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The Salt Line - Ballston, Arlington, VA

The Salt Line - Ballston

4.6
4.6
327 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 566-2075

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Singer

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 327 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Hot Spot

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Outdoor Dining

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. M

    Mary

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was … meh. Salt Line is known for its French Fries and these were not up to par. The iced tea was stale (travesty to a Southerner) and the Parker Rolls were over baked. The service was very good as was the hostess when we had to delay our arrival. The prices were reasonable but the food was not what I expected from multiple visits to Salt line DC and Millie’s.
  2. SC

    SlavkaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Quite loud to be honest And table next to us said same thing
  3. WP

    WPfood

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food is so so, but ambience is excellent. Friendly waitstaff.
  4. L

    Laurel

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    great place for fresh oysters. enjoyable meal. parking was difficult.
  5. L

    Larry

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Busy, lively place -- with a good outdoor option for those of us still masking up. Tasty seafood menu (although I keep gravitating to the fried seafood platter because it seems most like a trip to a beach town even though it's a ton of fried-coated fish atop a ridiculously large mound of fries. Some very nice cocktails and this time, especially, a very attentive waiter who answered all my questions and was quick to respond to everything I requested (like some extra tartar sauce)
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great lunch!
  7. JE

    JEJ500

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Portuguese Stew, the Smashed Burger and the Grilled Cucumber Salad are delish! Yesterday was our third time at the restaurant in Ballston in the past two months and the quality is consistently high. Jonny, Patrick, Harry and Sean are terrific. Whoever does their hiring knows what they are doing.
  8. LD

    LloydD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food (Portuguese Stew, Shrimp Roll, Octopus appetizer) was well prepared, tasty and nicely presented. The service was friendly and prompt.
  9. L

    Locavore

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time at Salt Line. The halibut crudo was nice with clean, delicate flavors. The coddies appetizer was tasty. The oysters we ordered were pretty flavorless though. For main course, had the lobster linguine which was very good. The banana split for dessert was a good old-fashioned treat. We sat outside which nice but there is a bar outside as well and it was very noisy with drunk patrons and dogs barking.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Celebration for an achievement by our 14 year old son!
  11. TW

    TomW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was slightly too loud, and our waitress, while excellent, was talking a little too fast for the sound level. The food was great, though!
  12. DA

    DonatoA

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very professional and attentive
  13. SR

    SamR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I did celebrate my birthday and we had great time
  14. s

    scottvmd

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The oyster selection was impressive, all very plump and juicy. The beverage selection is quite vast as well. But while we enjoyed our meals. there were quirks in some of the presentations. For instance, the Niçoise salad had green instead of the traditional,small Niçoise olives. I think they were Castelvetranos which I like but didn’t quite fit with the flavor profile. Would have preferred a couple more fish dishes to chose from so I went with the swordfish which was delicious. The French fries and smash burger were quite tasty as well. The pannacotta was sublime but the rhubarb parfait was an interesting jumble of granola, almond cake, white chocolate crunch balls, cream and rhubarb. It deserved to have more rhubarb and less cake.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service & food were truly excellent & cheerful. A delicious oyster shooter & sake spritz were brought over compliments of the house for us to try, which was delightful & thoughtful. Highly recommend if you want a meal worth paying for!
  16. KC

    KeshaunC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first visit and I will definitely be back. I had the crab dip and smash burger. Everything was amazing and our server, Jack, was excellent. Thank you.
  17. BK

    BettyannK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great new restaurant in the area! Great outdoor area and bar.
  18. A

    Arlem

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent seafood selection and attentive service.
  19. D

    Dineindc

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the salt line and will definitely not be the last. Food overall very satisfactory, excellent service which is rare at many restaurants. Can’t wait to return!
  20. S

    Shubhans

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    If you love seafood, this is the place to visit. Great choices on the menu and very tasty food. They also have an excellent location in Ballston with outside seating as well. We will definitely go again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambience of the place as it spacious for groups! The food and drinks were great, the oysters were amazing.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  23. JS

    JamieS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food and service. The chef has created plates that are fun and flavorful. Every dish was amazing, especially the rigatoni. Run to this restaurant.
  24. S

    Sue22

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, great staff. All the food was very good but the halibut was outstanding. Thanks Jack!
  25. ED

    ElaineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, yummy oysters, well filled lobster roll, and nice pours for our drinks!
  26. TA

    TALG

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Service was really good on the patio! Thought the north shore roast beef sandwich was average at best. Would not order again.
  27. RO

    RobertO

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Daniel is an excellent server that is very attentive to the needs of his customers and make the dining experience most enjoyable!
  28. BG

    BillG

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and well cooked food! Enjoyed the whole experience!
  29. JB

    JillB

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food. Loved the clam chowder and lobster roll!
  30. DC

    DCfoodiegirl

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the service Dash from manager to hostessed to Servers was excellent and attentive and friendly. The outdoor space was great and the food was delicious
  31. GE

    GreatEating

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptionally creative takes on seafood favorites! AND...who knew a green bean could taste so good?!? Excellent dining experience!
  32. C

    Chrissy22

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This is my go to seafood place. I love the people and the atmosphere. I’m so addicted to this place. The food is amazing and the people are nice. The drinks are the bomb. Can’t wait to go again. It became my go to Friday spot.
  33. TW

    TomW

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was good - I'm not the biggest lover of seafood, but the swordfish was very tender, and very tasty.
  34. GS

    GregS

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were looking forward to the clam bellies but they no longer had them so it started off a little disappointing then my wife got her clam chowder and it was super watery. They did take it off the check. The fish dishes were good, I had the halibut and my wife had the cod. It is ok, just not amazing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters we've ever had. Fabulous indoor and outdoor ambiance. Fantastic servers. Don't pass on the cheese crab dip. Farmhouse punch packs a punch and goes beautifully with oysters. We can't stop going back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for my son. My family of 4 attended - service was great, food was great. Will definitely come back again!
  37. JM

    JordanM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Crab pimento dip had way too much oil or butter. drinks (mimosa, Prosecco and a beer) took over 20 minutes
  38. JB

    JillB

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and a great restaurant week menu.
  39. T

    Twofairs

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a restaurant week lunch with 2 friends on a weekday. We ate outside on a beautiful day and enjoyed great service. We ordered off the RW menu and everyone enjoyed their lunch.I especially enjoyed the smoked whitefish!
  40. JB

    JakeB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Great service and making sure drinks were never empty. Menu was limited and was hoping for more seafood options. The price compared to the plate was a little uneven and food came out a little cold to the touch. I would say the food was good but when paying that price, I expected a little higher quality and care put into it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Salt Line - Ballston is rated 4.6 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Google Map for The Salt Line - Ballston

4040 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203-4434

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Matt Singer

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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