Black's Bar & Kitchen
Excellent Dinner & ServiceHad a great Father's Day dinner; the food and service were excellent in every way. Great wine selection, especially from the list of half off bottles.6/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent dining at Black's- again!Sauteed trout and a salmon were our main dishes- both so well prepared with delicious potatoes and veggies on the plate! The mojitos are still among the best!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMYucky salmon but nice timeBlack's is a go-to for us because the food is very good, the decor is snazzy, and we just always have fun. We had another good evening but the curry salmon should be removed from the menu immediately. And if it is a beautiful, balmy summer evening, the people inside should not have to freeze to death under the air-conditioning vents. But even with the yucky salmon and cold air, the mussels were tasty and the bittersweet chocolate sorbet was to die for. We will be back again very soon.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBlacks visitBlacks never disappoints. Our waiter was exceptional6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMToo much noise will kill the mealEverything was great about our meal recently at Black's. From 5:30PM on, the noise continued to rise until the four of us at a bar booth were shouting at each other to make ourselves heard. Haven't been there in a long time and it was just as noisy then. Don't think well be back for awhile.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome anniversary dinner!Just had a fabulous dinner this weekend--the service was great--our server was helpful, attentive, but not overly so and the food was excellent. They even brought out a special dessert after overhearing it was our anniversary. We will definitely be going back.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful timeMy wife and I went here for our wedding anniversary. It was the perfect choice, we had a great night out.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAll food was superior! SoftAll food was superior! Soft shell crab was very tasty in tempura batter. Striped bass was perfectly prepared. Thai inspired steamed mussels was a new delight with lots of fresh basil! Yummy!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMYummy MusselsI had lunch at Blacks Bar & Grille with girlfriends the other day. We were celebrating our birthdays together.
The food was so wonderful - fresh greens, great mussels - that I made reservations for the family over the
Memorial Day weekend. I took my foodie sons (16 & 14) who LOVED the dinner. The Addies Mussels are the
bomb!5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday dinner at Black'sWe went with another couple to Black's Bar & Kitchen for my wife's birthday which they remembered from the note on the reservation. Had a candle on a dessert, a sweet each of us and a rolled up menu with the date and my wife's first name on it.
Service was attentive but not overbearing throughout the night.
I stopped short of 5 stars on food because the hanger steak which was rarer than the medium rare ordered and it was a very thick piece of meat a little difficult to cut and not as flavorful inside. The cauliflower side was very good. The appetizers were great. Recommend the bruschetta. The yellowfin tuna was well cooked to order (one rare and another med rare) and delicious as was the trout.
Thanks for making it a very nice evening.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWill Return!Great food, knowledge staff! There were 4 of us in the party, and everyone loved everything they ate, from apps to dessert! We ALL will return! :)5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMBlack's does it againAt this time in my life, Black's is my favorite restaurant. I can trust it to make my special event a really special occasion. I love the food, the service, and the decor. The staff is sweet, attentive, and willing to make your experience wonderful. The presentation of the food is great, and the food itself is very well prepared. I love attention to detail, and Black's hits it out of the park. Great American steak and seafood. Give Black's a try and enjoy yourself!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Mothers day Brunch!Great Mothers day Brunch! Love the oysters! Service was excellent! Will visit again!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday brunch has very goodSunday brunch has very good food. The oysters, ceviche and other seafood are particularly nice. It's pretty pricey, though.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Brunch & ServiceWe were very pleased with the Mother's day brunch. This was our 2nd year; the food was and the service were both exceptional. There was a wide variety of choices, especially for the seafood. Will return next year.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA delicious brunch spread...We spent our Mothers Day brunch at Blacks and we were impressed by the quality, variety, and quantity of food available for the buffet. Everything was scrumptious and the brunch drinks were tasty, too. The crepe station was well stocked with fresh fruit and freshly made whipped cream. We will definitely be back the next time we're in Bethesda.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've always enjoyed the Black'sWe've always enjoyed the Black's restaurants but this was our first time at the Bar and Kitchen, and it did not disappoint. All three of us ended up ordering seafood dishes and shared the Thai mussels for appetizer. All four dishes were uniformly outstanding. The combinations of the seafood and its accompaniments were very imaginative, e.g., grilled mountain trout over a bed of greens and mashed sweet potatoes. Service was cheerful and friendly but not overbearing. Great dining experience. We were there on a rainy evening but I imagine outdoors dining on the patio by the rock pond would be quite enjoyable given the right weather.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service.Excellent food and service. Our party of six was in total agreement. We will come back again, and again....5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food at Black's is alwaysThe food at Black's is always excellent, and this visit was no exception.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMKP review 10 May 2013All our food was excellent. Thai Mussels were outstanding. Sword fish filet (Market fish) and the night’s special Black Fish entrée were very good as well. Sword fish was grilled just right. Made our 35th wedding anniversary very special.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, scene, bad serviceVery nice variety of fish and a few non-fish dishes. Terrible waiter - fell of the turnip truck and completely ignored us. Noisy - active happy hour bar scene.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Food & ServiceOur group of 5 were all very pleased with the quality of the food and the presentation. Our server was very pleasant and attentive5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat food, service was off..our waiter was playing hide and seek. if he said he'd come back in 2 minutes, it would be 20. Would have liked a second glass of wine, but was finished with meal by the time he resurfaced. My 2 friends had the Addie's Mussels. I had the rare tuna, which was excellent. Food and ambience, and conversation were great, the evening was somewhat spoiled by the poor service. my husband and I have dined here many times, in the restaurant and at the bar area, so I was disappointed since I recommended the restaurant for a girls' night out.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday BrunchMany of us had enjoyed happy hour and/or lunch so Brunch was a new dining experience for us! It was Great! There was something for everyone, raw bar, hot bar and especially the diverse dessert bar! DELICIOUS!!! Not to mention the bottomless belini's !!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe fish dishes are sublimeThe fish dishes are sublime as are the oyster choices. I had Wolf Fish! Had never heard of it, but I will look for it on menus in the future. It was excellent! It was prepared sautéed with clams and mussels in a delicious broth over lovely vegetables. If you get the opportunity - order it. The oysters were excellent - briney and sweet at the same time. I love oysters from the Northwest and these did not disappoint.
The restaurant is noisey - but I knew that prior to arrival. This is a favorite!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit toThis was our first visit to Black's and we will return. The food was outstanding and wine list impressive (good wines by the glass). We arrived early (6:15) and the noise level was perfect; by the time we left it was difficult to carry on a conversation.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful oysters. SteamboatsWonderful oysters. Steamboats were big, juicy and smooth.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMout of the party of 5, 4 peopleout of the party of 5, 4 people had great food. I had mussels and freits and the mussels were fair and the fries really bad. also the blueberry/orange sorbet was left on the table. Just not good. The other meals were reported to be very good thus the rating. The noise level made it very difficult to talk. I will give Black's another try.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBlack's Bar is a great placeBlack's Bar is a great place to go in Bethesda. I did not go for happy hour but I heard it is the place to go if you get the chance.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSeafood is always fresh andSeafood is always fresh and the people and great there.
The meat was decent, but in the past it was great!
Unlimited Champagne (cava) keeps people happy.
All around good place.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGood EatsFirst time visit for my wife and I who have eaten at other Black's restaurant groups establishments. The food was terrific and the service equally so. We will return4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMService improved.Back to consistent service. Whew. Not sure what happened on my last visit when it took almost 90 minutes for lunch.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Black's small local "foodThe Black's small local "food empire" is a real gift to this area. Urban, hip and always interesting food selections prepared impeccably. No complaints, just wish servers would get used to a single, woman waiting for a friend and/or eating by herself. It's a cultural thing not a restaurant problem. Love all of the Black's locations. Visit, eat, drink and enjoy.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBlack's is one notch belowBlack's is one notch below being great. But it's always very good. The food is not exciting, but it's always fresh and well prepared and it's not grotesquely over-priced. With the sad decline of Persimmon as a fine dining place, it's now my favorite restaurant in Bethesda.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBlack's is always a greatBlack's is always a great choice whatever the occasion or lack thereof!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food as alwaysFood was amazing as always. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful with remmendations, but the service was unusually slow. It took a while to get our wine then the oysters and then our meals. Not sure what was going on there it's the first time that's happened at this place so I can overlook it. The food is too delicious to pass up ;)4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNothing special to celebrateOur meal was good but the service was surprisingly inept. I had arranged for a nice bottle of champagne ahead of time but had to remind the waiter of this after we were seated. We were slow to decide on our orders, but instead of returning to check on us we were completely abandoned as diners around us were seated, orders taken, drinks served, etc. I guess if you are going to ask if we are celebrating a special occasion, it would be nice if the service would reflect the same sense of celebration. We have often enjoyed nice meals at Black's, but I guess if we want something special to celebrate, we should go elsewhere next time.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding as always. HaveOutstanding as always. Have never had a bad meal here.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful dinner.We had a wonderful dinner. Our Martinis were superb, our dinners superb with perfectly cooked steaks (as ordered). It was my husband's birthday and we received some take home treats as well as a copy of the menu with a Happy Birthday wish at the top.
We have been to other Black's restaurants, so glad we finally made it to the Bar and Kitchen. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. Excellent evening4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe strawberry shortcake desertThe strawberry shortcake desert was utterly fantastic!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is known forThis restaurant is known for seafood, but the duck was among the best I have ever had.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMGirlfrienemyMy company was the best part of my meal. The table we were given was not in an ideal location but we made it work. The food was very good. We enjoyed the ambiance and had a great wait staff.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBlack's is one of my favoriteBlack's is one of my favorite spots in the metro area. This time I brought a first-timer who says Black's is now his favorite spot. We started with a glass of prosecco. Very good. Then, always, we had Addie's mussels. LOVE THESE MUSSELS! Serving it with a loaf of warm bread to sop up the perfect juice is genius -- I wouldn't want to miss a drop! The sommelier helped with a nice wine selection, we shared some oysters, all perfectly presented and served. Our server was attentive without being pesky - a difficult line for most. I ordered the fillet and my friend the tuna and both were delicious! The sides of mashed potatoes and asparagus were also exceptional.
Black's is a don't miss. Go, take your time and satiate your senses!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food that's worth the wait.Food was good. Service was slow. I had a teenage child with me and did not order alcohol, so I'm not surprised. Dinner took 1:45 arrival to departure. This was with manager intervention. Order a drink and leave the kids at home my recommendation3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMA lovely Birthday Dinner CelebratioBlack's did a lovely job assisting in making my sister's 50th Birthday dinner very memorable. They printed "Happy 50th Birthday" at the top of our menus and nicely but quietly brought a candle to the table and some nice take away dessert treats. It was a very nice meal - the wait staff was very attentive and efficient. Recommendations were spot on. The fish dishes were beautifully seasoned and well executed. We had a very lovely evening. I would definitely go back for another dinner and would not hesitate to make another reservation for another special dinner.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWill be back!First time dining here and was pleasantly surprised. Great dining experience and will certainly be back. Highlights included the fresh oysters, Pork Chop and dessert special (Smores brownie). I must admit that I prefer the bread selection at their Pearl Dive Oyster Palace restaurant.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Gumbo was a real treat,The Gumbo was a real treat, full of flavor and fresh ingredients.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGo for lunch...not anything elseBlack's sustainable salad with salmon or shrimp is the best lunch dish on the menu. Service at lunch is WAY better than at happy hour or dinner.2/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch is consistently good.Lunch is consistently good. Especially the Black's sustainable salad.2/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic For A Business LunchThere are a handfulof "Go To" Business Lunch Locations in Bethesda and this is one of them. Nice ambiance, attentive but not imposing service, lends itself to professionals discussing a business deal and the food has a definate WOW factor.2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM