The Salt Line - Navy Yard

4.6
1847 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Bill
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The menu (which I did not review in advance) was more limited than I was expecting, but the seafood platter was expansive and cooked perfectly. Team service was attentive.

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DPitch
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delightful as always. Our server and the MOD were very kind and helpful with everything. My partner ordered a second beer to pair with her dinner and the staff was great about making sure she was happy with the first drink that she still had. It's nice to see an observant staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were all very good. Clam Chowder soup and rolls were excellent. The Ribeye was outstanding- full of flavor and perfectly cooked … chocolate mousse with the Oreo crust was unique and very delicious.

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AllisonC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Super cozy spot, very fresh seafood. Wish the menu were a little more extensive but otherwise, a terrific spot.

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NicoleLynn0405
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! The Perfect Storm bloody mary was great and our server was very friendly. Would definitely come back!

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vipAspiringFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weren’t real hungry so split the crab dip, Fall salad, and fries. Cheryl was great, understood exactly and advised we be served all dishes at once. The portion sizes were perfect for splitting! Plus, the food was served quickly, fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was very slow and non attentive.

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vipTuckinalex
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

after having had good experiences here, this time was nearly a disaster. What looked like a good location for a booth, turned into a terrible location. Was by a service station, near the bar so people were hanging around the area all the time. Then we were located next to a party room and once the party ended, the staff paraded past us multiple times with chairs to reset the room. Our server, who had a nice personality seemed too busy to really be attentive to us. The $30 lobster roll was good, which 2 of us had. We ordered salads with it and they came with french fries. My brother ordered what he thought was a duck potato appetizer but got regular french fries. They did bring him the right dish and we did get our salads. The manager talked to us a couple of times after complaining and did offer to move us. We finally chose to stay were we were. We were comped 2 dessert drinks and one app. But the place looks run down now and the good dining experience has been overshadowed by neglect or whatever ambience these 2 years of Covid has imparted on the place. I won't be returning. I'm being generous by not commenting on the service which has clearly been affected by the staffing shortage most places are now experiencing and I know it can't be helped.

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Kates4
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious - the octopus and kampachi crudos were a fan favorite! The service was excellent and very attentive, and the booth was comfortable and cozy.

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vipSocrates
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very good service. Always an excellent dining experience.

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vipDCJG
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was super cozy with heaters and nice spacing between tables, and the food is always delicious. Definitely a great spot!

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vipBettyc4
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were with friends for dinner before a performance at the Arena stage.

The food is fresh and it is a smaller menu selection but that may explain why each dish is great.

The appetizers were great. We ordered stuffed oysters and the dip. They brought extra chips without having to ask when they initially brought the appetizer. DELICIOUS!


I had the crispy rockfish. Two in my party had the Portuguese Stew, another the Seafood Ragú and 4 had the lobster roll.

Everyone lived their dish and eyed others’ dishes wishing they could taste each other’s dishes.

The only complaint from a friend was that they thought $30 is a lot for a lobster roll.

The noise level was fine when we got there at 5pm but was really loud by the time we left.

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Sugarlee
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My crispy Sea Bass entre looked liked an appetizer I thought I made but forgot I had ordered-because it was so tiny. It was no bigger than my fore finger and the great sounding garnishment was miniscule - most a few droplets in size. zi will order the eafood stew on my next visit.

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Gallegoscot
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful brunch. Food was delicious and thoughtfully presented. The wait staff was attentive and friendly (shout out to Eunice). Had a table right by the river, very scenic. I would highly recommend, especially the clam bellies, octopus carpaccio, and apple pear pie they bake to order... and of course the excellent cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food3service2ambience4

Great restaurant under preformed because we made a reservation at 830 and we got seated at 930. Guest had to leave before we wanted due to other restricting items. Usually great but not so much this time.

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kevin’s serving was fantastic!

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Mamo
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great meal! Food was fast & anazing! Server Chris was awesome! Heat lamps were present and putting out heat just not great placement.

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vipKels
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I've frequented this place a few times, and for the price that I'm paying to eat here, the service is subpar. The hostess is not welcoming or friendly, the booths aren't spacious enough, the waiters going missing for periods of a time... I absolutely love the lobster roll, but I'm just going to order pickup from now on. I don't want to waste time here.

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vipGiovanniB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Salt Line is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. Whenever, we have out of town guests, we always take them their. The oysters, fish and lobster rolls are always outstanding. My in-laws enjoyed their burgers as well. Great selection of local craft beers as well.

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vipChrissyVA
Thailand
73 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice. Could have used actual crab in the king crab breakfast, but it was still delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Just stopping by

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

One of the guests got severe food poisioning from an undercooked burger

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had a reservation and still waited 20 minutes upon arrival. We also seemed to be sassed by the staff after we were understandably frustrated with the wait. Then eventually put in a corner table inside after there appeared to be several tables around us that were open the entire time.

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The oyster selection is great! And they have nice fire pits outside.

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Trish
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday - great table with view of water. Wait staff attentive, friendly and masked. Tables well spaced. Oysters were amazing; entrees very good. Wine by the glass surprisingly good. Parking a bit of a challenge - either $50.00 close to on site or a bit of a walk. Will go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The food was not very good, though service was. I would probably not come again. I ordered the steak tips for brunch. There was about 2oz of overly cooked, hard to chew and unflavored meat, two slices of zucchini, two eggs, and four thin, charred Sears of asparagus. Nothing was seasoned well.

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DCRunner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views! The crab dip appetizer is a solid pick!

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PatrickH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great night out with my wife. The food and drinks were outstanding.

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MarinaO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. We got there earlier than our reservation
They were very kind and managed to seat us earlier. The only hiccup was the clam chowder was more of a soup. Still delicious just not what I usually expect as a chowder. I will go back in a heartbeat!

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The device was good, but the food was less than it had been in the past. Probably will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice twist on some great seafood. Small portions and a little pricy.

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MoElinzano
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was right by the water in Navy Yard, but they have great heaters outside! The food was wonderful and the service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was our first time trying salt line and I’m glad we did! their oysters were so fresh and great quality. our server Ben was really great as well. we’ll definitely be back

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our guest loved it. She was visiting from Atlanta and was blown away by the Navy Yard area.

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Foodlover23
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the food was awesome.

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MHBC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting nephew in college

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KatieH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view out to the river. We sat outdoor and they had heaters and a covered area which was great. Food, service, and drinks were all awesome. We would definitely go again. Also, great allergin menu (I'm gluten-free) just ask and they'll bring it out.

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vipGratian
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The oysters were excellent, but the food went seriously south after that. The Lobster roll was poor and the swordfish was also poor. The person at the next table said their hamburger was the "best in DC". Maybe that's what I should have ordered.

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CorinaP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
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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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 1847 OpenTable diners.

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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