The Salt Line

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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 focuses on seafood – both fish and shellfish. The raw bar features the best bivalves and crustaceans the east coast has to offer. In addition to the raw bar program, Chef Bailey and his team offer both comfort classic like fried clams and Stuffies as well as truly elevated chef-driven options like our seafood charcuterie. Finally, The Salt Line is 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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Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Very loud. Dysfunctional men’s room. Over salted. Overpriced.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was indifferent. Bathrooms out of order. Brunch menu was sparse. Pimento crab dip was best item.

I’d only come back to buy a beer at the outdoor bar if Danka was too crowded before a game and never for a traditional sit down meal.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Drinks, food and service very good .... but why on earth were we given a table at the entrance when there were tables up front? By the time we realized we were already settled with our drinks.
We had oysters and fish . The oyster selection was limited but maybe this was because we started our dinner very late (9:00 pm) and they had run out of several oyster types.
Fish was very fresh and de deliciously prepared. Especially remarkable was the catch if the day: fluke with smoked cauliflower. The Massachusetts mackerel was perfectly grilled.
All in all a very good place!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to DC with my GF it was both our first times in DC our server Mack was awesome and knowledgeable about the night life in the city and the food was amazing. We ordered a bottle of rosé, which was recommended by Mack, and it paired perfectly with our meal of ceviche and paella. Definitely a go to spot if you’re in DC

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a great experience and would definitely recommend as a place to go!

KC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was amazing. Dessert was even better. I could have eaten lemon pie all night long. Our waiter made excellent recommendations and was so friendly. It was pretty noisy when our group of 4 arrived around 8pm on Wednesday night making it a little hard to hear but quieted down around 9/9:15. We made reservations and were seated right away. Great view right on the water. Outdoor seating when it’s nice out.

JD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The market fish special was pretty unedible. It was far too smoky in flavor, completely overpowering and it did not pair well with the strange butter sauce, and the fish was overcooked to boot. The entree was extremely disappointing.

JT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were excited to try The Salt Line to celebrate our anniversary last weekend. I honestly can't say enough about the staff. They were attentive at all times but in general, it seemed rushed. We were excited that the drinks came out so quickly, especially on a Saturday night. Then we ordered an appetizer and it was delivered minutes later. Then our main courses were delivered while our appetizer plates were still on the table. (they were cleared a few minutes later). And after that, we immediately had dessert menus on the table. We got a coffee at the end along with our dessert and then paid the check and were out of there in no time. Literally, we were out there door and in an Uber within one hour of being seated. Again, everyone was friendly but we were bordering fast food for a while there on a night that we just wanted to sit and enjoy ourselves.

The drink I ordered was excellent! The wine my spouse ordered was a small pour, but that's OK. The food: The seafood charcuterie was mediocre at best but the bread it came with was nice. The two fish main courses were small and relatively bland. The dessert was awesome but small. I was hoping for more but I don't regret going. So, overall... Meh...

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service slow and not super friendly. Food average or below average.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great New England vibe right near the stadium. Excellent food, drink, lots of energy!

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We tried out this restaurant because they were recommended as best burger in DC. We love burger so we tried. The restaurant is off the water across from the Nats Stadium, so during the season getting there and parking would be a mess. Its very nice inside had a mix of traditional and beach theme, beautifully designed. The bar is very open and had nice seating throughout. The burger was good, 2 huge patties, nice soft bun. I would have liked more topping options but it was a basic cheese burger. Although I would not say they are the best in DC they are very good, we will be back to the resturant to try the other dishes.

L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salt Line is a keeper! Enjoyed the food, ambiance, service was top notch! Will definitely return again and again and again....

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you sit in the back it’s quiet, but closer to bar louder it gets. Really great experience from the bar to dinner at a table. Staff is super friendly. I didn’t personally like my food but I know it was well made, just a preference thing. Great experience & happy to go again!

B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for a tasting and got to try many things on the menu. Every appetizer was the bomb. The baked clams, razor claims and rock fish tartar were especially spectacular. Lobster rolls were outstanding. Will go again!!! Try it when the Nats are off season for a more relaxed experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

SR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love the Salt Line. Thank you for a great “Oyster Schucking 101” class on Saturday. I’m at The Salt Line as often as possible, especially during baseball season. Thank you Chef Kyle and the rest of the staff that always make my time there so much fun!!!Stefanie, Ashburn, VA

CE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was awesome! The views of the waterfront are a wonderful backdrop for dates and a relaxing dining experience.

ES
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went to the Salt Line for a family celebration; even in the dark of winter it was a great decision. Staff greeted us warmly upon our entrance into the restaurant and seated us immediately. We enjoyed picking out oysters to sample. I had the garlic shrimp appetizer which was good altho a trifle too salty for my taste. The menu has a nice range of choices but it was somewhat limited in the number of choices in each category. Still, we would definitely return..in any season.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant and food were fine. The food tasted very good and was satisfying. The waiter was very good and helpful to meet special allergy and dietary requirements.

The online menu presented by this app was wrong, some of the items didn’t exist including the scallop dish I went there for. The waiter stated some of the menu items had never existed there. The prices on the online menu were not all correct, lower than the actual prices. Some by several dollars.

SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food and drinks were excellent, our waiter Mack was fantastic!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!! Fantastic service, wonderful menu and the service was outstanding!!!!!

k
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous restaurant with excellent food! What also keeps me coming back is the warm and friendly service.

MR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so friendly and our food came out quickly and was delicious! I don’t normally head out this far outside of Dupont Circle, however with the great service and ambiance I will likely be back again soon!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous seafood, great atmosphere, and very nice touch with the salt water taffy with the hostess

w
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I had heard great things but portions were small for the price. Service was over- attentive (clearing each dish individually as each person was finishing last bite) and rushed. Lobster roll was ok but meat a little mushy. This was around 6 pm on a Friday night not in the middle of dinner rush.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster roll sandwich and clam chowder were fantastic

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Pimento Crab Dip....AMAZING!!!! One of those items you can’t stop thinking about. We ordered one, ate it and ordered a second. The seafood was fresh, the drinks delicious and the s’mores flourless cake left you speechless. Our waiter was attentive and gave good recommendations. Definitely going back!!!

P
Baltimore
105 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice, even in winter!
Right by the river behind the Nats Stadium with outdoor seating. We reserved ahead in advance of our visit to the Stadium for the Enchanted festivities. Very new and nice decor/ambience inside....we'd like to come back in the summer when we can sit outside and maybe catch a Nats game. The Clam Chowder was very good and my Lobster Roll with light dressing (make sure you let them know how much) was delicious ($28.00). My wife enjoyed her New England Smash Burger (double patties) with onion rings for $19. The S'mores Lava Cake dessert was a bit different, all blended together in a cup for $13. We both had a glass of the Cab-Sav ($13/ea) which we thought was a bit pricey but.... Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. We took the Metro but there appears to be on-street parking and parking garages nearby.

C
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner with outstanding service. The Warhorse oysters were perfect. We loved the grilled octopus and our entrees were delicious.

AR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful

AN
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early for our reservation and the outdoor bar with heaters were the perfect way to wait. They were able to seat us early and it just got better from there. Mack, our waiter was fun, engaging, attentive but not overbearing. The food was fabulous. Appetizers were generous and yummy.The Portuguese Stew was amazing. The dessert menu was probably our only let down- but our waistlines are probably thankful for that. The overall value was very good- we left with satisfied bellies and didn’t feel like we broke the bank. We WILL be back again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location
Incredible ambiance
Food was average
Service was great

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

4 out of 6 selections were good. Rockfish and greens, Brussels sprouts, oysters. fried platter great.
Claim chowder watery

AC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing and so was the food!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great overall and would recommend to a friend - delicious food

h
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was truly excellent. Never wanted for a server, all needs met immediately, yet they weren't intrusive. Absolutely made the experience.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had the clams with the bellies, stuffed clams, and Portuguese Stew. We also had some oysters and raw clams. All was excellent. Service was attentive. We had a 5:30 reservation and walked in at 5:30 and got seated right away. It's nice to have a restaurant with New England-style seafood nearby.

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Salt Line does the raw bar very well, but the cooked foods may need a little work. We ordered the Fried Octopus which was not very inspiring. They tried to do too much with the cephalopod with spices that don't mix and a plate that looks like the octopus squirted its ink, put it wasn't ink.

The Baked Pimento Crab Dip was tasty on its own, but the shrimp toast with Old Bay was overpowering the taste of the dip. I would have preferred a nice crusty bagette with the dip.

The Jonnie Cake was tasty. The only comment would be to season the smoked white fish a little more.

The Crispy Skin Rockfish was very good. The fish was cooked perfectly, with the skin nice and crisp and the flesh nice and flakey. The collard greens were cooked perfectly, but could use a little chopping instead of one giant leaf. Overall, the dish works.

By far, the highlight was the tower of seafood. We ordered a Kraken for a table of three and it was just enough to give everyone a sampling of the oysters on offer that day. The ikura (salmon roe) was briny and fresh, the shrimp cocktail was not overcooked, and the lobster and crab legs were a good appetizer before our main course. Only complaint was the smoked white fish needing more seasoning and the oysters would have paired better if there was a mignonette and more lemon wedges.

Overall, an enjoyable evening and I would recommend it to friends that plan to attend Nats games across the street.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining at the Salt Line. Incredible oysters and seafood. Perfect if you love New England style seafood cuisine

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The restaurant atmosphere was perfect- nice enough but casual My server was very attentive but not pushy so I was excited when the food arrived. To be blunt, the food was awful - I ordered the seafood tower which is a mix of approximately 18 raw oysters, lobster, clams, crab, shrimp, fish roe, and pickled clams. 1/2 of the tower was fine (oysters and shellfish). However the roe was not firm so half is the eggs were mushy. The clams simply tasted nasty. I don’t know when management last tasted their own menu, but they should try this one again - it clearly misses the mark.

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