The Salt Line - Navy Yard
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
choice of dressed or buttered, split top bun, market price
clams, bacon, potato, celery, oyster crackers
Crispy Fish Sandwich
lettuces, pickled shallot, tartar sauce, chile
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.
Beautiful river front dining and the food is great.
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!
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.
No waiting, server was pleasant and had great recommendations.
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.
Overpriced, average food. Service and ambiance was top-notch. Probably won’t return based on the price.
We had a pleasant experience with solid service. I had to move my reservation by about 30 minutes and they easily accommodated me.
Nice ambiance on water. Minimal brunch menu. Too trendy. Need typical salad, scrambled eggs, chicken sandwich.
Excellent food and service. Great location.
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
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.
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.
Our food took longer than expected, but they gave us a free dessert to accommodate. The lobster roll is to die for.
Lobster roll was good, but appetizer and oysters never showed up. Clam chowder was watery.
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.
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.
The service and staff were amazing so friendly and remembered our special occasion. Food was delicious and their outside area is beautiful!
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.
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.
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.
Hands down the best oysters in all DC. The chocolate mousse fantastic
Food was good. Portions are a little small on entrees for the price.
End of baseball season dinner. Very good!
always a fun place to go whether grabbing drinks with friends or have dinner with someone special
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.
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
Great time the last weekend of the Nats season.
Wine selection paired well with raw oysters!
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!
Excellent site at Navy Yard. Top quality drinks and food. Professional and helpful servers. A great evening.
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!!
What a beautiful night to celebrate a special occasion -- at just the right spot! Great food, service, and ambiance.
Fish was good, fresh, creatively prepared. Service was ok, but not great. Noise level outside was too high for comfortable conversation.
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.
Food was very good to excellent; service great; beautiful evening to eat outside which helped.
Sheryl was a fantastic great server!! All food was great, would recommend!
Was just ok- had the fried fish sandwich & it wasn’t the best or the worst I’ve ever had. Waiter was nice enough.
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.