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Harold Black

4.8
4.8
574 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Harold Black is a warm, intimate bar that is quiet enough to hear your conversation yet lively enough to keep you talking. A list of house cocktails gives you a range of options, additionally, the bartenders are at the ready to work their magic if you have something else in mind. Harold Black serves a light-fare menu till 10pm as well as a late-night menu with a selection of cured meats, cheeses and desserts.

Please be aware of a few house rules:

1. We look forward to having you join us and are happy to hold your table for up to fifteen minutes. To contact us with a special request, please email reservations@haroldblackdc.com
2. Your booking reserves your seats for 2 hours.
3. Due to our small size we cannot guarantee booth seating.
4. Our maximum party size is six people, no exceptions, and unfortunately we cannot book multiple tables for one group. To book Harold Black for a private event, please email events@haroldblackdc.com.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 627-0994

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Parking details

    Parking on 7th street is free after 6:30

  • Public transit

    Eastern Market Metro

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

What 574 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. WS

    WilliamS

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming to HB, they make great drinks and have an amazing atmosphere.
  2. SH

    SippinHannah

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Went on Friday & had a great time. The ambiance was on point. The old fashioned and the wine was delicious. We did a half meet & cheese tray and found it was very good. Minimal with the cheese, but delicious. Plan to spend what you would on a "fancier" date night. We will definitely go back.
  3. HR

    HR91

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    The food and drinks were excellent, but our service was pretty lousy. We were seated in a booth and our server rarely checked up on us (we only got our water refilled once, I ended up taking my glass with me when I went to the bathroom). My boyfriend had trouble getting in because the host didn’t hear him knock, which was really awkward. Also, the pen they gave me to sign the check completely exploded over my hands. I think it’ll be ok for drinks - they really were fantastic - but I wouldn’t come back here for dinner.
  4. DC

    DCVol

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a unique and enjoyable environment - staff is always courteous and engaging. Unparalleled cocktail preparation and presentation. Perfect late nite spot
  5. M

    Mattie

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is our fav date spot in DC. It’s not pretentious but lovely, dark, and romantic. It’s well run, attentive, but we’ve never once had the awful experience of being deep into a conversation only to be awkwardly interrupted by a server who could care less. I also love that it’s not loud. The drinks are wonderful and they can make anything you like.
  6. AW

    AnnaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Friendly service. A little pricey but they certainly know what they’re doing. Highly recommend just giving the bartenders some guide rails and seeing what they come up with.
  7. AE

    AnnENigma

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had an amazing time at Harold Black on a Tuesday night. Speakeasy rule -- sit at the bar if you can. You see the art of creating your drink. You hear interesting tidbits and stories. You bond with your bartender and your imagination won't run wild with ideas that you're not important or that this speakeasy is too pretentious. It's not. While the drink menu was a little more limited what I had was great. A truly spicy cocktail with smoky mezcal? Sign me up. Best part? The bartender can customize to your tastes and needs. My friend thought her old fashioned was too sweet. 'No problem, allow me to make you something like a vieux carre and here's exactly why I am using what I am using.' And then thoughtful bar bites which weren't an afterthought for the drink but actually tasty? Gimme that Chicken Tinga Sandwich and an order of the lamb chops for my homegirl please! The R&B music (yaaasssss! to that) had me swaying, the drinks had me relaxed and the convo had me joyful-- this was a laid back speakeasy experience (And trust me, I've tried many in the area). Four stars because it was great time but it truly was a LITTLE too dim and there could be more drinks but I loved this place. Will be back!
  8. D

    Delicious

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great cocktails. Pricy but great atmosphere. Not too loud. Great service
  9. MR

    MoniqueR

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 22nd anniversary and I thought we’d do something a little different. Found this gem on a top places to go list and immediately placed a reservation. The ambiance was amazing, food was excellent the bartenders kept us entertained. Seating, well....for an anniversary date, I’d rather not have to sit at the bar but we made due. I wouldn’t suggested it for a special “special” occasion. Great for a nice date night or outing with friends.
  10. e

    enjoygoodfood

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this is one of the best bars in DC. a hidden gem in the heart of the city with the best bar tenders, service and ambience
  11. GL

    GarrettL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. Beautiful atmosphere and every drink was delicious. These guys are experts.
  12. S

    Spitty

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Bartenders not friendly.
  13. DW

    DanielW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was the perfect date night spot. The ambiance was perfect. The music was on point. The food and drinks were amazing and the bartender (Denasha) provided excellent service and great conversation! We will be back for sure!
  14. S

    Samovax

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED our time at Harold Black. It has such a cozy, cool and chill vibe. The drinks are delicious. Loved the dark ambiance lit by candlelight. Good for conversation. Service was great - a balance of attentive vs. letting you be, to enjoy your time. Cocktails were delicious. Awesome music too. I did not want to leave!! Take note of their house rules too - most importantly tables are for two hours since the joint is small.
  15. AR

    AngelR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything about it! Great, attentive staff. Delish small plates. Creative cocktails. Fantastic, intimate 'date night' spot.
  16. ZK

    ZunairaK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never fails for good drink and intimate settings. They have light fare menu--which is great to have while drinking.
  17. n

    nellie

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good date. I have spoken
  18. R

    Ryan

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Ambiance was nice but the host asked us to leave after we had got done signing our bill. We were also seated where “guests are placed when they don’t have a reservation” - in the back corner. But we did have a reservation for my 30th birthday. Disappointed in the treatment by the host but it is what it is
  19. S

    Sawdust

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food & drinks were good. Waiter very friendly. However, a food order & a drink order never made it to the kitchen or bar. But waiter very apologetic & gave us a complimentary very good cheese board.
  20. A

    Alexander

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I thought the ambiance was fantastic and the bar tenders were really friendly. My only criticism would be that the bar tenders did not dress according to the theme of the establishment. It would have added so much more had the bar tenders worn something of the period. Suits, hats ect... to keep the vibe persistent.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous in every way, except no one told us there was a two hour time limit due to another reservation after ours, and they asked if I wanted a third drink with 10 minutes left. I would have liked more time so as to enjoy the drink instead of gulping down a $15 cocktail when we were told our time was up.
  22. SN

    SteveN

    Grand Rapids

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place is a joke. Save your money. Service is poor. Staff is rude. I would never go back to this establishment.

    Harold BlackResponded on October 29, 2019Hello Steve Nugent Unfortunately, your review is invalid as you never had a chance to experience Harold Black. We know that it can seem confusing because we take reservations and walk-ins alike. We were initially glad to see that after we put you on the wait list, you were able to make an 11:00 reservation following a cancellation. However your group's obnoxious behavior outside of our entrance prior to the reservation alerted us that we could not serve you as you were already highly intoxicated

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks in a cool atmosphere.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very cool place! Will definitely be back!
  25. GW

    GerW

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Just a very chill vibe. Relaxed. Great cocktails.
  26. D

    Dkmj

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This is a great speakeasy for a date-night. The menu isn't extensive, but the execution is solid and they don't skimp on you. We got the cheese plate, meatballs, and brussel sprouts and were quite satisfied. The cocktails we tried were also really nice. One thing to keep in mind is that the music is kept fairly loud even when the restaurant is not very full, which may not be the vibe you're looking for.
  27. B

    Bethl

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cool speakeasy venue. Stairway dark. Cool hidden bathrooms Fun atmosphere. Limit food choices. Pricey. Won’t take cash
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual HB delivered great atmosphere and wonderful drinks!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance, service and people! Perfect for a date
  30. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun speakeasy in Eastern Market. The third time we've been there and we bring different friends each time. The drinks are great, and to really take advantage of their mixology skills you need to give them a few hints and let them create something for you. We didn't get any food this time. It is expensive but the experience is worth it.
  31. JB

    JamesaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best speakeasy bars in the city! Loved the drinks and the ambiance.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Terrible service. Sat there for two hours and was only served two drinks
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Fantastic ambiance! Cocktails were fine but honestly nothing special special about them. Service was “meh”. Worth it for the ambiance though!
  34. JH

    JoshuaH

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, absolutely amazing experience. Great service and talented bartenders.
  35. CK

    ChrisK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Unfortunately one of the bigger disappointments I’ve had in DC. Wonderful atmosphere and decor, but the worst bar tending experience I’ve had. The bartender asked order, made several drinks in front of us, and then after 15min, asked our order again. 15min later, she asked us again. Then after another 10 she brought us one drink (there were two is us) that wasn’t remotely what we ordered. So 45min after we first ordered we got our drinks. There were only about 12-15 of us in the entire bar so it was rather surprising. Throughout the night the bartender also repeatedly spilled iced on the bar and therefore us. Heard so much about this bar, but unfortunately this wasn’t its night.
  36. T

    Tyler

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great speak easy with an old world vibe. Walk in a secret entrance and knock on an unmarked door to enter a candle lit, quiet, rustic bar.
  37. J

    John

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2019

    overall4foodservice2ambience4
    Service was not great, as usual, there and in Aqua al Due, its owner. Hoping it will improve soon.
  38. R

    Rich

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harold Black is a great “speakeasy.” Exceptionally good cocktails, fine bar snacks, and super service. To illustrate: the bar snack we ordered was a bit too highly seasoned for my companion. So the server arranged for the kitchen to produce another version of the dish without the spice! Amazing! I shall return to Harold Black!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very cool speakeasy, enjoyed myself thoroughly and it was a huge plus for my date (who is a bartender) who said that she loved it. Earned me bonus points for finding such a cool bar.
  40. KC

    KristinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome cocktails, delicious lemon-artichoke hummus (I’ll be back for the chocolate cake) and flawless service. The bartendress was very engaging and made us feel most welcome. We had such a great time that we had to reminded to leave after 3 hours to let the next reservation come in ;)

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Harold Black is rated 4.8 stars by 574 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking on 7th street is free after 6:30

  • Public transit

    Eastern Market Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

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