The Salt Line

4.5
675 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
The Salt Line menu and cuisine is New England embodied in Washington, DC. Drawing inspiration from the Northeast’s best oyster houses, The Salt Line will focus on seafood – both fish and shellfish. The raw bar will feature the best bivalves and crustaceans the east coast has to offer. In addition to the raw bar program, Chef Bailey and his team will create both comfort classic like fried clams and Boston baked beans as well as truly elevated chef-driven options like octopus terrine and seafood charcuterie. Finally, The Salt Line will be the first restaurant in DC to participate in the Dock to Dish program which works directly with local fishermen to highlight only the freshest, most sustainable catches. “New England meets Chesapeake”
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Shellfish, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday:
Outdoor Bar & Patio: 3:00 - Midnight
Indoor Bar & Restaurant: 5:00 - Midnight

Saturday & Sunday:
11:00am - Midnight
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Phone number
(202) 506-2368
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Bailey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Capitol St
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Parking details
Parking Garage available. Increased parking rates on Nationals Home game days.
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Public transit
Navy Yard Metro.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Private Dining

The Salt Line, situated across from Nationals Park directly on the Anacostia Waterfront, is a perfect setting for all your private event needs. Conveniently located just minutes from Capitol Hill, we can offer garage parking, easy access to 395, and a short walk to the Navy Yard Metro.

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Salt Line's New England-style seafood, outdoor bar, and attractive dining room are perfect for a date or dinner with parents in Navy Yard.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Michelle was a great waitress! Thanks for taking good care of us!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always a great time at The Salt Line. Chef Kyle and his team are whipping up some of the most exciting seafood dishes in the city while nailing all the classics.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Good service; food good, however portion quite small for rockfish and too much bread in the stuffed lobster. Did not feel as special as previous dining experience (last November).

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food very good, staff awesome, atmosphere awesome, but $200 for a couple all so I could go get a pizza afterward to feel full is ridiculous. Prices are outrageous even for DC.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been a huge fan of Salt Line ever since it opened, frequently returning almost daily at one point for the soft shell crab dish my mom loves so much. I’ve been there several times with girlfriends and decided to take a new “friend” there this week while he was visiting from out of town. I was embarrassed by the food that was presented to us, cold and tasteless. I reluctantly had to send both of our dishes back to the kitchen because they simply did not taste good. Seemed as though the restaurant week crowd or the surge of customers from the soccer game overwhelmed the staff and the food suffered. Clearly not the same experience I had during the spring and winter when the neighborhood loyals could enjoy an amazing meal. I’m hesitatant to return and doubtful that I would invite friends to come with me. With so many amazing new restaurants in DC it will sadly be a while before I’m brave enough to come back. Perhaps I’ll try again this winter when the crowds calm down and the staff can cook at a reasonable pace.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Consistently good restaurant. We love the ambience, the service and the food. This has become one of our go-to places on the waterfront.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Terrific meal. Great food, highly attentive service , great view of the water. We would happily go back again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great meal, super fresh seafood, Anthony provided super attentive service!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was great! We all ended up getting her suggestions and they were delicious. The outdoor tables are definitely worth it.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Had a delicious dinner here on a Sunday before a DC UNITED game. However, we were sat directly by the door to the outside bar, the traffic in and out was non stop and one of the chairs at our table was in the way, it was a terrible seating location. Although the food was fantastic, our server was extremely unfriendly and seemed put out having to wait on us.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great experience! Food was great and service was great!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Everything we tried from the apps to the main course special was delicious and cooked to perfection. We enjoyed the vibe of the entire place and enjoyed dessert and then more drinks at the outdoor bar. Our server was attentive and provided great recommendations. Can't wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The team at Salt Line went above and beyond to ensure my mother had a great birthday!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

First time there and it lived up to the hype. Food was fantastic. Fast, hot and fresh. Great beer choices. Hospitality was off the charts. Our server, Nia, was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

We went on the recommendation from a friend, we were not impressed. If you like spending an excessive amount of money for subpar food that lacks the basics (think salt and pepper), then this is your spot. Had to make reservations for a Friday evening because there was only 1 left supposedly, but we sat there for 1.5hrs looking at 6-7 empty tables with various seating availability. There are better places to eat in DC for the same amount of money (or less). If you want to drink and chat with friends, they have plenty of nice outside space for this...just don't order the food.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Had great service at 6:30 pm on a Friday evening. Enjoyed the food and the view at a window side table. Even better it’s within walking distance of our home.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Watermelon cucumber feta salad is terrific! And tasting varieties of oysters always fun!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

wonderful service and food. it was my mom's 89th birthday and she was beaming the whole time from start to finish. thank you

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We were seated immediately, 10 minutes before the time of our reservation. Drinks and oysters were ordered, and then just before the oysters were served, the general manager introduced himself to us, with an apologetic request that the four of us move to another table, as the one we were at should have been designated as one of the tables being used for a large group that was coming in shortly. Kudos to the manager for handling it so courteously, and comping us for drinks. Ditto for the servers both at the original table, and the one we moved to. They were all friendly and helpful. As for the food, the oysters were exceptional, as were the entrees. This was our first time dining there, and we'll definitely return.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

So disappointing. 4 of us had lunch - only 1 out of the 4 (he had the lobster roll) enjoyed it. The fried platter was not good. The fish was so overcooked it couldn't be eaten. The shrimp were so small you couldn't find them. They advertise scallops are in this dish - we found 2. I ordered the shrimp etoufee and it was served luke warm twice! The server insisted I order something else so I ordered the clam chowder which was excellent. They did right by the bill and only charged me for the chowder. Don't think we'll head back anytime soon.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Perfect Location if going to the Nats game. We went on a Sunday at noon and it was the Brunch menu. Very boring choices. There were a few egg dishes, hamburger, lobster roll and fried catfish sandwich. Most of us had the lobster roll which was good but over priced at $26 for the entree. We also got some bread for the table and that was $10. If it is a nice day, the patio looks nice.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

It was a wonderful experience. We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Gus was a great waitress! Yummy food and a lovely outside table.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great. Good service good food

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We went to the Salt Line before a Nationals game. Around the ballpark you have low expectations for food quality and it lived up to that. My wife had the fried clams which were good, a little on the nearly overdone side, and a watermelon salad that was good. My meal was a disaster. The chowder I ordered came after my meal, and when it arrived it was lukewarm at best. The lobster roll was fairly good but was overpriced. It is $10 less at Luke's Lobster in DC and much better. The fries that accompanied it were limp and cold and look like they were leftover from the previous day. $26 is a lot for that pathetic meal. The beer was good and cold. We were planning on coming back to celebrate my birthday in a couple of weeks but now I am rethinking that. We arrived when the place opened and usually early diners get food that is fresh and hot. This was the worst meal of all of the places we have been to in the last year, bar none. The manager came out and said the chef was embarrassed by sending out that plate and brought a peace offering of some fresh fries which were good, but too little, too late. The place has potential but misses the mark, a lot like the Nationals this season. I was going to send a picture of the limp burnt fries but I just wanted the plate to go away.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our server Ben was OUTSTANDING! And, the food was EXCELLENT. We will be back...

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

First time dining at Salt Line. Will not be the last. Thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails, oysters and main dishes. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The night was beautiful and Austin was our wonderful server. We had a fabulous time dining before the Nationals crushed the Mets 25-4. I would highly recommend this restaurant and the burgers were amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Great place to eat before the Nationals game! Terrific selection of Oysters and the service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Our server Michelle was superb. The oysters were amazing as was the whole experience, even if we had to walk in the rain to get there.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great views of the water and excellent food! Love the fresh seafood!!!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Entire group realy enjoyed the laid back yet sofisticated New England inspired atmosphere. Server, Ryan was great and very friendly. Enjoyed a drink at the outdoor bar before our brunch reservation. Food was well worth the price. look forward to returning for happy hour.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The lobster roll and burger were amazing!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Corpse Reviver #79 Cocktail -- name says it all, a simple variation on a classic. Tart, crisp, and well balanced
Nashville Hot Soft Shell Crab -- one of the better soft shell dishes I had this season. Flavor was good, and accurate, but could have been punched up hotter
Duck Confit French Toast -- so rich and flavorful, truly decadent

Although alright, I would not reorder the Biscuits and Etouffee. More "etouffee" to biscuit would have been nice, and the flavors were flat... too many other interesting things on the menu to go back to that one.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I and my bridesmaids went for a brunch last weekend. It was our first time at Salt Line and the experience was pleasant.
Food and service are great! Oysters are fresh. We ordered lobter rolls which were excellent! Lobster omelette was good too!
Our server was nice and attentive. Also, the complimentary stuffies for our celebration were exceptional!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The Salt Line had a great atmosphere and customer service was superb. My family and I really enjoyed all of our meals. The food was filling without being too heavy. I really enjoyed the lobster roll and the johnny cake appetizer. I would visit again when looking for a restaurant with a great waterfront view with easy access to the Wharf and Nats stadium.

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We had a party of 8 on a busy weekday evening before an event at Nats park. We were pressed for time so we ordered right away. 50 minutes later we got our food. There was only an average level of attentiveness from our server while waiting and never received an update on the food progress. Many lobster rolls were ordered and some were cold when they arrived. Other than that, the food was fine. The outside porch was a great location, so that helped us put up with the wait.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great food and service! Would recommend this place before a Nats game or concert

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food , service and atmosphere were fantastic. We started with a dozen oysters that were fabulous and continue with the stuffed Maine lobster which was seasonal perfectly and had an amazing taste. The location is directly across from the Nationals stadium located directly on the river. The night was perfect even though it rained all night long. This is a must visit for anyone that enjoys great food .

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

It is ok. I really did not see what the hype was all about. The meal was ok. The restaurant and the outside bar was crowded even in the rain. I just do not understand the hype

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