Harold Black

4.7
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 1:00am

Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 2:00am

Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(202) 627-0994
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking on 7th street is free after 6:30
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Public transit
Eastern Market Metro
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
What 423 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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JC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

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FF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

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HM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It would be nice if a party of two could have a a table, we had reservations and had to sit at the bar.

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RC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just went up for a drink but it was great vibes and a very cool spot.

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Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Will definitely go again.

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G
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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.

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AM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town from San Diego and this was one of the highlights of our trip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, decor, and experience for tasty drinks.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

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

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely bar with a speakeasy vibe. Interesting drinks. Great bartender. Looking forward to our return.

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LG
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the history of a Speakeasy and this modern day take on a piece of history.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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L
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Average prices for the drinks for the area but above average atmosphere. Will go again! Layla was fantastic

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming gem. Very sexy atmosphere and great service. Mysterious and delightful!

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BS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

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EM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!! =)

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NC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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VM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was prompt and the bartender was knowledgable and his drinks were excellent. We had an incredible experience Definitely would recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laila is simply the best. Excellent customer service and perfect choice for any occasion.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the cocktails and ambiance. The music playing was great too! Chill vibes. Dope spot. Will definitely go back.

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BB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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j
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, kind attentive service, and a cool but somehow quiet atmosphere...what more could a girl ask for!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best cocktails and bartenders!!

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g
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a last minute intimate date celebrating a milestone event. Treated well and our refreshments and snacks were perfect.

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KD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it!!!

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MR
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great little bar, really cool interior! Bar staff are super friendly, awesome cocktail selections and their hummus appetizer is amazing!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Excellent cocktails and friendly atmosphere andservice!

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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