The Salt Line

4.8
1532 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 1532 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHayleyM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose The Salt Line as a place to catch up with old friends visiting from out of town and it was the perfect location. We were super comfortable at the fireplace table and we were able to stay till close. Our server Jon was so sweet and accommodating. I’ve always been a fan of the Salt Line but this evening there was particularly lovely.

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JaneH
Naples
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and friendly faces.

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LauraS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were absolutely delicious! The Kampachi Crudo was out of this world (we ordered two because one was just too good to share!). Did a mix of raw oysters as well; will definitely be back!

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vipluckylouie
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great view. Portions rather small for the price

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JPFreire
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places to get a lobster roll, eat oysters, or have a cocktail and meet friends. Very friendly place that doesn't lend stress to these already troubled times. Beautiful views of the water, and just a step away from the baseball stadium as well as other local bars and restaurants along the Navy Yard waterfront area.

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vipPatD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always a good place to dine. Great views and the food is pleasing to the eye and taste great. Love the oysters as a starter. My wife loves the warm parker house rolls. And let's not forget the cocktails. Yum

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CrystalO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was lovely, we had a table with a view of the river. The oysters, entrees, beers, and dessert were all fantastic. Staff went above and beyond to make us happy.

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Madcat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food. A little pricey. Very creative with Brussels sprouts and sea bass.

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UnionYes
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Table of 4, everyone loved every dish. Very good service as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food and ambiance were good but there were three items we ordered that were sold out, the dessert menu is weak and the service was ok. It’s not a bad place for beer and oysters but don’t expect more.

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vipReddog
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating is very comfortable and all covered. Food was all yummy as usual. Great view.

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Mick
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

serving sizes were pretty small, but overall it was a very good meal.

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GiovanniB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salt Line is one of my wife and I's favorite DC restaurants. This is probably our 8th time dining there. The food is always consistently good and fresh. The staff is very attentive and you can't be the location. I highly recommend the oysters, baked clams, lobster roll and fish stew.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There for Mother’s Days
It was a little casual but overall it’s was a good experience

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LisaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Food options were great. The manager was awesome and the atmosphere was perfect

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WendyD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful! The food was amazing.

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vipMStew
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong with the food or drinks here. The patio is beautiful with water views but still temperature controlled with a cover and heat lamps when needed. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive and I never have a bad time at the salt line.

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vipMichaelR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Wife was very disappointed in the way her and her sister were treated. After being rushed by the waiter one too many times, the got up and left.

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vipWanderingFoodie
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love The Salt Line and their food. The service was a little slower than visits pre COVID but it looked like our server was working a big section by himself on a rainy Friday night. Hope great places like this survive the tough capacity mandates from DC government.

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ShelleyP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place, scenery, service and food impeccable!

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Susan
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

we ordered the seafood tower ( $ 100 ) . Altho the oysters were very good they did have bits of shell in most. The crab legs were stringy ..........overall the dish was disappointing . The 3 clam bellies were nothing special either , especially for $ 16 . The stuffies were good . Ambience was fine but wouldnt rush back .

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shanet
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lobster Roll was average at best. Basically served on a buttered top cut hot dog bun.

Clam “chowder” was soupy and lacked some of the basics.

Average to below average service.

Fantastic location and overall great restaurant setup. Food was underwhelming at best.

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Kelly
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was terrific. Friendly and fun but not intrusive.

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LHHE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We like the Salt Line ...... food is good but not as good as it has been. Service ALWAYS superb.

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SteveS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and probably one of the best lobster rolls I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We visited for the first time on a Sunday afternoon and were able to get seated immediately inside, in a booth next to the window. The raw oyster selection was good and the oysters seemed very fresh. My wife ordered the fried seafood platter, but they were out of the fish so her meal didn’t include the fish. She had plenty of fried shrimp, oysters, and scallops so that was good. I ordered the Portuguese Stew. It was tasty but pretty small for a main course. Overall, the food was good but not anything I would go out of my way to eat. The prices were not cheap but probably not unreasonable given the situation and location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were celebrating a birthday and the restaurant did nothing to celebrate or make it special for us

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MarcH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Service, food, and ambiance are always just what I expect it to be!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, awesome food. They accommodated my S***head friends which is impressive!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a 50th birthday and they made it amazing. Found out about the restaurant from coaching in the FlagStar Football league and it was everything it was hyped up to be and more. I will definitely be back.

The Salt Line
Responded on April 29, 2021

Thank you for choosing The Salt Line for your celebration and sooo glad you all had a good time. Look forward to you joining us again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing drinks, Javier was awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Our server took FOREVER and attended to other tables 3 times before checking on us.

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ABrandy2
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our service was terrific!

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GregoryW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Not good service and serving alcohol to clearly drunk patrons

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing location.. found hair in food .. manager was very apologetic.. staff should wear hair nets.. it’s still COVID-19, considering the open door that cause the restaurant to be extremely uncomfortable. I shall return on a 90 degree day.

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vipBarb
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , cool setting . Fun place to watch the Nats game when you can’t get in the stadium!

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SarahF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters and an all-around delicious meal in a lovely setting. Service was great! Perfect spot to go before a Nats game

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheryl is the best person on the planet

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vipBorianaK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly staff. We had a great time!

FAQs

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 4.8 stars by 1532 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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