I’m always looking for new experiences when going out. One destination that was regrettably overlooked until recently, was the delicious Salud! Tapas and Tequila in Fort Wayne. Salud! proved to be a successful adventure, giving my friends and me the flavor and fun we were looking for.

Salud Dining Room

Located at 5735 Falls Drive in the same building as its sister restaurant, Salsa Grille, Salud! features charming décor, with comfy furniture and calm lighting. The dining room gives the feel of an outdoor Spanish café. They also offer patio seating in warmer weather.

It was a Friday, so we made a reservation. We were seated immediately and given the basic structure of the menu. Some tapas are often served as 2-3 bite-sized selections on a small saucer. This comes from the Spanish tradition of keeping the saucer on top of your beer or cocktail to keep away bees or other insects. However, at Salud! portions are shareable small plates, so they are quite satisfying—and delicious!

While authentic Mexican is easy to find in Fort Wayne, tapas present a new kind of experience. The point of tapas is to share, try new things, and have fun with your friends. The carefully crafted gourmet plates give you tons of taste, and the chance to share with your friends. The wide variety of the menu gives something for everyone.

Salud MenuI tried the quesadilla, mac & cheese with chorizo, and the guac & roll; a customizable guacamole rolled to you and made tableside. My friends also liked the hangar steak asada, Mahi tacos, and shrimp tacos. The roasted corn hash that accompanied the tacos and steak was a universal hit at our table. The unique salsa flight, with four house-made salsas, packed a powerful punch, but also pleased our palates.

Cocktails were also fun to try. Premium tequila options abound, and you can sample any single brand in a tequila flight. You can also try a flight of assorted and seasonal margarita flavors. I kept it simple with a thirst-quenching house margarita.

The food and drinks certainly made our Friday at Salud! a happy hour! It is definitely a must for your next special occasion dinner, or any fun night out. Open Tues-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm.