The Salt Line

4.7
1597 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 1597 people are saying
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBry237
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipCyclist
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 a day ago

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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipbarrydrucker012153
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 a day ago

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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vipPamcat
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

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vipRobynP
Washington DC
7 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
23 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and high quality food, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great server. Was with a group and she didn’t rush us out after dinner, and even split the check up without asking. Very happy

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DMillss
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place...

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vipLauraR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting, great food and service, but a bit hard on your wallet.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The rocky road dessert was to die for. We loved the suggestions and explanations of the menu items. Waterfront seating. Doesn’t get better than that!

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geerue
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-time visitor. Booked ahead, so chose indoor, just in case of weather. Turned out to be a beautiful evening, so we were seated by a window and open door. So cozy...felt like we were outside. Food was terrific: Maine Cthulhu Deeps oysters were delicious, especially with a splash of house-made hot sauce. For mains, I had Rockfish Tartare and onion rings. Tartare was outstandingly fresh and flavorful; onion rings crispy and just lightly breaded. Daughter had excellent seared Rockfish and side of delicious brussel sprouts. Gerardo our server was just perfect...informative, prompt but not the least bit invasive.
Bathroom was very clean!
Will definitely be back.

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RobertH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location along the Anacostia River. At the bar, everything was ordered and paid for via QR Code On your phone. Very handy once we figured it out.

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vipPeter
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. I enjoyed it. Me and a few friends visited for the first time.

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vipEpicure
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

While the service was very good and the outdoor ambiance very nice on a beautiful spring day, the food was very disappointing and, as a result, high priced for the lack of quality. "Full belly" fried clams were over-fried and meager in number (4?) and size (quite small). The french fries tasted frozen, were limp, and not hot. The onion rings were awful.
Having been to the restaurant in the past, they have done much better. Not up to their old standards.

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Mark
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We'd been there a couple times before, but honestly it didn't live up to prior experiences. The rockfish and black bass were small portions and just average in taste. The orange dessert was bland and the taste was off. The service was great, our server was attentive and informative. Given I've had a couple of other good experiences, I'm going to chalk this up to the challenges of ramping up in the early post-covid period.

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vipDaniO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had family down and it was a delicious meal and great service as always!

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StaceyF
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Fair Service. The waiter spilled beer all over my husband. The food was okay but did not satisfy my taste buds.

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Scott
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service, nice venue, some dishes were great, but the fish tendies were gross.
Need to expand menu. The lobster rolls were maine quality

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vipMoonbeamMcSwine
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant must be very well managed because service was excellent. We lunched before a game at Nationals' Park, and that can be a challenge. They served us a very nice meal, promptly, so that it worked out perfectly.

The Salt Line
Responded on June 1, 2021

This is so rewarding to read- we do work very hard with our team to make sure our guests have this type of seamless experience so very happy that was your experience and have shared your kind feedback with our entire management team.

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NadineB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Salt Line and dine there often.
Our service yesterday was top notch...our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, she had a fantastic personality, and was very attentive!

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vipphyllisw
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Outdoor seating under tent in rain was actually comfortable with heat lamp beside us. Hosts were accommodating to party of 5. Most of us had lobster rolls with butter - excellent and good portion! Bar Drink service was very slow. Only major complaint were with the Ipswich Clams that should never have been served. We ordered two for table and they were not presentable much less edible! Anyone who has had these type of clams knows they are a hearty clam. These were tiny strand with small belly I wish I took a photo! If not been with group where I didn’t want to ruin the festive mood, I would have returned them. I’m very surprised the chef allowed these to leave the kitchen. These were not Ipswich Clams!

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LaurieE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Crazy weather night with torrential downpour, thunder and lightning as we sat out on the patio underneath the covered tents which made for an interesting time. The post ball game atmosphere was fun with good food and nice staff even though they were getting drenched as they tried to accommodate the tables. Would love to come back on a sunny day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

They were super sweet and brought out a free desert for the birthday boy. Completely unexpected but definitely put a smile on everyone’s face.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were within the 15 min late window but they had given away our table.

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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 1597 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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