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
111 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)good for groups (44)fit for foodies (37)hot spot (27)great for lunch (19)special occasion (13)kid-friendly (12)romantic (10)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • good food but bad service
    pinoy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was good but the service was bad. There were 3 hostesses at the front door standing there without paying attention to us, we had to wait that they finish there discussion for 5 minutes before to be allow to talk to them. I went there for my birthday it was a bad idea. We booked a table for 9:00pm and I called an hour before to tell them we will be late of 15minutes. She said it was totally fine and once we arrived there the hostess made us wait until 10:10pm. She kept telling us your table will be ready in 5 minutes every 15 minutes!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food and drinks are awesome but a bit loud. And its worth it !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 81 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 548 reviews are from the Limon Rotisserie – Van Ness reviews archive.
  • Sit upstairs
    foodiesf
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Sit upstairs, otherwise pass on this restaurant. The basement level has a dank smell and is very loud. Decided to leave for another restaurant and didn't stay for our dinner reservation. The Valencia location is much better.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very sad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've been going here since 2008, love the food. This time though the service was terrible. The blond Hostess was downright Rude. I know they're busy, but we didn't see a waiter for 15 minutes, although when he showed was nice.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place for Peruvian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Tasty Food, lively atmosphere and a great variety of dishes.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not excellent, but not bad
    MysteryPatron
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Ceviche and rotisserie chicken (with the sauces) were good, though the portions were quite small. Fried dishes were a bit dry. Service was fine, though the waitress forgot an item but we were full in any case. Restaurant was also quite loud.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Quality for the Price
    Dino
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Limon on Valencia has been one of my favorites for years. This was my first time at their new site on South Van Ness at 21st Street. The food was absolutely as good as the original. I liked the smaller, quieter, neighborhood feel of the setting. Sometimes the noise level on Valencia gets in the way of a good conversation at the table. We were able to conduct our conversation and enjoy one another's company as we were enjoyng and appreciating the food. The service was attentive, polite and quietly efficient, just the way it should be. I enthusiastically endorse this place.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for a Salt Free Diet
    Ouagadougou
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Delicious Peruvian food. EXTREMELY salty, so make sure you drink lots of water while eating and preferably sleep next to a water source. But while it's going down it's really good. The chicken is the best thing, with their interesting sauces.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place!
    timeforfun
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a reservation, the place was full, and we were seated immediately. Excellent fast service. We ordered beer and wine and they came within 1 minute. Our dinners were wonderful and were brought almost instantly. The wait staff offered great explanations and were busy but friendly. Chicken, ceviche, lomito and sauces were excellent.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    ZMGOak
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    One thing that would benefit this place is to put up some baffling or tapestries in the downstairs area to reduce the echo. It would seem much more intimate that way.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Alright. Wouldn't rush to go back.
    Lirapoe
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Service was good, food was alright. A little bit salty though. Good thing they left a craft of water on the table to pass all that salt.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always good
    garyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    this place has delivered consistently tasty food since opening its doors. i even like the food better than their resstaurant on Valencia.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.