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About 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.

13 Eagle Street
Asheville, NC 28801
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Biltmore Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 252-2327

Website:
http://www.limonesrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Hugo Ramirez

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Limones Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (129)
Creative Cuisine (120)
Special Occasion (111)
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Good for a Date (104)
Good for Anniversaries (85)
Handcrafted Cocktails (82)
Authentic (74)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Worth the Drive (60)
Local Ingredients (53)
Romantic (53)
Casual (47)
Fun (43)
Cozy (41)
Hot Spot (36)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Good for Groups (26)
Business Meals (24)
Tapas (24)
Spicy (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Healthy (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Seasonal (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Late-night Find (11)
Organic (9)
People Watching (9)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our second time at Limones and our final night in Asheville. The food and service are outstanding. My girlfriend had a seafood stew that she said was the best she had ever had. The shrimp, scallops and salmon were cooked just right and not overdone with a very flavorful stock. I had the pork enchiladas and they were excellent as well. We didn’t have appetizers because we had stopped at their sister restaurant En la Calle next door for appetizers and a cocktail. It deserves a try too. Just as we found with our previous visit, all of the dishes were complex with very complimentary components. And everything was perfect,y seasoned.

We cannot wait to go back to Asheville to eat at Limones again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 4 days ago

Limones remains an ultra-special restaurant. The food is highest quality and the service is fantastic. I love the ambiance - particularly the light fixtures and mirrors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was spectacular! Lobster Mac & Cheese and Lobster Nachos were to die for. This is a must choice if you are dining in Asheville.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Never disappoints. Excellent food and service. Convenient downtown location.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was so very good! My only complaint was the noise level—too noisy to comfortably carry on a conversation and the restaurant wasn’t even full.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

This is our restaurant of choice whenever we pass through Asheville, making reservations well in advance. Highly recommended: ceviche (any of the three, or the sampler); adobado pork; chile stuffed with squash; seafood stew, etc. And start with one of their superb margaritas.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We enjoyed a holiday weekend in Asheville with friends; dinner at Limones was a high point. The food was delicious and well presented. We loved the Paloma cocktail.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Fantastic food from beginning to end. The seafood stew was amazing. Tons of gluten free options.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food, wine & service! Our favorite restaurant in Asheville.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our first trip to Limones. We each had a cocktail, apptetizer and entree. The cocktails were innovative, well balanced and dangerously tasty. All of the dishes were complex combinations, but in every case the composition and mix of flavors was complimentary. While the restaurant is very cozy I would rate this as one of the best restaurants we have tried anywhere for their cuisine. Our server was friendly and did a generally good job. The only place it fell down a little was in follow up during the meal and after we finished.

We liked it so much we are going back for our last evening in Asheville.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wow, The Cevivhe! I tried two rounds of their most popular Ceviches which I found to very flavorful and fresh. They also have a nice selection of salsas they offer at the very beginning to pair with the homemade tortillas as a complementary starter, which I found to be pretty tasty. The enchiladas were ok, I was expecting a bit more flavorful entree. The cocktail I had was a combination between a mojito and a margarita, salud! I also tried the Churros for dessert, and were ok as well. I really liked that the Churros were served with hot chocolate on the side for dipping, nice!

However, I went to Limones to celebrate my birthday and made it specific on my OpenTable reservation as well as when I confirmed the reservation over the phone with the restaurant and did not receive any "Happy Birthday" wishes by the staff or a complimentary dessert from the restaurant. I am not one that expects to receive anything for free, but I found it interesting when three other tables around me had a birthday cake from the restaurant with a candle. That sort of left me a bitter sweet feeling about my evening celebration.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a reservation for 7:30 and our table was ready when we got there. It was by the front door which I thought would be cold and busy but it was not at all. Service was great, the drinks are great and the food was great. We all ordered something different and all the meals were perfect. I had not been there in a couple for years but will definitely go back soon!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved everything about Limones! The coconut margarita was fabulous and the ceviche was perfect!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was our first time here and everything was wonderful! Our server, Anna, was great! She helped out with deciding on which margarita to get & pointed out some favorites on the menu. We had been bouncing around all night so we only had room for a couple appetizers, but we shared the scallops & the lobster nachos! Wow! Both were so amazing! The nachos had so much lobster on them! We'll definitely be back again soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was outstanding beginning with the hostess greeting and continuing through payment of our bill. Our waiter used perfect timing when checking on us, meaning he was not a bother but we were never waiting too long for anything.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our respective dishes, from beverage to desert, everything was delicious.
I recommend Limones to everyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is a small restaurant with about 14 tables. It used to be a barber shop before it became the restaurant and the building dates back to turn of the century. Appetizer and entrees are very generous portions and one could even split dishes. Very creative menu, well presented and NOT your typical Mexican menu by any means. For two people with 3 cocktails, 1 appetizer and 2 entrees ran about 90-100 dollars +/-.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A wonderful, casual-yet-elegant restaurant, with a wide selection of margaritas, three different kinds of ceviche (plus a ceviche sampler, the best of all 3 worlds), and a menu that combines traditional Mexican dishes (no, not Tex-Mex) in unique ways. Wine list is somewhat limited though with a few good entries, and I haven't tried the beer. Reservations absolutely necessary most of the time. We try to dine here whenever we're passing through Asheville.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our favorite spot in Asheville. Fresh and always interesting. I miss color on the walls, could use a bit more art. Local artists would be great to see.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Spicy, Business Meals, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The service and food were excellent. After salads it took 45 minutes for the entreed to come out of the kitchen. We recommend the Seafood Stew. The wait staff were nice.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Wonderful as always! Limones is consistently just one of Asheville's Top 5 Restaurants...we own a local Inn and send our guests there regularly. Thank you once again for hosting our birthday dinner with friends....love Limones!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Seasonal, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

A friend recommended Limone's on Facebook, so when driving from Nashville through Asheville to Statesville, we decided to plan stopping for dinner there and made reservations. We had a wonderful meal and excellent service. We shared lobster nachos, which we agreed we would each want our own next time. The guacamole was fresh and delicious. I had the Cerveche Verde and chile relleno as my meal. The cerveche was out of this world. I wasn't crazy about the relleno but I think that was mostly because it had goat cheese in the cheese mixture and I do not care for goat cheese. The menu didn't state goat cheese and I didn't think to ask. I also was expecting white cheese and it was yellow -- kind of more like Velveeta in texture. I definitely did not expect that. But I liked that it was grilled rather than fried. Our server offered to bring me something else and I tried the scallop appetizer, which was very good. My coconut margarita was exceptional too. If I am fortunate enough to visit Limone's again, it will be lobster nachos and cerveche for me with a margarita. My husband had the ribeye with lobster mac and cheese. We both thought the mac and cheese was not quite as special as we expected. But the steak was very tender and flavorful. Oh yeah, can't forget how delicious that flourless chocolate cake/torte was. We got it to go with a few extra truffles. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We really enjoyed the craft margaritas and chille relleno and their beer list was nice too.
Beautiful ambiance. Will visit again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. We entertained friends from NYC and they were very impressed with Limones in all respects. We live an hour's drive away from the restaurant but never hesitate to make the trip.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Limones is truly one of our top 5 restaurant experiences and we eat out a lot and in many different cities/states! Absolutely fantastic! Cannot wait to be back in Asheville so we can eat at Limones again.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our second Open Table dinner over the past 11 months at Limones. Same experience both times. You wait at the entrance with No Reception and lucky if anyone comes up to greet you - -you have to find the hostess by going to the bartender, by then you realize they could care less.

Was seated at a table for two in the middle of the high traffic area between bar and kitchen access......really ? One of our dishes was mistakenly served to another table so one person at our table got their main entree 15 minutes before the other. Recommended appetizer : ceviche .
This restaurant is billed as influenced from Mexico City and South America but found it has lost its initial mandate and is living off its initial reputation .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very good and creative cuisine. Very accommodating hostess and staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Based on reviews I was expecting top notch food. We went for the Sunday brunch and wasn’t impressed at all. Got the lobster nachos for an appetizer and they were really good. The rest of our meals (5 of us) were not even worth finishing. Husband had steak and eggs and steak was horrible (full of fat & gristle). I had Three Cheese Chile Relleno and didn’t even eat half the meal. Scrambled eggs were runny and the pepper wasn’t anything special. Mother-in-laws mushroom omelette was just okay. Daughters has scrambled eggs and those were also runny. Bacon was amazing though! Service was great and the atmosphere is very quaint. Was really looking forward to finally being able to eat here and was sadly disappointed.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The lobster nachos are a must have. The avocado tartar and smoked salmon was delicious. The margueritas are unique and tasty. The burritos are large enough for two to eat, and the three cheese chili relleno was delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Definitely would go again.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Dinner was fantastic! The ceviche was delicious as were the lobster nachos and enchiladas.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This has to be one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville. I moved here six months ago and am a true foodie. This is definitely in my top 5! The food was amazing and priced well. However, don't expect to walk in and get a table so make reservations well in advance. The restaurant can be a bit noisy so if you are looking for a quiet, romantic night out, I would probably go somewhere else. But, don't pass this one up. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic, Casual
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

my family and i went to limones when all were in town. it was as good as it always is. the cocktails were great (we all had some version of a margarita) and the food phenomenal. my husband and i had the enchiladas and my kids had the seafood stew and lamb ragout. for apps we had the chili rellenos (one of my favorites), lobster nachos, and ceviche. everything was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Seafood stew was amazing and was worth the 35.00 price The service was not like previous dinners we have experienced here but nothing to really complain about. Great for special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 21, 2017

One of our favorites in Asheville - and consistently outstanding.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Eating at
limones is a family tradition whenever we're in Asheville. Shrimp and grits were to die for,
tequila flight fantastic, always look forward to opening meal with ceviche sampler and ending with house made truffles.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Was a very nice place - good food and service. Shared the steak and it was very tender and flavorful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Always a creative menu. Must try the variety of specialty margaritas that are offered!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Another great creative meal with you reserving our favorite seats.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I took my friend to Limones for her birthday because she likes Margaritas. They did not disappoint with great margaritas, delicious food and then surprised us with the most incredible piece of chocolate mouse cake with fruit. my friend will not forget her birthday dinner at Limones

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Parent visit

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