Limones Restaurant
Limones Restaurant

Limones Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.limonesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8282522327
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mexican
  • 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.
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Limones Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
389 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (319)neighborhood gem (200)special occasion (190)romantic (113)hot spot (104)great for brunch (45)good for groups (44)notable wine list (43)vibrant bar scene (25)late-night find (23)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Napper
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place continues to be top notch and is our preference in Asheville for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limones
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I read how good Limones is so I tried to make a reservation for Sat. night. The only time available was 5:00. We went, started with divine cocktails and ordered appetizers since we weren't hungry. The civeche was amazing, but would like to have tried an entree also.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Asheville Gem
    Winslow
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is my husband’s favorite restaurant in a town filled with quality restaurants. We brought four out-of-town guests for brunch last Sunday and they were raving about the food. The menu descriptions don’t do the actual taste justice. The service was excellent too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply wonderful
    Visitor
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food is creative and incredibly delicious. Service is excellent. Will plan to return every time I visit Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We selected this restaurant because Fodor's recommendation was high. Justifiably so! This was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    Slowflo
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had been to Limones before and thought it was excellent. But this time I ordered a vegetarian entree and found it to be pretty mediocre. I expected the wild mushroom-filled chile relleno, to be roasted, peeled and quick fried and served on a plate with rice and vegetables on the side. Instead it was just roasted, filled with a little dab of mushrooms and goat cheese and served submerged in a bowl of wet tomatoey vegetable mix that was called ratatouille but wasn't really. The flavors and textures were all mushy and run together. The lobster quesadilla was ok but also served in a bowl and sort of heavy and soggy. Maybe it was just an off night. (The weather was soggy,too). But considering the prices, we probably won't be back.
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  • Hermangrm
    Hermangrm
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Extraordinary offerings from the cocktails, appetizers to the entrees and desserts. The best adaptation of traditional Mexican cuisine with local nuances in Asheville! I'm from LA and this place would blow their socks off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kudos for Matthew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a 7:30 reservation on 10/12/14 for 5. The sympathetic hostess said our table would be a while as the prior group was slow. We ordered wine and hung out up front. Matthew, the manager, came to see us repeatedly and apologized profusely. At 8:40 the place began to empty and Matthew put tables together to accommodate us. Matthew was so personable and did so many things right given a situation beyond his control. He comped 3 great appetizers (civeche/lobster nachos/cheese chile relleno) and a $75 2nd bottle of wine. Lamb chops were cooked perfectly. Tuna and BBQ fish tacos also stellar. I considered going back a 2nd time! I will definitely return when in town. Kudos to Matthew and hostess for turning a problem into a wonderful night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Always outstanding in all respects xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food and drinks were amazing and the seservice was impecable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous and Eclectic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fabulous menu fuses Mexican with elements of French for a sensational variety of flavors. And the house margaritas are top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our hands down favorite
    AshevillelocalVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We live in Asheville and have an incredible choice of restaurants from which to choose, but hands down this is our favorite and we return as often as we can. With the menu changing slightly every week there is always something new to find as well as some old favorites. The restaurant has become so popular that even as locals we are happy when we can get a reservation at the last minute, probably due to a cancellation, as we did this past weekend. The food is exceptional - wonderful flavors - intriguing combinations - creative presentation, all in a very casual environment. The front-of-house staff is exceptional with most being there a long time which is a great advantage. All I ask is that you leave some room for the locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best bunches ever
    Tcbound
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Outstanding food,service, and selections on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite place in asheville
    Hbressler70
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Love the crafted cocktails. Lobster nachos are fantastic. Mussels are yummy and huge portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing every time!!!
    OnvacationVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My favorite restaurant in asheville! Great new menu. Never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great B'day party
    ScotNanc
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The ceviche was absolutely out of the world! Halibut was cooked perfectly with a wonderful sauce. Best chili relleno was probably the best I have never had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • when visiting Asheville
    bennie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Whenever we visit Asheville we never miss the chance to have an always fabulous meal at Limones. The food is consistantly wonderful. Its our favorite restaurant in Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of best "Mexican" meals ever
    JohnDavid
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My wife and I loved Limones. Great list of unique margaritas and a substantial wine list as well. We had the lobster nachos appetizer which we really loved - wish we hadn't split it. Shrimp enchiladas for me and tacos for my wife - both very unique and not what you initially think when you hear it. They also have rack of lamb on the menu, which I saw pass by and it looked incredible. Homemade salsas and sour cream really accentuated the great flavor the meals. Service was really good. Place is small, but very open - so you don't feel cramped. One of our favorite meals in Asheville.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Mexico
    Bucerias
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Think Mexico City elite dining. Specialty drinks, elaborate wine menu, unique use of Latin flavors in ever changing menu .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeater
    Johnny2VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have been here numerous times and will keep going back because the food is so tasteful. Having said that, we were disappointed with our results with the size of the mussels, although we inquired as to the size , they were tiny morsels, but very tasty. Just wish we had gotten straight on inquiry. This will not keep me away, because as I said this food is always very tasty ane do not miss the caliente margarita. One of my favorite dining haughty in Asheville. Fish is always especially good here.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Asheville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I have been dining at Limones since it opened. It has continued to have innovative delicious food and drinks and an updated decor while honoring the history, and origin of the food and country of the chef. The service staff has been there for years, and it's always good to see them. One in particular is very funny. Asheville is fortunate to have a restaurant of that calibre here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Hard to find street parking. But the once there, the staff and food were delicious. The ceviche sampler was great for one or two. The shellfish stew was a seafood lover delight. Husband got the duck confit quesadilla. I had a taste. I am not normally a duck fan, but this dish was great. Definitely would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cindiVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Really great food. Don't miss the ceviches. Shrimp enchiladas were the best ever. Innovative, very interesting menu. Efficient, friendly service.
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  • Truly a gem!
    frttVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Fabulous ceviches and seared scallops with sweet and savory flavors. We loved the low-key ambiance and unique character of this restaurant. Kudos to the chef and servers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated ~ go elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There are better options in Asheville at much more reasonable prices. If you go, don't order the most expensive entree: a piece of beef that can be bested by Outback. As for the rest of the menu, you're led to believe that paying $18 for enchiladas makes perfect sense. Is it a good enchilada? Oh, yes. But our check for two was $119 (before the tip for very slow service and a very slow kitchen)... this isn't Manhattan. One other piece of advice to management: rip down that godawful funereal lighting. No one wants to be subjected to 150-watt incandescent lighting from above. Candles and uplighting, forgodsake! In summary, do yourself a favor: go up the street to Curate and leave extremely happy. We did.
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  • Experimental Californian-Mexican
    Neuroman
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Limones is well-loved by customers, as the ones we spoke to told us that, "it was worth the wait". We had 6:45 reservations for two, arrived at 6:30, and were seated at 7:15. For our wait we were given a complimentary trio of salsas and corn chips, which was nice, but not a suitable apology in my opinion. The food was pleasing to the eye, and an obvious effort is made to be novel in its preparation, however not all experiments seemed to work. The scallops were covered in a thin sauce not unlike ketchup, the pumpkin ravioli was in a confusing muddle of vegetables, and the flourless chocolate chipotle mango cake, was devoid of any semblance of chipotle, had a thin stream of mango sauce on the plate, and contained a large dose of coffee.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    our experience was everything we wanted. Even though we reserved a week in advance, we could only sit at the bar which, in fact, is the best seat in the house because we could watch the food being prepared. The food, the service, the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Matthew was our waiter, probably one of best ever. Excellent service all around. They get it. Looking forward to returning when visiting Asheville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HOT SPOT
    GiggleDaddy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Limones was recommend to us multiple times while visiting Asheville. We went and it was awesome. Great food, great atmosphere. It's a small place but very quaint. You probably won't be disappointed? Get a Margarita and forget about the Benjamins.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    AWESOME
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This meal was outstanding on every front. From the appetizer (lobster nachos) to dessert (tres leches cake), perfect. Try the seafood stew..yum!! Halibut was cooked to perfection. I wish we could have tried other dishes so we will visit next time we're in Asheville!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but...
    Austin1040VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Unfortunately, we got the table facing the restrooms. You'd think a restaurant of this caliber could come up with a clever way to avoid this problem but, so far, not Limones. The blackberry margarita was spectacular. The food was great although some of the portions were small. Service was attentive but not pushy. We will return with hopes for a better table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't handle success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Limones is one of our favorite restaurants in our hometown of Asheville. Both the city and this restaurant have become exceedingly popular for tourists in the past year. The wait service is still very good, but the kitchen evidently cannot keep up with the added business. We have had exceedingly long waits after ordering, food not up to their usual excellent preparation, and in our latest meal - one piping hot dinner and one barely luke warm. We are not usually complainers, but a talk with the waiter and management gave us a comped dinner. We would have preferred a great meal.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lynne
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    My husband and I dined here a few weeks ago on a week night. We made reservations and were glad that we did as the restaurant is small and every table was filled during the time that we were there. We liked everything about the restaurant! Our server was great...helpful and there when we needed him. We loved the atmosphere and thought that the food was delicious! We plan to return to this restaurant the next time we are in Asheville.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Asheville Gem
    ditytily
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Another great find in a town of amazing eateries. The dining room is a rectangular space that retains its historic charm of hard wood floors and wall trim, large wall mirrors which give the place a more open feeling, and original tin ceilings. The menu is Mexican influenced but has a style and preparation all its own. 4 of us shared 3 appetizers: Ceviche Verde, Lobster Nachos, and Three Cheese Chili Rellenos all were outstanding. Our dinners (Tequila Limed Beef Tacos, Wild Mushroom Ricotta Chili Rellenos, N.C. Chimichurri Shrimp Enchilades) were all prepared with imagination and plated with care. Our friendly waiter, Matt, was easily up to the task of describing the dishes, suggesting drinks and answering our questions with clarity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great meal
    pmwk
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Limones was one of the first restaurants we tried when first moving to the Asheville area 4 years. We have been there quite a few times since and it continues to be our favorite downtown restaurant. Since Asheville is full of great restaurants, I think that says it all.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This Is One Great Restaurant!
    RovingEpicurean1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food and service here are simply outstanding. Of particular note were the ceviche and the scallops, both of which were absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to expectations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I'd been hearing good things and reading good reviews about Limones for a few months. I made reservations Saturday night and have no regrets at all. The service and ambiance were very good, but the food was marvelous. We shared one of the cerviche dishes and we both enjoyed the dish. My scallops were the best I've ever had however! Perfect texture paired with amazing flavor. My husband enjoyed his grilled shrimp enchiladas also and we both loved the cocktails offered. I will certainly be back. I hope to try dessert next time!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but not great
    Drmann
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was good but overpriced because it was not over the top. Rhubarbs is a better pick if you are looking for excellent food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Loved the fish cerveche sampler plate and would come again just for that.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    chezchou
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Limones is one of my two favorite restaurants in Asheville. Superb food, great atmosphere, helpful wait staff. You do need to make reservations early as this place fills up fast.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.