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The Salt Line - Ballston, Arlington, VA

The Salt Line - Ballston

4.6
4.6
179 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

The Salt Line, the popular Navy Yard homage to New England’s iconic oyster
houses, will open a second location in Arlington’s burgeoning Ballston
neighborhood in fall 2021. Executive Chef Matt Singer will lead the
kitchen in partnership with Long Shot Hospitality Chef/Partner Kyle Bailey
and bring his own culinary influences to the menu. Guests can expect the
same New England classics found at the restaurant’s Navy Yard location in
addition to house-made pastas, an expanded selection of crudos, and daily
lunch service in the coming months.

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Booked 58 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm
    Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm
    Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm
    Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-2075

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Singer

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

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What 179 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. LC

    LCL1

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere and food. Good for a special occasion, impromptu dinner date, or friends get together. We took our 4 and 5 year old and they had a great kids menu, as well as sides and other dishes they enjoyed. Service was excellent, definitely recommend.

  2. LP

    LaurenP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Simy put, great food great service in a great space with a trendy but comfortable vibe.

  3. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Salt Line - now open for lunch on weekdays - features some terrific seafood. Our lunch party enjoyed the smoked white fish spread, the lunch special that includes a half lobster roll, a cup of soup and a generous side salad, and the Brunswick stew. We all still have fond memories of the rockfish tartare and the monkfish and halibut entrees from our previous dinner visit. The Salt Line is now our go-to restaurant in Arlington for quality seafood!

  4. BL

    BrunchLover

    Washington DC

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    If you like New England seafood, you will enjoy Salt Line. Lots of raw bar options, authentic lobster rolls, and even a smash burger! We ate outside and give the patio two thumbs up. We even walked over with our pup. Great service on the patio, everyone was so friendly. Even turned on the Caps playoff game. We will be back and happy to have Salt Line in the neighborhood.

  5. E

    Emma

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful patio (much quieter than indoors) and great service! Celebrated my sister’s birthday and we all enjoyed our food choices - especially the stuffies appetizer, swordfish entree, and rockfish entree.

  6. N

    Noshing

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    We were looking forward to going to Salt Line and had high expectations. It was good, but not great. The lobster rolls were very small and "meh" flavor. The rockfish was good, though not spectacular considering the high price for entrees. To add a bit of insult, they charge for bread!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and the service was impeccable.

  8. H

    Helen

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great location in the middle of Ballston, with an intimate feel inside. The portion sizes were excellent, with just enough food to be filling and not leave you stuffed. We had the rockfish and baked cod, which were both excellent. The tequila Paloma, recommended by our server, Isa, was delicious and not too sweet. We finished with the Oreo milkshake which was a great end to an overall great meal! Isa was friendly and made our dining experience perfect.

  9. SF

    StevenF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great management, great food, great servics, great drinks...

  10. R

    Rosie

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service

  11. F

    Familyof4

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The raw bar was excellent, and so was the service. Our appetizers and maybe n courses were great! Dessert was slightly disappointing, but that’s not what we came for. Drink menu and variety was also fantastic.

  12. LM

    LaMarseillaise

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Interesting menu with great raw and cooked choices. Everything was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. However, it does seem pricey for the small portions you get.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Overall, the food quality was better than I expected. It was a bit more of a scene than I was expecting, but that was ok because the space was nice, we had plenty of room, and the food was great. My biggest real complaint is that despite the food tasting great, my portion was tiny. I left needing another meal :)

  14. j

    jodiec

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oysters were fabulous- along with the oyster shooters ;). Our meals were great, service with fantastic and the drinks were strong!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service is incredible. The nicest hostess and servers!!!

  16. k

    kiddif

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent quality of seafood! Portuguese stew is very flavorful.

  17. ST

    SharonT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Love the Salt Line!! It was my son’s birthday and the team made it special without a big fuss. The food was amazing and the service was friendly if a bit slow (they were very busy!) Can’t wait to return

  18. C

    Carlington

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    More casual than I had expected; loved the fried scallop roll (sandwich). Will go back and keep it simpler next time -- maybe split an appetizer (the very tasty kholrabi salad was huge), no side needed. Wait staff was good!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was yummy!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Very pleasant servers

  21. J

    John

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Both of our fish dishes (rockfish and monkfish) were overcooked. Prosciutto really overpowered the monkfish. Brussels sprouts were swimming in Old Bay. First time I have not finished a dish in years -- waiter did remove item from our bill. We enjoyed the stuffies. Good selection of draft beers. Attractive interior.

  22. b

    bhwiii

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Just superb food. The service -- we had the pleasure of working with Mike -- was brilliant. Coming back in 2 days.

  23. SW

    SueW

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The Salt Line cooks seafood to perfection. We all enjoyed the creative cocktails and the well prepared entrees. My rockfish was tender and flavorful.

  24. DA

    DinnerAt12

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was delicious! Bartender cordial but slight attitude but original waiter was super sweet and accommodating when the Birthday girl wanted to move inside.

  25. W

    Wackamacka

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great addition to the Salt Line family. I am a big fan of the Navy Yard Salt Line and have been wanting to try this location. I was not disappointed. We sat outside, so I cannot comment on the interior too much. We had GREAT service from Sammi(y) and her colleagues. The food was excellent and the drinks good. We chowed down on appetizers: raw oysters, broiled oysters, Parker House rolls, pimento crab dip and stuffies. The only slight disappointment (and I mean slight) were the desserts. We had the apply brown better and the butterscotch/pudding chocolate cake items. We all felt the second could have benefited from more pudding and less cake while the former could have used a little more of the bread and a little less of the apples. But these are nitpicks. All in all, it was a great experience and I would not hesitate to recommend. We will return!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Hostess was not friendly at all, like they were annoyed we were there. Food was ok, something’s were better than others. Service wasn’t great. Had to grab people to get another round of drinks, silverware, etc. the restaurant itself was cool. We would go back for drinks, that’s probably it.

  28. JL

    JelianL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was soo good!! Definitely coming back

  29. BL

    BlacLab

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fisherman’s Stew, Cobia, and poached Rockfish all beautifully prepared and quite delciius. Cocktails also creative and tasty. A welcome addition to Arlington, will definately go back.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good food. Being from New England I especially enjoyed the chowder..

  31. C

    Carmen

    Washington DC

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food is very good, but we thought our entrees (cobia and monkfish) were a little too salty. We also had raw oysters. Instead of the little spoons with which you serve them, you need to have oyster forks. The spoons do not work! And it really is extremely noisy!

  32. JC

    JasonC

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not only is the food great, but the staff are so warm! My seven-year old son struck up a conversation with our waiter... from last time! He remembered my son and asked what he'd been up to. Cool to feel like a "local".

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Melissa is amazing and so are all the bartenders amazing service

  34. L

    Lynne

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Grear fresh clean raw ousters. Too many crackers in clam chowder but tasty. Very expesnsive because we had oysters at 3.75 each.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Jon, was fantastic! He really made the night. The food and atmosphere was great. Would definitely come again!

  36. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an opportunity to introduce the Salt Line to another group of friends. This time, we started with the smooth and flavorful smoked whitefish salad that was spread on crostini, and we each ordered a terrific fish entree. The vegetables and sauces that accompanied the monkfish, halibut and rockfish entrees were all excellent! We will all return soon.

  37. DH

    DyleH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    The ambiance and buildout is fantastic. The service was not up to par for the cost. Food came out at different times, hot food was cold (been sitting), we had to remind the server to bring drinks and then also had an issue with the wrong food coming out (blamed it on a mistake in the kitchen, but since everything is run through a computer, it was clear the waiter just put the wrong order in). It’s new, so I’m sure they’re still ironing out the kinks.

  38. G

    Gretchinthecity

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great addition to the Ballston area! Lovely interiors, friendly and helpful staff and Delicious seafood! Plus the Parker House Rolls are a must!

  39. CS

    CharlesS

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On our third visit to the Salt Line, we turned over the daily oyster menu and discovered several more fabulous small plate options - the smoked whitefish salad on crostini, and the seafood charcuterie. We also ordered the rockfish tartare and the grilled broccolini - making for a wonderful shared lunch!

  40. JC

    JasonC

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff, great food.. not too crowded. It made for a great Sunday night dinner!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Salt Line - Ballston is rated 4.6 stars by 179 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 58 times today
Google Map for The Salt Line - Ballston

4040 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22203-4434

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm
    Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm
    Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm
    Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Singer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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