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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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