Limones Restaurant

4.7
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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PN
Tampa
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and staff very friendly! Best dinner in Asheville!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was above our expectations.

j
Greensboro
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic top to bottom. 10/10 would do it again.

AM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brad, our waiter, was amazing! It was our first time to eat there, and he thoroughly explained the menu and was so attentive !

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant, food was excellent and the specialty margaritas are great. Our server Aubry was also great!

f
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It took quite a while between courses. I’m not sure if it was an overburdened kitchen staff or servers. They all seemed to be moving fast and working hard. The restaurant was packed and tables were close and room pretty noisy. All of the food was great

c
Miami
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service innovative dishes. Best in Asheville

B
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit - enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Wonderful Ceviche, inventive entrees, outstanding margaritas in a friendly unpretentious atmosphere. Highly recommend!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE SCALLOPS ARE TO DIE FOR. Peach spice margarita is also a total gem. I won’t stop thinking about those things anytime soon.

RD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good, dependable restaurant with good food. Tables are close together... but this is the trend.
Incredibly good service!

LH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond Amazing food, just the best tastiest dinner of all time!

OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great food and service.

DT
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance perfect. Will return!!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service!

CW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always, excellent drinks & excellent service. The lobster nachos are fabulous, the Avocado & smoked salmon is amazing. You will not be disappointed! I do recommend reservations as they are always busy.

N
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a traditional Tex mex place. This is Latin food with great flare and presentation. The dishes were amazing. The halibut and scallops were exceptional. The ceviche appetizers are high quality and a good value.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable food. So exquisite.

MR
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good pairings of taste. Excellent service from a knowledgeable staff.

LG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been waiting to get back to Limones for years since last time I couldn’t partake in their margaritas. They did not disappoint in any arena. Our server was totally amazing!! He made great recommendations and was the perfect balance of present without being over present. The margaritas were on point to say the least. And the food was just so damn good. Ceviche sampler, lobster nachos, smoked duck, scallops, and bread pudding. I couldn’t breathe by the time we left because I was so full and it was so worth it!

MR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us thoroughly enjoyed our visit! The ceviche sampler was delish and all of our entrees were spot un in flavor and presentation. And of course, Paul, our waiter, couldn't have been nicer and more attentive!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Empty bread plates, which were cleared, kind of comical. Represented as Mexican but other than lamb tiny two tacos, and mush lobster nachos, not very good. My husband I had carbonara, which despite the fact we were starving was not good at all. Very pricey and confusing as to type of food available.

Limones Restaurant
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our menu is a modern twist on Californian and Mexican cuisine so at times it does differ from expectations. The small plates are for sharing and we gladly serve bread upon request. Even though we removed the pasta from your bill, we would have loved the opportunity to prepare another entree selection for you. We are disappointed you didn’t enjoy your experience and hope you will allow us to serve you again in the future. Take care, Limones

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S
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I love this place and have been coming here since I found it about 6 years ago which is why I chose it for my 18th anniversary. They have the best margaritas of anywhere I’ve ever been in or out of the country! However, since I have been coming here, I have noticed that though the regular “small plate” selections (try the lobster nachos!) are still to die for, the entrees have gotten less and less reliable over time. Most recently, I ordered 4 scallops for $32; the asparagus risotto was bland and the scallops were sandy! I recommend not ordering anything from the entree menu, but come expecting this place to deliver on its strengths: it is a very high end cocktail bar with great regular menu tapas. A perfect pair is the ever-present Caliente margarita with the lobster nachos. It will fill and lift you up! Great food!

Limones Restaurant
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you for choosing Limones to celebrate your anniversary! We are disappointed you did not thoroughly enjoy your experience. We receive our seafood fresh daily and the scallops have been a well received entree. Thankfully you did alert your server and allow us to remove it from your bill as well as attempt to prepare another entree for you. Our entree selections change often and we hope on your next visit we can impress you again with our entire menu. Take care, Limones

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Brunch was good not great. Used to be better. Manager is awesome tho and a beautiful place. Churros were a standout.

Limones Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you loved the churros and the ambience of Limones, however we are disappointed that brunch did not meet your expectations on this visit. Hopefully you will give us another opportunity to serve you in the future. Our menu is constantly changing so there would be great potential for you to select a different entree that would appeal more to you. Thank you again for dining with us! Take care, Limones

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f
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

wow, not really sure what the hype is about.
mediocre mexican food. small portions. expensive.
seated by the door with arctic blast every time door opened.
wine was good.

Limones Restaurant
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. The winter months are difficult even though we have taken many avenues to try and deter the cold. We have double doors and a heater installed to try and keep the portico and entrance warmer. Requesting a table further back when making a reservation is always an option. Our menu is Mexican inspired using only quality ingredients. It does change frequently and can be viewed on our website. Thank you again and we hope to see you in the future. Take care, Limones

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TR
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals & had a great date night at Limones. We made reservations, were sat right away & had a private table towards the back. Food was incredible, as was dessert. Especially enjoyed the churros & hot chocolate at the end. Wonderful ambiance, food & service, as always.

m
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food has always been very good at Limones. My only complaint has been the ambient noise level when the restaurant is full. That has improved now that noise absorption panels have been tactfully placed on the walls and/or ceiling. Our server was polite, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the menu, specials, and wine selection. The blood orange margaritas never disappoint but probably should be avoided if driving as they are potent. Limones remains one of our favorite Asheville restaurants.

U
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , especially the appetizers!! The cocktails were fantastic! It was on the pricey side but perfect for a celebration!

Our waiter was amazing!

SB
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Margarita Caliente with the Lobster Nachos! Dinner was so good. Brad was a professional server. Limones is one of our favorite restaurants in Asheville.

AD
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, decor and location, we’ll be back soon

J
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the very comfortable bar. The bartender/waiter was so knowledgeable about all the food options. I even asked about a liquor and he knew about it even tho Limones did not have it. Will definitely be back!

SC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Stephanie makes the best cocktails in Asheville. I highly recommend the Peach Chipotle Margarita and the Mojito!!

BT
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here! Interesting menu and fresh foood.

DR
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband, son and I ate brunch at Limones. It was outstanding. You must make reservations because the restaurant is not very big and it is very popular. A definite must on your list of restaurants to try. My husband got the eggs over hash browns cooked with bacon, my son got the burrito and I got the avocado toast with smoked salmon. We were all three VERY pleased with our choices. Will definitely go back!!

i
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Limones, and it's become a tradition to celebrate my birthday there with Sunday brunch. The ceviche is excellent and the regular menu items and specials never disappoint! It's a good idea to have a reservation as it fills up fast. Relaxed atmosphere with a hint of Latin flare; one of my favorite places in a town filled with good restaurants.

TS
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner. The food was very good and we were seated in our own private corner in the restaurant. It was a perfect dinner to celebrate our anniversary. I would highly recommend.

KW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time going to Limones to celebrate an anniversary in Asheville. Excellent again! Service ambience and food all on point yet again. The cocktails were fantastic as well.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service

O
Western NC
46 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The only problem was we had to wait 20-30 minutes to be seated. We arrived on time for our reservation, but a party of four and party of ten were more important than us and we had to wait until they finally decided to seat us. This was not right and we will probably go to other restaurants in Asheville. We did not feel like valued customers and this lead to a stressful dining experience for us!

Limones Restaurant
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience. We are pleased you enjoyed your selections but are disappointed you did not feel valued as a guest. We appreciate everyone that chooses to dine with us regardless of the party size. Weekends are certainly our busiest days of the week and unfortunately we have a limited amount of space in which we can seat certain size parties. Thank you again, and we hope you will dine with us in the future. Take care, Limones

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s
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always, the food was terrific and the service very professional.

C
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and drinks. You can't go wrong eating at Limones!