BlackSalt

4.7
6215 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 6215 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
205 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good although my husband said his fish was a little dry. My lobster and salad were wonderful. Also, the waiter, even though very experience, seemed to want to rush us into making our choices. We weren't taking too long and wanted to enjoy catching up with our friends who joined us. There was space in the restaurant for others. Still the food and ambiance will keep us coming there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We catching up after a number of years, so it was blissfully quiet, the wait staff was great allowing Us all the time we needed. The server even brought written information about connecting & pass word, so accommodating.
It was an excellent menu, lots of diversity one had the apricot salad with crispy Italian ham, which was heavenly,& grilled octopus for the other, outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
258 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Black Salt is outstanding. Such knowledgeable staff. Lunch was excellent - the apricot salad is a must! Mussels are superb. 5-stars!!!

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MaureenD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual- great service and food. Quiet because restaurant was not full.

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Cyclingsanta
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely special meal for us in a comfortable atmosphere in the rear dining area. Began sharing a roasted apricot salad with two glasses of an excellent rose wine from Portugal. My roasted red snapper was perfectly cooked and complemented by grits and crawfish and bits of fried okra. All wonderfully integrated. Terrific, attentive service. We will be back!

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vipcmjj
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good seafood. Service was excellent! Will go back again

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ValleyDiner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Destination dining at its casual best. Always outstanding.

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vipJanet
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Our waiter had a very “disengaged” attitude.
I understand that he maybe a relatively new employee. Staff walked by our table several times but did not remove dirty plates and glasses between courses.

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vipPartridgepeg
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

BlackSalt has always been our favorite seafood restaurant in DC, and this visit was the same as always. We arrived early, and most of the staff had not arrived; but we were seated and given time to study our menus and the oyster selection for the day.
We both had a variety of oysters followed by mussels for me and octopus for my wife.
The oysters were perfectly shucked as always and the mussels and octopus were prepared just right.
A very nice lunch indeed.

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None
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Super quality seafood spoiled by unrefined cooking. Plenty of service people but quality of service is like in a simple chain restaurant. Tables not cleaned well so they are sticky. Tableware needs to come wrapped. Social distancing needs to be applied. Price exceptional high for what you get. Food must be more refined. Pilling together good stuff does not make food better.

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MarkH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best seafood in Washington DC!! Service was great and atmosphere good. Bought fish at the market to have at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
259 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! Mussels are the best! Outstanding and gracious service. So happy to be back at Black Salt!!!!

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vipsg63
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - excellent food and wine list!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The dining room was full so our server took a longer time coming back to our table for dessert and our check.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely dinner out! We were lucky enough to be seated in the back room behind the wine cellar which was great because it was much quieter

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JohnI
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve experienced in Washington D.C.! Outstanding service, atmosphere and cuisine. Staff was incredibly attentive. Menu was exquisite.

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Sallie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Unfortunately, the potato chips were stale. The fried clams were not as fresh tasting as in the past (pre-Covid) nor did they feature any clam bellies....only strips. Finally, the topping on the Oysters Rockefeller was delicious but the oysters were sandy and chewy.

We love Black Salt. Maybe it was just a bad day (lunch mid-week). Will try again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food (the scallop appetizer was terrific).

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vipBrad
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in the back room. Wait staff was superb. Food was great. Prices much higher in past, at least in our memory. Still, we were happy.

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vipLadyBrit
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual in all categories - the chef and all the staff provide a memorable experience - expensive, but worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We hosted a small group for dinner and the service was really outstanding, one of the best servers we have had the good fortune to experience. The appetizers and small plates were also excellent, as we have come to expect as long time customers. Unfortunately the $60 Black Salt crab cakes were mostly soggy breading with a hint of crab. Something must have gone wrong in the kitchen, so unlike their normal high standards.

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vipDonJuan
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I go out for dinner I order fish very often, and I often eat at high end (expensive) restaurants. The Canadian halibut I had at Black Salt was the est fish I ever had at a restaurant in Washington, DC. My wife had the branzino and she loved it.

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vipLadyBrit
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to all the BlackSalt staff for continued excellent food, drinks, and service.

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vipRebC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very well prepared seafood with some bolder flavors. Much enjoyed.

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vipcb0727
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoy this place. Device was excellent as was most of the food. The halibut was a bit dry and bland….

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SRT1
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and beautifully presented food and service, totally the price. They even kindly brought a delicious birthday cupcake (gratis) for the member of our dining party who was celebrating her birthday.

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vipMichaelA
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great
The fish fantastic
The service was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine.

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JohnP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good experience. Zac was an excellent waiter.

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Richard
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food, perfectly prepared with a very creative combination of ingredients, and excellent service.

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CliveP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Black Salt always delivers superb fish dishes. The selection of raw oysters was divine with each with a distinct, but briny (my preference) taste. I opted for the scallop starter as my main and it too was divine with a combination of fava beans and gnocchi. Wine selection nicely pairs with fish. And to top it off, our waiter was personable and professional. One downside was the "wine room" where we dined was a little dreary. But all in all the food outshined any downsides.

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vipMary
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BlackSalt is always a good experience, from food to service to ambience. Fish is always impeccably cooked. One of our favorite places!

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vipjalexandria
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone in our party of four found the food to be delicious. Service was very good. The air conditioning was set too cold

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Batmite
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My lady and I love are foodies. We love eating out at the areas best restaurants. On this occasion we chose BlackSalt Restaurant. For starters we tried the clam chowder. The best I’ve had thus far. Next was the octopus and scallops appetizers also delicious. My lady didn’t see anything on the menu that spoke to her. So the hostess informed us that the chef could make anything you want from the seafood market. She wanted a lobster and shrimp with the heads on. The chef didn’t disappoint. The lobster was butter poached served with mixed vegetables. The shrimp were sautéed with tomato, chilis, and garlic. Both were phenomenal. Gordon Ramsey would be proud. I chose the red snapper and it’s fair to say it’s one of the best dishes I’ve had all year. Overall 5 stars. Highly recommend a visit.

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rileyc
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Burger was delicious - crab cake sandwich was meh - too much filler and $30.
Addie's mussels were good - 2 requests for bread for dipping before it came.

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vipchantalew
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice ambiance.

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WilliamS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Salt is high end but worth it. The food is superb and the service is impeccable.

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debbieginmd
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Wish the service had been better - very slow, but probably due to fewer staff with COVID-19 restrictions just being lifted.

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vipPTJPTJ
San Francisco
457 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food here is always superb. I always have the clam chowder and it's consistently excellent. New on the menu was a brioche crusted halibut over asparagus and mushrooms, which was terrific. I had the butterscotch pot de creme for dessert. Service was off, I suspect because it's understaffed. It wasn't terrible, but it's normally much more attentive.

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vipMichelleA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant for every occasion. We always start with the fried clams and love that you can chose any fresh fish from the market and have it prepared the chefs way or with one of the suggested preparations on the menu from any other dish. Best staff. Highly recommend.

FAQs

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

BlackSalt is rated 4.7 stars by 6215 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.