The Salt Line

4.7
1617 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The Salt Line offers OUTDOOR Waterfront Patio Seating and indoor STANDARD seating. Please double check that your reservation is for the desired seating preference. We will do our best to honor any change in seating requests in guest notes but we cannot always accommodate so if the desired seating preference is not available is best to call restaurant for assistance. Outdoor reservations are covered and are honored through most weather, barring extreme weather conditions. 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. 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 1617 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and drinks. The staff was so accommodating and lovely. Will be going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By the water and seafood was top notch. Excellent service and will definitely go back again.

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JillianT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to Salt Line for two birthdays last night. They gave us the best table in the house, right by the water. Service was phenomenal! We didn't wait for anything and our server was so on top of our table. Very impressive. Food was amazing. Just so very happy to share my birthday at a wonderful establishment. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else last night :)

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SendeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with my Son and Husband on Father's Day..the food was good. Especially loved the crispy fish sandwich. Casual atmosphere. The service was excellent. I will definitely go back.

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Rjonesdc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The waiter was very attentive, food and drinks came quickly, and the food was great. A little pricey, but great for a casual special occasion place. All of the seafood was fresh! Great wine to accompany the meal.

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CAPear
Omaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious. We especially recommend the crab pimento cheese dip, the parker house rolls, and the lobster roll - dressed or butter. You can't go wrong with a Del's Shandy either! Great kids menu with a fish option!

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JulianM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch for Fathers Day before the Nats game.

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AdamBomb
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific. The service was fantastic. What would have been very helpful was to receive an advisory that the Nationals were playing a doubleheader and DC United also had a game and parking would be an issue at the time of our reservation.

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BillD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This a
Was my first visit. We came between games of a split doubleheader. Service was a bit scattered and too slow. Food was delicious but a bit pricey. Entrees should include a choice of side. My scallop dish had four (4) scallops. 6 would have been perfect. Would go back in the hopes the experience would be better.

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Buckeye
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner before the National's game! Enjoyed oysters, clams (so good we ordered a second order), fish sandwich, and clam chowder. Waitstaff was helpful and friendly. We will be going back.

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Sandy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good place, fun before the ball game. Was a bit noisier and more crowded than we would have liked. Five people at a booth was a bit tight.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly delicious food! Great service! Love this place!

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vipMoonbeamMcSwine
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We booked a table before a ball game at the stadium. That is a challenge for any restaurant, but to top it off, we were late (due to awful traffic). They kindly held the table for us, and got us fed (well) and out. That made it as easy as possible for us, and my husband (with a Maine background) loves those lobster roll sandwiches.

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viptristanw
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Drinks so so bar was too busy and more about volume with walk ups.

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vipGDB101
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice ambiance and fantastic food. Menu is limited, but what's available is great! Good, attentive service. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family reunion

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vipBry237
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipCyclist
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time having dinner at Salt Line. An out of town friend and I had baseball tickets and we did dinner before the game. Jason, our server, was outstanding. New how to get us good gin and tonics, recommended several items some of which had caught our eye, and helped us have a great dinner experience. I will return.

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vipNellie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Dined at Salt Line before the Nationals game last night as we have done for years. Despite the fact that the restaurant was only about 25-30 percent as full as usual and the fact that there seemed to be plenty of staff, service was not great. We arrived on time for our 5:45 reservation and we’re shuffled around by incompetent host staff for 15 minutes before we were finally seated by a manager. Totally ridiculous! The food was fine but not as good as usual. Disappointing. Will probably switch to All Purpose before the next game. Hopefully Salt Line will be able to better train their staff because we love it and want to go back.

The Salt Line
Responded on June 17, 2021

Hi Nellie, Thanks for providing your feedback and I assure you we take it to heart. Appreciate your continued support and sorry for the host misstep and overall not meeting your expectations this last visit. Obviously we are always working with our team to improve so we will definitely review your experience with the team and will be a valuable coaching moment for them.

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vipPatD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and drinks are always top notch at this place. Been going before games at Nationals Park for 3+ years. Stop by and have a nice evening out by the water. My wife and I always enjoy ourselves.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place to have dinner and drinks before a Nats game!

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vipbarrydrucker012153
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Be aware that the menu lists prices for 14 and 16 ounce beers, but when they’re served the cups are barely 8 ounces. False advertising! Also, our coffee cups were barely half filled when served. Otherwise, the food and service are very good.

The Salt Line
Responded on June 17, 2021

Hello- we are very sorry for that mistake and appreciate you bringing it to our attention. We recently reprinted our menus for the bar area and the wrong beverage menus were printed with the wrong glass sizes on there and we ddi not catch. In our outdoor bar area we use plastic glasses which are a 14 oz and not the 16oz glass pints we use inside at bar. The menu has been corrected.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Service and food were amazing, as always.

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vipPamcat
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. He recommended a very nice wine to go with our oysters. We were right by the big bay door in the back so got a nice view of the water and breeze. It was a very nice experience.

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PaleoH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Love how close it is to Nats park!

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RobynP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
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 on June 10, 2021
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 on June 10, 2021
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 on June 10, 2021
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 on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with equally wonderful service!

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vipGlobalDiner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
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 on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better if you can get an outdoor table, but inside has great ambiance too. Great for date night; the food is superb and service even better!

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vipBeenAroundtheBlock
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
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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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 1617 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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