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The Salt Line - Ballston, Arlington, VA

The Salt Line - Ballston

4.7
4.7
420 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Salt Line, the popular DC homage to New England’s iconic fish and oyster houses, brings a second location to Arlington’s burgeoning Ballston neighborhood. Just one year in, The Salt Line has already established itself as one of the top dining spots in Northern Virginia. Executive Chef Matt Singer is leading the kitchen team in partnership with award winning Long Shot Hospitality Chef/Partner Kyle Bailey. The Salt Line is where "New England meets the Chesapeake" so guests can expect the same New England classics and renowned raw bar found at the original location, along with lots of new chef driven fish and seafood entrees, house-made pastas, exciting selections of crudos, and of course the best lobster rolls around.

In addition to dining, the welcoming year round outdoor bar (tented in the winter) has also become a favorite neighborhood gathering spot and is the perfect place to enjoy The Salt Line's signature beverage program and grab what many say is the best burger in town.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-2075

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Singer

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Wilson Blvd between Randolph and Quincy

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    5 minute walk from Ballston Metro

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 420 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Service was great! A perfect place for dinner out with colleagues
  2. DB

    DrButterfly

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casey our server was on point! Met a nice guy named Charley O who brought us some house hot sauce. Lobster roll was good. Oyster were on point great time.

    The Salt Line - BallstonResponded 6 days agoGreat to read! So glad you enjoyed your visit and Casey and Charley made an impression. Will definitely share your feedback with them and the rest of team. Hope you can join us again soon!

  3. j

    judysudy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific experience
  4. B

    Bernie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was excellent. Could have used more clams in the the linguine and clam dish. Delicious sauvignon blanc.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! The service was outstanding…the ambiance was perfect…and the food was amazing!! We all had something different & we were all delighted with our meals. And the the Pimento crab dip was so so yummy. Highly recommend The Salt Line!!!
  6. M

    Maryina

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service for restaurant week. Great for groups.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good service.
  8. R

    Rachel

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Restaurant week menu was delicious!
  9. DA

    DanielA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best place we've been to so far in Arlington. The food was fantastic, we ordered the hallibut which is a thing out of this world and the lobster roll which was good. We also had some oysters and margaritas that were as good as they come. To finish it all, the black tea Panna Cotta was a lovely and fresh way to top an outstanding afternoon of great food and drinks. Shout out to Casey who was so nice and gave us these great recommendations. We'll be back for more.
  10. BB

    BellaB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and customer service were great!
  11. JR

    JonR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fast and delicious!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fish I had was amazingly tasty loved it i can’t wait to visit again
  13. SH

    SamH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at The Salt Line. The food was great. They have solid oysters which I highly recommend. The service was fantastic. We are definitely going back.
  14. MR

    MReyes

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The best part about our meal was the scallop appetizer and oyster shooter. Overall it was OK. The waitress was hustling as she was serving many tables. The rest of the food was ok, I think we would try it for dinner and stick to the seafood dishes as that seems to be their forte. The banana French toast was not good at all, it was overly toasted, hard and lacked any real flavor.
  15. TC

    TammyC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Nice atmosphere. Will def be back
  16. L

    Lolo

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The seafood was cooked perfectly, wine pairing they suggested was wonderful!
  17. NA

    NAMP

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    They messed up our reservation for 3 people but they quickly corrected and gave us a booth for our party. The oysters and seafood tower are fresh and excellent. The crispy skin rock fish is delicious and cooked perfectly. Small place and cozy
  18. L

    Lizzywalk

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fun dining experience. Our server Isa was top notch.
  19. AN

    ANGIE

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    first time visitor...excellent service and the food was delish!
  20. NB

    NicoleB

    Tampa

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit. Excellent service and excellent food. Will return when we are back in the DC area
  21. MH

    MrsHoho

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salt Line always delivers. Great service, delicious food, friendly ambience and they have some really great cocktails.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and ambience was great, but our waitress was the best!
  23. DH

    DrHowFun

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood Heaven. Every dish soared with flavor. Savored every bite.
  24. HS

    HenryS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Service was great, food was delicious (a few items not available), oysters were perfect (no grit or shell). Bar has a good selection. Would eat there again.
  25. ET

    ErikT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was marvelous, the design of the space was beautiful and the service was outstanding. Thank you for a lunch to remember!
  26. JB

    JeffB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Average seafood at best
  27. H

    Hami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great ambience. I took my wife on a date, for the first time, and we are definitely going back.
  28. PS

    PatS

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a pleasure coming here. The food is fantastic and the service is casual and on-point. We had an issue with the temperature of one of the dishes, which was quickly addressed and corrected. Highly recommend it for an above average casual dinner.
  29. CW

    ChristieW

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was phenomenal!!! Outrageously good. We had the beet salad, rockfish tartare, Brussels sprouts and the Portuguese stew. All of it blew us out of the water! Our server was very "New England," giving us quirky and very honest opinions about the menu. It made the experience all the more authentic!
  30. RU

    RUDYV

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great the staff was amazing! Our family had a great time
  31. MG

    MsG22203

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only thing I didn’t like was that, about half an hour after we arrived, the lights were dimmed. Considering the food being as outstanding as it is, and the service being top notch, that won’t dissuade me from going again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food and atmosphere. Not my first time here and will continue to come. John our server was amazing and caring.
  33. MA

    MASL

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable night out with exceptional service, tasty hot from the kitchen food and fresh decor.
  34. AS

    AnnS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. My food was good but not great. The Portuguese stew was good but one spoonful had a significant but hidden piece of shell that caught me by surprise. The crab dip was pretty lean on the crab side. Nice ambiance. Pleasant surroundings. But the whole experience was not 5 star I’m afraid.
  35. C

    Carlton

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb, especially the fresh oysters and our rockfish and swordfish entrees. Our mixed drinks were outstanding and our waiter John was the tops. Still, we found it pricey and would appreciate grilled oysters or oysters Rockefeller and more dessert choices. We will be back for sure.
  36. VS

    VinS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    2-person table is overly long which makes it hard to talk with partner especially given the loud ambient noise level.
  37. D

    Dana

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved this restaurant and the lobster roll was to die for! I would go here again
  38. NG

    NatalieG

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went back to Salt Line for my birthday dinner and food was excellent as usual. New waitress- Sammy was awesome and we really enjoyed her waiting on us. She has a great personality, fun, very professional and attentive to us and all of her tables! I hope we will get her again :) Side note- I still wish they would add some less filling dessert options on the menu. I just can not eat a banana split or milk shake after eating a 3 course meal! Plus, I cant eat or digest ice cream (sorry TMI) Why not add some pie or cake options!!!>? key lime pie, boston cream pie, apple pie, etc- anything besides just ice cream. Please!?
  39. MD

    MicheleD

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here 4 times and everything is AMAZING!!!!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Salt Line - Ballston using the Order Online button. The Salt Line - Ballston also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 566-2075.

The Salt Line - Ballston is rated 4.7 stars by 420 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Salt Line - Ballston

4040 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203-4434

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wilson Blvd between Randolph and Quincy

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    5 minute walk from Ballston Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Singer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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