BlackSalt

4.7
5789 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service, wine, food!!

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

Anniversary dinner, excellent food and service.

a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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

Excellent evening to celebrate our family

AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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

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

CT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way!

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Very elegant and amazing flavors.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

BS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

s
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Some of the entrees were lovely. Three of us ordered the “best anywhere” crab cakes and were pulling shell pieces out! The servers were phenomenal! Eric and Steve? It’s pricey, so expect that if you go.

PW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great meal and setting!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We were in the back dining room that was pleasantly quiet.

SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I cannot wait to return to BlackSalt for another very sumptuous and well-plated meal. I was especially impressed by every staff member's conscientiousness and eagerness to provide a top-notch experience for my guest and me.

TM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic & the service was great. Nice to have a Sommelier on hand to talk about the wine list.

AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my 3 course meal, I chose the Mussels as a starter, then the swordfish and key lime pie for dessert. Every dish and the side dishes popped with flavor in my mouth.

CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience that they are with my family I am my wife and two children under the age of 12 enjoy yourself great atmosphere customer service was supreme and location was a little far from our home but it was worth the trip

MD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience for Wash restaurant week lunch. All dishes were tasty and well prepared and the three course meal at the restaurant week price was an excellent value. Service was also very good.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blacksalt always great food and friendly service.

C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The fried calamari was cold

It had been previously fried

I had eaten it before when it had just been fried. TOTALLY DIFFERENT

BT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent as usual and service very attentive. The noise level was very high with the restaurant full during restaurant week lunch otherwise I would have given 5 stars.

S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The noise in the back (wine) room over lunch was so painful that we left early, rather than lingering over dessert. Alas, this cancelled out the effect of otherwise excellent food and good service. I mentioned this to the hostess who seemed indifferent to my comment. It seems obvious to me that there needs to be a sound-absorbing treatment for the ceiling in this room, as the conversations from nearby tables came through almost as they were amplified.

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

my friend ordered the mussels and they came out with very little broth. we weren't halfway through the appetizers when our entrees arrived. instead of putting the entrees on the side, they removed our appetizers and replaced them with the entrees.

p
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BlackSalt knocked it out of the park. Even though it was Restaurant Week, food and service were excellent. Bravo!

PL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Food was amazing!!!!! The service was wonderful!!

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

BlackSalt is a gem! Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious- cocktails, appetizers, seafood, fish, dessert and all is fresh and beautifully presented. They have a nice wine selection too. Service was pleasant and accommodating and the main dining area is comfortable with just the right level of activity. We’ll definitely be back. Thank you!

e
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent sample of food at RW and good service. Altho I was alone, i was immediately led to roomy seating in the main dining area (rather than seated in the bar or some hidden, dark corner). I had the heirloom tomato salad, seafood stew, and key lime pie, all super delicious. And when I asked, great bread. The only shortcoming: the stew was a bit skimpy. And I'm not sure if my waiter ever checked on me - but I was fine, and the food (and champagne kir) great.

TI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way

LW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Black Salt. The food is consistently very good. The wait staff are so nice. It is a treat to go there and over the years have taken guests there.

RM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! Highly recommend Black Salt.

ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful place that serves well prepared fish and other dishes. We went with a group and we all want to return and try other dishes

PK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Black Salt for restaurant week lunch. The food choices and preparations, service and ambience were all great! We were very happy that we chose Black Salt!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood. Good service.

N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! This was my second Restaurant Week lunch at Black Salt. The calamari, fish stew and key lime pie we all delicious.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food is excellent. The only drawback is the heavy fish smell at the front of the restaurant because it’s attached to an open fish market.

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