The evening started off with a full glass of water being spilled on my lap by the waitstaff. They left to bring some towels and after what seemed forever they came back with 2 dinner napkins that were useless. So I spent some time in the ladies room blotting the water out of my sweater and pants and spent the dinner being chilled when the door opened and cold air came into the room. The food was very good though - the salmon and a pasta dish with a walnut pesto sauce were both enjoyable. The bill came without any compensation for the wet clothes. After my friend mentioned it to the manager, they were apologetic and comped me for my meal. This is a convenient place to go before and after the theater. The food is good - the service could be a bit better when mishaps like this happen,, especially when they were responsible for spilling the water on the customer.
The appetizers were creative and the main dishes plentiful for the price. All tasted yummy. The seats were a little hard and our server, while well-intended, brought the wrong wine and delivered mimosas in red wine glasses only about 1/4 full. When challenged, she provided a second one at no additional charge so all was well in the end. I’ll definitely dine there again.
This was not as good of an experience as we've had in the past, our waiter was not very attentive, I had to ask for my wine, and we didn't get bread for the table without asking as we usually do. I think the waiter was new. We had intended on dessert and coffee after the meal, but it took so long for anyone to notice we had finished our meal, we had run out of time before our show. That is the first time this has happened at this restaurant
Great menu for both kids and adults. The food was incredible. I love that there are no televisions in the restaurant. So rare and so appreciated. Great dining experience.
The food was average. Not worth the price. The ribs were dry and the rest of the food was nothing special
The hot food was lukewarm, I could see the waiter carrying our food to our table, then for some reason, turned around and went back, then about 5 minutes later, it came out again, but was almost cold. My pasta was very dry, needed more sauce. The steak was tough. We didn't have time to wait to send it back. The staff was very friendly and kind.
The best feature of the Limelight is the convenient location for a pre-show dinner. Other than that, the food was overpriced for the quality and the service was spotty. I returned a water glass that smelled of chlorine but never got a replacement. There were strange, brownish carrots or potatoes served with the salmon that looked most unappetizing. As we were finishing up, we heard a loud argument coming from the kitchen. We will avoid this restaurant in the future, show or no show.
We were seated on time. Our server took orders for drinks and food. He brought three of four drinks and never did bring the fourth. Other tables were filled their orders were taken, dinner served and they exited BEFORE we were served. Three of the four entrees were acceptable and quickly eaten, the fourth was completely inedible. When the bill came the waiter apologized, charged for everything except the returned meal, and we exited directly into the theater, quick bathroom stop, and to our seats. I know they were very busy, but that is their business and what makes that site lucrative. We went in to see Hamilton and I ate a light meal when I got home.
The service was absolutely the worst I have ever experienced in the Limelight. I had to get up at least 3 times to go find a wait staff person to find out where our food was since my appetizer never came and it took over an hour to get our entrees. By then it was too late to order dessert. I was totally embarrassed in front of my out of town guests, whom I had promised a great meal experience prior to going to see Hamilton.
Went to the theater and had dinner. In the past this restaurant was mediocre at best, but now, food, service and ambiance excellent. Would hope more people other than theater goers would come. We will have more pre theaters here in the future.
We had a very nice dinner with an excellent server. A little pricey, but a gift certificate helped with that! Table by the window was excellent for people watching - from students passing through to attendees to Hamilton.
Food and service were very good. Took my girlfriend there for her birthday and then to the play, Blind Date. Only disappointments were that the menu on their website is much more extensive then their actual menu. Fortunately we were both able to have options. I was surprised when I asked what they did for birthdays.. their response "Nothing".. Even as folks like us getting into our later 50's its always nice for a little something for a birthday treat.. Come on it can't cost that much to offer a small dessert or a cordial..
You have changed your menu to just more ordinary items. We know you want to change up
your menu but we miss some of the things only you presented like crab bisque, etc.,. Location location means everything so since we are subscribers to DCPA we will continue to visit the
Limelight and hope to get more special items.
Don't take away the french fries (forget what you called them) everyone loves them.
Service was very slow, our waitress forgot to put in our order, the bisque was cold.
Ambience was good for pretheatre dining. They were very apologetic for the errors.
Hopefully these issues will be corrected in the future
Food and service always very good! Great place for a bite before theater. Friendly and efficient.
We had a lovely lunch before heading next door to the Buell.
We always enjoy Limelight and love the convenience to the theaters.
The one problem we always experience is that they never put enough dressing on the salad and we have to ask for more. Doesn;t matter which salad we order, the same thing happens.
Second time there. First visit was better. Waitress didn’t really know the menu. The food came out before we were done with the previous course.
Food was good, not great.
Perfect before theater dinner
We had pork tenderloin, which was the toughest and most tasteless piece of meat we've ever eaten. Also, the lava cake was frozen as were the berries that were on it. The cake was so unenjoyable my wife didn't eat it. We'll never go back.
I cannot recommend this restaurant. Obviously, it's so very convenient to the Buell so we were excited to dine there. Checked their website and the four of us were excited to try their crab bisque. When we arrived, the bisque was no longer on the menu and the scallops were $2 more than posted on their website. The very nice wait person forgot to give us our appetizer plate so we received it some time after we reminded her of our order. Two of us ordered the scallops which consisted of 3 scallops for $30.00 (the price of each dinner) that were in no way exceptional. It was edible, but that's all I can say about it. I wanted to make these comments to them, but I couldn't find anything on their website that would allow me to contact them other a general phone number. I am happy that open table will provide me the opportunity to communicate directly with Limelight. With so many exceptional restaurants in the area, it will be difficult to return.
Good food and service. So convenient for an evening at the Buell and Hamilton!
We had a delightful evening. The portions were generous and quite tasty. An abundance of serving staff was quite attentive.
Very enjoyable. Had three different entrees. Everything was very good. Good service. Nice relaxing dinner before "Hamilton".
Portions way too small and overpriced. The food was of good quality and the service was very good considering they were very busy before a show at the Buell
Service was incredible. Shorts rubs were awesome, salmon was fantastic, risotto was not all all good.
Convince is the major reason for the Limelight. I have been there before and it was always okay. On Friday, March 2 they were busy but there were tables empty.
Our food was served after others who came in after us. We both ordered salmon which was over cooked and the other items on the plate were at best room temperature. I suspect it was ready quite a bit before our being served. I only took a few bites, it was just tooooo dry.
Great place to eat before shows at DCPA. Very convenient, and staff accommodates and understands need to get out on time for shows. Lemon Buccatini is good, and Short Ribs are good, too! Nice, but limited dinner and cocktail menu. Can get busy before a show, and everyone is on a time crunch, so meal comes out quickly, but you might not see your server for a while! We eat here every time we have show tickets and would recommend it!
great place have a meal right before a musical performance at Buell
Great food, great service and great location especially when going to the theatre! Bring an appetite because you get a good amount of food. One of my favorite restaurants!
Theater night. Your chef has made some impressive changes; the food was a delight. Unfortunately, the poor, slow, and inattentive service detracted from the meal. On several occasions , one of us had to leave the table to track down our server.
As always, the Food, ambiance, and service were exceptional!
Our server was attentive and good. He did his best to take care of us. The downfall was the kitchen. The wedge salad should have been titled "What" salad? There was nothing on the plate except for some smeared dressing, a few bacon bits and 5 leaves of lettuce, my rabbit would starve it was that small......and at a big price $10. The Chicken red bean soup literally had broth and two pieces of carrots in it. Had to send that back and after asking if the chicken and beans were pureed in the soup or what? The soup returned to our table with chicken, beans , carrots and fixins in it. The salmon was seasoned perfectly but overcooked and dry.
But as I said our server was excellent and saved the dinner from being a complete disaster. I would recommend this restaurant, we did dine before the Hamilton play and it was busy. I 'd give it a second chance but if the salad portion comes out the same way....... "Forget About It!"
The service was good given it was the second night of Hamilton! The food was EXCELENT!!!! Tell the Chef!
7:30 Hamilton preceded by 5:30 reservations at Limelight. Limelight provides just what you want only steps (like 10) from the Buell Theater. A decent meal, served efficiently with good value wines and beers, full bar, decent atmosphere. A bottle of wine with heavy hors d'oeuvres at the sidewalk table before Frozen was awesome as we watched the costumed kids AND adults coming to the Buell.
Great location for the theatre.
Was great experience . Attending play, great location.
We have been going to this restaurant for several years now since we got our DCPA Subscriber tickets and normally it is a very good place to eat before a show with fast, friendly service, but this time around it was a total mess. Our service was EXTREMELY slow even though people were coming in after us and getting their food almost immediately and in addition they tried to seat us where we specifically requested not to be seated. The manager did listen to our concerns and took 25% off the bill as well as a round of drinks, but still I would be very hesitant to go back there for a while.
I would not go again! The menu that everyone had in the dining room reflected lower prices than we were charged. The staff knew about the problem however did not proactively tell customers. The only way we knew to check the bill is because an older couple sitting next to us were arguing with the waiter. The staff did adjust our bill, however shame on them for how they handled it!
Have dined here pre-theatre many times, but was disappointed this time. Quality of food and service was fine, but there were really no light lunch choices in the current menu; even the bread was uninteresting. May not return unless there are some menu changes.