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The Salt Line

4.5
547 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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 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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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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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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Bring Dad out for seafood, local brews, & water view!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

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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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

They were literally out of everything we ordered as an appetizer—even the oysters!

Hash was “drowning in watery gravy”

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Must try crab dip and the lobster omelette!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very nice!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent dinner with friends. Food, service, outside river view wonderful.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had dinner at Salt Line before a Nationals game. We made a reservation, and did not need to wait upon arrival. On game day, this place is busy, definitely make a reservation. We sat outside, service was excellent. Big thumbs up on lobster rolls. We so appreciated having our dog join us, since we were going to Pups in the Park. Thank you Salt Line!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I really enjoy The Salt Line. I have now been twice and the food has been excellent. This trip we started the meal with the Parker House rolls and an order of Stuffies. Both were delicious. I had the daily fish special, which was a Red Snapper on a bed of potatoes and rabe, with a coconut curry sauce. It was fabulous. My partner has the Crisp Rock Fish, which is a take on bouillabaisse - she loved it and said she would order it again. Cocktails here are good, too.

Both times we have been the service has been friendly and attentive. No complaints there at all.

Overall, a really, solid, fun place. We will be back!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent restaurant across the street from Nats Park. Perfect for a pre-game or post-game meal.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Third time here and it's still a charm! Reliably good, fresh seafood and plenty of options for the landlubbers! Oysters nicely shucked to slide right off the shell; being a fennel fan, my friend thoroughly enjoyed the arugula salad. The special rockfish dish and the grilled amberjack were perfectly cooked and very tasty. Could make a meal of the Parker House rolls and butter! Our server, Ben, was most congenial and very helpful in responding to our questions about the menu. The October Walk-Off cocktail started the meal with a punch! The waterfront setting is fabulous. There was a tornado warning and subsequent deluge imminent, for which the manager had received notice; he very calmly and seamlessly got everyone from the outside into the safety of the indoors with all of our food & drink in tact minutes before the rains came.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wasn't impressed. Service was good, noise was fine, but the food over-promised and under-delivered.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I took a friend for Mother's Day. After arranging for seating, my friend changed her mind a couple of times and the host and hostess were so accommodating - a great group. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We sat outside. It was a cool and windy day but worked out just fine. My friend was over the moon with the clam and oyster options. I enjoyed the "dressed" lobster roll. The french fries were particularly good - we learned they were blanched first then done in canola oil. No baseball game that day so parking below the restaurant was easy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I loved everything about The Salt Line, from the contemporary seaworthy decor and fare to the exemplary service. I came for Mother's Day brunch (by myself, since my son was called in to work) and I received so much attention I never felt alone. I was greeted warmly at the door, whisked to my table, and had no less than 5 staffers at various times providing service, all with a friendly smile. Mindy, my waitress, was particularly attentive and sweet. She made me feel so welcome, like I was among friends. Unfortunately the fresh baked Parker House rolls/butter/fruit spread were so good I ate two, and the tasty arugula/strawberries/toasted nuts salad so huge, that I had no appetite left to try any of the seafood dishes! One observation I had was the lack of a lighter seafood offering-everything was either fried, breaded, or stuffed. I'd have loved a lightly sauteed or grilled fillet, or the option of adding shrimp or scallops to the salad. Instead, I topped off my meal with the rhubarb crisp, which was mouth-watering. Here, another suggestion: please bring my coffee ASAP and dessert afterwards! It's frustrating to watch the ice cream melt away as I await my coffee. Like many people, I enjoy eating my dessert WITH my coffee. Also on the plus side is the waterside bar (feels beachy) and the outdoor dining on the deck. Even on the dreary overcast day, lots of people were enjoying the waterside view. I look forward to returning on a sunny day with friends!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Skip it. Mediocre food. Very loud.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had dinner here on a Saturday night. The food was very good and overall we had a really nice evening. My only complaint is that the acoustics in the dining area where we were seated was not that great as a party of eight were sitting next to us and we could hardly hear each other. That aside, I will definitely go back! A great attraction is the outside bar on a nice summer night.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

All the staff was extremely on point and received excellent service. And cocktails were delicious! Problem is really the food. We had the oysters (fine), clam chowder (so so), the razor clam tartare (not bad), shrimp cocktail (cocktail sauce was very ordinary and all in all, everything our table of four felt needed a touch of finishing salt. Everyone agreed, the food was “just ok” and nothing memorable except Scallop raw dish with avocado and of course the Parker house rolls (which are the best). They were out of the clam belly which was disappointing but that happens sometimes so we understood.

Now we will be back for cocktails but will find other places for food.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Although the food was very good and our primary server did a fine job, the meal was really rushed and the additional wait staff were not very polished. While trying to enjoy our appetizer, my entree was slammed down on the table requiring me to quickly move the appetizer out of the way with a mouth full of food. It was difficult to have a conversation because three different servers kept removing something from the table which could have been avoided had they not brought the salad and entrees all at once. It was a Saturday night and it felt like the staff was trying to turn our indoor table as quickly as possible which was disappointing for our first visit here, especially on our date night. I hope the service improves because our meal was good and the location can't be beat. We may try a weekday instead to see if our experience is any different and whether the restaurant is quieter too because it was really loud that night.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a great experience at Salt Line - the food was very good, defnitely recommend the seafood. Our server was really friendly and helpful. Beautiful waterfront view and a great outdoor bar deck. Highly recommend for an intimate dinner inside or a fun happy hour out on the deck.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

First time at Salt Line but we will be back for sure! Great view across the river, awesome service, and the food was very good indeed. Loved the house G&T, Cod special was excellent. Great burger though bun very soggy by the time it arrived and fries were slightly overcooked. Strawberry/rhubarb dessert was fabulous! Happening bar scene outside but we were happy to be seated in the very comfortable inside which has a fresh, modern New England theme.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Beautiful evening and we were able to secure a great table outside with a nice view

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent seafood, but lousy desserts

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

My husband’s birthday

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

My pork shank was amazing however the cod special and another fish dish were underwhelming to my dinning partners.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Food, drinks, and servers/food runners were knowledgeable and attentive. Everything we ordered was delicious and well prepared. The only issue was the host staff - there were four people in the host stand both times I went to it (that’s a veeeeery large staff in place to manage seating and flow) and was told when I asked about how long it would be to seat our party of two outdoors (our reservation was for 2 at 7:15 on an Nats away game Tuesday noted that we requested to be outside) was told they didn’t know/ “probably like an hour”. Disclaimer: I was fully aware of their request for outdoor seating but it’s not guaranteed policy when choosing to book there. I asked them which areas of patio were first come seating and went out to see what was available. Nothing was so we came back inside and were greeted by one of the four they were there mere minutes before as if we hadn’t already checked in under the reservation name. The issue only arose when an outdoor six top stood to leave (just outside our window and not in the seat yourself section) before we even placed a drink order. All that indicates is that there was no communication between floor staff and the host staff and that the large host staff wasn’t aware of the status of the tables they are charged with seating. No one from the host staff came to us to inform us that there were now open tables outside which wouldn’t have been an issue in terms of service since we had not yet ordered. All in all, it was a good experience but given the fact that the host staff wasn’t exactly friendly or concerned with communicating effectively or providing good customer service it may be a bit before I go back with the goal of sitting outside.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Excellent food and service and a great table right on the water. Great pacing of food. Mentioned that it was my husband‘s birthday and they brought him a strawberry crumble with ice cream and a candle in it. Very nice touch to an already wonderful meal.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

All four of us were disappointed. The table was ready after the ballgame. The service was spotty, with no offer of drink refills, though she didn't seem that busy. The clam chowder was not as good as Campbell's Chunky in the can. Almost no clams and thin like oyster stew. The special fish (hake) was served on a bed of cold mashed potatoes. Lobster was overcooked and chewy. All portions were small for the price.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I really enjoyed the Lobster mac and cheese and we had excellent service. This restaurant is mid-range with other restaurants in terms of price in the Washington, DC area. The brunch was good, but at the same time, how can one botch mac-n-cheese? We loved the ambiance--we are right across from the Nationals Park and right near the water. We will definitely dine out again here and try their other menu items.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

First visit. Went to Salt Line for a birthday celebration before the Nats game, party of 7. Was seated at a table outdoors with a view of the waterfront. Service was very good , food was tasty and good beer selection. Seemed like a lively bar scene. Brunch is served until 3:00 P.M. We got our order in at 3:05 and chef accommodated. Will return in the future.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary and came here for lunch. We started out with fabulous margaritas, followed by the amazing lobster rolls. Then the server brought us two glasses of champagne and a dessert to share, in honor of our anniversary! It was all wonderful, and we'll definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

A fun, vibrant restaurant. Great location on the Potomac. Clam ceviche was excellent. Lobster roll was delicious. Rockfish was good.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Birthday!! Love this place!

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Thought the tast of the food was great. Also feel the portions were small. I have a problem not getting bread and/or crackers with soup or dinner

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

FOOD WAS VERY GOOD BUT A SOMEWHAT LIMITED MENU. WE WERE THERE BEFORA A BASEBALL GAME AND DIDNT WANT A BIG FISH DINNER. THEY ARE LIMITED ON SMALLER, CASUAL OPTIONS. HAVING SAID THAT, WE SPLIT A FABULOUS BURGER AND YUMMY LOBSTER ROLL. GOOD PEOPLE WATCHING AND FUN TO BE NEAR NATS STADIUM. GOOD BEER TOO!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent service. Outstanding Clam bellies. Had brunch before Nats -D-backs game on 3/29.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very nice option close to the Nats stadium Good food, very good service. Nice view, too. Probably good outdoor, too, but it was too cold for us to try.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We were there for our first time right when a Nationals game was ending, so we were a bit concerned how the night would play out, but ...
SERVICE - was amazing. Menu explained and questions answered straight forward - no muss or salesmanship (with our waitress, anyway), glasses always full, food timed nicely and brought in order.
DRINKS - were 4* - we had dirty martinis, French Tourist (one of their signature drinks) and a Manhattan. All were good, but not moorish & therefore only 4*.
FOOD - OYSTERS (which are individual beings and do not reflect the culinary skills of any restaurant, but were presented properly and tasted good), the CRAB DIP (could have had a touch more crab and less cheese, but tasty and served with perfectly toasted toast triangles), the COAM CHOWDER (ok, but nothing special) and the BUTTERED LOBSTER ROLLS - which were AMAZING! Everyone has their opinion, but I grew up eating fresh, out of the water, lobster rolls in Rhode Island and the ones at Saltline were just as good. A bit expensive at $26, but if I’m going to pay that, it needs to be as good a quality as this one was.
DESSERT - STRAWBERRY RHUBARB - a prefect way to end the meal. Not too sweet and an appropriate size and temperature.
ATMOSPHERE - again, we were there when it was packed with Nationals fans, so it was a lively environment - which we enjoyed. We were seated inside by the door to the patio - which was chockablock, but fun and festive - and the energy could be felt indoors, but still remained at a noise level were conversation was very easy.
OVERALL - We’ll be back to try more things (if we can pull ourselves away from the lobster roll!) and easily recommend to others give it a go.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We went on a beautiful day to be on the waterfront. Food was very tasty, though portions were on the smaller side. We ordered stuffies for an app, which were delicious! Tried my first ever oysters and had a good experience. They forgot they'd already brought us our oysters and brought us a duplicate order for free, so that was fortunate. Ordered the sweet potato campanelle for my meal--probably the weakest item I ordered but certainly not bad. Topped it off with a decadent (and instagram-worthy) banana split. Waiter was very friendly. Would recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great place to take parents who love seafood when visiting!!

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

When we got to the restaurant we were told we had to sit outside because we had a dog . It is an ADA mobility service dog. The dog had the tag labeling ADA and stating required entry. Nonetheless they made us sit outside. I did not make a big deal about how this restaurant broke the law but I would like to warn others that have service dog that they are not law abiding .

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Good seafood dining near Nationals Park. Oysters were fresh and they shucked them perfect. No tiny shell bits and oyster juice still present in oysters. My wife and I had grilled fish that was cooked perfect. The only miss was the shrimp cocktail, the shrimp was cooked too long and was not very good.

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3.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Meh. Love waterfront location but there are better Yard options.

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