Denver >Food & Dining > Limon Restaurant
1618 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8021839.743244 -104.968073
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northeast Denver, City Park West
Avoid at all Costs – My friends and I went to Limon for 5280 Restaurant Week. We made the reservation two days in advance for Friday at 7:45 on the very last day of Restaurant Week. Limon was the only restaurant in Downtown Denver that could seat 8 that night. That should have been a sign that it was not a quality restaurant. Upon arriving the restaurant was busy, but not packed. We were not greeted at the door and we were seat 40 minutes after our reservation with no apologies concerning the delay. Our server didn't offer us 5280 menus, and upon request, reluctantly offered the menus. When the waitress arrived to take our order she informed us that the restaurant week menu were the "cheap options" from the regular menu and she would never recommend them. She also told us that the fixed price of 52.80 for two, could not be divided in half for a single, which is in direct conflict with Restaurant Week's menu. The first course appetizers were a long time in coming. The beet salad was bland and tasteless while the mussels, six of them served open face much like an oyster, were topped with a bizarre sauce that had whole chunks of sea salt in it. It was so salty it made your face pucker. The fried plaintains were equally salty and served with a tasteless mayo based sauce. The beef tenderloin entree was very skimpy on the beef and was served with potatoes and onions that were also equally bland. The veggie risotto dish was tasty but simple and easily duplicated at home. Dessert offered nothing interesting, and wasn't finished by anyone at the table. I had the pineapple mojito which also was disappointing, but others at my table did enjoy the sangria. To top it all off, both my husband and myself both experienced extreme difficulty "processing" the food the next day.
In conclusion, Limon was expensive, offered poor service, and was a total disappointment. I would not return, nor would I recommend it to others. In fact I was vehemently discourrage others from dining there.
So unique! – A casual yet classy lounge with such a unique menu, Limon is definately a place i'd return to and recommend to others. While waiting to be seated, I was able to sip on one of the best mojitos i've ever had! Amazing atmosphere, the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. My dining experience was not just a meal but also reminder that a restaurant is an artful creation influenced by a passion and culture. Definately a "tasting " restaurant because there are so many things on the menu worth trying, especially the bass! Great dessert, even my after dinner cappucino was made perfectly!
Tasty food, average environment, good for groups, free conference dining in back – Try this place out for yourself, we had a similar group for a birthday/business meeting in the back......we had the whole room to ourself(no charge) , with projector, etc and we were somewhat high maintenance. All we got back was tremendous service from Lindsay and tasty food. The beef tenderloin with spicy greens and crispy sweet potato rounds were great.....don't skip coffees and dessert either. I love the dimly lit, social, divey type restaurant but this place did the job for what we wanted. If you aren't the type to turn molehills into mountains you'll be fine, as it isn't the perfect restaurant. I'm still searching for that.
Standard Fee? You Decide... – As one can probably tell by the last few postings that we were all together... you know what they say - make a customer happy and you're lucky if they tell one person, anger one person and you're looking at them telling at least 25-30 people and so on. Unfortunately for Alex, there were 7 of us at dinner that evening, so word can get around pretty quick and this is one of the few places we have taken to in order to let people know that when it comes to great expectations - this would not be a place to have them.
Let me just reiterate that when we were told it was a standard fee and that it was "unprofessional" to disclose that kind of fee to a customer, I was literally appalled. I had never heard that if you disclose a fee to a customer that would be considered unprofessional. Nor have I ever heard of a restaurant charging $20 to cut a cake - which was actually more than what the cake was even worth. Curious if this was a standard practice around the area, I did a quick survey of similarly priced restaurants around the Denver metro area. AND, SURPRISE, survey says that this is NOT a standard practice. This is clearly a way for this owner to break even due to clearly lacking a crowd in this restaurant on a Saturday night. Unfortunately for him, he crossed the wrong set of women that evening and not only will we never return, but I would never even think about going to a restaurant owned by this man. He clearly knows nothing about running a business. The thing is, it was never about the money, when you break it out it was only $3 a person, something we clearly could all afford. The bar manager even offered up money from his tips that we politely declined - it was about the principle of the matter and the fact that this owner doesn't know his head from his a$$ when it comes to customer service.
Oh, and a word about the food - not worth the price - which could be why that dining room was pretty much empty on a Saturday night.
The worst owner I have ever dealt with- and mediocre food, to boot! AVOID!!! – This past Saturday, I planned a dinner for my close friend, and chose Limon. I called last Tuesday for the reservation, and thought my name was in. A few days later, one of the others called to ask if we could bring in a cake, and they didn?t even have the reservation. We were re-established; she was told a cake would be no problem. We arrived at the restaurant, I told the manager that we had a few that couldn?t make it, and I hoped it wasn?t a problem. He told it actually was a huge inconvenience. Fifteen minutes later, we were finally seated- the solution had been to remove a two top- not exactly fifteen minutes worth of work. The restaurant was nowhere near capacity. We ordered dinner; the food was mediocre at best. I had the risotto, which completely lacked flavor. When it came time for the cake, they brought it out, totally unlit. It was supposed to be a surprise. They finally lit them, and she blew out the candles. They took it back to the kitchen and served us 7 pieces. The check was brought, and there was a $20 Open Food charge. When we inquired, we were told it was the fee to use their plates and forks- don't they own those? The waiter said it would be removed, but instead, the manager, the first man I had dealt with, came over and informed us he would not remove the charge, and that he thought it was totally acceptable that the fee was charged to us, that it was standard. I have never heard of doing this! We told him we would never come back, and he said, ?fine, don?t bother.? We finally paid the incredibly high bill, and walked out. It took an extra 30 minutes since the waiter had ignored us upon this all occurring. The one saving grace was the incredibly nice bar manager, Timothy. Oh yes, and the manager is the owner! I have never heard of an owner being so horrendous. I would never set foot in this place again. They are rude and inconsiderate to customers, and the food quality does not match the prices they charge. Spend your money elsewhere!
Owner of Limon, Alex Gurevich, is a Complete Ahole!!! – We chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday. Everything was great.....good food, drinks, atmosphere, etc. My friends had decided to call ahead to see if it was alright to bring in a special birthday cake. The reply was simply, yes, that would be fine. Upon receiving our bill, there was a $20 "service fee". When we asked our waiter what the charge was for he said it was the cost to "cut the cake" by the chef. He then said he would take the charge off our bill. Mind you our bill is close to $400.00. Well, our waiter did not take the charge off the bill, nor did he apologize, I mean why would he...his gratuity was already included. Instead, the owner, Mr. A-hole himself, Alex Gurevich, came to our table to discuss a "misunderstanding" about a charge on our bill. He said that it is completely normal and customary to charge a fee to slice a cake brought in for special occasions. After all, as Mr. A hole says, we are letting you use our silverware and plates. We then proceeded to say that is fine, but why had no one said we would be charged for this? He, Alex, the rudest restaurant owner you will ever meet, says it is unprofessional to disclose this information to a customer. Seriously "unprofessional"?! No, it is nickel and diming your customers to make up for the lack of customers patronizing his establishment. I finally asked, so are you charging us the $20 to cut 7 pieces of cake we paid for and brought in on a $400 tab? His fine answer.....yes! We then said, well we will not be coming here EVER again! Again, Alex's lame response, I'm sorry to hear that. From there on, the waiter would barely stop by for us to pay. He could have cared less, again his gratutity was already included. The only saving grace was the bar manager, Timothy. He came out to us and apologized over and over. He even took his own $20 out of his tips to compensate. We graciously declined and asked him to pass his manners onto the sad person of a restaurant owner, Alex.
Fabulous Mojitos! – I've only eaten at Limon' once and I've been wanting to go back ever since. It's a little pricy for the portions you get, but the food is delicious! I pulled up their website and found the dish I ordered, "Seco de cordero tender lamb stew prepared in a traditional Peruvian style with black beer, cilantro and aji Amarillo. Served with garlic rice and salsa criolla." It was absolutely amazing! Coupled with one of Limon's 10 Cane Mojitos, it's an experience worth passing on. Parking, as with almost any downtown Denver establishment, is somewhat difficult so be prepared to walk a block or two during "peak" hours. Overall, Limon' is worth a 5 star rating! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Amazing!!! Truly is one Denver's BEST! – Finally, we had a chance to try it. Heard great things and all that, but proof is in the puddin', as they say. Started with the ceviche, the traditional one and the scallops. Oh my god! They have these pisco sours, a peruvian brandy of sorts, we had 2 each and they were devine, never had them before. The food was also something special. They twist it up like they say, but the duck and halibut I'd come back for any time. My husband and I were also very surprised by the pricing, very reasonable for this kind of cuisine. Our waiter was also very informative and just on time, never rushing us. the wine list is very relaxed and the suggestion of an Argentine bottle went well with our meal. We will definetly return and bring friends next time and we love that they take reservations now.
Amazing food.....terrible service. – The food is wonderful, great flavor! I love eclectic food and what they offer is nothing short of eclectic. At risk of butchering the names of the items offered, try the cebiches (seafood salsa), the potato cakes, the chicken kabobs (the spices are incredible!), and above all, you cannot pass up the Plantain Chips, I'm so addicted I'm learning to make them at home. HOWEVER, beware that the service is insanely slow and poor at best. I've been there twice now and both times the servers were consistantly MIA, both times ordering appetizers taking about 45min to 1 hour to arrive! Wow! ....I will say it's more than worth the wait. It was clear that the manager was aware of the poor customer service, as I think he approached our table more often than our server.....oops! I can only say that I hope they read these reviews and work on their server issues as it seems to be this restraurant's one and only fault.
Needs work – I went with two girlfriends to this restaurant last night. I had heard the mixed reviews but still wanted to try it.
First off, the interior and lighting are very nice. Good thing too because we waited a long, long time for dinner. They do not take reservations for parties of less than six. It took us forever to get our drinks and an appetizer. In the end we decided to sit at the bar for dinner because it was going to take a century to get a table.
We ordered a carafe of sangria. It was okay but had a bit of a flavor I could not identify and that I did not like. Slightly floral or something. We had the plantain chip appetizer which was delicious. The chips were light and crisp and perfectly salted and came with an aioli whose flavor I cannot quite identify now but it was great. I had the crispy duck with rice entree which had a very nice texture if not extremely generous in terms of portions. The rice was too salty. The duck itself was just right. Crispy and moist but also cooked. The bartender suggested a nice pinot noir to go with my meal which was a great suggestion. The pinot had a smokey flavor and went wonderfully with the duck and rice. A friend had the artichoke risotto/quinoa which was creamy and had a pleasant texture but seemed just a little bland to me. My friend seemed to like it very much.
We ordered the banana "budin", a bread pudding, and "tres leches" desserts. They were both very disappointing but the restaurant, seeing that we did not eat them, was nice enough to take them off our tab. The "budin" did not taste even a little like bananas. It was sort of a mealy faintly chocolate faintly cinnamon mass. It had a scoop of some sort of ice cream. It wasn't revolting but it had no appeal at all. The texture, the flavor, the appearance...all unfortunate. The tres leches should be renamed. It is not tres leches. It is more of a sponge cake with caramel and pineapple. Much too dry and tough to be good.
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