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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:
Dane Sewlall

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, 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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Healthy (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
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Local Ingredients (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (7)
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Romantic (6)
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Casual (5)
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 10, 2010

What a great dining experience. The food was amazing, especially the Georgia-style mussels. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and respectful. We were on a quick vacation tour of DC while the kids were away at Summer Camp. The power went out the evening we were there, and we couldn't have cared less. We had a great time! It's a shame that Orange County California can't embrace a real food culture like Bethesda has. Don't miss Black's.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2010

The food was great. Toward the end of the service there was a power outage and the Black's team handled it efficiently and professionally. Tight, well run place. We'll be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2010

An outstanding restaurant. They really take the time to make a great meal. It has a very romantic atmosphere. It is perfect for a special occasion.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 8, 2010

It's pricey, and a bit "put on". Doesn't feel like a "bar and kitchen"--much more shi-shi than that. Not what I expected or wanted. Service is stiff and a tad condescending. Black Restaurant Group should take a page from the Great American Restaurant group in Northern VA.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2010

We have never had a bad experience at Black's. Their food, service and environment is always top notch. We enjoyed sitting on the patio for dinner and the service was still excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2010

Lovely evening accentuated by pleasant patio seating. Fine food. Interesting clientele. Only criticism is that the quality of the wine we ordered did not justify its price.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2010

All four of us rated the food and service as excellent, a rarity as we are very demanding in our choice of restaurants. We started in the bar which was not too noisy but still lively and moved to the dining area which was quieter. The variety and quality of the food was excellent. We appreciated the addition of local foods on the menu. The overall quality of this restaurant was notable as many restaurants have slipped a bit lately. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2010

We went here for bethesda restaurant week. We were surprised to hear that you were not participating. According to the server we were not the only people who thought so. I can appreciate that it wasn't the restaurants fault that a website listed them in error but as a gesture of good will i think they should have offered a promotion or special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2010

We took my mother-in-law to Black's for her 75th birthday. The food was excellent. I had the scallops which were large and perfectly cooked. My husband and his mother had the salmon which they loved. My 10-year old son enjoyed his pasta dish which was a great deal at $5 from the children's menu. The adult meals are on the expensive side but the food is worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2010

Dinner with friends from Atlanta who raved about the food. Foodies who shop at Decatur's farmer's market and normally cook at home, they thought the quality of Black's food was superb. Service and wine list were also first rate.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2010

Food was stellar, as always. Really noisy, though and hard to hear my two table companions.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 26, 2010

The quality of the food was very good great balance of flavors. The ambience did not fit the food quality but I was not disappointed. We had a waitress that was training so it would be unfair to say the service was not as good as it could have been, because the young lady tried very hard.
I would return and try a couple of other items on the menu that also looked very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2010

I am never disappointed and always very happy with the food especially the raw bar selections at brunch. Our server, Terry, was very funny, friendly and engaging. Another family that we referred happen to come at the same time and that was not planned.
He loves fresh seafood and was really impressed with the food and service as was his son.
Keep up the good work and we will see you soon!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2010

The seafood dishes were outstanding. Very tasty. I'm a meat kind of guy, but at this restaurant, I didn't miss it at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2010

This was my first time at Black's and I went for a very late lunch (reservation at 2:30 when technically lunch ends at 3) I was worried they would rush us or be out of everything as some places are when you come towards the end of a seating but they were awesome. It was really quiet (few customers on a HOT Sat afternoon) so it was nice for old friends to catch up. The food and ambiance were spectacular (and we are all foodies). A particularly novel touch was that they brought simple syrup to sweeten my iced tea so there was no spooning in tons of sugar and hoping for it to dissolve. I loved the risotto of the day and my friend thought the oysters were fabulous! We also loitered for 2 hrs and they never rushed us. Next will go for dinner!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Took my wife for her birthday and had a lovely experience. The food was first rate and creative. Of course, what's not to love about jazzed-up comfort food like truffled mac & cheese! The staff was very attentive but not intrusive. Overall, it was a very good experience and we'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2010

I have found the food to be erratic in quality. Sometimes it's a 10, and sometimes it's a 2. Tonight was soft-shelled crabs cooked liked Kentucky fried chicken, which some may like, but not for me.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Excellent food at reasonable prices, but the markup on wine is offensive. A wine that we buy regularly by the case at less than $9 a bottle was priced at $50. Most of the other wines with which we are familiar are also marked up four to five times what we are accustomed to paying at retail. We plan to seek out restaurants that have equally good food, but a more reasonable markup on wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2010

Waiter was very attentive - really responsive. Little loud and crowded when we got there. Also, the greeter/hostess could have been a little nicer upon our arrival. She seemed stress. Guess that comes with the territory when you are a popular restaurant. Still, don't need to take it out on the patrons.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2010

Delicious!! and waiter was fabulous. A great night out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2010

The Blacks have a formula that is a winner. Wines are a little pricey, but the one we tried was a hidden gem that the sommelier was quite proud of, and justifiably so.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Great downtown-calibur restaurant located in Bethesda. Awesome decor and solidly great food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Interesting and inventive menu. Just outside the "beaten path" around the heart of Bethesda....wonderful surprise

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2010

We had a wonderful time. The seafood was very fresh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2010

had a great experience. the food was excellent. the courses were spaced out appropriately. the waiter was courteous, knowledgeable and professional.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2010

The food is consistently excellent. The service, however, is often hit-or-miss. I've had one waiter who was very good and I've had two waiters that were various shades of awfule. One was rude and indignant that we did not order "fast enough" and another did not order the correct food and appeared unconcerned that she ordered the wrong food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2010

Good food at a reasonable price

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2010

This is my third time dining at Black's, and my experience was just as impressive as my first visit. I reserved a table through Open Table, stating in the "notes" section that it was my fiance's 30th birthday thinking that they might just provide a candle on our dessert. When we arrived and were seated, we opened the menu to discover a personalized message on it. In addition, our server immediately wished my fiance a happy birthday when he promptly arrived at our table. These details speak not only to the high quality of service we received during each visit but also to the details of the food and presentation, which are all excellent. Each visit confirms our holding Black's high on our list of special occasion dining go-tos.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2010

The unlimited champagne brunch here is outstanding. Truly a delicious foodie experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2010

After being seated, given menus and water, we didn't see a server for 10 minutes. The restaurant was not crowded, either! Finally we spoke to the hostess who said there had been a problem assigning servers and one would be with us shortly. From that point on, we had a great waiter and service was fine. But we shouldn't have had to complain when it was obvious that the part of the restaurant we were in was understaffed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2010

Our first experience at Black's will NOT be our last. What a beautifully decorated restaurant and the food was outstanding. Get the filet mignon...and, for those of you who like french fries, even though they're not on the menu, they have them and they were delicious! The wine portions by the glass are very generous. The two chocolate desserts we split at the table were presented beautifully and were very unique...salted caramel ice cream...wow, what a surprise...delicious and unique...have fun!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 25, 2010

The outdoor seating area is very nice however there were gnats and little bugs that liked to swarm when the food arrived. Request to have citronella candles!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch at Black's Bar & Kitchen. I always look forward to hearing about their risotto of the day. This time (as last) the protien was duck breast, which was perfectly prepared. The only complaint would have been that it was a somewhat small serving of duck. That said, there were lots of mushrooms and the risotto was nice and creamy.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 21, 2010

Reserved based on guest request and I owe him a favor. Very good restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2010

That day was Father,s day and THere are not many water at Black's. Service was very slow!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2010

We had a wonderful evening celebrating Father's day with the entire family. Food, wine, desserts and service were excellent. Thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2010

My family went to Black's for Father's Day. Since a buffet style brunch was offered, the menu was limited. I have some picky eaters in my family, so I was a little concerned at first, but everyone went with the buffet and loved it! Perfectly spiced shrimp, oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, and squid salad that was to die for... the seafood was fantastic! I didn't eat any of the breakfast foods, buy my mom had a omlette that she loved. I did enjoy the cous cous with lots of lemon zest and golden raisins, and a lovely tomato and mozzarella salad. Everything I tried was truly divine. I will be going back to try dinner there sometime!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2010

The Father's Day brunch was excellent. !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2010

Stick with the fish. The tuna and the mahi turned my 14 year old from a kid who will eat fish if she's starving to someone who can't wait to go back for the tuna. My husband had the fried chicken, which was disappointingly non-crispy and heavy. Mini biscuits are great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2010

The food is excellent but the service was not. Our server had too many people to pay any attention to us.

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