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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 (57)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Special Occasion (47)
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Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for a Date (40)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Great for Lunch (29)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Notable Wine List (25)
Healthy (22)
Business Meals (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Local Ingredients (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Romantic (19)
Authentic (16)
Casual (15)
Cozy (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (10)
Fun (9)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The restaurant enjoys a very well deserved reputation in the city for its market and the restaurant . I highly agree and recommend it. Any reason is a good reason to enjoy this easy to get to establishment.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Very pleasant experience because staff was very professional, food was excellent, and ambiance was stylish.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Our waiter was inexperienced and had no knowledge of the menu. The maitre d saved the day by working with us to find a wine after the restaurant was out of our original choice. Other waitstaff also helped out. The food was excellent, but the restaurant ran out of two different sorbets after telling us the flavors available. So it was a mixed experience.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was excellent.We enjoyed sitting in the back by the wine room. Tom our waiter did a great job taking care of us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent. They went the extra mile by personalizing the menu for my date's birthday dinner. The dishes match the price point and don't leave without the creme brulee.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent attentive service, fine food!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Fab 🦀 cakes and delish addies mussels.
Lovely presentation of all meals and really swell service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Neighborhood gem! Service was phenomenal and meal was superb.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Blacksalt was at one time one of the best restaurants in Washington. Unfortunately, the prices have gone up and the quality has declined. Our first warning was the bread provided before dinner. Although the three varieties were good, they were not creative or above average. Only a year ago this was not the case. In addition, my gin and tonic was notably weak on gin. The second one was much better. The first courses were creative and well done. The salmon tartare was excellent, as was the wood grilled local peach. The same could not be said for the entrees. The tuna, requested "rare" was overdone. The crab cakes were very pedestrian. While once upon a time Blacksalt's crab cakes were superb, these apparently use a new recipe, which made them bland and pointless. Dessert, however, produced a selection of very good creme brûlée. This was offset by the coffee, which was undrinkable. They would do well to simply buy there coffee from the MacMart, up the street, which has excellent brew. All this was served at very high prices (e.g., $40 for crab cakes).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Booked an early dinner reservation, but on arrival offered to eat at the bar. Was only given HH menu and had to ask twice to get full menu. Bar staff was attentive to take order, however. Food came out fast and in good proportions. However both scallops and grilled octopus were lost in the veggies/ garnish/ sauces. Mains of Mussels and grilled tuna were overcooked; mussels were almost dried out inside their shells.
Have enjoyed Black Salt for years and felt it was just a little off it's game this night. I will return and will still recommend it as a great place to go and get some great dishes, usually well prepared.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Oysters were a disappoinment. I go to bllacksalt for this, they are thebest in DC..... But this time just ok

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I ordered raw salmon appetizer. It didn't state Cilantro was in it and I hate Cilantro. I couldn't eat it and told waiter and she didn't take it off the bill. It was the only thing I ordered and didn't ask me if I wanted something else. Service was slow and she was inattentive.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We shared a peach salad for a starter. I ordered the black cod with some vegetables and it was fantastic. This option was not on the menu, but I asked the waiter about fresh fish and he gave me the option of ordering any fish they had in the from seafood store. It was fantastic!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Very often the wine room, where we dined, is very noisy. One boisterous table can make conversation difficult, at times impossible. The staff should be willing to ask such patrons to turn down the volume. This has happened to me several times.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Overall is great except I had a small mental thing in my baby octopus dish.... it's an awful experience.... the restaurant apologized for that, but still felt not good. Others are excellent especial entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went here for restaurant week, and the place is known for its seafood. We ordered several items, and although good, nothing memorable. Honestly the burger was the best item, and that's a bit ironic since it's reputed for its seafood. This place is definitely worth a try, and quite a trek from central DC, but not sure i would check it out twice.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Good food overall

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

excellent choice for Restaurant Week lunch with a friend. Nice service and good selections. Key lime pie exceeded expectations and was just the right size to avoid guilt!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Horrible experience from start to the moment we decided to leave mid-appetizer. Our waiter was extremely detached and rude. He did not bother to introduce himself, explain the food and wine menus, and was very condescending, as if he’d considered himself too important to answer questions about menu items or to carry out the mundane task of serving US. It took 20 minutes to get a Mimosa from the bar that was not busy, and an even longer period before we had to politely ask him if he plan to take our entree orders. By now our patience had worn thin. We decided to share the event with the manager, who offered to improve the experience, but we no longer had an appetite for BlackSalt.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great meal! Fresh, local ingredients, seasonal specials, and everything was cooked to perfection. If you're a fan of fried green tomatoes, get them now while they're in season! New England clam chowder was superb with three types of clams and fried clams to garnish. Mussels the best around. Main courses perfectly prepared. And a wide range of desserts, including the seasonally varied house-made sorbets and ice creams.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Remember, this is a fish market with a restaurant. It's fresh, clean, distinguished and creative. If you don't like fish, plan on just eating the NY strip steak. Everything else is abou the fish. That being said, it's delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Black Salt is always good. It serves in an elegant fashion and is worth the money. I would encourage a tasting for lunch. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

It was our first time there. Went for lunch during Restaurant Week. Excellent choice! Great fresh food. Outstanding service! Will go again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We are Black Salt regulars and always find the menu imaginative and always to our satisfaction

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

The Food was great and staff were very friendly and took care of us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

First visit to BlackSalt and loved it! The food was impeccable and spices and sauces delicately blended. We were seated in the back which was quiet and intimate, great for a date but there was also a vibrant bar scene in the front as well as booth seating if you desire. Our waiter was informed, helpful and yet not overbearing. He has a knack for showing up right at the right time. Overall one of my favorite restaurants in DC now.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great three or four prix fix lunch menu. The Addie's mussels were great, as always, and the fish tacos excellent. The kale Caesar was especially good. And, we finished lunch with a small chocolate ganache with a tiny scoop of ice cream. Perfect for a lunch get-together!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We have to say with all the hype we weren't impressed. You're greeted with the stench of old seafood, which doesn't make a great impression upon entering the restaurant. The front of the restaurant is crowded and noisy. We knew this, having read other reviews, and requested seating in the back. The back of the restaurant is quaint and quiet. The food was fairly good but we would not give it a can't wait, gotta go rating, unfortunately. Our Kir Royals came to the table having used flat champagne. Our waiter quickly and without a word replaced with drinks for ones using fresh champagne. Service is excellent.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Wonderful lunch, always changing menu, which helps as we love to come here offer!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The food is always excellent and they personalize the menu if you have an occasion which is great. We had an anniversary and they personalized our menus and did a chocolate message on out dessert. Lovely touch

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Excellent restaurant. The food was above expectations!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Always a good experience. Food is quite good. Staff were great, and accommodated my request for a quiet booth for my 90 year old father.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

By far our favorite seafood restaurant in DC. Hats off to the servers and kitchen. Everything is fresh, delicious, well-prepared and well served. Last night we had fresh oysters (six varieties), branzino, crab cakes baby squishy, shrimp and the seafood stew. Highly recommended.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent main dishes and fish, as advertised and very good service. The oysters (we had VA and MD) were OK. The dessert options were good, but not up the high quality of the fish. I will probably go back. We had delicious rockfish, soft shell crabs, and octopus.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a dinner reservation at BlackSalt and were seated in the back dining room - which is more subdued and somewhat more formal than front of the house. We had a knowledgeable and prompt server who made excellent recommendations - the sashimi Toro appetizer was a favorite. Charred octopus was a close second favorite. Wine list is great - lots of variety and price points. We shared the Big Eye Tuna entree and a key lime pie and enjoyed every single bite. When we come back to DC this will be at the top of our list for meals.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I know food. Everything about this place was first rate. The room was engaging, although we sat in the back room which appeared quieter and a bit more formal than the front section. I would request the back again as my wife and I went after a long day of walking and enjoyed the softer environment of the back room.

The wait staff was attentive but not intrusive, knowledgeable but not pompous, and had an appropriate sense of humor without auditioning for SNL.

Service was perfect, the timing of the dishes, which we had many of, was spaced evenly without a rush or a wait.

The food, absolutely brilliant from start to finish. All of it was complicated in its simplicity and what I liked about it was we were served without a lengthy discourse on where each grain of salt came from or the genealogy of the tomatoes or how brilliant they were to think this dish up. They simply served it and let the food do the talking. And it all spoke loudly with confidence.

I would go back every week if I lived in DC. It is expensive but, if innovative, good and honest food is your thing....It's worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We came to BlackSalt for my birthday and I was not disappointed. I am allergic to dairy and the kitchen was able to accommodate me and created an off menu, delicious meal! Highlights were the toro sashimi and the raw oysters.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

A fabulous meal complimented by wonderful service. Can't wait to go back.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Food was fantastic. We had the clam chowder, tuna tartare, and salmon entree. Waitress was pleasant and very efficient as was the server.

Tags: Casual
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