The Salt Line heads the next wave of restaurants opening in the city's Capitol Riverfront. The restaurant is located in the riverfront Dock 79 development, adjacent to Nationals Park.
The Salt Line comes from Long Shot Hospitality, which is the company behind Sixth Engine, Town Hall, and the The Dubliner. Chef Kyle Bailey offers waterfront dining complete with a smoked and cured fish, a raw bar, and an extensive cocktail and craft beer list. The 3,500-square-foot space boasts an expansive dining room, outdoor seating, and a riverfront bar. The Salt Line is a New England-style seafood joint. The restaurant receives weekly deliveries of Chesapeake Bay fish from Old Line Fish Company of Annapolis. The restaurant is sourcing through Dock to Dish, a cooperative that supplies “fishermen’s fish” to consumers and restaurants. Currently, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported.
The restaurant has a 100-seat patio bar overlooking the Anacostia River. Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman gives the place star appeal due to his position as investor and part owner.
The menu consists of New England classics (bacon-spiked chowder and clam bellies) and Chef Kyle Bailey’s creations (octopus carpaccio, uni pasta carbonara). One thing you won’t see is D.C. crab cake, yet. Bailey wants to hone soft-shell crabs while in season. The menu will satisfy traditionalists with its lobster roll, clam chowder, fried seafood platter, and other seafood favorites.
A dedicated outdoor bar will serve summery drinks like Fish House rum punch, a “wicked good” daiquiri, and a substantial list of beers and warm-weather wines. The drink menu includes New England tap beers and local brews from Right Proper, 3 Stars, and others. Catoctin Creek and KO Distillery, both out of Virginia, make up the house cocktails. Hours are Monday to Wednesday 5 p.m. to midnight, Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. The outdoor bar opens at 3 p.m. on weekdays. Happy hour is Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., except on Nationals home game days. Address: 79 Potomac Ave. SE (Features image courtesy of The Washingtonian.