The Salt Line

4.5
630 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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”
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Shellfish, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday:
Outdoor Bar & Patio: 3:00 - Midnight
Indoor Bar & Restaurant: 5:00 - Midnight

Saturday & Sunday:
11:00am - Midnight
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Phone number
(202) 506-2368
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Bailey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Capitol St
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Parking details
Parking Garage available. Increased parking rates on Nationals Home game days.
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Public transit
Navy Yard Metro.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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.

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Salt Line's New England-style seafood, outdoor bar, and attractive dining room are perfect for a date or dinner with parents in Navy Yard.

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AP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Salt Line never disappoints. We were dining between All Star events at Nationals Park and had a marvelous time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was good and attentive, but got the feeling we were being rushed out despite the $450+ tab

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much better to eat at the Salt Line before going in the ballgame! Go Nats!

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LA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had special friends in from out of town. They treated the group wonderfully. My French toast was dry but the rest of the food was good.

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k
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time at this wonderful restaurant! Service was top notch as was the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice seafood theme establishment that has quality food and drinks along with excellent service! I highly recommend this restaurant for all seafood related needs.

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SH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The Stuffed Lobster, Clam Belly and Scallop Ceviche was not good. Only the Shrimp Cocktail was good. Overpriced with too limited seafood options like lobster and crab. Three of four people who just ate here are now sick to their stomach.

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance, service was all top notch. Really stellar DC spot near the water

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RD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Great setting and pretty restaurant but recommend more for drinks and the rawbar. The food is expensive and just fair...it took awhile for us to get drinks once we were seated.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose The Salt Line for our 23rd wedding anniversary, and we are so glad we did! The food was outstanding from start to finish as was the service. Highly recommend for any occasion. We went with 2 other couples and the booth seat near the raw bar is a perfect enclave for a casual, yet private place to dine!

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JM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff, fantastic location. Had the lobster omelette, a couple of Narraganset cold ones and some clam bellies too! I would love to come back for lunch or dinner.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was there for brunch on a Sunday. The service and the food were both excellent. We were placed outside on the patio as requested! I was a little concerned going here after the last few reviews painted a bad picture, but everything turned out wonderfully and I’m happy.

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CS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch before a ball game at the Salt Line is one of the great experiences in life. This time we had the Bay oysters, which were amazing. Service friendly and perfect, even though casual. Great beers on tap. The main courses are imaginative takes on traditional brunch fare, such as the "corned beef hash" that was light and wonderful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This place was alright. We went with my in laws and were all very big seafood fans. We were super excited to try this place. We were all in agreement that the apps were better than the entrees. I had a lobster roll, but I’ve had better elsewhere. The soft shell crab and stuff clams were off the rails but everything else was mediocre. It was also super expensive and none of us left feeling full. I’ll add that service was prompt but our waiter was super awkward. When we declined dessert he said, “yea I get it you guys consumed a lot of food.” Uhhh ok? Weird. Anyway, not terrible but we’re not rushing back.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

It was a Saturday night and our table was ready but we decided to wait for an outside table because it was such a nice night. The host told us it would be approx. 30 minutes. There weren't any bar seats available so we walked next door to ALL PURPOSE to grab a drink instead. Within 10 minutes I got a text that our table was ready...but we had just paid $28 for two frozen drinks that we had barely touched. We made our way to the hostess stand WITH our drinks. We got yelled at by two different employees for bringing our drinks over. Geez. I felt like a teenager trying to sneak alcohol into a movie or something.
We ordered the shrimp cocktail to start and it took a while so they were gracious enough to bring a double portion for our wait (very nice but not necessary). Their cocktail sauce is made in-house and I wish they had bought it instead from someone who knows how to make it because their cocktail sauce is BLAND and WATERY. Our sweet server brought more back and said she had drained it. Weird that one has to "drain" the sauce. I ordered the Catch of the Day because the server assured me it wouldn't be full of bones and that it would fall off the bone. Wrong. There was a bone in every bite. Our server was nice enough to notice I didn't like it and she brought me the stuffed lobster instead. The pesto completely took over the taste of the lobster and because the pesto turned the lobster green it wasn't appealing to eat. I dont recommend it. My husband got the lobster roll which he said was "just ok". We got the Blueberry ICE BOX pie for dessert which was delicious and by far the best part of the night...but it wasn't an ice box pie...it was a blueberry tart with graham cracker crust. Very disappointing night at The Salt Line. I'll def have dinner at All Purpose next time where the staff are nice and the food is delicious.

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E
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at the Salt Line! The burger was most definitely the best one I had ever had! Our waiter was super friendly and knowledgeable. This is a must even if you don't like seafood.

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Z
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - great spot!

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GN
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Quality of food has gone down significantly since opening. Bland, fishy taste to scallop cerviche. The stuffed lobster was way overly spiced, dense and with very little lobster present. There was something black floating in my specialty cocktail the waitress nicely and politely replaced it). Noise was at cacophony/din level. Wait staff looked beleaguered. Disappointing experience.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food not worth the price.

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Berlin
36 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Mediocre food, average service, and overpriced. Very disappointed. Doubt I’ll be back unless I want a lobster roll and draft beer before a game.

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BW
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This restaurant enjoys a great setting (with river views) and nice beachy ambiance. But although the food is inventive, the execution isn't always great. In my group of four, no one raved about their fish entree, seafood charcuterie, ceviche, or milkshake dessert -- although two of us said the onion rings were the best they'd ever had. Also, on a summery Friday night, the place is overrun with young partiers, which is nice if you're 25 and single, but perhaps not a favorite atmosphere for people who are middle-aged and older. Finally, the service was very friendly, but our orders of rolls during dinner and coffee afterward were both forgotten.

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m
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was in a nice family friendly area with pretty views. Service and oysters were great and entree was pretty good.

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family is from Ri, and I was thrilled to find some RI specialties here, and the food didn’t disappoint. Everything was delicious. We’ll definitely be back!

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RP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While the Salt Line is a nice venue with interesting views, the food and drink quality are lacking.

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H
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was definitely not worth the cost.The location was great!

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Really disappointed in the food. This place will live off of its location for a bit, but that is all.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

wines by the glass disappointing. Dinner entrees not that interesting. Three of the 4 of us got the Amberjack. Desserts also could be improved

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for dinner before the Sunday nihyNationals game. Amazing food and service! Best oysters ever. Loved our entreés. Server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu.

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CK
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great soft shell crab entree. Accommodating staff. Pleasant waterfront location. A nice pre-Nat's game option.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Best clam chowder in memory and the Coddies and Stuffies were terrific. My Crisp Skin Rockfish was an elevated and delicious dish. They have a winning burger to satisfy kids who might not be fans of seafood. Great looking room right on the river with a very nice patio. The decor says seafood restaurant without leaning on the usual cliches like nets and buoys.

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LD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service for brunch and wonderful atmosphere. We enjoyed the Oysters from various regions and the raw bar is well kept. Our server Mac was super knowledgeable about the menu. The food was so good the lobster roll and fries phenomenal. Great location right near Nationals Stadium.

Important to note: Parking on Game Days is very tricky metro may be a better option.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious for brunch

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b
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I came here for Sunday brunch. Their brunch menu featured a lot of seafood and the oysters were delicious. The patio seating was also nice.

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MN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

If you are not a baseball fan, steer clear of this restaurant on days when Nats are at home. After the game the restaurant is full of fans. The noise level made it impossible to have a conversation at the table. Enjoyed the food, but found the menu limited. Oysters were great.

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j
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The servers were very knowledgeable about the food and how it was prepared.

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BL
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate at Salt Line before an evening Nats game.
The lobster rolls were our favorite, great drink options too.
We loved Gus who waited on our table. She was very attentive, thumbs up on recommendations and super friendly. We will definitely be back 😊

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p
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great selection of New England beers. Very loud place. Raw bar apps we had were fresh and good. The stuffed clams were small and lacked taste. The rock fish was served with an inedible blood line - sloppy butchering. The fries recommended by the waiter were very small and burnt. The onion rings were very good but we were not allowed to substitute this side for the awful fries. The lobster roll was a disappointment - lobster was not fresh and the pieces were tiny. The monk fish was good. ..And the star of the show was the banana split. Tried it since we were going to a Nat's game. Would only return for beer and raw bar before another game.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place before game dinner and after game drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

server was fabulous. we needed time to catch up and it was much appreciated that we were not rushed

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W
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super competent and helpful friendly staff!! Walk across the street and you are at Washington Nationals Stadium! A winner!

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