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Lime an American Cantina

145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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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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Cross street
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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.
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 145 People Are Saying
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vipFredGarvin (Denver)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 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!

Scott (Denver)
4.0  Dined 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!!

SDLD (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined 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 .

vipCpscps (Denver)
1.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
1.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Bad margs, bad service, bad food

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 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.

LIzz (Denver)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipJazzophile (Denver)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

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

vipBailey (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

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

vipVenturaView (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipBD01 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on April 5, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 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!!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

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