BlackSalt

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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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vipLadyshrink
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the unique (?) experience of having lunch at Black Salt on the last day it would have table service during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were three of us who were looking for good food in an atmosphere that would permit conversation. We found both.
The restaurant was rather empty and there were no issues with being able to practice social distancing. Service was attentive and excellent.
There is a prix-fix lunch of which I availed myself, having a vegetable salad with interesting ingredients which were presented in an appealing manner. I then had the tuna sandwich, that came with cole slaw and chips. The fish was excellent but was overpowered by the focaccia bread (my only criticism). i finished with a delicate sliver of flourless chocolate cake dubbed 'chocolate alchemy."
My companions also enjoyed their dishes.
I will go back as soon as the world permits such a foray again.
BTW: There is a fish market in the front of the establishment when you enter.

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Quietdinnerfor2
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed being seated in the back room where patrons could be spaced apart to observe the rules for limiting social contact. As always, the dinner was delicious and the service was perfect.

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KarlK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turns out this was our last night out for the foreseeable future thanks to Coronavirus. At least we went out with a bang! The food was absolutely delicious, service was flawless, and the dining room was very nice.

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angela123
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always my favorite "go to" restaurant. The food and service are superb.

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vipTT1403
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good to get out

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I had the express lunch The mussels were soft and not good. I usually get the mussels and are very good.

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special place to eat seafood. excellent atmosphere and attention. I recommend it.

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KurtU
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall a great place. Seafood varieties galore. Knowledgeable waitstaff/sommelier. My only issue was the swordfish was overcooked. Otherwise a great place.

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sandras
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent food, great flavors and wonderful service. Introduced a friend to Black Salt and she said she will be back!

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vipChristineO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Generous portions. I really enjoyed my seafood stew and seasonal salad. Service was excellent.

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vipthomasc
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back to Black Salt for the first time in a few years. Not sure what caused our hiatus. As always, we had a great, fun meal. Our server Brett was great and the sommelier brought us a great value wine that perfectly complimented our excellent entrees.

Unquestionably, one of the best seafood restaurants in DC. We will be beach again soon!!

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DTSSDiner
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BlackSalt is always excellent. Instead of the appealing 3-course prix fixe menu, we both opted for the outstanding seafood stew. Delicious! And very attentive service. One of our favorites. (I had never been there for lunch — always for dinner — but it’ll now be a go-to choice for lunch as well.)

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vipanonymous
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the crab cake, but the hummus needs work - no taste. My friends had tuna tartare and said it's the best they've ever had.

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vipJohnP
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everytime I go I think 'why don't I come here more often..'

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food fresh from the sea and a lively atmosphere.

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SlavkoT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We've been there before and service was very nice as well as the food, however our server was not hospitable and we felt like our money isn't welcomed. Food was average which isn't what we are used to when it comes to a highly rated restaurant. In our opinion (me, wife and couple of out of town visitors) we could've had better experience in a more convenient location (we live in Foggy Bottom) that isn't so praised!

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tanial
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was great and of course fresh! servers were attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice seafood, interesting flavors. Nothing simple on the menu. Very loud. Good for a group less so for a date

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vipcarkies
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant! As Open Table would say, it is a neighborhood gem. But I don't even live in DC! I just love the fresh seafood, the fresh salads and ironically, they have a great burger at lunch. My personal favoriits are the grilled calamari and the ancient grains salad. The fish tacos are the best in town.

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Mamone
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy hour was indeed happy

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JeffR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food to service and everything in between was fantastic.

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

BlackSalt offers great food, though the service is inconsistent. My first time dining there was fantastic. The waiters were attentive, and a variety of individuals interacted with us as we enjoyed our meal. The second time around, however, the waitress seemed a bit overworked and forgot a few parts of our order. I will definitely go back, but for such a high-end restaurant, our expectations were a bit higher.

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JeffW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had any less than a spectacular, memorable meal there, and this time was no exception. Terrific.

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vipRWEOMS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant. We arrived early for a happy hour that included yummy oysters for $1.50. They were local Virginia a sweet and plump. Dinner in the back was quiet with excellent service. The wine pair wonderfully with the Black Cod. I plan on eating there again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service, excellent ambience. We will be back soon!

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MikeK
Portland
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can not beat Blacks Salt's service, food and ambience in DC or anywhere.

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BGDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently excellent food and attentive service.

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kiki
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, location and meal. Eric took great care ou!!

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vipJKevinR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday Brunch! We received outstanding service from the very pleasant and attentive wait staff and the breakfast pastries are out of this world delicious. Texas Shrimp and Grits and Duck Confit Hash were wonderful and the coffee was also top notch. A very pleasant first time dining experience at this restaurant and we plan on returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and very good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

No attention to detail. Appetizer before drone arrive. Also started delivering main course before finished appetizers the person delivering noticed this and turned and headed back to the kitchen I assume to go under heat lamp. Not the type of service I expect at a restaurant at this price point. Disappointed.

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vipRMiles
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I was a little disappointed there were few seafood options on the lunch menu. I have lived in Mclean 24 years. My first time to Black Salt. I will definitely go again, for dinner.

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KaseyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting for reservations. Well worth the cost.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for Valentine's. Food was pretty good and fresh. The whole branzino was delicious, and their crab and lobster tartare was amazing. However, the Oysters Rockefeller not so much. The ambiance was vibrant and the service was great.

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Ambiance was just ok, just a lot of loud conversations with no background music to mute it out. Service was also non personable, just felt that we were just being served and that was it.

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JayS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good but the service was slow. It may have just been because it was Valentine’s Day and the restaurant was crowded.

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CindyO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and I’ll definitely go there again

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JudyB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Valentine’s Day lunch with excellent customer service. We have never had a bad experience here.

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SeanW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing dining experience.

5-Course Tasting Menu was more than we anticipated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.