The Salt Line

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1222 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
The Salt Line is currently offering PATIO SEATING ONLY with all tables spaced 6ft minimum and party size of 6 guests max. DC has officially entered "phase two" as of June 22nd which permits 50% capacity indoor seating, but we are remaining outdoor only for now as we continue to evaluate what is the safest and most effective operation for our team and guests.

We also continue to offer the TSL TO-GO home Salt Line experience- click CAVIAR link on our open table profile to order pickup or delivery.

The Salt Line menu and cuisine is New England embodied in Washington, DC.
“New England meets Chesapeake”. Drawing inspiration from the Northeast’s best oyster houses, The Salt Line focuses on seafood – both fish and shellfish. Our raw bar features the best bivalves and crustaceans the east coast has to offer. In addition to the raw bar program, Chef Bailey and his team offer both comfort classic like lobster rolls, fried clams and stuffies as well as truly elevated chef-driven options.

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What 1222 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdonnaB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to be able to eat at a restaurant outside and feel safe. Friendly staff and delicious food!

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debbiem
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very little food for a mighty price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scenic restaurant. Overlooking the water. Both a nice date night location and family friendly. Enjoyed everything we had on the menu, which was just about everything. The oysters and the stuffies were a fav at our table. Definitely will be back.

The Salt Line
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the visit and review! So glad you enjoyed and we look forward to you joining us again soon.

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vipkitten
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tartare and ceviche.

The Salt Line
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Kitten, Thanks for the visit and for taking the time to review and so glad you enjoyed the food. Hope you can join us again soon. Thank you!

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Darlington
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor seating next to nationals park and the river. They gave away our table making us miss our reservation time by 20 min but mistakes happen & the host immediately brought us complimentary drinks as soon as we were seated to make it right - very classy of them. The food came out quick. I would recommend and I will be going back.

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vipLivie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Had dinner reservations at 7:15, check-in was pretty seamless with their only being a slight (5 minute) wait to ensure the table was cleaned before being seated. Host was very nice and welcoming.

Sat outside, lovely view. Our server, Jonathan was nice and upbeat. Enjoyed his positivity, and recommendations. However, he became more and more distracted as the evening progressed and we were left feeling a bit ignored at times. Felt uneasy about dishes being left on the table for long periods of time before being cleared. Not sure if that's a restaurant policy - to wait for all diners to complete their meals before dishes are cleared, but it's definitely something I'm unaccustomed to.

Ordered the following:
Drink - Passion fruit Paloma: Very tasty, loved the carbonation and flavor. Enjoyed the most. This drink is on tap, FYI...

Appetizer - Grilled Cucumber & Watermelon salad: Watermelon wasn't the freshest. More melon than cucumber or feta, lots of mint. Refreshing dish, but wish it were executed better.

Entree - Buckwheat Bucatini: Messy preparation, needed a good amount of salt and pepper. Encountered no mushrooms, peas or ramps, just the pasta, loads of sauce and 4 scallops (not all seared well). I was disappointed.

Overall, I was pretty excited about this menu beforehand, only to find what I consider to be pretty simple dishes executed poorly. It was a busy evening with lots of patrons, but this is when a restaurant has a true chance to shine - not drop the ball, in food and especially service. Jonathan seemed quite overwhelmed at times and we had to remind him of a couple requests. Would I return? For another drink, sure! For the food, not so sure.

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vipDeniseK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salt Line is always an outstanding experience!! Best Lobster Roll in the entire metro area. The food is phenomenal. Make sure you have the Stuffies and pimento crab dip and of course the Lobster Roll!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Service and food incredible, and they graciously got us a table an hour before our reservation.

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1GoodFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply amazing! And so was my Waiter! We sat outside so the view and people watching was cool too. Can't wait to go back. The lobster roll was the best I ever had and they did not hold back on the serving of lobster! My husband had the burger which melted in his mouth. I had a frozen shandy. It was delicious. Perfect date night spot!

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vipKevinP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid choice for nice outdoor dining. Service was great and good
Was really good.

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ShelleyP
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing / excellent service and awesome food.

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Roger
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, good service. Great social distancing with the tables and care by the staff to be safe.

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JDinDC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time. Great ambiance

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vipDavidW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First date night with my wife since Valentine’s. Service was good with the exception waitress forgot our cocktail order. What made the experience poor were the customers consistently finding creative ways not to wear their masks when being up from their tables. Exposing both service staff and other customers. For the price the food should be better though we still liked it (we are easy to please since we don’t get out much). Not a huge wine selection but it was good! We are big nationals fans so we generally appreciate any business backed by a Nationals player.

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KimK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Our waitress (stout lady. Short Afro) was DRY. Couldn’t recommend a drink. Not very friendly.

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vipCourt
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon at The Salt Line and thoroughly enjoyed our food and drinks (especially the frozen beverages and the lobster roll, wow!!). However, I felt that the wait staff was very rude and standoffish - 2 male servers in particular.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like taking a vacation without leaving the city!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable and courteous staff. Clean accommodations and strict adherence to new safety standards. Food was delicious and came to the table very quickly. Drinks are very well made and amazing flavor.

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vipDanielG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great touch of Boston here in DC !!! LOBSTA roll was ok with the stuffers , fried clam app was ok but low on the count

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ChrisB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal on the patio. Tables were well spaced and the atmosphere seemed fairly causal and welcoming. Despite the pandemic, things felt pretty normal. Glad to see all staff in masks and following safety precautions. Patrons all seemed cooperative and conscientious (masks in common areas) as well. Overall good experience and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

My boyfriend and I got the oysters and the next 2 days we had really bad stomach problems! That was the only thing we ate so clearly the oysters were not good and must of had bacteria. We eat oysters all the time and never have had an issue. Super disappointed and will never return after that unpleasant experience that it caused for the next two days which is unfortunate because the location and setup of the restaurant is nice but not worth the stomach issues it caused.

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vipLuciaH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside under an open tent with a lovely breeze blowing overlooking the Anacostia River, slurping down some plump Harris Creek oysters and sipping a Monkey 47 martini--bliss. My entree of perfectly prepared fresh fish (my husband had his favorite lobster roll) completed the entirely satisfactory meal. As always, friendly and knowledgeable service enhanced the experience.

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vipMandy
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Salt Line! The outdoor atmosphere near the water is great, and the Lobster Roll is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was really nice dining

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice to sit outside near the water, but prime location is what you’re paying for. Staff was friendly. Food was okay. Portions were very small.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A friend and myself went for dinner, there was a lot of great options. They have a separate menu for their oysters. My associate who is very fond of oysters loved the servers recommendation. For a main course I ordered halibut and she the rockfish, both were extremely delicious.

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CatW
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at Salt Line! Making the reservation online was super easy. The table was ready right away. The food was delicious, the service was awesome. Had an overall amazing experience here! Tables were also spaced out nicely.

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Jkbkdiners
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the raw bar seafood tower and it didn't disappoint. The lobster roll was delicious. They ask if you want butter or dressed (mayo). We got butter and it was excellent. The Nashville hot soft shell was good but it didn't really have the Nashville hot we were expecting. And, we didn't care for for the bed of whatever it was sitting on. Service was attentive and friendly. We sat outside with a lovely view. We would definitely recommend.

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JenniferK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to salt line on Saturday. The food and service was outstanding. Given how hard servers have to work right now and how much harder they have to work to keep everyone safe, the service was outstanding. Our server was a delight. it was my friend's birthday and they bought her a drink and a dessert. Salt Line never disappoints, but a special thanks to how hard they all are working during these unprecedented. times.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was mediocre. Our waitress was awesome, though.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food and drinks were amazing as always, and we loved the atmosphere. I will continue going back. The lobster roll is my favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Very casual fun outside atmosphere. The pan seared Halibut was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was delicious and it paired nicely with a cold beer on tap!

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viptristanw
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Attention to covid was on point.

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charlieb
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The outside dining was lovely and right by the water. The food was okay but not mind blowing. I expected a little more. I order d the pasta with scallops and my husband got the fish sandwich.

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vipasdfas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service during COVID. The whole staff went above and beyond to ensure that we felt safe. Will definitely come back!

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vipMeredithE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The staff is very friendly and their COVID procedures meade me feel very comfortable being there.

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vipCate
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside SD dining was carefully managed and well run. Staff was all being very careful and as always, the food was excellent. Pricey, yes, but worth it. The halibut entree is mouth-watering delicious.

The Salt Line
Responded on 29 June 2020

Thanks for visit Cate and for taking time to provide review. So glad you enjoyed and most importantly felt safe and comfortable dining with us. Hopefully you can join us again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lobster rolls and oysters! The outdoor dining section is very dog friendly.

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The Salt Line does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

The Salt Line is rated 4.6 stars by 1222 OpenTable diners.

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You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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