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BlackSalt, Washington, DC
BlackSalt, Washington, DC
BlackSalt, Washington, DC
BlackSalt, Washington, DC
BlackSalt, Washington, DC
Award-winning

BlackSalt

4.7
4.7
6595 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Global, International, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 342-9101
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Quanta Robinson
  • Private party facilities
    BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 30 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Nur Sulistiono: (202) 342-9101
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Palisades Northwest
  • Cross street
    V Street NW
  • Parking details
    metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends
  • Public transit
    Foggy Bottom Metro/Dupont Circle<br />D6 Bus Stop
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,595 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • District of Columbia

    Seafood

6,601 Reviews
  1. ArnetteH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tremenous service and exceptional food. The clam chowder was the best I've ever tasted.

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  2. JonT

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptionally great service. flavorful and fresh food

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  3. JasonK

    London

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently exceptional. There is simply no one better in the mid Atlantic for a meal of fish.

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  4. Lizzie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, not great. Service was fine, not exceptional. Extremely long wait between first and main courses. I've had better experiences there. Maybe they were just overwhelmed on a busy Saturday night.

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  5. JessicaH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, Rich, and interesting seafood. Great service in a lovely atmosphere. Noise level a little high. Pricey but worth it.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very underwhelmed by the food that was served. We got: Fish tacos: it was ok. I wish the slaw had flavor. It got better after tabasco was added. Thia mussels: best thing we had. The flavoring was good. Salmon burger: was so disappointing. Salmon was dry, chips were salty. Solid 3/5 for food. Cornbread as a starter added an extra .5 points! Despite the food, service was phenomenal. 

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good! Sat in the wine cellar, ordered the special (salmon), salad, oysters, and tuna. The chef happily made my dish gluten free. Everything was great!

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  8. FeliciaB

    Washington DC

    165 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    165 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service excellent, as always. My go to place.

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  9. LindaB

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were absolutely marvelous. The addition of Dorade is a good choice! Sitting in upstairs dining room is so k, but prefer the main dining room.

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  10. RobertR

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Grossly overpriced. For some reason each entree now costs $20 more than a few years ago yet the food is the same. The Branzino was good but would have been better with a simpler sauce. We will not be back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding as always. One of my favorite places in DC, and this time around we had the honor to dine at the same restaurant as President Biden and the First Lady as they were hosting the Japanese prime minister and wife. What an experience!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Munich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service & food - nice, cozy experience outside of hustle & bustle of city

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  13. Kadmos

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Not many choices for lunch. Prices well above the quality of the meal. Besides there are additional charges if you pay with credit card.

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  14. foodieambo

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BlackSalt is the place for seafood. The oysters alone are spectacular, and the fish is always perfectly prepared. I will report that I find I like their fish far more than I like their version of cornmeal-crusted soft shell crab.

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  15. WilliamP

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ate here, four years ago, and came back to see if it was as memorable. I was not to be disappointed. Very challenging to eat a three meal course given the portions, each portion is made with great care and focus. With an on-site bakery, fresh fish in daily with a great mix of nightly specials, and a solid wine list. Makes this a great restaurant to hit for a positive evening.

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  16. mac3

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been going to BlackSalt for many years, and it is consistently outstanding. The food is incredible, the service is great, and the wine list is very good.

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  17. familyoffour

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    From the first bite of stone crab claws, tender calamari to delicious entrees of rockfish, crab cakes and halibut all the way through to finishing touches with butterscotch pot de creme and key lime pie the food was excellent. The recommended wine pairing of a sancerre was fantastic. Can't remember the last time when we ate out that every thing was wonderful. Thank you for a lovely evening.
    BlackSaltResponded on April 3, 2024
    Thank you for the thoughtful review

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  18. MonaK

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was most delicious and the service was excellent. The manager and the waiters were wonderful.

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  19. Stevenson

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Crab cake was superb! Service attentive. A tad expensive, but very good for a special lunch or dinner.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall good experience.The appetizers of lobster and calamari were on the tough side and not the best value for cost.Service was good.
    BlackSaltResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback regarding your recent visit to BlackSalt. We have alerted the Chef regarding your appetizers

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  21. Virginian

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and menu with good choices. I'd recommend to friends!
    BlackSaltResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you Virginian for the kind words

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  22. KristinA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The pricing is just a bit high. I don't know if I would come back when work is not paying. $53 starting point for a piece of fish is just too hard to stomach. Ans $20 starting point for a so-so glass of Chardonnay is just too much. I am a neighbor and frequent all of our great spots in the hood here in palisades.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My latest favorite place. Everything was great - except this review form!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in DC hands down. Every time I dine here always have great service and amazing food!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After eating at BlackSalt, it is my favorite restaurant and I will definitely be back.

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  26. SueF

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous! Particularly when chef prepares the fish his way. Service always superb!

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  27. john

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We are long time diners at Black Salt, and always enjoyed our meals; however, last night was very disappointing and not sure if we will return. We understand the need to raise prices, but we found it difficult to find anything on the menu (daily specials and regular) that we wanted to order. The calamari appetizer and tuna and crab cake main courses were underwhelming, at best. The bread and olive oil were the only enjoyable part of the meal. Service and ambiance were fine, but sorry to feel the need to write this revue.

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  28. Susan

    Tokyo

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For the food, service and ambience there is no place in the Washington DC region I would rather eat than BlackSalt. It's in a slightly out-of-the-way neighborhood, but it's my neighborhood so it works perfectly for me. The food is creative, the balance is perfect and the flavors are fresh and compelling. The staff - at all levels - is professional and outstanding. Bravo!

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  29. MrYummy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I hadn’t been to Black Salt in years and I was consistently disappointed. The grilled calamari were chewy, and both the halibut and bronzino were overdone. Surprisingly, the best part of my meal was the salad.

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  30. SandyP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our anniversary and the menu we got had a special greeting from the restaurant (nice touch - set the stage for a memorable experience)! Food was excellent, service outstanding!

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  31. mrowland

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal with attentive service. Good wine selections and great desserts also.

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  32. JeromeJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Black Salt the food was delicious and service great our waiter Ryan was attentive and saw our every need

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  33. gfwareagle

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a winner. We went for Sunday brunch and enjoyed a salad, their one-of-a-kind clam chowder and their eggs Benedict Ponchartain.

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  34. YouOnlyLiveOnce

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    About as average as it gets. Not good for the price but fine if you need a good place to take elderly people.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was a very nice evening and the food was excellent except the steak. We would come a lot more often if there were better non seafood options for the one non seafood lover in our family.

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  36. TomA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always excellent…same for service! Dinning experience is the best in DMV. Go and enjoy.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu and wine list has changed since our last time dining at BlackSalt. Actually had to return a bottle of French wine that was undrinkable/bitter.Fortunately, the wine server suggested a much better California wine that went well with the entrees. The food was great, as we expected.

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  38. NB41

    Washington DC

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food slections from varied menu and service were excellent. Prices have definitely increased since last visits and administrative fee for using credit card? What's that about at a restaurant where everyone uses a credit card?

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  39. quartet

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Black salt has become wildly over priced for what it is. Entrees with no sides over $50. Appetizers $30.00. Now there’s a 4 % surcharge on top of that . Crab cakes were mediocre and more than $50. Four of us ate there -only one bottle of modestly priced wine, no cocktails , no coffee or after dinner drinks. split two desserts and the bill was $600. That’s just too much— for that cost I’ll go to a fine dining restaurant.

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  40. SuzyS

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed every minute of our dinner at Blacksalt! Staff were very attentive and everyone’s food was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend the black pepper tuna with soba noodles. All together a lovely dining experience.

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FAQs

BlackSalt offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 342-9101.

BlackSalt is rated 4.7 stars by 6595 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for BlackSalt

4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    V Street NW
  • Neighborhood
    Palisades Northwest
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Global, International, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends
  • Public transit
    Foggy Bottom Metro/Dupont CircleD6 Bus Stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Quanta Robinson
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 342-9101
  • Private party facilities
    BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 30 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Nur Sulistiono: (202) 342-9101
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