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BlackSalt Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com
  • Email: blacksalt@comcast.net
  • 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: Thomas Leonard
  • 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
  • "I thought was delicious. My son had a few oysters on his half shell appetizer that were not good"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Our daughter lives in the neighborhood, and we have been thinking of trying BlackSalt because of the great reviews here and from friends. We finally did, and it lived up to those reviews. Presentation is wonderful, fish is terrific. I have the most tender baby octopus as an appetizer and John Dory as a main course. Everything at the table was great. The room on a Thursday night was busy and noisy. Nothing fancy about the decor, and certainly the prices are high (this being Washington) but it was worth it. Prices are creeping up in Baltimore as well into that range, for food that isn't even as good."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Went for my wife's birthday. From the "street view" on google maps, I did not know what to expect. Upon arriving we were quickly seated and greeted by our awesome waiter David. The food was wonderful. I would recommend the "bone in" swordfish (it's not on the menu, David suggested it). The chili margarita was delicious. For dessert banana cream pie definitely hit the spot. This place was fun, great food, good service and off the beaten path. I would recommend it to anyone looking for fresh seafood! My wife was impressed so I would call it a success."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband and I booked a table for what we thought was a Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary. Turns out I accidently booked it for Sunday. When we showed up on Saturday, they were very kind to squeeze us in, especially given it was a busy night. Meal was perfect. Scallops and Sardines for apps and Tuna and Bronzino for mains. Loved every bite."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We met @ Black Salt since I had not been there in a while. I was in town on business and a few friends and I met for dinner and it was great! The food was on the money, the service was top notch, and the overall atmosphere was full of life. Would highly recommend to others. The only down side is parking is limited"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The tilapia tacos were spectacular! Served on soft tortillas and accompanied by an habanero cilantro sauce."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a great experience. The staff was very helpful and provided excellent recommendations. We came for my husband's birthday and he enjoyed himself. Pretty on the high side so budget well. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "To start, there are many items that are not listed on the menu, but don't hesitate to ask your server if they do offer them. I was happy I asked about crabcake and fried oyster options -- it didn't disappoint. Instead of ordering a dinner entree, I decided to order a selection of starters for more variety, since I am not in the DC area often. I highly recommend the Fried Ipswich Clams and Prince Edward Island Mussels. However, the New England Clam Chowder wasn't as enjoyable, so order something else instead. Furthermore, the quality of the kids' menu items are subpar to the items on the regular menu and the service could improve, but the quality of the dishes undeniably compensated for any shortcomings."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "BlackSalt is a great destination for seafood of all kinds, and I am am happy to partake of their market, happy hour and regular menu offerings. I do not live in DC or Palisades, but I am close enough to reap the benefits. If you like raw bar, look no further. This IS the place in a great setting sans the parking dilemma. Servers are knowledgeable, expedient and gracious. I prefer the bar, where you can order everything off the menu. The dining room is noisy, sometimes louder than the bar. In any event, they never cut corners here with regard to seafood quality & freshness. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We had a wonderful table in the back room which allowed a party of seven to carry on a conversation and hear one another. [I had asked when making our reservation if we could sit in a quieter place in the restaurant, and that request was honored.] We most appreciated the flexible menu: you can match fish to side dishes that you prefer. The halibut was delicious. Our service was fabulous. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I knew I was in for a treat when I walked into a packed house on a Tuesday night. They have a great seafood menu with LOTS of nightly specials and will customize anything for you. I ended up choosing the 7 course tasting menu with wine pairings. I would like to compliment the chef for giving me such a broad spectrum of different flavors theoughout the meal. One employee went out of his way to make sure I got to try a special fish I requested. The staff was knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. I spoke with several different employees who were all candid with their opinions on the menu. My only disappointment was the 2 "strongest" courses in my opinion were course 5 and 6. I probably should have ordered the 5 course tasting menu."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We went to BlackSalt for our work holiday party (8 of us). We all like seafood, and everyone loved their dishes! We got oysters from Orleans, and somehere in Mass. and they were delicious!! Highly recommend them. I had the seafood stew and I couldn't how much seafood there was! It was delicious and I couldn't finish it all. I hope to go back again soon."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "There was a group in the middle of the room which made the room quite loud. But the food was excellent."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "The Black Salt Restaurant is very good (I wouldn't say great) and the food and service were good (I wouldn't use "very"). It is worth visiting and I would probably go back again. The fish was delectable (not overly done with respect to seasoning and preparation) although I was not able to get Arctic Char when I went. My suggestion to the restaurant is to present diners with black salt (I found it sold online) to use as a condiment or to purchase as a souvenir."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Excellent brunch experience. My friend and I each had a delicious bloody mary to start, an order of beignets, and BlackSalt's version of eggs benedict, served with a spicy hollandaise, rock shrimp and crab meat. Yum!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We have dined all over DC, and this is our new #1 spot. We have now gone twice, and both were incredible. For the initial visit, we walked in early on a weekend ~ 6:30 and were lucky enough to be seated at a first come first serve bar table. The service was impeccable as they walked us through the menu and worked seamlessly as a team. For the second visit we went the reservation route and were given a quiet romantic table in the back. On both occasions, the food was prepared, seasoned, and cooked perfectly including the halibut, black cod, whole fish; and appetizers of scallops, butterfish, and tuna. A former Manager/GM of VA/DC/MD Morton's, now Black Salt manager completed the experience (Morton's best customer facing talent IMO)."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Got the 5 course tasting menu. "Tastes" they were not...more like good size portions and often 2 on a plate so added up to a lot of great tasting food."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My husband and I came here for dinner with family that was visiting from out of town. The food (and the presentation!) was amazing, and the service was really spectactular. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant is magnificent. The food is absolutely delicious, fresh and simply magnificent. The back dining room is intimate and beautiful."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great selection of fresh fish, well-prepared in various ways. Energetic ambiance did not detract."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This was an excellent place to take a "foodie" from LA. The three different seafood dishes that were ordered were outstanding. The clam chowder was excellent. The ambiance of the "back room" was quiet and refined."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a great time at BlackSalt celebrating the birthday of my 13-year old daughter. From beginning to end, the staff made her feel special - from the Happy 13th Birthday menu items, to each of the waitstaff giving their well-wishes, to the dessert after a wonderful meal, we had a lovely time. The only (small) drawback was that my daughter was not able to have her favorite burger for dinner, but the boulliabaise, the mussels and the clams all made up for it! Many thanks!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "pleasant experience and look forward to returning. the French toast was great!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It might have just been my impeccable date, but this was a truly wonderful dining experience. The servers were knowledgeable and attentive, our food was outstanding. It's expensive, but well worth it for a special occasion. Two of us shared the following items and were satisfied: Oysters Rockefeller - decadent, and hearty for a small appetizer Prince Edward Island Mussels with spicy chorizo in a lovely tomato broth - the servers split into two portions so we could have separate bowls, there was easily 1lb of mussels between us. Atlantic Day Boat Scallops with gnocchi, mattaike mushrooms, and parsnip puree - fantastic marriage of flavors and texture, small portion though Wood grilled Swordfish - all components worked really well together!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and go to Black Salt often. It has also been terribly overpriced but the food and service have largely compensated. This time, the formula didn't work. My meal (pasta special with grilled salmon) was average and the service was appalling. I took special out of town guests who love seafood and I was embarrassed at the service. I won't return"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The problem at Blacksalt is the parking if you come before 6:30 p.m. THEN, you get the "tick tock" of being unable to be seated until the stroke of 5:30 p if you come early. If you are the first patrons of the night, DON'T seat people next to a wall. Good grief. Once we got past all this, the food is outstanding, the wines are delightful and once we got seated in the booth, we were able to catch up on the past four years."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Wonderful fish dishes creatively prepared. Generous portions."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "it is best if you can get a booth but you need at least 3 to make that happen. The booths are OK but the open area is really noisy. But the seafood makes it worth yelling to your dinner companion."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "One of the best fish restaurants in DC. Wonderful food and atmosphere. It is pricey, but the quality is worth it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The luncheon menu was surprisingly limited and very expensive. Noise levels awful."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I almost gave the chef's menu an "outstanding" rating. It was really very good, but we weren't as blown away as we were the last time we went to Black Salt and had the chef's menu, which set the bar really high. In fact we all agreed then that it was the best meal we'd EVER had. We look forward to getting the chef's menu menu again. We were were very happy that the dessert again included the cup of butterscotch and other goodies, as it is so delicious that we're surprised that it's legal. The dessert port that was paired with it was out of this world, too. We liked the refreshing white wine pairings and hope they will help usher in the spring finally. Thanks to the chef and the staff for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Black Salt was fantastic. I asked to be seated in the back because of noise level and was given a table in their back room. The room was cozy and pretty quiet. We had a great table.I love to be able to go out with friends and not have to yell across the table.The menu selection is amazing. If you want to try fish this is the place. With their fish market out front, the possibilities are endless. We had the fried Ipswich clams. They were tender and fantastic. The oyster selection was really great too. All the fishes were prepared differently and were out of this world. We loved our experience at Black Salt. We will definitely go back there soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Hadn't been in a coule years. Went for lunch and was very pleased. Went for dinner a week later and loved both the day Boat Scallops and the chef's preperation of Artic Char."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We need to maintain this kind of enterprise! A fish market in the front, a bistro in the middle and a restaurant in the back! We went to the restaurant and it was a delight. The freshest ingredients on the Potomac, with inspired combination of flavors. The seafood in a coconut milk with ginger was divine and the grilled local fish well prepared and presented. The oysters were the freshest and with with a assorted choice. The service was very good. The wine list is inspiring. A Treat."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I brought a professional colleague to the Black Salt for dinner. Besides the excellent food and wonderful ambiance, it was quiet enough to be able to talk without screaming!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had one of the best meals we can recall in the area! The food was outstanding, and the adjacent market offers the diner a ton of options in terms of not only fish but preparation. One unexpected aspect to the evening is that there are 2 very different dining spaces, one being more quiet and a bit more formal. We were in the second, seated along a wall next to 2 unmarked doors, one of which an employee kept going in and out of with a key. By the end of our meal only one other table had been seated in this room. When we left through the more casual area, we noticed it was 3/4 full and quite lively, which made me wish we had sat there instead. All that aside, this is a restaurant not to miss!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Delicious dinner and lovely setting.. 14. For a glass of wine I thought was expensive."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great seafood and presentation. Staff very knowledgeable and ready to assist if you would like to shape your own fish substitution."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Blacksalt is undoubtedly the best place in the area for fresh, well-prepared seafood. There is nothing boring on the menu. Fresh briny oysters and whole grilled Bronzino were wonderful. Always best to have reservations. It is a popular place"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We ate here on Sunday - there were 5 of us and we were seated in the wine room, which was very nice. The oysters that we started with were outstanding. Our waiter seemed extremely irritated to have to be working. It was hard to flag him down and when we asked questions or asked for more wine, he was rude. I think he is new because I've never seen him there before, but what an attitude! This is unusual, because I've always had excellent service at this restaurant. The food was delicious, though."
    Dined on 3/23/2014