The Salt Line

4.8
1450 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 1450 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, great food, excellent service, courteous staff, we really enjoyed the entire time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was my third and last time trying to make this restaurant a worthy dining experience. First, the host took too long to check people in. He needed some help. The server seemed overworked too. He asked me to repeat our drink order (it was only two of us) at least three times after leaving the table supposedly to place the order. On top of that, he didn't know what type of vodka they offered other than Tito's. We asked for Grey Goose, nope. We asked for Kettle One, nope. My dinner partner finally said, "just tell me what you DO have". The only thing he could think of was Tito's. Once that ordeal was over and we thought we'd get our drinks, the bartender came over to verify the order! All I wanted was a glass of ginger ale and I got seltzer water. I was looking forward to some raw oysters. Of the seven or eight varieties offered, only three were available. My partner was looking forward to the fried Ipswich clams. One bite revealed an oversalted batter. He had to send them back and the server informed us that he had to ask the manager if he could take them off our bill. I don't care who you ask, that's not our problem. We're not paying for food that's not edible. Next, we ordered our entrees, baked cod for him and seared scallops for me. Unlike the clams, both dishes were absolutely tasteless. Not a drop of seasoning. My partner even suspected that his fish had been frozen. We picked around the dishes but they were not enjoyable at all. Finally, because we were still hungry, we asked for the dessert menu. It included some weird choices that were no more appealing than our entrees. By this time, we just wanted the check so we could go get something to eat! We ended up paying almost $150 (including tip) for that crap. I'm done with this restaurant. Next!

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JamesG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant if you want to sit by the river w/ a couple friends and enjoy an afternoon!

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AllieC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance. A bit pricey for the amount of food you are given, however the food is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top tier service The food tasted fresh and flavorful Always a great time

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was OK but the views were beautiful! Waiter was extremely personable, nice and accommodating. I would recommend...

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MichelleB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Horrible service. Decent food, but not good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent dinner and the service was great.

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AnthonyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good. We really enjoyed ourselves. Music was a touch loud

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LizO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed at Salt Line - delicious food and great ambience! Gorgeous views!

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RachelT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I was happy with the service. Our server was patient and explained all the bees to us. The fish was so well seasoned.The oysters were extremely fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for an afternoon snack, my 8 year old and I enjoyed the seating & the view. We could see the water and were far enough away from people that we felt comfortable. Unfortunately the kids menu is limited (only 3 options). I complete get that the location is in a predominantly single white area, however we gotta have more options for the babies. Over all good afternoon, great oyster selection and an attentive without being annoying staff.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They started HH at 1pm! Half priced oysters and beer, what more could I ask for!!!

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vipKelly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and yummy food. A favorite spot for outdoor dining in the Nacy Yard.

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vipTerraD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for an afternoon snack and beverage before the baseball game. The staff works together and cover the whole patio so service was shockingly fast and wonderful. Friendly staff, terrific drinks, great atmosphere!

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Elena
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, John, was incredible! We will definitely come back again and again to see him! So hospitable, friendly and knowledgeable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Salt Line — we had a great server & excellent hospitality, along with very good food & drinks. The patio & atmosphere were beautiful — just a great experience all around. We live a couple blocks away, so we’ll be back, often.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! But unfortunately, this time our meals came out before our 3 appetizers did, and then minutes later our appetizers came, got delivered to the wrong table, and were then delivered to us. So we had two meals, 3 different apps, drinks, waters and a water pitcher on our small table. Didn't get to enjoy the apps because our meals came beforehand. We also waited over 10 minutes before our waiter even came over to take our drink orders.

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MalloryF
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was great! And so was the food :)

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JenniferS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Ambiance was very good along and overall experience was good on the exception of the server and the crab. The server was inattentive and walked passed us several times before asking if we wanted a drink or even food. For the crab it would be great if they had an entree that was warm whether than only raw bar options.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Friday!!!

MD
vipMargoD
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster roll is outstanding and the service is excellent.

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Bill
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Terrific restaurant. Great food, drink and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Crab dip was tasty and the glazed carrots were fantastic. We liked the scallops dish very much; it was cooked perfectly and had nice accompanying garnishes and sauce. The black bass dish was a little disappointing. The fish portion was very small (maybe 2 ounces), the lima beans and peas were a bit undercooked, and overall it was a little bland (could have used more broth and maybe some sort of reduction). The server was awesome, very friendly and polite. We live nearby and dine with you frequently so we will definitely see you again. Thanks much.

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DavidB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Simple presentation and quick.

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Allison
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night at Salt Line! First, we felt very safe at tables appropriately spaced, and the whole staff double masked. Great drinks, delish food and the cool air coming off the water coupled with heaters made for a perfect evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Super fun, great vibe and amazing seafood! The staff is great too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here on nice days it’s one of my favorite spots to just enjoy the day with good food on the water

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great abnormally warm Saturday in March to enjoy outdoor dining. The Salt Line offers views and great food and overall ambiance. We had cocktails, oysters, the fam favorite Smash Burger and the Lobster roll. The food was good per usual. The service was a little slow. But overall good vibes and reservations are a must if you want to enjoy the outside dining. I overheard the host tell folks there was a 3 hour wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at The Salt Line. We shared the crab dip and a variety of oysters. We enjoyed the lobster roll sandwich and crispy rockfish for our main dish and ended our date with glasses Prosecco.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time dining here and it was an all around great experience! The sharable Waterman’s Platter appetizer is outstanding with one of the best fried pieces of fish that I’ve had in a long time. The clam belly appetizer is great too. Each piece of fried seafood was fried differently and not all together with the same batter. Good drinks and you can’t beat dining outdoors at The Navy Yard. The service is great including the very attentive management staff. We’ll be back!

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SuzanneK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were awesome! Best oysters I've had in a while. Will most definitely come back, especially in the summertime.

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vipmjp3
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We sat outside under the tent, next to a heater on a brisk sunny day. We were made to feel welcome, the service was very good, and the food was also quite good. The setting is the main draw or us; love to have a view of the water.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was everything. The food and drinks were amazing. All of the servers were super knowledgeable. But John our server was awesome. He made our experience great and I will definitely dine here again.

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EricaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Very strange COVID rules. Asked me to wear a mask while standin at a high top. I can’t eat that way. They were very unaccomodating.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around and exceptional service from everyone from the hostess to our waiter! Sat around one of the outdoor patio firepits and the entire atmosphere was just perfect. Also, the burger was one of the best I've had. Be sure to visit!

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HankY
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, nice environment, and perfect place for our birthday dinner. The oysters were top notch!

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KiKi
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Fresh, fresh oysters and real fried clam belly’s.

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LocalDaughter
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Helped us facilitate a great double date! I'd accidentally booked for two instead of four and we were immediately told we could be taken care of outside. Service was attentive, and oysters were delicious. We can't wait to come back when it's warmer!

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KimP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great from the host, greeter, and waiter. The food was very good especially the oysters!
Thank you!

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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 4.8 stars by 1450 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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