The cocktails were ok, wine list was very good, dinner was ok. I had the special scallops, and while all of the separate pieces were good, they didn't blend together really. Carrots and scallops didn't hit it out of the park, the scallops were excellently cooked! The dessert was far and away the best part of the meal. Excellent pastry chef!
Great wine list with a somewhat limited food menu. Surprisingly expensive steaks compared to portion size. Good fish. Service was spotty. Ambience very ordinary.
Nice restaurant, but the food was just average considering the price we paid. The scallops were very good, the rockfish was okay and the side of brussel sprouts were disappointing. For two dishes, one side and two glasses of water (no alcoholic drinks) the bill, with a nice tip was over $100. We just expected better food for that price.
1. Venerable restaurant that only seems to get better every time we go there.
2. A large group celebrating something with severable babies in tow caused us to move from the adjacent table. The place was nearly empty when we arrived with a 6:00 reservation, so I don't understand why they seated us there in the first place.
3. The "greeting and seating" staff was very unprofessional in dress and demeanor.
4. But the food and service overcame #s 2 and 3.
We all enjoyed each other’s food very much.
Our seats were prepared upon arrival and the host was able to accommodate a minor plus one change. We had several guest that had suitcases and there was a closet to check their bags which was very convenient. Our reservation was during the busy lunch our and we were a party of 8 but we weren't overly cramped at our table nor sitting on top of other guests in the restaurant. While the noise level was moderate, we were able to have a pleasant business conversation without shouting.
The server was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable of the dishes. There are pre-fixe lunch courses and lots of options for vegetarians, dieters, and gluttons alike! The pork stew with tortilla topping was spicy and delicious. There was another option that looked like a butternut squash that was billed to be on the sweeter side. My comrades seem to really enjoy it since we all sent back empty bowls. The Avocado and French Green Bean Salad I chose to top with the grilled squid tossed in a spicy chimichurri sauce was enough to share. My partner raved about the Cubano Sandwich.
This is a great lunch spot because the food is awesome, the service is impeccable and the price point is reasonable given the area for a business lunch.
Excellent service, varied menu, outstanding food and interesting drink menu. Definitely recommend!
I booked Blacks, having had great experiences there in the past. Perhaps it was an off-night, but the service was notably slow (our waiter changed, and it seems our orders got lost.) Drink orders were mixed up, and the food was not up to the usual standards.
We started out at the bar; service was fast and friendly. Drinks were generous and very tasty. In the dining room we ordered oysters and they were top quality. Mussels were delicious. I had the duck entree and it was outstanding. We were too full for dessert, but I will definitely save room next time we visit. A great experience overall.
Great neighborhood restaurant. Food and service are consistently superb.
Very good lunch!
Extremely inattentive and slow service
It was not worth the cost. We each had the whole bronzini. It was very thin and dry. $36 and that was just the fish by itself. Brocolli was dried out and old.
The restaurant was great! Had a business dinner and the noise level was perfect to have discussions without yelling. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was excellent, from appetizers to desert. A good wine list added extra value.
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!
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.
Wonderful food and service. I was astonished with how many options there were besides seafood. Wonderful date night.
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.
Great evening. Salads delicious. German chocolate cake over the top.
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.
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.
Overpriced and need of changing the menu. Not a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The food was not worth the money. So many other better places to eat for that price in Bethesda.
Seafood is great here, ambiance pretty nice. But it's quite pricey for what you get.
Delicious food and a knowledgeable and attentive server!
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.
Restaurant week menu was a little weak. Bread pudding was baaaaad. Fries were nicely hot and crisp. Service was good.
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.
The food was excellent as usual. The roasted chicken with these delicious brussel sprouts was everything wonderful!
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.
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.