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Another regionally-focused concept from Chef Jason Santos (See Buttermilk & Bourbon for his spin on the Bayou), Citrus & Salt brings MexiCali cuisine to Boston with playful riffs on Baja classics and plenty of tequila to wash it all down in a bright, beachy space at 142 Berkely Street in the Back Bay.

A trip to the beach is all about a good time, and the menu at Citrus & Salt keeps fun in mind with its funky coastal Mexican fare. The menu isn’t huge and neither are the plates, with dishes meant for sampling and sharing. Imagine a surfside taco stand with a blue-haired celebrity chef in the kitchen—you’ll recognize the names of a lot of the dishes but still be surprised by the flavors. There’s a raw bar to kick things off, and a few playful desserts to keep your palate intrigued ’til the end.

Your eyes will have as much fun as your mouth in the airy, sunbleached space. White-washed woods, faded pastels, and colorful murals full of smiling skulls bring summer vacation in Mexico to mind. Illuminated by string lights and gaudy chandeliers and adorned with spunky cacti, the main dining room is cheerful and vibrant. Out back, things get a little darker in the restaurant’s private lounge space, aptly named the Garden of Santeria. Spooky and weird, with creeping vines, backlit murals, and guttering candles, the room makes a delightfully eerie venue for a party or a private event.

The food and decor don’t get to have all the fun; there’s plenty of whimsy going on at the restaurant’s 20 seat bar, too. More than 50 tequila and mezcal options to choose from means your margarita will never be boring, especially when it’s garnished with a home-made paleta (Mexican popsicle). There’s beer and wine to pair with your meal, as well as house classics like micheladas and sangria, but the brash and irreverent cocktail list is definitely the star of the show, with Instagrammable presentations including liquid nitrogen and edible tattoos, and drink names like “#unfollow” and “I Didn’t Text You, Tequila Did.”

Citrus & Salt is open for lunch on weekdays, and for dinner every day of the week. The restaurant is available for private bookings and events, with its “Garden of Santeria” dedicated private space.

Citrus & Salt
142 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116