Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.5
3155 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
WELCOME BACK!
Black’s Bar & Kitchen is excited to announce we are back open to the public for dine-in service! While we encourage you to use our online portal for convenient curbside carryout pickup, we have staged our patio, dining room and café tables to provide our Guests with a socially accepted distance to dine.

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. 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? We do. Our Premium raw bar is unparalleled with rotating varieties of bivalves from all coasts of the Americas and a stellar wine list to match. Whether you’re popping champagne for a special occasion, watching the game enjoying a cold craft beer and Duck Nachos in the bar, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday. What a surprise to have menus with “Happy Birthday!” printed at the top for him! Everything we ordered was delicious, especially the oysters. We were not rushed at all, even though it was a busy night. The patio was a perfect setting on a sunny and warm evening. Thank you for a terrific experience - you all went above and beyond! We will definitely return and will recommend Black’s to all of our friends!

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BrianH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, delicious vegan options, fine setting for a business lunch.

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JewelS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was not good other than the oysters. Didn’t love that our server was the only interior server not wearing a mask. Everyone was nice though.

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vipPamelasamaria
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was good and the food was tasty. We had fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, branzini, and pork chop. Everything was seasoned well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a business casual lunch

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DarleneM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly wait staff. A great variety of choices on the menu, lots of seafood options. Food was delicious and portion sizes were just right. I will definitely go back.

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vipLarry
Washington DC
318 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Due to Covid, I haven't been to Black's for awhile. The food and cocktails, were great. What was very poor last night, was the service. and poor in every respect. Regrettably, if I had this waiter again, I would leave.

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vipProntomac
Washington DC
384 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always a pleasure at Blacks. Well organized and an excellent diverse menu and reasonable wine and beer prices. We are very experienced diners and know lunch is not necessarily the greatest opportunity for servers, but would suggest servers identify themselves by name and display an attitude that’s a little better than ‘matter of fact.’

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Babs
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duck nachos, calamari and fish tacos were outstanding
Service very Good
we like dining in one of the larger booths in bar area
have dined here many times and will continue to return

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vipMcklew
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about It. Food, and friendly and fabulous service.

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PickyEater
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming, all employees were masked. Our inside table was more than 6 feet from neighboring tables, staff was immediately available and very attentive. The food was INCREDIBLE! Shrimp taco starter was crispy & fresh. The seafood stew was perfect! Highly recommended.

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vipArtfuldining
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the fried oysters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fine. Everything was OK.

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Black's is a long-time favorite. The restaurant's cheese burger continues to be a hit, and the establishment is taking appropriate Covid precautions. It was good to revisit an old friend.

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d2FOODIE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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JeffreyR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The family dined here for brunch the Saturday before Mother's Day. It was very quiet. Lovely restaurant, and the food was excellent. The scallops, salmon, and steak frites were all superb, as were the desserts and coffee. I am sure that the place was mobbed on Sunday, but it was a little unnerving to see it so quiet on a Saturday afternoon. On the plus side, we could relax, converse, and enjoy our meal. Can't wait to return!

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cuisinemo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I enjoyed a terrific meal sitting at the bar. We felt comfortable eating indoors due to the appropriate COVID-related distancing and safety procedures. Service was attentive yet unobtrusive and our barramundi entrees were delicious.

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vipBKGilchrist
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, delicious, great atmosphere, friendly and accommodating service. I love this place!

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vipashokk
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe distance seating. Great service and fresh seafood

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vipPaulS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Black's Bar & Restaurant is as good as ever! Our dinner experience was outstanding, with the food and service done to perfection. The room was comfortable with the tables nicely spaced, which kept the noise level low. The pan seared Salmon with orzo, Mascarpone cheese and asparagus was cooked to the right temperature and the preparation delicious. Other great dishes ordered by the group included, seared scallops, Branzino and Mahi Mahi.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Blacks!!

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vipDebbie
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous waitstaff

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vipFredB
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had not been to Black's before. Easy to find. Public parking next door and easily accessible. Greeting excellent. Waiter seemed a bit impatient but overall very good. Excellent chardonnay and malbec by the glass. No offer or questions regarding refill. Rockfish was wonderfully grilled. Good size steak. Veggies perfect. I will go back and recommend to friends. I will tell younger friends it is pricey for a casual meal. Two people $100+.

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vipPaulK
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had lunch at Black's Bar & Kitchen and it was spectacular! My wife had the grilled shrimp and avocado salad and I had a half dozen oysters on the half shell and a shrimp Po' Boy. So delicious! If you like fresh seafood and a great cocktail, wine, and beer program, go to Black's for lunch or dinner!

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vipDebbie
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff, manager, atmosphere and food all top notch.

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vipAmandaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

ambiance was boring and service could have been more personable

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vipMarshalSoult
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Wonderful steaks. Great to be open and back!

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MiaC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience4

The food was not as fresh as usual.

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ScottD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Excited to order the 38$ halibut. I’ve never had a smaller piece of fish. Waiter never asked about anything or we would have said something. Had heard good things about Blacks. Our experience was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff, considerations for the virus was all excellent. I will go back and sit by that warm fire and under those heat lamps anytime!!

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KeithD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Was impressed with COVID precautions with temperature screen on entry and contact tracing on payment just in case. Well done.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Black's. The restaurant consistently delivers great food, an awesome vibe and exceptional service.

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CathyR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for my birthday dinner. Incredibly gourmet food expected by Blacks exceeded expectations!! Nice to know you can come here and experience fine food in a pandemic without the chef cutting any corners. My sweet husband had called ahead and arranged this in advance and the host and waiter graciously went above and beyond to make it a very special evening. My husband and I had the dining area mostly to ourselves. The waiter brought out an incredible bottle of red wine, Blueprint, that was delicious, as soon as we sat down, and menus with my name and happy birthday on it!

The incredible chef prepared gourmet rock fish with tangy flavorable sauce, with broccolini, sun dried tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. As a foodie my palate was so pleased and I was in heaven the whole time I was eating. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the scallops entree. I felt safe too, precautions include guests wearing masks when wait staff approach, as well as wait staff. I highly recommend Blacks Kitchen n Bar!

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vipEuvites
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We were outside, and the view is not very pleasant with construction across the street. Not the fault of the restaurant, but be advised. We felt very safe, however, and these days, that is what is most important!

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MelanieL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a good dining experience food was very good! Wish we could have gotten a bottle of wine however was only available by the glass. Overall nice atmosphere and great food.

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vipStacyB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service! Great night out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food as always

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the staff is very attentive and the vibe is always very cool!

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vipMarkS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good spot for dinner. The mussels are outstanding! The draft beer list is limited but the four options were good. All in all the food and service were very good. I had the chicken sandwich and my wife had the salmon and both meals were very good. I would recommend Black's Bar for dinner.

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MSCC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In this environment every one was on top of being careful. As always very polite & food delicious. Thank you. Carroll Cummings

FAQs

Black's Bar & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 652-5525.

Black's Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 3155 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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