Harold Black

4.8
511 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
What 511 People Are Saying
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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We didn’t have food. The cocktails were on point.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out with friends after dinner.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, friendly staff and stellar eats and drinks!

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RP
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool speakeasy tucked away in Eastern Market, DC! Very good cocktails, and despite it being a Friday night, it never felt too crowded or too loud. Music selection was on-point, too. Food options very limited (mostly snacks), so be prepared to have dinner elsewhere. Reservations a MUST!

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate, sexy vibe and mixologist were on point. Dim lights, great ambience by far

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SP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A little steep in price. The waiter could've been a little more attentive as the evening progressed.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Harold Black for drinks with a friend. The reservations were easy to make and our seats were ready when we arrived. The lamb chops were delicious and so were the drinks! It's a bit pricey, but so is everything in DC.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food.

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Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time at Harold Black and will definitely return. Everything was delicious and well done!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a date!

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks, fantastic atmosphere

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb from top to bottom.

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CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Will definitely be back! Delicious cheese plate.

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e
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great for dating

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EW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Harold Black - will definitely return. Only issue this visit was that we knocked several times at our designated reservation slot and weren't let in for about 10 minutes.

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was truly amazing, great place to take a person on a date.

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HN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harold Black is a great place to go for cocktail fans: I recommend asking your waiter or bartender if you can avail yourself of bartender's choice, after which you can tell them a spirit or flavor you're interested in. Drinking that way is much more interesting than working from the cocktail list. Harold Black is quiet and dim, with beautiful upholstery, and one of the more pleasant possible ways to spend an evening out.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best cocktails in the city and in my parents life

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TJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place in DC to lounge. Great ambiance, craft drinks, food and music. Bartenders Dominique and ?(forgot his name) were great. Hostess as well. Make a reservation on Friday and saturdays.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still love this place. They've really stepped up the food since the last time we were there. Fish tacos were excellent. Same great service, drinks and ambiance.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times. Always a special place. Our charcuterie tray was a bit light this time and I expect more for the money. Service and drinks are always impeccable

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JD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great after dinner spot for cocktails.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Find!

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R
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harold Black may be the most charming bar in DC. It is a modern "speakeasy," hard to find but
even harder to leave. The drinks and bar food are first rate, as is the service. I have become a Harold
Black fan -- you will, too.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, a little pricey though. Was pretty quiet the night I went. Highly recommend reservations,

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The host forgot about us and we waited about 30 minutes longer for our reservation than we should have. Other than that, all good!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and decent light fare. Very cozy and intimate. Drinks were great!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING! Ambiance was perfect and finding the bar was interesting too. Great experience

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Harold Black has a great ambiance and good drinks, but unfortunately our night was a miss because of the service. It took 30+ minutes at one point to order a drink and we could not even see a server to flag down. At one point it became clear that the drink we ordered was never submitted because it took so long. Considering the price of one cocktail, I expected much better service.

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Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cool place, the rules are a little quirky but not a big deal and understood in today’s mayhem in public venues with noise , cell phones, etc. Atmosphere is spot on to meet a friend or 2-3 friends and have a unique drink and the food offerings we had were very good with the cheese board and the really good hummus!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

One Of the rudest bartenders I’ve experienced in quite awhile

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TG
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! It's an amazing place to forget everything and just chill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Our Bartender and server Franz and Rodrigo were exceptional! They were extremely friendly, hospitable and very courteous. We had a great time and shall be returning again.

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I
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very tasty cocktails and outstanding service by the very amicable staff.

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Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The drinks are always good here but the volume level has steadily ticked up here over the past few times we were there and it was hard to hear each other this time. Apparently the volume was unable to be turned down at all.

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was impeccable! I would definitely recommend for birthdays or anniversaries. It’s good for small groups! I would definitely go again.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Making a reservation and always getting seated at the bar while EVERYONE else gets a table sucks. So does being told to leave after 2’hours.

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CG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Harold Black many times. It's our go to place for out of town company and they always love it. The service is friendly, the ambiance is super cozy, and the drinks/food are amazing. I highly recommend!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!! Great for special occasions, anniversary, highly recommeded!!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Picture it. New Years 2018.

We arrived at 11:25 for our 11:30 reservation.

We were not served until we flagged down someone who would get a server to take out order. We finally got our drinks just before midnight, let’s say 11:57.

We wished each other happy new year.

Then, at 12:15, they told us no more drinks were being served and we had to close out and leave because they close at 12:30.

The drinks were fine. They ranged from “what I’d expect” to “not what I’d expect,” but not in a good way. The mezcal drink is too spicy. It’s too bad because I was really looking forward to a fun, relaxed New Years evening full of nice cocktails.

On a positive note, ambiance is really cool. It really makes you feel like you’re drinking during the prohibition era.

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