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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
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9:00 PM
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Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.3
2654 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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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
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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
Doug Lenz
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Cross street
Norfolk
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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.
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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 2654 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Loved the bronzini whole fish and delicious variety of fresh oysters.
Wait staff and front staff was very nice. This was my third time there
with my wife and won't be my last!

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SR82 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We love blacks for Happy hour, we're locals. The service is normally fantastic and the cost of the meals don’t alarm u bc your treated like an upscale customer. We went for Valentine's Day and were unimpressed. They allowed young children after 7 pm; kids were running around, loud. There wasn’t a special for Valentine’s Day. Other local restaurants provide complimentary champagne or red rose. It felt like a regular mid-week night- nothing festive or special. I was surprised how many families they accommodated for an upscale romantic night, expensive menu night.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful food and service. I was astonished with how many options there were besides seafood. Wonderful date night.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We had received a gift card for the Black Market Group. We chose the Black's Bar and Kitchen because the menu included both meat and seafood. All of the dishes were superb and the service was both pleasant and efficient.

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FourPickyEaters (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great evening. Salads delicious. German chocolate cake over the top.

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PaulN (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was good. I love oysters so that is a plus. Entrees varied a little. Rockfish was very good. Duck was so-so. Nice place. Parking near by which is helpful.

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vipqueenmother (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our family wanted a seafood dinner and heard Blacks was good.
It lived up to our expectations.
It was nice to see they had a children’s menu.
The food is a little pricey but very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Overpriced and need of changing the menu. Not a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians.

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MCDC (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This place is now nothing more than "faded glory!" The food is sub-par, way over priced and the waiter (mine) was not interested in being at work. Avoid!

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vipNOVAspaceship (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Went for open raw seafood bar on a Sunday morning. It wasn't too crowded. Service was excellent. The raw bar had much better quality than I expected for all-you-can-eat. The oysters, in particular, were surprisingly good considering we were able to help ourselves to plate after plate of them! Endless brunch cocktails were very good too and were a little more creative than the orange mimosas you'd expect.

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vipNomie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The seafood buffet for Sunday Brunch is wonderful. The selections are fresh and the flavors good, with a nice variety. We always feel like we had a fun time without leaving feeling so distressed as with the usual Sunday Brunch fare. It would great to add a drink special or two to make it a more festive encounter (like bottomless Prosecco for a specific price, etc). We'll be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The place has gone way down. We hadn't been for several years, and remembered it as a pretty special local spot for a quality night or. While the food was pretty good, it was spoiled by really sub par service. The waiter went thru the motions, was heavy on up selling but was consistent with an uninspired atmosphere and overall meh experience. Too bad.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The last couple of times I have been here I feel a bit of a decline in both the service and the food. I was surprised that there wasn't a bigger selection of appetizers that could be shared. I thought my rockfish was good, but the broth tasted strongly of beef and the vegetables in the broth were barely cooked. One my associates had scallops that were perfectly cooked but they were swimming in the liquid from the spinach that accompanied the dish. I was also surprised that there are very few moderately priced cabs.

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vipJasonP (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

As always the service and food was high quality. They catered to guests at our table who were more regular customers and recognized there had been changes to the way the duck was prepared--which they went ahead and prepared the previous way at her request.

My only complaint was that the restaurant was starting to look a little dated. It may be time for some new tables and chairs.

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GF29 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

They appeared to be short staffed. My entree took more than 30 minutes. Caesar salad with blackened salmon. Waiter checked on status at the 20 minute mark and said it was being prepared. Manager brought out 10 minutes later. Clearly a mix up whether the waiter failed to enter the order or the kitchen mess up let’s be honest with the customer. Never appologies for the long wait. Take it on the chin and appologize. I would much rather hear this versus ignoring the issue. Something to think about next time this happens.

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RockettMoffett (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

It had been a while since I had been to Black’s and I found it to be a great experience, like I remembered it before. The ribeye was great and the sides were great but the shrimp cocktail had too much Old Bay seasoning on it, I would take it back a bit and allow the flavor of the shrimp to come through more. Service was good and attentive. Overall I would go back. Thanks!

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Emily (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was not worth the money. So many other better places to eat for that price in Bethesda.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Seafood is great here, ambiance pretty nice. But it's quite pricey for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious food and a knowledgeable and attentive server!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

It was a small dinner after our court wedding. We had the worst lunch. Service is really good. We were disappointed with the meals we ordered. We ordered carne asada tacos that were too sour. Moreover, the special entree spaghetti with grilled shrimp kn spicy tomato sauce with parmesan was bad. Not only the shrimp was overcooked, but the char from the grilled shrimp was too bitter enough to make the sauce taste funny. It was frustrating for everyone.

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vipZiggy13 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Restaurant week menu was a little weak. Bread pudding was baaaaad. Fries were nicely hot and crisp. Service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was awesome. Great place. Server was very attentive and friendly. Our meal was a bit rushed. I was looking forward to a leisurely dinner with my wife on Saturday night and they either over achieved on providing attentive service or rushed to turn the table over. But over all it’s a very good restaurant.

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vipDanz2dis (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

The food was excellent as usual. The roasted chicken with these delicious brussel sprouts was everything wonderful!

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vipNomie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

The opportunity for having just the seafood bar at Sunday Brunch is wonderful. We totally enjoyed it and it was all tasty and fresh. I hope it continues to be an option. We will certainly be back to do it again. The variety was great and just varied enough to compliment the oysters and clams on the half shell.

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vipShpsam (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Pretty wonderful spot. My second business lunch there. Perfect for that. However, the design of the place is also great so I think it would be excellent for dinner as well. And the food is very good. Service very professional and friendly.

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Pickypants (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

I found the food to tasty but pricey. The atmosphere was nice & so was the staff.

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vipEmanjo (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been going to Black's for their brunch for the past few years to celebrate the new year. We were a bit disappointed to see that they have eliminated their buffet brunch and replaced it with an a la carte brunch. For some reason, people around us seemed to be getting their food, finishing their meal and leaving before we even got our first course. I usually like the restaurants in the Blacks' chain, but I won't be going back for brunch anytime soon.

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ClarksburgFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved this place for their Sunday brunch Buffett. We were so sad that they stopped the buffet 3 month ago. We wanted to just leave but we were hungry. Loved my avocado toast but loved the brunch Buffett more. Probably will never go back ( it's far for us).

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Great place to get a meal with friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

My friend arrived a few minutes before me and the hostess was very accommodating and sat her according to her preference. When I arrived, I was delighted to see her sitting comfortably at what we both agreed was the perfect seat. Our server was attentive and friendly. I especially appreciated how she wiped the wine ring (left from my glass) from the table as soon as she noticed it. The food was impressive and presented/arranged beautifully. Dinner was amazing. We left and went to a concert nearby and decided to return for dessert. Although it was only 30 minutes til close, the hostess received us with a smile and our next server was just as great as the first. Definitely enjoyed Blacks. I hope to return soon.

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