Lima restaurant and lounge is a great place to eat and party. I have been there quite a few times in my partying career and I have always had a blast. I have also eaten and went there for happy hour which were also great experiences. I have never really met anyone that did not enjoy Lima it never has a cover and there door policy is very reasonable.
Lima’s decor is outstanding. It is a beautiful place to be from the waterfall to the bathroom everything is kept clean and nice. The sound is fabulous at Lima as well there are often two different DJs as they have multiple floors. Lima Lounge has an outside area as well that provides the ability to smoke for those that do. Lima is a perfect size with a lounge area on the first floor and a dance floor below it. Lima also has some cool laser lighting as well as smoke which makes for a good night. The music at Lima is a mix between trance and top 40 but heavier on the house and trance side.
On to the food. Lima has some really good food and this is an accomplishment as most restaurant lounges don’t (at least in DC). I have eaten at Lima about 3 or 4 times but the most recent time I had the Cuban chicken in was fantastic. At 24 dollars its not the cheapest but it was worth it. Lima’s Cuban chicken was a mix of lime braised red onions, steamed aged basmati, black beans, and fried plantains. This was delicious. I complemented the food with one of their great mojitos which are some of the best I have ever had (about even with Mate’s). They have 29 dollar mojito pitchers which is a pretty good deal and they have about 8 different flavors you can get. The drinks at Lima are cheaper than most in the area at about 9 or 10 for a mixed and 5 for a beer.
So overall Lima provides a pretty unique experience at a decent price. I always seem to have fun here so I cannot complain. If your into techno and house music check it out. If your not maybe check it out for dinner or happy hour.
1401 K st NW
Washington DC, 2005
Lima is a restaurant and club located at 1401 K Street. It is not really a club that serves food nor is it a restaurant that turns into a club at night – it is actually a fairly balanced establishment that has the best of both worlds. As you can tell (or can’t tell) from the name, there is an infusion of Latin flavor in the venue – mostly evident in the menu.
Cost – $$$
Service – B
The bartenders at Lima are incredibly cool and friendly. They do a great job making sure everyone is served promptly and punctually. There are also several cuties standing back and that’s always nice. The security used to be one of the strengths of Lima. They were pretty laid-back and friendly. The last two times I’ve visited however, I have had some run-ins with them. In conversations with the club’s ownership however, I’ve been assured that these situations are the exception and it is their goal to make sure that everyone feels “welcomed and respected.”
Food – B+
According to Cuban-born, French-trained chef Raynold Mendizabel-Betancourt, “The idea is to get Latin American flavors into everything,” which is pretty evident from a quick glance at the menu. Their ceviche is probably the best in the city.
Decor – A
Lima has a great feel to it. A collaboration of architects Ali Honarkar and Mustafa Ali Nouri of Division One Architects, and graphic designer Paul Miller, has produced one of the best interiors in all of DC. They have managed to create a sense of openness that pervades the upstairs bar/restaurant area and the downstairs lounge. The only gripe I have is that the bathrooms are also part of this them of openness and I don’t like to embarrass others when using the urinal.
Feel – B+
Lima has built a great following in the past several years and become a staple in the DC nightlife scene. You would be hard pressed to find a venue in DC that draws the same crowd and Lima is a surefire bet for a good night.