Black's Bar & Kitchen
Excellent meal. Their seafood is outstanding and fresh. Grilled calamari was superb!
Excellent service and food
Food was poorly prepared and not consistent with the quality that I ordered. Little effort was made to resolve the problem.
Fantastic meal. Expensive but you get what you pay for. Would absolutely go again.
I really enjoyed my time at this restaurant. The appetizers and entrees were very tasty. Our waiter seemed to be kind of annoyed with us and was not very attentive but the host and the manager were very nice and helpful.
Took friends for their first visit and it was a home run. Cocktails with Cannoli bruschetta and oysters were a great relaxing way to start. Steak, and salmon were main dishes. Food great flavors , cooked and prepared perfectly. Staff and service always on their Game!
Our party of four enjoyed the fried calamari for appetizer. I had a nice time'eating my
crispy shrimp taco and my oysters on the half shell. Black's Bar and Kitchen is the only
place where I feel that it is safe to eat raw oysters. My wife loved her veggie omelet,
and the the dessert, which was sweet potato pie with ice cream. One member of our party
liked the seafood gumbo, while his wife chose the hamburger sandwich.
Excellent soup. Friendly service. Love Black’s for lunch and happy hour. It can be noisy at dinner.
Dark during the day inside main dining room as service curtains and storage area block the front windows. Server was great and on top of it all. Brunch buffet sporadic in refilling the stations.
I had a la carte entree, which was fine.
The waiter asked us for our IDs but didn’t ask the next couples sitting beside us. Cos we are blacks and the rest whites. Awful profiling. Annoying
Our waiter was excellent. Good meal and good time. Enjoyed it
Seafood stew was outstanding. Oysters were fresh, varied and outstanding. Wine discount was impressive
Too expensive for the food and drinks seeved
I specifically asked if the salad I ordered was vegetarian and was assured it was. In fact the salad had seafood in it. It’s important that staff understands the difference and can at least point it out so a diner can make an informed decision.
We had a delicious meal and good service. A great location for a date night. We ended up with a cozy corner table.
Our server was nice and kind but the food was really horrible.
I got the salmon and ordered it ‘clean’ but it wasn’t. It was cooked with a glaze (likely because they shared the grill with other meals) and tasted like wood and apples. If I’m playing $35 for a piece of fish, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the chef to know what ‘clean’ means. To make matters worse, the grilled fish was actually overdone. Ugh.
And the cauliflower. Oh my. Just look at the pic i posted. It was swimming in oil. Truly disgusting.
The only reason this place is getting 2 stars is that the bar is a great scene and the bartenders are really responsive.
The only problem was the bar area. The benches are in dire need of repair.
Great food, amazing service and terrific atmosphere - a Bethesda gem that I enjoy coming back to every year on my annual trip to town!
dependable place to dine. only complaint: the pour of the prosecco was skimpy. Oysters raw and cornmeal crusted were excellent. Caesar salad a good size and delicious (except the fried anchovies). Burgers great!
We were seated in a quiet, warm area on a cool evening. The service was attentive and all food items delicious. The appetizers were so large that they could have been our meal--fresh, delicious mussels and a hearty bruschetta with prosciutto on crostini. My main dish--scallops with mashed cauliflower (I think) was scrumptious. No room for dessert.
Drinks were weak
Once again Black's exceeded expectations. The grilled calamari was the best I have had in a very long time and the Shrimp and Grits was the best ever. My partner's scallop risotto was incredible too.
Everything about it was PERFECT! Megan was the best, Especially her wine knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed everything from beginning to end. The surprise dessert treat was a nice bonus.
Amazing! Branzino was great, as was the Akashi NY strip.
Very good food, good alcohol selection, well prepared and presentation. The value is rated 4 stars because it is pricy although for good reason and I cannot make this place as my everyday’s “go-to” bar.
Service was excellent, salmon was very cooked and the cheesecake a must
Only one suggestion: nicoise salad needed more green beans and potatoes
Time to put some money into the restaurant and what happened to the days of professional food servers who created you by name, left the wrinkled, untucked shirts at home and actually cared about creating a great dining experience? Having just returned from the wine country in California, there are dozens of quality Chardonnays that you can still charge double the retail cost and stay below three digits in price. Your losing ground in our ten years if visiting.
I was a guest at a business dinner at Black's Bar & Kitchen. Everyone's food was delicious and one colleague, from New Orleans and an avid seafood fan, exclaimed, "This is the best salmon I have ever eaten." I also ate the salmon and agreed it was stupendous. So well prepared, in fact, that I returned the next night (still on a business trip) with a local friend, and ordered it again. The server from the first night remembered a specific, weird food allergy I have, and provided equally gracious service for this leisurely meal. Apparently you can't order a bad meal there. I also appreciated that they had not one but two varieties of cider, one very dry (as I like it) and served at the perfect temperature. The only complaint we had was that the air conditioning was too cold and we were all uncomfortable - even the men. I wore a sweater the second night and was fine.
Had a great meal.
Good service, simple, but tasteful menu
Excellent service; very fresh fish
The paella was too spicy, loaded with butter, and had very little sausage, fish or chicken as in a traditional paella. The chef needs to learn how to make this dish. Also the food in general is too peppery. We like spicy food but prefer to not be surprised by loads of pepper in dishes that are supposed to be milder.
Our server was very attentive. The oysters were excellent. We also enjoyed the mussels. They could benefit from more choices from the "wood smoked grill". The seafood stew was not a hit, but other dishes were excellent (Branzino). The hard surfaces on the tables and floor make for a somewhat noisy background.
The restaurant was very loud, the food was just ok and the service was not great. I asked for the candle right above our table to be lit 6x since it was dark and our kids were trying to color during dinner. The candle never got lit and it took forever to get silver wade, water refills and appetizer plates.
The risotto was over cooked
Everything was great - delicious food and excellent service.
Always such an amazing atmosphere, the food phenomenal
Great chicken sandwich with hummus appetizer! Thank you for the excellent food and wonderful service. This is one of our go to places.