BlackSalt
BlackSalt

BlackSalt

  • 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 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
411 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (278)neighborhood gem (233)special occasion (175)great for lunch (105)notable wine list (91)romantic (64)good for groups (56)hot spot (51)great for brunch (51)vibrant bar scene (39)kid-friendly (24)late-night find (10)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Seafood heaven
    BacciVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    BlackSalt is an amazing find. It is a neighborhood establishment with an unassuming entrance. It is a fish market with a small quaint restaurant in the back. The chef will prepare anything they have in the market even if not on the menu. He prepared a lovely plate of grilled calamari for me..cooked to perfection. The prawn and pepper stew as my entree was delightful. For a Monday evening, the restaurant was packed. No need to wonder why! Portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and great service !
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We ate at Blacksalt on Sunday night. Although the menu had plenty to offer,we were also offered specials from their market (Dover Sole, Lobster, Skate). The seafood here is extremely fresh and tastes fantastic. The three of us ordered a dozen of the Battle Creek oysters and gobbled them up - they were delicious. We ordered 3 separate main courses from the menu (I had the skate, which was perfectly cooked and very tasty) and we all thoroughly enjoyed them. The restaurant was busy, but the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quiet Table & Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I had requested a quiet part of the restaurant as my friend, an aging navy diver, was very hard of hearing. Black Salt accommodated us and we had a great meal; great service and could communicate. We eat in the back diningroom and went early. As usual, the food was terrific; our service superb and it remains one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at BlackSalt
    SJN6
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I have been to brunch at BlackSalt several times over the past few years and always enjoyed it. This past Sunday was no different. Delicious food, great service. We had a reservation and were seated right away. I had the oyster po'boy, which was good (I only wish it had been served with something other than field greens, which were lackluster). My husband really enjoyed the shrimp and grits. This is a great brunch spot - worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert is the highlight
    vhinpghVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Don't miss the peanut butter chocolate crunch cake. It is the very best part of the meal. The bread was delicious, too -- warm with a crunchy crust. I thought the restaurant was good, but a bit overpriced. I don't think I have ever had a $17 glass of wine before.,,although it was good, that seems excessive to me. The fish was good, but I was surprised to see so many fish dishes prepared with pork as one of the ingredients. as one who does not eat meat, I found this very limiting. Overall, it was tasty and a nice experience. I would recommend it but with these caveats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was there with another couple for my birthday
    ahsearchVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Drinks from the bar were ok....appetizers...kale salad and salmon tartare were excellent... 3 in our party had the Dover Sole which was great- my branzino was good, but not great in part because it was not well de-boned. The place has great fish and the chef is very good about preparing things the way you like even if it is not on the menu. One negative comment I would think that a restaurant would do something for someone's birthday...free appetizer or glass of wine or dessert...I was surprised that Black Salt did nothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Issa
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a very pleasant dinner at Black Salt last weekend. The server was friendly and knowledgeable and he kept the dinner at an excellent pace. We had three different types of oysters and we enjoyed all of them. Everyone was happy with their main course. All in all, a great dinner. It was on the pricey side but you pay for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed experience
    diner
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    They first sat us at a super noisy table even though I had called 3 days before requesting a quieter seat. They did end up putting us in a booth, which was better. But it was frustrating that they didn't pay attention to my phoned-in request. Some of us liked our dinners, others not so much. The service was very slow, which was disappointing for such a high-end restaurant. Our server just sort of disappeared and it took forever just to get basic drinks at the beginning of the evening. We'd been before and had been much happier. Not sure I'd rush back, which is too bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Our first time here for our anniversary. First class meal start to finish. Comp glass of sparkling wine, VG Hemingway daiquiri's, fairly priced wine. Light apple salads followed by bigeye tuna perfectly prepared, and crab cakes too large to finish. Raspberry-choc torte for dessert. Expensive, but compared to others at this quality level still a fair price. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    GroovySisterVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    You can stop in and buy some fish to cook for dinner in the front, have a nice dinner near the bar in the middle or have an elegant dining experience with white table cloths in the back (what we did). Food is great-- selection like I have never seen elsewhere (4 kinds of caviar, many kinds of muscles and oysters) and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Odd service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Many of the wait staff did not make eye contact; they were attentive, but oddly disconnected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ohhh the key lime pie!
    DLB13VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Dined with a friend on Sunday night - she's Pescatarian and I'm Paleo, and Black Salt had plenty of options to please both of us. The margarita was a very nice cocktail to start. We shared the traditional mussels and they were amazing. For dinner my friend had the ravioli and RAVED about it. I had beet salad and appetizer-sized tuna - both were ok but not standouts. We had key lime pie for dessert (not Paleo, but worth EVERY bite... it was one of the best I've ever had!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed with service
    McleanMomVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband and I were there to celebrate our anniversary with a casual Sunday dinner. We always have enjoyed the food and wine at BlackSalt. Although the food and wine were still great, the service was disappointing. We were seated for quite a while before we had to flag down someone to take our drink order. Then there was a discussion between the staff about the situation and someone did take our drink orders even though she said she was not our wait staff. When the wait staff finally did arrive, there was no apology for not showing up for about 20 minutes after we were seated nor was there any apology by anyone else at the restaurant. No one came by to make sure we had someone waiting on us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    GregVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were seated on time, staff was friendly and very professional. We are foodies so the entire experience is important, and after dining at more than a few restaurants in DC this has to be one of the best, if not the best we have visited in the three years living here. Prices were moderate, but the daily specials were very reasonable; however, we end up ordering from the regular menu and it was not really more expensive than other places of the same character. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Restaurant
    Harmony
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a very busy restaurant at both lunch and dinner - so reservations are recommended. Food is uniformly well presented and good. Noise level is relatively high so conversations are sometimes difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I have nothing but praise for this restaurant. Everything was absolutely outstanding but at a price. We were prepared to pay plenty but in my opinion the prices were really just ridiculous! $10 for a green salad? $32 for a piece of (abeit quite good) fish? With tip, the bill was $100/person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Does not live up to expectations
    Disappointedfan
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    What a dissappointment! I had my husband's birthday dinner here, and both he and I were ready to leave mid-dinner because we were so frustrated with the horrible service and follow-through from the staff. We will never return. * None of the fish preparations on the menu appealed to my husband. The waiter's explanations for a simple preparation was extremely vague and uninformative. * The kitchen botched a simple modification to my appetizer and prepared it 3 times before it was served correctly. * Our entree orders were cancelled and we waited almost a hour for our main dishes to arrive. * All the time during our wait, the server never checked to see if we were ok, give us the status of our food, give us more bread, etc.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Evening
    DCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Food was exquisite! Service impeccable! Had not been to BlackSalt in a few years, but a visiting relative provided the reason to go again. All three of us were surprised at how GOOD the food was! We had high expectations, but they were surpassed. And the service was terrific as well. A truly delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changing tides
    DCOmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Recommending BlackSalt used to be a reflex. After a year hiatus two recent visits confirm the stalwart has lost its lustre. It started at the door (the staff was less well appointed then usual) and continued through the meal (clear defects in the meal, e.g., brunt ends on salad) as well as rushed service (a bottle of wine, salads, mains and bill took 50 minutes). Although I do not mind a casual atmosphere paired with a higher end dining experience, the overly bright lighting and relaxed staff made this feel more like the now (sadly) shuttered Addie's than BlackSalt. Aside from the obvious defects in the food, the kitchen still put on a good show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good evening overall
    Glutton
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you like a quieter space, ask for the back room. It was great - we could have a real conversation! Overall the food was excellent except, surprisingly, the crab cakes which were very disappointing - too much tasteless filler and not enough crab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavors Sublime
    HealthyFoodLOverVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My friend and I sat at one of the tables alongside the bar for Happy Hour, where the noise level usually deafening in the dining room was comfortable. The lobster cauliflower bisque, as rich as ice cream, was the most delicious I've ever eaten. Our main dishes were generous and flavorful, and the drinks were reasonably priced. We also enjoyed the fabulous new art work we visited in the dining room. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DiningDivasVIP
    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.
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    thepres
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    never disappoints. our meal was wonderful, as always.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • 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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate