BlackSalt

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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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EK
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great seafood restaurant that has great oysters to start with. I find the main courses to be generous too.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant serving exceptionally fresh fish, with elegant, creative and sophisticated plates .
The bonus as well is a great happy hour.

s
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blacksalt never disappoints! We took friends for a birthday celebration and not only were the food and service exemplary as always, but our menus said Happy Birthday and she got a tiny cake with a candle to commemorate her occasion. And, our dietary needs were happily met with helpful ideas and a smiling countenance. I always recommend Blacksalt to everyone I know. Thanks as usual!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Long wait for food. Over an hour. Ran out of dish my husband ordered. Lots of apologies from staff, however, did not change the bad experience by then. Mgr. took a percentage off our bill. Nice gesture but an enjoyable evening would have been preferable.

RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive staff. Seems to be getting a bit pricey.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Friendly staff! Always a pleasure when we go there. Love the atmosphere and did I mention the food is phenomenal.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters Rockefeller, Maryland rock fish, and burrata salad were amazing. As was the chocolate layer cake. Skip the baby octopus appetizer. The service was amazing and they treated us extra special on our anniversary!

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good. Had to sit in back room bc the front was just too noisy. Dishes ranged from VG to E

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Price greatly exceeds value of food. Stew was moderate serving, 1 shrimp, 1 scallop, 1 v small piece of fish, 4 tiny muscles, 4 even tinier clams (less than inch wide), wonderful broth for $38.00. No sides. Very loud. Joey, waiter, was v attentive, nice. Not worth it!

FB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always 😊

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and brilliant service!

FS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations at Blacksalt are the best, especially in the back quiet section. We brought our own wines which compliment the great food, and the sommelier was very attentive to our selection. Service was outstanding. We should’ve gotten the tower appetizer which was fabulous the last time we went. The calamari was average and the crab cakes had spine bits. I wish they would consider a fish stew or bouillabaisse!

Otherwise, still a favorite.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great! I recommend it highly!

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Oysters were the best as was the fried fish sandwich at lunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first time for Brunch! Had a great table to see into the kitchen and watch the magic happen. The highlights were the amazing pasties and breads created by the talented Chef Maddy. (Chocolate Scones, Beignets) One would expect no less from a chef that helped create the menu at a Michelin Star restaurant. (Burger was tasty. Great bun to patty ratio) Service was friendly and non obtrusive. Already made a date to be back with more people. Highly recommend.

MS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a reservation for 7 adults and one child for a birthday dinner. Great choice! Staff were very helpful with accommodating the baby, the noise level was low so it was easy for the older members of the party to hear the conversation, and the service made it feel quite special. It was perfect for a fancy-but-family-friendly gathering.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food at Black Salt - but was not thrilled at being put in a cavernous back room - not the kind of room I want to sit in if I pay for a hundred dollar a person type of meal.

m
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu offered good options. Service was helpful and professional. We were seated in the attractive back room which was very quiet. Other areas were noisier as we walked through.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great booth. Service allowed us to talk .. did not interrupt. Wonderful food.

TA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great.

WZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience. Exceeds expectations with every visit. Favorite place in the city especially for special occasions. Leigh and Doug are amazing. Thanks for another spectacular night at Black Salt.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere as always!

MK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Black Salt!

a
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been here for lunch many times. I enjoy the express menu. This time I thought the fish tacos were too bland. The garden salad was ok but would add less variety and more greens.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service, wine, food!!

KA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner, excellent food and service.

a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I truly hate writing negative reviews. I understand how hard it is to run a restaurant, so unless things are really bad, I give mediocre service and good a pass. Last night I took my son and his friend to dinner at Black Salt. We had a reservation, were promptly seated in a good spot, and a busboy came by to fill water glasses. From there, everything went straight to hell. The waiter took a drink order, a few minutes later the drinks arrived and he disappeared. It took another 20 minutes or so for him to show his face and take our food order. He mentioned something about a big party at another table, as that were an excuse for ignoring our table for three, and with a decidedly dismissive attitude turned on his heels and one again disappeared.
The food was long in coming. We tried to get the attention of the Maitre'D, she stopped, said she would check, and we never heard from her again. I don't know if this haughtiness of the staff is taught by the manager, but it is beyond rude. The food finally arrived, the mussels were very small, the portions on the other dishes not at all generous, it was a poor value at best. The highlight of the evening was our water glasses were always topped off. The only courteous person working at the restaurant was the busboy. I've eaten at Black Salt several times. I never thought the service was great, this time it was abominable. On the way out, my son who has been dining there for a decade, talked to the Maitre'D - the one who ignored us, and told her about our evening there. She didn't respond at all. Amazing. Keep away from Black Salt.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant.
If you like fish, this is a restaurant you absolutely have to try.
Every dish on the menu can be arranged to have it for appetizer or entrée.
Everything we tasted was delicious and well prepared. The wine list is very nice.
Staff is also really understanding your needs.
I just want to go back and have another dinner there.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening to celebrate our family

RE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Restaurant Week, which was a very good deal for this restaurant. The staff was very good-natured and friendly, given what a challenge week this can be for restaurants.

AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! We went for restaurant week and it was a great time. Would definitely recommend.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was just okay. We were served the wrong meal and it took a while for someone to come back and change it. The mussels were tasteless and the experience was a little tainted because our meals were not served at the same time.

GR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great RW menu, loved our server and food was excellent.

CT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way!

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Very elegant and amazing flavors.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went for the Restaurant Week brunch menu and weren't especially wowed. This place sources really good seafood, but the atmosphere felt really stilted and the food didn't seem to be worth the money for full price.

V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great restaurant week experience at Blacksalt. It’s one of my favorite places. They accommodated a group of four and a baby. The food was excellent and great value, they also did a great job accommodating a serious allergy. The waiter was exactly the right amount of attentive. We had a great time and did not feel rushed.

EF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited BlackSalt for first time in a while for Summer Restaurant Week. First time I had been there for brunch. Was quite impressed by quality and variety of brunch offerings for Restaurant Week. Also quite pleased by service. Will definitely go back!

BS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation. The hostess told us that the dining room wasn't ready yet but she then started seating walk-ins (it was restaurant week). A different hostess sat us after we were standing their unattended for awhile. Once we were seated our food and service was excellent. It was a little off putting to start with and it's unlikely that we'll return despite the otherwise excellent food and service. There are too many other restaurants that seem to value their customers more.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Would have liked more attentive service and the price was quite steep for what it is.

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