Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.4
2740 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Fit for Foodies
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lite Fare Bar Menu: Every Day 2:30pm- Close ; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm -9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(301) 652-5525
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nate Orlando
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Cross street
Norfolk
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Parking details
We are located next door to a county parking facility. Rate is $1 per hour.
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Public transit
Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.
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Special events & promotions
Please check back for upcoming events such as wine dinners, oyster feasts, cocktail classes and pig roasts.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2740 People Are Saying
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l
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was there for brunch on a Sunday. I think they put most of their effort into their brunch buffet and would not recommend ordering off their regular brunch menu. My friend and I did and were very disappointed. The medium rare steak was cooked well done and everything tasted very average. When we ordered coffee the first coffee cups were dirty on the inside and they poured coffee in the cups with it being dirty. We asked for new ones. It has great atmosphere and maybe it was just an off experience but not in a hurry to go back and overpay for average.

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was ok a little bland. Service was good and atmosphere was great....

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JS
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sat outside on a beautiful afternoon, not much to complain about. Arrival was friendly, quickly seated on the patio. service was ok, no major flaws but lack of attention to detail showed. Refills on water and iced tea were only accomplished by flagging down the server. BTW, anyone else bothered by Iced Tea with little to no ice by the time it hits the table? Kills me. Oysters took some time to arrive but were cold and briney, shucked with expertise.. Steak and eggs prepared perfectly but the star was the garlicky potatoes. Give me a plate of those and a few beers, I’m good. Overall good experience. The restaurant was kind of quiet, maybe they cut some staff. Seemed like the kind of impact on service that occurs when the room isn’t buzzing. Busier the better in this market.

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BL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black's Sunday Buffet is back! We had a great brunch there and the quality, variety and quantity of food is well worth the $. Great brunch and excellent service. Definitely going back

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D
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

arrival and order taking great. food arrived initially well but didnt see our sides until our entree was finished as well as the waitress. Food did taste very well, but for a near empty restaurant was disappointed not to have everything in order. Everyone seemed working hard, maybe a bad day but it dropped our opinion of being the next great place..

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J
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I booked a table for 4 for a business dinner here. We were seated promptly. The service was just right. The food was delicious. We shared 2 dozens oysters, a bottle of red and white wine then I had the seafood stew which was so good. My colleagues had the roast chicken, pork chop and scallops, and everyone said their food was perfect. The price was also very reasonable.

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KA
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great selection of oysters, except for Sweet Jesus which had no taste at all. But that is a question for the ostericulteur to answer. Tuna tartare with yuzu was delicious. The entrees seemed too big and too expensive.
So it may be a good idea to offer demi-portions to those who love good food but cannot eat much- yes, that category does exist!
Plum and Armagnac ice-cream was terrific. If at all I come back, I would come back for that!

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b
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

new menu
tasty oysters in July; pleasant and attentive staff; a consistently good restaurant for many years

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DD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Been coming to Black's for years. It's a consistently good restaurant for casual get-togethers.
The drink selection is reasonable, and the service always good. If you're a foodie, you should probably look elsewhere. On this visit, I tried the ribeye steak, which was very good. The calamari appetizer, however, was not so great, and the sides decidedly average. Overall a "good not great" dining experience.

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R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food
Attentive waitstaff but not intrusive
Always a pleasure to dine there

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I was very sick that evening and think it was from the rockfish. Not good at all.

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K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very nice service and ambiance but my $14 Black's salad was tasteless and mostly wilted greens with very few of the advertised vegetables. A shame. Salads are easy! Bean soup was tasty.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, sophisticated ambiance and great service

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food good but nothing special or innovative. except for specials menu the same. Many mains come with out sides , not good value.

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KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious as always. However, our service left much to be desired. I ordered an apple and Brie salad - no Brie. I ordered two sides for dinner, they brought the wrong one. I was surprised they didn’t leave the wrong one until mine was ready, you would assume it was headed for the garbage anyway. When my side did finally arrive - a vegetable dish, and the restaurant was not crowded (a Monday night at 6:30) - we were done eating. They packed it up to go, but didn’t say anything. For a 24th wedding anniversary dinner celebration, it was a disappointing evening.

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SM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great oysters and mussels along with good service. The tables are not jammed together and its possible to have a conversation.

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C
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were back to celebrate Father’s Day and my dad was very pleased with the experience and food. Our sever was fantastic.

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l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed with our meals-mine was overly seasoned-way too spicy from Old Bay, others said their entree was just ok in taste. Pricey for what we got. Service was fair at best.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had entrees of whole grilled branzino and soft shelled crabs. Both were excellent and the service was really good too. This was a Saturday night and not quite the place for quiet conversation, don't know about the sound levels the rest of the week. The food and service alone make this a recommended place to go.

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Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointed this time. Out of gins of choice, asked for no dressing, come slathered in dressing. Usually terrific and have gone often to this restaurant. Use to be our favorite. Will wait awhile before returning...seems to have slumped.

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p
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've got a new favorite in Bethesda - wonderful food. Service was a little slow - waitress seemed to have a lot of tables but was very personable and the food more than made up for it

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

My wife and I had lunch on their outdoor patio. The noise level from the construction across the street was oppressive. Jackhammers banging away. Our waitperson was very friendly, but the food took a really long time to come out. One item was not served as ordered, and had to be sent back. The quality of the food, itself, was typically very good.

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J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The ambiance is good, good design. The food wasn't outstanding but good. The service was surprisingly bad. I've been to other Black's. This is by far the worst.

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B
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We celebrated our son’s 41st birthday with dinner for 5 people, ranging in age from 9 to 71. We’re frequent Black’s diners, and our meal was delicious as always. And because it was a birthday dinner, we all had dessert,

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening.

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o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Overall just not a very good meal. Service was lousy and the quality of the food was equally bad. Hamburger too salty and the bar food was flavorless

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MP
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We were able to sit outside on the patio which was delightful. The food was really excellent-salads then salmon and rockfish. The server was only fair.

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JA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great outdoor seating in Bethesda. Food and service was fantastic. I have been there twice for business lunch and would highly recommend.

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R
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food overall. Friendly and professional service--like all Blacks group restaurants.

Excellent brunch!!

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M
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good bet for food and service - love the food and perfect spot for catching up with friends.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner. The food is always outstanding. Our waiter was top notch (a cut above the more casual bar staff). Good and reasonable kids menu.

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s
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The oysters were outstanding. I chose from the specialty oysters and enjoyed all. The Addie's mussles were huge and delicious AND spicy. The burger and its roll were scrumptious and the special salad with smoked salmon a hit!

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H
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff and kitchen produce a super product: first class meat, very well prepared, attentive staff, great wine list. The best kitchen/bar/staff/location in town, despite competition of Morton and Woodmont Grill. We always leave with a smile.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friend to lunch for her birthday. It was quiet. The waitress was very helpful with changes I wanted for my meal. The food was served promptly. It was very good. My friend enjoyed her meal too. My friend and I were able to catch up in a quiet, relaxing environment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything!!! My favorite place. I can find something to eat always

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SK
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated Mother's Day. Food was very good. The pork chop was slightly overcooked. When we mentioned this to our server, he told us that the kitchen would grill another chop. A new and delicious chop was served promptly. The restaurant did not charge us for the chop and our dessert. We had excellent service.

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C
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our experience and dinner. But my mom AND dad cannot stop raving about their dinners!! Thanks for making Mother’s Day a hit for my family.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was great, but I wish the buffet was better. I have spent less for better tasting meals.

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CH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful pre-Mother's Day dinner with the family. Black's never disappoints! (really, at dinner we talked about how consistently good our experiences at all the Black's restaurants have been).

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