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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 2:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Extremely underwhelmed. Service was terrible. We were seated and then promptly forgotten. We had to get up from our table to locate a server. When the server arrived there was no greeting, no asking what we liked, no walking us thru the menu. Instead he just asked what we wanted. I expect more from a speakeasy, especially when we are buying $24 cocktails.
There was also a lot of noise. Music was on but at such a low level that it didn’t mask any of the conversation from the surrounding tables.
It's a fantastic out of the way spot with great cocktails and atmosphere. I appreciate that it's a chill and quite out of the way spot. The bartenders were also very knowledgeable and attentive.
Overall, it was not a pleasant experience. We arrived at 9:22 for a 9:30 reservation and were not seated till after 10:00. The people working appeared to be making their best efforts but it took awhile just to get our order in. We ordered one round of drinks which were very good but overpriced. Unfortunately, it took a significant amount of time for anyone to check on us so we just asked for the check and left after one drink. Overall, it’s a cool place but it just wasn’t really operated correctly this particular night. I had been to this location before and it was during the winter and it was empty so it made things much easier on the staff.
Four thumbs up! Great speak-easy atmosphere with superb craft drinks and delicious bites. We keep coming back and it never gets old. Well done!
Took 45 minutes to receive our first round of drinks. Staff wasn’t even apologetic. Have always had a nice experience before, but this time is was pretty bad, especially because we had a reservation for a birthday.
Lovely setting. Great food and drinks. Service was off their game during our visit, (our first order of drinks didn't arrive until after we had finished eating dinner there), but it was slammed for the holiday, and the staff went the extra mile to attend to our table afterwards. They even gave us a complimentary round of drinks. Great folks.
We had a better experience last time in the winter. This place has a great vibe when it's dark. When it is lighter outside, it loses some mystique. Our service was not very good at all on this visit and they did not have a couple of ingredients for drinks we requested. We just had the meet and cheese plates, which are good. I generally recommend it because it is a cool place, but they need to step it up on the service.
Visited Harold Black for weeknight birthday drinks with a friends. Bar was noisier than description and reviews had indicated, so until the large parties on either side of us left, it was not good for conversation. Service was not good--our water and our drinks emptied and we had to flag down the server to get refills and to order food. Also, as noted, it was a bday and while this was pointed out to server, there was no acknowledgement of it (and yes, I know its not required but it is appreciated when there is a small sweet or beverage proffered as a token gift). Also, booth was rather tight and table affixed to floor/not adjustable and this was not comfortable for plus-sized members of party. One used a chair outside of booth but it was hard metal thing, not well cushioned like the booths.
It would be nice if a party of two could have a a table, we had reservations and had to sit at the bar.
This was the first time I've been to Harold Black's right when they open, but it's an incredible experience. Had some great conversations with the staff, and the bartender had time to make my buddy and I each an incredible cocktail that he adjusted slightly based on what he thought our personalities were. Tasted incredible! Also, the food was unreal, and the dessert was just as good. This place is unparalleled, it's so good!
We just went up for a drink but it was great vibes and a very cool spot.
Wonderful experience. Will definitely go again.
We were there for over an hour - it took forever to get one round of drinks for our party of 5. We had menus but the waiter never came back to ask if we wanted to order any food. We left after over an hour and went somewhere else - wont be going back. The drinks were good but the service was terrible.
This is one of my new favorite spots. Absolute must! My boyfriend and I went for cocktails after dinner and it was great. What I like about this place is how they control the crowd. No one is on top of each other or sitting too close. You cant' hear others conversations and its an intimate atmosphere.
The drinks are incredible. I am picky and they made a drink based off things that I listed off that I like. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. 10/10 would go again- I highly recommend.
We were in town from San Diego and this was one of the highlights of our trip.
Great ambiance, decor, and experience for tasty drinks.
This is our second time at Harold Black, but for some reason the waitress seemed to have an attitude all night. No friendly chatter, no smiles and almost eager to see us wrap up and leave. The service didn’t feel very welcoming at all. Otherwise food, cocktails and ambience were all up to expectations. Too bad this waitress lacked the minimal interpersonal skills required
Lovely bar with a speakeasy vibe. Interesting drinks. Great bartender. Looking forward to our return.
Love the history of a Speakeasy and this modern day take on a piece of history.
Went this weekend with a friend. We snagged a table off to the side and sat comfortably. The drinks were great and the cheese plate was scrumptious.
Harold and Black has become one of our favorite spots! We love the customer service, ambiance and the energy from the place! My husband is blind and feels so relaxed and taken care of when we go! Plus, Im the girl with lots of allergies and they go over and beyond to help make me an awesome drink! If you haven't gone, make a rez and go!
Fantastic experience. Average prices for the drinks for the area but above average atmosphere. Will go again! Layla was fantastic
Ambiance was cool: dark, candles, entrance wasn't labeled. Drinks were not worth $14, not overly interesting and not good. We only got one drink and left.
Charming gem. Very sexy atmosphere and great service. Mysterious and delightful!
Great feel to the place. Service to order a drink was slow but the cocktails were good when they arrived. Would go again as we love speakeasys and it's in my hood
We went to Harold Black for a few drinks after dinner for my girlfriend's birthday. I'm so happy I made this reservation as we were not ready to go home after dinner and this was the perfect spot to continue our evening. Harold Black is much quieter than some other similar places so it's great for holding conversation with close friends. Love this place!! And drinks were absolutely delicious!! =)
Harold Black is a DC gem! A real hideaway for a couple or for a small group of friends. Novel handmade cocktails, great tapa/small bite menu.
The service was prompt and the bartender was knowledgable and his drinks were excellent. We had an incredible experience Definitely would recommend.
This was a great place to eat with bomb food and a bomb atmosphere! Very sexy vibe. The bar tenders (layla in particular) are AWESOME! I will definitely be coming back.
Laila is simply the best. Excellent customer service and perfect choice for any occasion.
Loved the cocktails and ambiance. The music playing was great too! Chill vibes. Dope spot. Will definitely go back.
We loved Harold Black - don't be afraid to ask questions, it is a speakeasy and the back story behind it is fabulous. The drinks are amazing and so is the food. Whatever you do, MAKE RESERVATIONS!
Lovely experience, kind attentive service, and a cool but somehow quiet atmosphere...what more could a girl ask for!
The best cocktails and bartenders!!
Great for a last minute intimate date celebrating a milestone event. Treated well and our refreshments and snacks were perfect.
This is a great little bar, really cool interior! Bar staff are super friendly, awesome cocktail selections and their hummus appetizer is amazing!
I was looking for something unique and different in the Capitol Hill area and found it in Harold Black. The fun of finding the unmarked door and winding our way inside to find the upstairs bar was a great setup for a quiet evening of cocktails and conversation with jazz in a corner booth. The wait staff was friendly and the cocktails were tasty. The beer list could use something off the beaten path but was otherwise acceptable.
Great experience! Excellent cocktails and friendly atmosphere andservice!
I went to Harold Black with my husband for his birthday and the food, drinks, and ambiance were all great. I've been before with a friend for late night drinks but we didn't eat. The cocktails are really interesting. The speakeasy vibe is fun but very dark, so it's hard to read menus. We got the short rib, cheese board, and brussel sprouts and everything was delicious. Would recommend!