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

Black's Bar & Kitchen Details

  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "appetizers were terrific, food was delicious, service outstanding. We had out of town guests who do not have an adventurous palette, they loved it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very good for small office birthday celebration. Service was attentive and the food was enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Always known for its fish and shellfish, Black's maintains it standards that compels one to return,"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was good ... Not outstanding for the money. The resturant service was excellent and we wee seated immediately"
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As a chef i really appreciate Blacks attention to detail and vibrant menu. Always fresh, excellent preparations!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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,"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The seafood stew is quite good. Clams were also enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Seafood predominates. Interesting raw bar, tasty entrees. Server was quite attentive. Would definitely return."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Awesome oysters and Seafood stew topped off this great meal with friends."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "When we arrived for our reservation, the entire block where Blacks Bar is located had a power outage. Hence, they would not seat us or feed us so we went elsewhere. My ratings for food, service and ambience are only there because they are required and do not reflect on those actual aspects."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We very pleased with the quality of the seafood, very fresh. The vegetables that came with the main courses were also delicious."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Black's has reached a new level of culinary prowess. Everything we ordered was amazing- Kushi Oysters, Duck breast, Bronzino and a magnificent veal chop. The sizes are great too- fabulous cornbread and greens that would make a non believer turn into a convert. The wine list is terrific. A bottle of Hartford Court Land's Edge Pinot Noir was a stunning pairing for all courses. Our desserts included a sublime Baba ah Rhum and it disappeared in no time. Great service, great cocktails, great meal!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is my fifth time dining here and as always the food was very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The restaurant is elegant and clean but pretentious. As I entered, I was invited to sit at the "communal table" (a table at the front of the restaurant) to fill out my "application to bring in outside food" (i had a birthday cake for two birthdays in the party!). The form required me to list all ingredients in the cake and a lot of other information (very time-consuming), and it said there would be a $3 plating fee for each piece of cake we eat. We decided we would eat the cake later at home after dinner. So nice restaurant, but incredibly pretentious and somewhat strange."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was good but nothing to justify the exorbitant prices."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Good ambiance. Good food and hospitable staff. The layout was nice and roomy and the look is modern. We chose to eat inside, but the outdoor space looks like a must try on the next visit."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "food is delicious! and service good too--we loved everything--and people were attentive without being fawning"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent! Any Brunch from Black's Bar and Kitchen is always a hit! I come here like clockwork 1-2 times a month because it is consistently excellentZ,"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I had the special, which was a thai seasoned crab cake dish. It was fantastic, as were the drinks and the oysters. Would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Although our decision to go to Blacks for our anniversary dinner had been somewhat last minute, we did make a reservation requesting an outside table and informing them that it was our anniversary. We ended up being sat abruptly at a awkward, oversized table by the bar. Although they were busy, they weren't that busy, and if some effort had been made to acknowledge the reservation and requests, I think we would have spent more on our wine and dinner options. As it was the crab cakes, appetizers, and Pinot were good, but not great, and if we return, it would be out of convenience rather than excitement. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "It was nice to have dinner here to celebrate a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner. The oysters were a highlight."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Really good and tasty food and great wines. In my opinion is a little expensive and recommend the place for an special occasion."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "First time for some of us. Excellent seafood (mussels, snapper and swordfish) and grilled dishes (veal chop and duck breast). Wish chef on the grill went a little easier on the pepper before grilling (especially on veal chop). Extensive and relatively reasonable wine menu. Did some research and had a delicious Auxerrois. Service from Keara was excellent (as was help assistance from wine manager). Don't know why at 7:30 PM, management decide to start blasting the music. Up until that point, we were please with the sound level."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Lots of interesting fish preparations. Unique local clams, soft shell crab, and unique fish offerings. Excellent side dishes and appetizers. Great for business dinners."
    Dined on 5/22/2014