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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

4.2

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighbourhood Gem (62)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
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Special Occasions (51)
Good for a Date (47)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Lunch (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Business Meals (30)
Bar Seating (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Romance (23)
Healthy (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Casual (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Local Ingredients (19)
Cosy (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Authentic (15)
Fun (15)
Brunch (14)
Group Bookings (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Seasonal (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
High Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Child Friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

This was a terrific meal. I had the red snapper, a special. My wife had the crab cakes. Both were delicious and worthy of a fine seafood restaurant. The wine list was extensive and varied. All in all well worth the short Uber ride.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

Service was fantastic and very attentive. Menu varies with fresh seafood available and was great. Expensive but not over the top. Back room is quiet and a great setting. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent tasting menu. JJ the sommelier was wonderful and our waitress Tracy was extremely attentive. Food was rich, complicated and sophisticated. Delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service, fabulous food and great ambiance. We came here for our significant anniversary and all was done to the "T". These folks know how to take care of you for that unique occasion in your life. I'd recommend them both hands down. Great place, one that we'll come back many times more!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Pricey but good sea food.
Desert is not particularly impressive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I both ordered seafood tacos, and we agreed that they were about B +. I ordered a soup, on the other hand, that was very good.
My wife was ill to her stomach that evening. It may not be fair to blame that on the restaurant, but you have to wonder. Henry Ryan

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 16 October 2017

We had a great table looking into the kitchen. Entertainment! The food was delicious and the service attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 October 2017

We've been to Black Salt several times and have very much enjoyed our visit each time. The food is inventive and well prepared. Our waiter, Tom, was engaging and provided helpful dining information. I learned things about the menu that I hadn't known before, in spite of previous visits.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Good food but relatively overpriced for what it was--and I'm comparing it to San Francisco, my hometown. ALso, pretty heavy on cream-based dishes. The crab cakes were delicious, but $40 for 2 crab cakes plus some veggies is pretty pricey.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

Great selection of oysters. Glad to have a chance to come see there take of great seafood dishes. Will be back soon

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fun, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 October 2017

I still love this place. The server was wonderful, top notch, and helped us imagine what we could order off the menu that we really wanted. We picked our fresh fish and the chef cooked it using simple preparation and it was splendid.
It’s my third time here and every time is better than the last.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Wonderful experience all around!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Wonderful experience celebrating mine and my wife's 5th wedding anniversary. The atmosphere was lively, yet soft enough that we can enjoy each other's conversation. From the moment we sat down to the moment we paid our bill, the service was extremely flawless and impeccable. Our server was attentive and not once was there a delay during each course. The food was phenomenal. My wife and I enjoyed the paddlefish caviar, and the oysters from Washington, Massachusetts and Maine. All were quite exquisite. We also enjoyed the halloumi board as a second course. Our third course featured the NZ John Dory and the big eye tuna, which we both highly recommend. Lastly, we delighted on the chocolate peanut butter crunch cake for dessert. Overall, our dining experience was exceptional and will definitely return in the future. Not to mention the personalized menu they gave us, which we took home!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Excellent crab cakes! Server was professional. You must go. No complaints.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 October 2017

This is the place to go for fish. It's fresh and they know how to cook it. Salads are inventive. Desserts are good. Excellent wine. It's a bit on the pricy side, but good fish is costly these days even in the grocery store so if you fancy fish it will cost you to get quality.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 October 2017

We meet our French friends for dinner at Black Salt twice a year and always are glad we did. We were once seated in a crowded, noisy back room but this time we were in a booth not as far back. The food was all delicious, especially the grilled Halloumi board we shared, the tuna entrée and the delicious special brownie dessert. My only suggestion is to include a flourless chocolate cake on the regular dessert menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 October 2017

In my mind the best seafood restaurant in Washington DC. This place could be addictive to any seafood lover. A place to return to again and again.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 October 2017

Elegant back room with enough privacy to enjoy quiet dinner with friends/special someone. Excellent food and presentation, superb service. A bit pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

As a Palisades area local, Black Salt is my default 'place to go for a great time'. The service is flawless, the menu is always amazing, and the wine list is great. It's somewhere that's 'always good'!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Excellent seafood as always with meals prepared with a great deal of flair. Menu has plenty of options and the service was excellent. Overall a pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Good food ..and brought home fresh salmon from the fish market and cook it -Delicious!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 6 October 2017

We explained clearly to the waiter that we wanted our fish to be grilled without any sauce or any oil due to health reasons. He assured us that they understand and they will give us exactly what we asked for. After a very very long wait, our fish came with a sauce and pretty much with oil all over. When I told the waiter that this was not what we ordered, he said that this is how the chef wanted it and the chef thought that the sauce was needed. He also added that all the oil is just olive oil and not bad for us. I was shocked. There was no apology or offer to replace the food with what we had actually ordered. I was with my guests and didn't want to argue further and make the evening unpleasant for my guests. It is one thing for a restaurant to tell me that they cannot do the food the way I am asking for, it is another thing to say that they can and then bring me something totally different. This was unacceptable and the experience was very unpleasant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 October 2017

My 70th birthday dinner couldn't have been better!! Loved every bite!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 6 October 2017

We have enjoyed Black Salt over the years for various types of dining. So far we have not been disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 October 2017

When I want a light dinner of the freshest fish perfectly prepared I come to BlackSalt. They've never let me down. And their accompaniments are also always delicious!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 October 2017

I'd been wanting to get to this restaurant for a long time after many recommendations by friends who'd actually grown up in DC and didn't just go to restaurants they'd read about in a list. The restaurant is small which probably explains why reservation windows tend to be limited, but the menu was great, and it was tough to choose between some of the items on the menu and some of the specials being served that night. Doesn't have to be next week but would definitely like to get back and try some of the other dishes. Great attentive service as well. Well worth the trip and the seafood options were on par with expectations based on the great things I'd heard.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 October 2017

Blacksalt never disappoints me. The service was wonderful, the food divine, and all in a lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend this place, and there is parking nearby.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 October 2017

really like the black group of restaurants. the menus are full of great options, the food is fresh and interesting - service always good. highly recommend - oysters, fish, etc... highly recommend

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 October 2017

Outstanding. Made for a great anniversary dinner. Top notch service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Had dined at Fish a couple of days earlier and found Black Salt to be much better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

It looks like there have been fairly recent menu changes and the Low Country Seafood Stew is not nearly as tasty as the Seafood Provençal that it replaced. The Day Boat Scallops with gnocchi and crispy kale were excellent, and I love that starters can be ordered as an entree portion.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Top notch service, great food. A favorite seafood joint in DC, always with something new or interesting to try, but be prepared to pay for the experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal
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·Dined on 29 September 2017

The service was only fair. There were several miscues. We had asked to have the salads and entrees brought together so that 2 of the guests would not be sitting uncomfortably without any thing while others were having their salads. One steak order was rare rather than medium well. At the end of the luncheon the wait person disappeared for over 15 minutes. The food was good and interesting but for a party of six for lunch a bill with tip of over $230 one might have expected better service and less miscues.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 September 2017

Lovely lunch with an old friend. Great service, delicious fish tacos and fresh pasta with salmon. Great booth in back.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 September 2017

Always delicious, dependably fresh and interesting seafood.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

I have been here a few times before and really enjoyed their tasting menu in the past. This time however, the service was poor and the 7 course menu had 2 repeats of the same fish and 2 repeats of the same broth/sauce. This is only acceptable on a tasting menu as part of the same course (something done 2 ways) not as part of separate courses.

The service was also not great. There was no overview of the tasting menu at the start. I indicated one dietary restriction during reservation and of course we were served the item and it has to be sent back.

Also, did not get the sense that the staff really cared about how our experience was going. I may go here again for casual meal but not for special occasion to send over $300 for dinner.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 September 2017

No AC on a very warm day. Had to bail after an appetizer and cocktail.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on 20 September 2017

The food and ambiance were excellent. The price was outrageous. Four people had three appetizers, one split appetizer, an entree, five glasses of wine and an Arnold Palmer. The bill was $300.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

We love this place and only wish we lived closer and could get there more often! We all felt our fish was the best we've had in some time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on 17 September 2017

This was truly one of , if not THE best meal i have eaten in a restaurant. and i go to NYC quite often. the presentation, flavors, portions, service, wine ...EVERYTHING!....was exceptional! i would go back there in a minute and will when i come to washington dc. my compliments to the chefs, management, owners and staff for a magnificent dining experience, from start to finish!

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