Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness
Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness

Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.limonrotisserie.com/
  • Phone: 4158212134
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Martin Casttillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Check our website and speak to the Manager for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Antonio Castillo 4158212134

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Public Transit: Bart stop at 24th St. and Mission, walk down on Mission to 21st St. and make a right towards South Van Ness a block away. Also 14, 49 and 12 Muni Buses.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and there is also a garage on 21st.between Valencia and Mission, just a block away.
A word from Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness
Limon Rotisserie, best chicken in town, great Peruvian food, good value and good service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerPeruvian
Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (48)fit for foodies (41)hot spot (34)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (12)special occasion (12)romantic (9)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (7)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great for Sharing
    PaulvdwVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    They have a wide variety of dishes that are great to share family style. The cocktails are really good too. Try the Limon Cup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spontaneous dinner success!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    So on our way up to SF we find out that our plans had been cancelled. So in the mood to have a good night out anyway I scramble to check out some of the great options. In the mood for something different I come across Limon rotisserie. What a success! Being prego I can't drink but I tasted my hubby's Pisco and it was awesome- him and his buddy had a few :) Lomito Saltado was my favorite- basic fires and steak but the flavor is outrageous! You have to share a chicken- we opted for half which was good for the three of us Also great: ceviche, aji Note reservation on Open table- seated right away on a busy sat night and got a great tablet by the window :) Only down fall: no room for dessert and we live too far away for regular visits
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually great...this time cold food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Usually I love Limon Rotisserie and once of my favorites when I visit SF quarterly. However, super disappointed this last time. And after we ordered mixto ceviche, 1/2 chicken, tacu tacu, vegetables, etc, it literally came out 5 mins later cold. I know chicken can easily come out but come on. 1 give it some time of ambiance w. serving courses and 2. cold food. To make it worse, this time happened to be my husband's birthday. The tiramisu was surprising good. I'll still go back b/c I really like their food but I hope there will be improvements.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the chicken
    mikehihz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The chicken is the star at Limon Rotisserie and highly recommended. If you are looking for ceviche, go someplace else. It was just OK. Serviceable sides, really good sauces, and quick and friendly service makes this the top place for chicken.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    ChickenMan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Reliably great food and service. I think I'm addicted to the chicken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The quality has gone down. Desserts were decent. Entrees need to improve a lot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good Peruvian meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Limon cooks good Peruvian comfort food. Tacu Tacu, lomo saltado, ceviche, anticuchos de pollo, seco de carne, and pretty decent pisco sours. Pricing is fair for San Francisco, in a slightly less than first class environment. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat
    hcuevas
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I always wanted to go to Limon as I have heard so much about it. I found the perfect occasion and took it: My cous was visiting from Miami. The place is very well located and easy get to if you need to take BART. The service was very good, although they are very busy and take some time to take your order and/or come to see if you need anything (which some ppl like). The food was excellent! A bit pricey but you get what you pay for and it is worth it. We left satisfied and I will definitively go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good and (too) fast
    dontoverthinkit7
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best ceviche I've had -- very simple. The snapper alone with stuff on it. Good to great food -- esp. the standards (chicken, special peruvian dishes). Salad not interesting. Service super friendly -- but pacing all wrong. Everything coming at once, wine after the dinner arrived, etc. It's a fancy diner in this department -- they want to move you through.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food&service,tables 2 close.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Fantastic chicken with papas fritas and fried yuca. Super fast. Can't get enough of the chimichurri. Friendly, efficient service. Reasonable prices. Only negative, all to common in restaurants, is that our table was less than a foot from next table. At the end of the row, we immediately moved it away another few inches. Though somewhat loud we were still listening to the entire conversation of the next table diners. Restaurants want to seat as many as possible but this is almost a deal-breaker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • myfoodiedreams
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Loooove the mac n cheese. Chicken was a bit dry, but overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best!
    ChickenMan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    And then you realize that you just crave the chicken at Limon, and there is nothing you can do but go there and eat,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food.
    MsMogul
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had been to one of the other locations and actually mistakenly made reservations at this location. TL; DR - Food was still great. Not as nicely decorated or as nice of a neighborhood as previous location, faster and more attentive service. 1. - Chicken (pricey, I mean really... but still amazing chicken) 2. Chicharrones De Pollo - diet killer and worth every bite 3. Empanadas - beef aren't my fave but still gr8. The chicken and veggies are perfectly flakey and flavorful 4. Tuna Tartare - really good, it's SF, quality standard in this dish I would come back for smaller party or just a lunch date, would choose the other location for better ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely environment
    LoSayer94
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have to admit I was a bit nervous when they were taking me to the downstairs area But it turned out to be a cozy spot for me and my girlfriend. I loved the downstairs bar area nice and clean with a tv as well. So I will definitely take some buddies to grab a beer there and watch some sports the food was out the window. Every single bite was delightful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad first experience?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    After hearing great reviews about this place, I'm not sure if I just went on an off night or something. Sides were good, bartender was great, and service was good, but it was some of the worst chicken I've ever had in my life. My friends had all been there before so they really pushed us to order 2 whole Pollo a la Brasas. It tasted like the chicken was left in the brine for too long. We basically threw away $50 of food (chickens are about $23 each) because they were so overly salted no one at the table really wanted to eat them. I think maybe something was off that night?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    ChickenMan
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I make up excuses to head to Limon and eat theri chicken whenever I am in SF. It's that good. Excellent service...and Yuca Fries!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the din
    WellFedArtist
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I broke a 48-hour fast here. My friend and I had to speak loudly to hear each other across our tiny downstairs table, and her rotisserie chicken came out a good 10 minutes before my ceviche de pescado. But after 48 hours of no food, I was well-trained to wait. And this ceviche was worth the wait and the din - this from someone who has tried ceviche at most of the Bay Area's Peruvian restaurants, and homemade ceviche that my Peruvian partner used to make for me. The red snapper tasted so fresh, still had some raw pink parts, and the leche de tigre was perfectly balanced. It had the right amount of choclo, cilantro, red onion and cancha. If only Limon could have recreated the intimate atmosphere of their first restaurant on 17th Street...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dknvgk
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food over all but too noisy even on a wed night! I'm Peruvian so I had high expectations. Los Angeles Peruvian restaurants are much better but Limon does a good job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond in the rough
    Thunder
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This section of South Van Ness may not be as "hip" as Valencia or Mission, but Limon is fantastic. Everything we ordered was delicious, and we would certainly go back for another meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't get enough of Limon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything has such vibrant flavors. I have introduced to many friends and EVERYBODY has loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gomer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Probably a good place to dine on a week night but too frenetic on a Friday eve. Parking near impossible. Crowded tables, superb service as food came out quickly, Noise level such that a normal conversation became one with raised voices. Highly advertised wood fired chicken not worth it. Many of the side dishes and small plates quite good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Good. Service Bad.
    MmmMmmGoodVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Took about 10 min for anyone to come take a drink order..Between the 4-5 employees who took food orders, drink orders, ran food, etc...We had no idea who our server was. We had just finished maybe 2-3 small plates when a server, (not sure if ours or not...who could tell) cleared everything and asked if we wanted dessert menus. We informed them we were still looking to order more. Ordered maybe one more dish and a beer at that time. The beer never showed up, so we didn't bother to order beyond that. On the whole, the food was good...but completely negated by the awful service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food- forgot how noisy it is!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I LOVE the food here so I went back after having moved away from the Mission about a year ago. I assumed they would have done something to the downstairs by now - something on the floors or walls to (a) make it look less empty and (b) absorb some of the sound! My friends and I could not hear each other at all.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Will Be Returning!
    Nelibelly
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had Pisco sours to drink, they were frothy and a little sweet and delicious. We started w/the ceviche, it tasted super fresh and citrusy and had a little spicy kick w/great texture, not mushy. We got Truffled Mac and Cheese for the kids, it was a little too "truffly" for them, but all us adults loved it! We got a Rotisserie chicken, it was juicy, falling off the bone, good flavor, but was even better dipped in one of the trio of sauces it is served with. We also got sautéed vegetables, which were a little soggy for our taste, but the sauces made them good too. The Yucca Fries were a little bland and dry, but a perfect vehicle for more of the yummy sauce! Great service, friendly staff, we were served very quickly. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovin' the Chicken
    Efren
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great service and tasty food pairings in the Mission
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love you Limon!
    karenwalkerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Have been to Limon on Van Ness and Valencia and there is something about the Van Ness location I prefer. Maybe the crowd, the downstairs dining, and I swear the chicken is better. Always consistent and delicious food at very reasonable prices. One of my go-to restaurants in SF. Value and deliciousness, you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as I remember it to be
    happyCustomer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The chicken was a bit salty and not as crispy as the last time I had it there. The ceviche was Delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rock
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place has great food and attentive service. Also a good selection of libations. Peak dinning it is very loud. I will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this location sucks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My friends and i ended up with stomachache the next day after eating here. Felt rushed by the waiters by asking us almost every 15 mins if we are done with the plates so they can put it away. We stayed not even longer than 1 hr and 10 mins.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 561 reviews are from the Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness reviews archive.
  • Amazing every time.
    Limon
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Limon in either location is amazing food, great service, fun atmosphere. The wait for a table is long so reservations are key. But once you order (and I recommend ordering all plates to share) it comes in 5-10 min. The sangria is good, the chicken and the ceviche are amazing, as is anything else on the menu. Highly recommended. They have a seemingly small space on VanNess but they open this up to a huge downstairs room during the rush.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    First time we've been here for lunch - not so crowded and even more attentive service than in the evening - or maybe it's just that there was much less noise, and we could hear and understand explanations . . . Oven Rotisserie Chicken is amazing! It's marinated overnight, and then while it seems so overdone that wings spontaneously fall off (?!), everything still tastes delicious. Of the sauces, I would most highly recommend the huacatay with black mint over the mustard and the chimichurri. Sweet potato fries are excellent, the vegetales side is good. Lomito saltado is very good, although be prepared for an unusual combination of French fries served over white rice!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience!
    Hawaii510
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was fantastic. Had the Ceviche with Shrimp and fish. The flavors were refreshing and light. This was paired with the Lomito Saltado, a quarter of the dark juicy rotisserie chicken, and the beef empanadas which are more filling dishes. The service was lightning quick. I almost thought I was at an Asian restaurant where they have your order ready prior to you even getting seated (J/k). This just speaks to their efficient service. I will definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try it, You'll LOVE it!
    Leopardlove1
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This was my third time coming to this location and I would definitely return. The service all around is great and the food is the best. All the employees are friendly and very inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food
    Rushed
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I really loved the food and service but maybe when they are making reservations they should ask if anyone in the party is elderly because we were set for a table downstairs which was a steep staircase and very loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great chicken and sides
    food4u
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is my second time here and I had friends in town and decided to check it out. Great food, reasonably priced, great for groups but make sure you have reservations if its on the weekend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glovesmVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was really tasty chicken and very fast food, without being fast food. We stopped here for dinner before a show on a Friday night and got out in about 30 minutes. I'd definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just darn good chicken
    MaamsayVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Best chicken deal there is. Empanadas and ceviche are also good. Service is slow and underwhelming when they get busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively, fun- loved Limon Rotisserie
    awelles
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Order yucca fries and a Pisco Sour and you're off to a good start. The paella was delish and we'd have it again along with the roasted chicken that everyone around us seemed to know was the best item on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time but not last time
    foodiefungirl
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We tried Limon for the first time after my son's graduation. We had a five o'clock reservation and the restaurant was already busy. We were seated after a few minutes and were then attended to promptly. Our server managed to be attentive and friendly even though she was very busy. Our food came quickly and was wonderful. The roast chicken is the star of course but all the sides we ordered were equally tasty. Next time we want to try some of the other entrees. This place is better for a quick meal before the theater or show rather than a place to linger. Although it might not be as busy later in the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Not the largest menu of Peruvian cuisine, but the food was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic