BlackSalt

4.8
6194 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 6194 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, drinks and service was great. Will return very soon.

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Cmoney
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was decent. Server was very attentive. Drinks were good. Crabcakes were so so. I should know by now (as a crabcake snob) to never try crabcakes outside of the Baltimore area. Similar to the way you should never try cheesesteaks outside of Philly area.

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vipMexicogood
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seafood was excellent as always! Gracious service and we were in an awkward location so servers had to come from different directions.

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vipDEBJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love BlackSalt!

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BryanN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever enjoyed. I had the clam chowder and crab cakes, both FANTASTIC. Even the dessert was top-notch. Great service and even with their scaled-back menu it is one of the best places in town.

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TraciH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was fantastically delicious. Service was good. Ambiance could have been better if I was sat further away from the kitchen. My biggest regret is I went late so I felt a bit rushed. The lights started going off and I was not ready to leave. Overall a great experience and I will return on my next trip to DC. I'll make sure to go much earlier.

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vipPartridgepeg
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

As always BlackSalt has the best selection of oysters, and the most efficient shuckers in the metro area. The fish market that surrounds the entrance is certain to brighten any seafood lover's day, and help customers decide "what's for lunch". Like everyone should be we make every attempt to stay safe no matter where we go, and it is good to see that our old friends at BlackSalt are doing everything they can to help in that respect. Indeed a very enjoyable Sunday lunch in the best seafood house in the DC area.

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vipMikeW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here with my wife to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. They made us feel special. The food and service were top notch!

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JamesP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food and services was very good, but the wine list, which is limited, is over-priced to an extent that boarders on offensive. I don't mind paying twice the retail price but three times is ridiculous

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JenniferL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Black Salt is a great option for a nice dinner or celebration. The cocktails are amazing, the food is delicious and the service is attentive. The menu offers innovative seasonal dishes as well as favorites like the crab cake sandwich. The dining room can be noisy so if that's an issue, you would want to pick a time that's less crowded.

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Maria
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother was in town and we both love this restaurant. The service and food are always above and beyond.

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PhilipJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The crab cake I ordered seemed highly breaded — not many larger chunks of crab — tasted frozen. Overpriced!

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Gooseman53
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. Staff welcomed us with a menu recognizing our special day. Waiter was very personable and doting. Like most places Blacksalt is struggling to staff up so the service was a bit slow. Food and beverage quality was outstanding. Blacksalt always has the best fish in the area. Their fried Ipswich clams are as good as you will find in New England. Our entrees were perfectly prepared and delicious. The emphasis is on the fish, to bring out its best and present it without gimmickry.

The food, service and ambience made it a lovely, memorable evening.

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vipSteakluvr
London
43 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was even better!!

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vipGarrettM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always fantastic food. Be sure to ask the somalier for recommendations, then get the wine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I was pretty disappointed in the experience. It felt a little dated and pretentious. The food was overpriced and nothing special. The service was good, as in plates were removed promptly but our server had a pompous attitude and both my husband and I felt that we weren’t treated the same as he treated his very special customers at the table next to us.

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PeggyH
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great meal at Blacksalt. We were celebrating our anniversary, and they had a special menu printed up for us (and gave us a copy when we left). Attentive servers, and the food was delicious as always.

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Sailor
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, service, and lack of noise made the BlackSalt experience superb.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We got 3 appetizers along with meal which were very tasty. Scallops, Oysters Rockefeller, and Mussels. Only complaint was there could have been more scallops and oysters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff is excellent

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PhilC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at Black Salt. The staff was very nice and the food was good. We didn't experience the more sophisticated fare, but what we ate was very good. It's a nice location off the beaten path of downtown DC, but close enough to have a great experience within a short distance.

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KendraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Blacksalt was absolutely amazing. Our sever, whose name I don’t recall but, he is fantastic, was attentive and professional and the food was divine! I came to dine with my best friend and cannot wait to come back with my mom!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice time. Food and service were terrific. A special thanks to the staff for the awesome recognition of my brother-in-law within the menu. That was a special touch and a memorable moment on his birthday. He loved the birthday cupcake and candle, too.

Many thanks!!!

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vipKimO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BlackSalt is fabulous. Food and service are exceptional. From fantastic oysters Rockefeller and crab cakes to delicious herb crusted halibut. Completely delicious and delightful. And to top off a wonderful meal - incredible desserts. Flourless chocolate cake that is rich and decadent to butterscotch pots de creme that includes a little toffee brittle - so good.

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sarahf
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fresh well cooked sea food and knowledgable staff. Top dish the chargrilled calamari, meltingly good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night wife

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vipMartinC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service was impeccable, the Branzino and Ahi were perfectly prepared and accompaniments were delectable. Timing was just right … relaxing meal yet attentive wait staff made for a wonderful experience, as we have come to expect. Well done, thank you!

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JohnN
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Overall great experience. All food and appetizers were tasty and pleasing.

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vipRugueux
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Black Salt has the best fish and seafood in town, excellent wine list and the best service courtesy of Jim and Kristin. Our neighborhood gem!

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JeremyS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and ambiance was hidden in this unassuming storefront. Fresh seafood, prepared with incredible flavors! We’ll absolutely be back!!

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AdamD
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was top quality. The wine selection was adequate. The service was great.

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vipJillT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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sherrij
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration for my daughter. We had a wonderful time at Black Salt.

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Bonnie
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Halibut special was perfect along with the margarita cocktail!

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SheilaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of four had lunch and the food was outstanding: raw oysters, salmon and crab cake sandwiches. We also had cava and wine. The service was excellent. As we were leaving I also bought shrimp to cook at home at the fish market in the front of the restaurant.

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LS123
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot. Came once a couple years ago, and my memory was right - it’s amazing! The grilled calamari is fantastic. Love the atmosphere. A really amazing meal!

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LindsayW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made extra efforts to make our daughter feel special on her birthday!

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vipMBrown
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This restaurant is very nice. Professional, welcoming host. Support team of servers and busboys. The food was very good. Customer service was great.

Only observation is for staff to be more aware of placing hands in hair; especially, when serving food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great for date night and special occasions. Get the octopus.

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ruthc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular.

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FAQs

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

BlackSalt is rated 4.8 stars by 6194 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.