100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: BlackSalt
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BlackSalt
Address: 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-342-9101
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 9:30, Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 11, Saturday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 11, Sunday 11 AM to 2 and 5 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Sweet Nantucket bay scallops atop puttanesca; a salad of bitter escarole, sweet candied almonds, salty bacon, and tart apples; chowder with crisp fried clams; steamed mussels with chorizo and tomato sauce; tart Key-lime pie; butterscotch pudding with a Sc
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Jeff and Barbara Black’s frosted-glass-lined dining room mixes the clubby vibe of a neighborhood gathering place with an ambitious kitchen celebrating all things seafood. The bar area and main dining room are often buzzing with conversation. (Looking for quiet? There’s a more sedate, if less exciting, back dining room.) Appetizers tend to be stronger than main courses—many of the latter are either busy or boring—so an assembly of these small plates is the most promising way to a really good meal. Our current favorites: a Caesar salad that doesn’t skimp on the anchovies, Ipswich clams worthy of a New England fish shack, and a hefty cut of sweet butterfish in a terrific mango sauce. Up front is DC’s best seafood market, where—depending on the season—you might find Maryland rockfish, super-sweet Taylor Bay scallops, and excellent Maine lobsters.

Open: Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Clam chowder; raw oysters; house-cured anchovies with tonnato sauce; grilled sardines; bigeye tuna with pork belly and ginger-soy broth; crabcakes; butterscotch pot de crème; banana cream pie. 

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