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
198 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (76)great for outdoor dining (74)special occasion (70)good for groups (51)notable wine list (47)vibrant bar scene (41)great for brunch (33)hot spot (32)romantic (30)great for lunch (29)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Always a good experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Always a good experience, and particularly attractive following their renovation. Nice outdoor seating area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The quality of the food was
    TerryVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    The quality of the food was uneven. Generally, appetizers excelled, whereas the majority of our 5 entrees did not. A few were, disappointly, average. I had come to expect better of Black's but the last 2 times there, I was underwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and very good service
    KeithAVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Great food and very good service for our birthday party of eight. Kudos to our server for being informative and putting up with various special requests.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Plenty of
    rdrd
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Excellent food. Plenty of servers but (other than refilling water glasses frequently) attention to needs was only average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!!!! The mussels,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Excellent food!!!! The mussels, scallops and seared tuna were absolutely outstanding. Our waiter, Jason was terrific too...very professional but warm and friendly. He was knowledgeable and well-spoken about wine and had excellent suggestions on menu items. Terrific (a bit pricey) wine menu...our bottle was a $112 pinot noir which we savored every drop of....not a restaurant I'd go to routinely because it was an expensive evening but it's definitely a great spot for special evenings. The meal, wine and experience was well-worth the money. Great place and even more terrific because they are earth-friendly...nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The raw bar seating area is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    The raw bar seating area is definitely more "hip" than the dining room and probably more preferable if you a 20-something on a date, like I was.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Black Restaurant Group's restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    Black Restaurant Group's restaurants (Addies, Black Market, and Black's) are our favorites. We save up to go to them rather than eat out two or three times at more run of the mill places. In-house breads and pastries, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good--though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    The food was very good--though I, ordering the chicken, ended up with about twice as much food as everyone else at my table, who all ordered fish. That kind of upset the timing of the meal. Service was also good--I was dining with two elderly people, and the restaurant was able to supply light-up magnifying glasses that greatly helped them to read the menus. Very impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lighting was very dim making
    RonaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Lighting was very dim making it hard to read the menu, especially since it was printed on hard paper. They hand out flashlights to help people read! Low light for ambiance is fine, but this is ridiculous. Otherwise the decor is very pleasant and attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant in process of getting
    Molly
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Restaurant in process of getting a new chef, I was told by waiter. Great hamburger, good steak salad and unusual mixed menu. Fresh oysters, varities and served in rustique display. Wait staff attentive friendly and directive. Small desserts, that just say yum and you have completed your meal...Seals the over all package of a well rounded restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Black's is good for Brunch
    MandBVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Black's is good for Brunch and dinner. There is a large parking lot next door. Their prices are a little high for a suburban restaurant and their coffee, at $4 per cup, is overpriced, albeit in a large cup. A bucket of only mediocre coffee is not worth $4. This restaurant has respect for seafood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I completed the Visions -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    I completed the Visions - questionarie for Black Market - loved Visions -excellent restaurant will go often . Blacks was bad. Please excuse my ingorance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sauce for Addie's Mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Sauce for Addie's Mussels overpowered the mussels. Main dish -- whole fish -- more interesting than delicious. Bread mediocre except for biscuits, which were great. Service, wine, dessert wonderful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    The food and service were outstanding. Great selection of oysters on the half-shell and very knowledgeable staff. We very much enjoyed our evening and I received kudos for the choice of restaurants. I highly recommend Black's Bar & Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great seafood, although it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    great seafood, although it was very loud when the restaurant was full and it was difficult to hear.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    The food was excellent as was the high quality of the service. The price is extremely reasonable for the quality you get. No complaints at any level. I'd go back in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't want to spend $100+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    I don't want to spend $100+ for a meal for two and then sit in a restaurant that's so noisy I have to shout to be heard by my dinner companion. Last time I'll ever go there. Too bad, the food was great. Service was slow though, and seldom saw waiter. Might have been just a busy night, I would have tried again if it weren't so NOISY!!!!!!! I've had more peaceful meals in shopping center food courts. Very unpleasant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When our department goes for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    When our department goes for lunch, Black's is always our first choice. Everything about Black's is great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I had a very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    My wife and I had a very enjoyable dining experience. When we made the reservation on Open Table, we asked that the chef be advised that my wife is vegan. And he/she did an outstanding job accommodating her culinary tastes for all courses. My meal was exceptional, too. The wait staff was very attentive. Looking forward to return visits to Black's Bar & Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great experience. Will go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    Great experience. Will go back. Nice brunch menu! Good and pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite restaurants.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    One of my favorite restaurants. I eat there regularly and have never been disappointed in the meal or service. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We would appreciate a slightly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We would appreciate a slightly expanded children's menu. Our adult options were fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server (John K) was not good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    Server (John K) was not good. He basically ignored us and we had to flag down bus boys to get him to come over. But the food is good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our waiter was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    Our waiter was excellent, and the ambiance added to the magic of the night. The food was creatively presented and each bite was a celebration. BRAVO!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was one of the best restaurant
    Reppohanhte
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    It was one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in a long time. The chef so imaginative and the presentation of the dishes -- including the table settings, china, glassware, linens -- is memorable. We ordered a dessert just out of curiosity as the description on the menu was unimaginable. The reality was elegant, decorative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated for some time
    rrobbiVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    We were seated for some time before even seeing a waiter. After we ordered, it took forever for the first courses to be served. The waiter dropped off one salad, told us the small plates "will come out when they are done" and left. The small plates did not arrive for quite a long time, and the waiter entirely forgot one person's order, which never arrived. The small plates were attractive, but did not taste as good as they looked. Very good grilled fish and scallops. The desserts are very good, and very nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It took the waiter over 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    It took the waiter over 10 minutes to come to our table...we had to ask for a waiter to order our drinks and appetizers. Service was poor, but the food was good!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went for the Easter buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    We went for the Easter buffet and it was outstanding. A couple of the items were pedestrian, but several were unusual and the variety was good. We had been to Black's before, for both lunch and dinner, and we have never been disappointed. The atmosphere was festive but tasteful and the live jazz music, which we had not expected, added to the atmosphere. A classy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    We had a wonderful brunch buffet at Blacks. The food was absolutely fabulous. My husband and I were talking about their french toast for days afterwards. We will definitely be back. Hopefully they will do another brunch on Mother's Day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious, though
    MrsPhud
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Food was delicious, though uneven. Starters came our right away, but soup was only warm. Food for another table was served, when pointed out wisked away with no comment or appology. While starters and main courses were served promptly, it took considerable time to get dessert and the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In my opinion, best restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    In my opinion, best restaurant in Bethesda. Certainly the prettiest. Great menu - quality dishes with a nice variety. Super bar scene as well. Lovely in summer - excellent patio.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Furious! I made a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Furious! I made a reservation earlier in the week and had 1 more guest than anticipated. Rather than working with us to find a solution, the staff (one older woman in particular) was extremely rude and firmly suggested that we wait for a spot at the bar to open up or wait an additional 3 hours for a table in the main dining area, when there were empty tables on either side of us! In all my dining experience, I've never experienced such an unprofessional and horrendous service staff. Finally, we decided that rather than give this restaurant our patronage we'd rather go somewhere else and ended up enjoying our evening elsewhere. An experienced restaurant should know how to politely deal with situations like these as it is extremely common!
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  • I love two of the other Black's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    I love two of the other Black's restaurants. Black Salt and Black market, but this was not a favorite at all. Very boring menu, hard to find things I wanted to order, service was mediocre at best.
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  • Our server was professional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    Our server was professional and as attentive as she could be in a very busy environment. The service from the kitchen was a little off, though; I had to wait 5-10 minutes for my side and sauce to arrive after my entree. This doesn't sound like a long time, but I waited to begin eating so that I didn't finish my entree before the rest of my meal arrived and my salmon had begun to cool off. However, all of the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated near the kitchen,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    We were seated near the kitchen, so the loud noises from the kitchen interfered w/ our conversation. The servers practically threww our food on the table and not once got it right as to which plate was to go where. In fact, on two occasions the server tried to place two dishes in front of one person when one of them was for a different diner! Wait staff spent a lot of time talking w/ each other and not paying attention to their tables. We do not need to go back to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is excellent at Black's.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    The food is excellent at Black's. It is a shame the service was below standards. Why not simply hire more people on busy night's like Saturday. It is no brainer. My husband and I have been there on around 5 in the summer and the service was superior and we got to sit outside. Dinner even at 9:00 can be a calamity and we weren't served until close to 10:30.
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  • My wife and I really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    My wife and I really enjoyed Black's Bar & Kitchen and find it perhaps a better bargain than Mr. Black's other restaurant, BlackSalt (which still remains one of our favorites). I am certain that we will be going to Black's Bar & Kitchen again. I had the pan roasted Spanish Mackerel and it was truly outstanding. Great wine list as well. The only drawback, and not one that is the restaurant's fault, is that Bethesda has become very crowded, so I recommend making reservations ahead of time. SY
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • My wife thought the old menu
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    My wife thought the old menu was more appealing but overall a good dining experience
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  • All in all a great expereince.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    All in all a great expereince. Menus are creative and imaginative. Local fresh ingredients. Good service - though when it gets busy servers seem a little overwhelmed. Dessert menu is fabulous. Brunch is great. A great find, though it can get a little loud, some background music/conversation separater would be nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I confess to being related
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    I confess to being related to one of the staff. But, if it weren't for that, we wouldn't have every made it into Black's. But now that we have, I will keep coming back even without personal motivation. The food is excellent, and the the service impeccable. I love the scallops, oysters, and wine list. Haven't had a wrong bite since we started going there 6 months ago. Have had lunch, dinner, dinner for a large group, and late-night drinks and raw bar. And, for what it's worth, Black's is a great place to work. The Blacks (esp. Jeff) are demanding and precise, but the staff are treated well and seem to be a cohesive friendly bunch. And the result is good food and relaxed service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate