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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:
Doug Lenz

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

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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (24)
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Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Healthy (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Authentic (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Casual (5)
Romantic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Birthday. They printed Happy Birthday on the menu!!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I was not happy with my brunch for Father's Day. They did not keep up with the food demands for a hot buffet and did not enjoy being seated so close to other tables.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We still really enjoy the food here, but the service during our most recent visit was haphazard at best - long waits, inattentive service, confusion about the menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Nice restaurant. Food good, not great. Cost for 7 drinks, 2 appetizers, and 4 entrees outrageous. With tax and tip $350.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Bottom line: good food but poor service. We mostly enjoyed the food. Two of our group had mussels and rated them highly. One had the special Mahi Mahi, and it was terrific with a unique and memorable sauce. Our fourth member of the party had the duck which was a bit on the too-rare side. The problem was the slow and inattentive service. Had to wait too long for menus, wait too long to order, and then wait too long to order drink seconds. Shouldn't be that way.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Ever detail was outstanding Menu had Birthday persons name on it. Dessert HB in chocolate with candle
Outstanding food. Soup delicious. Steaks scallops fish all prepared perfectly staff most helpful

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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Can alter dishes for gluten free but was not noted on menu. Also had to purchase min 1/2 dozen oysters although not noted on menu and priced per each...so skipped those. Service was on slow side although they weren't very busy. Food was excellent though!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Teresa consistently is off pace. Food at lunch is good but expensive for what you get. Still a must due to proximity.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Very delicious food and good ambiance. However, it is very pricy

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Exceptional oysters. The chincoteagues were fat wide and oceanic. Great mussels. Very good wine selection. Seamless service. A great Friday night date restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2017

I was frankly disappointed in my recent dining experience. The service was slow and we had to ask another server for attention. The salmon was ordered medium and was completely raw in the middle. When the entree was returned after our complaint, it was missing the radishes and capers that were essential to the overall dish. I hosted my friend to celebrate her birthday and was embarrassed that her choice of restaurant (we both have been here several times before) failed to deliver on a pleasing experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Four of us recently dined at Black's, where I have occasionally had lunch but hadn't dined for a couple of years. We started in the bar, where the raw oysters were plump and fresh and calamari fried to crispy perfection. Disappointingly, only one white and one red wine were offered at Happy Hour price.

We moved on to dinner, where the food remained the star. Hanger steak was perfectly grilled and remarkably tender - best I've ever had. The side order of fries was disappointingly soggy. Seafood stew was excellent as usual (ask about the heat - it's spicy) and the rockfish special was impeccably broiled.

Prices were a bit of a shock, especially wine by the glass. Whites range from $12-21, red from $13-24, and the pour is modest. I haven't seen prices like that at other upscale casual restaurants. Bottles were equally overpriced. Food ranged about 10-15% higher than I expected, but it was good enough to offset some of the sting.

Try Barrel and Crow for comparable food and drink at a more reasonable price.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Black's food never disappoints. Prepared carefully, presented beautifully and tastes wonderful. Specials can be pricey so don't forget to ask. Wine list is comprehensive. Glass prices are steep. All in all a worthwhile investment for a special occasion or if you are trying to impress someone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Our qaitress Sandra was very good - attentive but not bothersome. The bus guys were very good too. Highly recommend the food - I had a terrific avocado/asparagus sakad w/fired oysters - I ate it all!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Blacks never disappoints for fresh, mostly local seafood. The menu always has some new items, as well as some old reliables. The wine list and cocktails are spot on. Ingredients are fresh and in season. Ambiance in the dining room is unpretentious but serious, while the bar side is more lighthearted.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Black's never disappoints. Lunch is a great bargain and if the weather cooperates, the outdoor dining is a nice option.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The price of the items on the menu does not match the quality of the food they are offering. In other words the food is good, but the price is what the best steak houses charge, while they are not offering the same quality!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Absolutely magnificent meal. From the cocktails to the oysters to the entrees and then dessert. Not a single complaint. The noise level was perfect to have a cozy conversation and our server was very good at both timing and suggestions. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The bread is amazing! We sat outside so the noise was't a problem

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Seafood stew was AMAZING!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We have eaten at Black's with the same friends twice because we all wanted to return having enjoyed our first meal so much. First time we sat outside, very nice but close to the street. Second time we ate indoors. The room is very attractive and comfortable but can get noisy if the restaurant in near full. The staff was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Cocktails were well prepared and delivered promptly. No problem with sharing (dividing) appetizers or entrees. All dishes were delicious and beautifully presented. Portions were of good size. Over the course of two visits, we sampled different fish dishes, a steak and a chicken dish. All were deemed to be excellent. Side dishes were also outstanding and the portions generous enough to share. The first time we also enjoyed desserts ... two were ample to satisfy the sweet tooth of all four of us. While a little on the pricey side, Black's Bar and Kitchen is worth it. I am sure we will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Usually like blacks but the seafood pasta special was terrible.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great mussels and oysters as always. Service was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and prompt. Fried chicken is awesome!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Outstanding food, service, and ambience! Always delivering a perfect dining experience, an exceptional restaurant that deserves a hearty thanks to all who make it so!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was especially good. Wait staff was very attentive to our needs, very helpful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Chic urban place with a elegant vibe. Great fish selection and competent beef choices. Our server was excellent. His attention to our needs was near psychic. This was one of the best dining experiences I had the pleasure to enjoy.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Great experience, food was great, server was knowledgeable and friendly, good drinks and the Rock Fish was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I've been coming here for years and this experience was awful. Brought my mom here for Mother's Day lunch/dinner. Was rushed to hurry and finish and out the door by 4ish and our reservations were at 3pm. The menu choices we bare and really only had a buffet which was never explained when I made the reservations. I'll never come back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Let's start by mentioning the great service on both ends. Meaning the people at the food stations and our server was excellent! Now the food, deserts very delicious and the hot food and vegetables delicious. Was a little disappointed from the raw bar and seafood, a little lacking in taste. Oh the bottomless mimosas choices outstanding! Will definitely return for the brunch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I surprised my boyfriend with dinner at Black's Bar and Kitchen, which came highly recommended, specifically for their oysters. My guy LOVES oysters and needless to say, he was more than thrilled as he enjoyed the oysters, rib eye steak entree, along with the grilled asparagus and whipped potatoes. Not only was the food excellent, but the ambiance, staff and customers were equally wonderful.

I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to enjoy a quality meal and dining experience. I WILL return again and have already recommended this place to several people!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The food was amazing. We were disappointed that we couldn't explore the charcuterie or raw bar. I'm making date night reservations now. Could be our next date hangout sans 200 T.V. s.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

It was a sad Birthday meal. My main criticism is that it's too expensive for what you get. First issue was that they didn't bring enough bread for the table. 4 tiny biscuits and one small roll for 3 people. Meager. When we asked for more mini-bisquits, they replied "how many?". This raised eyebrows. One guest sent their entree back because it was too spicy. There should have been a stronger warning. The rockfish entree was good, but not amazing for the price. Everybody was disappointed and underwhelmed. We didn't stay for dessert, and won't be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Black's offers great food, drinks and raw bar. We had an enjoyable meal. One caveat: it is very noisy so don't expect to have an intimate conversation.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Sunday brunch buffet was very tasty. And we were pleasantly surprised to see lots of young children.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Black's Bar & Kitchen is my favorite Bethesda restaurant. The service is always friendly and prompt. The wait staff are knowledgeable. I highly recommend the hanger steak with or without Black's delicious sauces. If you go to the bar side of the restaurant, have the burger (and a beer). It never fails to please.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Service has been really declining in the six years I've been coming here for lunches regularly. This time our bearded server was difficult to flag down to get a cup of coffee after our meal. I've had other issues with poor service from other servers in the past year in particular. It's a go to place for a business lunch for proximity reasons, and yet the prices are steep - albeit for great food. I'm just wondering if I need to start expanding my aperture of options...

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We had a 9pm reservation on a Sunday night and arrived to find the place nearly empty. The service was very good and the food was excellent. My wife had the scallops (best we have ever tasted) which were perfectly cooked with a very light seat one the top and bottom and still buttery soft at the center. I had the duck breast, medium, which was amazingly prepared. With it I chose the peppercorn sauce which I thought complemented it well. We were also impressed by the cornmeal battered fried oyster appetizer and the cheese/charcuterie board which was served on a substantially weighted small stone table (about 10x6 inches). The red lion cheddar and fontina paired amazingly with the honeycomb and orange preserves. The prosciutto and smoked salmon added just the right hint of heartiness to the dish. The wine was half price on Sunday, enabling us to get a very nice bottle to complement our meal.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Had the seafood stew and it was yummy

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Wine by the glass options were excellent, the food was delicious--my salmon perfectly cooked--and the service was both friendly and efficient.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I've eaten at Black's many times. The food is usually better than it was today. Not bad, but not inspiring. Service is always nice and the ambiance is quiet and upscale - perfect for a business lunch which is why I go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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