The Salt Line - Ballston

4.6
65 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Salt Line, the popular Navy Yard homage to New England’s iconic oyster
houses, will open a second location in Arlington’s burgeoning Ballston
neighborhood in fall 2021. Executive Chef Matt Singer will lead the
kitchen in partnership with Long Shot Hospitality Chef/Partner Kyle Bailey
and bring his own culinary influences to the menu. Guests can expect the
same New England classics found at the restaurant’s Navy Yard location in
addition to house-made pastas, an expanded selection of crudos, and daily
lunch service in the coming months.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 65 People Are Saying
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vipGTL949
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food was excellent, but the cocktails and service were not. The three of us that ordered cocktails ended up not drinking them. At one point the waitress asked, and we asked if the cocktail was supposed to be vinegar heavy… she said no, took the drink, and walked away. The drink wasn’t replaced and we were still charged full price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Ambiance and service were great. Our server was amazing . The food was meh for what it was . The salad dressing was awful. Fries too salty. The lobster roll was shredded. Tasted good but expensive for what it was . Would go back for appetizers and drinks but not for a meal. The outdoor bar looked fun and many tables with heaters.

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vipscjordi
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fun neighborhood restaurant. Food and drinks good but nothing great. Young crowd that caters to the Ballston neighborhood which is young professionals……so makes sense. Parking is very confusing with no suggestion from the restaurant online. As older folks that enjoy experiencing new restaurants……we won’t rush back, But it is a great addition to the Ballston Arlington neighborhood.

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vipDonatoA
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive waiters, excellent food quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We prefer to Clear plates when the table is finished eating. If you like a hovering waiter, which is what lots of people do like, you will find that here, it all happened with great courtesy. It has a Wonderful atmosphere and the staff are all extremely attentive. Lobster rolls are excellent.

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PeggyH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and atmosphere was great. Will definitely go back!

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vipRick
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hreat seafood and service! Loved the cocktails as well.

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vipSusie8
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I thought the ambience in the restaurant was outstanding. It’s so beautiful inside and loved our table. The one thing that turned me was our waiter who was a bit late coming to our table then said ‘any questions’ before even saying hello. He seemed quite busy so it wasn’t too big of a deal, the service was then fine right after that. I thought the food was good but we spent more than we anticipated. The oysters we got were super expensive as was my one glass of wine The food everyone got was good so I will be back and again, I just loved the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So grateful to have this open for lunch (and in Ballston)! Salt Line stands above the rest in terms of service, ambience, and fresh oyster selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This restaurant delivered on all counts! The house made pasta and scallops had a perfect balance of richness and spice. Service was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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vipJarC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Good atmosphere, bad service, not great food. Good beer selection

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, delicious raw bar choices, a tasty cocktails. The whole meal start to finish was quite tasty and the pricing matched the quality. I’d highly recommend checking it out whether it be for date night, business lunch, or a night out with friends. The lighting and atmosphere are suitable for any type of gathering. Definitely wanna check out the patio bar some time too.

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vipFoodie64
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to the new Salt Line in Ballston. I’ve been anticipating the opening and I was not disappointed. The oysters were perfect and we all liked our entrees, codfish and scallops
The Parkerhouse rolls are a must!
Our server was great.
Can’t wait to try the outdoor area, the bar looks like fun, very lively

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JoEdwards
Austin
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our night there. Gerald and Johnny were behind the bar and treated us very well. The indoor and outdoor bars both have great ambiance. Our food was awesome. It was a great night. Def recommend.

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Kathy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was exceptional and really made the evening special!

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ColleenS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome and the food was amazing. It was also comfortable and warm on a very cold night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I got the perfect storm which is supposed to be a double Bloody Mary with garnishes that included a lobster claw, oyster, and a cocktail shrimp. The server told us it was grand and that I would definitely be enough for a meal also given that it’s marked as a special item under their brunch meal menu (it’s also in the drink menu). However, it came in a colorful cup that seemed like would be for a child and the amount wasn’t more than a regular Bloody Mary. The worst part was that the lobster tail was so small it was even smaller than the shrimp and I barely got anything out of it. Even worse part was that the cocktail shrimp was yellowish-green in the side, and when I bit into it, it was completely raw. Cocktail shrimp is supposed to be completely cooked and chilled, but not RAW. That’s very dangerous so I let the server know. He was very nice about it, apologized multiple times and told us the lobster claw isn’t supposed to be that small and that he understands the entire thing seemed very underwhelming. He took the shrimp and the lobster and told be he would comp it as an apology. When I got my check, he has only comped my $6 clam chowder and said he couldn’t comp more than that. We spoke to the manager and she seemed very rude, calculating how much I drank (I was only drinking the Bloody Mary bc I had no other good to eat otherwise and didn’t think anything else would be good after that) and told me I could’ve ordered something else (what?!). So she said since I already drank half of the drink, she will still charge for the drink and discount for the lobster and shrimp. It didn’t seem like she worried about our experience or the potential food code violation and danger, and ONLY discounted however much I wasn’t able to eat. It was a horrible experience the way the manager takes to us and ruined a nice brunch I had planned for my friends that came from out of town. My one friend barely touched her dish as that was bad but it didn’t seem like they were calculating

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We waited for 35 minutes when we had a reservation. The staff was very apologetic; however the restaurant was really loud and overpriced.

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SaraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Casey was the best. He surprised me with a birthday dessert and sparkling wine. We had a wonderful evening.

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KatM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the crispy octopus appetizer which came recommended! Pasta and scallops dish was also nice, though I've seen better looking and tasting scallops for the price (maybe Nov is a tough time to get them?). Great cocktails and wine list, ambience is awesome (New Englander bias). Surprised servers were maskless, hoping they're vaccinated but seemed a little too soon to take them off.

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Menu could be more varied. Indoor seating is not very warm.

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TylerW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

As always my time at salt line was great, but our server was very pushy and aggressive with trying to add more expensive options off the menu. As well as fold and hide that gratuity was included for a group larger than 6. I’ve been to salt line multiple times and have spoken highly of it, but the server left a bad impression for my friends and their first time. We are all open to tipping at least 20%, but the server’s actions made everyone hesitant to do so.

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CamM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I were coming to celebrate her academic achievement. Got there a little bit earlier and got some drinks at the bar outside. Service was great and the cocktails delicious. Went inside and out server Issa was incredibly kind and wonderful. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cool and fun neighborhood hangout with good food!

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ZdenkaH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I liked the place so much that we went back, this time with my son and his girlfriend, who were very pleased with the place.
This time, Guillermo was our server, he was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, very polite and professional and fun to talk to.
We will definitely be back!

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ArlingtonVAresident
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall good. Oysters a tad pricey. Would have been nice to have had six instead of four sea scallops with the bucatini considering price point. But definitely a great spot for seafood lovers!

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vipZZ1026
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent seafood- had oysters and halibut, both outstanding. service was great, was very crowded for a Monday night and everyone was on their game from host to bartender and servers at our table. our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list as well. Really nice place and we'll be back!

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LynC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening! Great music, great atmosphere, and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not a lot of seafood options. Lots of fried options. Service was slow. There are better options out there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal with h friends at Salt Line. Food was delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. My husband mentioned to the manager and he turned the heat down! It made a distinct difference!!

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MarianG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a moms’ night with girlfriends here and it was great! Yummy drinks and the lobster roll was delicious. Great, attentive service. Beautiful interior.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, drink and service. Very crowded no matter what evening!

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Funn
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and helpful. Food and ambiance was fabulous!

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Winnie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fun addition, nice outdoor space with heaters, but felt it to be too pricey for a regular hangout....

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PlrBear
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance with a mix of classic and creative dishes. Friendly and attentive waitstaff. Unfortunately our food took forever--others who ordered after us were served long before us--and one dish we ordered never made it to us. We'll be back and hopeful there are just some inconsistencies to work out in a new restaurant.

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AshleyG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been looking forward to trying this location since I saw it was coming. The food and drinks were amazing, the service was fantastic and the vibe was amazing! Will definitely be back

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LoulouB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing lobster roll and wine selection!

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MatthewW
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service, exceptional food….worth every penny.

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GregT
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, food was pretty good. Oysters were outstanding. The rockfish and waterman’s platter were both delicious. The clam chowder was too thin, mostly broth (minimal clams/potatoes, etc) and it wasn’t hot enough. Desserts were ok but wouldn’t order again. We tried the parfait and apple Brown Betty. Would rather just have chocolate cake, apple pie a la mode or even bread pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing environment. Highly Recommend

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ChristinaC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oysters were good. I did not like the cauliflower side dish. Crispy rockfish entree was delicious but it was a pretty small portion.

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The Salt Line - Ballston is rated 4.6 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

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 bookings at the moment.