Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.5
2937 reviews
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Bringing DC quality & hype worthy Food, Wine, & Cocktails to the heart of the ever-evolving Downtown Bethesda, Black’s remains the community Hot Spot for killer happy hour bar bites, humanely raised Heritage Veal chops, and everything in between. Black’s has been on the forefront of supporting local farming & sustainable growing practices, serving only the highest quality produce, meats, & seafood for well over a decade.

Love Oysters? So do we. Our Premium raw bar is unparalleled with over 10 rotating varieties of bivalves from all coasts of the Americas and a stellar wine list to match. Black’s beverage program kicks it up a notch focusing on hand crafted seasonal ingredients & premium liquors. Whether you’re popping champagne for a special occasion, watching the game enjoying a cold craft beer and Duck Nachos in the bar, or indulging bottomless brunch mimosas with the girls on the patio, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.
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Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like Black's very much. The staff are friendly and attentive. There was one glitch in one dinner this time and the staff fixed it immediately. The Gran Moraine Pinot is as good as any Cabernet I've had. It's delicious.

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D
Sydney / NSW
126 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good evening with friends. Food was tasty and dessert was very nice

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JJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to visit. The vibe was “Manhattan” the food was incredible and our waiter Megan was first class. She didn’t miss a beat. The business dinner was successful. Paella was the best I enjoyed in the USA.
I will definitely keep this as my go to place

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A rare instance where hospitality, cuisine, and quiet clientele allow for a well paced and delicious dining experience.

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n
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the food seemed to have improved since y last visit about 2-3 years ago. We had a wonderful dinner with a great waiter.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch!

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DE
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had great experience. I let them know that we were there for our year anniversary of dating, and they had “Happy Anniversary” listed on the menus and on our desert plate. Was very much appreciated. The food was great and our server was great as well.

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d
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and great atmosphere. Their lunch options are brilliant and it's a really great place for a quiet working lunch

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delivers top notch food and service and a great spot. LOOOOVE Black’s!!!

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F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had 6:30 res. Bar area very busy but few diners in the dining area. Good wine list. Good raw bar items. I had seared salmon with orzo and pesto. Server said chef like medium rare which is what I like. It was cooked to medium if not more. I was turned off by a pea-soup colored plate of green orzo and a ring of balsamic around the plate. I never take photos of foods because they never look appetizing but this did not look appetizing!
The taste was great but tired-looking micro-greens on top added to the unappetizing
overall appearance.
The Black name is known for delicious food. It is a shame that this restaurant doesn’t measure up. The decor is very outdated. We live within a block and would love to see Black’s how it could and should
be!

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CF
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great meal and atmosphere! I will come back again to try more dishes and drinks!

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were able to make Aviation Cocktails! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Service by Carlos was great!

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LH
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a drink on the patio then dinner in the dining room, and everything was perfect! Delicious food, lovely setting, great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh oysters, tasty food and very good wine offer with an attentive service. We enjoyed it very much

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IR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlos never disappoints us, a great asset to your restaurant.
Your food is consistently delicious.
Please bring the duck back and the sauces too.

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G
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious, portion sizes generous but not ridiculous, service very attentive. We celebrated a special occasion and did not regret our choice!

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RA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably delicious food. Grilled calamari was superb. Oysters were exceptional. Thai mussels hit the spot.

I only wish they hadnt changed the Addie's Mussels recipe from years ago. They were the best mussels around but the new version doesn't do it for me. Oh well, many other delicious choices on this menu. Cant go wrong.

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DR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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j
New England
50 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great spot for a business dinner - unfortunately the construction of Marriotts new HQ - which will entail the elimination of the parking garage abutting this restaurant — is going to severely damage their prospects and foot traffic because it’ll feel like a construction site for another 2-3 years.

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D
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Most people were there for the buffet but we ordered a la carte so it was hard to understand why service was so disjointed and slow. Our food was very good. The avocado toast was excellent. The ricotta pancakes, however, were a not as fluffy as they should have been and some of our food was not warm...the elusive servers made it tough to talk to anyone about our concerns. I would go back and give them another chance.

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JM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I visited for our anniversary dinner and loved this place. Can’t wait to come back!

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MP
Chicago
167 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner outside on Black's patio. If the weather cooperates the patio is a marvelous place to enjoy excellent food.

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black's is always good. It's my go-to place in Bethesda.

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JC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Black’s — their fish is consistently good and well prepared. Salads and side dishes are likewise high quality, but salads can be a bit pricier than the ingredients might suggest. Service is always excellent and the servers are knowledgeable and very helpful with dietary needs/limitations.

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LL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Awesome server- Megan
Awesome manager
Great customer service

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the dinner thoroughly. Only lower scores reflected a wait to order a drink and another wait to pay the bill. Otherwise, flawless and friendly service. Food was delicious!

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p
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was nice The seafood stew and scallops dishes were good! Dessert was alright, but I'm not a fan of mousse desserts though. I ordered the chocolate mousse cake, which turned out to be all mousse. Service was great, I'd come back again.

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RN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going to this place and definitely won't be the last. I took my wife here for her birthday, and made a note of it during our reservation. The folks were nice enough to sit us at a nice quiet booth in the corner for that :) And the service was just excellent. Food was great too - will be back for more later!

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DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

On the positive side: The dining room was quiet, very comfortable and the service was excellent. Most of the food was good or very good, but nothing was particularly memorable. My husband had scallops, which were excellent, but he was disappointed that there wasn't more mashed potatoes. I ordered a berry salad (which was tasty), and a shrimp cocktail. The shrimp cocktail was very disappointing, as the shrimp were very spicy. I have eaten shrimp cocktail for decades, and never had spicy shrimp! As you can tell, I am not a fan of spicy food. I feel that the shrimp cocktail should be listed on the menu as spicy, to warn the consumer. I could not eat the shrimp at all. The desserts were good. Overall, the meal was pricey, the food was good (mostly), but not worth the price. The portions were ok, but to be honest, we quickly needed to get a snack after we left this restaurant!

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place but the food is unimpressive. Good for talking when the food is not the point. Might have ordered the wrong thing (blackened Tuna).

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was good but the Sunday brunch buffet was weak so we ordered off the menu. Service was slow. Interior was dated and dark.

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m
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Raw bar brunch is wonderful. Great deal for a Sunday.

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EO
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to celebrate my husband's birthday. The menu came with "Happy Birthday" on it and his dessert with the same message written in chocolate. The service was perfect - very knowledgeable waiter - very responsive but not intrusive. And the food - Sublime! The tuna with coriander and peas was perfect in every way. My husband loved his prawns. If not for the noise, this would be the perfect restaurant. And we'll go back and tolerate the noise level just to eat this delicious and interesting food again.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Very nice setting. Great for a date.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a pleasure/business dinner there and It was very nice the service was super!

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BF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done. Food was great.

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SJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matt is a superb waiter ..congenial, knowledgable, efficient, & a great image for your restaurant!

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and I plan to go back before summer ends. Everything about the experience was excellent!!

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PG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We sat outside on a lovely spring evening, enjoyed the ambiance as well as the soft shell crab special-the wild rice and fresh peas were amazing too, for one of us, and the other had a caesar salad, paired with an Old Bay Shrimp cocktail and mixed mushroom side. We will be back but hope they get a wider selection of fish for the summer!

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