BlackSalt
BlackSalt

BlackSalt

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2023429101x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30 - 2:30; Sunday Brunch: 11:00 - 2:00; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30 - 9:30, Friday 5:30 - 11:00, Saturday 5:00 - 11:00, Sunday 5:00 - 9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Mike Huff
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 35 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim Sole, General Manager 2023429101x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: V Street NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends
A word from BlackSalt
BlackSalt is the much anticipated concept restaurant from Chef Jeff Black, featuring an upscale fish market fronting a vibrant bar and elegant restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
BlackSalt reviews from OpenTable diners
405 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (260)neighborhood gem (229)special occasion (175)great for lunch (95)notable wine list (90)romantic (65)great for brunch (57)good for groups (44)hot spot (43)vibrant bar scene (35)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (12)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • scubadiverVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Stick to just appetizers. The smoked anchovy was a hit for me.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood Place in DC
    DRJBG
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you are looking for a seafood place in the city, Blacksalt is hard to beat. Fresh and well prepared seafood with a comfortable (not stuffy) ambiance. The Bouilliabaise was superb! Will certainly return to this restaurant on my next DC trip.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give it a try.
    TooSaxyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was great if but a little pricey. Modern stoic decor. Clientele that day more on the older near retirement crowd and many had suite jackets, sort of the Georgetown establishment and diplomats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow dining experience!
    Aloysious
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    For an anniversary celebration, we picked the perfect place. The food was exceptional, every dish had the perfect blend of flavor and originality, but still let the fish or seafood shine. The big eye tuna entre was over the top, as was the salmon tartar appetizer. The back room ambience allowed for easy conversation, and the complimentary dessert was the icing in the cake. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fish!
    JGokcVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was out first trip to Balck Salt and it won't be our last. Great fresh fish with interesting presentations if you don't want it straight up. This is also a fish market and you can order ony of the fish in the market served simiply or with any of the menu presentations.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be returning anytime soon
    MsDebbieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My guest and I both chose the 3 course lunch. The squash soup, which looked delicious, had a metallic, chemical aftertaste that was very unpleasant and disconcerting. Needless to say, after a couple spoonfuls, we feared for our health and moved on. The salad was very good. The tilapia tacos were good but I think I would have preferred the fish naked instead of batter-coated and fried.
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  • Disappointed
    Terry
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I have been to Black Salt many times before and have always enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance. My last visit was a marked departure. The service was abysmal and my husband's entree was dreadful. It took a manager more than 30 minutes to apologize to us for the delay in getting us our entrees. Fortunately, my heirloom tomato salad and swordfish were excellent. Unfortunately, my husband's much-anticipated crab cakes were mostly filler, with very little crab. To Black Salt's credit, they ended up comping the mail (after first offering a discount). I hope this was just an off night with the bad experience limited to us.
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  • Kaz is a Winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Found Kaz through a google search for great sushi in Washington DC. The dining experience was one of my best. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We elected to eat at the Sushi bar. There, you can select your sushi or allow the chef to choose. We let the chef choose and was glad we did. his selections were spot on. Each were different and all were great. I have had sushi on the west coast from the high end houses to the conveyor sushi restaurants. Kaz makes high end sushi that would rival any I have has prior. It is spendy, but if you're looking to top quality sushi from people who know what they're doing, Kaz is the place to go.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch at BlackSalt
    Bolivia
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We enjoyed having lunch at the BlackSalt Restaurant from the very beginning - they respected our preference for a special table, the service was very good and the seafood/ fish excellent. We will come back!
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Black Salt. Good Idea!
    DJC555VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We opted for a good meal before driving 5 hours to NYC enroute to Boston, where we live. Cozy & friendly, fresh fish & ingredients. Selected the lunch special 3 plates for $20 @. Good salads one arugula & feta (have to admit Parmesan is a better match), the other a mixed greens & thinly sliced vegetables, nice. Our main meal Addie's mussels, very delicious & a signature dish for a reason! Dessert, our 3rd course , two small delicious balls of vanilla & chocolate ice cream, just enough & a great way to end my meal! My husband was equally satisfied with his raspberry strewn chocolate flourless slice of heaven. We drove back please with our decision to dine well before leaving DC! Would like to try dinner here next time in town .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    DBC4
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food was excellent. Service personal, knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big WOW!
    Mdine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    One of the best, most creative seafood restaurants we've tried and we've tried many. From start to finish, the ambiance, service, food and wine was outstanding. They seemed to be creating dishes as we sat there. Besides the at least 12 choices of types of fresh oysters, there were amazing plated options. Choosing was the challenge. We had them pick a dozen of their favorite oysters and each was a flavor bomb. We then picked four selections and they suggested we were ordering too much. Our server suggested some items that weren't on the menu. Every one was outstanding and we were full without being stuffed. We wanted a specific type of wine and their suggestion was spot on. Superb dinner in all respects. They should be proud!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • truly a neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    First visit to BlackSalt. Wonderful food, atmosphere, menu selections and service. I only wish it was in the neighborhood when we lived in there. But we will return.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black salt
    DateVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Black salt is a nice neighborhood restaurant. Good food. Good service. Good experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BettyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always good. Never lets me down. Palisades institution.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood bistro!
    Cleo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A bistro atmosphere built around an excellent neighborhood seafood market, Blacksalt provides an excellent place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends, sampling good wine and fine seafood done in a variety of styles.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and great food
    cems
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Superb food.. from entrees up to the key lime pie.. each plate very very good We really enjoyed it canbonly recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BLACK SALT
    KYSHA
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I WAS HERE FOR MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.......I PLAN ON REVISITING AGAIN VERY SOON.....EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PLACE WAS AWESOME.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    DiscerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    After a long long wait through meals at tried and true favorites and trying somewhere new just to be disappointed, we were absolutely blown away by the food. The appetizer fish was one of the best fish dishes I have had EVER and since I don't eat red meat, I eat a lot of fish. The desserts we're also amazing but should definitelu be shared! I can see why this restaurant books up well in advance - a true wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite seafood restaurant
    skylonsevenVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This time I went for business, and it was terrific. We had a great table to talk quietly and to enjoy our delicious food. The wait staff is attentive, the fish terrific as usual, and the ambiance superb. Great for business. Great for romance. Always high standards. And the food is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch specials
    Shiok
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The lunch specials were a great steal. Food was fresh and well presented. I will be returing soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    Glutton
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was nice to see such a mix of people all apparently having a good time - it was a friendly and invigorating experience. For anyone who loves seafood, this is a great place to go. The menu was creative and included food from a number of different cuisines. The food was tasty and the portions reasonable without being too much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Check the Market; Order Accordingly
    AspiringFoodie
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A recent visit reminded after a long hiatus us how terrific Black Salt can be. A quick review of the market counter on the way in had the swordfish high on our lists, and the kitchen certainly didn't disappoint. A visiting friend from England called it the best meal she's ever had in the U.S, starting with the salmon tartare which was declared "better than Scotland." Wine service was notable; I sent a bottle back that was corked and the sommelier tasted it, agreed and profusely apologized. We had forgotten how nicely accompanied the simple preparations are; eggplant and polenta cake to accompany a wood-smoked swordfish dish worked incredibly well. We won'tlet it go as long again before a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    ccmom
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were seated in the back room which was quiet and elegant. Our food was delicious. Only dish I didn't love was the heirloom tomato salad. The flavors were great but the tomatoes were just OK. October is probably too late int he season to order this dish. Service excellent. I love a restaurant where the staff anticipates needs (such as filling wine and water) without interrupting the meal to ask "how is everything?" In addition to our main courses, we shared an appetizer and and a glass of wine and the server/kitchen split the salad into 2 plates and brought the wine in 2 "1/2 glass" servings. We didn't request this and it was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection from the sea.
    EatforLifeVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    When you walk in the door and are faced with their spectacular presentation of fresh fish (yes fish store in front) you know exactly what you are in for...the best of thins from the sea cooled and served with perfection. The menu is always changing with what it in and the preparation always retrained letting the protein come first. The oysters best in east coast, oven smoked baby octopus a great start and their whole fish entre alway my favorite. Sit so you can watch the kitchen and enjoy their informed and great servers. Only downside is this local gem is alway hard to get into on weekends so make a plan and reservation. One of our top ten places
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice seafood
    Sheikh
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our second night in Washington and this was very enjoyable. Super fresh seafood and great wine selection. House made ices a perfect end to the meal.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Silverware
    TwalabantuVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I onlyh gave them 3 stars because after 3 trips to this restaurant this year, they still cannot put silverware on the table. Dishes arrive, grow cold or warm (whichever is least desireable) while waiting for silverware. Do yourselves a favor and wrap at least a fork and knife in a napkin and putit down before I get there or when I get there. This is a running joke between my friend and I who like the place and the food but cannot get the staff to do something that is food service 101. Neither Bobby Flay nor the hairnet clad battle-ax behind the food service line in high school would permit this to happen; why do you?
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, great service!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Just visited for the second time and both times have been wonderful. I had noted on open table that we would be celebrating my mother's birthday, and she was excited to find special happy birthday menus (which we were provided upon departure) as well as a birthday dessert. The food on the menu was excellent, but the restaurant also offers the opportunity to select other items for sale in the fish market, and request any preparation. Soft shell crabs, not specifically offered on the menu, were excellent. The food was wonderful all around but the staff really made this a special, memorable evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    food2all
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My guy and I chose this restaurant as our Saturday night dinner date, but we were not particularly impressed. The ambience is not overly romantic. We had the tasting menu and none of the five courses wowed us. Our server was quite attentive but not over bearingly so. I felt as if the entire restaurant is in training to offer a higher end dining experience, but they still have a ways to go.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Awesome
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Menu is fantastic- wines are excellent- service incredible. Great happy hour- recommend happy hour and having your apps there and then have dinner
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodilocks
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Black Salt lives up to its expectations. The fish soup was outstanding, absolutely perfect. Will return often.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious if noisy
    DCTCA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was so wonderful that we stopped noticing the noise, which was up there.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow... great restaurant
    Nickname
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We come from Germany and really like to visit good restaurants whenever we do city-tours. The Black Salt was one of the best restaurants we've come around yet. Perfectly cooked and composed seafood... surprising selection of fish and wines. Definately a recommendation and worth the drive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big let down, not worth the money
    tpmoore
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Calamari was good,kale salad was very good. My wife had the scallop app. and they were delicious. Bouillabaise,was good but very small serving, one shrimp, one scallop, good bit of fish. It didnt appear to be prepared with all ingredients at any one time, thus the broth was lacking flavor.Fish, one whole and one filet, both were dry and over cooked. I had the Atlan. Big Eye Tuna,this was a wild dish, tons of flavors and most all seemed to tie together nicely,tuna was cooked as requested and recommended.The pork was not crispy as advertized and dry. The dish needed a drizzle of sauce and I mentioned this to the server who delivered a chili oil of sorts, not what I had in mind. For these prices its gonna have to be much better to reccommend.
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  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Always good , have been eating here for years. The fish market is also excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Delicious Seafood
    Socrets
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I enjoyed the restaurant's cozy atmosphere when I went there for lunch. The area was divided into three parts: store, bar, and restaurant. The restaurant area was very designed and I had no problem navigating through what appeared to be a small space. The service was excellent and we did not have to wait long for our food to arrive. The appetizers arrived first with the entrees arriving almost immediately afterwards. The waitress was very polite and gave us some information regarding what some of the menu items were. The food itself was also very good. The chips were crisp enough but not so crisp that it made a lot of noise. The coleslaw was good since it was spicy and different than what I have had before. I enjoyed the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • Very mediocre food
    Daisy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Heard about this restaurant from friends so went out of my way to try it when a friend was in town. But was disappointed in the exceedingly mediocre food and rather non-descript ambience. Service wasn't terrible but nothing to write home about.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Golfer
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent choices for brunch and all delicious. However, that meal is popular. If you come at 1200, as we did, it is hard to hear your table partners over the din until some tables clear.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Malka1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hands down...the food was just excellent. Good wine available by the bottle at a reasonable price. The Butterfish appetizer--highly recommended...and the BREAD and olive oil dip...superb.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    DCVA
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I went to BlackSalt for the first time for our anniversary. Everything was perfect!! They gave us a quiet table in the back room (definitely recommend the back room for a quieter environment), we were provided complimentary champagne, the service was exceptional from start to finish, and everything we ordered was delicious. We will absolutely be returning for future special occasions!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet