The Salt Line

4.6
744 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Shellfish, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am
Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
Outdoor Bar & Patio
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–12:00 am
Indoor Bar & Restaurant
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–12:00 am
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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 & DC United Home game days.
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Public transit
Navy Yard Metro
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, 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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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

For New Year's Eve 2018, The Salt Line will be serving a 4 course meal with optional pairings. The Prefixe menu will be served A La Carte at our indoor bar. We will not be serving our regular menu. The menu will be available soon on TheSaltLine.com.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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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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j
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for brunch. Were seated promptly in a very sunny, open, dining room with a great view of the waterfront. The food was excellent, especially the clam bellies and the lobster roll. Very nice service. Has a great patio which would be wonderful in warmer weather. A bit tricky to find the first time; go around to the back of the building. Directly across the street from Nationals Stadium.

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BM
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding! My meal, including baked oysters, trigger fish and roasted brussel sprouts, was satisfying. I will return to the restaurant, but I will never order the brussel sprouts again. They are overly sweet. The baked oysters, however, were a tasty treat!!

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The Salt Line is great for happy hour, or before a baseball game. Have been there several times before for that experience and enjoyed it. However, I took some visiting family members there for dinner recently and we were fairly disappointed by the food quality. Fried seafood is tough and exceedingly forgettable, the desserts were badly overbaked to the point of being not at all worth it, and the rest was just okay.

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MM
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Across the board everything was AMAZING! Extra kudos to the Host Stand...Team Awesome.

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NO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Location is great and the cocktails were yummy, but very expensive. We went there for Sunday brunch, but it was a little too cold to eat outside. The eggs I got were completely over cooked and the corned beef had barely any meat to it. If i’m paying almost $20 for a plate of corned beef hash, I would at least want a decently cooked over easy egg and more than 6 bites of meat. At the end of brunch, we were hit with a $95 bill for overpriced cocktails and food that was not up to par for the price we were paying/the other brunch options in that area.

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VL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nicely done and creative dishes. Outstanding service from the moment you enter and through the entire experience. Will come back again with friends.

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HT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we celebrated a birthday with 6 of us and enjoyed the meal and especially the service.

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AT
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Salt line was great! I only gave it 4 stars for food because they have very limited options for people with food allergies, however they were super helpful and took good care of me. The oysters were fresh and delicious!

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were fantastic. The NE clam chowder was a lighter broth both full of richness and flavor. The fish was super fresh and delicious and the lobster roll generously prepared. The staff from the hostesses to the waitstaff to the kitchen were all friendly and super accommodating (one diner with dietary restrictions). Great find!

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The lobster rolls were good, but unfortunately the raw oysters were not. They lacked flavor and their cocktail sauce has no flavor either.

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AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to happy hour all of the time, but this was our first time in the restaurant area. Our service was super great! I wish I could remember his name but I asked a million questions, so many that I was annoying myself & he was super kind, informative, and kept asking me if I had any more questions. (I'm not an avid seafood eater) I got the Rockfish & it was amazing. This is a fun place where you can experiment with seafood you've never had before.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful casual birthday dinner with my daughter on a weeknight. Our server, Philip, was very attentive even though it got busier later in the evening. The Salt Line treated me and my daughter to a complimentary banana split for mt birthday which was a pleasant surprise. The food was good, portions were above average, and ambience was nice. Recommend using Metro or Lyft due to limited parking in the area. About 5 blocks from Metro Navy Yard station and worth the walk. Will visit again. Thank you everyone for the nice birthday meal!

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Incredible service. My order, the squash with scallops, was lukewarm when it arrived. The waiter and manager responded politely,professionally and immediately to the problem. Another squash, which was comped, was prepared (It was perfect). While I waited for the hot meal, rolls and onion rings were brought to our table. My dinner companions thought their meals, especially the clams with bellies, clam chowder and the grilled amberjack, were excellent.
I would definitely return

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BG
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding Do not miss the Lobster Roll and Smash Burger. Service was great, view beautiful, and Bloody Mary perfect.

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AS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I have a shellfish allergy, not my first choice. However there were other options and the one I chose (fin fish) was quite enjoyable.

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IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a gathering with several people with dietary restrictions/preferences, one person was elderly and needed a little extra time/space and celebration of a birthday- we could not have been more warmly accommodated. Had doors opened for us, the server was very patient explaining the menu, and answered all questions very well.
Will highly recommend to everyone- and will return often! This is our favorite restaurant to bring our friends and family because everyone always leaves happy and full.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff went above and beyond for a birthday party. They rearranged tables for us and even heated up and served a pie we brought in from the outside for dessert. It was fantastic.

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KG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The menu is very limited and contains lots of fried items. We all ended up eating a burger.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. We were seated in an annex room and forgotten.

Our oysters were delivered without sauces, cocktail forks, or indicating which were which. Upon asking we were told, “I think these are the salty ones.” One sauce was eventually delivered, but they never came back with silverware or plates. I eventually took silverware and plates off another table.

I live next door and am so disappointed this likely won’t be one of our frequent dining spots.

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LA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal for my husband who turned 98. We got a quieter part of restaurant and family was able to celebrate. Drinks and food were good

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JS
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best overall brunch experience we have had lately. The oysters were fresh, meaty and opened to perfection. So much briny Oyster liquor. Smoked fish board was a perfect compliment along with clam bellies. Service was so on point. Server knew I liked my iced tea and brought a carafe with extra ice. Love her! Location on the water was nice for a walk after. Can’t wait to go back. Only draw back are tight tables for a deuce. If you can grab a booth, do it. Next time I will ask.

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h
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was very good. Knew the menu well. Good cadence for stopping by. Noticed when our cocktails needed refreshing.

Had the seafood tower, had excellent oysters. We LOVED the marinated roe and razor clam ceviche. But could definitely tell the lobster tail and crab legs were previously frozen.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Very good service. I made the reservation for a birthday brunch, but the staff didn't seem to get the memo. Still good value and I will return.

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OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Some decent food, but cocktails were overpriced for quality and quantity. Hostesses were not welcoming or helpful to guest with multiple sclerosis. Doubt I’d return or recommend. There are so many other good places to go for brunch, why go to a restaurant that is unwelcoming and overpriced?

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OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Location and outside seating and bar were amazing. Service was incredible for dinner inside and drinks afterwards outside. Crab Bucatini was best of our meals, oysters were wonderful, but we thought fish dishes (3 different) were bland and average

Would come back just to sit outside though

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Definitely worth a visit. Unique beverage menu, nice outdoor seating area, service was outstanding. Had the crispy rock fish .... not so crispy. Overall food was good, partner had a burger that was outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were a lot of spiders outside on the windows; otherwise really great!

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AD
Charleston
108 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, service and view of the water. Great oysters!

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CK
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The server was a little rude and the food was mediocre. The restaurant itself was nicely done and the bar outside sounded like a lot of fun and was crowded.

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B
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We typically are here for drinks, we love the location. Three food was very good, but very small portions for the price. Plus they forgot an appetizer order, and instead of cancelling it and removing from the bill as we asked, they brought it out after we were done with our entrees, though they didn't charge us for it, so that was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time visiting Salt Line and it continues to provide great food and service. The lobster rolls are delicious. And our birthday banana split was the perfect end to a fabulous meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Host and waitstaff were amazing. Can’t say enough good things about the food or the people who work there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took family there for a "farewell dinner" (they are moving). The seafood was the freshest ever, and the desserts were amazing! We will be back!

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J
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh raw bar. Excellent Service. Better than great!!!

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here twice now, and both times I’ve been underwhelmed by the food. Raw bar food is good. Everything from the kitchen is mediocre and the portions are very small. My fish sandwich had what amounted to a catfish tender (like a chicken tender) on it, so little fish you couldn’t taste it. It’s a shame because the restaurant is beautiful and the location by the river is optimal.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service. Good food. Loud restaurant

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d
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

were looking very forward to this dinner but it fell short- food was not on par. The ingredients seemed fresh but kitchen had no sense of seasoning so most dishes were utterly bland. The fried clam appetizer was raw- beyond the coating the batter was uncooked. Drinks were good, service was attentive but after reading a few reviews it was the meal that we looked forward to and, in the end, turned out to be nothing special and expensive to boot. Probably will not revisit although we would very much like to.

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e
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!! We’ve dined here a number of times and alwYs have left happy and saying what a fun night!

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I wasn't impressed with the food considering it was pretty expensive.

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S
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun cocktails, especially Yuzu sake oyster shooter. Clam stuffies & soft shell crab were really tasty asparagus side was nicely done. Kanpachi tartare & coddies nothing special. Allen's Flip after dinner was great substitute for a dessert.

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