BlackSalt

4.7
5627 reviews
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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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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had fond memories of dining here a few years ago when we were in town. Our recent visit was not as spectacular. The food was good, however not as good as we remembered.

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EB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience. It was a great way to celebrate a special occasion. The manager was especially accommodating and complimentary.

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MW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit blacksalt every time we come to DC. There are a ton of restaurants in DC. So many of them are great so many of them are Michelin ranked. We hit black salt at least once during every visit. The service is impeccable the quality of food is fresh fresh fresh. They change the menu regularly by adding on new unique dishes so the food choices are great.

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

Excellent wine list and great seafood. It is our go to restaurant

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CW
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was wonderful! Wait staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to return!

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

the food is always the freshest seafood available in the city. And it is refreshing that it is open for lunch.
But the staff is a bit less friendly at 11:30 am. Still always a go-to place for fresh seafood anytime.

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PH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food and service were excellent. There was a table next to us with young children. They were pretty well behaved, but very loud. Not the type of restaurant I'd expect to see small children at (and I have three kids). Made talking a little difficult. Overall, a great dinner.

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MS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner was wonderful. The service was amazing and food excellent. It was an expensive meal but we loved it!

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LW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Salt is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. The food never disappoints. On our last visit my husband had a lobster appetizer that is wonderful and I requested fried shrimp which in not on the menu and that was very good. Over the years this has been a place where we take friends visiting from out of town.

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AS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BlackSalt always goes above and beyond to make guests feel comfortable and well taken care of. The food is always impeccable and the service is above and beyond. The fish is prepared perfectly and every bite is crafted with thought and expertise. We will definitely continue to return!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Belon oysters were out of this world! All food, drinks and service were excellent.

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SC
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunches. Superb restaurant. One of D.C.'s best and most reliable

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LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food although the portions are quite Small (especially the salad and the salmon. The other dishes we tried were ok).

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SJ
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best seafood in DC

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our experience was fair to poor. While the food was good when it finally arrived, the service was slow and ill-timed. The bar was really noisy and drinks came sporadically. Moreover, the wine service was inept and not well informed. BlackSalt is a good restaurant but it just wasn't our night. Might try it again, but since it's very expensive they better get it right next time, or we won't be back ever.

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CB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner after an early show at the Kennedy Center on the way home to Bethesda. Best swordfish ever and I grew up on Cape Cod.

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DB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, top notch wine and food.

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JH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! (Wine room is really nice! But crank up the AC a bit!)

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NF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Thursday. Crowded. To much noise except in the last part of the restaurant. They kindly let us move to there. Good service

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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, we had wonderful food at lunch with a great set of servers. The value is amazing for the quality and sophistication -- from salad to dessert. This is the BEST lunch value in DC!

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M
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the restaurant and food, but it is way too noisy!!! We could hardly carry on a conversation.

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l
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food + service could not be better. just one complaint - seems like prices keep slowly inching up. $240 (w/ tip) for two apps, two entrees, and two drinks each sound reasonable to you?

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E
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service and good were quite good, but the meal was marred by the loud noise.

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M
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All four of us were very pleased with our dishes -- well planned flavor combinations, excellent quality and visually interesting. Service was attentive and helpful but not disruptive. Sommelier was fun, not stuffy but knows her wines. Remembered that we had a birthday in the group. Highly recommend.

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FB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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CE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was lovely; only the noise level was a little high.

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

First time dining at BlackSalt. We enjoyed our food. Thought the service was a little spotty. This was a special occasion and choice was made based on caviar availability, which my wife definitely enjoyed. I would recommend for a more casual meal, perhaps in the bar. Tables were very tight, and noisy. Parking is scarce.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very informative and attentive. The food is always delicious!! The prices of entree’s are a little high for a restaurant that doesn’t use a table cloth, but all and all a very nice experience.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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k
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had not been to Black Salt for quite some time. Our last dinner there was not up to their usual high quality service and care in the kitchen. This time we had a wonderful Spring time meal- beautiful spring vegetable salad, halibut, and of course, the wonderful crab cakes. Our server (I don’t know her name) was terrific and her suggestion for wine was spot on.

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JW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed my meal and would absolutely go back. Fantastic, fresh, well prepared seafood and a great selection. Excellent wine list with great by the glass options and my girlfriend's cocktail was delicious. The service was outstanding. The place is a DC staple, and I'm not sure why it took me so long to get there. Now that I've been, I'll be back for sure!

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend Black Salt to anyone looking for great seafood - as well as non seafood items on the menu. It's pricey so we go just for special occasions. We had swordfish, short ribs and a Thai stew & loved them all, especially the last two.

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SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Express Lunch option is a great deal with choices to fit any taste.

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PH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Known for good seafood, Black Salt also offers meat on its menu. Our table took the complete meal offer of either three or four courses. The mussels were good as was the salad and dessert. One guest had the tuna, which he did not like. I like the atmosphere way back in the restaurant where we sat at a round booth. No noise so we could talk, something missing in many Washington restaurants. Prices were reasonable. I would return to eat and also recommend to friends.

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C
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted great local seafood and it delivered with fresh ingredients and creative preparations. Excellent wine list, lovely seasonal salad, swordfish fresh and perfectly cooked, lobster and sweet pea agnolotti delicate and divine. Ambience was elegant bistro with low noise. Would definitely return.

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MW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch, wonderful service and delightful ambiance!

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JO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black Salt food is consistently good and the service is also always superior. We always look forward to a meal there

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love blacksalt. I’ve been coming here for the last 12 years and never disappointed. Kids love love their menus. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.

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k
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent from check in to departure. Our server was extremely friendly and helpful in describing the dishes. Most of the portions were adequate although a few were not. The coconut Thai stew in particular was disappointing and had very little seafood content. Overall I thought the restaurant experience was okay but certainly didn't live up to our high expectations, based upon the reviews we read.

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OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, ambience and service excellent! Recommend and will be back!

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