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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

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Healthy (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Casual (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fun (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Authentic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food and service. I was astonished with how many options there were besides seafood. Wonderful date night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great evening. Salads delicious. German chocolate cake over the top.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Overpriced and need of changing the menu. Not a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was not worth the money. So many other better places to eat for that price in Bethesda.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Seafood is great here, ambiance pretty nice. But it's quite pricey for what you get.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious food and a knowledgeable and attentive server!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Restaurant week menu was a little weak. Bread pudding was baaaaad. Fries were nicely hot and crisp. Service was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food was excellent as usual. The roasted chicken with these delicious brussel sprouts was everything wonderful!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I found the food to tasty but pricey. The atmosphere was nice & so was the staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved this place for their Sunday brunch Buffett. We were so sad that they stopped the buffet 3 month ago. We wanted to just leave but we were hungry. Loved my avocado toast but loved the brunch Buffett more. Probably will never go back ( it's far for us).

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great place to get a meal with friends.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lovely evening and terrific food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been going to Black's for years-- it never disappoints!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great seafood everytime. Loved the Branzino and chicory salad. Friend had the bouillabaisse and it was amazing. The corn bread is super yummy.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is my favorite special occasion restaurant. This time though, the experience was a bit below par.
PLUS:
Oysters always a treat. We live in Virginia Beach now and only see the taste impaired local water varieties.
Chefs are the best.
MINUS:
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).

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great dating ambiance!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The Sunday brunch at Blacks continues to be my favorite.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Good food, not cheap

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Nothing like before. It used to have a fairly good Sunday brunch. NOT ANY MORE. WHAT A BAD DECISION BY MANAGEMENT. They should feel it by now...NOT ENOUGH CUSTOMERS ON A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY. WAKE UP MANAGEMENT.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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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