Lime an American Cantina at the Denver Pavilions

3.4
264 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Parties larger than 6 are subject to a 20% gratuity
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  • Happy Hour

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    Fri 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    $4 House Margaritas, Select Appetizers, Well Drinks, Wine, and Drafts
What 264 people are saying
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3.4based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was closed by the health department. Yet it still let me make an online reservation. There was a sign on the door stating the closure when we got there. Very disappointing because we had to go wait at another restaurant to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was not open

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations, When we arrived to the restaurant it was closed! Way to ruin our New Years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation and showed up to find they are closed. So we drove 30 minutes for nothing.

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DavidB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

While our reservation was accepted and confirmed, the restaurant was closed when we arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Best taco Tuesday ever

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BillF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere as usual. I would recommend Lime to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Took my mother to Lime restaurant for her birthday. She’s a big fan of margaritas & tequila, & Lime is known for their tequilas so I had to take her here. Food & drinks were pretty good. I would come again for a nice girls night out.

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Steph
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our food was delivered and we had no silverware to eat with it took a few minutes to get it so our food got cold. The music was loud so you couldn’t here people talk.

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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.

MW
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
4 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
7 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
18 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.

MK
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.

JH
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.

JR
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
6 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.

KD
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.

AJ
AshleyJ
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food, horrible service, and horrible atmosphere!

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

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

FAQs

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 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.