Lime an American Cantina at the Denver Pavilions

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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Book your Holiday Party with Lime before October 15th for a complementary Tequila Tasting Station!

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.

Complimentary specials

TACO TUESDAY

$1 Tacos and $6 House Margaritas!

Happy Hour

$4 House Margaritas, Select Appetizers, Well Drinks, Wine, and Drafts

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TrishK
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Cool place for happy hour. Great drink & small plate options! Service was excellent

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MCAr
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious flavoring in all the dishes. The vegetarian posole was my favorite dish. The tamales were also good, though I would have preferred to have them wrapped in the husks rather than presented on top of them. Also, they could have used a little more pizzazz like pieces of green chile, in addition to the very good corn kernels.

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vipLisa
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was awesome but service was very slow. Waited for 20 min for waiter to take our drink order.

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MartyM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Probably the worst Mexican I’ve ever had. Margarita was strong which isn’t a huge problem if you’re trying to get messed up. But the food quality was horrible.... carne asada was horrible. Queso was basically shredded cheese put in a skillet with ground sausage, basically a bowl of grease with thick stringy cheese. Chicken spinach Quesadilla was okay at best.... Chips were horrible as well which is hard to mess up... not sure who likes the deep fried puffy chips but not my thing. Music was sooooo loaf couldn’t even talk at the table. Won’t be going back and I would avoid the place in the future.

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monarch
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our time at Line. The margaritas are great and the food is wonderful! The wait staff is nice and friendly and very helpful.

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KatyF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic, made great recommendations and really nice to talk to; great margaritas; the food was all delicious. The sopapillas are a must have at the end of your meal. We did not feel like we were being rushed to give up our table. Perfect place to grab a bite before taking in a show at the Paramount.

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MichelleW
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We just waited too long for someone to help us. The gal that sat was kind enough to take our order for us and apologetic.

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MitchL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Showed up with reservations, no one working at the hostess desk, so we walked in. Wait staff told us to sit anywhere. Tables were messy, chairs all over the place. Sat down and was brought water and menus. We go to order and the wait staff said due to a mishap in the kitchen they only had appetizers tonight. We got up and walked out. Place is dirty, garage doors on inside are cool and probably a great place in the summer but the windows were very dirty and looked like they hadn't been cleaned for some time. Would not go back.

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Lkkkk
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Read the previous reviews before going to Lime. They were very wrong! We had an awesome time. Food was fresh and delicious, Margarita chicken tacos. Guacamole was best I have ever had in Denver. Only guac better was in avocado capital of southern Cali at top of the season. Highly recommend the Lime signature margarita with cointreau. Our waiter was awesome, fast service as we were there before a concert at the Paramount. Highly recommend you check out the Lime cantina.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation did not register for restaurant.

Make sure you double check and call this restaurant as their system can “lose connection” to open table when making reservations (or skip open table completely)

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ByronP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Did not honor reservation. Had to go somewhere else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food1service1ambience1

HORRIBLE!!!!! Truly my worst dining experience to date. We arrived and were told we couldn’t be seated because their steamer which keeps the food warm was broken. It was Christmas, nothing else was open, and they could have let us know prior to our arrival. They said they could seat us but we could only do nachos and drinks, fine. There were no more than 50 people in the restaurant, over 10 staff members, and our drinks took FIFTY MINUTES. When they did come, my margarita was foul. this establishment is a joke and I will never take my business here and will discourage all others from doing the same.

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KeronH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was just bad. Took forever to get a waitress, and she was never present. I had actual reservations but seems as if they were under staffed. Food was just okay. I never have to return.

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vipJennyP
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

If you are looking for good Mexican food , look somewhere else. I understand today was Christmas but the food was horrible. The waitress was very nice but I should of listen to the bad reviews.

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NancyK
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not impressed by this restaurant. Reception staff was apathetic, area was drafty, and food was lackluster.

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MKEFoodSnob
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The table next to us sat dirty the whole time. Staff weren’t cleaning tables.

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vipEatenbysharks
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Might have been an off night but the food was bland and the margarita tasted watered down and had little to no alcohol. The hostess seemed lost as she navigated us to a table and when she noticed one of the place settings had no silverware she said she would go get some but walked away with the menus. 4 minutes later she comes back with the silverware but no menus. The waiter finally shows up and asks what we would like and we have to tell him we haven't seen a menu. It seems like it would be a good place for after-work or pre-party crowd but the drinks need to get stronger and someone in the kitchen needs to find some chilis.

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Doceater
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

A great place, but very dark and loud in there. The waitstaff was great but the food took way too long to come out

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Dipseajoe
Louisville
35 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Serviceable, not spectacular. The service and ambience were average.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Booked high top table so we could communicate with each other. Told at arrival that I should have called. A high top sat empty our entire visit. Very frustrating. When I brought it up it wasn’t handled very well. Then the music went up. Like we were being punished.

On a positive note...our service was over the top. The waiter was very responsive. He did a fantastic job.

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fromdenver
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had our daughter and friends sit at a separate table for her birthday (and even mentioned “birthday” in the reservation comments). I quickly mentioned to our server that I would like to speak to their server just to say hi and let them know we, the parents, were at this other table. The girls did not get service until 30 minutes after being seated. The oil used for the chips needed to be changed (funny taste). The manager was talking with the wait staff all night and oddly didn’t say a word when we walked right by upon leaving. Our server was nice but the whole vibe was off and do not recommend.

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PeterA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

There was hardly anyone in this restaurant at 7 pm on a Saturday. This should have been my first clue that something was not right with this restaurant. It took 10 min. for our waiter to even come to our table which should have been my 2nd clue considering the place was so empty. The thought crossed my mind to leave when it took so long for our waiter to come to our table, but I thought it might get better.
It did not get any better. The food was very average. There are so many better places to eat downtown.

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vipJenniferH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was fine but the service was not good. Our server forgot about us throughout the evening we had to go find her a couple of times.

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GregH
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was an enjoyable experience. Had the chips with salsa, guacamole, their “Scorpions” (basically a jalapeño popper with shrimp), the green chili, and street tacos. Gold Margarita was good and decent price for the size.

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JessicaR
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was ok only thing i didnt like is that the restaurant does not read instructions at all, it was my husbands bday and i wrote that at the end of meal if they could bring a dessert like cake to sing happy bday and nothing. Service is so so or the server we had was not to polite and proffesional at all.

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Armstrong
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reservation was ready for us on arrival, the staff very pleasant, and our order was flawless. The ambiance was upbeat, with a good blend of dark and light areas. In all, a very enjoyable experience.

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ChristinaC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great views of 16th street but not my favorite food. Good margaritas. Services is eh. Queso was sad. Fun for a group happy hour thing, but not if you’re wanting a great dinner and service.

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KelleyDee
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas and the best happy hour!!! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Went for Taco Tuesday. Ended up getting a taco plate on the dinner menu instead, habanero shrimp. 20 oz. Jalapeno Marg to wash it down. Margarita wasn't made how described, had wayyyyy to much jalapeno, no flavor, not enjoyable. I could barely drink it. Tacos came out with no toppings. Just tiny little shrimp in a corn tortilla for $10.00. Bland at best. Best part of the whole experience was the queso blanco. I don't think I will be back. $66 for all of that. Not worth it.

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AshleyJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food, horrible service, and horrible atmosphere!

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vipGregB
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were told when we arrived "we don't take reservations."

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vipAmaliaV
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wouldn’t recommend - so many great restaurant options in Denver and this would not be one of those options

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vipCoNative
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The margaritas we ordered off the menu tasted like something you could get at Chili's. The shishito peppers for an appetizer were extremely bland with no spice to them, plus they brought this small amount of dip with the peppers in a plastic container (why not have it be in a ceramic, washable container for the environment?). Lastly, the restaurant had on all the TV's some sort of "Cops" show on, which I don't think promotes a great ambiance that customers want when out on a Friday night date.

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Jenn
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I brought a group of over 12 people, who did not all arrive or order at the same time. The servers were amazing and accommodating. We had a great time! The music volume was suddenly and dramatically changed several times while we were there, which was very annoying and disruptive. But otherwise a great experience, as always.

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GMLR
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We did not enjoy our meal. Service was slow, meals came with wrong items, and none of it was very good. The guacamole was gross. Even the margarita was bad. We will never be back.

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vipdagunk1787
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. A friend and I split a taco platter (the one downside here is, for whatever reason, you can only get 3 street tacos of the same protein) that was pulled pork, seared ahi, and margarita chicken. The pulled pork and ahi were outstanding; the flavor of the chicken was good, but the meat was dry. The other part of our party had the ceviche and deep fried avocado and both were really happy. Service was good; one of the margaritas we ordered came out much too sweet for our liking and it was quickly and cheerfully exchanged for a re-make. For "downtown" the prices are super reasonable.

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vipAlexD
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience2

First, it was rather cold outside and all their garage doors were open. Then they sat us at a table underneath a air conditioner blowing freezing air on our table. When we finally moved tables, they brought us every day grocery style chips. They said they were out of their in-house fresh chips, but it just seemed that everything was off that night. The restaurant was really really empty and I can see why. I’m not sure I would go back.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent traditional and modern Mexican. I’d go back for sure!

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Definitely will be back!

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MindyK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It's a nice place. The food is a little overpriced. We got there at 5:23pm to enjoy happy hour. Order queso and nachos. The server didn't put our check in until after 6pm and told us we got the full size orders instead of the smaller happy hour orders so he wouldn't give us happy hour pricing. I think he should've asked us if we wanted the happy hour or the regular orders. Especially if we were there in happy hour. He also was a little sarcastic and rude. I think he was trying to be funny but it didn't work for him. Got annoyed that we asked for straws because he doesn't like to waste them and then had to go out of his way to get them for us.
The place itself is really nice. I always like to sit by the window so I can watch what happens down on 16th Street.

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Lime an American Cantina at the Denver Pavilions offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 629-5463.

Lime an American Cantina at the Denver Pavilions is rated 3.4 stars by 254 OpenTable diners.

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