100 Best Restaurants 2009: Black's Bar and Kitchen
No. 60: Black's Bar and Kitchen
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009
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Black's Bar and Kitchen
Address: 7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-5525
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Steaks, Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 11, Saturday noon to 3 and 5:30 to 9:30, Sunday 3 to 9:30 Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11; Sunday 5:30 to 9:30. A late-night bar menu is available Thursday through Saturday
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Cornbread with honey butter; mussels with tomato, lemon, and shallot; oysters on the half-shell; hanger steak with chimichurri or béarnaise; pappardelle with wild mushrooms, dates, and cured pork cheek; fried chicken with sweet-potato waffles; seafood ste
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating
Scene:
Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 7: $6 martinis, $3.75 draft beer, $5 wine Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM $5 bloody mary, $3.75 draft beer
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

Cuisine: Jeff Black has perfected the upscale/downscale model at his flagship restaurant, one of four. The kitchen turns out trendy comfort food that aims high, but not so high as to scare off customers. That translates to a menu heavy on sure-fires such as roasted-beet salad, wood-grilled meats and fishes, and fried chicken with mashed potatoes—though many of the better dishes have Northern California twists or nod to Europe.

Mood: The clean-lined dining room could make you think you’ve wandered into a high-gloss sushi bar. The warm, attentive service acts as a counterweight against the starkness.

Best for: Diners looking for downtown-DC style without having to go there.

Best dishes: Boneless fried chicken; house-made pappardelle with wild mushrooms, sweet dates, and cured pork cheek; fragrant Thai-red-curry-inspired stew with lobster, mussels, and fish-of-the-day chunks; seasonal crème brûlée.

Insider tips: Salads are a weak spot—an abundance of greens and not much accompaniment. A pretheater menu—three courses for $35—is a great deal even if it’s offered only from 5:30 to 6:30.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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