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Limones Restaurant
Limones Restaurant

Limones Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.limonesrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (828) 252-2327
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Hugo Ramirez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Biltmore Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Limones Restaurant
Around the corner from the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville, Limones Restaurant provides an inspirational mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff. Long before working and training under some of San Francisco’s most talented chefs, Hugo Ramirez was raised on the intense and varied flavors native to his hometown of Mexico City. In fact, he still calls on his mother for the secrets of traditional Mexican dishes, which he reinvents in innovative and surprising ways. At Limones, Hugo’s love of Mexican food is combined with his training in french-influenced California cuisine.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We read the great reviews and recommendations and couldn't wait to try it out. We opted to try their signature dishes- the LobsterNachos and their Taco entree. Still looking for the lobster and the tacos had little taste, all that we could taste was the cabbage. Even the guacamole disappointed. Should have gone with the Sea Bass."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Ate here for third time on Saturday. Had lamb shank nachos which were great. Hubby had chili relleno, which I have had in the past. Never disappoints. I had shrimp chimichurra which was shrimp on top of pearl cous cous and topped with tasty sauce and mango. It was creative and delicious."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I booked a reservation based upon the reviews online. My husband and I were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the presentation appealing and the service was excellent. Brad was our server. He was informative and friendly. The meal was served at a nice pace and we were not hurried. We shared the Tuna Cerviche - Excellent!!. My husband, had the Tuna as a main course and I had the lamb shank burrito. both - wonderful. Finally - Brad recommend a Margerita from their extensive list and it was uniquely good. I just can't say enough good things about our meal. When in Asheville again, we will return"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food was excellent but service was a little Slow and the portions are small."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Great food, attentive service, vibrant scene and an awesome " margarita Caliente!" Must make reservations a week or so in advance or take a risk and see if there are any bar seats."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed the meals we had there but this time it was excellent. Emily was great. We had a problem with a drink but she took care of it with no problem. It was a very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "creative twist to Southwest food. Service was excellent"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "While we've been to Asheville numerous times, this was our first visit to Limones, and hopefully it will not be our last. The food was great and the service excellent. I will certainly tell our friends to check out Limones if their travel plans find them in Asheville......"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Limones never fails to provide a wonderful, interesting meal. When guests visit me in Asheville I always try to take them here and they are invariably impressed, as my visitor from London was last night. (His only criticism was for the weak coffee, which another friend mentioned once before - odd, in a restaurant of such high quality.) Joaquin's service was excellent and the meal was outstanding. Thanks, Limones!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the ambiance and the wonderful variety of food."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We have been to Limones several times, but not in a couple of years. The food and the service was excellent, just as we remembered it. We are going to try and go there more often."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "A wonderful choice for our anniversary dinner! Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I go to Limones often its on of my top restaurants in this foodie town The menu changes to provide new surprises. Don't miss the chili rellenos or the ginger mint margarita!! Service is always stellar. Don't miss this place. If you are a party of two the front 2 tables in the windows are intimate, like eating a cozy corner, wonderful."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Excellent Ceviche and the meals are done very well in presentation."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Time after time..Limones chefs have outdone themselves on the quality/taste and presentation of the food.You simply can't go wrong on anything you order..Must have is a Ceviche sampler!..Chili Relleno...Lobster Nachos..We usually stay with small plates so we can experience every morsel of flavor...The Scallops are perfection on a plate!...We will always make that our to go restaurant for any occasion..Please make reservations in advance!They honor them and you will not ever be dissapointed."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "If you are looking for a modern take on some Mexican classics, friendly and prompt service and a delightful food experience, this place hits all those marks. We had such an enjoyable food experience we plan to return whenever we are in town, and can get a reservation. It is no mystery why all the tables were full!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This was our second trip to Limones. Excellent upscale Mexican food. Nice list of tequilas. We will definitely be back our next trip to Asheville."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Limone's was a highlight to our visit to Asheville. The varied menu was chock full of delicious choices. We were a party of four and shared/tasted each other's dishes. What made the food a standout was that each one had so many different flavors and tastes within the dish. The Chimmichuri shrimp was outstanding! I am not a big fan of pesto which was one of the ingredients, but the waitress assured me the taste was not overwhelming. And she was correct-- it was really delicious. The Artichoke Ravioli and Lamb Nachos equally so. Be sure to have one of their margaritas if you go! Tough to please four NY foodies but Limone's well exceeded expectations."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Limones is a true "Love Affair from the Heart" ...everything's simply the best....always five star dinning! Thank you for being in Asheville!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was our first time here and Limones lived up to the high recommendation we heard. We had the table "in the window" and loved it, getting both a view of the street and also the restaurant activities. The food was excellent and we will be recommending it to others."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Never a disappointment. Great service and fabulous, innovative food"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had early reservations for 2 on Friday night. Seated promptly and server came immediately! Has the specialty margarita with habanero and it was delicious! Ordered the snapper ceviche and it was plentiful and tasty! My husband and I ordered the sea bass and it was delicious to the last bite! It melted in your mouth! Finished with tres leches cake which was my husbands favorite! Moist and Light! Loved the whole dining experience. Cute location on a little street off a Main Street downtown. Convenient parking garage just steps away! Loves the experience. Will come again when we visit Asheville. You Will need. Reservation. The restaurant filled up early and walk ins has to wait for open seats at very small bar. Make a reservation!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our second visit was as good as the first- prices reasonable- choices varied"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "When in Asheville, which is often, we will be going back. Everything, from the eclectic decor, to the complimentary finish of the chocolate truffles, was outstanding. Wait staff very knowledgeable about the menu and the preparation of the dishes. I have no criticisms at all."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I found this place a week ago and have been here twice. The Margarita Caliente is fabulous. The appetizers, like the lobster and the traditional ceviche are beyond delicious. For dinner, the scallops were the best I've ever had. The bread pudding is wonderful. This place is a must for anyone who appreciates quality food at reasonable prices. This place is in my top 5 meals of all time."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Limones never disappoints, we hosted 8 out of town (foodie) guests for a wedding party and wanted to give the authentic Asheville experience. Food was fantastic and service was warm and welcoming, location is intimate and personal. Looking forward to our next meal."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "It is always a unique and rewarding dining experience at Limones. We love the Mexican flair that enhances every dish on the menu. Seasoned to reveal the essence of the main ingredient while still providing the palate with a taste of Mexico. Viva Limones."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Asheville for a just over a week, and were so taken by the quality of our overall experience here that we had to return before we left town. Our service was impeccable--in particular our waiter the first night was an obvious food lover, and he was adept at describing the food, suggesting margaritas, and in general meeting our own love for experiencing unique tastes with excellent suggestions. We recommend the Maya Margarita and the Peach-chipotle margarita. Both were exquisite, and I think it's fair to say I've never had such a well-mixed, creative drink. The bar is top notch. We also were able to try three ceviches over the course of our two visits, and all were fresh, innovative, satisfying. DO NOT miss!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant- one of best we have found in asheville. Don't be misled by name- this is not tex-mex but sophisticated fusion food. Food prices reasonable, huge list of tequilas- wines for all budgets- good but not distinguished- we already have as reservation to return"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was our third time at Limones and it was remarkable as usual. We live in asheville and both work downtown, so we know the restaurant scene. When we can get a babysitter, this is our first thought. Do not pass on the civiche, it's always delicious, incredibly fresh, and always unique. While I usually go for the seafood dishes, we took a flyer on a lamb buritto last night, and it was a completely new take - the lamb was incredibly moist and tender and the two different suaces delicately covering each half of the dish were both savory and evenly balanced. Even the side guacamole and infused sour cream were delectable. Thank you Limones!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It's rare to find a Mexican-California style eatery and we had to give them a go. Excellent! Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Limones on a visit to Asheville and although it had been highly recommended, it surpassed all of our expectations! Our server was able to very knowledgeably discuss the offerings (both food and wine), and the meals we had were fantastic! First we started with the lobster tacos which were wonderful! Then I had sea bass and my husband had what he described to be the best scallop dish has ever had. Topped it all off with a wonderful dessert that I just couldn't pass up when I saw someone else ordering it. This is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to! A real find."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Went for brunch--quite a treat! Creative menu, Mexican-French influenced dishes all seem appealing. From Sea Bass to Huevos Rancheros the food was attractively presented, tasty and so satisfying that resolutions were made to return. The only glitch was that there was a delay in serving the main course for some. It is helpful to have all persons able to start without waiting for someone to be served. Otherwise the food was outstanding, flavorful and satisfying. Servers were friendly, attentive, and helpful. Definitely a top restaurant in Asheville."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "A true Ashville gem. It will be on our list every time we visit!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Had a group of 6 and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Began with inventive drinks: We especially enjoyed the jalapeno martini and blood orange margarita. Lobster nachos were tasty. The hit of the dinner was the chile relleno. It was not battered on the pepper's exterior, and our table agreed that it was the best chile relleno we had ever eaten, and we've eaten many. The hanger steak tacos were light, not greasy like the usual Tex-Mex, and the scallops were "A #1." Don't miss this upscale Mexican dining experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My husband and I go to Limones quite frequently. We are never disappointed. The menu. Changes weekly so you don't have the same ole selection. Food is always delicious, beautifully presented on you dish. The ceviche is my absolute favorite. Been a regular for over 7 years."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Three friends and I met at Limones, were seated promptly, and began a two-hour fest of food and conversation. The starter we shared--chips/mushrooms/crema--was lip-smacking good. Two of us had scallops [I found the mashed potatoes/pesto a bit heavy] and two had beef tacos--we all left clean plates. Limones traditional margarita is still the very best I have ever had. Our waiter was just right--there with a smile to take care of us and make sure we were fine--and then off."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food and flavors were so fresh and blended so well together. Cocktails were also inventive and very enjoyable."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Creative yummy menu and drinks. One of my favorites in downtown Asheville."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent service!..and the food was excellent until my entree arrived. Though very good, the shrimp were overwhelmed by a Chimichurri sauce which was too sweet for my palate... needed a little heat for balance. My wife's scallops were great. The Maya margarita was a wonderful start and complemented the lobster nachos perfectly. The roasted beet and fig salad was a delightful midpoint in my meal. I would definitely return to Limones when visiting Asheville and recommend it to friends!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014