The Salt Line

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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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The Salt Line will be offering a 4 course meal $85/person. Menu served a la carte at indoor bar. Regular menu not available. Optional additional pairings: $50 Wine Pairing, Raw Bar menu served a la carte with 3 sizes of seafood towers. Doors open at 4:30pm.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great overall and would recommend to a friend - delicious food

h
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was truly excellent. Never wanted for a server, all needs met immediately, yet they weren't intrusive. Absolutely made the experience.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had the clams with the bellies, stuffed clams, and Portuguese Stew. We also had some oysters and raw clams. All was excellent. Service was attentive. We had a 5:30 reservation and walked in at 5:30 and got seated right away. It's nice to have a restaurant with New England-style seafood nearby.

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The Salt Line does the raw bar very well, but the cooked foods may need a little work. We ordered the Fried Octopus which was not very inspiring. They tried to do too much with the cephalopod with spices that don't mix and a plate that looks like the octopus squirted its ink, put it wasn't ink.

The Baked Pimento Crab Dip was tasty on its own, but the shrimp toast with Old Bay was overpowering the taste of the dip. I would have preferred a nice crusty bagette with the dip.

The Jonnie Cake was tasty. The only comment would be to season the smoked white fish a little more.

The Crispy Skin Rockfish was very good. The fish was cooked perfectly, with the skin nice and crisp and the flesh nice and flakey. The collard greens were cooked perfectly, but could use a little chopping instead of one giant leaf. Overall, the dish works.

By far, the highlight was the tower of seafood. We ordered a Kraken for a table of three and it was just enough to give everyone a sampling of the oysters on offer that day. The ikura (salmon roe) was briny and fresh, the shrimp cocktail was not overcooked, and the lobster and crab legs were a good appetizer before our main course. Only complaint was the smoked white fish needing more seasoning and the oysters would have paired better if there was a mignonette and more lemon wedges.

Overall, an enjoyable evening and I would recommend it to friends that plan to attend Nats games across the street.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining at the Salt Line. Incredible oysters and seafood. Perfect if you love New England style seafood cuisine

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The restaurant atmosphere was perfect- nice enough but casual My server was very attentive but not pushy so I was excited when the food arrived. To be blunt, the food was awful - I ordered the seafood tower which is a mix of approximately 18 raw oysters, lobster, clams, crab, shrimp, fish roe, and pickled clams. 1/2 of the tower was fine (oysters and shellfish). However the roe was not firm so half is the eggs were mushy. The clams simply tasted nasty. I don’t know when management last tasted their own menu, but they should try this one again - it clearly misses the mark.

c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I were very impressed with this place. Every bit of our visit was splendid! The food is superb, with the best hush puppies I’ve ever had, and I’m from Alabama!! The monkfish was tender, delicate and not overdone (as happens too often with this delicate fish). Service was attentive and cordial without being intrusive. The bar tender made us wonderful nonalcoholic drinks that were so refreshing and original!! We’re coming back!!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent our anniversary here. The food, service, and ambiance were great! Parking is close by and Nat’s stadium is directly across the street.

G
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salt Line is a favorite for special occasions. Their food is of exceptional quality, but they also give you a good portion of it for the price. For example the clam chowder is about half clams, vs lesser chowders that are mostly potatoes. We had an attentive server that also gave us time to enjoy our meal and dessert/after dinner coffee, not just trying to clear the table.

n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful!
Service excellent!
The razor clam ceviche and lobster roll deelish! Swordfish our of this world

G
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, prompt service.

AT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is incredible. Super authentic New England fare, service was exceptional. One of those spots where you wish you were 10 people, or had 10 stomachs, and could order every single menu item. Will be returning the next chance I get.

OT
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner was ok, but nothing special or memorable. I would have liked a broader range of fish and seafood choices on the rather limited menu.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Went prior to enchant. Great bourbon list, my lobster roll was pretty good. Fries were burnt, hush puppies burnt. Bread was dry. Wife didnt care for her food either.
Would go back for a lobster roll and beer prior to ball game. But not for sit down dinner with family

TS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ambiance was fun (we could see the water, which was nice), the service attentive, and there were a couple of truly excellent items: the rockfish tartare and the johnnycake with whitefish and salmon roe. But the food wasn't a standout overall compared to the price point and fanfare, and the house specialty cocktail I ordered was mediocre.

v
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small menu but Good food. Great for a family dinner right outside Nats Park is you want real food vs stadium food. Service was great. Beautiful space.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The food is pretty unremarkable. The portions of the appetizers are also too small for sharing - pretty ridiculous.

TF
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute ambience with lots of natural light - nautical but modern - and nice looking outdoor space. We were in a corner booth which was really nice. Went for brunch so did not order many traditional seafood items. Had the Korean fried chicken which was good. It came on an underwhelming biscuit however the potatoes on the side were some of the best I’ve had and the side salad paired nicely with everything. Hot cocktails were also fun since it was a cold day. Overall would recommend and return!

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely meal shared by my sister, my mom, and I and I can't wait to come by again!

M
London
41 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Salt Line is amazing. From the moment you enter, host staff is very friendly and welcoming. Our waiter was personable and attentive. We also enjoyed the comfy seating - a nook with two soft seating booths which was warm and cozy on a cold afternoon. We started with warm cocktails - a cider and a hot cocoa - which were delicious. The food is always top notch - great flavors and nice presentation. The highlight this visit was dessert - a festive and yummy toffee pudding. The pudding itself was slightly sweet with the perfect balance of fig and pudding. The cranberry sorbet was a welcome surprise adding the perfect amount of tart and fruit flavor. By far one of my favorite desserts in DC and worth the indulgence. Thank you again for a wonderful experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good experience. Would recommend to anyone looking for a seafood restaurant.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friend and I loved the chill ambience here. Really cute restaurant with great views of the water and trees across the river. We had a reservation for 11:30 am on a Sunday, and it wasn't too busy (maybe a bit too cold for people to leave their homes?). Our waiter was super helpful and friendly, and our meals were delicious. The lobster omelette was great! The catfish fried sandwich was good, but I thought the fish itself could have been better seasoned with something. I ended up adding some of the mignonette sauce from my oysters (which were really good) to my sandwich. It was cooked very well, but it lacked some flavor. Overall, we really liked it and would come back!

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was ok but service was awful. Waiter was clearly prioritizing other tables with older adults that he apparently took more seriously. One of us waited at least 15 minutes to be able to order a drink, while we watched him wait on the other table multiple times, including taking photos for them. When we finally flagged down a different server and ordered the drink, we received no acknowledgement from her or our server of the inconvenience.

EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very well prepared with good selection fo seafood and meat options. Great service and good beer selection.

e
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

hsve returned many times for great New England meals.
Disappointed this time in portions -- much smaller, and the quality was a bit lacking. The clam bellies were overcooked this time and dried.
I know they can and have done better. Not this time.

SA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post World-series on a week night, the restaurant was bustling but not crowded. Quiet enough for a good conversation, delish lobster roll with some greens on the side...And that s'more dessert was to die for. Yes, it's a little pricey, but there's all that great food and a view of the river....a great evening out.

GB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic fresh seafood and local beers. This is a Boston style seafood place. The emphasis is oysters, clams and lobsters. Highly recommend. It was cold, but I would definitely like to eat on their patio in summer.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

CL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Please ask Chefs to follow standard recipes. The clam chowder was completely diluted with milk, there were 6 clams provided for $16 and entirely too many french fries on a $30 seafood platter.

RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I don’t normally write reviews and the purpose of this review is more to preplan and communicate to incoming reservations. I always love Salt Line as it reminds me of my New England roots. The service is always amazing and the food always consistent. This time really didn’t meet my standards in terms of ambiance and noise. I took my family who was visiting and we were placed in the worst possible space. I felt like we were in a fish bowl surrounded by fans. I totally understand the limitations of tables but I would have placed all reservations away from where the bigger tables are by the entrance or maybe provide some space between the people standing at the bar and tables with stanchions. Even servers seem to have difficulty moving around and had to dodge a few drunk patrons. It was hard to avoid watching as some became awfully close to spilling on our table. I believe there are only 4 tables lined by the bar. Again I understand the nature of what was happening Saturday but it felt like we were a bit lost in the shuffle and to consider table placement in future times surrounding these exciting times. It really ruined an experience while trying to promote a favorite place of mine.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to watch the World Series!

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! During World Series- beautiful day. Great service!

BD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surpassed expectations for pre game dinner

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Pre World Series Game Dinner and Cocktails

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Husband loves the oysters and I love the lobster roll.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Granted we reserved a table for 8PM for game 4 for the world series which was a chance in a lifetime to be right there outside the ball park with 1000's of others without a place to sit. Our 1st time checking out the Salt Line was a B+ overall. The menu was a bit limited (only a few appetizers or so to choose from) and a little too fancy for the #1 bar/restaurant for the Washington Nationals. As a side note, their oyster menu was to die for. We had a reservation for 6 and they accommodated us with 8 in our party and we were very appreciative for that considering the volume of patrons present. 1 1/2 round of drinks, 2 apps, 6 oysters, meals for 6 totaled about $460+tip. Service was very, very good (Taj was our awesome outside waiter). I say this with 2 decades of bar experience many years ago. Ok, now I'm aging myself.
This place is not cheap but well worth the waterfront/Ballpark experience. I will absolutely return.

m
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was the best place for an energetic crowd before a World Series game! Yes, we have been before and know that you have an ideal location across from the stadium, and also a fabulous kitchen and lively bar scene. But here's what also impressed us this time: a thoughtful employee called a few days in advance to suggest transportation options, timeliness issues (given the date) and answer any questions we might have for this special day. Excellent customer service!

M
London
41 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Salt Line. The staff is friendly and personable from the hostesses to the servers to the managers. First impression, as soon as we walk in, we are made to feel welcome. Food is also fantastic. We had a few standards - the burger and roast beef sandwich. Flavors were good and portions hearty. Overall, we had a great experience.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went there for the World Series game 3. And it was packed. Despite that they sat us over an hour early from our reservation. The service was great and the food awesome. There were some drunkards for sure but it was the World Series. Bathrooms had long lines despite port a Johns outside. That was bc someone inside (host) told people they’d have to wait in line if they used the port o johns. That want true. So that was what caused the lines. But it was a special event and we expected stuff like that. Had a best time and had a good food. I had the roast beef sandwich and hubby had rockfish. I’d def go back on a quieter day!

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