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
207 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)great for outdoor dining (87)special occasion (78)neighborhood gem (63)vibrant bar scene (44)good for groups (39)romantic (36)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (32)great for brunch (28)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Fabulous birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I took a friend there for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. The service and the food were both equally outstanding. I would consider this to be among the top restaurants in Bethesda!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Met with a group of girlfriends for lunch. Really enjoyed their Express Lunch menu that included a glass of wine, starter and main course for $18.00. Ate on the patio. Service was relaxed but attentive. I've been here many times for dinner and drinks and have always enjoyed myself.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch
    sussVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Glorious cold seafood spread, great salads, several sumptuous entrees and desserts that make you feel so guilty! Keep it up! Don't raise prices! We want the pig roast again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening
    hungry
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Overall seafood was very good, but crab cakes were disappointing. Wine list is impressie, but somewhat pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lee41VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice to know the Black group does entrees beyond wish well -- we enjoyed our veal sutlets and duck breast very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    the swordfish was disappointing and the seafood stew much to spicy
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was nothing out of the ordinary and the drinks were way overpriced - I think you can get a better deal elsewhere in Bethesda.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Vikki
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I love Black's...great food, great service, definite winner! They even gave us little treat bags after dinner because it was a birthday...very thoughtful, and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    TheHonestTruthVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was ok, but overpriced. Sidewalk seating was nice and worthwhile on an appropriate night. Crabcakes were run-of-the-mill, fried oysters way too greasy. Second time here. Same results, some food is good, some not-so-good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food tasted great
    Highmetabolism
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great meal overall. The server was very well versed on the menu and suggested great specials.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply unparalleled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have taken my daughter here to introduce her to oysters and, again, with a friend, for birthday brunch. The other night, we were there to celebrate our marriage --earlier in the day-- because my wife and I knew, from experience, that Black's was the only place to go. We were certainly not wrong! Black's never disappoints! The service was impeccable, the atmosphere just right; and, of course, the food was superb--imaginatively, attractively and deliciously prepared!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had the Bronzini my friend had the scallops. The fish was overcooked without a lot of flavor. Have had this fish many times and have cooked it myself, but this was pretty tasteless. The waiter normally asks if you would like it de-boned but not at Black's. I probably would not come back for dinner. Might try the Happy Hour. For the price I thought food was just ok.
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  • good meal, nice patio, quirky salad
    sinbad
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had great service and ordered from both the bar and regular dinner menus on the patio. We had no complaints about the food except for the ahi tuna salad. We both expected rare sliced ahi atop a bed of greens, but that wasn't what we got. The tuna was surprisingly dark, shredded and tasted a a bit oily. Perhaps we misunderstood what this dish was supposed to be, but it was the low point on an otherwise great evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    James
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had not been to Black's Bar & Kitchen since it was completely remodeled. The restaurant is now really nice where before it felt more like a bar. The food and service were both very good and I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC
    1234
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Love Black's Kitchen & Bar. We live out of state and stay in Bethesda when visiting our daughter at AU. This visit Black's was the restaurant I picked for a special family dinner. It was fantastic. We all LOVED our food, from apps. to the dinner rolls. Selected one Sunday 1/2 price bottle of wine was an added bonus. The bits of chocolate made daily at end of the meal also incredible. Slight disappointment with dessert, Heathbar dessert not very chocolate. Highly recommend Black's Kitchen & Bar great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch!
    Chatterboxx1969VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've been to Black's a number of times for dinner, but this was my first time for Sunday brunch. My family enjoyed a wonderful selection of brunch foods. The waiter was nice, but we really needed him to come check on us more often. I will definitely be back for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gimme raw bar
    greggied
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    do ya like trying oysters from all over north amercia (about 15 different choices) and a healthy selection of "not your average" seafood selections? do you like winelists that range from $35 malbecs to $3400 exotics? then this is your spot. highly recommended over some of the other, more standard bethesda dining options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    ellencVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    appetizers were terrific, food was delicious, service outstanding. We had out of town guests who do not have an adventurous palette, they loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RDK058VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Very good for small office birthday celebration. Service was attentive and the food was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for a business lunch
    Business101VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Have dined here numerous times, both for lunch and dinner. Food always is good and if you get a good table it's very conducive to business conversations at lunch time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Gator
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent service. From our waiter to the person who cleared our plates awesome. That's were it goes downhill. Upon entering restaurant vacuum the entry sometime. Food just okay. We had six people and everyone ordered different items. Seafood significantly better than steaks. Actually steaks don't bother. Honestly would not go back for the price much better places out there.
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  • Great place to catch-up!
    evonovichVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    One of my bridesmaids was in town this week from San Fran. Her parents live in Rockville, and I'm in Falls Church, so we met at Black's. I was sorry to hear about Addie's, but Black's is always a treat! We both had a summer salad - followed by the mussels! One Thai and one Addie's - highly recommend both. We had a terrific time - nearly closed the restaurant - and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Fush Dining - Bethesda
    BethesdaEaterVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Always known for its fish and shellfish, Black's maintains it standards that compels one to return,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We both had the filet of trout which was excellent. Tough to choose amongst several seafood options. Cornbrad oysters appetizer also very good. Expect great food at Black's but prices reflect the high end dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was good ... Not outstanding for the money. The resturant service was excellent and we wee seated immediately
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soft shell crabs
    STASA
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    What a treat at the right time of year. Everyone at the table had them and loved them... The salad with the grilled shrimp was delicious.The grapefruit addition is unusual but delicious and refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Short of expectations
    JoeA
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Black's has a great seafood menu, and we have always been able to count on them. However our last visit was a disappointment. Not worthy of the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, but pricey seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My companions opted for the $43 seafood brunch. They happily over ate, and paid more than 3 times what I paid for the beer braised pork belly Benedict, which I enjoyed for breakfast. - BI
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Service was brusk and unprofessional. Waiter had to read specials haltingly. No eye contact. Mechanical delivery. Did not watch table at all. Long wait for bill. Partner's steak was reportedly good. His potato side was not edible. My "local greens" salad was clamshell lettuces. My trout was really overcooked, hot enough to burn my tongue, sauce had no flavor, and greens were minuscule and over-cooked. (Waiter didn't seem to notice that plates like the potatoes were completely untouched.) It was a Fri night, but not overly busy.
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  • Almost excellent
    HappyMoslyVeggieChef
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As a chef i really appreciate Blacks attention to detail and vibrant menu. Always fresh, excellent preparations!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    CinnamonVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    When I walk by, this restaurant always smells so good. Finally got a chance to try it. Menu is very creative as are the daily specials. Ordered the fish tacos, which were quite tasty. It's quite a large restaurant and the lighting is very dim. I give it a thumbs up,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty treats
    Linda
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Pickled green tomatoes? Whoa yea! And that was just the side for the crunchy soft-shelled crab appetizer. Yum! I had the scallops, which were plenty tasty and perfectly prepared, but next to my friend's seafood stew? Sha, that stew was the bomb!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed the food and the ambience
    Bethesdian
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The seafood stew is quite good. Clams were also enjoyable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good choice
    web37
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Couldn't get soft shelled crabs at Chef Tony's but found them here. Delectable. The food is always good and the service was excellent. A rarity for me not to have their mussels, which are about the best I've ever had, but couldn't resist the crabs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early dinner Sunday, June 22.
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Outside seating on a good weather night. It was great. But primo was the seafood - trout, seafood stew, crab cakes. The bread basket was outstanding. We hit half-price wine night and scored well. I asked the restaurant to adopt me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Seafood predominates. Interesting raw bar, tasty entrees. Server was quite attentive. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional service
    TracyPVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We decided to try Blacks for Sunday brunch, and we were not disappointed. Service was superb and enthusiastic. Food was creative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dinner at Black's/Bethesda
    diningmaven1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a delightful dinner at Black's the other night. The restaurant was sublime and restful. My husband raved about the tuna (although I have never seen him eat sushi grade tuna before - and the waiter pointed out that this was very high grade tuna), and my hanger steak was absolutely perfect. The knowledgeable waiter suggested a perfect degree of "doneness" and a wonderful chimichurra sauce, which made every bite a treat. Nice that you can order entrees and select your sides. Coffee at the end was served in large cups, and the cappuccino was very tasty. Only improvement opportunity - I do wish they could offer a glass of chardonnay with an oak finish for less than $16, however. Overall, great experience... thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meets high expectations
    NorthBethesdaDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were regulars at a different Black's property: Addie's, which closed recently due to the large scale redevelopment of Rockville Pike. So, we knew to expect a great experience at this restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food was prepared and presented well, from the warm bread and on. Glass of wine is served nicely in a small carafe. We enjoyed several different fish as entrees, including Skate, which is a nice change of pace from the usual. Worth a visit, and a revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sea food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Awesome oysters and Seafood stew topped off this great meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.