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BlackSalt Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 342-9101
  • 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 (202) 342-9101

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "While we thoroughly enjoyed the food and our server, they didn't remember that I had specifically stated on the Open Table reservation form that this was a birthday lunch. It wasn't until the end when I told our waitress (and we had our dessert) that it was my friends birthday. She said we should have said something, and I told her I did, when I made the open table reservation. I feel like it's up to the hostess to give a heads up to the waitress. She ended up bringing a dessert with a candle and Happy Birthday written in chocolate to my friend which was nice of her to do. But by then we were stuffed."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Stopped in for lunch and enjoyed Black Salt as we always do. Fresh, gorgeous fish tempt you at the entrance. Mussels were shared and luscious. Fish was delicious, though maybe a bit overcooked."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "we enjoyed the food but the waiter seemed like he was in a real hurry even though it wasn't that busy. he came over a couple of times to ask how our food was but didn't seem to care. the young blond woman who took our coffee order was fine."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We took our west coast guests for a special evening and had a wonderful dinner, from the appetizers to the dessert."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Such a great find for our first time to DC! Definitely would return next time we are in the city! Loved absolutely everything and get a cocktail or two to wash down amazing oysters and crab cakes!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "In a town where seafood restaurants are everywhere this place stands out. Great selection, will accommodate special requests and an all around delicious experience. Also, some of the best service anyone can ask for. Celestine was a rock star."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Although they called it something else, the Cioppino was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The strong fish smell upon arrival was a little off putting. The service in the beginning was great. What I can't understand is the place is small and the kitchen is close, why does the food arrive at room temperature??? Had to ask for a coffee refill. The waitress kept looking over, but did not offer anything. Was she waiting for us to leave? When I asked for more coffee, my first and only refill, it took her too long to bring it. The place wasn't that busy. The best part was the food, just would have liked it (warmer). Hats off to the chef!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "For a relaxing brunch arrive early, meaning 11 am. We shared three delicious and freshly made scones with cream and jam that split in half easily and melted in your mouth. Two of us had delicious coffee, and I had ginger tea, yummy. The entrees are all/most in $15-17 range, and we enjoyed versions of Eggs Benedict with crab meat. There were some tempting cocktails but we resisted as the tea and coffee were so satisfying. Oh, and we were not turned off by any of the seafood smells that others mentioned. I love seafood so having the seafood cases at the front of the restaurant just makes BlackSalt that much more enticing."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food OK, not wonderful as it usually is. Service was curt, efficient, machine-like. Nothing special, sorry to say."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Nice, casual place to have lunch. The hummus appetizer was excellent. Our server was very good, and advised that we could pretty much order whatever we wanted that they had, and not just items on the menu. We created our own. I'm accustomed to lump crab meat, so I can't tell you if the (blue crab) crab cakes were delicious because it was just very different to me. I ate one and took one home. Lunch was around $130 before the tip (drinks, shared appetizer, 2 meals, 2 desserts). I don't think the meal was worth it, but the time with my dear college friend that I hadn't seen in 17 years surely was! That was priceless! I would go back here again if I were in the area, but I would leave the (blue crab) crab cakes alone."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Black Salt has been around a long time but has lost none of its edge. Still great seafood with professional service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My first night in D.C. I went to Black Salt on the recommendation of Lonely Planet. This neighbourhood gem was buzzing at 9:00pm upon my arrival (w/ a fellow colleague). The service was very professional and it was clear that teamwork was a strong component of Black Salt's customer service success. Great food, kind staff, and an overall care for their customers. At 11:00pm when we went to leave, getting a taxi proved very difficult. The hostess made several calls but taxi were not arriving. The manager came out at 11:10pm and spent 20 minutes tracking down a cab company and finally hailing us a cab. Despite the restaurant being busy and other things on his agenda, he made sure we left Black Salt just as content as when we arrived."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "BlackSalt sells fresh seafood on ice at an entrance seafood counter. You may purchase seafood for take home cooking or uniquely, you may make a selection and have the kitchen cook it for you. All sampled menu items were fresh and expertly prepared. The appetizers were very generous, and could probably be shared by two diners. The whole fish was a standout. We loved the flexibility of the menu. Our server informed us we could have any menu item, and substitute a different fish if desired; or we could ask the chef to cook the fish in a different manner. I misread the special menu, and my chosen "entree" was really an appetizer. The server immediately told me no problem to make the appetizer into an entree, which I did. Large wine list."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "While the food was excellent, the wine was overpriced and mediocre. Appetizers arrived in a timely manner, not so much the main course. I had to specifically ask what the problem was. This is not an inexpensive restaurant and significantly more attention should be made on customer service, such as updating the customers on any delays."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Best crab cakes around and desserts, just enough and devine."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "For brunch I had scones that were very rich and sweet served with Devonshire cream, which they unfortunately also sweeten (the waitress mistakenly believed it's always sweetened). The salmon was nicely cooked but not too flavorful, and the beans it came with were grainy and bland, and the broccoli overly spiced with chili flakes. They took it back without question and brought shrimp and grits, a specialty I found overly rich, with shrimp that were not completely satisfying, sort of an odd taste. I'd eaten here before and really liked it, but was really let down this time."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "In the Palisades in DC, this restaurant sits just northwest of Georgetown..... we decided to share a bunch of appetizers rather than order entrees (which limit the # and portion you can eat)... who wants to fill up on mashed potatoes? the mussels, oysters, butterfish and special Mahi Mahi were amazing!!! It was my birthday, and the restaurant had my name on the paper menu (as well as decorated our dessert plate)... great evening! good cocktails! good times!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After one gets past the smelly fish market in the front of the restaurant, the restaurant becomes delightful. The fresh fish in the market add to the menu but detracted from the ambiance for me."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Lunch time has always been good, but going for dinner on a Saturday night was a big mistake. We were unfortunate enough to be saddled with a very snooty, moody server. Plus the ladies toilets were dirty. Also, because it's all hard services, it was very difficult to have a conversation without shouting. Wouldn't recommend it for dinner, especially on a weekend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "While the menu items sounded wonderful we decided to go "off the menu" and order from the waiters fresh fish list. The result was uninspiring and EXTREMELY overpriced!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "For dependable great food we return again and again. The menu is constantly reflecting the best available seafood and produce. We get plenty of variety by letting the chef shop the markets and create new dishes using fresh ever changing dishes."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A promised whole branzini to be fileted at the table turned into a mangled mess. After attempting the filleting they removed the plate, told me it was undercooked and returned with a plate that looked like it had fallen on the floor. Fish was in chunks (1" square) in a mess on top of the vegetables. They said "chef had suggested this approach" as a way to ensure I had no bones to deal with. Every bite had a bone or cartlidge in it. Thoroughly unpleasant. No one offered an alternative. I would not recommend the establishment"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The tuna tartare was marvelous as was everything we ate! The shrimp, mussels, butterfish and rockfish were all fabulous! And the Ipswich clams are from Ipswich!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "You can choose 3 or 4 courses, one can be a glass of wine, you can double up on your favorites, all was good - tuna sandwich, fish taco, key lime pie, mixed greens salad."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Excellent seafood and excellent service. Very noisy, almost too noisy at times."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The restaurant has a fish market in front which makes the entire place smell fishy. If you want the wharf feeling indoors than this is the place for you. Overall everything was so so. The oysters were good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I just love BlackSalt. My hubby took me here for my birthday, and since then we've come back several times. Everything out of their kitchen is delectable, service is just fantastic. This is one of my favorite spots!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food is excellent here. The fish is perfectly cooked. Nice to be able to switch the fish to the side combination you prefer. The only downside was I had indicated it was my husbands birthday on my reservation and there was no accent Knowledgement from server or a comp dessert. The tables r so very close it is a little uncomfortable for conversation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "wonderful food. good service. very positive experience"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Black Salt is one of the Black's restaurants in DC - it is a little pricier than the Black's in Bethesda, but the food is even more gourmet! My friend and I had excellent fish: fresh, and extremely well prepared and presented. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu Word of advice: Don't let them seat you in the back room: dark, no windows, and not as pleasant as the main dining room."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "You can select a fresh fish at the entrance area and sub it for one of the menu items if you like. The specials take advantage of the best available that day and were a great idea. Wine list excellent. Bit crowded and not elegant but OK for most occasions. The soft-shelled crab was superb. Whole fish branzino excellent. Not a lot of dessert options but the banana coconut cream pie is all you will need. No valet but parking OK in area."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Came here for my son's graduation dinner. Server was friendly knowledgeable but not intrusive. I had fried clams- just like what you get at the beach in New England- wonderful. Bouillabaisse I think is tough to get right- the chef did a fantastic job and the sauce was tremendous. Lively for a Wednesday night but with such high food quality-rare in DC- I understand why. Expensive but worth it for special occasions"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This is the second time we have enjoyed the tasting menu, the wine pairing were very good. Enjoyed this rare indulgence."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The best fish we have had in DC area. My partner had snapper and I had MD rockfish, both cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Everything was so fresh. So many choices. Incredibly accommodating chef who will fix things you would like that are not on the menu. Knowledgeable and patient waiter. Good pacing. Delicious food. What more could you want??"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner at Black Salt four years ago and have been waiting for an opportunity to return to the East Coast to go again. Our second experience was just as good. The waitstaff is attentive and very knowledgeable. The fish preparation is interesting and delicious. Because I live on the West Coast, I relished the chance to have Eastern soft shelled crab. It was perfectly prepared. I could not imagine why it was placed on top of linguini and cauliflower, choices which added nothing as the crab was perfect. My husband had the whole grilled Mediterranean Sea bass and it was again excellent and a very generous size. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Seafare selection and presentation really top notch if I lived in DC I would frequent often. Will definitely be top on my list next visit."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is a good place to meet for lunch and conversation. The waiter served the delicious food and after left the table for us to have so long as there were topics of conversation and watches were out of sight. The tuna and foccacia were delicious. Try it with the bread on the side. Mussels are delectable. The wine comes in a small carafe, so you know you are getting just what you pay for. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had a small birthday party at Black Salt. We were pleasantly when the menus arrived -- they carried a birthday greeting for the guest of honor. Of course, the dessert had a candle on it. But in between arrival and dessert, everything was perfect -- the starters (including oysters and octopus), the main course (fresh fish and steak), and the accompanying vegetables. Service was also perfect, attentive without being intrusive. It made a special occasion all the more special."
    Dined on 6/4/2014