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About Lime an American Cantina
Featuring "Fresh Mexican Food & Mighty Margaritas" and overlooking the 16th St. Mall, Lime is the premiere Southwestern and Mexican food spot in downtown Denver. This new location opened in November, 2013 on the 3rd Floor of the Denver Pavilions, and is a must see (and eat and drink) for locals and visitors alike. Since 2001, Lime has served Denver with signature dishes (Scorpions, margarita chicken) and drinks (Frozen margaritas & now frozen mojitos) that keep everyone coming back for more.
Now the new Lime offers a stunning setting as well stunning cuisine.
Denver, CO 80202
Mexican / Southwestern, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm -12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Pamela Savage - Sims has a many options for off premise catering. From upscale Southwestern cuisine to a taco bar, as well as other types of cuisine if desired.
Underground at the Denver Pavilions. Validation for parking offered to movie theatre patrons only, but validation is for 4 hours, so plenty of time for dinner and a movie. In addition, the Denver Pavilions offers $5 valet parking after 5pm, seven days a week. A great deal.
16 St. Mall Shuttle, Light rail is one block away. One block from convention center which connects to RTD bus and light rail.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Lime an American Cantina Ratings and Reviews
Lime used to be great and unique. no more. the food is nothing special and you get to pay $7 for parking. there are so many really special Mexican food restaurants, this is definitely not one of them. go to Sol in cherry creek. or anywhere else.
We were very disappointed with our dining experience here. We had been wanting to go here for a while, and even after making reservations, we were seated in the middle of the restaurant after we asked for a table on the patio or near the bar. After moving to near the bar ourselves, we had to wait twenty minutes for service so we finally moved to the actual bar and was able to order a drink. The drinks were made wrong, the food order was wrong twice, just very disappointed overall.
My Wife and I dined for probably the 5th or 6th time at this restaurant. Food, as always, was reliably tasty and authentic. I had the Tres Enchiladas, each with a different meat filling, and the standard Lime rice and black beans accompanied the meal. The complimentary chips and salsa are always delectable. I washed my meal down with two margaritas on the rocks. Would have liked them to be a bit more potent, but this is a common problem in my experience with many margaritas at restaurants. Too much mix, not enough tequila. My Wife enjoyed the Carne Asada, cooked just the way she ordered it, medium. She also complained that her Mint Julep was lacking in much of an alcoholic kick. Service was fine on this quiet Saturday late afternoon.
I requested a table with a view through Open Table, as we had several guests visiting from out of town and they wanted a view of the 16th street mall. I also called the restaurant that morning, spoke to John, and he assured we would have a window table. When we arrived none of this information had been shared with the hostesses. They attempted to seat us in a dark corner. After negotiations, they eventually seated us in the bar. The hostesses were short with us and not accommodating, and the bar waitress was not happy to be serving a table of 7 and was unhappy the entire evening. If you are going there only for the food, it's great. If you want exceptional service, this is not the place.
We just left the ball game around the 7th inning due to cold fierce blowing winds and we were looking for a place to watch the rest of the game on TV and to keep the beer buzz going. Lime provided lots of big screens and tons of choices of top shelf tequilas in flights and pitchers of margaritas. We sampled lots of bites and floated far above mile high stadium. Excellent service and ambience.
The reason for the 3 stars on service was because a friend and I went for lunch and we had made reservations. When we got there it wasn't busy at all and they sat us in the main dining room. We sat for about 5-6 minutes and no one came to our table to greet us or take a drink order. When you only get an hour for lunch it is important to be waited on quickly. So, we moved to the bar area and the bartender was attentive, quick and very pleasant. The food was very good and the chips and salsa were great to!
Experience was beyond horrible!!! We had reservations for 8 people at noon. We were taken to a table in the bar area. Should have seen that as a problem to begin with. The restaurant was so grossly understaffed, it was ridiculous! The bartender was also our waitress, sort of. We did tell her we had theater at 2:00 pm. We had nothing to drink for almost 30 minutes, did not place our food order until some 55 minutes after noon, at 1:35 pm still had NO FOOD and had to leave for our theater show that started at 2:00 pm without every eating! Our theater group has been dinning together for 15+ years. We always make a reservation since we are such a large group, never ask for separate checks, and order directly off the menu without any special requests. Any other restaurant in Denver has taken our order by 12:30 pm and by 1:00 pm we normally have food (1 hour after we have arrived, BTW). We eat, settle our one bill and are out by 1:40 pm. I am not sure why everyone else knew there was going to be a Women's March on January 21st in Denver except for the management at Lime. That was the excuse they keep giving us...
If you are looking for a good rendition of well established Colorado Mexican (pretty similar to New Mexico Mexican) food, this isn't it. Everything has an odd twist to it, e.g., a chile relleno coated with panko and deep fried. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't what I was expecting or wanted. I thought the green corn tamale was too sweet and the black beans downright odd. The margaritas were, however, on the mark. So, although I wouldn't try it again, I think Lime represents another waypoint in the evolving world of American Mexican cuisine.
Came here for my birthday. The only thing good about the entire night was the service. The food was just ok, all of us said we wouldn't order the same thing again. I ordered three separate margaritas and they were all equally horrible. Dont waste your time or money on this place.
Not good. They didn't have our Open Table reservation, or at least couldn't find it. Initially we were greeted promptly by our server. Chips and salsa showed up about 5 minutes before our drinks. Taco Tuesday, our 10 taco order took about 25 minutes to show up. Not a lot of attention to our table for filling up drinks. Bill took a bit to get. Wasn't that busy to warrant the slow/poor service. Another customer tracked down our server to pay his bill and then was telling the manager about their poor experience. Since we started going to Taco Tuesday the experience has gotten worse over the past year. I also noticed not as many customers waiting to eat there at lunch time, with good reason
I ate dinner at Lime on 7/10/16 with my husband and a few co-workers in town visiting. I can only describe the experience as disappointing. The food was good, but the service was bad. We waited nearly 20 minutes for the waiter to take our drink order. At that time he finally came over, we wisely ordered our food too. The food came as expected but one of the salads had the wrong dressing so the right one was immediately requested. The new dressing arrived 45 minutes later (20 minutes after all our plates were cleared). Of course we had given up and just ate the dressing that came initially.
Our waiter never came and asked us how our meals were, refilled waters or drinks and showed up 20 minutes after we were done with a check that was incorrect. It had an appetizer and dessert we never on the bill (good thing we checked it). The waiter was not apologetic. The sad part was the place was maybe 25% full and there seemed to be plenty of staff.
It's Cinco de Mayo and I know the wait is expected but with a reservation at 8PM and no drinks, apps, chips and salsa, or even an attempt to take our food order 48 mins later made this patron notify management which could only respond with "I'm sorry" before we had to walk away without the opportunity to taste anything besides the tap water given to us upon being sat down.
Service - Bad
Management - Even worse
Water - Not as good as Dillion's water, but not as bad as the service.
The food was good, but not as good as it was when this restaurant first opened. The guacamole tostada was bland and disappointing; I was really looking forward to it so it was a let down. The chili rellano was not the best I've had, but still good. The chips and salsa is always fresh and full of flavor here and was the highlight of our meal.
I met a colleague for a business luncheon at Lime Cantina.
The Mexican menu is diverse and features many gluten free and vegetarian options, which was a major plus for my colleague. The house salsa, a key test, was fresh, thick, and tasty, without too much sugar or heat. Most importantly - the tables are widely spaced and the noise level is low, something very conducive to business conversation. There is plenty of parking in Pavillions complex.
Have not been to Lime since they moved to the Pavillions, however the food was very average, especially vs how it used to at its other locations.
Our server, Chelsea, had a terrific personality and was very fun and super professional, however her support team was definitely the "new team". They weren't very familiar with what they were serving, and brought us a few of the wrong dishes.
Overall, Lime is now a Mexican "sports bar food" kind of place. Lots of big screen TVs, but not much Mexican about it.
We did wait awhile for our food which was frustrating because the place was near empty (where we were seated) and we only had a small window to eat before returning to a conference. But we made it out a little late and the food was terrific. Thank you Carlos!
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