Black's Bar & Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Bringing DC quality & hype worthy 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, humanely raised Heritage Veal chops, and everything in between. 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? So do we. Our Premium raw bar is unparalleled with over 10 rotating varieties of bivalves from all coasts of the Americas and a stellar wine list to match. Black’s beverage program kicks it up a notch focusing on hand crafted seasonal ingredients & premium liquors. Whether you’re popping champagne for a special occasion, watching the game enjoying a cold craft beer and Duck Nachos in the bar, or indulging bottomless brunch mimosas with the girls on the patio, Black’s Bar & Kitchen is the destination for any occasion.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Every time I’ve dined here the service has been slow. It’s a shame as the food is fantastic

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MarkusD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the delicious food and the service was pleasant and helpful.
We closed the restaurant down, and were not rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing just as written in most of the reviews. The food was very well prepared and delicious. The seafood stew and oysters were to dream for.

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PaulaH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for Sunday brunch. The Bellini cocktail was awesome! The service was outstanding!

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SueD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and inviting.
Food scrumptious and cooked well

Mac and cheese addictive!

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GreggP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting and very impressed. I had the 3 course express (Salad, enter and dessert) and my wife and her friend both had the prime rib special.

The Caesar salad 🥗 may have been the best I ever had and the rest of the meal was great!

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CitiFoodie
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service as always! This is my go-to restaurant for business lunches as it is a short walk from my office. Love all the seafood dishes I’ve tried each time.

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50Something
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the choice on menu, homemade soups & desserts. Service is excellent!

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KenO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and quiet enough to have conversation with our guest. Service was outstanding.

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vipBrettJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch I have been too in a long time. Great food including the expansive raw bar and desserts! Oh, and fabulous Bloody Mary’s!

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vipBruceK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Black’s is one of my all time favorite. Actually any of the restaurants in their group are always excellent. Not sure why I stray.

Fantastic selection of oysters. Custom cocktails are great. Terrific wine list.

The mains never disappoint whether the full plates or choosing from the grill menu and adding tasty sides. FYI the Mac and Cheese...amazing, and don’t be stupid...add the bacon!

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Tess
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice restaurant with excellent service. Good wine selection. Good seafood offerings. Salads and dessert were mediocre. Apps and entrees interesting and well prepared. On the pricey side.

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KathleenS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Louder than usual; we've been dining at Black's every few months for the past several years. Aside from that, the specials that night were fantastic and the service equally so. We'll be back again.

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vipStephanie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

This was the first time I have been disappointed by a meal here. Hosted a lunch for 3, we Each had caesar salad topped with either salmon or catch of the day, which was red snapper. The salmon was dry and the piece of snapper was ridiculously small, maybe 1 1/2 inches square. Total for 3 salads was $75.90 which was excessive for the quality/quantity. This used to be a favorite dining choice, I was very disappointed.

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vipMolly
Washington DC
128 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food great food pleasant server

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vipJAMQUEEN
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was at another level of taste and quality. I am very impressed. The entrance is deceiving. It belies the expectations. But the food is top shelf. I didn't fancy the ice cream but everything was top shelf. You should try it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black's remains one our favorite restaurants in the DC area. We frequent this establishment often because of the amazing service, superb dining options and spectacular drinks. Sunday brunch is outstanding and features a wealth of choices from an open raw bar to traditional breakfast items. We love this spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a family brunch and were so happy with everything! The food is excellent. The desserts were fine- not extraordinary. All else was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Semi last minute place but I am very glad that I found this restaurant. Was very pleased with the meal. Was sat on the bar side towards the end of the evening so it was loudish but not to the point of it being an issue. Food and drinks were good, our server Jasmine (sp) was excellent and very helpful. Will definitely return and will certainly recommend as a dining option.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated promptly and had a delicious meal with friends.

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vipmichard
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine’s Day meal. A little pricey but great service and while noisy the restaurant has a warm ambiance. Cocktails were delicious and the charcuterie cheese platter was absolutely spectacular. Ordered the special of beet risotto and snapper. The beet risotto was AMAZING but the snapper was overcooked, dried out, and the texture of a boneless chicken breast. The waiter comped is a dessert, which was a lovely gesture. Sadly, the pecan pie had also suffered the fate of the snapper and was dry and over baked. All in all, I would definitely go back for another try, especially the charcuterie cheese platter.

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Pretti
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience here! Most definitely would recommend

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CaroleW
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant yet welcoming restaurant. Amazing food, rapid and friendly service

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vipNealS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Black’s. Celebrating Valentine’s Day. Dinner was excellent. I had the Filet Mignon. Extremely tender with a wonderful sauce with a delicious combination of flavors from sautéed onions, a smattering of tiny fried onion rings with mushrooms and veggies.
My wife enjoyed a salmon dish which she absolutely loved.
We both had a different dinner salad prior to the main dish which was a substantial portion and quite enjoyable.
A wonderful wine selection and sides added to the pleasure of the dining experience.
The service couldn’t be better. The ambiance was one consistent with fine dining and the noise volume was not at all intrusive.
We would certainly recommend this restaurant and will return for more.

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vipFrequentdiner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner. We had a terrific waiter who had great recommendations. The food is always excellent and the room is always a bit noisy. But in this case the service made it a very special evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot for a quiet lunch, with attentive service and excellent food.

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vipKnighty
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere and drinks were incredible- the staff was EXCEPTIONAL! They pulled off an epic birthday surprise for me thanks to my fiancé and they were so welcoming and caring. Would definitely return and recommend!

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Will
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The menu choices and daily specials were excellent. The service likewise; excellent. The restaurant was a little noisy for my taste, but not out of line to today's bar/restaurants. The ambiance was very nice. It is pricey, though. Expect a salad or appetizer, entre, drink and dessert to top $100/person when including tax and tip.

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vipkmc4
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The rockfish, brussels sprouts, and pecan pie were all outstanding. The wine is pricey! Our server, Sam was wonderful and made the dinner even that much more pleasant. At one point during our dinner, a neighboring diner coughed so much that I asked to be moved. We were moved swiftly with no questions asked.

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ABur
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding (Blake), very accommodating to special requests. The Special Arugula Salad the best ever, the Oysters Rockefeller different very good. Only retraction was the noise level for one of us with light hearing problem on an unusually busy Tuesday evening. We’ll be back!

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mrfrozendrink
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Had guests in from out of time and we had a wonderful time.

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CatherineK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food and cocktails were pretty good, but the service wasn't. We waited A VERY LONG time for our food and I asked for a glass of water without ice, waited 20 min, then had to ask again. Some of the waiters or informal servers were dressed like slobs--tip: if you've got love handles and a pot belly, it's best not to wear a tight T-shirt.

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vipDate
Sydney / NSW
140 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good all around meal. Enjoyed it

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Jeff1
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We dined at Blacks Bar and Kitchen on a Saturday evening. We had reservations and were met by a rowdy crowd as we entered the restaurant in the bar area. I was definitely overdressed in my collared shirt and slacks as I looked around and saw t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. My wife enjoyed the wine listing but they were a little pricey compared to off site pricing. She had the filet mignon which she states was delicious and I had the New York strip steak which was cold in the center and tough. Maybe it was an off night in the kitchen but I took it home and my dog enjoyed the treat. The cauliflower and calamari were delicious though. This was our first experience there but it didn’t really leave us with an impression of somewhere that we would return to

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vipdiningTheBurbs
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Go to Blacks, it’s Bethesda’s best so don’t scrimp.

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Patty
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Food was perfect. Ambiance was great for a nice, quiet, business meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great. Only problem was that brunch ends so early. We would have preferred coming later. We had to rush my 92 year old mom.

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Charmlessgirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Service was ok. Food was overpriced, calamari was over-salted, scallops were nothing special. Cocktails were excellent- best part of the meal.

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