Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.
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
Excellent chili but small.
Seafood stew was outstanding with good flavor, well prepared seafood and nice sized portion.
Aisian tuna fish with noodles was delicious and creative but could have used wasabi on the side.
Noisy children running around affected ambiance.
I enjoyed the food at this restaurant. The braised greens were exceptional. The cocktails were interesting, too. I was less happy about the waiter, who began the evening warmly enough but seemed to get chillier as the night went on. And I generally try very hard to be polite and respectful. So, there was nothing that I think I our my dinner companion did to contribute to a drop in the temprature. Maybe the place was understaffed and he was overwhelmed. By the end of the evening I didn't want to leave a tip. Fortunately, my friend and I worked it out where she left a tip. Overall, I would go back.
Food has been consistently good on our 4 visits here. Wine list is great and fresh seafood options as well as steaks offer something for everyone. It is a bit pricey, but the quality at least supports it. Our service was excellent and the food came out hot and well presented. Raw bar and local seafood options are an attraction. Desserts are hard to say no to. The decor was dark and OK but not stellar and it is very noisy, especially when large parties are present. Sitting outside is a nice option, not scenic and road is right there so you have traffic right there, but its fun for the area.
Staff are super friendly and attentive. The bean soup with cornbread croutons was hearty, flavorful, and delicious; would definitely get again. Can't say the same thing about the Chesapeake Bay oysters - they were tiny, with barely any meat, and little flavor to speak of. Plus, the 6-oyster minimum was displayed nowhere on the menus, nor could staff point out any printed minimum. With oyster prices printed by the pair, the minimum felt a little bait-and-switchy.
We wont be coming back to dine at blacks on the dining room side. Server was horrible and busboys non existent. However on the bar side service is always consistent.
Horrible service, ok food, good drinks. Party of 6 to celebrate wife's birthday. Arrived 7:30 for 7:45 reservation and sat quickly. Took a little time for the server to get to the table, drink order taken and drinks came out fast. Took Server 15 min to come back and take our order. Order was taken snd again server disappeared. We were left with glasses empty and we had to start clearing appetizer plates ourselves. Not the service you expect coming to a place like blacks. Server came over finally 15 min after appetizers arrived and 35 min after first round of drinks to ask if we needed another round of drinks. Wtf....Kids drinks aa well as our drinks sat empty for at least 20-30 min and now you want to ask if we want more? Food is run out of the kitchen by runners not the server. Asked for manager and she kindly took over the table for the entrees but by that time we were disgusted by the bad service that we weren't really hungry.
Food was ok, seafood platter $44 was ok, seafood salad was not fresh and tasted spoiled, shrimp cocktail was over seasoned and over cooked. Goat cheese ravioli $17 salad was ok, combo didn't work for us. Grilled hanger steak was on point but not cooked to correct temp.asked for medium came out med rare. Same with the Ribeye $40, asked for medium came out closer to rare. Pan Seared rockfish was excellent as well as the pan seared salmon. Fried chicken was a bit greasy and the greens were bitter as hell. Again , No dessert ordered as we were disgusted.
Our dinner for 4 included 4 glasses of wine, 2 shared appetizers and 4 entrees. The cost was $233.00 which did not include the tip. The food was, at best, mediocre. The fish stew was so spicy that the flavor of the seafood was overwhelmed. The scallops were overcooked, and the Rockfish was served on a bed of a tough, stringy, sauteed green vegetable. DIning out in Bethesda is expensive, but for this price one should be able to expect decently prepared food. Sorry, but I cannot recommend this to friends, and certainly won't return.
We've been to Black's a few times throughout the years. Unfortunately, until we hear better from others, this last visit will be our last. Every aspect of our experience seemed to be worse than previous times. The food quality was so so, the prices were high (but expected), the service was horrible and the decor appeared worn.
The focus of this review is about the food and service - neither what was expected from our previous experiences. All of the items were off. The oysters, fish and even desserts lacked any finesse and I even question the freshness of any of it. I felt as if I was eating day old servings or that the chef really wasn't trying.
The service was astoundingly horrible! The waiter ignored the two of us in favor for a larger party. We had to flag down a different waiter to get the wine we ordered to be delivered. Even when the manager brought it herself and asked how everything was, when we mentioned the issue with the wine, there wasn't any apology. There also wasn't any acknowledgement from our waiter if he was overly busy or making us wait. Additionally, the bus boy seemed extra eager to clear our dishes, reaching for them while asking if we were done. We had to explain numerous times that we were taking our time. We were rather disappointed with the whole experience. I guess Blacks is past its prime. There are too many new restaurants that we'd rather take a chance on.
What a great meal! My husband and I were looking for simply grilled fresh fish and our food was awesome! The whole branzino was particularly delicious. The only downside was the sautéed mixed greens which were "gritty"--obviously needed another washing. We are looking forward to returning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.