Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.6
3138 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best experiences I have had. Their 14oz steak was the best steak I have had in some time, definitely worth the $40

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IleneS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful except when we arrived for our 7P reservation, we were informed that the kitchen was shutting @8P due to weather. While totally understandable, I wish I had been informed prior to each of us making substantial drives to celebrate my sister’s birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific!

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JohnY
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good and patrons were spaced so it was COVID safe.

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vipPamelaS
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed New Year’s Eve dinner at Black’s, with excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve

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LadyLunch
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a low-key unpretentious setting. Worth every penny of the premium - highly recommend the mussels for the best broth ever! Great calamari too. Will be back again soon.

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vipBrianDespard
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was OK but nothing special. Quite a long wait until we got served - although the restaurant was nearly empty. This restaurant is nothing like as good as its sister restaurant - BlackSalt in DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never heard of this place before. Had difficulty finding it. Really enjoyed it. Now we have a new place to go. It was terrific and delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Efficient service. Good food.

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visitorfromeast
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent reliable food quality and good service. Will go again

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AllenE
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Service was spectacular, the noise level was just fine, however the chicken was not tender, perhaps overcooked.

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vipDearDivorceCoach
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an early reservation, 5:45pm, as the restaurant was booked, after that until 8pm. There were 4 of us and we arrived on time for our table. The hostess was friendly but sat us next to a barrier that made us feel a bit cramped with the other couple with whom we had dinner. I considered asking for another table, as there were many open at that point, and we did have a reservation so there was a certain priority to us. Instead, as our friends arrived, I stayed put. The wait staff was attentive, prompt and the food was delicious. I was especially pleased with the wood grilled pork chop which was not something I would usually order. It was perfectly cooked and the grilled asparagus was delicious, and perfectly crunchy, too. I was happy with the local oysters and very pleased with the plate of duck nachos we shared too. Everyone had a delicious cocktail--the special offerings could have been more plentiful but I was able to modify my usual drink and the bartender did a great job. In sum, great meal at a decent price with an attentive wait staff. I recommend that early diners be given some choice of whether to sit near a wall or in a more open area as tables are clearly available at that time to do so. It makes the customer feel they are the priority they should be.

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vipjohn
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Black's in a while, and it was a great evening all around. Food and service very good.

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RDDD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good dining experience. Thought my tuna dish had too much salt but other wise was well prepared and presented.

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LoLo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great customer service and food was good.

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Lovetogooutmom
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was good. The crab cake had some interesting flavor combinations (peanuts & fava beans)….quite tasty. I’d skip dessert….they weren’t great….seemed like they are Costco frozen.

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MasoodA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We hadn’t been back to Black’s since the pandemic but we’re happy to see the food was just as good and the ambience remains very congenial. The only reason why I’ve marked down the review is that none of the serving staff were wearing masks. Nor was there any notice as to their vaccination status. I appreciate that some people don’t want to wear them but in most restaurants in the area serving staff do wear masks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, nice laid back spot

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vipmnfireftr
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about this place. We had a small issue, but Felix our incredible service and Talisa the manager stepped in and handled the situation flawlessly. They could not have done better. The food was AMAZING, try the scallop po boy or the chicken sandwich with bacon and guacamole, you won’t be disappointed. The calamari was a great start and the apple streusel pie was an outstanding final. Visit this place and you will be amazed!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great! Staff was nice, drinks were reasonable, food was mediocre. Overall a good happy hour spot.

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Patty
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Highly recommend the Steak Frites!

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vipDonnaV
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy to be back. We had gotten takeout a few times but this was our first visit in person since covid. Black's is one of my favorite places in Bethesda. The food is always great - we had the rockfish special and the tuba soba. Creative cocktails and a nice wine list, including good choices by the glass, round out the meal. Hard to tell if they have spaced out the tables, but conversation was easy. Only drawback for us was that the squash soup was made with chicken stock. We'll be back again soon.

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vipKenR
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant that serves excellent seafood dishes. Service was attentive and fast considering it was a crowded Sat. evening.

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rick
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Many visits prepandemic. Now we find no less service and quality. Food fresh and abundant. No skimping on amount or service.
Found the appetizer of taco mushy and too much mayo.
But main dishes of seafood well prepared and plenty to eat.
Seafood stew a bit spicier than I prefer, but otherwise great.
I will continue to recommend the venue.

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vipLovetodineout2
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

2nd visit food was as good as I remembered. The service was good but at times our server was no where to be found. Particularly when Leaving that was a long process getting our check, getting to go boxes, getting some one to pick up credit card and return it probably took 10m-15 minutes that’s way too long

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Krys
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The staff were very nice. I ordered the scallops - and they tasted like someone spilled the salt shaker on them! So salty - they were hard to eat. For the price - I would have hoped for more.

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KenC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipJeff
Washington DC
27 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
13 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
38 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
56 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
7 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
129 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
17 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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Waiterless
Washington DC
19 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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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 3138 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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