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A new Citrus & Salt comes to Fort Point

It preserves all the tacos, tequila, and style of the original.

Chips and guacamole at the new Fort Point location of Citrus & Salt.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Where to: Citrus & Salt, chef Jason Santos’s Mexican restaurant, relocated from Back Bay to Fort Point.

Why: Fans of margaritas, tacos, and lush, whimsical design once flocked to the original Citrus & Salt. That experience is now available in a roomier space with more seats, a big outdoor patio, and a private nook called the Patron Room.

Inside the new Fort Point location of Citrus & Salt.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

The backstory: Santos, the blue-haired chef who is a regular on shows like “Bar Rescue” and “Hell’s Kitchen,” opened the Back Bay Citrus & Salt in 2017. He is also behind Buttermilk & Bourbon and Nash Bar & Stage, but first gained local renown in the ‘90s at Gargoyles on the Square in Somerville. Next up: ButterBird, a fast-casual, biscuit-heavy spot at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The new Fort Point space was formerly home to Oak + Rowan.


Clockwise (from upper left): Dole Whip, jalapeño chips and guacamole, grilled street corn, duck confit taquitos, and beef birria tacos. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

What to eat: The menu focuses on small plates and tacos: oysters and ceviche, chips and guac, blue crab empanadas and duck confit taquitos, birria tacos with consomme. (Nashville hot chicken tacos are fun, if not particularly hot.) What are those bright red things on every table? Grilled street corn, rolled in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbs. For dessert, you’ll find churros, strawberry shortcake tacos, and frosty, pineapple-flavored Dole Whip. Of course there’s brunch! The menu brings fried chicken and waffle tacos, breakfast empanadas, and more.

Drinks (from left): Beautiful Liar, Primadonna, Savage Era, and Smoke In Mirrors.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

What to drink: There is beer, bubbles, sangria, and alcohol-free aguas frescas in flavors like Yuzu Spritz and Strawberry Piña Colada. But the real focus is tequila, in margaritas of many flavors, frozen and not, as well as cocktails with names such as I Didn’t Text You Tequila Did and Tequila Is Cheaper Than Therapy.

The new Fort Point location of Citrus & Salt has more seats than the original.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

The takeaway: The new Citrus & Salt looks beautiful, like Barbie’s Mexican vacation, filled with pink flowers, flamingos, and sugar skulls, all white and brick with pops of fuchsia and turquoise. Anyone who loved the Back Bay spot will love this one, too.


321 A St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-424-6711, www.citrusandsaltboston.com

Inside the beautiful new Fort Point location of Citrus & Salt restaurant.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Devra First can be reached at devra.first@globe.com. Follow her @devrafirst.