Black's Bar & Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Would love to have some candles on the tables —our table was so dark. Huge portions and food is good—appetizers and salads better than entrees.

OD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

There is no good reason I can find to go here for Sunday Buffet Brunch. The hot portion of the buffet is lackluster and without quality. The meat (which was advertised as a better quality than delivered) was all fat with a small amount of meat. The omelet station was incapable of making a fully cooked omelet. Both tries were watery in the middle. From a health perspective, it is probably not a good idea to place the knife for the sliced beef in the same container with the utensils for the omelet station. Of course,if you want to check how cross contamination works, it is a great science experiment, but not a good restaurant strategy.

The extra charge for the cocktails is generally warranted, but only if you are able to get the waiter to stop long enough to reorder. No matter what you order, for $35, $45 or $60 count on paying extra money for orange juice--$5 extra. Bad move Blacks--it is breakfast. But you can have all the coffee you want.

The raw bar is there, but surprising. Why, for brunch, although it is not I guess what you wanted to do (restaurantor), do you not have a bagel to go with the salmon / lox. It would have been nice and it was great lox. Based on what people were ordering/taking, shrimp, lox, salmon and clams are the favorites.

One of the reasons I am writing this review, is that for the seven tables that came for brunch on Sunday, the management was disinterested in seeing how people were satisfied. Those who seemed happiest were those who ordered from the menu for $15 and had directly cooked food rather than something in a warming tray.

The choices in Montgomery County is extensive and based on how few people came to brunch here, the word is out --do not come here. Let me be your friend and encourage you to go elsewhere. Please, for your sake and to send a message to this restaurant, go elsewhere. It was not enjoyable and not worth the $130 for two people. We struggled to find anything worthy of putting on the plate.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We celebrated the birthdays of two friends.
When we arrived, the restaurant had smoke coming from the kitchen. It was unpleasant. The waiter did not apologize and it took us to bring it up for them to apologize.
The rockfish I ordered was burnt. It tasted bitter.
The price was high.
I will think twice before returning.

H
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Some of the best servers ever...incredible attention paid to us throughout the meal. Waiter was really well-informed as to the nuances to the menu. Food was good, served perfectly. A great restaurant!

T
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I had the beet salad appetizer. The salad was fresh and nicely dressed. The seafood stew was nicely prepared. The seafood was perfectly cooked. I took some of the stew home and it was even better the next day. My husband had the calamari and we loved it. It was tender and seasoned well. He liked his pork chop, but should have taken the server's advice to get it cooked medium, not well. The mac ad cheese was creamy and the gouda cheese in it gave it a great taste. The purple sweet potato pie was great too and not too sweet. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely be coming back. The scallops looked great and I plan to get it the next time.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at my table thought the food was outstanding. I had the tuna sandwich and it was SO good!!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal. Their seafood is outstanding and fresh. Grilled calamari was superb!

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

SD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was poorly prepared and not consistent with the quality that I ordered. Little effort was made to resolve the problem.

EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Expensive but you get what you pay for. Would absolutely go again.

TB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I really enjoyed my time at this restaurant. The appetizers and entrees were very tasty. Our waiter seemed to be kind of annoyed with us and was not very attentive but the host and the manager were very nice and helpful.

c
Washington DC
458 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took friends for their first visit and it was a home run. Cocktails with Cannoli bruschetta and oysters were a great relaxing way to start. Steak, and salmon were main dishes. Food great flavors , cooked and prepared perfectly. Staff and service always on their Game!

BI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our party of four enjoyed the fried calamari for appetizer. I had a nice time'eating my
crispy shrimp taco and my oysters on the half shell. Black's Bar and Kitchen is the only
place where I feel that it is safe to eat raw oysters. My wife loved her veggie omelet,
and the the dessert, which was sweet potato pie with ice cream. One member of our party
liked the seafood gumbo, while his wife chose the hamburger sandwich.
~ Bing

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent soup. Friendly service. Love Black’s for lunch and happy hour. It can be noisy at dinner.

CW
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Dark during the day inside main dining room as service curtains and storage area block the front windows. Server was great and on top of it all. Brunch buffet sporadic in refilling the stations.
I had a la carte entree, which was fine.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The waiter asked us for our IDs but didn’t ask the next couples sitting beside us. Cos we are blacks and the rest whites. Awful profiling. Annoying

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy a Black's restaurant; 5 stars. Excellent food & service.

D
Sydney / NSW
133 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter was excellent. Good meal and good time. Enjoyed it

JM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seafood stew was outstanding. Oysters were fresh, varied and outstanding. Wine discount was impressive

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too expensive for the food and drinks seeved

s
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I specifically asked if the salad I ordered was vegetarian and was assured it was. In fact the salad had seafood in it. It’s important that staff understands the difference and can at least point it out so a diner can make an informed decision.

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and good service. A great location for a date night. We ended up with a cozy corner table.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Our server was nice and kind but the food was really horrible.

I got the salmon and ordered it ‘clean’ but it wasn’t. It was cooked with a glaze (likely because they shared the grill with other meals) and tasted like wood and apples. If I’m playing $35 for a piece of fish, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the chef to know what ‘clean’ means. To make matters worse, the grilled fish was actually overdone. Ugh.

And the cauliflower. Oh my. Just look at the pic i posted. It was swimming in oil. Truly disgusting.

The only reason this place is getting 2 stars is that the bar is a great scene and the bartenders are really responsive.

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The only problem was the bar area. The benches are in dire need of repair.

M
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service and terrific atmosphere - a Bethesda gem that I enjoy coming back to every year on my annual trip to town!

s
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

dependable place to dine. only complaint: the pour of the prosecco was skimpy. Oysters raw and cornmeal crusted were excellent. Caesar salad a good size and delicious (except the fried anchovies). Burgers great!

y
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated in a quiet, warm area on a cool evening. The service was attentive and all food items delicious. The appetizers were so large that they could have been our meal--fresh, delicious mussels and a hearty bruschetta with prosciutto on crostini. My main dish--scallops with mashed cauliflower (I think) was scrumptious. No room for dessert.

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks were weak

d
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Black's exceeded expectations. The grilled calamari was the best I have had in a very long time and the Shrimp and Grits was the best ever. My partner's scallop risotto was incredible too.

l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it was PERFECT! Megan was the best, Especially her wine knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed everything from beginning to end. The surprise dessert treat was a nice bonus.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing! Branzino was great, as was the Akashi NY strip.

BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, good alcohol selection, well prepared and presentation. The value is rated 4 stars because it is pricy although for good reason and I cannot make this place as my everyday’s “go-to” bar.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, salmon was very cooked and the cheesecake a must

SW
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Only one suggestion: nicoise salad needed more green beans and potatoes

TS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Time to put some money into the restaurant and what happened to the days of professional food servers who created you by name, left the wrinkled, untucked shirts at home and actually cared about creating a great dining experience? Having just returned from the wine country in California, there are dozens of quality Chardonnays that you can still charge double the retail cost and stay below three digits in price. Your losing ground in our ten years if visiting.

ME
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was a guest at a business dinner at Black's Bar & Kitchen. Everyone's food was delicious and one colleague, from New Orleans and an avid seafood fan, exclaimed, "This is the best salmon I have ever eaten." I also ate the salmon and agreed it was stupendous. So well prepared, in fact, that I returned the next night (still on a business trip) with a local friend, and ordered it again. The server from the first night remembered a specific, weird food allergy I have, and provided equally gracious service for this leisurely meal. Apparently you can't order a bad meal there. I also appreciated that they had not one but two varieties of cider, one very dry (as I like it) and served at the perfect temperature. The only complaint we had was that the air conditioning was too cold and we were all uncomfortable - even the men. I wore a sweater the second night and was fine.

D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Had a great meal.

RM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, simple, but tasteful menu

L
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service; very fresh fish

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