Limones Restaurant

4.7
2812 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Around the corner from the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville, Limones Restaurant provides an inspirational mix of Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections served by a warm, professional staff. Long before working and training under some of San Francisco’s most talented chefs, Hugo Ramirez was raised on the intense and varied flavors native to his hometown of Mexico City. In fact, he still calls on his mother for the secrets of traditional Mexican dishes, which he reinvents in innovative and surprising ways. At Limones, Hugo’s love of Mexican food is combined with his training in french-influenced California cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Californian
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 252-2327
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hugo Ramirez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Biltmore Ave
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sampler ceviche appetizer was delicious and my husband loved the lamb shank - very tender and flavorful. And the chili relleno had just the right amount of kick!

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LF
Western NC
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our dinner of the delicious ceviche trio, the lamb shank, the scallops, and the churros, but we were disappointed in the wine service. Our two menus had different wine listings, and the restaurant was out of both of the wines we wanted to order.

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CF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Incredible food. Chili Releno was one of the best apps we have ever had. Filet and Lamb Shank were wonderful. Highly recommend if in Asheville.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place in Asheville!! Food and service are awesome.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was super and the food was great. A nicely priced Mexican with a difference. A must if you're in Asheville.

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LC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and drinks were delicious. I deducted a star because we had to wait 20 minutes for our table.

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KT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious way to kick off our week in Asheville. It was everything we were told!

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DJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual food pairings. The pork tacos were delicious with the mango margarita and the pomegranate margarita.

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CM
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite go to restaurant in downtown Asheville!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about how great the food is! I will remember it as one of my favorite meals! We’ve gone twice in the last four days and the food and service is exceptional!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such inventive food!

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CM
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Service

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SP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully fresh ceviche, beet salad, creative flavors, great service. Would definitely return.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic - wonderful flavors and presentation. The restaurant is small and tables are closely spaced but it still had a nice ambiance.

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OT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food exceptional as always! Tequila selection perfect!

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, unique food and drink in a delightful atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ALWAYS love Limones...date night fave, never disappointed!

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BD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food always exceeds my expectations. The seviche sampler is always on point with an excellent range of flavor. The tequila menu is also worth some serious exploration to those who are interested. Best restaurant in Asheville no doubt.

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ET
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time coming here for our anniversary. The food was absolutely amazing as per and our server was exceptionally patient and accommodating without being overly attentive nor leaving us wanting. Thank you Limones again for making our night special.

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bite — we shared Ceviche appetizer and enchiladas mahi tacos and scallops for entrees —was terrific. Must if you’re in Asheville

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dinner! Top notch cuisine and service, and so unique too!

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LS
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just go!
We were recommended to go to this restaurant when we were to visit Asheville. I was forwarned to make a reservation weeks in advance. Since it was our honeymoon, and I said so when we made our reservation, we were escorted to the best table in the restaurant and greeted with two glasses of champagne with a great server who made sure we were happy throughout the entire meal.
In addition to the champagne, we ordred two specialty drinks which were a Mojito and a Margarita which were delicious.
The Cerviche Sampler should not be missed. It was incredible. And we ordered two mains of which we shared so we can experience at least two dishes from the menu, since the choices were too plentiful to make a decision. Topped off with a dessert that we shared, this was one of the best restaurants I can remember in a long time. Definitely, the best meal in Asheville!

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F
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While we knew from experience that Limones is wonderful, we had friends visiting for the weekend and they loved it! Great atmosphere, fantastic food. Overall, a delightful dining experience.

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We set reservations at 5PM and we were sitting at 5:01! The wait staff was of the type that should be found in a professional restaurant. They were knowledgeable and attentive without being gabby. We ordered two starters because we were so hungry! The lobster nachos were fantastic. I ordered the Mahi over greens and lentils for dinner, my wife got the seared scallops over a carrot mash. Both of the dishes were amazing; the fish was not overcooked; the sear on the scallops was perfect. The salt level in everything was appropriate.

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TC
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This has always been my favorite restaurant for brunch. I nearly always order the same thing. Something has changed at this restaurant. The Caliente margaritas tasted different and my huevos divorciados were not plated the same and did not taste nearly as good as the other times I have ordered it. It was good ... just not the usual great. I hope this isn't a permanent change.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was good but not for the price.

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B
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We moved from the area 2 years ago. When living in Asheville, one of our favorite restaurants was Limones. We were excited to go back for some of our favorites. The margaritas were excellent as was the ceviche sampler. We were, however, disappointed with the lobster natchos, our favorite and their signature dish. It seems as if they have changed their recipe and it wasn’t nearly as good as we remembered. A fun evening, but with one big disappointment.

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GF
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Negative was no chips for signature trio ceviche dish (delish!) if you have gluten allergy. Husband could not contaminate the food with the chips served (on the side) and no chips for me so it was a miss for us. Many gf menu options for entrees a plus ;) Also, flourless torte for dessert not interesting since we can have that anywhere, any time at home. Walked a few blocks for gf tiramisu that was to die for!

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f
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live away, but always include Limones when ever we are in ASHVILLE. EXCELLENT MENU, GREAT SERVICE. WE USUALLY STOPAT THE LITTLE PLACE NEXTDOOR EITHER BEFORE OR AFTER FOR DHENECHE. VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE ARESERVATION. NOT SUREI WOULD JUST TAKEA CHANE OF JUST DROPING IN.

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Some of our best meals in Asheville have been here!

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GP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mother lives in Asheville and has heard great things about Limones but had never dined there in her 10 years in town. We were surprised to get a reservation on July 3rd, and looked forward to our dining experience. Interesting room. Long and narrow, with tables lining the room on either side, with the bar at the end. Decor was nice, classy, but not formal. The wooden tables with rolled napkins looked great. The staff was friendly and nicely dressed in classic black, with very nice brown bistro aprons, contrary to the customary black on black on black.

We were taken directly to our table, and promptly given water. My cocktail took a few minutes, but not through any fault of the bartender, who was clearly busy, but up to the task, multitasking with the best of them.

The menu changes daily apparently, and what we got to look at sounded delicious. My mother had the prosciutto and mozzarella with melon salad, while I had the roasted beet and watermelon salad. Both were absolutely stunning to look at, and the flavors backed up appearances 100%.

For main courses, we had the braised lamb shank for myself, and the seared scallops for my mother. Due to some allergies, she made changes. I cringe when she does this, but our server, who was fantastic, (I regret not remembering her name) was up to the challenge, with nary a grimace or look besides her great smile. Both dishes were phenomenal, both in appearance and flavor. We finished with the tres leches cake. I was lucky I only wanted a bite, as I believe my mother might have stabbed me if I had attempted to take any more.

All in all, it was an outstanding dinner, with great service, outstanding food, and a nice place overall.

My only quibble would be that it was extremely loud in the room. There were what looked to me like sound-dampening tiles on the ceiling, and a few on part of the wall, but they needed a lot more. I could barely hear myself at times.

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WJ
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've visited Asheville and Limones three times since 2009 and let me say Limones is as good as ever if not better. The lamb shank and mahi entrees were out of this world and so was the ceviche app. We researched and tried a few other hyped restaurants during our stay but they didn't come close to Limones. If you are a foodie, this is a must visit!

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VC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall well done. This is the second time we had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time for our table. Wish they would spread seating times at wider intervals

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was flavor perfection! We loved the flavor pairings within each dish. So good!

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G
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Great food and wine, and an exceptional waiter.

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G
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time there. Moving to area from Chicago, so exploring dining options. My wife had pork tacos and I had blueberry barbecue salmon. Both excellent as was the bread pudding with caramel sauce. Margaritas were only fair. Very good service and very lively, perhaps too much as it was hard to have any conversation. Nonetheless, we will return. Much better than Curate, where we ate the previous night.

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great cocktail list and fantastic service! Would recommend this restaurant as a special occasion treat, since it can get pricey. It was well worth every dollar spent!

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BM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding!
Make sure to get a reservation
You will treasure the food drinks staff and experience

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B
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Frequent diner here on every trip to AVL. This trip, the pork tacos were outstanding...the kimchee setting off the pork flavors was perfect. Lobster nachos are a little different each time I have them, but always great.

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AH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the scratch made margaritas, lobster nachos, and ceviche. The food was high quality and the service was impeccable.

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