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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:
Doug Lenz

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (24)
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Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Healthy (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Cozy (6)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Casual (5)
Romantic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

My friend ordered scallops and was very pleased with her meal. I ordered the seafood pasta and it came to me wit about a half cup of cool and dry pasta, 1 shrimp, 2 mussels and one clam. Not anywhere worth the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Used to love this place. The prices have gone up and the food was not as good as before. Tiny fried oysters with shells in them, rubbery duck and understaffed for number of clients. Hope they fix this.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food & service! I had the avocado salad with salmon and it was excellent. I will be back soon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Overall service was not what I would expect from this type of restaurant. Food was decent but not worth the spend in my opinion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Big fan of BlackSalt and looked forward to first visit to your Bethesda restaurant. Food was excellent. Two things of note. There is a strong smoke smell that wafts through restaurant and my hair smelled of it. That noticeable. Also, service not on par with BlackSalt. The value was ranked lower here despite good food. Smoke smell and mediocre service doesn’t balance the value equation. Needs work.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Casual, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The rockfish I had, as well as the goat cheese salad, were good. Coffee and wine were also. A little expensive, so not sure I would go back for that reason.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The team was fantastic!
The menus noted our anniversary.
The food was excellently prepared.
We will return on our next DC visit

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The rock fish entree rocks!!! Excellent!
Excellent seafood! Great service and experience! I want to thank Matt bartender from Marriott hotel for the recommendation.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Blacks is solid and reliable. I was slightly (very slightly) underwhelmed this time but overall, I love Blacks and will return many times I'm sure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Try the seafood stew. It is truly amazing and I order it most every time I'm there. It has a bit of spice to it and is very flavorful. Ample seafood and fish. The butternut squash soup is the best I've ever had.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

出張の日本人3名でディナー。場所はベセスダの駅から5分くらい。オイスター、クラムのRAWにナパバレーのシャルドネ、サーモン、サラダなど。ロブスターは無かった。郊外の人気店だけどなんとなく落ち着きます。

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Poor service. Bartender failed to place order for oysters and when reminded 1 hour later, shrugged it off as “oh, I forgot”. No ownership for poor service. Food was slow in coming and waited over 1.5 hours for table despite being reassured that it will be another 15 minutes.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Black’s Bar and Kitchen is a wonderful find in Bethesda. The express lunch special is fabulous and you will not go away hungry.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Black's Bar and Kitchen consistently knocks it out of the park. Terrific food, great service, and a very nice atmosphere, though it can get a bit noisy at times. We love this restaurant--and keep going back!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very accommodating to my wife passing the legal bar. The staff made our night and we will be returning soon. Btw: get the ribeye: the kitchen knows what they are doing please believe me

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was tasty and portioned well. Quite enough to hold a conversation at low to moderate tone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love Blacks. Have gone many times and for many different occasions, it's never let me down. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Organic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As usual, a wonderful and sometimes surprising mixture of flavors. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food but a bit too pricey. I also charged $2 for a side condiment for my scallops.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their dinner, while bronzino, fish stew,tuna and the hanger steak! Convivial atmosphere and just the right amount of attention from the waitstaff. Spent over 3 hrs there, but of course it was a Monday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We booked a table for brunch, expecting the extensive and delicious options offered just 4 months ago, a raw bar and a hot food bar with pancakes, waffles, omelettes prime rib, salads, etc. as well as a great desert table.

We were sadly disappointed that the brunch buffet was discontinued. Instead there was a limited raw bar for $35 per person and a separate brunch menu. Not at all what we were expecting.

Keep in mind when heading out for brunch. A lot has changed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The staff is kind, knowledgeable, and fun. Food is always interesting and exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the attractive dining room and the service was very good. The food was good but not great because it just didn’t have flavors that made me say, “Wow, I have to come back and eat this again!” I will try again because I liked the interior and the service. My cocktail was unique and tasty but tiny — I’d like a bigger bang for my buck.

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding service and delicious food. Great place for a special meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a delicious dinner. Food and ambience was perfect for catching up.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This place used to be EXCELLENT. However, they just completely gutted their menu and lost 90% of what made them great. It’s a shame they sold out to similar menu concoctions/pairings as the surrounding completion, but they lost a few customers for life. Get back to the basics!!! Fancier isn’t always better!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Services was good, everyone was nice. Enjoyed my dish and if I am in the area I will be back. I did recommend this to a friend who goes over to Bethesda on a weekly basis

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We are in the restaurant business and thoroughly enjoyed dining at Black's. My wife and I started off at the bar during happy hour with two lemon drop martinis. I was happy to find Oysters and was surprised that the only name that was given them was "Chesapeake." After
looking at them we determined that they were Choptank Sweets. I ordered two to try but was told that there was a minimum of six required. It seems that the menu should clearly state "minimum of six". Other than that, our family joined us and each person was quite happy with their selection. I had the whole bone in Branzino which was excellent. The server, Victor, was excellent. I always prefer to wait until everyone is finished eating before clearing but not everyone likes to wait which I understand. All in all, excellent. Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food and service were great! Restaurant had a bad odor to it that was hard to ignore. Especially the bathroom. Otherwise it would have been a 5 star visit!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Nice afternoon meal on the patio. Seafood stew always good, apple and greens salad with grilled shrimp was tasty although brie was hard to spot...drinks refreshing and staff a bit hurried...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Waitstaff took a while to come back to offer coffee refills; and we had to go look for someone to pay the cheque after waiting a long time. Food was delicious though!

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good Sunday seafood brunch very accommodating as far as old favorites on previous menus. Good wines prompt service

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a wonderful meal--from delicious and creatively composed salads, to appealing and tasty entrees and beautiful desserts, this is lovely Saturday night with friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Oyster were Great!!! Ribeye was good too mac and cheese is a must.... fried apple pie wad awesome!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This restaurant has been on our radar for many years. No matter where we go, and these places are not too shabby either, we always go back at least once in a couple of months

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Healthy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Blacks continues to be the go to place for a successful business lunch...wonderful, tasty and right sized portions are important ...terrific fish menu. Blacks has good vibes and noise level for discussing work.. Centrally located for all the MD suburbs with ample parking next door.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our dinner at Black's Bar & Kitchen was wonderful! We had not been there for a while and it seems very different: a step-up in cuisine and ambience. The Ahi Tuna with a 5-spice broth and noodles was amazing! We also had a dozen oysters and the selection was great: from briny to creamy and sweet. The server, Tyler, was extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly. The most special treat was speaking to the Sommelier, Natalie. She had fantastic recommendations and introduced us to new delicious wines. Thank you!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Tonight we decided to cross Black's Bar & Kitchen off our list of potential restaurants we frequent. Typically we dine out about 2.5X per week in the Bethesda / Chevy Chase area. My husband had the salmon entree this evening and it was almost inedible. He ate half the fish but the sides were dreadful. It is so rare that he ever complains publicly about a meal ... but he was extremely unhappy. Unfortunately, we complained to management but they did nothing to adjust the bill. So we left there deciding to never return. Hopefully some more new restaurants will be coming to Bethesda soon that will help compensate for what seems to be increasingly poor choices.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food is consistent rly very good. The waiting staff is mediocre at best.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Outstanding service in this local gem. Food was just above average tho.

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