I went to LIMA with a group of friends a few weeks ago and had a fantastic time. 

  • Food: I had seen some mixed reviews, but I still wanted to try this Latin-infused cuisine.  We had decided to order some mojitos (which were good) and some appetizers.  Up first was the Ceviche Mixto, which was mixed seafood with lime, hot chilies, onions, and cilantro.  The fish was flavorful, fresh, and had a little bit of a kick.  We also ordered their Taste of Spanish Cured Meats which were also tasty.I had ordered the Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, which was perfectly cooked.  From their menu, it says, “sautéed in cashew-cilantro crust wild mushrooms and roasted root vegetables.” It had a nice crisp exterior with a rich flavor.  It might even be the best Chilean Sea Bass I’ve tasted.  My 3 other dining companions got the same dish – the Cuban Dinner with Chicken.  The menu said it was a roasted half a chicken “‘encebollado’ with lime braised red onions steamed aged basmati rice, black beans, and fried green plantains.”  I thought the chicken was really good, moist with excellent flavor. Even my friend who had a rotisserie (will tell that story in a later post) said it was one of the best chickens she’s ever had.  The downside of the meal?  The fried green plantains.  We concurred it was the worst part of the meal. 

  • Service: We had a very nice server who was very nice and offered great suggestions.

  • Atmosphere:We sat upstairs and right by the kitchen door.  It was a bit strange to seat us there since there weren’t a lot of others in the dining room.  Regardless, it wasn’t a bad table. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable upstairs

  • Attire: Business casual

  • Price: $$$

  • Overall: I’d definitely want to go back for dinner.  It seems like a place I’d want to avoid on weekends (unless you’re OK with standing in line to get into a bar).  I have a sense that the atmosphere on the weekends completely changes the audience/crowd too. 

It would be a great place to go for the first date.  In the summer, they have these huge sofas outside so it’s great to grab a drink before dinner.  They have a great wine and beverage list along with a beautiful upscale bar downstairs.                                                                               

The lounge has weekly DJs that play house and dance music.  Bottle service is also available.                            

Happy Hour: 5:00-7:00PM $5 Call Drinks; $4.50 House Wines; $4 Import Beers; $3 Domestic Beers; $4.50 Johnnie Walker Red, Absolut Vodka & Jack Daniels mix drinks; $5 Beef Empinadas

Details:

  • Reservations are accepted and recommended 

  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri & Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun restaurant is closed but Lounge open 9 pm-2 am.

  • Address: 1401 K Street NW; Washington, DC 20005

  • Ph: (202) 789-2800

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