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Black's Bar & Kitchen

4.5
4.5
3308 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
WELCOME BACK!
Black’s Bar & Kitchen is excited to announce we are back open to the public for dine-in service! While we encourage you to use our online portal for convenient curbside carryout pickup, we have staged our patio, dining room and café tables to provide our Guests with a socially accepted distance to dine.

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. 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? We do. Our Premium raw bar is unparalleled with rotating varieties of bivalves from all coasts of the Americas and a stellar wine list to match. Whether you’re popping champagne for a special occasion, watching the game enjoying a cold craft beer and Duck Nachos in the bar, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:15 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:15 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (301) 652-5525
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jacqueline Castaldo
  • Neighborhood
    Bethesda
  • Cross street
    Norfolk
  • Parking details
    We are located next door to a county parking facility. Rate is $1 per hour.
  • Public transit
    Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,308 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

3,308 Reviews
  1. WayneC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Why are we charged $6 credit card fee!? Is this going to be the new thing?!

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  2. agirlthatlovesgreatfood

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the service was very good too.

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  3. RonD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the Entrée's Scallops and Salmon cooked to perfection. Also recommend as an appetizer the fried Calamari.

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  4. DCDiner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was outstanding. Friend and I left so full we couldn't even try a dessert. The oysters were delicious as was the beet salad and fish. No compliments about the cocktails either.

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  5. BKGilchrist

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On of our go to Bethesda Restaurants. It's always great.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Felix made our entire Valentine’s Day evening so so special. He recommended the best entrees and apps and made us feel like his only table. Will absolutely be dining again

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  7. Birthdayyum

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felix our waiter was fantastic! Guided us through cocktails and food choices like a champ! Food not rushed- plenty of time to talk with our friends and enjoy each delicious bite !!!

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  8. GlnetteB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I'm afraid we did not come out happy. My sweetheart wanted to go there to celebrate Valentine's so I accepted. The pork chop was tough. The seafood in my bisque was tough and I could not eat the fish. The soup was OK, but not yummy. The bread brought to table was bad, cold and tasteless...no problem with the butter. I took a friend there the week before for his birthday. It was the first time in a long time that I had been to Blacks. We both had the french steak with chimichurri and fries . I do a better job at home and I am no gourmet chef. The best part of both meals was the CALAMARI starter, and your staff was very helpful and pleasant. After last night, we decided that Woodmont Grill is much better and we probably will not be coming back to Blacks. So sorry.

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  9. AdekunleA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it was my first time there and i had a fantastic experience

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  10. DonnaD

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food and service were excellent. Perfect location and menu for a relaxing Saturday evening dinner. Good wine selection - moderately priced. We will definitely return when the weather is warmer to take advantage of outside seating.

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  11. TomD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal, excellent service. Will definitely return!

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  12. AngelaE

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend the scallops. Service was great. Nice place to get a quick meal or a relaxing night out.

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  13. LisaR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food has really fallen off here, unfortunately. Very little to choose from, and the entrees that we got were not great. It also had a nursing home sort of vibe.

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  14. momdoc

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very pleasant experience at Black's. The steak frite was just as I ordered and the apple tart dessert was delicious.

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  15. DanielleR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was okay. The service is top notch, some of the best we have experienced. The food was nothing special. My husband's steak was rare and not medium rare as requested. Since the steak is served sliced I was surprised this was an issue. My scallops were cooked well but lacked flavor, the mashed potatoes were also flavorless. The beurre blanc was the best part of the dish but there wasn't enough of it. We got two drinks, both were good, but full of ice bits from not being strained well. I used the women's room, one stall was clogged, another had a pile of toilet paper in the corner. I let the hostess know the women's restroom needed attention and she seemed very taken aback by this. I can't blame her, the restroom was in rough shape for it only being 6:30pm. I wouldn't go back, there are better restaurants for the price.

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  16. TRMdc

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Tired 80s decor, undercooked asparagus (out of season), mediocre salmon, a decent hangar steak and overpriced.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible second date, staff went above and beyond and food was amazing

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food took a long time even though we got there when it opened

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  19. Concerned

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu is tired. Have not been there in a while but same.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was terrific but service was outstanding, exceptionally attentive wait staff. Above and beyond

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  21. HenryF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My only complaint is that when the bill came it had an extra 4% charge for “non-cash” payment. At $36 for a dozen oysters they can afford the 2% their credit card servicer charges. It is not 4% that they pay. It’s a new policy and customers should revolt. I asked the waitress to bring the manager over and she said he declined.

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  22. jeffreys

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service used to br better. Expensive for quality od experience.

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  23. Klavierman

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good raw bar and salads as well as the cooked seafood and side dishes. Very attentive service

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I made reservations for a party of four for New Year’s Eve to have dinner before a show at the Bethesda Theatre. Two of our party arrived before me, as I was running about five minutes late with my guest, and they were able to be seated immediately which was great because some restaurants won’t seat your party if everyone isn’t there. The table side service is always a bit lackluster and slow. Never particularly friendly or accommodating but adequate. We ordered the duck nachos as an appetizer which, as always, were amazing. One of our party wanted the branzino entree but asked if he could swap out the sides for the salmon entrée sides and he was told that it wasn’t possible, which is strange for a kitchen at this price point. He decided to go ahead and order the salmon entrée so he could have the sides he wanted but to be honest, as the person who picked the restaurant for the evening, I was a bit annoyed that he couldn’t have the food exactly how he wanted it prepared. I had the seared scallop special which consisted of scallops with risotto instead of the mashed potatoes they normally come with. The risotto was a bit overly complicated with mushrooms and shaved brussels sprouts throughout, which took away from the texture and flavor of the risotto which I could barely taste. However, the scallops were perfectly prepared and the dish itself was good if you didn’t expect to have traditional risotto. The rest of the party had the burger with a side of mushrooms, the salmon entree, and the scallop entrée with mashed potatoes. Two guests ordered take out shrimp tacos (also always amazing ) and another burger. All in all, the food was excellent and other than not being able to switch out the sides and the complicated risotto, we were satisfied. My Old Fashioned was also delicious. The portions are good, but for the price point, I do think there should be some leeway in swapping out the sides. Also, the service could be more friendly and prompt.

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  25. late

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter made the night memorable with great service and knowledge. We will be back

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  26. Maitland007

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time and had an enjoyable dinner. Look forward to dining there again. Great service too!

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  27. SandraK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Went from a friend’s recommendation. Service was decent. Drinks were very good. Started with chicken chowder & it was very good. However, for entree I ordered salmon cooked (no pink). Came out very pink. Had to send it back. Salmon came back over cooked, dry & chewy. Had to drink water to swallow since it was so dry. Vegetables were bland at best. Server was nice but wasn’t really paying attention. At that point, we didn’t waste our time on dessert. Went elsewhere. The restaurant was sort of busy but not bustling. Reservation was for 7 pm.

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  28. helend

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed lunch at Black's Bar and Kitchen. They have consistently good scallops, seared beautifully. The risotto was a bit oily, but very tasty.

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  29. Judy

    Washington DC

    120 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was good, not great. It used to be that Black’s was great. Pre-COVID, the menu was larger, and so were the crowds. It was a full house when we arrived at 7, but when we left at 9:30, there were very few second seaters. The raw oysters were delicious, the calamari was very good-as always. The branzino was good, but there was only that and salmon on the menu. The seafood stew was just okay. The shrimp entree was fine. We would go back.

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  30. Manju

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was delicious but quite pricey and they added a credit card fee which I have not seen before at a restaurant.

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  31. JessicaH

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and fantastic menu. Best oyster selection in town.

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  32. MarylandMD

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, waiter just correct amount of attention- not rushed.

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  33. Goodfood

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and ambiance. The food was certainly good, but not as good as I recall, particularly for the fairly expensive pricing

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was average at best. Steak was overcooked and flavorless. I ordered it rare and it came medium. Grilled shrimp were much to small to grill so were dry.service was fine but we were early and the restaurant was empty so not much of a test. Wine prices were ridiculous.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The hostess, Jay, was very accommodating to delay in arriving on time, due to the heavy traffic coming from Bowie, MD. Our Waitress was very nice, quick & attentive! The cocktail drinks were delish, but the Apple Crisp desert lacked flavor and apples. Our entrees were delicious especially the scallops and steak frites! Thank you all for a great evening!

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  36. swimmom

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our evening. Service and food were excellent and the ambiance is quiet and elegant.

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  37. Sandi

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner with friends was very enjoyable, not too noisy, good food, attentive service; unfortunately, eating out has become very pricey.

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  38. Lola

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, the cocktail was full of ice with some liquid in it, which I am not sure why there is this much. Good restaurant though!

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  39. RobertR

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is pretty good but the chef uses way too much peppery flavor. My wife and I ate salmon, which is a really tasty dish EXCEPT the plate has dollops of chili pepper oil around the outer edge. This oil is way too hot, adds no flavor and it makes no sense to use this in a salmon dish. Please tell the chef to tone down the gratuitous use of pepper and heat.

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  40. Frequentdiner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, excellent composed plates very good portions for the price point. It’s loud, and the service can be a little brusque, but it’s a busy place. Excellent cocktails as well. It’s a go to for a lively night out.

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FAQs

Black's Bar & Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 652-5525.

Black's Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 3308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Black's Bar & Kitchen

7750 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Norfolk
  • Neighborhood
    Bethesda
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:15 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:15 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We are located next door to a county parking facility. Rate is $1 per hour.
  • Public transit
    Three blocks from the BETHESDA METRO.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jacqueline Castaldo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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