The Salt Line - Navy Yard

4.6
1805 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Salt Line - Navy Yard offers OUTDOOR Waterfront Patio Seating and indoor STANDARD seating. Please double check that your reservation is for the desired seating preference. We will do our best to honor any change in seating requests in guest notes but we cannot always accommodate so if the desired seating preference is not available is best to call restaurant for assistance. Outdoor reservations are covered and are honored through most weather, barring extreme weather conditions. If unsure of status of outdoor reservation due to weather please call the restaurant. If weather does not permit outdoor seating, we may be able to move your outdoor reservation inside but cannot guarantee indoor seating. We look forward to your visit!
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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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CorinaP
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice ambiance, with great views of the Anacostia river. Our party dined outdoors, and the restaurant did a great job of making the seating comfortable, considering the late October weather.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful river front dining and the food is great.

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Margo
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely day with a water view. Plentiful outdoor seating. The heaters were great for the little chill in the aIr. The menu had creative options, and everything was delicious!

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PegE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. Food, atmosphere, and service are always top notch. We especially love that the restaurant is on the river, is next to the ballpark, and is owned (in part) by Zim.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

No waiting, server was pleasant and had great recommendations.

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Celw
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

I’ve been here a few times and after our experience last night I likely won’t be returning. The food was…fine. Our server, however, was extremely rude to us for no reason and almost ruined our entire meal.

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vipJaredB
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overpriced, average food. Service and ambiance was top-notch. Probably won’t return based on the price.

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NickT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a pleasant experience with solid service. I had to move my reservation by about 30 minutes and they easily accommodated me.

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KerryM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice ambiance on water. Minimal brunch menu. Too trendy. Need typical salad, scrambled eggs, chicken sandwich.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great location.

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OLwasherenow
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

went very well. we were greeted at the entrance and shown to our table, ready and waiting. it was lunch, so the entrées were not available. clam chowder great
oysters great. beet salad very nice but too small. nice wait staff all around

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love this place!!! Quickly becoming a go-to for us. I was disappointed that they were out of catfish, so I had to change my order from the fried fish sandwich, which is phenomenal (btw!). I ended up getting the lobster roll and it was yummy. We received a free dessert because of the fish problem and it was AMAZING. We got the rocky road mousse…. to die for. The staff is helpful and quick! I would recommend this place for sure.

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EmiO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Website and menu are misleading and incorrect according to their current practice. Says dinner menu starts at 3pm on Saturdays, but the waiter informed us it actually started at 4pm (as it says it does on Friday), so we were forced to order from the brunch menu. The waiter was rushing us to order since the kitchen takes a break from 3-4pm, again not clear from the website and menu.

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vipKelcey
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our food took longer than expected, but they gave us a free dessert to accommodate. The lobster roll is to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Lobster roll was good, but appetizer and oysters never showed up. Clam chowder was watery.

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WinstonM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Salt Line is deservedly popular. The seafood is excellent, the service is courteous and prompt, and the ambience—particularly outside on the patio on a nice day — is wonderful.

I can’t comment on the non-seafood items they serve because I go there for seafood, it’s great, and I’ve never ordered anything else.

My only hesitation is that the food is a bit pricey — desserts from $10-$20, some raw oysters at $4 each, as examples. Two people can easily run up a lunch or brunch tab that’s north of $100.

But overall, it’s a terrific restaurant. I would highly recommend it.

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David
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner; however, although we had noted that it was our 30th Anniversary, no one at the restaurant acknowledged the special occasion. Our waitress was also not very friendly. A small sour note to our evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!

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vipVickiS
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and staff were amazing so friendly and remembered our special occasion. Food was delicious and their outside area is beautiful!

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viplilPrawn
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was top notch. Hostesses helped correct a mistake I made. Server was quick and friendly. Food, however, was not great. The $29 scallops were seared only on 1 side, sauces were bland, fermented plums were great but only 3 tiny bits on the plate. Rolls were good but came with butter that had a ton of salt dumped on top. Lobster roll had a good amount of lobster but aside from that, nothing special.

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vipbailey
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside, and the ambience was lively and pleasant. Service was attentive and smart - i.e. being forthright about different items on the menu. Food was great! I have never before given 5 stars to a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My overall review here would be there are other places to spend your money. To be fair we did not try any of the fried food, sandwiches, or desserts. Please take this to heart, I mean well and wish Salt Line the best in the future.

The location is obviously beautiful and no doubt very expensive to maintain - which likely drives the overpriced menu. The problem with this approach is I was there with 3 other people and we spent $300 including 4 appetizers and 4 mains with some wine and we all left quite hungry still. If a restaurant is going to charge $35-$40 for a main, it should be enough to at least fill you up.

For appetizers, the Parker house rolls were tasty but the butter could have been more original - how about an herb butter? The crab and pimento cheese dip was just really not enough for $18 and was weirdly paired with foam shrimp chips. Oysters were great! Kampachi crudo could be eaten in one spoonful it was so tiny, and flavorless. For mains - the Black Sea bass was a child-like portion - bland and monotone with unseasoned peas and pea shoots as the side. The scallop dish was cooked well, but almost everything else on the plate was a bitter component, no other flavors to note, certainly no salt used to enhance them. The Portuguese stew our friend said was delish, and I’d agree. The crispy rockfish our other friend said was “fine.” When we asked for salt and pepper, we received iodized table salt - which at a restaurant with these prices and accolades is unacceptable. Adding a nice finishing salt in the kitchen before serving would be standard at a restaurant claiming this caliber. Ultimately, my point here is the food, with $18 apps and $37 mains, should be prepared in a way where crappy salt, grossly congealed to a clearly dirty container, isn’t necessary to add to all entrees and where guests can leave feeling like they enjoyed a culinary experience on the DC waterfront, pleasantly satiated.

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Ruben
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best oysters in all DC. The chocolate mousse fantastic

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vipDisappointing
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good. Portions are a little small on entrees for the price.

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KarenF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

End of baseball season dinner. Very good!

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vipKrisW
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a fun place to go whether grabbing drinks with friends or have dinner with someone special

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BillE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, sustainable fish expertly prepared. Service was steady, timed well, and allowed for a relaxed meal. We were outdoors and found the music blaring a bit too loud, especially in contrast to the sound level indoors. Highly recommend the Salt Line.

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fooddog99
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wine, cocktails and food we're all good, but pretty pricey. Outstanding service by John, our server! He was helpful and knowledgeable, yet not in the way or hovering. John is good asset to this restaurant

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MattL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular server!

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bloodymarylover
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time the last weekend of the Nats season.

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TimothyK
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine selection paired well with raw oysters!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We had a reservation. Upon arrival (on time) they tell us they’ve given away our table and are looking to get us a new one. We wait about 10 mins before we ask if we can take one of the open ones. They say yes and we are seated. It was a weird experience overall. Food and ambiance are great here!

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JohnPf
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent site at Navy Yard. Top quality drinks and food. Professional and helpful servers. A great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents were visiting from CA so our server nicely brought a special treat for them for dessert. It was very special and very appreciated!!

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CaraF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful night to celebrate a special occasion -- at just the right spot! Great food, service, and ambiance.

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Langacre
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fish was good, fresh, creatively prepared. Service was ok, but not great. Noise level outside was too high for comfortable conversation.

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vipAmyJ
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The four of us were celebrating our adult son’s birthday on a Sunday night. We were seated outside at our reservation time. The tables were adequately spaced and it’s a lovely off street location behind the building near the water. It was a bit noisy because there was a band playing at Dacha next door and music playing on a sound system in our dining space but not so noisy that we couldn’t hear each other speaking. Service was very good. Food was good but not exceptional. My Passion Paloma cocktail was quite good. The staff brought out a complimentary dish of vanilla ice cream with whipped cream and sprinkles for us to share in celebration of the occasion.

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vipJonathanP
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good to excellent; service great; beautiful evening to eat outside which helped.

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ShelleyR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sheryl was a fantastic great server!! All food was great, would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was just ok- had the fried fish sandwich & it wasn’t the best or the worst I’ve ever had. Waiter was nice enough.

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The Salt Line - Navy Yard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-2368.

The Salt Line - Navy Yard is rated 4.6 stars by 1805 OpenTable diners.

The Salt Line - Navy Yard does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?hash=e58706d3.

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.

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