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

Black's Bar & Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blacksbarandkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 3016525525
  • 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 June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (111)great for outdoor dining (77)neighborhood gem (77)special occasion (71)good for groups (51)notable wine list (47)vibrant bar scene (41)great for brunch (34)hot spot (32)romantic (31)great for lunch (29)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Great find. Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Standard for Black's - Very good
    LLV2VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Black's is an interesting place. For lunch, you can usually count on "pretty good" experiences. The weather was great so we ate outside and as long as you don't mind bus traffic, it's nice. The salads are always exceptional at Black's and both of us had different options with different proteins. Service started out with 5 stars and drifted down to 2 stars because we couldn't get our server's attention for over 10 minutes to get our check. Black's is also outstanding for happy hour; however, I've had unsatisfactory experiences at dinner. They are celebrating their 15 year anniversary right now, so go for happy hour or lunch!
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  • Hidden Gem
    andyVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great lunch!!!! Ate outside with great service and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food can't be beat
    BusinesDiner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Fantastic oysters. Great fish. Very relaxed - we ate and talked for 3 hours.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The value is lacking
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I do not mind spending $70 for lunch for one person IF the ingredients are better than those I can purchase myself at a fish market and the preparation is better than my own. In this case, the mussels in the appetizer were less plump and moist than those I purchase, but the sauce was better than mine. The farm-raised salmon was inferior to the wild caught salmon I purchase myself at a local grocery store and the preparation was cloying. The two glasses of wine were grossly overpriced. I can purchase the Kono sauvignon blanc for less than $10 a bottle when I purchase a case, but I paid $11 for just over six ounces at Black's. Finally, $7 for a small double espresso is excessive. If I am going to spend $70, I want $70 worth of value.
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  • A great evening at Black's
    JM81623
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was excellent and service outstanding. So refreshing having a waitperson who is attentive and responds with simply a glance across the room in her direction. Ask for Mandy and you will be well cared for. I had the tuna rare, which exceeded expectations and the side dish which was a blend of peppers, onions, pineapple and a few other delights was a wonderful complement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Service
    Linda
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our reservation was for 6:15 PM and as soon as we got there we were seated. The waiter came soon after and explained what were the special dishes for the evening. Dinner was prompt and delicious. We order half bottle of prosecco which they did not have (they have run out of it the night before), still the waiter had suggestions of several kinds of sparkling wine by the glass., which we had. When my husband got his expresso, we had complementary sweet white chocolate candy, very nice! In general it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • did not meet my expectations
    erinin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had made the reservations via OpenTable and instructed them to bring a piece of cake with a candle at the end. Obviously, we were going to pay for it. They did not do it and yet as we were leaving the host yelled behind us saying "happy birthday". No other explanation was offered as to why they didn't follow my instructions. I found it to be pretty snobbish and unfriendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Lunch
    dausyandtheo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I invited several dear friends to lunch at Black's to celebrate my 65th birthday. The lunch was delightful in every way. The choice of Black's was brilliant: perfect setting, perfect service and great food that was beautifully presented. Everyone raved about the menu selections and vowed to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Pedestrian food at a high price. Clear they are not making an effort in the kitchen.
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  • Very good
    oldersingle
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Been twice recently big group & as couple. Food was very-good to excellent both times. Appetizers were very good both times, soft shell crabs & soup the first time, mussels & lentil-based soup 2nd time. Mussels were in a coconut sauce so was pleasantly surprised not too sweet--my friend really loved them. I had duck both times, despite it being mostly a fish place. The grilled duck, medium rare, is amazing! Sides were fine, nothing real special. With just the two of us, for a romantic dinner, the outdoor dining was lovely, with a small pool at our feet no traffic to speak of, quiet--indoors was a bit noisey but fine for groups. Desserts were good to very good. Relaxed pace, pretty good service, good food, convenient. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; Entrees slow
    BinrahVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I heard that this is an excellent restaurant in Bethesda and Black's did not disappoint in that regard. The tilefish salad was outstanding as well as the entrees that my colleague and I ordered. The appetizers came in reasonable time and the cocktails were excellent (not too watered down). However, the entrees took a very long time to be delivered to the table with no apparent explanation. Hopefully this was an aberration in otherwise excellent service. I plan to eat at this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall just fine, but...
    AgentSmithVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love the ambience in Black's dining area - comfortable, casually elegant, and relatively quiet. The bar is fun and lively. Service was very good and the food was fresh. What's not to like? Black's is expensive, especially at dinner. Most entrees hit $30, most of wines are $50 or higher. Four of us each had an entrée; we split a bottle of wine and one appetizer and it cost us $240 with tip. Seriously!? Black's and other area restaurants serving contemporary American cuisine strike me as trying too hard. My trout (with a sprinkle of lump crab) was served on a bed of vegetables - delicious, but loused up by a cloying tomato cream sauce that just didn't work. I want to love Blacks, but the price is too dear.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner
    Cindy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had a fantastic evening..server was attentive without rushing or crowding us, Informative on menu items he helped guide us on our selections. Meal was delicious, outdoor dining was perfect. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood-equisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great spot, very refined cooking- an enjoyable meal for sure. But you should be up for a fancy meal, and fancy bill-yet worth it for special nights out during fall, spring and moderate summer weather
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was Fabulous!
    Smile53
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Had lunch with a friend and the service and food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent seafood and steaks. Consistently courteous service. A family favorite, even with the kids. Sunday brunch keeps us coming back and bringing friends and family to enjoy a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DrPie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    They went above on and beyond when they were told it was our wedding anniversary. They greeted us with sparkling wine and menus printed just for us. They end our delicious menu with a decorated plate of the dessert we ordered. The food, wine, and service were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    Reliablyexcellent
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The oysters and shrimps were fabulous. But if you want the traditional eggs-bacon-and such, you can have it ,too. And the service was first class. ~ bing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Evening
    ellencVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I had my out of town family in for Labor Day weekend. We had a marvelous dinner for 7 of us on Sat. night. Our server was excellent, friendly and helpful in explaining the options. We had several appetizers which were outstanding and shared a dessert. The food is so delicious and prepared well. My family was thrilled with the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful spot for dinner
    Nawlins
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful dinner - enjoyed a variety of fresh raw oysters. Great service, fun evening. Menu was a bit limited - would have liked more fish options, but crabcakes were tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnHVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Hadn't been here in some time. Greatly enjoyed our return. Service was delightful and all the food was delicious. Make sure and try the oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate