Black's Bar & Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Seafood
WELCOME BACK!
Black’s Bar & Kitchen is excited to announce we are back open to the public for dine-in service! While we encourage you to use our online portal for convenient curbside carryout pickup, we have staged our patio, dining room and café tables to provide our Guests with a socially accepted distance to dine.

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. 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? We do. Our Premium raw bar is unparalleled with rotating varieties of bivalves from all coasts of the Americas and a stellar wine list to match. Whether you’re popping champagne for a special occasion, watching the game enjoying a cold craft beer and Duck Nachos in the bar, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.
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YvonneS
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent drinks. Friendly servers and staff. Perfect spot for our girls night out!

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vipMolly
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great tomato salad. Black bean soup.
Shrimp lunguni yum and scollops perfectly cooked
Big and sweet. The strawberry ice cream soooooo
Good

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vipRichardG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

They're doing a great job given current circumstances (09/13/2020). Staff seemed stressed out, and there were more staff present than were needed on a Sunday night during a pandemic.

Food was great, as always.

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AgnesD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I felt very comfortable eating here despite the pandemic because Black's had a temperature check before seating and the tables in the outdoor space are a decent distance apart.

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vipRobinB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful as usual. Black"s is one of my favorite places to dine. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful warm evening air. The Shrimp Tacos were delicious. We will return again soon!

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vipYummy
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and food was amazing a favorite spot as always!

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Pepper
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place inside or out on the patio. Starters are filling, staff is highly professional and fun to interact with. See you soon....

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vip50Something
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My neighborhood fav! Lots of open space to sit indoor and out during coronavirus! Staff is so nice and the homemade desserts are to die for! Shout out to Marco ;-)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a friends birthday and the staff managed to make it special even in pandemic times. The food was delicious from start to finish.

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Suzanne
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We had a delicious dinner at this restaurant last Friday evening. I ordered a Branzino that was grilled and served with a mint sauce and whole, which I happen to like but without its head. With that, I had an order of French fries which were also delicious. My companion had Caesar salad with chicken and we shared a Key Lime pie for dessert. I also enjoyed two (!) glasses of a New Zealand sauvignon blanc which went really well with the dinner. Our waiter was courteous and pleasant and helped make our evening more enjoyable.

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vipDonnaM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. Covid policies very appropriate and spot on. Menu choices good, food well prepared, tasty and presented beautifully.

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vipDavidS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our son's 21st birthday and Black's made it a super occasion. The food was terrific as always. The barrel aged old fashioned was excellent. We sat outside which made all of us more comfortable. We had the same great experience we always have at Black's plus the care they took to keep us and them safe was exceptional.

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vip50Something
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent with beautiful presentation. Lots of space indoor and out for social distancing. Staff are super nice.

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vipBrendanK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Can’t ask for more than that. Wine is over priced, but that is only complaint.

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vipSarahM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

at outside and everything was very COVID-safe - temperature checks, distanced tables, masks on everyone. food and drink were wonderful, great service and very inviting space.

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vipAmandaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful out on the patio. The employees are so friendly and see that you need everything you want. I love it there! Amanda A. Bethesda

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GreggB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice hostess and staff. Delicious food, out fast.

Will return.

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GregL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First post pandemic sit at bar dinner!!!!! Great night! Bartender was great. Service was wonderful. Food was delicious. Spacing was very comfortable.
Thumbs up :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great overall evening. Amazing food and a couple of drinks. Was a very expensive evening. Not sure this would be more than a once a year type place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Every time I’ve dined here the service has been slow. It’s a shame as the food is fantastic

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MarkusD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the delicious food and the service was pleasant and helpful.
We closed the restaurant down, and were not rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing just as written in most of the reviews. The food was very well prepared and delicious. The seafood stew and oysters were to dream for.

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PaulaH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for Sunday brunch. The Bellini cocktail was awesome! The service was outstanding!

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SueD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and inviting.
Food scrumptious and cooked well

Mac and cheese addictive!

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GreggP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and very impressed. I had the 3 course express (Salad, enter and dessert) and my wife and her friend both had the prime rib special.

The Caesar salad 🥗 may have been the best I ever had and the rest of the meal was great!

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CitiFoodie
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service as always! This is my go-to restaurant for business lunches as it is a short walk from my office. Love all the seafood dishes I’ve tried each time.

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vip50Something
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the choice on menu, homemade soups & desserts. Service is excellent!

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KenO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and quiet enough to have conversation with our guest. Service was outstanding.

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vipBrettJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch I have been too in a long time. Great food including the expansive raw bar and desserts! Oh, and fabulous Bloody Mary’s!

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vipBruceK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Black’s is one of my all time favorite. Actually any of the restaurants in their group are always excellent. Not sure why I stray.

Fantastic selection of oysters. Custom cocktails are great. Terrific wine list.

The mains never disappoint whether the full plates or choosing from the grill menu and adding tasty sides. FYI the Mac and Cheese...amazing, and don’t be stupid...add the bacon!

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Tess
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant with excellent service. Good wine selection. Good seafood offerings. Salads and dessert were mediocre. Apps and entrees interesting and well prepared. On the pricey side.

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KathleenS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Louder than usual; we've been dining at Black's every few months for the past several years. Aside from that, the specials that night were fantastic and the service equally so. We'll be back again.

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vipStephanie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

This was the first time I have been disappointed by a meal here. Hosted a lunch for 3, we Each had caesar salad topped with either salmon or catch of the day, which was red snapper. The salmon was dry and the piece of snapper was ridiculously small, maybe 1 1/2 inches square. Total for 3 salads was $75.90 which was excessive for the quality/quantity. This used to be a favorite dining choice, I was very disappointed.

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vipMolly
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food great food pleasant server

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vipJAMQUEEN
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was at another level of taste and quality. I am very impressed. The entrance is deceiving. It belies the expectations. But the food is top shelf. I didn't fancy the ice cream but everything was top shelf. You should try it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black's remains one our favorite restaurants in the DC area. We frequent this establishment often because of the amazing service, superb dining options and spectacular drinks. Sunday brunch is outstanding and features a wealth of choices from an open raw bar to traditional breakfast items. We love this spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family brunch and were so happy with everything! The food is excellent. The desserts were fine- not extraordinary. All else was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Semi last minute place but I am very glad that I found this restaurant. Was very pleased with the meal. Was sat on the bar side towards the end of the evening so it was loudish but not to the point of it being an issue. Food and drinks were good, our server Jasmine (sp) was excellent and very helpful. Will definitely return and will certainly recommend as a dining option.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated promptly and had a delicious meal with friends.

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vipmichard
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day meal. A little pricey but great service and while noisy the restaurant has a warm ambiance. Cocktails were delicious and the charcuterie cheese platter was absolutely spectacular. Ordered the special of beet risotto and snapper. The beet risotto was AMAZING but the snapper was overcooked, dried out, and the texture of a boneless chicken breast. The waiter comped is a dessert, which was a lovely gesture. Sadly, the pecan pie had also suffered the fate of the snapper and was dry and over baked. All in all, I would definitely go back for another try, especially the charcuterie cheese platter.

FAQs

Black's Bar & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 652-5525.

Black's Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 3109 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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