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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (60)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Special Occasion (42)
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Good for a Date (41)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Notable Wine List (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Romantic (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Healthy (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Casual (13)
Fun (12)
Comfort Food (9)
Seasonal (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

As my date said, "this dinner was perfect from start to finish!" Wendy was our server and she was amazing! When we sat down she greeted us and gave us a great menu tour! Wendy made the perfect recommendations. We started with wendy's recommendation of the charcuterie board. We also had the calamari and Thai spiced shrimp. And of our apps were great! For the entrees I ordered a simple tuna and my date ordered the halibut. The halibut was amazing! I'm not the biggest seafood fan, but I really liked the tuna the way the chef prepared it! To finish off we had the butterscotch dessert. The sommelier came over and paired wines with our apps (the alberino) and the house riesling with our entrees.
This is a meal we will remember for a long time and we will be back soon! A great experience, great service, great food and friendly staff! This meal was more than 5 stars!!! Thank you Black Salt!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We had an enjoyable dinner. We ordered the beet salad, clam chowder and Addie’s mussels. We had excellent service Our server was Tom. He was top notch.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

Terrific experience! Food excellent! Our service was impeccable and we will return!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Blacksalt has the best selection and the highest quality oysters in the DC area. Everything on the menu is great and well prepared; but, to us, the oysters are what brings us back again and again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The service was superior. We just had to look up and someone was there to attend to our need. (My husband let the Manager know how responsive the staff was.). The swordfish seemed to be fresh frozen and my husband was disappointed. The oysters were outstanding and the staff explained what kind and the amount of brine, so it was both a taste and educational treat. We shared the three different creme brûlées and they were delicious. The beer and wine list are substantial. The oysters and service will have us come back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service-I have never been disappointed at Black Salt!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Tom was spot on on food recommendations though everything is good here. A bit loud. But overall fantastic.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Another lovely lunch at Blacksalt! Food was great, service especially so, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. We lingered with another glass of wine, and even though the dining room was pretty empty by that time, the service was wonderful all the way through.

Tags: Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Black Salt is a great seafood and wine experience. Professional waiters and wine servers, nice atmosphere and excellent seafood. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

excellent and polished cuisine but the chef has a bit too heavy hand with the salt

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was superb...everyone loved their food and they gave extra attention to our guest who was celebrating his birthday!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We love Black Salt. The tasting menu was terrific and the pastries were amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 7, 2018

BlackSalt has a varied and creative menu, with specialty in fresh fish and seafood which are well-prepared and served. Since my last visit there, prices have increased dramatically and I would say it now ranks with the most expensive places to eat in the DC area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall the seafood is good. I ordered the grilled branzino (whole fish) - was slightly overcooked/mealy, but had a nice flavor. The others in my party ordered the swordfish and they liked their entrees. Ipswich fried clams and beet salad were good starters. Desserts were pleasing (creme brûlée trio, banana mousse, and warm brownie). Good neighborhood restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Last family dinner together before shipping son back to college, and the whole family is still talking about it. Impeccable service: Doug knew everything about all aspects of the menu, from oyster source and flavor profiles to appropriate preparations for various fish options to wine pairings. Meal was perfectly paced, and as it was a family dinner we also appreciated that we could easily hear each other talk even across a large dinner table while sitting in the center of the room. The food was beautifully prepared and presented with well balanced flavors. The meal was a highlight of our entire holiday season. We will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We eat at BlackSalt every chance we get. We are never disappointed with the drinks, food or service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We've been coming to Black Salt for years, and it's always consistently good. This time, stopped by for a pre-theater dinner during happy hour, which was preferable to the overpriced options at the Kennedy Center. Just note that they do not take reservations in the bar/café area (where you can enjoy the HH menu). Docked 'em a star because there was a slight hiccup whereby our wine order seemed to get forgotten (until several exaggerated glares at the bar), but otherwise was great. Food was delicious and got us well fed with plenty of time to drive down to the KC for our show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I love Black Salt! We come here whenever we can if we are in the area. Excellent fresh seafood, which is creatively prepared. The clam chowder was delicious. Great service, very informative and friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The grilled octopus was the biggest hit at the table. Our waiter was knowledgeable and in command of all of his tables. Noise was well controlled for a very full dining room. Overall, one of our best dining experiences of the year

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Having a seafood market in the front of the restaurant did not disappoint on the quality of the seafood dished we had. On the pricier side but the sever was also very knowledgable and nice. I would recommend this place to anyone!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Request a booth. Fresh ingredients. Moderate portions. Avoid busy times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food is always fantastic, so good you'll forget about the so-so service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a superb dinner with excellent service and drinks. To our great surprise and pleasure we were seated in a room beyond the wine cellar, which was wonderfully quiet, with white table cloths, carpeting and just the right amount of light. None of our group of six had to strain to here the conversation! Heaven.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

No big deal food ok not going back any time soon what how many ways can I say no big deal other places even in Reston are just as good so will not go back nor recommend it to any one next time will chose another restaurant better suited for mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmaammsdjjddjjdjdjdjhdhshdhdhdhdhrhrhrhrhrhrhrhhrhrhrhrhrhrhehehehehrhrhrhrhrhehebsiejdjdhrhrjejebrhrbrbdbrbrbrhrnrbejdjenrjrbrbrnrnrnebrnrjjrjrnrnrnrnehebennej

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent all around!!! The seafood selections were wonderful, and the food was prepared to perfection!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is a regular spot for us and, despite going there often, we still consider it suitable for a special occasion. The food is just fantastic

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had the express lunch (wine, appetizer, and entrée). Both the mushroom and sunchoke soup and the mussels were very good. Unfortunately, we couldn't say the same about the Caesar salad and the tuna sandwich. They were only okay in our view. That's why I can't give this restaurant a very good for food. The wine that came with the express lunch was nice. And the value was excellent. $22 for a glass of wine and two courses is a real bargain.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

After a long wait to be seated and another wait to place our orders, service improved. Generous with comped drinks. Appetizers were good. Main courses were mediocre. Seafood in the low-country stew was over cooked. Branzino came as bland filets with tomato glaze. Not recognizable as the fish we ordered.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our dinner was terrific as usual - this is one of our favorite restaurants at the moment. The food is great and always consistent yet creative, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. This is also a place we always take friends and family from out of town - and its always a hit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This restaurant is excellent. It has at least four personalities. When you first walk in you are in the Black Salt fish market. I’ve purchased seafood fresh here on many occasions to take home and prepare and I recommend it highly. As you walk further into the restaurant you go by the bar and then into a restaurant area that I would characterize as cozy but a little noisy. Finally you enter the back dining room which is where my wife and I dined. It’s very intimate, cozy and quiet. The service is out standing. Doug was our waiter and he was very attentive and accommodating and friendly. My wife and I shared the chopped kale salad the dayboat scallops and the crabcake dinner. I give this restaurant five stars in every category but value and that’s because the crabcakes while delicious did not appear to have much lump backfin crabmeat. They were plenty meaty with little filler, perhaps they were just handled too much or maybe prepared in a large mixer. I’m harping on the crabcakes because we were inspired to go to the restaurant based on a Google search to find the best crabcakes in Washington. Black Salt may have the most expensive crabcakes in Washington, but at least on this occasion they certainly were not the best. Still, they were very good and the overall experience of having dinner at Black salt was memorable and very enjoyable. This is a great restaurant and I would definitely
return.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It's been awhile since we last dined at Black Salt. It's location on McArthur Blvd. is not so convenient for us non-drivers, so I had almost forgotten how good this seafood restaurant is. I had mussels which were perfectly cooked and nicely (and delicatedly) seasoned. I wish I could eat them for lunch at least once a week. Everyone in our group was pleased with their orders. The service was very good indeed -- attentive but not hovering. We will definitely plan more visits in the coming year.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Definitely the best crab cakes in town. Excellent service. All in all a great experience, as usual.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent and 'different' seafood restaurant including a fish counter and market catch of the day options ... really fresh fish and seafood options cooked to the menu or choice. Delicious - we started with cocktails and oysters (choice of different 'boutique' and premium varieties). My crab cakes were superb (very rich) and the other diners were very impressed by their choices. Only visiting otherwise would certainly be back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent service and gorgeous food. Enjoyed every minute of our dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

appetizers were not good at all last Sunday. Had dined in the back room and at the bar before and I enjoyed all I had in the past, but they (two appetizers) were not. Not sure if it was something to do with being Sunday dinner? Seafood stew and mussels were very good. Didnt have desserts.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The seafood stew was disappointing and overpriced.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very good evening at Blacksalt, quiet atmosphere, very good service. Excellent fish and great selection of oysters. Sometimes the chef tries too hard and the dishes are a bit too fussy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

As usual food was excellent, restaurant was very full and therefore noise level detracted from our enjoyment. Wait staff ..some excellent, some not so much. Love the restaurant

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I dine about once s month, not local, is always outstanding

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food! Every time I go there, never disappoints. I recommend the Addies mussels. They are simply delicious!

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