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BlackSalt

4.8
4.8
6182 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 342-9101

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    JG Gaetjen

  • Private party facilities

    BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 30 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Nur Sulistiono: (877) 880-0213

  • Neighborhood

    Palisades Northwest

  • Cross street

    V Street NW

  • Parking details

    metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,182 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • District of Columbia

    Seafood

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  1. PS

    PgSmile

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service1ambience3
    Black Salt has lost something. This has been my fav DC restaurant for a decade. But the last four visits just have not measured up. The dishes have gotten murky and messy where they used to be crisp and defined. And our server this evening was from another planet. Almost tossing dishes down on the table. Really odd. We want the old Black Salt back.
  2. WB

    WendyB

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Service was perfect, meal was excellent! Highly recommend BlackSalt to everyone. We will be back again and again!
  3. B

    Bandit

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. The John Dory and halibut specials were outstanding!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating the retirement of a dear friend. He is well known to the staff and we were treated like we too were old friends.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant and attentive service and excellent food. We’ll be back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Danjale is the best waitress we’ve had in years. Meal was outstanding. She made it fun.
  7. PC

    PennyC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The back room was relaxed,lovely.Tom was attentive,efficient,and pleasant as always!Food fabulous,rose’,what else could we ask for!
  8. RR

    RussellR

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a memorable lunch date with my daughter. Clam chowder was ridiculously good, she loved her tuna poke and my halibut was perfect. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. We left satisfied and looking for an excuse to come back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were absolutely incredible!! One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time!!
  10. ML

    MarjorieL

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The value has always been in this wonderful place - it is expensive and worth every cent. The food is not only delicious but interesting - I love the fact that our servers always are so knowledgable about each dish and charming in relating the information.
  11. EC

    ECDC

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great meal & wonderful service at Black Salt. Started with craft cocktails followed by Ipswich clams & Branzino. The chocolate peanut butter dessert was the perfect ending.
  12. JK

    JasonK

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently phenomenal
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town to site see and wanted seafood. Trip Advisor had Blacksalt ranked #1, so we booked a time. It was great!
  14. GP

    GeorgetownProf

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Price point is over the top. Unwarranted
  15. g

    glover

    Washington DC

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend and I went for lunch during the week. It was very very quiet. Maybe just another table or two. Lots of booth sitting so that made the space even more comfortable, quiet, cozy. We had great friendly and efficient service. Fish tacos were delicious, but awkward to eat. The scallop appetizer with some crispy greens and Brussel sprouts was fabulous. Good thing we went for lunch, because we noticed that all the listed entrees are over $40! wow.
  16. AA

    AviA

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had the worst service experience . Our waiter Dan was rushing us to get through our meals and he smelled like cigarette smoke when he delivered our Desserts. Great food but not the best waiter.
  17. t

    t2themax

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The food was delicious. And the atmosphere was welcoming. In one word… wonderful! In two words… wonderfully wonderful!! I will definitely return.
  18. R

    Ryan

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only complaint, and it is very minor, is that they have a much smaller wine list than most high-end restaurants to which we have been. The manager/sommelier was very accommodating and helped us try a french wine that was good but not great for the price point. The service was outstanding though, and the food was also excellent.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience wouldn’t have been as amazing as it was without the help of our lovely server, Abby. She recommended drinks, meals, and desserts with knowledge and experience to support her. The food was all incredible and the overall vibes for the evening were impeccable. 10/10 recommend, ask specially for the wonderful Abby. :)
  20. t

    tanian

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joan the sever was wonderful the food and drinks were delicious
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    100% perfect! Food people and ambiance! The chef is very talented!
  22. PW

    PatriciaW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had the appetizer of grilled calamari and it was fantastic! My friend enjoyed mussels. On the pricey side, but worth it.
  23. m

    marlyn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    it's always a pleasure eating at this restaurant, e.g. waitstaff are very courteous
  24. VA

    VAVintner

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There is no place better than Black Salt for the freshest seafood that is perfectly prepared. The market is great too … come for lunch and bring dinner home.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was my first time dining here. I have heard a lot about the place and had a friend who worked in the kitchen tell me to give them a chance. I truly enjoyed the atmosphere. It was National Caviar Day and I had caviar. The management was friendly. My waiter was knowledgeable too. I will definitely visit again soon.
  26. GC

    GChristy

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    This was without the worse dining experience I’ve had ANYWHERE in the world. The Cole slaw was so salty and overwhelmed by creole mustard it was inedible. The crab cakes at 31$ each came barely warm on a dry, cold bun. The crab cakes was paltry in size and was not made with lump crab and extremely bland. Service was ok but rather inattentive. In years past this was a delightful restaurant. Now it is an extremely overpriced mess with local neighborhood diners who clearly have more money than taste. If you don’t know good quality seafood and don’t mind wasting money on inedible food this is your place to dine.
  27. AJ

    AmyJ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Too expensive Smelled fishy
  28. JE

    JEllis

    Chicago

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Underwhelming experience. Crab cakes were pricey but just average. Scallop appetizer was tasty, but there were only two scallops & sauce was too heavy. Desserts were good. Tab was pricey, but meal was average at best.
  29. JC

    JCDC

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Came in to celebrate our anniversary. Service was great (they even had custom menu’s for us saying “Happy Anniversary”). We really enjoyed house bread and the appetizers, butter poached lobster and the best clam chowder I have ever tasted. My wife also really liked her halibut. I was not as impressed with the Japanese stew, of which some bites were quite good and others were so full of the shredded ginger to be almost inedible. Desserts were also very good. Service was great and as good or better than you’d expect from a place at this price point.
  30. g

    gizbab

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. We save this place for special occasions and they never fail! If you love seafood, this is your place.
  31. SL

    SteveL

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BlackSalt does it again simply awesome!
  32. m

    mac3

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    For many years, BlackSalt has been reliably excellent in all respects. The food is creative, well prepared, tasty, and very fresh, with constant updates and specials. The service is impeccable. Wine list is broad, with many reasonably priced options. Friends we take here always love it, as do we.
  33. n

    none

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been to Black Salt multiple times over the last 5-10 years and it is consistently wonderful: the food, the service, and the experience. One of our favorites.
  34. MB

    MarthaB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely personalized birthday message on menu. Food, service and ambiance was great.
  35. TF

    TomF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good overall but not outstanding. Very fresh tuna was overpowered by peanut sauce and mushy noodles. Halibut was also very fresh and flaky but accompanying bed of vegetables and morels were mushy and bland. Mexican chile corn chowder as a starter was the one standout. Key lime pie was mediocre. I have had much better meals at Black Salt in the past and would go back based on those meals. Maybe this was an off night.
  36. BN

    BesteNanNan

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant, quiet ambiance, gracious attentive (and charming) service, and delicious food! We enjoyed our three course lunch, and our child loved her dessert! A neighborhood treasure, we will return often.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was absolutely fabulous! The service was excellent and the food was impeccable. You will leave there with your taste buds very satisfied #YUM
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing attentive and warm service, outstanding food. A special occasion must for romantic date or group celebration.
  39. NT

    NativeTribe

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An Oldie but STILL quite Amazing -- BlackSalt remains my favorite place for the freshness oysters (best varietals) in the city. Prior to the pandemic, Sea Catch (permanently closed) and BlackSalt would revival for 1st place in my book. Now, BlackSalt remains lightyears ahead of the competition with top tier fine-dining service (including all the bells and whistle from the hostess, servers, runners, sommelier and management), and maintains consistent high food quality standards. My mum and I dined at BlackSalt prior to BlackGirlsRock at the Kennedy Center. Firstly, we ordered the Seafood Tower with additional oysters and a bottle of Sav Blanc. Our excited taste buds allowed us to consume the majority of the delicious components within 10mins; very impressive and unexpected according to our server (LOL). Next, we shared a rib-eye with additional sides and also, the octopus. While the steak was cooked perfectly (med rare), we were full and wanted to be comfortable enough to enjoy the concert so we boxed the steak and had (2) spicy margaritas for dessert. YUM! Thanks again, BlackSalt. Keep up the great work!
  40. s

    sharonsusie

    Naples

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is simply amazing, the manager JJ went out of his way to make out meal memorable

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

BlackSalt is rated 4.8 stars by 6182 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Google Map for BlackSalt

4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

Additional information

  • Cross street

    V Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Palisades Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    metered weekdays, nonmetered weekends

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    JG Gaetjen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 342-9101

  • Private party facilities

    BlackSalt offers semi-private areas of the restaurant that will accommodate up to 30 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Nur Sulistiono: (877) 880-0213

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