The Salt Line

4.7
1589 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Salt Line is currently offering OUTDOOR Patio Seating and limited indoor STANDARD seating. Due to the regulations on our seating capacity, we are asking guests to please limit their reservation stays to 2 hours. All guests must arrive with a face mask and all seating adheres to current DC covid rules and restrictions. Six guests is the maximum at any one table. All alcohol service and consumption must cease by Midnight ( Last Call 11:30pm). Outdoor reservations are covered and there are heaters at every table. 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. If weather does not allow outdoor seating we do also offer the TSL TO-GO as an option for a home Salt Line experience-click the CAVIAR link on our open table profile to order for pickup or delivery. We look forward to your visit!
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Safety precautions

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1589 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPamcat
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had reservations for 5 pm outside for 6, and we were seated on the side of the building. It was perfect because we had a 4 and an 8 year old. There were other tables with children as well, so perfectly situated. Our server was Cheryl and she was absolutely great. The scallops were great, the soft shell crab was great. The crispy fish sandwich and lobster roll were also delicious. The kids loved their hotdogs. Because the service from the seating to our server was so great, our family get together was wonderful.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salt Line fully deserves my Outstanding rating. Each staff member we interacted with was welcoming, efficient and helpful. Great job all! The two of us tried 5 dishes (including appetizer and sides). All five were delicious! Food was well-presented, well-prepared and excellent. Nice setting and location. All-around winner!

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Dave
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot to stop in on a DC bike ride! Superb experience with prompt seating to match my OpenTable request. The Manager also offered to reseat us as he realized our spot may have been just bit too sunny for us! Fantastic service, good food and fun drinks! We'll be back soon!

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AbbeyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Salt Line for Sunday brunch to celebrate my birthday - our waiter was fantastic, the drinks were excellent, and the oysters were delicious. All around a perfect experience!

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PaleoH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It would have been perfect brunch had my meal not arrived cold (eggs Benedict)

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vipRobynP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Despite having a reservation the restaurant wasn’t prepared to give us a table inside on a cold and rainy night. They eventually accommodated us but the waiter while competent was not particularly friendly. The lobster rolls were chewy and over-cooked. It was a milestone birthday celebration and the restaurant was slightly disappointing.

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vipMerusha
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers are always amazing here. Knowledgeable about the drinks and food. It makes the dining experience really enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely dinner! It was my grandmothers birthday and the waiter saw the wrapping paper from her present and brought her a birthday suprise

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Bill
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The initial table assigned wasn’t acceptable. Requested a different table that appeared to be an unpleasant request. After personally visiting Host, new table was eventually allowed.
Food was plentiful and great.

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kdillon1956
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with equally wonderful service!

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vipGlobalDiner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience3

We were unable to complete our plans because the only parking available was $48!!!! We considered that outrageous so we left and had our oysters at Union Market.

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dianeA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The meal was unrushed and tasty. The service from Chis was pleasant and helpful. Great cocktail and delicious oysters.

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vipBeenAroundtheBlock
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to have the soft shell crabs back! They are among my favorite foods and I have been trying them all over town and Saltline’s are the absolute BEST!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and high quality food, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great server. Was with a group and she didn’t rush us out after dinner, and even split the check up without asking. Very happy

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DMillss
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place...

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vipLauraR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting, great food and service, but a bit hard on your wallet.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The rocky road dessert was to die for. We loved the suggestions and explanations of the menu items. Waterfront seating. Doesn’t get better than that!

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geerue
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-time visitor. Booked ahead, so chose indoor, just in case of weather. Turned out to be a beautiful evening, so we were seated by a window and open door. So cozy...felt like we were outside. Food was terrific: Maine Cthulhu Deeps oysters were delicious, especially with a splash of house-made hot sauce. For mains, I had Rockfish Tartare and onion rings. Tartare was outstandingly fresh and flavorful; onion rings crispy and just lightly breaded. Daughter had excellent seared Rockfish and side of delicious brussel sprouts. Gerardo our server was just perfect...informative, prompt but not the least bit invasive.
Bathroom was very clean!
Will definitely be back.

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RobertH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location along the Anacostia River. At the bar, everything was ordered and paid for via QR Code On your phone. Very handy once we figured it out.

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vipPeter
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. I enjoyed it. Me and a few friends visited for the first time.

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vipEpicure
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

While the service was very good and the outdoor ambiance very nice on a beautiful spring day, the food was very disappointing and, as a result, high priced for the lack of quality. "Full belly" fried clams were over-fried and meager in number (4?) and size (quite small). The french fries tasted frozen, were limp, and not hot. The onion rings were awful.
Having been to the restaurant in the past, they have done much better. Not up to their old standards.

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Mark
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We'd been there a couple times before, but honestly it didn't live up to prior experiences. The rockfish and black bass were small portions and just average in taste. The orange dessert was bland and the taste was off. The service was great, our server was attentive and informative. Given I've had a couple of other good experiences, I'm going to chalk this up to the challenges of ramping up in the early post-covid period.

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vipDaniO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family down and it was a delicious meal and great service as always!

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StaceyF
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Fair Service. The waiter spilled beer all over my husband. The food was okay but did not satisfy my taste buds.

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Scott
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service, nice venue, some dishes were great, but the fish tendies were gross.
Need to expand menu. The lobster rolls were maine quality

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vipMoonbeamMcSwine
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant must be very well managed because service was excellent. We lunched before a game at Nationals' Park, and that can be a challenge. They served us a very nice meal, promptly, so that it worked out perfectly.

The Salt Line
Responded on June 1, 2021

This is so rewarding to read- we do work very hard with our team to make sure our guests have this type of seamless experience so very happy that was your experience and have shared your kind feedback with our entire management team.

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NadineB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Salt Line and dine there often.
Our service yesterday was top notch...our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, she had a fantastic personality, and was very attentive!

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vipphyllisw
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Outdoor seating under tent in rain was actually comfortable with heat lamp beside us. Hosts were accommodating to party of 5. Most of us had lobster rolls with butter - excellent and good portion! Bar Drink service was very slow. Only major complaint were with the Ipswich Clams that should never have been served. We ordered two for table and they were not presentable much less edible! Anyone who has had these type of clams knows they are a hearty clam. These were tiny strand with small belly I wish I took a photo! If not been with group where I didn’t want to ruin the festive mood, I would have returned them. I’m very surprised the chef allowed these to leave the kitchen. These were not Ipswich Clams!

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LaurieE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crazy weather night with torrential downpour, thunder and lightning as we sat out on the patio underneath the covered tents which made for an interesting time. The post ball game atmosphere was fun with good food and nice staff even though they were getting drenched as they tried to accommodate the tables. Would love to come back on a sunny day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

They were super sweet and brought out a free desert for the birthday boy. Completely unexpected but definitely put a smile on everyone’s face.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were within the 15 min late window but they had given away our table.

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vipPeterW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The decor, atmosphere and service were terrific. The food was very good especially the scallops. The oysters were small but good, some not as plump as others. The Saltline is always a pleasure.

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vipMaby
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went last night with two friends. A lovely evening, but the service was terrible. We ordered and paid through the APP at 8:28... at 9:10pm someone came to tell us that two minutes earlier their system had crashed, thus our order was impacted .... therefore only at 9:30 we started to receive our food ... well quite disappointing because the oysters that we had ordered to come as appetizers arrived as dessert ... terrible ! In addition the person who brought the oysters messed up the “order” we were supposed to taste them ... in any event they were tasteless and already detached from the shell (that’s not the way oysters are served !6
finally a manager arrived and offered us a dessert for the confusion without apologizing though ... when I said I was allergic to chocolate he rolled up his eyes ... but was kind enough to bring me some ice cream ... in any event after the mishap I would have expected someone to come and apologize and nobody did It. Other than the oysters that I won’t recommend the rest was ok though on the sweeter side

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gregorio202
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Food was just ok this time around. Value has been down but I guess these are the new COVID prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

MBA graduation night. One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Service was not as good as normal, possibly due to graduation crowd and recent restriction changes.

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Yikes
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the making our experience special.

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Lorid
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lot of construction going on around the area. Good food. Good drinks. Great service. We’d go back.

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vipDebiM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor venue. Outstanding seafood and drinks.

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vipNCVilla
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The swordfish was overcooked and the vegetables were undercooked. The brussels sprouts were really good.

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You can order delivery directly from The Salt Line using the Order Online button. The Salt Line also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-2368.

The Salt Line is rated 4.7 stars by 1589 OpenTable diners.

The Salt Line does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?hash=e58706d3.

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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