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Lime an American Cantina

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156 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
  • Authentic
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm -12:00am
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Phone number
(303) 629-5463
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pamela Savage-Sims
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Glenarm
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
16 St. Mall Shuttle, Light rail is one block away. One block from convention center which connects to RTD bus and light rail.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Planning a private or semi-private event in Denver? Make your special occasion one to remember by hosting it at Lime an American Cantina at the Denver Pavilions. Whether your party is casual or extravagant, Lime offers flexible menu options that are perfect for all of your special event needs.

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What 156 People Are Saying
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3.8
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4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Waited 10 minutes to be seated and when we finally were it was in the bar area during Friday happy hour. Minglers were bumping into, and putting drinks on, our table. My friend and I decided to leave because it was hard for us to hear each other, and the waitress was very understanding.

I really wasn't irritated until I saw that the restaurant had cancelled our reservation, presumably so I could not write this review...OT fixed that for me. Can't comment on the food, but seemed like a fun place for happy hour.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Hanna was our waitress and she rocked. The food was really delicious and the chips and salsa is to die for.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Fun place, great food, fantastic drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Fabulous food and service

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Visited for a welcome lunch for new employee and lucked into Taco Tuesday!

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very bland. Server was very rude. Just overall kind bad experience.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

My uncle and I had dinner during Denver's Restaurant Week at Lime. It's located in the Pavilion on the 3rd floor, so unless you remember that huge fact and just show up at 500 16th St., you'll never find it. The location is very convenient, but getting to the 3rd floor isn't so much fun with older people. The $25 special for Restaurant Week included a signature margarita, which was great! For a drink, appetizer, and entrée, it was so worth the visit to Lime. The dining area is clean, and the bar areas are nice too! Would visit again!!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We've been coming to Lime for years and we haven't been in a while. Sadly, we were kind of disappointed. Our server told us they were super short staffed and that there was only 2 of them for the whole place. It wasn't her fault at all, but falls on management. I didn't even see a manager walking around helping out or anything.

The margaritas are always amazing but I had to ask several times for limes for our drinks. Food was amazing as always. We were pretty sad that they changed their salsa, it used to be so spicy and good! Now it's like tomato paste but their chips are still the best! Our food took forever but was worth it. We ended up being really late to our friend's birthday party because of the slow service overall.

We'll be back and it will hopefully be a more positive visit!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

First time there, since they moved from Larimer. Great experience! Great value, great atmosphere, and the best part was Sergio our server. Was always there at the right time, and fantastic personally. Would highly recommend for any occasion.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Very slow service and food was just ok. The restaurant seemed empty and it was still slow service.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

our horrible experience basically boiled down to one very horrible waitress. It was almost comical how bad it was. Iltimately the food wasn't good enough to give it another try. Wouldn't waste your time trying it out.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food and service. Nice layout for dining and bar with very nice of 16th Street Mall. Just wish it was a little bit quieter for conversation. Of course the place was full of "You Owe -illennials" who can't live without their electronics. We'll go back but not Thurs thru Sat evening.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

I hosted a happy hour for a professional group here yesterday, and I was very impressed with the service I received. They had the room set up exactly as I asked. The food was delicious and timely. Their staff helped walk me through what to order, and their advice was spot-on. They were extremely flexible and kind when I had some last-minute changes. We will be hosting events with Lime again in the future!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This was a great place to spend New Year's Eve! We had a great dinner and then went out on to 16th Street Mall to watch the 9 p.m. fireworks!!

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

This was my first visit and I will definitely be back! I had the enchiladas and they were very good.

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Reserved a large table at Open Table for lunch only to be told they do not accept reservations on Tuesday's because they are so busy. Food was mediocre to poor. Nobody cleared our dishes after we were finished eating. Disappointing experience.

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2.0Dined on December 9, 2017

If you're looking for anything resembling authentic Mexican food - this is not it. I found the food to be a bland, Americanized version of Mexican food. The Jalepeno margarita was watery with very little actual Jalepeno taste and no bite. The enchiladas were drenched in cheese with a very mild green chile sauce. Our table, which consisted of two mismatched smaller tables, was dirty, as was my plastic menu (both were sticky with old salsa). My wife said she enjoyed her fish tacos but I didn't found them comparable to what you can get at many fast/casual restaurants. Sorry, but I can't recommend this for anything other than a quick, inexpensive bite.

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was really good. Staff was very attentive. The only issue I had was that I ordered a house merlot & they were out. Rather than find another wine & charge the same price (which most places do when they run out) this place found a different wine & charged me the additional price. Won't return all bc of that. Trivial but worth noting .

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1.0Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Bad margs, bad service, bad food

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

I met a friend for lunch and we were able to sit outside. The patio was comfortable and clean. Our server was very nice and attentive and the food was great. Looking forward to going back again.

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2.0Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2017

We made a reservation but waited an extra 20 minutes after the time to get a table

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Great appetizer, excellent food and awesome service (from Jeremiah). This is a hidden gem in the Pavillions on top floor.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2017

So-so food. Prompt service. OK for an everyday lunch. Nothing special.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

We love Lime and have been going there for years. Typically fast and friendly. This time, service was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Great service, food and atmosphere. What else do you need for a successful night out? Maybe one of their yummy jalapeño margaritas!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

One of our favorite spots for a great mojito and tasty chips and salsa! Tacos del Carbon are always tasty.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Great service, but the food was pretty bland. No flavor. Had chicken tacos and my spouse had chili rellenos.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2017

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!

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1.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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...

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Awful service, took 30 minutes for our drinks to be brought to us. And another 30 before our server came back to get our order, maybe 2 hours total before we ate. Unfortunate New Year's Eve dinner, we won't be backs

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

I really enjoy the atmosphere and drinks. Those are my favorite things about Lime.

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2.0Dined on September 23, 2016

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.

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2.0Dined on August 20, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2016

The value of taco Tuesday is fantastic, albeit the addition of required soda purchase stinks given I'm a water drinker, but still an excellent value. Tacos and chips are great; my friends I enjoy grabbing lunch here at least once a week.

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1.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Service was slow! It took us 25 minutes to get our drinks and over and hour to get our food. Only saving grace was that our waitress was very friendly and apologetic.

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