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About Black's Bar & Kitchen

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 the Chef’s wings in the bar, or indulging bottomless brunch mimosas with the girls on the patio, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.

7750 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lite Fare Bar Menu: 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Late Night Menu: Thursday 10:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Norfolk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 652-5525

Website:
http://www.blacksbarandkitchen.com/

Parking Details:
We are located next door to a county parking facility. Rates are 75 cents for each of the first two hours, 50 cents for each hour thereafter.

Public Transit:
Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.

Executive Chef:
Dane Sewlall

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check back for upcoming events such as wine dinners, oyster feasts, cocktail classes and pig roasts.

Black's Bar & Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Business Meals (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
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Special Occasion (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Healthy (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (5)
Casual (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Try the seafood stew. It is truly amazing and I order it most every time I'm there. It has a bit of spice to it and is very flavorful. Ample seafood and fish. The butternut squash soup is the best I've ever had.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

出張の日本人3名でディナー。場所はベセスダの駅から5分くらい。オイスター、クラムのRAWにナパバレーのシャルドネ、サーモン、サラダなど。ロブスターは無かった。郊外の人気店だけどなんとなく落ち着きます。

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Poor service. Bartender failed to place order for oysters and when reminded 1 hour later, shrugged it off as “oh, I forgot”. No ownership for poor service. Food was slow in coming and waited over 1.5 hours for table despite being reassured that it will be another 15 minutes.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Black’s Bar and Kitchen is a wonderful find in Bethesda. The express lunch special is fabulous and you will not go away hungry.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Black's Bar and Kitchen consistently knocks it out of the park. Terrific food, great service, and a very nice atmosphere, though it can get a bit noisy at times. We love this restaurant--and keep going back!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very accommodating to my wife passing the legal bar. The staff made our night and we will be returning soon. Btw: get the ribeye: the kitchen knows what they are doing please believe me

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was tasty and portioned well. Quite enough to hold a conversation at low to moderate tone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love Blacks. Have gone many times and for many different occasions, it's never let me down. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Organic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As usual, a wonderful and sometimes surprising mixture of flavors. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food but a bit too pricey. I also charged $2 for a side condiment for my scallops.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their dinner, while bronzino, fish stew,tuna and the hanger steak! Convivial atmosphere and just the right amount of attention from the waitstaff. Spent over 3 hrs there, but of course it was a Monday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We booked a table for brunch, expecting the extensive and delicious options offered just 4 months ago, a raw bar and a hot food bar with pancakes, waffles, omelettes prime rib, salads, etc. as well as a great desert table.

We were sadly disappointed that the brunch buffet was discontinued. Instead there was a limited raw bar for $35 per person and a separate brunch menu. Not at all what we were expecting.

Keep in mind when heading out for brunch. A lot has changed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The staff is kind, knowledgeable, and fun. Food is always interesting and exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the attractive dining room and the service was very good. The food was good but not great because it just didn’t have flavors that made me say, “Wow, I have to come back and eat this again!” I will try again because I liked the interior and the service. My cocktail was unique and tasty but tiny — I’d like a bigger bang for my buck.

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding service and delicious food. Great place for a special meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a delicious dinner. Food and ambience was perfect for catching up.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This place used to be EXCELLENT. However, they just completely gutted their menu and lost 90% of what made them great. It’s a shame they sold out to similar menu concoctions/pairings as the surrounding completion, but they lost a few customers for life. Get back to the basics!!! Fancier isn’t always better!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Services was good, everyone was nice. Enjoyed my dish and if I am in the area I will be back. I did recommend this to a friend who goes over to Bethesda on a weekly basis

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We are in the restaurant business and thoroughly enjoyed dining at Black's. My wife and I started off at the bar during happy hour with two lemon drop martinis. I was happy to find Oysters and was surprised that the only name that was given them was "Chesapeake." After
looking at them we determined that they were Choptank Sweets. I ordered two to try but was told that there was a minimum of six required. It seems that the menu should clearly state "minimum of six". Other than that, our family joined us and each person was quite happy with their selection. I had the whole bone in Branzino which was excellent. The server, Victor, was excellent. I always prefer to wait until everyone is finished eating before clearing but not everyone likes to wait which I understand. All in all, excellent. Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food and service were great! Restaurant had a bad odor to it that was hard to ignore. Especially the bathroom. Otherwise it would have been a 5 star visit!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice afternoon meal on the patio. Seafood stew always good, apple and greens salad with grilled shrimp was tasty although brie was hard to spot...drinks refreshing and staff a bit hurried...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Waitstaff took a while to come back to offer coffee refills; and we had to go look for someone to pay the cheque after waiting a long time. Food was delicious though!

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good Sunday seafood brunch very accommodating as far as old favorites on previous menus. Good wines prompt service

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a wonderful meal--from delicious and creatively composed salads, to appealing and tasty entrees and beautiful desserts, this is lovely Saturday night with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Oyster were Great!!! Ribeye was good too mac and cheese is a must.... fried apple pie wad awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This restaurant has been on our radar for many years. No matter where we go, and these places are not too shabby either, we always go back at least once in a couple of months

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Healthy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Blacks continues to be the go to place for a successful business lunch...wonderful, tasty and right sized portions are important ...terrific fish menu. Blacks has good vibes and noise level for discussing work.. Centrally located for all the MD suburbs with ample parking next door.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our dinner at Black's Bar & Kitchen was wonderful! We had not been there for a while and it seems very different: a step-up in cuisine and ambience. The Ahi Tuna with a 5-spice broth and noodles was amazing! We also had a dozen oysters and the selection was great: from briny to creamy and sweet. The server, Tyler, was extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. The most special treat was speaking to the Sommelier, Natalie. She had fantastic recommendations and introduced us to new delicious wines. Thank you!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Tonight we decided to cross Black's Bar & Kitchen off our list of potential restaurants we frequent. Typically we dine out about 2.5X per week in the Bethesda / Chevy Chase area. My husband had the salmon entree this evening and it was almost inedible. He ate half the fish but the sides were dreadful. It is so rare that he ever complains publicly about a meal ... but he was extremely unhappy. Unfortunately, we complained to management but they did nothing to adjust the bill. So we left there deciding to never return. Hopefully some more new restaurants will be coming to Bethesda soon that will help compensate for what seems to be increasingly poor choices.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food is consistent rly very good. The waiting staff is mediocre at best.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Outstanding service in this local gem. Food was just above average tho.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very disappointed. They changed the format and took away the hot buffet and dessert buffet. They kept the raw bar, but raised the price by $10.00 (to $35.00). The brunch menu was very pedestrian and certainly not worth the price. I had indicated on my OT reservation that this was a birthday celebration and the restaurant paid no attention to that. I used to go there every few months; I will likely not be returning. Among other things, if only one person wants the raw bar, it throws the timing of the whole meal off. One person finishes the brunch from the menu and has to sit there while the other person visits the raw bar for a second trip.

I wonder who made this customer-unfriendly decision.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Very convenient for visitors to NIH. The menu had so many great sounding choices that it was hard to decide which to choose. The meal proved to be as good as the description.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I hate that I have to leave such a negative review, but truly nothing other than the atmosphere
was good. The drinks were delivered incorrectly, the scallops were only cooked on one side and the chicken was so overcooked it didn't even resemble chicken. The timing of the meal was so off that we barely could get out wine with the meal. So sad, but true.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience. The wine that was suggested to us was perfect. I had the rockfish which was cooked perfectly. My husband had the tuna. It was the best I ever tasted. Such a great place to go for our anniversary !

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic, Healthy, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My husband and I love this restaurant. On our most recent visit, the kitchen was out of our selected dessert, bread pudding, which we had really wanted. He actually made up a new batch so that we could have the dessert we wanted, even though we arrived for a late lunch and there were only a few other customers. We also were pleased with our service person, and with Hilena, a manager who spoke with us. Excellent food, great service, nice ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. I had a client in town and took him to Blacks Bar and Kitchen for dinner on a Wednesday night.
We both loved the edited menu and outdoor dining. I chose the bruschetta with white bean purée and he had the burrata salad for an appetizer. Both were flavorful and an excellent start to the meal. We followed that up with the seared scallops with spinach and creamy garlic mashed potatoes and the 5-spice seared tuna entrees, respectively. We may have gone overboard with the mushrooms and mac and cheese. All was delicious and accompanied by excellent and unobtrusive service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The lunch was terrific. I've had the Thai Curry mussels for dinner here, and even though they aren't on the lunch menu, the chef made them for me. Also had the soft shell crab sandwich. Loved the crab, a bit much bread for me. I look forward to returning.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Brought my girl there and we had a great time outdoors with appetizers...the staff was of Great help and service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Good food. Good service. Good atmosphere for a date or meeting friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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