The Salt Line

4.8
1410 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Salt Line is currently offering primarily 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 10pm. 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 1410 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
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4.7
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GiovanniB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 7th or 8th trip to the Salt Line. As always, great food and service are the norm. This time, I tried the new Lobster Pot Pie. It was fantastic. It really took comfort food to a new level. I also ordered the baked clams which are probably the best baked clams I have ever had. They also have a great selection of local beers.

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Courtney
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just very underwhelming. The food was mediocre and the options were very limited. Wont be going again.

CJ
vipCJBoy
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was referred here by a coworker and really enjoyed my time to celebrate a birthday. Great oyster selection and the drinks get you just right. I’m sure in the warmer months it’s better being able to sit outside with that incredible view, but the dining room was quaint and sophisticated. And the staff is extremely friendly and suggestive when it comes to the menu. Will be back.

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Gondor
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Limited bu excellent menu, well executed, one of our favorite restaurants in DC. Well designed outside and inside seating locations.

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AnkitP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and location. Easy reservations. Def check it out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a reservation for 4 outside, but upon request at arrival, were seated inside. Highly recommended.

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DivaLdB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the Pumpkin soup and will be back to try some more of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Need more heaters outside, it was SO COLD!!! But otherwise it was so much fun. Great food, drinks, and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t say enough great things about the Salt Line, especially the heaters and patio throughout this long pandemic! Outstanding food, service and atmosphere.

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Greg71
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was great and showed care and patience, myself just didn’t like the drink I ordered but that’s not on them overall I will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazingly good and paired with wine was like heaven!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Amazing, view amazing, Service amazing!
Our one Year Anniversary was a Amazing Experience with The Salt Line! My Husband and I had a great time !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a fun atmosphere and great outdoor seating. Lots of heaters and fire tables

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vipSusanW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience food was awesome and so was the service!!!

AJ
AlfredJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for outdoor dining. Set-up is awesome, heaters are great and food is terrific. Love Salt Line!

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vipBeenAroundtheBlock
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They continue to do one of the best jobs in the city of providing an excellent dining experience during the pandemic that both makes diners feel comfortable and safe and allows enough of an escape to, for a few hours at least, feel like life is almost normal again!

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AMNOV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, followed Covid guidelines, will go back!

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Kml52
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a cold day but stayed toasty thanks to the heaters. Our waiter was delightful. Couldn't love this place more!

MM
MaxM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Drinks, Service 10/10. Awesome outdoor environment all things considered. Would absolutely be back. Appreciate the excellent experience!!!

JK
JayK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious. Will certainly go back.

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal on Sunday the 24 of January to celebrate a big birthday. We sat outside at a fire pit table and felt isolated and safe and as
Warm as we could be. Our servers and the woman who helped us choose our table were so wonderful and attentive. Couldn’t be better. We had a great time.
The seafood was cooked perfectly

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Indoors was loud even with limited seating. But waiter was awesome!!!

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vipPeterW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy the dining room was open again at a favorite eating spot. As always it was first rate: great selection of beers, super burgers (mine), friends made other delicious choices. Cannot wait for warm weather, baseball and a crowded outdoor bar.

KC
vipKevinC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great people...

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BriannaW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a great time and the outdoor situation with heaters is one of the best in DC! Cocktails on the menu right now are delicious and oysters were great, as always

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AngelT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved my first visit to the Salt Line. As a fan of fresh oysters, I've plotted on my visit for a while, however, the shutdown of indoor dinner put a pause on my plans to visit. I was so excited to finally get there. The staff was extremely accommodating and helpful. The food was flawless. Will definitely be back!

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vipScott
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being able to dine outside in such cool, yet warm, location makes everything normal for a little while. Big tap of hat to staff who are working SO hard to make everyone welcome

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ashabranner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch on the banks of the Anacostia. Half price oysters, delicious lobster roll packed with lobster. Very attentive server.

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vipjoblow
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great. Great tenting blocking the breeze off the river. Great heaters well placed. Great service from start to finish. Great drinks. Limited wine list (but I didn't ask, so maybe they have more?). All the food was spectacular. Not cheap, but worth it

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Cheryl was amazing! She had great suggestions and the timing of service was impeccable! Will definitely be coming back again

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great date night, love their outdoor set up. Fun ambiance (and warm!) yet felt safe with the social distancing and the air circulation. Great menu but didn’t love the rockfish tartare we got and the lobster roll was $28! (Was delicious but should’ve asked what mkt rate was). Friendly attentive staff and fun cocktails, will definitely be back

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vipKelleyJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salt Line has the best outdoor dining experience in DC. The heaters are phenomenal and you don’t even need to keep your coats on! The ambiance is nice and the staff is very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our server (a Black woman) was incredibly rude from the start of service to the end — she didn’t even bother to bring us the check, and never asked how our meal was. We knew it was personal (and we were Black women!) because she had an entirely different attitude toward the two tables next to us, explained the menu in detail, recommended dishes, and checked on them frequently.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Salt Line. Simple but sophisticated menu. It's what you'd expect from a 'fish house' with an attention to new takes on old staples, but done with respect to the original. Quality of food for price is outstanding. Ambiance is great. Much more crowded and rowdy during baseball season, especially in game day, but always fun. Bar nor full of a bunch of drunk bros pounding Busch. Off-season, go as often as you can. Quiet enough for a nice night out for two, loud enough for a party of 6 for a birthday. And don't buy the hype - the best burger is not at that French bistro you can never get a table at - it's the Smash Burger here. Probably the most underrated restaurant in DC.

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vipBFunk
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great experience. The restaurant is following very strict COVID measures and has plenty of outdoor seating and heaters.

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NYgirl
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was very accommodating. Felt their outside dining was done as safely as possible. Burgers were very good, but lobster rolls were a bit of a disappoint, especially at that day’s market price.

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Jake
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We felt very "Covid Safe" eating out side and properly socially distanced.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great Service

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PaulaB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for outdoor dining now. Heaters and tented but tent not fully enclosed so seems safe. Fun atmosphere.

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KarenH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pumpkin soup and Parker house rolls were perfect! My partner loved the swordfish entree and fried clam appetizer. The heaters kept us comfortable even on a 35 degree afternoon (sunny). Definitely try it!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Salt Line using the Order Online button. The Salt Line also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. The Salt Line also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-2368.

The Salt Line is rated 4.8 stars by 1410 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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