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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”

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
South Capitol St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 506-2368

Website:
http://thesaltline.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Garage available. Increased parking rates on Nationals Home game days.

Public Transit:
Navy Yard Metro.

Executive Chef:
Kyle Bailey

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join The Salt Line for our first annual New Years Eve dinner! Diners will be treated to a four course meal prepared by Executive Chef Kyle Bailey and team. Enjoy a wealth of sophisticated seafood creations, optional beverage pairings, and a full raw bar selection to bring 2017 to an elegant close.

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (134)
Scenic View (106)
Great for Outdoor Dining (96)
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Fit for Foodies (74)
Good for a Date (72)
Casual (66)
Vibrant Bar Scene (66)
Bar Seating (63)
Fun (63)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Hot Spot (57)
Great Beer (45)
Local Ingredients (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
People Watching (42)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Special Occasion (39)
Happy Hour (34)
Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Authentic (26)
Seasonal (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Business Meals (18)
Live Sports (17)
Romantic (17)
Great for Brunch (13)
Cozy (13)
Healthy (13)
Kid-friendly (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Spicy (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Music (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 13 hours ago

Lovely. Very pleased with our experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

an excellent experience all around: lovely booth with a water view, attentive and friendly service, terrific beer on tap, interesting menu made it hard to choose but it appears you can't go wrong, everything was delicious. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Fun, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Waiter should have done a better job of answering our menu questions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Everything we had was amazing, but the lobster roll was incredible. Only gap was dessert.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We found Salt Line by accident and had a great time sitting outside with a fire pit, noshing on apps and dinner. What a gem of a restaurant — would do very well in Annapolis, too!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Casual, Bar Seating, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This is a fun place

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fresh and flavorful seafood. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Overall a great experience- food, service and ambience. Looking forward to returning soon!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love the place,however I think the food could have been a little hotter.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good spot. Quiet weekday.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The rockfish tartar is delicious!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was great for a refined but classic experience. The ambiance was more casual than the food. But I imagine this is a great happy hour place. Excellent outdoor space.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Really this is our favorite new spot in dc.
Location amazing.
Food spot on.
Best best burger in dc. Period.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Organic, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our appetizer (squid) was great, the main dish recommended to us(waterman’s platter) was one uniform brown fried mix and a disappointment.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Birthday dinner. Th food was awesome and great service value. The desserts were exceptional.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food and service were both excellent, thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food and service in a well-run restaurant

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The oysters were excellent but the main courses were ordinary and average. BTW an “ossubuco” of monkfish, let alone any fish is impossible .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner -raw bar was the best!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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