Lime an American Cantina

4.2
216 reviews
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Mexican / Southwestern
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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DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Definitely will be back!

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MK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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VT
Denver
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my first time at Lime, unfortunately it appeared that they had quite a few new staff which caused some chaos, however, the chips and guac was enough to push that far out of my mind. By far the BEST chips I have ever had at a Mexican restaurants. I always rate my Mexican experience on the chips and salsa. The margaritas were ok, we also had the queso, I had the chicken salad, my husband had the steak street tacos and our friend had the chicken burrito, we all enjoyed the food. Again, the chips are heaven in a basket

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W
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We've eaten here several times and have had a great experience. This time, celebrating Mother's Day our service was great. Brad was was great! We'll be back.

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AJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best frozen margaritas, great atmosphere. Favorite Mexican spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I had a reservation for 615p. Our order was taken about 6:40p. At about 725p we still did not have our meals. We asked to talk to the manager. Someone came to the table who said she was the assistant manager and told us our meals were up and ready to be delivered. She told us a group of prom students came in at the last minute and they were working on their food and that’s why ours was taking so long. Keep in mind we planned in advance and had a reservation. Then five minutes later a man who said he was the manager just got to work and they’re finishing up our meals And that he would take care of our meals.

Our meals came at 7:40 PM. We ate what we could for five minutes and then went over to the Paramont for the event we had tickets for. It was date night celebration with husband for his birthday.

So sad no one came just to apologize at the end after the meal had come. On a good note the ambience was nice and the chips were very good.

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M
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in town for a college visit with my niece and this restaurant was AMAZING!!!

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EP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Have been to this restaurant many times and it always takes a long time for the food. This time it was around an hour and 15 minutes. This time I found the food itself very average.

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible for party of 10. 5pm reservation for a show at 7pm across the street, and we were late.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time drinks and food were awesome

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The fish tacos were disappointing as they were like nuggets without much relish.
I prefer corn tortilla chips to flour so that was disappointing too.
Enjoyed the Irish dancing and waiter was good.

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DV
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They have really good tacos and the Coin margarita is worth every penny. We visited on St. Party's Day before a theater show so it was a bit too busy. They handled it well but maybe were a little understaffed.

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B
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was alright...service was sooooooooooo slow, the food was fine, probably wouldn’t go back though

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere of dance area was very appealing. Food was ok. Manager was incredibly rude and not accommodating. We got seated an hour late even after making a reservation and she couldn't even apologize for our inconvenience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, music was super fun

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AM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reserved table for 12, got table for 10, waiter corrected by adding an extra table, drinks are way to strong, and food was ok

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TE
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Short woman that was in front helping seat people was VERY RUDE! I made reservations but once arrived other people WITHOUT reservations was getting seated before us because they had only 2 parties

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great. The margaritas are awesome and the service is spot on. We try to hit Lime several times a year, especially in the summer when the patio is open. Definitely recommend!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The DJs music was a little too much for dinner at 5:30...

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TE
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Wish the service was a little quicker, spent 30mins waiting on alcoholic drinks and tacos

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I loved the guacamole!

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, the other mediocre reviews should have steered me away but they proved to be true. The night was very quiet, which was nice but we were seated at a table that was doubling as an earthquake simulator so we asked to move, which the served did promptly. They brought us our beers quickly and while the beer was frosty, I ended up with a piece of glass in my first sip. The server brought out another beer quickly but never really addressed the glass. The food left a lot to be desired flavor-wise. When we got the bill, nothing was addressed as far as the glass fiasco. Overall: service = good, food = eh, and customer care = below average.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to get tacos and margaritas on a Tuesday! Service is great and so fast. Love the mushroom tacos and carnitas!

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Denver
38 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We really this restaurant but the food is HORRIBLE now. We ordered our food hot and it wasn’t even mild. Over cooked . Margaritas were less then good . What happened to this restaurant . We had multiple people warn us how bad it is now. I didn’t believe them. I believe now and won’t be back . Service was great .

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a
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 4

Food waiter brought a few small sides with my meal - had no idea that my meal didn’t come with them, so I dug in. He came back to take them away after we ate some of it. I told him not my fault they screwed up, I didn’t know. What are you going to do? Give them to the right person? Gross!! Then the manager came over & said to give them back or she’d add them to my bill. I handed them over. Wow! A small bowl of rice & beans & guac. You’re eating the cost anyway so instead of just letting me keep them = happy customer. You took them away from me = angry customer! She was very rude about the whole thing too. Like it was my fault. Sorry. Won’t be back!

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c
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to Lime several times before and had good service, so I anticipated good service again. Unfortunately, on this visit the service left something to be desired. It was clear, and the wait staff admitted, that the restaurant was short staffed. While it is understandable that things happen and someone had called in sick, if everyone had been there, they would have still been short staffed for a Saturday night in downtown Denver. They seemed surprised that people actually wanted to eat out on a Saturday night. We ordered a simple appetizer of guacamole and it took 30 minutes for it to be delivered and took several reminders to the waiter that we had not yet received our order. Once the guacamole finally arrived and it was time to order our main course, our waiter was nowhere to be found and different waiter actually took our order. There was no attempt made to apologize or make it right. As we were leaving we were offered a free tequila shot, which is a terrible attempt to make up for such poor service. Overall, I would not recommend going to Lime on a weekend and will likely not visit anytime soon given the abundance of high quality restaurants in Denver.

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l
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Third time was not a charm. I ordered Carne Asada, which you would think a Mexican restaurant could prepare. Ordered Medium Rare - first one came to me well done so I sent it back. Second one came back basically raw, so I sent it back. Third one came back not much better and an obviously inferior piece of meat (could hardly cut into it to see if it was done). By this time my husband had finished his meal and we didn't want to wait another 20 minutes to try again. We had already been there over an hour. I was told the manager would comp my meal. I packed it up in the container they gave me then the assistant manager informed me that since I was taking it home (I was going to finish cooking it), they wouldn't be able to comp it. So I left that nasty raw steak at the restaurant (and they didn't charge me for the steak but didn't comp anything else). Amazingly poor attention from the kitchen AND manager. Our server was very attentive and apologetic but it's not his fault. I would NOT recommend this place nor return to it.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The waiter spilled my margarita on my lab and the manager fought with me to comp my meal.

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k
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Went on a Wednesday night about 7:00 PM. Not busy. We sat in the dining area and felt alone and ignored. Food was great. Better experience on previous visits

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CY
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would have loved to rate this a 5star but we were disappointed in the reservations we made. Specifically requesting that we get ANY window seat/ or seat with a scenic view of downtown, making our reservation a month in advance, we were booted from our seats for a birthday party that rented out the entire window seating area. I mentioned this to the hostess and specifically said that I would have preferred someone call me to tell me that they would no longer accommodate our reservation, instead she said "we were afraid that you would cancel". You're damn right I would have cancelled! I was furious, but since I was already in downtown for a show at the Paramount, I had NO time to look for a new restaurant. I was disappointed in their customer service, and sometimes that says it all - not sure if we'll return. Waiter was friendly, almost too friendly - and spent way to long chatting with customers and our drink order took way to long. Food tasted good.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Extremely poor service - server was non-existent - took 2 hours for dinner - completely unacceptable.

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I've been eating at Lime locations in Colorado for years, the last few visits to the downtown/Pavilions location have been very disappointing. This time was the worst and may be the last time. The service was slow, all of our meals came out at different times and at various temperatures (some hot, some cold) and my grandma didn't even get hers so we cancelled her taco order in the end. Our reservation was for 7 people at 7pm, some got our food at 7:55 and we were trying to go to a movie at 8:10. The waiter was inattentive and unapologetic for the waiting and never checked on us. Very disappointing! I used to go to the Lime xs on 6th weekly and I knew the manager there at one point before it closed but it's so bad now I won't be going anymore. 2 stars is generous. Bye Lime!

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t
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was one of the absolute WORST experiences I've ever had. First we were told the wait would be over an hour then I was able to find a reservation on Open Table for 15 minutes later. Our server was visibly frazzled when he "greeted" our table and was unable to answer simple questions about what was on tap or what was in their menu items. We then sat for an HOUR before he came over to let us know the kitchen was backed up and asked if we would like some chips. 15 minutes later our food had still not come out and when pressed he said he thought it would probably still be awhile. After sitting for an hour and a half with NO FOOD we decided to leave. Hostess and server did nothing to try and compensate us for our wait. Ridiculous!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

It literally took 2 hours to get our food since someone (manager?) cancelled our ticket for some unknown reason. Then gave us the full bill with a straight face. After a brief conversation, the bill was cut in half. Too bad. A group of moms finally get a night out and this is how it played out. The food was good, but the experience left much to be desired.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Quite possibly the worst service I have ever had. Will not go back. No communication as to why the 2/3 empty restaurant wasn’t able to serve us our dinner until nearly 9p when we ordered before 7:30p. When asking for updates we were told the kitchen was slammed and couldn’t catch up. Perhaps you should tell people that before to seat them so they have the option to go elsewhere.
Oh, and if your restaurant is 2/3 empty with a backed up kitchen your waitresses should at least make sure people have full water glasses and the chips and salsa are refilled.
Bottom line, if you are located on 16th street in downtown Denver near the Paramount Theater you should expect traffic when they have not one, but two shows on a Saturday night.

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SA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The atmosphere is fun and food and margaritas were good. Service was terrible. We waited almost an hour and a half for our food. It was not crowded enough to justify that kind of wait. The manager seemed very unsure of what to do about it. They brought out a few waters for us, but we had to ask for more so we each had one. We also had to ask for silverware after our food finally arrived. With so many other choices nearby I would not go back.

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s
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

A large group of us ladies went here before a show and had terrible service! We were there 2 hours before show, ordered drinks and apps, and our food never did show up before we had to leave for the show!
Then, they rang our bills before the food even came, so we had to track down the manager to get refunded and that took another 10 - 15 minutes!
While it was a busy night, we were there with plenty of time to spare.
Our waiter David, was kind, and did his best, but the food service and the management was poor at best!
Very disappointed.

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SF
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food
Excellent server, David
Ribs were very good

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GL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Went here before and came back because we enjoyed it. This time the food was not very good and the Margarita's we has were too strong. Service was good but the dining room appeared somewhat dirty. The place was packed the last time we came and now it was not, maybe a sign of the decline....

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was disappointed with the service we waited over 20mins for a server to come to the table & I was told ballons would be at the table for the birthday there was no acknowledgement. The server included the gratuity in the bill without tellin us that would be the case. I will b seeking taco tuesday someplace else in the future

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