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BlackSalt is the much anticipated concept restaurant from Chef Jeff Black, featuring an upscale fish market fronting a vibrant bar and elegant restaurant.
Washington, DC 20007
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
V Street NW
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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