Black's Bar and Kitchen
7750 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Seafood, Steaks, Modern, American
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
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: This flagship of the Black’s restaurant group (Addie’s, Black Market Bistro, and BlackSalt) tries to be a little of everything, with a raw bar for oyster lovers, a tapas menu for grazers, and some wood-grilled steakhouse fare with mix-and-match sides and sauces.
Mood: The restaurant bustles with regulars. The sleek dining room evokes Japan with its low banquettes and clean lines, while the bar, with its elevated booths and stools that leave diners’ feet dangling, summons Alice’s Wonderland.
Best for: Business lunchers, oyster fiends, wine lovers.
Best dishes: Oysters from the raw bar or fried with a sesame coating; seafood stew, a modernized cioppino with olives, preserved lemon, and fennel; sautéed shrimp with wild-mushroom risotto; succulent twice-cooked chicken; pomegranate-pine-nut tart with lemon confit; spiced Peruvian hot chocolate with alfajores; caramelized bananas with tres leches cake and dulce de leche.
Insider tips: Resist the allure of the grill—the kitchen is prone to leaving meats and fishes on too long, resulting in a bitter char. Build a meal instead around the “composed dishes,” small plates with big, Cali-Med flavors. They go down even better with one of the excellent California wines. A pretheater menu—three courses for $35 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm —could be Bethesda’s best bargain.