The Salt Line

4.6
711 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time visiting Salt Line and it continues to provide great food and service. The lobster rolls are delicious. And our birthday banana split was the perfect end to a fabulous meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Host and waitstaff were amazing. Can’t say enough good things about the food or the people who work there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took family there for a "farewell dinner" (they are moving). The seafood was the freshest ever, and the desserts were amazing! We will be back!

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J
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh raw bar. Excellent Service. Better than great!!!

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here twice now, and both times I’ve been underwhelmed by the food. Raw bar food is good. Everything from the kitchen is mediocre and the portions are very small. My fish sandwich had what amounted to a catfish tender (like a chicken tender) on it, so little fish you couldn’t taste it. It’s a shame because the restaurant is beautiful and the location by the river is optimal.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service. Good food. Loud restaurant

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d
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

were looking very forward to this dinner but it fell short- food was not on par. The ingredients seemed fresh but kitchen had no sense of seasoning so most dishes were utterly bland. The fried clam appetizer was raw- beyond the coating the batter was uncooked. Drinks were good, service was attentive but after reading a few reviews it was the meal that we looked forward to and, in the end, turned out to be nothing special and expensive to boot. Probably will not revisit although we would very much like to.

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e
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!! We’ve dined here a number of times and alwYs have left happy and saying what a fun night!

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I wasn't impressed with the food considering it was pretty expensive.

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S
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun cocktails, especially Yuzu sake oyster shooter. Clam stuffies & soft shell crab were really tasty asparagus side was nicely done. Kanpachi tartare & coddies nothing special. Allen's Flip after dinner was great substitute for a dessert.

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PD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eat at Salt Line at least twice a month before Nats game. Love the oysters and my wife loves the Parker House rolls. The" Saltier Dog" mixed drink is a very good way to begin the evening.

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P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicely curated, compact menu, well-executed. Good wait staff.

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FG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. A bit of a hiccup as our reservation was not ready when we arrived due to patrons (probably Cubs fans!) staying overtime at their tables (two hours!). Time was of the essence for us as we had tickets to the ball game at Nats Park. We couldn’t afford to be neglected at once seated. I explained our situation and despite me being a bit testy staff made sure that once we were seated servers worked with us to get us our food, drink, and check promptly so we could make the game on time.

The Salt Line always delivers.

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T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service ok but food mediocre at best with small portions. Known for milkshakes? I don’t think so. There was a total of one on the menu.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Don’t normally write reviews. Met here with old friends from out of town before going to the Nationals game. Selected it because it was right across from the ball park. What a great find. Waiter was great, the food was excellent. I had the lobster roll, with butter which was delicious. Husband had the burger, good choice as well. Drinks were good, bar was hopping. Tab was reasonable and sure beats ballpark fare. Will go there again.

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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Sat outside which was immensely loud due to helicopters. Got a hard sell to sit out there by the staff when we showed up for our reservation even though it was 95 degrees out — we shouldn’t have listened to them.

I got the stuffed lobster which had no lobster in it and was just not good.

None of the 4 of us liked our meals. We all ate fish. I’m from New England and just returned from cape cod and I can tell you this place would not make it up there.

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z
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great outdoor patio and the food was very good. Get the oysters. Definitely did not feel like we were on the Anacostia River.

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Q
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Attentive service! Very lively atmosphere! Outside dining provides Awesome view of waterfront!

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood place on the water with a great view of the Potomac and less than 100 steps to Nats Park! The outdoor patio serves as an awesome pre-game spot when the weather is nice. I highly recommend the Rockfish and the stuffies as an appetizer.

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H
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were seated quickly. The waitress was attentive and made suggestions and recommendations. I had the house burger and onion rings and it was tasty. My wife enjoyed Amberjack on wild rice. She liked both. We shared a “melon” salad that was delicious.

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LA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with out of town family. I had shrimp and biscuits, my husband had oysters

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitstaff is amazing!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience from the hostess, to the server, to the drinks, to the food! I ordered the stuffed lobster, it was delicious! Attention to detail was seen throughout the restaurant. I’ll be back.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Stuffed lobster tail lacked lobster waterman's platter was one step above awful. We ate right after the restaurant opened in the evening and concluded that we had been served warmed up leftovers from the night before. There was no response of any kind from the chef to our concerns. Overall definitely a place to avoid.

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MM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food, the ambiance, the service and you can belly up to the outdoor bar, or dine inside. Superb shellfish. No inexpensive, but worth the expense!
Highly recommended

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burger was quite good but so was the fish.

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f
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Sat outside overlooking the river. Bar noisy but didn’t impact on us. Server was charming and competent despite multiple questions on food ingredients and half of our party arriving 30 minutes late. Crab buccatini wonderful as was cerviche crudo. Pineapple upside down cake milkshake impossible to describe but a lot of fun!

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EK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall just pretty average. Wouldn’t come back. Food was good but I wouldn’t say it was worth the price. Feels like a place that is trying to be upscale but the quality just wasn’t there.

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EP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I can’t speak for the raw bar, but I did have dinner. It just wasn’t a great meal and pricey.

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BK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the evening was perfect: the weather, the scene, the food. Far and away, the best part of the evening was the service. Nia was the single best server I have had. She was knowledgeable, attentive without smothering, fun, and simply pleasant. We will return to Saltline simply to sit in Nia's section again. Do yourself a favor and get reservations in Nia's section.

The raw bar was outstanding. The quality of the oysters was top notch. We really appreciated the variety and the explanations of the salinity.

We can't wait for our next visit.

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TA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for pre-game doings at Nationals Park. Walk right across the street to the First Base Entrance.

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RL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food-Great meal before the ballgame.

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k
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was outstanding! Especially enjoyed the blueberry dessert recommendation from Michelle-- who was a terrific server.

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r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood find for us! Our server, Michelle was awesome 👏...she introduced herself and us the robust menu options...recommended favorites....you couldn’t ask for better service! The chef surprised us with a complimentary warm delicious bread with blueberries and peaches....heavenly. We both two servings to take home. The lobster omelet was different and full of it.
You can’t beat this..location, service and great food...it’s the trifecta of dining out!!

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r
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked the restaurant and service was excellent. I thought the raw oysters were small and pretty mediocre.

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LV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fresh seafood, great draft/alcohol selection and a beautiful view. Salt Line is the perfect place to take out of town visitors, to pop in before attending a Nats Game or just an excuse to get out of the house and take in some scenery. Not to mention their patio is dog friendly and their bar/wait staff are incredibly nice and competent.

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l
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michelle was a great waitress! Thanks for taking good care of us!

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j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at The Salt Line. Chef Kyle and his team are whipping up some of the most exciting seafood dishes in the city while nailing all the classics.

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Good service; food good, however portion quite small for rockfish and too much bread in the stuffed lobster. Did not feel as special as previous dining experience (last November).

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food very good, staff awesome, atmosphere awesome, but $200 for a couple all so I could go get a pizza afterward to feel full is ridiculous. Prices are outrageous even for DC.

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