About Citrus & Salt
Coastal Mexican Tapas Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Fun and Bright coastal inspired décor. Large variety of tequilas and mezcals to choose from.
Boston, MA 02116
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 4pm-12am
Friday & Saturday: 4pm-1am
**Check back for our upcoming lunch & brunch hours**
Between Columbus Ave and Stanhope Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is also available at a wide-variety of parking garages around our location.
The closest T-Stations are the Arlington stop on the Green Line and the Back Bay stop on the Orange Line.
Chef Jason Santos
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
It's true. We love a celebration. Our inviting (yet glamorous) and stylish (yet comfortable) ambiance provides the perfect backdrop for any event. We pride ourselves on our personalized service and attention to detail whether it be a corporate function or cocktail party.
Citrus & Salt Ratings and Reviews
Definitely the prettiest restaurant I’ve ever been to. Everything (including the floor) was just nice to look at. Beef cheek was our favorite plate, and the pork belly tacos were a close second. Collectively we had 6 different cocktails and loved 5 out of 6 of them. We did not enjoy the one made with cold brew, but that could just be a matter of taste. Would definitely go back here!
Citrus & Salt exceeded my expectations in every way. The food was out of this world, the service was great, and the ambiance is the absolute best. Oh, the biscuits were to die for...and I never knew how much I loved flaming hot Cheetos until I had them on the street corn. Hands down one of the coolest places in Boston. Will definitely be back again and again.
Has a lot of potential! However being a newer restaurant there’s definitely a few kinks to work out. Food came out immediately and was cold. Drinks tasted like there was barely any alcohol in it. Service was a bit rushed and there were few people in the restaurant. Excited to try again once they’ve had a bit more experience.
Our Waitress Christina was great she guided us through the menu and made sure that we had a great evening. The drink list was fun and creative, we all enjoyed our beverages. We ordered almost one of everything on the menu, all the food was good but felt we needed something more substantial. The decor was warm and bright which was a nice escape from the cold weather outside.
My friend and I have been very excited to try Citrus and Salt! The decor is awesome, we were seated right away and had a very friendly waitress. The drinks were delicious (we got the “beautiful liar”) and the food was heavy but very yummy. Only issue was that it came out really fast. Since it was tapas style, the portions were small and we were done eating relatively quickly.
However, my biggest issue with this restaurant came when we were trying to split the bill. They split it “evenly” among our two cards, but when I checked my bank account later, I had been charged double the amount that was on my receipt. I immediately called the restaurant, and the manager told me this “happens all the time, and when the charge hits after the weekend the amount will be corrected.” Excuse me?? I have never been to a restaurant that has to do this when splitting checks- completely unacceptable. My friend was charged the right amount, I was charged double. They told me if I didn’t see the money back by Monday (aka Christmas) I should call them again. All of this is extremely weird to me and has never once happened at any other restaurant. Not okay, not going back!
Great night with girlfriends dining and will definitely go back. Loved the cocktails and ceviche and the place is beautiful. Waitress was fairly attentive but was a little slow to take our food order and a menu item came late- like after our plates were already cleared late. I think since it's a new restaurant all slight problems with service will improve shortly.
We ordered 6 plates and thought they were mediocre at best. The food just missed the mark. The ambience is awesome and the drinks were great as well! We would unquestionably go back for drinks, however, we will be making a reservation for somewhere else for dinner.
Very happy with this addition to Back Bay! I went once before, right after they opened, and loved the concept but felt they still had a few kinks to work out (for example that time our food came out quickly but pretty lukewarm). This time the restaurant was clearly packed, the food was amazing (get the biscuits!), and the friends I recommended Citrus & Salt too for our group hangout all loved it as well and said they would come back.
We tried Citrus and Salt for the first time tonight, and were blown away. We are already huge fans of Buttermilk and Bourbon, so of course wanted to try its new sister restaurant. Contrary to a lot of reviews posted earlier on after it opened, our server was very attentive and our food and drinks came out very quickly. The ambience of Citrus and Salt is on par with Buttermilk and Bourbon, with no detail left unattended to. The frozen margaritas are wonderful, and we very much enjoyed our food. The flaming hot cheeto street corn and the pork belly tacos packed a ton of flavor in each bite, and the dole whip was a perfect end to the meal. We can't wait to come back again and bring our friends and family!
The bf and I did a little shopping and stopped by citrus and salt. I've followed them on insta before they opened and was dying to try their small plates and drinks. The restaurant was nicely decorated and modern (I was obsessed with their water glasses of all things) and would be a great place for any occasion. We got the white tuna ceviche (daily pickings) and blue point oysters (also daily) and those were the highlight of my experience here. We also got pollo croquettes, which I would get again, and the mussels, which were plump but I never really like tomato based mussels but my bf loved them. We also got the fish tacos (okay, feels like it's missing something) and duck confit flautas (felt like the duck needed some flavor). I feel like the duck and the flautas had the same toppings on them, just a different protein. For a drink, I got the beautiful liar, which was light and not too sweet, perfect for seafood IMO.
I would go here again for the drinks, oysters and ceviche and the croquettes. Otherwise I feel like the food needs a bit more flavor! The waitress was friendly and service was great. I read somewhere else that people weren't being served, but we went on a Sunday at 615pm, and there weren't too many people there. They're also a newer restaurant so I would definitely give them some time to get their bearings before giving up on them! I usually don't visit a restaurant while it's still super hyped, but I feel like for the decorations itself, it's worth the visit!
Creative menu. Delicious Americanized Mexican food. Beautiful theme. Limited amount of standard seating. High tops make it hard to consider this place for dates or special occasions. Quite overpriced for casual dining. Wonderful wait staff but rude hostess.
I had reservations with 2 friends on a Friday night. We arrived right on time for our reservation, but things were a little backed up.
The restaurant is pretty tight in front by the high tops and bar and it was packed. There’s no real entryway or place to stand by the hostess stand if you need to wait for a table, and it was freezing out - they need one of those door enclosures you see at so many of the restaurants in NYC to keep the cold air out.
The hostess was very apologetic and asked us if we’d be interested in sitting in the lounge, which turned out to be a great decision. The vibe is the complete opposite of up front - dark, dimly lit, much quieter (we could have a conversation, which is always a plus!).
We tried a bunch of small plates and everything was really good. My least favorite were the chilaquiles, but even those were good. The street corn (flaming hot Cheetos!), beef cheek, and coconut shrimp were my favorites. And the churro bites were delicious, too.
I was drinking their blood orange house marg which was delicious and well-balanced.
Other than the cold entryway, my only real critique would be that the service was slow. It opened recently and it was insanely busy - our waitress was on her A-game and did her best to get everything over to us as quickly as she could. That said, I am always a little bummed when my food starts arriving before my drink, personally.
All in, it’s a really great new spot - we’ll be back!
Honestly, I don't think I will be returning any time soon! Really disappointed. The ambiance of this place is fantastic (cute colors, succulents at the table, etc.), but the service poor and the food was mediocre. Shortly after our party was seated, the hostess informed us that our table was needed at 7:30 p.m. It was uncomfortable and we felt rushed to eat. The server took forever to take our orders and deliver the food & drinks. The food was nothing special? Bland? The quality of food at Lolita's in the Back Bay far exceeds this place. You couldn't taste the alcohol in the drinks, and we sent our second round of drinks back. The waitress said the smoke show tasted like a moscow mule... it tasted more like a smokey cigar. A swing and a miss!
Went with a friend - there was a big party (were talking like 10 people around a 4 person high table) right next to our table and the guests kept bumping into us. The waiter was so focused on serving them it took us flagging down the waiter after we sat down and waited for good 5 minutes to even get water. The restaurant wasn’t packed at all at 630 so that was just meh. Food is super salty and our scallops were raw in the middle. One lady that was clearing tables and such around the restaurant kept bumping into my friend (she counted 5 times) after our dishes have been cleared as if to rush us out. Not like there was anyone waiting for tables but we felt rushed and unattended to. It was good to check out but probably will never return again. Cuchi cuchi in central has much better food and service for the same price. ITS ALSO SUPER LOUD AND nearly impossible to have a conversation without literally yelling at each other while sitting across a table.
Overall, food was good, but for all the hype, I was expecting more. The portion sizes were pretty small, especially for the prices. Drinks were good . Everything else, not so much. To start, the menus were disgusting with food and drink stains on them. Kind of surprising for only being open for a few weeks. Our waitress was pretty bad - got our initial drink order wrong, took forever to come back. As other party members trickled in, she got their drinks but left too quick for us to order food. I use to frequent BBH but I won't be back, not worth it.
The hosts were wonderful! We arrived right on time for our 7:30 reservation but unfortunately were not sat until 7:55 due to tables camping out. The hosts offered us a free round of drinks and were very communicative and friendly. When we sat down we waited another 5-10 mins for our waitress to seat us. She was friendly but not attentive. We sat with empty plates for 15 mins. Would have stayed for dessert but at this point wanted to go home because everything took much longer than an anticipated evening for two. Might go back, but not running back or anything.
Would not recommend this place for large parties or if you are in a hurry. We were seated 1 hour after the time we had made the reservation for and it took the waiter 30 minutes to bring us one round of drinks.
Food was great and would go back but with a much smaller group.
The food was all tapas style and kinda over priced for the potion size. I ordered a frozen margarita and the machine was broken...5 days into the restaurant being open. They did give me a free drink though. I can’t say I was impressed, I probably won’t go again.
Overall citrus and salt was just ok, the food is nothing to get excited for. Being a fan of buttermilk and bourbon, I thought I was in for a treat since chef Santos developed the menu. But, it ended up being mediocre Mexican food. I’m definitely not in a rush to go back.
Loved it. Been super excited for this place to open and was not disappointed. The ambiance is amazing. I didn't feel like I was in Boston on a chilly November night - felt like Mexico or LA. Great bar, awesome tables, beautiful color pallette and decor. They paid attention to the consistent theme and it shows. Food was awesome - flavorful, lots of options - approachable yet cutting edge and the corn was lights out delish. Dole whip was a massive added bonus. Looking forward to going back for drinks + dinner again!
Our Visit to Citrus and Salt was disappointing. The “mains” are appetizers, and certainly not main courses. I guess if the idea is to order a number of “mains” for your party, then that should be clearly communicated. I would not go back for dinner. I don’t want to make a sweeping judgment on the food, as we only ordered coconut shrimp (good, but not much for $15) and chilaquile nachos (bit so good).
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