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
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 120 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1762 reviews are from the Black's Bar & Kitchen reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • Power outage
    Piper
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Seafood
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We very pleased with the quality of the seafood, very fresh. The vegetables that came with the main courses were also delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black's- Fabulous Food & Wine
    EKJoey
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Solid Meal
    AndrewjbVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is my fifth time dining here and as always the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The communal table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced.
    carlynnecVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was good but nothing to justify the exorbitant prices.
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  • Nice experience
    ru4dc
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bsand
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    food is delicious! and service good too--we loved everything--and people were attentive without being fawning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters and roast Pig
    sussVIP
    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,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Patrick
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed opportunity
    mortymom
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nonickname
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was nice to have dinner here to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening.
    EatingOutShouldBeFunVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner. The oysters were a highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little expensive
    Nicholas
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fish Preparation
    Westernann
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Lots of interesting fish preparations. Unique local clams, soft shell crab, and unique fish offerings. Excellent side dishes and appetizers. Great for business dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Sunday Lunch
    Gronup
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We ordered off the menu and were pleased with our choices. Excellent Bloody Mary!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bethesda's Best
    YUMMYTUMMYVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Beautifully prepared fish and an interesting wine list combined with good service make Black's A terrific restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was a very enjoyable meal. The waiter was very knowledgeable on how things were prepared as we are gluten free and he verified what was OK to choose from the menu. We had the salmon and rock fish special. Both were prepared well using unusual ingredients; At least to us. We would gladly go back to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and exceptional martini
    kandym
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband & I came to Black's on our 2nd date back in 2001. Since moving onto the Chesapeake Bay, we have always talked about coming back. I surprised him this past Saturday with a hotel room & reservations for dinner with you. Although the restaurant looked different from when we were there years ago, the ambience was very retro and inviting. I had the cornmeal crusted soft shell appetizer that was phenomenal while my husband had the bruschetta. Both of us love bruschetta & we were a little disappointed in the bruschetta on your menu. I had the scallop entrée & they were cooked to perfection. My husband had the crab cake entrée & we both remarked that they were the best we've ever had. The Up & Cumber martini was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for oysters!
    Mo84
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The place is on the pricey side, and its a touch and go with the service. Great for special occasions and perhaps nicest at the open air bar or outside as opposed to sitting further inside but that can be romantic too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our waiter was extremely professional. He knew the menu, including specials, was attentive but not hovering, and was very personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Offensive and Unprofessional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very disturbing experience for Mother's Day dinner. The kitchen is open to the dining area; someone started yelling at the kitchen staff and ramped up to screaming and shouting offensive profanity. He was screaming the F word repeatedly. The staff told us this unbelievably offensive language and behavior was coming from the owner Jeff Black. Everyone in the restaurant, including the staff, was very frightened. Several tables of guests walked out. I expected the owner to apologize. Nothing could be said to him, everyone was afraid. It was the behavior of an arrogant bully with anger management issues. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone. No food or experience is worth the abuse this owner inflicted on his dining guests and staff.
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  • unprofessional
    rrdine23VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Jeff Black was working the kitchen. He cused out his chefs in the middle of dinner. Some people in the dinning room left. We had already ordered or we would of left. It was the most unprofessional thing I have ever witnessed in my life. Even said something to him as we left and he said it was necessary and he doesn't care if we come back or not. I will never eat at any of his restaurants again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Appalled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a reservation at Black's for Mother's Day. We were seated at our table preparing to order, when we heard a profanity-laced tirade from the kitchen that got louder and more vicious and could be heard throughout the entire restaurant. Diners were shocked and appalled, and the poor staff did their best to go about their business. We're not sure who was cursing at whom, but it sounded like a supervisor/manager berating (what a mild term for what we heard! It was really vicious) someone working under them. We left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    MaZi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a 4-year tradition for us and Black's gets better every year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was great except for the bread and desserts. They could use a new pastry chef. The prices were a little steep.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice seafood restaurant
    21vekaVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Attractive restaurant, good food, nice atmosphere. Could be quite noisy however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food every time
    DaltoVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Home run! Never fails to deliver a great meal in a great setting. Don't miss this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, Fresh Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    We had a group of 7 for dinner and waiter was efficient and effective in managing our orders and provided great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snarky Service
    WDC1VIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Black's maintained its excellent quality sea food offerings which are among the best in the area. However service was characterized by a less than helpful attitude. When asked to speak to a manager, our request was ignored. Last time at this restaurant in spite of their quality menu offerings.
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  • worth returning to
    RayN
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Been going here around twice a year for the past 4 years. Never disappointed. Excellent and innovative seafood dishes. A flavor cornucopia. Great oyster selection from around the US/Canada. Attentive yet unobtrusive wait staff. Conversation with friends was slowed only by deep concentration on the food, every morsel a delight.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Seafood
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were very pleased with the appetizers and main courses- the seafood stew and halibut especially- fresh and sweet. Our server Phil, was knowledgable and friendly, we liked all of his recommendations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confused service compromises meal
    am2c75
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    First impression - pleasant muted lighting complementing nice woods. Neither hostess presents me with options for my hat and scarf. At my table, I inquire with a passing waiter as to options for my affairs. He accompanies me back to a coat check... near the entrance. I go for the Thai-style carrot soup, and because of our waiter's appealing description, we share the wolf-fish appetizer. Soup and appetizer arrive at the same time. What's a guy to do? Try to eat soup and appetizer at the same time? Appetizer is cold by the time I finish my soup. Table clearing between, and during (!) courses, confused. Porkchop ordered "more medium, then rare" tasty, but dry. Extremely underwhelming experience for what amounted to a two Benjamin meal.
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