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About The Salt Line
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 will focus on seafood – both fish and shellfish. The raw bar will feature the best bivalves and crustaceans the east coast has to offer. In addition to the raw bar program, Chef Bailey and his team will create both comfort classic like fried clams and Boston baked beans as well as truly elevated chef-driven options like octopus terrine and seafood charcuterie. Finally, The Salt Line will be 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”
Washington, DC 20003
Seafood, Shellfish, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
Outdoor Bar & Patio: 3:00 - Midnight
Indoor Bar & Restaurant: 5:00 - Midnight
Saturday & Sunday:
11:00am - Midnight
South Capitol St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking Garage available. Increased parking rates on Nationals Home game days.
Navy Yard Metro.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
The Salt Line, situated across from Nationals Park directly on the Anacostia Waterfront, is a perfect setting for all your private event needs. Conveniently located just minutes from Capitol Hill, we can offer garage parking, easy access to 395, and a short walk to the Navy Yard Metro.
The Salt Line Ratings and Reviews
The food at the Salt Line was delicious, but the service could be improved upon. We had a reservation at 8:30 pm on a Tuesday and arrived a few minutes early. We were told that we should get a drink at the bar because we would be sat at our appointed time.
We weren't seated until 8:50 pm AND there was no acknowledgement or apology, which is disappointing. I don't expect you to comp our whole meal but some sort of, "Oh, I'm so sorry for your wait we were extra busy tonight," or "We're sorry you waited longer, can I get you another drink on the house?"
We enjoyed the food (oysters, crab dip, and lobster rolls), but I was disappointed again when the check came and the price for our oysters on the menu was different than on the bill (more expensive on the bill). The whole total came up to $3 and with a $100+ bill, I felt silly arguing - but come on, let's have some standardization!
So yes, come for the food (and the mulled cider was also delicious!) - but don't expect the service to match.
The food was only ok. The highlight was the “Stuffie” appetizer; I could’ve eaten 25 of those. The entree portion of the menu was a little light. I ordered the monk fish osso bucco and it was very small and uninspiring. The lobster roll my friend ordered was delicious! Our server was a little annoying and reminded me of the guy in the movie Office Space with all the flair.
Chef Kyle and his team are great. Visited The Salt Line for my wife's birthday and they read our mind with a dessert complements of the kitchen. Thanks again for a special evening. We had lots of oysters and The Kracken. Food was fresh and delicious. Great beer list. Would highly recommend.
Incredible brunch and had fun sharing it all. The oysters were fabulous....nice selection from PEI, Maine and RI. The whole belly clams and coddies. For entrees we shared the biscuits with etouffee....great rock shrimp and shrimp gravy, lobster omelette and the INCREDIBLE crispy duck confit on a waffle with cranberry orange sauce, honeyed walnuts and whipped marscapone.....perfect mixture of savory and a little sweet. I all went down well with the Fish House Punch and Corpse Reviver #79. Thanks to Skylar and Maddie.
I had the rockfish, skin on. It was fabulous especially with the pickled beets. The crispy brussel sprouts were also very delicious. Yes, delicious and brussel sprouts in the same sentence! I will definitely return to try more dishes. Our table also had a nice water view.
We had a table of 6 diners for a birthday celebration. Eagerly anticipated our dining experience as this restaurant has been highly rated on several sites. Was very disappointed with the entree options for a seafood restaurant. That evening they offered rockfish, monkfish, mackerel, eel and a lobster roll. My dining companions ordered the rockfish, mackerel and eel dishes and everyone was satisfied with the dishes but not raving about them. I, sadly, ordered the Lobster Roll and was amazed as how little lobster was in the roll. It was basically a buttered roll with a few chunks of knuckle meat and maybe a little tail and a huge pile of badly cut and cooked fries. Very disappointed.
First time dining at the venue- very friendly and attentive staff. Food delicious! Freshly tasted mixed drinks but only order one due to the price. Be on time if you want the brunch menu - the chef does not wait for late comers. But we understood!! Very nice restaurant for a friends get together - not cheap since you may want to try a few things! Bon Appetite!
Sadly, we were not impressed at all. For starters, it was nearly impossible to get a reservation and we were told the only time available was at 5pm, so we took the spot even though it was early for dinner. When we arrived, the restaurant was empty and there were still plenty of tables available when we left. None of us could figure out why we couldn't be accommodated for a later meal when the restaurant was not busy. The hot cider was not hot and the Irish Coffee was unpleasant tasting. The raw oysters were great, but other than that the meals were mediocre- 6 of us each tried something different and none of us were raving about anything. The server was very friendly and attentive; probably the best part of the restaurant besides the waterfront location. The dessert milkshake was topped with a stale doughnut and the ice cream sundae was okay although it looked tasty. I NEVER write reviews but we were so disappointed that I feel the need to respond to this review request. We had high hopes for this place and it turned out to be a waste of a night out.
The food was excellent as was the service. I went early on a (brunch menu)Saturday just before
dinner. Excellent atmosphere I really would like to stop by in the spring during baseball season as I can imagine you get a better idea of what the vibe is like. Definitely coming back.
Another great weekend lunch from one of our favorites. We both totally had our brains wrapped around some of our comfort food faves......coddies, chowder and lobster rolls. Once we arrived, we saw the new brunch menu which looked awesome. Next on our list will be the duck confit, lobster omelet and eggs in purgatory! Our server, Maddie was as professional and friendly as awesome. She always does an extraordinary job in her descriptions of the various dishes on the menu.
3 stuffed clams were very small and almost all breading. the squid appetizer was tasteless and stuffing was mushy. fried clams were cooked well, but very few. lobster rolls were average, and expensive for size. both came with a pile of soggy, cool French fries. Eel pasta had virtually no taste other than tomatoes nor recognizable eel. fried platter had decent fried clams, undercooked scallops and fish, overcooked, dry shrimp and cold fries and onion rings. this is not a seafood restaurant on any level. after all the hype and Post review, very disappointing.
Our server skipped our table twice, and took a long Tim to just come get us water. I don’t know if they were told we were there as they seemed surprise we had been seated. when they finally came back, he could not help with any food recommendations beyond the salinity of oysters(it’s on the menu btw). Our drinks and food came out at random times and not together. The oysters were yummy, the lobster roll was solid. The fries were limp and soggy. I could have overlooked a lot of it if the service at all good. It’s a shame because the food was great overall. So head in, and enjoy the food, but if the service is bad at least you knew it going in.
A terrific restaurant! The oysters are so fresh with a great selection; the rockfish crudo is unusual and really excellent; the coddies are a great start with a drink from the cocktail menu. Being riverside is lovely, the service is skilled and accommodating. I love the place. It would make me a bit crazy during the summer during a game but a great place to go on the two occasions I have now enjoyed it.
this is a great place! new about six months ago -- a fabulous addition to dc dining -- and very authentic to a new england equivalent.
the food was very good -- particularly for those of us who are seafood fans.
the location on the water -- and the views from essentially every table -- make the venue especially pleasant.
what was particularly terrific was the staff -- from the greeters at the entry to the wait staff to the manager Sean. he could not have been more accommodating and fun.
we will definitely return!
The service and food were great. Similar to Hank’s Oyster bar on a larger scale. Well executed dishes, fun spins on classics and all in all a good spot with a view. The main courses were definitely overpriced by $5-$8 per entree. We had the rockfish which was delicious but it couldn’t have been more than 5-6oz with a very small (half piece) of potato and cabbage. It was almost tapas sized portions. It was well cooked and seasoned nicely, but I was expected either a normal size plate or less than $29.
Given the hype, we were looking forward to a great meal the evening before Thanksgiving. It must have been an off night, because we were disapointed. On the upside, the service was good. The appetizers came right away but it tool a long time to get the main courses, especially since the restaurant was not packed. We enjoyed the fried clam appetizer, but the clam chowder was thin and watery with few clams. Of the entrees the rock fish got a good review. The rest was ho-hum -- waterman's platter, lobster roll and roast pork. I had the fisherman's platter and I would say that I've had better at Red Lobster. The fries were limp and all the fried food -- head-on shrimp, scallops, fish, and oysters -- was bland. The lobster roll with a buttered bun was just OK -- I had one a few weeks ago at 701 that beat it by a mile. The desserts are a spectacle. We all enjoyed the banana split.
Salt Line finds the balance between delicious seafood and not taking itself too seriously. (The caramel sundae looked like something out of a kid's dream and tasted even better.)
My only complaint was that earlier in the day, I called the restaurant to see if it was possible to change the reservation from three to four people. I was told that was not an option as we would definitely be seated at a three-person table. I was disappointed but understood. Later, when I arrived for dinner I discovered that we were seated at a standard four-person table. This was extremely frustrating as I had told my guest that they could not join. Thankfully, this person was in the area so they were able to join us about 30 minutes later but this was a very avoidable situation.
A repeat visit proved as satisfying as the first! Unfortunately, the cold & early darkness prevented us from the wonderful outdoor seating w/river view. Service was cheerful, efficient and knowledgeable. Oysters, though pricey, were tasty and shucked perfectly. An order of warm Parker House rolls is a must to start! Waterman's Platter was well prepared for those who just can't make up their minds on a particular fish & more than enough for one. Monkfish was made most flavorful with the small bone left in. Nice wines by the glass to accompany our entrees. Great option for pre-Arena Theatre dining.
I was so disappointed with the lobster roll. It was all bread and very little lobster and a monster price tag of $26. I got it for takeout but I'll tell you if I had gotten it dine in I would have sent it back
Rockfish and sides were outstanding
Onion rings too much batter and too greasy. I would not recommend them
A really wonderful place. The food was superb - among the best oysters ever and a marvelous rockfish and coddies. Service was excellent - both sensitive to our pace (which was slow at times) and extremely attentive as well. Wonderful recommendations that caught our interests. My first time here but I will be back - excellent food and service and with a lovely view of the river. I’m now a fan.
I really want to love this neighborhood restaurant, but the menu is lacking additional main course options. The burger seems to be the hit, but I don’t eat beef & really want to see more seafood options. The fish collar was weird, wouldn’t order again. I can only eat so many lobster rolls. Hope they add more fish entries, or I won’t be back.
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