Details

BlackSalt

4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Washington, DC 20007

202-342-9101

Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades

Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American, Breakfast

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

Price Range: Expensive

Dress: Business Casual

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.blacksaltrestaurant.com

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

Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 to 7, Saturday and Sunday 4 to 6

Great Takeout: BlackSalt

This sleek seafood dining room is on our 100 Best Restaurants list, and we’re also big fans of the fish market that takes up the front of the place. Customers come from far beyond DC’s Palisades neighborhood to peruse just-flown-in seasonal gems such as Nantucket bay scallops, Copper River salmon, and Royal Red shrimp.

In the prepared-foods case, the virtually filler-free crab cakes ($7.99 each) are some of the area’s best, and the smoky salmon cakes ($3.99) are winners, too. (The spongy cod cakes taste like something you’d find at a British boarding school.)

Sides are less of a sure thing. Stick with the fabulous, bacony potato salad ($5.99 a pound), a trio of Japanese-style seaweed salads ($10.99 a pound), and the creamy shrimp rémoulade ($13.99 a pound), which makes an easy sandwich filler.

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