The Salt Line

4.6
997 reviews
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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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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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JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was great. Nicole was also very personable, knowledgeable and provided us with great service.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was just ok but the service was terrible. I can appreciate that they were busy but our

ME
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in DC. Great to go to before a baseball game.

L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! Great atmosphere, food and drinks!

k
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming here before a Nats game. Both the food and the service are outstanding. My current favorite entree is the swordfish. And save room for the blueberry dessert!

MH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salt Line offers a beautiful location right on the river. The outdoor patio is spacious with both overhead fans and heat, so you will enjoy the perfect climate regardless of the outside temperature. The menu offers a variety of seafood items, we particularly enjoyed the crab dip, stuffed clams, lobster roll (to die for), and the soft shell crab. Our son who isn't a seafood lover enjoyed the bavette steak. The waitstaff is super attentive without ever being in your way. If you choose to eat inside, it's super cute, and has awesome clean & stylish bathrooms, too. There's a private room which I'd love to use for an event in the future. Love this place!

NG
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the seafood tower and it was outstanding.

d
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location on the river with outdoor seating.

K
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun, casual modern oyster shack.
Delicious food and excellent service!

KT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great family birthday brunch!!!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our server Mac was great and went out of his way to help me with my dairy issues. Did I mention the food was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Salt Line around 5pm on a Wednesday for happy hour. Ample seating was available at the bar. The happy hour menu is small but has a variety to pick from. Happy hour prices are very reasonable and ambience is amazing. I’ll definitely return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Terrible food with no taste and tiny portions

TD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noise levels are tolerable outside on the patio, but pretty excessive inside. The sweet corn veloute sauce and the shrimp and bacon fiocchetti which it accompanied were just outstanding!! And the oysters on the half shell were quite wonderful, though the varieties available on any given day may change frequently. And at least one of the wait staff was just perfect -- available and attentive although busy, ready with suggestions when asked, but not in the least intrusive.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Excellent kitchen. A little pricey, but I will return again.

l
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great oysters. Wonderful chock full lobster roll. Pricey but very good.
Great pregame hangout.

r
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought the wine by the glass was a short pour. Also not sure why Salt Line doesn’t accept gift cards since they are just debit cards.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family Visiting

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great menu and great service

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant staff.

S
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With the family and food, service, location were perfect. Across from Nats stadium. Highly recommend.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very small portion but it was very tasty (bacon and shrimp dumpling) I would say skip if very hungry. Good cocktails and nice views of the river. Dog friendly.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks. great vie of river and stadium and sites all around. Really recommend. good for the price. need more covered outside eating space. bar looks great and atmosphere is amazing.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Good food and drinks and great service! lived up to all the hype

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I really liked this restaurant & loved the location & atmosphere. I do think with it being an oyster bar that they (the oysters) could have been larger in comparison to other nearby spots with similar fare. I also thought the seasoning on the food overall could have been stronger, but that's my preference.

MR
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding seafood and desserts in a great, social atmosphere with wonderful water views. Good for families or friends, and suitable for all ages. Parking can be tricky, but that was the only downside.

SZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and always fresh oysters. Nice and quiet atmosphere with beautiful view.

ML
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent. We arrived early for a reservation before the Nats game. The staff seated us promptly and cheerfully at a table by the window in the back room. My lobster roll was delicious as were my friends’ pasta dishes. Our server, Gus, was knowledgeable and upbeat. We will return.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner- stopped by after baseball game- great surprise! Will go again soon

LL
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat outside which was great and our waitperson was awesome
The food is good but a little pricey

BH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SUPER close to Nats stadium. Perfect pre-game dinner meal. Delicious seafood and drinks with a fun, upscale atmosphere

k
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again I experienced a wonderful meal with outstanding service. My server remembered me from a previous visit which was a nice surprise. The Salt Line added my new favorite swordfish dish to its menu and I love it. Can't wait to return soon! Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

SL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE it the food and the service was amazing, defiantly will go back in the future

JC
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined here on a Sunday night and overall we enjoyed our experience. He got the butter lettuce salad that came dressed in a vinaigrette which he enjoyed and he typically doesn’t like vinaigrette dressing. And he got the fried seafood platter, it came with a variety of seafood, fries, onion rings, and coleslaw. Everything was prepared well, tasty, and portion size was filling. I had some local oysters on the half shell and they were amazing, very fresh and tasty, I only chose 3 to go along with the seafood charcuterie board and I should have gotten a dozen oysters instead of the seafood charcuterie, and this is why I took off 1 star for the food. The concept is different and unique but the best things on it to me were the smoked white fish salad and Texas sausage, the pickled oysters were tasteless and the fish corn dog was soggy and tasteless, the sliced smoked fish was average and the accoutrements were basic. I’m glad I tried it for the experience but wouldn’t order it again. I also had the lobster roll with salad greens, the roll was buttered and grilled very well and there was a good amount of lobster however for my taste it was slightly over cooked but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The salad greens were tasty and also dressed in a vinaigrette. To round out the meal I had 2 glasses of dry riesling that complimented the meal well. The service was attentive and food came out fairly quick. The ambiance and decor inside the restaurant was nice, they also offer outside dining overlooking the water.
Our bill came to $154 which is about average for us. We will definitely be going back if for nothing else but the oysters and seafood platter. And it’s in our neighborhood which is a definite plus.

t
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! My brother bought me a gift card for Christmas to eat here and it got me to discover a whole new developed part of the water front. I did not realize the water front had been developed this far west. The food was great. We had fresh oysteds, chowder, and grilled sword, and chocolate lava cake dessert. All was delicious and the staff was great. We highly recommend. The restaurant was a little loud so if you have somoene with a hearing aid maybe sit outside?

ES
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The lobster rolls were very good. They have some of the best hush puppies I have ever had!

OT
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Visiting DC and joined friends from DC and NYC. Beautiful setting; we we're fortunate to sit outside and the weather was perfect. Great food. The seafood large tower may have been a bit overpriced, but it was quite good. Don't miss the stuffies! Loved the tomato salad and grilled watermelon salad. Had lobster rolls both dressed and buttered. Wouldn't hesitate to go again.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience to impress a girl to take your friendship to another level.

KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but not excellent as I’d hoped. Waiter forgot parts of our order several times though it was a non-peak time (early dinner). Outside ambiance was nice.

SP
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it here! Sitting on water, so nice and pretty! Food is always great.

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