table seating. We started with "Addie" style muscles which were DELICIOUS. I could have drank that sauce all by itself. They were cooked perfectly. Excellent. Main course I had trout. It was okay. Not amazing, not bad. Just okay. Dessert was fried apple pie. Yummy! Very tasty and not too sweet. Overall would recommend but mostly for muscles and oysters and not so much the main courses.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic