Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.6
3146 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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KenC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for a work lunch. The food was excellent, and the service was attentive without being intrusive.

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Jeff
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We have eaten at Blacks many times and really like it. However, we were disappointed with the inattentive service we received during this visit. The waiter had a large table near us that took alot of his time, and he seemed to forget about us for the first half of our stay. He did up his game at the end, but it was still a bit disappointing to be ignored in a restaurant with those prices.

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Frankey
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient location and ambience. Lots of space between diners, which is rare for the area! Excellent service and a great meal.

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SandyT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Smoke from wood oven was a little overwhelming. Felt a bit uncomfortable. Bar tender/server was great. Knowledgeable Desert was fair. Coffee ok. Nice visit but no reason to come back especially with the smoke.

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DianaC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Wonderful service and food! Noise from across the street is loud.

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vipKas93
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with great small oysters and followed it with scallops and steak and the dessert of the day with homemade strawberry ice cream on top. The drinks were good and the service by the server and his assistant was wonderful

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vipMac71
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only live a mile or so from Black's Bar &n Kitchen. So we have been many times for dinner or happy hour/appetizers. This restaurant never disappoints. The food and the service are always exceptional. Last night our party enjoyed the salad of the day (grapefruit and avocado), oysters, the steak, and the seafood stew. All dishes were great. Highest recommendation.

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IleneA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

seafood was excellent - oysters raw and Rockefeller, Branzino, Seafood stew
Cocktails were creative!
Disappointed cornbread and chocolate chip banana pudding were both very dry and over cooked
Skip desert

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MartyB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, great and very prompt service! I’ll be back later this week!

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Karen
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, wine, and service. One of our fave restaurants.

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vipSherbear
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food, but such an unfortunate experience. We’d requested an outside table. When we arrived for our 6 p m res, we were told there were no outside tables available for us. Yet we saw vacant tables set for 2. When I asked why we couldn’t move 2 vacant tables together, I was first told it was a fire hazard, & the tables couldn’t be moved from where they were. Then I was told there were more reservations for 2-tops than 4-tops. When I reminded him that outside tables were first come, first served, he got huffy. I asked to speak to the manager….lo and behold, before the manager came, 2 tables were moved together for us. The rest of the dining experience went OK, but it didn’t have to start out the way it did.

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vip50Something
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade desserts! Good choice menu from seafood to steak. Nice bar/cafe and patio, in addition to a dining room for a more formal setting.

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vipWaiterless
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food tasted good, but my husband had the salmon and was violently ill a few hours later.

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vipFrequentdiner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

I frequently dine with the Black’s group of restaurants, including this one. This was a low point. After waiting 45 minutes for an outdoor table, in large part because the restaurant staff did not want to hurry along diners who had finished, we were treated to slow rude and then brusque service. Our Waitress did not take our drink orders for 15 minutes despite coming to the table twice. The drinks came another 20 minutes later. By this time, 945, our waitress and the staff were in a hurry to leave. Questions about the menu were treated curtly and dismissively. Our waitress disappeared at one point and didn’t come back leaving delivery of dessert and the check to other staff members. Tables were being folded up and put away while we were dining. A wait for an outdoor table is unavoidable these days, but if you’re going to seat your diners they should be treated with courtesy and if you were in a hurry to get them out the door, service should be prompt. The restaurant was not full, the staff was just inattentive. I’ll continue to dine with the Black’s group of restaurants, but not this one.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Did not open the outdoor patio for lunch 2 hours after a rainstorm and with no rain in the forecast. Host was incredulous that patrons would ask to sit outdoors. Outdoor seating was the only reason I chose this restaurant, you have to prioritize this in a pandemic.

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vipSeth50
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very please by courtesy and promptness of the waitstaff, and their knowledge of the menu and how dishes are prepared. Very pleased, all around.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. We sat in the bar area and it was noisy

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vipChevy
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner in the bar and the staff and other patrons were friendly, service was good and the food was tasty.

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Jupp
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Outdoor seating was okay, but we had a table in the corner and it was a bit smelly from the sewers….
Service by poor… inattentive, charged wrong wine on the final bill.
Not what I expected and experienced before at Black Restaurants….
Will try Black market Bistro and Hope it will not also a little but disappointing.

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vipProntomac
Washington DC
391 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Calamari appetizer is outstanding, and my guest thoroughly enjoyed his seafood stew

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect the staff was great enjoyed it very much

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HappyEating
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We are fans of the Black restaurant group, they have several restaurants in the DC metro area, offering distinct American cuisine. This was our first time back at Black’s Bar & Kitchen (Bethesda) in more than a year. The food was very good, enjoyed the gazpacho, pan seared scallops and the mediterranean branzino filet. However, service was challenging (hence my rating), but not surprising given the difficulties restaurants are having with personnel in the COVID era. We sat in a high-top table next to the open doors to the outside seating area, and for some reason, there were a lot of mosquitoes, both of us got bitten around the legs. The table next to ours was also talking about the mosquitoes. Hope the restaurant’s management reads this and takes the necessary steps to mitigate the mosquito problem.

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vipMDAJ
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blacks remains consistent. This was my first visit in a few years and it hasn't missed a beat. Really good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was very poor with long waits for a steak and some fish. The food itself was below expectations. We sat outside where the Marriott building has now ruined the view. Far fall from previous meals there.

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vip50Something
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. A little loud and ac isn’t the best, but food and service and Ambiance (large bar area for casual dining, and outdoor patio , and a dining room too) are terrific! My fav neighborhood spot. Pricey, but quality!

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vipLarry
Washington DC
320 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The four of us had a wonderful lunch- very tasty PoBoy sandwiches and other seafood. Excellent service and attentiveness.

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vipHansH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience1

The food was fine, as was the service Howevr, we were seated outside and were subjected to EARSPLITTING noise from trucks, including one that took ten or twenty minutes to load a huge garbage container.

Have you considered closing the outside eating area during the lunch period, rather than leaving coustomers with a bad impression.

David C. Klein

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vipjedster
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice but not exceptional. The decor needs an upgrade. Staff was perfunctory.

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vipswimmom
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals and comfortable environment to celebrate a private event with friends! Addie's Mussels are the best!

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TravisS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and easy access in downtown Bethesda. Servers were attentive but not bothersome. A bit pricey, but I knew that before making the reservation.

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CTowne2Cool
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very knowledgeable bartender but I didn’t enjoy the food.

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vipBerniceD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weather was perfect, we ate outside and our waiter Victor was very helpful!

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Cassy
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Better than expected. Scallops were excellent. Desert choices are sparse.

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vipSusan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great servers! Noise was not restaurants fault. We sat outside and there was construction.

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vipBirthdayyum
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary- our waiter was fabulous- the food was over the top! From the oyster Rockefeller to the gazpacho to the branzino- just superb!!!

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terriw
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered the scallops, and they were cooked perfectly. The calamari was delicious also.

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OrganicAngie
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very fresh seafood. I had the fried oysters and spinach salad. Also had the fried calamari as an appetizer. My guest had the scallops with mashed potatoes and spinach. Lovely presentation. Sorry …we were so hungry that we forgot to snap pics 😂

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Cindy
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very much enjoyed the evening and the food was delicious

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Tleeee
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good restaurant with a nice menu. Food was good and well prepared. Enjoyed the experience.

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

Black's Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 3146 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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