The Salt Line

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798 reviews
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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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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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IJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gus was a great server. She is very personable and discrete!
Love the food!

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JB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal. Such an incredible experience and a must visit restaurant!

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b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Nia, was VERY knowledgeable and helpful! She went out of her way to make sure we had a great evening. We will definitely be back.

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H
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great!

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JM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice,
the Kraken seafood tower was about the best tower we've had - great for 4 people

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PD
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fun location but food was mediocre. We split the mixed seafood grill which consisted mainly of limp french fries. The grilled scallop and oyster bites (2 per species) was tasty, light and not greasy. The raw oyster shooter was all right, passable. Clam chowder tasted like cream and I didnt see any clams or potato bites in it. The halibut with grilled vegetables was again passable but couldve been brighter, bit of acid maybe. So many good restaurants in this town so I’d go elsewhere next time

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with just the right amount of seafood vibe decor. Service by Don was first class. Food In a word-delicious! This from a Maryland native. Roasted oysters fabulous cooked perfectly. We will be back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the time we arrived we just received service beyond our expectations. The hostess was on her game, the waiter and his assistant had personality and professional. I believe our waiter was Matt , he knew the menu, suggested a few house specials and picked up that it was my dates Birthday. They scored a ten in a great dining experience, finished the night by bringing a fudge sundae for the birthday girl! Sure will recommend and we will be back!!

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BB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very tasty and well done! The only complaint was that we had reservations and still had to wait 20-30 minutes for a table which we thought was a bit ridiculous. Also there is no where to wait. As soon as you walk in there is the hostess stand and the little space between the door and the stand is a coat check rack. It was way too cold to wait outside so we were awkwardly waiting right in front of the door inside and right on the hostess stand. Luckily no one else was waiting.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Menu is a little limited in the entree side but there are plenty of sides to share.

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

My wife and I love eating at the salt line!

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was really, really good. The service was really disappointing. We MIGHT try again, but probably not. Too many options.

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DC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was wonderful and accommodated the needs of my family with toddler in tow very easily. The kitchen and staff were responsive to our concerns about peanuts in the food due to an allergy. The food was generally very good as well, though my dish was a little on the salty side. And the atmosphere and views were excellent. Can't wait to go back.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters I have had in DC. Drinks were great too.

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J
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food attempts to be very New England authentic. Chowder needs more clams and the stuffed clams ('stuffies' on menu) had a little too much breading. The $26 lobster was very good and we would return for that item. Overall, it was a good (not great) dining experience. The owners clearly spent money on the interior of the restaurant - it is full of maps, photos and nautical decorations. The server (Gus) was very attentive and she deserves 5 stars.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Right on the river and next to the stadium - we really enjoyed the oysters and the blend of flavors in the dish. This is our 3rd time to visit and we will go back

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The meal was simply overpriced. The food here is OK, but not a wow at all. SE DC is a hike for us, and this meal isn’t worth the drive or the cost. The baked oysters weren’t exciting, the beef tips were average, and the fries were cold and soggy. Only the oyster selection and the lobster roll were really good.

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KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attention to detail on every point. Food, service, drinks; all perfect. If I were closer, I'd go here far too often.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome, she went out of her way to be sweet to our young daughter!

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KD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The cocktails and dishes were unique and very delicious. We went here for brunch and this place did not disappoint - we also love a year round oyster bar! Highly recommend the lobster omelet and duck confit. The decor of this place is also absolutely adorable with views right on the water.

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SC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I went here totally based on an online review we found looking for a good seafood spot. We were pleasantly surprised by the great atmosphere and fantastic food. The oyster stroganoff was fantastic along with the baked oysters. The service was thoughtful and pleasant without being overbearing. Overall, the food was way above what we expected and will definitely revisit Salt Line.

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

Outstanding seafood! Smart ownership group who gets it and has a cool bar with nice waiters. Outstanding service andnindoor/outdoor options for drinks/dining.

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New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place on the waterfront/navy yard. Great cocktails, oysters and seafood

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Miami
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was just ok or even mediocre. Nothing special or a reason to return. Very limited menu and extremely pricey for portions. The cod appetizer was good but extremely small. The fish entree was very bland. The menu needs more options (fish sandwich etc). The bill was $80+ for two appetizers, one entree, one dessert and no alcohol. There are much better places to go for this much money.

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s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with great views, excellent service, and great authentic NE cuisine (and they do the chowder the right way, none of the Campbell's Chunky Soup nonsense that has bastardized what people now perceive to be authentic chowder)

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the best. I love this place so much. They are good at everything from start to finish.

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GL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I live on SW DC and hadn’t been to Salt Line yet. My girlfriend and I were looking for a nice quick bite before going out and were hugely surprised by a great menu and high quality creative cocktails. Plus the price was reasonable by DC and The Wharf standards. We will be back !

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TA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Pros: Great staff, including host, bartender and server. Excellent location and view. Platter of seafood, including oysters, shrimp, clams, etc. was great.

Cons: the rest of the food. Not fantastic. We left the a good amount of the bucatini and eel on the table. Scallops and pierogi were just ok. Same with the other two main courses we ordered. We should have taken the server's advice and ordered the burger.

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CK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'm surprised this restaurant had some mixed reviews- we were very happy with the food, service and atmosphere. I highly recommend the seafood stew- it came with a delicious piece of sourdough bread that was perfectly toasted and great for dipping. The kids menu was good for my 10 year old, who enjoyed his burger (the fries were also particularly good) and my husband enjoyed his seafood curry dish. The drink menu was expansive and very good.

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JC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food... absolutely incredible fresh oysters!

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WF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been wanting to visit The Salt Line for months but this place is so popular, we now see why! We snagged a reservation for the Saturday before Christmas and were one of the few tables at the time so the service was very attentive!

Everything we ordered tasted amazing, and was perfectly prepared and presented. We highly recommend the rockfish tartare, the lobster roll, and the Brussels sprouts and chilled beets on the side. The entire menu and raw bar looked great, we’ll be back for more!

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F
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I had heard great things and was excited to eat at salt line, what a bummer the experience turned out to be. Their "special " oysters only they have were very disappointing. We made a reservation and were seated quickly, however no one came to wait on us for 10 minutes, and we had to grab a member of the waitstaff who was walking by to place our order. Don't waste your time or money here.

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A
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic! Great food by a great chef and the service was also top-notch.

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f
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good overall. We went for brunch; would like to try the full menu. We had appetizers, oysters, drinks and entrees for about $75 pp. Food was very good if a tad pricey; portions are not overwhelming. Brunch menu does not have many options for the non-seafood eater.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Made a reservation expected a table for 6 adults.
Seated in a booth...too crowded give the $$

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T
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was not that great and pictures online were not available. Apparently they change the menu on a daily basis. Will not return.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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I
Nashville
44 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a cute place, right on the water across from the stadium. We went for the fried Ipswich clams, which we both ordered, with onion rings. The clams were a disappointment--tiny, fried together in clumps, far from what I know of fried Ipswich clams, and the onion rings were similar to the frozen supermarket versions. My husband had the clam chowder, which he did like.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Salt Line has a great atmosphere, I went there for a celebration with my family and we had a wonderful time! All of the food was delicious and it felt cozy and fun! PLUS - they partner with local fishermen for seafood so it's fresh and wonderful! Hurray for sustainable seafood sourcing! Another plus is the Christmas trees sold outside during christmas time to support local Firemen. All in all, the Salt Line is a great place to eat that supports the local community.

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LA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband is dying and his wish was for oysters and a chocolate milkshake at Salt Line. We eat there regularly and the staff did everything to make this occasion special. It took my husband 3 hours to get up and dressed for the occasion. The staff gave him all the time he needed to make it to the table, and even offered a booth close to the door if he preferred that to the water view table. They did some special things and made the chocolate milkshake even though it was not on the menu.

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