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BlackSalt

4.8
4.8
6150 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 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Global, International

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    JG Gaetjen

  • Private party facilities

    BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 30 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Patrick Desvenain: (202) 342-9101

  • Neighborhood

    Palisades Northwest

  • Cross street

    V Street NW

  • Parking details

    metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • District of Columbia

    Seafood

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  1. TF

    TomF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good overall but not outstanding. Very fresh tuna was overpowered by peanut sauce and mushy noodles. Halibut was also very fresh and flaky but accompanying bed of vegetables and morels were mushy and bland. Mexican chile corn chowder as a starter was the one standout. Key lime pie was mediocre. I have had much better meals at Black Salt in the past and would go back based on those meals. Maybe this was an off night.
  2. BN

    BesteNanNan

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant, quiet ambiance, gracious attentive (and charming) service, and delicious food! We enjoyed our three course lunch, and our child loved her dessert! A neighborhood treasure, we will return often.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was absolutely fabulous! The service was excellent and the food was impeccable. You will leave there with your taste buds very satisfied #YUM
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing attentive and warm service, outstanding food. A special occasion must for romantic date or group celebration.
  5. s

    sharonsusie

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is simply amazing, the manager JJ went out of his way to make out meal memorable
  6. JK

    JoanK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    fabulous meal - we were celebrating the birthday of one in our party and they comped us a great dessert. This is an old favorite which has not suffered at all over time - excellent!!
  7. L

    Lyss

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Made my parents' anniversary great, with a happy anniversary wish in the menus and a small dessert with a message. All of the entrees were incredible, and the desserts were particularly divine. Great place to celebrate and indulge. Will be back!
  8. DF

    DanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, food was delicious and Doug's service was amazing.
  9. JN

    JN99

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The food was quite good, but the restaurant itself is absolutely overhyped, especially in terms of value for what you’re paying for. We sat in the dining room and the temperature felt quite hot and sticky, leaving us pretty uncomfortable for our entire meal. Our waiter was unfortunately not trained and didn’t know the answer to any of our questions. For the price, you would expect a much more tailored and comfortable experience and this was just not that at all.
  10. JB

    JohnB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it's the best place for seafood on a special occasion. From the appetizers to the desserts, everything is done with flair. It's a bit on the salty side for those of us on low-salt diets, but that is my only negative observation.
  11. I

    Icio076

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good; great service.
  12. L

    Louise

    Washington DC

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, although pricey. The wine list also was pricey, having only a few bottles under the $90 level. Service was excellent, but it's definitely a splurge dining experience.
  13. L

    Lenora

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second visit amd they, once again. did nit disappoint. The backroom where we dined was so intimate and I loved every moment of it.
  14. t

    travlingtastebuds

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from the door to the table to the door!! Food was delicious with unique blend of flavors. Definitely not disappointed at all!
  15. PT

    PTJPTJ

    San Francisco

    472 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    472 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Every time I go to BlackSalt, I write mostly the same review, namely that the food is exceptionally good. I had the clam chowder, the best I’ve ever tasted (and that’s coming from a native of New England), the halibut special, and the peanut butter torte for dessert. Service is always attentive. This remains my favorite seafood restaurant in the US.
  16. YS

    YvonneSomerville

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Splurge experience worth it! Delicious food, wine expertly served!
  17. P

    P7070

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was very knowledgeable about all the menu items and gave us honest feedback. He had a great personality and was very attentive to our table. The food was a bit salty so next visit I’ll ask the kitchen to skip the “finishing” salt. The selections were all delicious, and the banana, coconut and caramelized pineapple tart was amazing.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh seafood and friendly service. Entire experience was a treat
  19. TN

    TomN

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic Anniversary dinner! Excellent food! Terrific service from Abigail! One of our favorite restaurants!!
  20. c

    carkies

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It is always a favorite for fresh, creative seafood. The grilled calamari is just amazing and the oysters Rockefeller are the best I have ever had and I am really really old! It is always a treat and great to pick something up for your next dinner on the way out !
  21. m

    marlyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    we have been going to Black Salt for more than 5 years, and we noticed that the menu has not changed much. Although the food is great, it would be more appealing if there is some seasonal menu once in awhile.
  22. SP

    SallyP

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal at Black Salt. It was not cheap however. I will go there again for special occasions but it is too expensive to go to on a regular basis.
  23. MB

    MarcyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    No real lunch menu. No entree salads in 95 degree heat.
  24. TB

    ToddB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service & friendliness of staff was great! As well, the food was tasty, especially the red snapper! However, we thought the menu prices were a “little high” compared to similar seafood restaurants we’ve eaten at!
  25. j

    john

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, food and service were excellent. Ambience just right.
  26. D

    Dinner42

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great lunch! We were five and ate handsomely, at the round table adjacent to the kitchen (which we’d asked for). An ahi first course and a Japanese fish stew, along with a soft shell sandwich (not on the menu; just ask for anything in the front case; the staff is terribly accommodating!) were standouts. The only miss was the cream of crab soup. Rich but meh. The Alaskan halibut was perfect and perfectly cooked, and the asparagus salad was beautiful and delicious. Ate too much and had to skip dessert. We live close by and of course will be back!
  27. F

    Flowerstone

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have visited several times and have found this to be a consistently outstanding seafood restaurant. Prices are high but then again food served is also.
  28. Y

    ahmimY

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice place: good food and friendly service. A bit pricy but it's worth the experience.
  29. AE

    AprilE

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Oysters were great. Our main dish the Japanese stew was ok. The shellfish was good. Broth was too salty and they was like 5 pieces of udon noodles. They advertised what they had for ice cream and sorbet up front by the host stand. So, when my husband ordered a sorbet from there they said it wasn’t available for the dining area. So, we got the angel food cake dessert which was good. I don’t think our entree was worth $42. I still would recommend it, but don’t get the Japanese seafood stew.
  30. m

    marlam

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great consistency at Black Salt starting with first greeting. Excellent service and food. Great neighborhood spot.
  31. K

    Kadmos

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great restaurant. Not so great wine list: only expensive wines and not a single good value wine.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best meal I had while visiting Washington. Every portion of our meal was fresh and delicious. The staff were excellent and very attentive. I highly recommend.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  34. L

    Lynne

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the new menu and quiet back room with tablecloths. Japanese style fish soup was terrific! Will return soon
  35. LC

    LizC

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely server. I forgot to ask her name. The food was excellent and we had a nice long lunch by combining several appetizer sized pleats and chowder
  36. a

    an0nym0us

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, and service was excellent. The main dining room can be noisy at dinner time but we came for a late lunch on Monday, which was perfect. Highly recommend: fried calamari, wood grilled calamari, lobster pot pie, halibut, key lime cheesecake, and strawberry/rhubarb angel food cake.
  37. EC

    EllenC

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I found the menu very limiting. I had a hard time finding something I would like to eat on the menu. I ordered the crabcakes and they were just ok. The crabcake only had shredded crabmeat, no big chunks of backfin or lump crabmeat. It also had a lot of filler. I expected more from a crabcake at a restaurant known for seafood. My husband did enjoy the lobster pot pie appetizer and he said the bronzino was very good. Our server was excellent and tried to be accomodating.
  38. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place. Good food. They even have sashimi grade fish for sale at the fish market in front of the restaurant.
  39. f

    foodies

    Baltimore

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This my second visit to Black Salt to celebrate a special day. The food has consistently been exceptional, and the service top notch. Will definitely dine again.
  40. l

    lkwdgayman

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent fish, beautifully prepared. Will definitely be back when in the DC area

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

BlackSalt is rated 4.8 stars by 6150 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 39 times today
Google Map for BlackSalt

4883 MacArthur Blvd. Washington, DC 20007

Additional information

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    JG Gaetjen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, 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

    Patrick Desvenain: (202) 342-9101

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