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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
BlackSalt reviews from OpenTable diners
408 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (269)neighborhood gem (233)special occasion (175)great for lunch (98)notable wine list (91)romantic (67)great for brunch (54)good for groups (49)hot spot (49)vibrant bar scene (37)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (13)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It was very noisy at lunch time - even for a table of two. The server was not very attentive nor particularly interested in talking to us about the menu or specials.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch Seafood
    BSmith
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    BlackSalt has a fabulous menu selection and is the best that I've found that has a seafood focus in the DC area. The service was on point and really topped the evening off by being out of the way but always available. They were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and we will definitely be back many more times in the future. My new favorite high-end seafood restaurant! Check out the other restaurants that the restaurant group has, we've been to many of them and they are all different but share the same focus on delivering great food and service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall the cuisine was pretty good
    Layne
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The ambience has a casual and modern feel. The food is on par with a decent seafood to stab Wischman but the prices could come down 10 to 15% for – especially on the drinks
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We took our son, a seafood fanatic, to BlackSalt for his 18th birthday. The food was superb in every way, cocktails were excellent, and the service was knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive. A lovely experience. (The butter fish appetizer, raw oysters and banana coconut bream pies were especially noteworthy.) The only suggestion I would make is to add some nice music to the upper level. Would definitely return, and have already recommended to friends.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • 5 Stars!!!
    WandaP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Once again, our experience at BlackSalt exceeded expectations. We ordered the 5 course tasting with wine pairing and every course was exceptional. Service is always beyond outstanding. We will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Salt - A Delight
    Snookie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The swordfish and crab cakes were delectable. Service was very efficient. We were promptly seated. The menu options were explained. The restaurant is quiet enough that one can conduct a conversation, and the tables are not packed in. The desserts were exceptional and unique. I had never seen several of these items on a menu before. The neighborhood is very charming, and this restaurant is a very welcome addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I always think of BlackSalt when I have friends from around the world visiting me and we go out to dine. They are used to the best restaurants and BlackSalt is a great competitor. This time I hosted a dinner for close friends, some of who had never dined at BlackSalt. Everyone was blown away by the event (that it turned out to be). As one of my friends said in a thank you note to me, Judy, you knocked it out of the park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality, quality, quality
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    What makes this restaurant a perennial favorite is the quality of its seafood. Everything is fresh and comes with seasonal accents. At a recent dinner for four we had succulent oysters, a kale caesar, grilled sardines and a crab cake to start, and bouillabaisse to follow. The food is for the most part light, so you are not stuffed at the end, and have room for a little dessert - in our case, the trio of sorbets and a key lime pie which we shared. I like the fact the restaurant sticks to a focused repertoire, and does not try to incorporate every food fad in its menu (the kale caesar notwithstanding). The only quibble: the restaurant's acoustics, which make a quiet conversation quite difficult.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    never disappoints. our meal was wonderful, as always.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Healthy from the Sea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Black Salt offers a range in Seafood, from very subtle, very fresh flavors to a culinary complexity that is only rivaled by their wine list. It was a pleasure to write afterwards that the quality of the food was exceeded only by the quality of the company with whom I was dining.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • 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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    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
    RoWillia1952
    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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  • 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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  • 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 .
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great lunch
    DBC4
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food was excellent. Service personal, knowledgeable and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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
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    good for groups
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    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
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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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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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.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.