Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.5
2895 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 Duck Nachos in the bar, or indulging bottomless brunch mimosas with the girls on the patio, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant quality has gone down

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

There is a waiter there who is extremely loud. When he is at a nearby table speaking to the patrons, it is difficult to have a conversation at your own table. We have been going to Black’s since it opened, and have noticed this waiter there for many years and don’t understand why management hasn’t asked him to lower the volume.

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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - wonderful specials on the menu that evening. A little noisy for the hearing-impaired member of our party. It would have been helpful if the hostess had remembered our reservation and seated us without several reminders.

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BD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Food was excellent — cheese and charcuterie, NY Strip, sautéed mushrooms.

Very nice selection of wines including half bottles.

Service was excellent. Waitress very attentive.

Decor needs updating. Feels more like a diner than fine dining.

Very, very noisy. Difficult to have a conversation.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food great. Very expensive. Lost server at end. No where

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S
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Brought friends visiting from CA here. Mistake! Food was acceptable but nothing special & quite pricey. Think $30 for bbq’d chicken. Service was awful. Waiter forgot our first course salads, missed my husband’s beer order, was too quick to pick up plates before everyone was finished eating, & screwed up our checks. Complained to manager but got only an excuse and a lukewarm apology.

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L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was underwhelming but not awful. Service started out good but then our server disappeared for awhile while we were all looking for more drinks.

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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, but service was lacking (and this has proven to be an ongoing problem). We sat at the table for quite some time before we had to ask for a server to take a drink order and while they stepped up a bit after that, plates were not cleared timely. Definitely need to be more on top of the service

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We had never been there but we definitely plan on going there again soon.

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P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Although reservations were made day before, I had written that it was a birthday celebration. No mention of it made, not even a “whose birthday is it tonight? Disappointed. First table the steered us to was a corner table with a curtain there and employees chatting behind the curtain. We asked if another table was possible and they graciously moved us. Food was good but service was spotty as it was crowded. I

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious paella and bay scallops, and the side of cauliflower was wonderful. Looking forward to a return visit.

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Naples
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average but overpriced Easter Brunch. Not at all impressed. Kinda felt like a diner, Buffett not exciting.

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l
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was okay, but the food was over priced and the portions small. Caesar salad had old lettuce and was over dressed. Crossing Blacks off my list of restaurants to go to in Bethesda.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The host sat everyone in the same cluster of tables in an empty restaurant, when they could have given us some space. Our server was fairly friendly but didn’t have but a couple of tables, so could have been more attentive. There was very little food selection on the brunch buffet and most were cold, inexpensive side dishes. The omelette was undercooked and there was just one meat selection. We expected much better for $45/person. We have been disappointed each of the 4 times we have been to Black’s Kitchen in the last few years. Very poor choice for any occasion or reason.

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C
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

As always the food was terrific... bone in Veal Chop was excellent... the jumbo prawns are always a winner.
A slight communication misstep, however all in all the service was good.
Thanks to Brando for covering the sommelier duties and to Vince the SIT...smile
Yes pricey, but worth the food and experience.... as are most Black establishments.

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EP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointing for a restaurant in the Black’s group. I had a Caesar salad that was tasteless and not fresh. The mac and cheese side was outstanding though. The cornbread was unremarkable, but honey butter makes everything more delicious.
Overall, it was disappointing.

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R
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing drinks. Would recommend 100%

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our brunch on Sunday was great and the service excellent. Also nice being able to sit outside!

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was a little disappointed in the size of my filet, generally speaking, it was well under 6oz which is what I'm used to... Especially at that price point. The salmon my partner ordered was also on smaller side. Outside of the misproportioned proteins, the experience was great. The Mac and cheese saved the meal!

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black’s has a 3/4 Express lunch which is an outstanding value. The food was fabulous and hot, Sandra was a great server and the ambience was great! Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The night couldn't have been any more beautiful with my beautiful guest dining at a beautiful establishment with beautiful food and service.

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c
Washington DC
435 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time Home Run. Cannelloni beans prosciutto bruschetta was crazy good. We noticed the kitchen was pushing these out so people were ordering then!! Mussels were also our starters ! Perfect! Drink Rye Cherry Rye was made perfectly! Dinner Salmon and steak dishes were excellent! Matt was our server and he was excellent. Staff and Service were great. Matt and Staff made it and we will be back!!

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Ordered a burger to go - simple , huh? Not so much. Wanted no bun and salad instead of fries. Got overlooked burger on a bun WITH fries. Apparently nobody checks...

Probably won’t return. Too many other choices.

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BF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Black's is very consistent. The food is typically very good, the service is always very good and the ambience very nice. My chicken was good, but not cooked to perfection. A touch dry. Our waiter was great and the table location perfect.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, but the kitchen was really backed up.

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o
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So consistent
Good is great and I love the muffins
Great presentation
And my guests loved the oyster selection

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CH
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood selection always fresh and recipes very tasty. My California and New York guests were impressed with their shrimp gumbo and Branzino flavors and My salmon from the wood fired grill was light and very tasty.

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n
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sunday night so it was quieter than usual. But the food quality has declined significantly. Drinks are still good. Had 2 appetizers and should have stopped there. Calimari is good but lots of pepper. Seafood stew is mediocre. Tuna Nicoise salad was enormous mound of lettuce, about 6 pieces of unevenly seared tuna and pretty much inedible. 2 people received 3 pieces of bread???? Really unimpressive for a $150 meal.

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JJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Celebrating birthday for a friend and minuets was customized with his name!

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j
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood stew I have had in this area. Key lime pie was delicious.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Black’s Bar and Kitchen to take my out for dinner on our anniversary. I am happy to say they did not disappoint, they actually did an impressive job.

The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable with regards to the menu and drink items. He was always nearby even though he appeared to be waiting several tables besides ours. What I mean to say is that it felt like he was only our waiter.

The young lady that met us when we arrived was very nice and warm. Warm in that she was prepared and made us feel very welcome.

I loved it. Never knew it was there. Glad that we ventured to Black’s Bar and Kitchen. We will be back! Thanks for making a special day even so much more special!

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g
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch and opted for the non-champagne all-you-can-eat buffet. Excellent value and tasty. The raw bar was the best with lots of choices. The rest of the buffet was ok, not as many choices. Quiche didn’t stay warm and some items weren’t replenished as quickly as they should have been. The French toast and prime rib was very good. Didn’t try the omelette station but there were lots of fixings for the perfect freshly made omelette. Too full to try the dessert station but there were plenty of options.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, amazing service...i love this place!

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KB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and friendly staff. I’ll be back soon.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Our waiter seemed in a hurry, not attentive

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d
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location for a lunch date close to work. Spectacular food, well presented and at great prices.

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D
Sydney / NSW
126 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Went on a Sunday night. It was much calmer than on Saturday. Food was delicious and it was a great experience for us and our friends.

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P
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was joined by my family at a table for four reserved with Open Table. We were on time and were immediately seated at good table for us. We ordered and were pleased with the service except for a wait for my oysters and our drink order. Our waiter Joel took charge of us and we were all very pleased with his expertise and pleasant demeanor.
One of our party enjoyed the buffet while the rest of ordered a la carte; and, all of us were pleased with our orders.

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T
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Mediocre, over priced food. Service was good

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great server! Would go back just for her.

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