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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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.
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
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
We have been going to Black's for their brunch for the past few years to celebrate the new year. We were a bit disappointed to see that they have eliminated their buffet brunch and replaced it with an a la carte brunch. For some reason, people around us seemed to be getting their food, finishing their meal and leaving before we even got our first course. I usually like the restaurants in the Blacks' chain, but I won't be going back for brunch anytime soon.
My friend arrived a few minutes before me and the hostess was very accommodating and sat her according to her preference. When I arrived, I was delighted to see her sitting comfortably at what we both agreed was the perfect seat. Our server was attentive and friendly. I especially appreciated how she wiped the wine ring (left from my glass) from the table as soon as she noticed it. The food was impressive and presented/arranged beautifully. Dinner was amazing. We left and went to a concert nearby and decided to return for dessert. Although it was only 30 minutes til close, the hostess received us with a smile and our next server was just as great as the first. Definitely enjoyed Blacks. I hope to return soon.
Blacks has been something truly special since they redecorated the restaurant and redesigned the menu a couple of years ago. Whether you are a fan of a juicy burger in the bar, a fresh salad with rich soup, artisinal cheeses and home-made mini-cheddar biscuits, or one of the fine steak or seafood dishes, Black's is a lovely dinner experience....and I have not even talked about the yummy red wines.
This is my favorite special occasion restaurant. This time though, the experience was a bit below par.
Oysters always a treat. We live in Virginia Beach now and only see the taste impaired local water varieties.
Chefs are the best.
One meal did make it from the kitchen: one dinner was absent. It was reordered and arrived about 15+ minutes later. To their credit, it was complimentary.
Pistacio crusted: did not see any on 3 steaks. Powered?
Wine: the list has moved north from what I remember. VERY FEW choices below $100. I enjoy a medium priced wine (I am not a connoisseur), but would appreciate some choices in the $40-70 range (there are many fine CA & WA wines in that range).
Our dinner was superb from start to finish. The bread basket was filled with fresh bread and savory biscuits with butter. We started with oysters, delicious and expertly prepared. The mignonette was very good. Our entrees were perfectly prepared: scallops, rockfish and seared ahi. My rockfish was beautifully cooked. Not overdone and served in a delightful broth of fresh vegetables. Done but not soggy. Lightly seasoned. Yum. The other entrees were also prepared with care and attention to detail. These people know what they are doing in the kitchen. For dessert we shared the key lime pie and it was so good. Original fresh presentation, light not overly sweet filling, dabs of candied orange rind and other bits and pieces topped with whipped cream. Even the coffee was perfect. Service was charming, helpful and unobtrusive. What a gem of a place.
I had previously had a very good lunch here. But the brunch was not good. Three of us ordered the BLT and Avocado sandwich. How can you possibly botch such a sandwich. The bread and tasteless and too thick and yet somehow fell apart while eating it. No enough aioli sauce so the entire sandwich was boring; even the bacon had no flavor.
The others were okay with their meals. It does have a nice feel to it.
Service was slow.
Won't come back.
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