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About BlackSalt

BlackSalt is the much anticipated concept restaurant from Chef Jeff Black, featuring an upscale fish market fronting a vibrant bar and elegant restaurant.

4883 MacArthur Blvd.
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30 - 2:30; Sunday Brunch: 11:00 - 2:00; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30 - 9:30, Friday 5:30 - 10:00, Saturday 5:00 - 10:00, Sunday 5:00 - 9:00

Cross Street:
V Street NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 342-9101

Website:
http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends

Executive Chef:
Mike Huff

Private Party Facilities:
BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 35 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Jim Sole, General Manager: (202) 342-9101

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

BlackSalt Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (59)
Fit for Foodies (55)
Special Occasion (48)
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Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for a Date (41)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Great for Lunch (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Notable Wine List (25)
Business Meals (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Healthy (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Romantic (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Authentic (16)
Casual (16)
Great for Brunch (14)
Cozy (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (10)
Fun (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

What a fun spot. Fresh seafood for sure as you pass the market on your way to the restaurant seating in the back. It was simply delightful in decor and ambiance. Large glass barn doors allowed you to peek into the kitchen and the entire staff was welcoming and friendly.

The express lunch menu for just under $30 let you sample everything including a midday cocktail during “happy hour”. I enjoyed a seasonal cauliflower bisque to die for. An entree of flavorful mussels and tried the key lime pie and butterscotch desserts. The Bellini was my cocktail of choice. If you love seafood and are in the DC/Nova area you must go.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

I have eaten at BlackSalt many times before and it was always very good. Sunday, however, I was there for brunch and I must have gotten the bottom of the pot. My eggs Pontchartrain had almost no seafood, little ham, and instead was mostly chopped red pepper with a heavy black pepper flavor--like when you get to the bottom of the soup pot. The service was spotty. I was never asked if I would like a coffee refill and they couldn't wait to shoo us out the door even though the place was half empty. Not the BlackSalt I had enjoyed in the past.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A perfect place for any ocassion. excellent food and drink. Perfect service. Thank you for making our birthday dinner so special!!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant provides consistently great seafood -- especially oysters. In fact the only problem I have with the place is some of it's customers, and the inability of management to handle them. We were enjoying a couple dozen oysters and fine wine when a "lout" sat down right next to us at the oyster bar, pulled out his phone and destroyed what had been a lovely lunch. When I complained to a manager she said "what can I do"? The lout proceeded to challenge me to "go outside and fight with him".
Wake up Black Salt and curb your mad dog.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

This restaurant keeps getting better. Wonderful food, excellent service and nice wine list. The seafood is pristine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very disappointed. For a fish restaurant, you would think that they could at least get the shrimp cocktail right. $15 for 5 very small, limp and dirty shrimp. We only ate one and sent the order back. Two other fish/scallop meals were ok. One was horrible. It was a very small dish with two very small bite size pieces of lobster on top of veggies. Waste of money! The bill was $205.00 for three meals, two drinks, and no desert! Horrible!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Love this place. One of my top 3 Go-To places in NW DC. Deserve early, black Salt is a local favorite for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Exceptional food with fresh fish expertly cooked and presented. The staff works well together and makes dining a pleasure.

Makes sure to ask detailed questions about the entrees on the menu, there is substantial creativity in the preparation and you'll want to know as much as possible when making a selection. No slab of fish on a plate at Black Salt

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 13, 2017

My first time at Black Salt and I will go back. Had the best tuna entre ever; and the Chablis recommended by our waitress was spot on. Service was excellent without being overbearing. Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We met our friends from Alexandria there and they had received great feedback on my choice of restaurants. We were not disappointed. From cocktails to appetizers to entrees to dessert, everything was delicious, well prepared, and outstanding. I would have gone back the next night if I could have. A great find!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food; absolutely stellar seafood dishes. A bit noisy & bustling given the prices. Good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice meal. Have been there multiple times in the past but on Satyrday we sat in the rear wine room. Much quieter than the main restaurant and an extremely pleasant space. Will definitely ask to sit there In future.

Black salt has wonderful fish and my only complaint is the temptation to over garnish dishes. One if ya had the crab cakes which were straightforward and wonderful. I had a scallop dish. Marvelous sweet scallops but to many other things on the plate. Seafood stew again cleaner presentation. Key lime pie for dessert always super. Prices remain a bit higher than seems right for a "neighborhood" restaurant but perhaps that is not the right label for Bkack Salt

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good food but very over priced for what was offered. It’s a place I would mention if someone needed an idea for a place to go but I would not put it on my list as a must go to place. The wine was very over priced ( ex. bottles for 17$ if purchased at the wine store were 17$ a glass here). The grilled squid was ok but nothing to rave about. The sea bass was just ok but at $38 it was vaguely disappointing (4 oz of fish with beans). The oysters were good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I really like this place a great deal and I’ve never been disappointed in the food, it seems to of gotten better over time as well. The only thing is the tables are simply too close together so they should remove a couple of the small ones to make just a little bit more room. Otherwise just a fabulous place.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Seasonal, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was excellent and the wait staff were personable. The service was a slow, over two hours for lunch. Sometimes this isn't a problem but is a bit of a concern if parking is limited to two hours.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Waiter was among the very best in describing the dishes, the ingredients and how they are prepared and presented.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Reunion with friends!! Great choice as we were all fish and seafood lovers. Food was delicious, drinks good, and service attentive and welcoming. Tables are very close together but we had no difficulty talking across our table for 6. Everyone was pleased!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Incredible food and service. If you haven't seen this dessert menu, you're really missing out. The butterscotch pot de creme is heavenly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The oysters are always amazing here. Service was good. The food is a little greasy, (cheeseburger) but it hit the spot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Black Salt is hands down the best seafood restaurant in DC. You cannot beat the freshness, flavor, or quality of the food you will eat here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were seated in the quieter linen-tablecloth room at the rear, with attentive and explanatory service. One of us has an extreme allergy to allium family veg -- onions, garlic, leeks, chives -- and it's usually very difficult as most dressings and preparations include one or more of these. The server worked with chef to grill bronzino with lemon & dill in olive oil only, much appreciated. Excellent wines.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Overall, the food, service, and the environment were excellent. However, I really like fish that is done well and would like bigger portions of fish and less sauce and other trimmings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Definitely will go back , nice restaurant. Consistent

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 3, 2017

As a visitor to DC, I reserved at table at The Black Salt based on their online menu and a few reviews. I was very pleased that I had. Do not be put off when you arrive and see a fish market. You pass through it to a nice space that is the restaurant. Food was exceptional, inventive, and well presented. Service was friendly and prompt. It was a dining experience not to be missed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I haven’t been to this restaurant in ages. It is still as good as the first time. I had the fish tacos for lunch and altho the fish was more heavily breaded than I prefer, the tortillas tasted real and the slaw was nice and fresh. My friend gobbled up his crabcake in a flash. The only complaint there was that the portion was too small. The service was attentive for the most part and it has plenty of booths if you want some privacy.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Black Salt was a wonderful balance of refined comfort. The food was very creative, a large selection of seafood and the server was knowledgable, professional and approachable. I traveled out of my way solely for dinner (I am from NYC, in town for business) and it was worth the trip. I have already recommended the restaurant to my local friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

arguably the best fish restaurant in dc, and there are plenty of fish restaurants. high prices, but not out of line with other fine dining establishments. i have been there many times and hope to go back for many more.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Black Salt no longer as wonderful as it was a few years ago. Food too heavily seasoned without nuance. Service clunky with table clearing intrusive and wait staff pleasant but not gracious. A big tab for a less then special dining experience. We looked forward to returning and were disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was a terrific meal. I had the red snapper, a special. My wife had the crab cakes. Both were delicious and worthy of a fine seafood restaurant. The wine list was extensive and varied. All in all well worth the short Uber ride.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was fantastic and very attentive. Menu varies with fresh seafood available and was great. Expensive but not over the top. Back room is quiet and a great setting. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent tasting menu. JJ the sommelier was wonderful and our waitress Tracy was extremely attentive. Food was rich, complicated and sophisticated. Delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful service, fabulous food and great ambiance. We came here for our significant anniversary and all was done to the "T". These folks know how to take care of you for that unique occasion in your life. I'd recommend them both hands down. Great place, one that we'll come back many times more!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pricey but good sea food.
Desert is not particularly impressive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

My wife and I both ordered seafood tacos, and we agreed that they were about B +. I ordered a soup, on the other hand, that was very good.
My wife was ill to her stomach that evening. It may not be fair to blame that on the restaurant, but you have to wonder. Henry Ryan

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a great table looking into the kitchen. Entertainment! The food was delicious and the service attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We've been to Black Salt several times and have very much enjoyed our visit each time. The food is inventive and well prepared. Our waiter, Tom, was engaging and provided helpful dining information. I learned things about the menu that I hadn't known before, in spite of previous visits.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food but relatively overpriced for what it was--and I'm comparing it to San Francisco, my hometown. ALso, pretty heavy on cream-based dishes. The crab cakes were delicious, but $40 for 2 crab cakes plus some veggies is pretty pricey.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great selection of oysters. Glad to have a chance to come see there take of great seafood dishes. Will be back soon

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fun, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I still love this place. The server was wonderful, top notch, and helped us imagine what we could order off the menu that we really wanted. We picked our fresh fish and the chef cooked it using simple preparation and it was splendid.
It’s my third time here and every time is better than the last.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful experience all around!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful experience celebrating mine and my wife's 5th wedding anniversary. The atmosphere was lively, yet soft enough that we can enjoy each other's conversation. From the moment we sat down to the moment we paid our bill, the service was extremely flawless and impeccable. Our server was attentive and not once was there a delay during each course. The food was phenomenal. My wife and I enjoyed the paddlefish caviar, and the oysters from Washington, Massachusetts and Maine. All were quite exquisite. We also enjoyed the halloumi board as a second course. Our third course featured the NZ John Dory and the big eye tuna, which we both highly recommend. Lastly, we delighted on the chocolate peanut butter crunch cake for dessert. Overall, our dining experience was exceptional and will definitely return in the future. Not to mention the personalized menu they gave us, which we took home!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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