BlackSalt

4.8
6212 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
BlackSalt is the much anticipated concept restaurant from Chef Jeff Black, featuring an upscale fish market fronting a vibrant bar and elegant restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6212 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance and service were wonderful - we truly enjoyed the whole experience.

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JeffR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an Anniversary all time the favorite.

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PerezS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love that place also my family love oysters.
Which is the best place for us to enjoy seafoods.
Perfection is relative but overall the experience was great.

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vipAnnieD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food - fast paced service ( slow down please) - glad to see it busy again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came for a special occasion. Staff was super accommodating and allowed us to try the chefs tasting menu even though they have stopped serving it during Covid. Awesome table side service. Food is a little pricey but delicious none the less

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vipsepideh
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible! Went above and beyond - had “congratulations” and “happy birthday” on the menus, and brought out desserts with little signs. Thank you!

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vipLindaa
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night. As always fabulous seafood that is beautifully prepared. Great service! Highly recommend

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BillJ
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The dinning room was warm, quiet and cozy. The front room and bar area was pleasantly energized. Service was spot on, no delays. Food was creative and fresh. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and the staff recognized it to her delight. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Took my wife there for our Anniversary. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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vipmac3
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Good wine list (especially the whites). Consistently great experience.

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vipDinerPMW1
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with my wife and another couple, great friends. Service, food, and experience all top notch. Casual and comfortable with upscale seafood cuisine. Great oyster selection and knowledgeable, attentive staff that really make the evening nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Black Salt. The food and service are superb! It’s my new favorite restaurant in DC.

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vipJRose
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, as always, and the service was great. This is one of my favorite places in town.

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janbull
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service make this a delightful place to eat

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely place to met up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time

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vipLuigi
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants around DC, no question. Creative ingredients, beautiful presentation and most important: soooo good!!

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VVSF
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a rotating caviar menu. All of the staff were pleasant and they weren’t short staffed. I can only assume they are treated well during these times.

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AnitaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Octopus is to die for ! I have a squash and sweet potato soup, that franklyI can not stop thinking about. Loved the freshness and warmth of this soup. Did not have a lot of salt in it. Which really brought out the favor. LOL

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vip1Ulm
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Great service

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Thomas
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was attentive, efficient and pleasant but not trying to be our best friends.
Also unobtrusive but there when we needed something.
The food, from appetizers to entrees, to desserts was excellent.

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MaraR
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and flavors were excellent. Great service.

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vipDiscerningDiner
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the service was inviting. The wine room is the best venue for quiet meal in the location.

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vipwalt
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We made a late lunch reservation on a Monday. The restaurant had a few tables but the hostess seemed rushed as if it were a Saturday night. We waited to be attended to as she and a manger were both on the phone. It was odd and annoying to not even be acknowledged and to have to wait. One of them should have put their caller on hold.
We were seated toward the back in a booth which was cozy. The vibe is modern industrial with just enough wood tones to keep it from feeling cold. There is a limited view of the kitchen (which I don’t always love) but the design of it was cool: enough to see activity but not completely visible.
Our waiter seemed bored or tired or just not that interested and I don’t think it was intentional but if you’re not a bubbly person who’s always ‘on’, diners in this area receive that as rude. Other service staff was attentive.
I ordered a shrimp bisque which was so good with perfectly balanced flavors and the crab cake entree which was a grave disappointment. The crab was shredded-not chunky-and mushy in texture. It was sautéed in a skillet and browned on one side (this was more like a salmon cake in preparation to me). The accompanying sweet potato melange was yummy and I wish the Tartar type sauce was generously placed on a dish for dipping instead of as a decorative swirl on the plate. It was amazing and make the crab cake edible. I’m a crab cake snob and these were not worth the hefty price tag. They had a crab cake sandwich on the menu as well and I think this crab cake is much better suited to go between two buns; the bread and lettuce would help to offset the sogginess.
That said, I will return because I’m sure there are some dishes they do really well and will be as pleasing as the soup.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my husband and son for my birthday. The servers were all very friendly and the the services was excellent. Food was good as always, wish is why we selected Black Salt. It wasn’t busy because it was just prior to Christmas. But we have been there when it’s busy and the service and food was good then too.

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ScienceEd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable for terrific food and especially the service. I love walking through the fish market to get seated.

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vipJerriH
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absoluately delicious as usual! Fresh and creative - the Red Snapper was outstanding!! We had friends in town from Dallas who are in the restaurant biz and they LOVED everything. We’ve been coming to Blacksalt for 10+ years, it’s our go to place when we want a really good delicious meal!

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Sassafras68
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. From start to finish, the staff were AWESOME. We went for my son's 21st bday and they were so thoughtful

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Wilko1702
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at BLACKSALT after attending our son's graduation from American University.

It proved an excellent choice. All of the food was very well prepared, the service was exemplary and the overall experience a fitting way to mark the special occasion.

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Chester1971
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just absolutely love this restaurant. Keep up the great work.

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Gene
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. And they didn’t forget my wife’s birthday,

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, creative, unique, delectable.

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vipchapo
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was slow. Food was delicious.

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vipSukari0686
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to place for fresh seafood. The grilled octopus is my definite fave. Very moist, perfectly seasoned and delightful presentation. Will be back soon.

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Kates4
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always exceptional! The perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience overall. Food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Expensive

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Alexandria
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good-too pricey for what it was-two crab cakes were $62.00. They were delicious-but Not worth $12.50 bite and not “Oh my Michelin Stars these are the best crab cakes In the world” delicious. A martini at $16.00 also seems excessive, but it was also delicious. We were seated in the back which is very quiet and contemporary-has a suburban vibe-a contrasting offering to the edgy/arty/noisy front dining room. The street parking behind the restaurant is pitch dark.

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JanD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, interesting menu. Nice presentation. Clam chowder was out of this world. Very attentive service and timing of courses was well done.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I am a frequent guest at black-salt. Last night was an off night for the kitchen, everything was very very salty and the service, usually impeccable, even during the pandemic, was slow. I will always return just wanted to share in the spirit of hoping for an amazing experience everytime.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service at its best. This place has it all. Amazing food, great atmosphere, attention to detail, clean and cozy. My wife loves this place. I made a reservation for her birthday. The restaurant printed out a special menu with the date and a line saying "happy birthday" for our table .. Customized menus for us. How special is that???
After COVID many restaurants lost customer service , attention to detail. It seems like most restaurants are running short staff and it shows on the service level. NOT BLACKSALT
This place has it together.
Another example. When they brought our food, the ladies on the table get their plate 1st , then everyone else after. We noticed those details. That's why they deserve 5 starts . Simply put, quality with taste.
I highly recommend it . Plus the food is amazing.

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very high quality food. Good service. You pay for what you get - it is expensive.

FAQs

BlackSalt offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 342-9101.

BlackSalt is rated 4.8 stars by 6212 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.