Lima Restaurant & Lounge

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Lima Restaurant & Lounge Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street's Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles. Washington, DC United States 38.902534 -77.032027
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Party Earth Review Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street’s Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles. Early in the evening, the after-work Happy Hour crowd tends to... ... read full review

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    Orange, Blue Lines: McPherson Square

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  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M–Th 11am–10pm, F 11am–11pm, Sa 5pm–midnight
    Lounge/Club: M–Th 10pm–2am, F–Sa 10pm–3:30am, Su (special occasions only) 10pm–2am

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Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street's Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles.

Part restaurant, part lounge, and part techno dance party, K Street’s Lima Restaurant & Lounge is a near-nightly scene of bumps, grinds, and chichi nibbles.

Early in the evening, the after-work Happy Hour crowd tends to populate the main floor bar, washing off the day with a few mojitos and a wide-screen broadcast of major sporting events.

Up a flight of stairs is the candlelit dining area, where chic couples enjoy diverse Latin fare on red leather couches, or tuck into Lima’s exclusive Vetro lounge, a 1,400-square-foot invite-only private room with its own DJ and a striking stainless steel bar.

As the night picks up, hordes of students, international party-seekers, and sharply dressed young businessmen endure long lines and the occasional cover charge to make their way down a transparent glass staircase to lose themselves – and perhaps find someone else – in the blur of dance music, neon strobe lights, and the sexy singles who are often staples of the downstairs lounge and dance floor.

For fine dining and an even finer clientele, Lima Restaurant and Lounge is a multi-leveled sandwich of sensual tastes and sultry fun.

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Tip from Adriana:

If you’re between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one, go on a Tuesday for College Night. If you’re much older, pick a different night…or you really will feel MUCH older.

  • Crowd

    Upscale, chic international crowd, dance music lovers, and young, foreign jet-setting students, late 20s to 40s, and 18+ on Tuesdays.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin house, hip-hop, electronica, and reggaeton throughout the week. Check calendar for schedule. Salsa music and free salsa lessons on Mondays.

    Large screen projector in main room, usually showing sports. Five projector screens in the Vetro VIP lounge showcase art and landscape photography.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Latin fare like ceviche, empanadas, cashew-cilantro Chilean sea bass, and gaucho steak. Condensed patio-only menu available. Happy Hour M–Tu, Th–F 3–7pm; W 3–9pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $20 after 11pm, free Monday, Wednesday. Appetizers $4–$16, entrées $10–$29. Beer $5–$7, wine $9–$12/glass or $36–$60/bottle, cocktails $11–$12, bottle service $300+. Valet $6–$20 (cheaper earlier in the evening).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Chic and trendy: Diane von Furstenberg dresses and strappy sandals, funky 7 For All Mankind jeans, sexy BCBG tops, Affliction or John Varvatos t-shirts, Gucci button-downs, Rock and Republic jeans. No flip-flops or extremely casual athletic wear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays for Latin music lovers, Tuesdays for student nights, Thursdays for the major GLOW dance party, and Fridays and Saturdays for the generalist partier.

  • Close By

    Tattoo Bar (1413 K Street NW) is a biker-themed club with a distinctly upscale twist.

Lima Restaurant & Lounge User Reviews

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A little bit of Lima in my life.
Marissa L. Aug 7, 2013
Lima Restaurant & Lounge, the name falls short of the eclectic feel Lima brings to its customer. Located right on the corner of 14th and K street Lima is hard to miss (so for those of us with poor sense of direction or who have an even harder time following turn-by-turn Smartphone directions) Lima shall not be missed. What I like most about Lima is it caters to all, when I say it caters to all, IT CATERS TO ALL. Let me break it down for you: during the week you can find DC business professionals sitting outside on the green couches for happy hour enjoying the wonderful mango Mojito, hookah, tasty empanadas or guac on a nice spring, summer or fall evening. Hookah? Did you guys catch that? Lima Lounge even serves hookah! Isn't that the biggest trend in DC these days? Moving on, post 10pm Lima's pace begins to pick up; it turns into a nightclub. Make sure you pick the right night to come or you may be caught off guard. Monday night, get ready for some salsa lessons, Wednesday is Eastern European night! That's right ladies, this is where all the good looking foreign men hang out during the week. If that's not good enough there is a FREE open bar from 10-11 and a FREE buffet with tasty Eastern European goodies; let me not forget to say hookah. The music ranges from European to Top 40's. Ready to hit Lima on a Thursday night? Only if you like trance music. Here is what we have been waiting for Friday night, the weekend is here and now all you partiers can party hard without having to wake up to an alarm clock the next morning. If you're looking to get your Latin on, Lima here you come! Let's fast forward a bit because Friday and Saturday have similar vibes. We have finally reached Sunday at Lima, hallelujah! My favorite day. Nothing completes a weekend without a little day party action and unlimited mimosas right? Right. The omelets are amazing, the music is amazing and the celebrity guests are amazing. I'm white; I'm one of the only white people at Lima on Sundays. Strictly hip-hop is blasted throughout the three floors at Lima. It's a time for friends and regulars to unwind from the weekend, although often, it ends up in another TurnUp session...with the occasional broken glass from the bottles that are being popped throughout the day. There is even a cupcake truck that parks outside Lima so when the kitchen closes (which it closes too early in my opinion) you can just grab cupcakes for dinner instead! Yum. If you walk by Lima no doubt about it, the patio will be packed and almost every table will be full with drinks and a hookah. Oh, and maybe even Trey Songz.
Exotic Melting Pot Of Washingtonians
Ava S. Aug 6, 2013
Lima has been a staple of K street night life for over five years now. It's as sizzling now as it was then, when I dawned x spots on my hands just to rub shoulders with foreign visitors and State Department employees. The crowd comes for the deep house music and local DJ's. who got their start here. Lima serves all tastes with an outdoor patio (heated during the winter), and three floors. At one time Lima once had a "secret" upstairs night club, Vetro, with a stunning overview of the Washington skyline, but has now been opened and renovated as a two level Latin floor with red chrome lights and VIP booths. Lima continues to thump the night away with a well dressed crowd, a mingling owner, and its weekly parties such as TEKA. If your new to the city, Lima may not be the latest new sensation but it's definitely where the party elite of DC start their nights. This isn't where the University students come to party, young professionals play here.
A taste of DC, A taste of class
Azim T. Jun 13, 2013
Lima lounge and Restaurant is a sophisticated classy hidden spot on located on K street. essentially on the way to anywhere in DC. A can't miss venue with an elegant and exciting crowd topped off with the appropriate amount of sex appeal. Contains 4 primary levels, incorporating a variety of music and each floor exhibiting a different culture including club dancing for the young and wild; a lounge for young adults, salsa dancing, and finally VIP top floor with bottle service and aristocratic service. Lima has been a host to popular DJ's such as Laidback Luke, Kaskade, Wolfgang Gartner and many more. Anyone interested in having a first class experience of Washington DC must pay a visit to the well deserved Lima Restaurant and Lounge
Young Professionals Take Over
Chantel H. Jun 4, 2013
This is the place if you're looking for a nice spot with great bar tenders and a casual/professional attitude. Catering to a young, professional clientele this place has good food, great happy hour specials and a great mango margarita that can be ordered by the pitcher for sharing with newly made friends! There's nothing shabby about this place, but get there during happy hour to enjoy the specials and get some dinner after work [arrive before 11pm to avoid the cover charge] and stay late to enjoy the music and the social scene as it gets pumpin' after dark. Wear whatever you want, as long as it's chic and trendy, though flip flops are frowned upon and keep in mind this is not the spot for athletic wear or sloppy attire of any kind.
A Taste of DC
Lorena A. Jan 14, 2013
Lima is chic, sophisticated and it offers a little bit of everything. Often people overlook the fact that apart from being a popular nightclub it is first and foremost a restaurant and a great one at that. The menu may be small but the food is absolutely delectable; you really can’t go wrong with any option. It’s fresh and its Latin flavor is deliciously exotic. Even more enticing than its food is the happy hour that goes along with it. Wednesday’s you’ll likely run into the young professional clan since the happy hour extends until 9pm. Without a doubt Lima will have something going on every night of the week. Monday night is salsa night, and lessons are offered earlier in the night which is perfect for both beginners and pros. Tuesday night make sure to stay away or at least depending on your age because on this particular night Lima opens their doors to the 18 and up crowd. Wednesday night as I mentioned before is more mellow yet, perfect for a night out for dinner. Although watch out as a casual night out can quickly transition into something wilder after all those half off mojitos. Join Lima on Thursday nights to experience their stab at the EDM scene. Fridays’ and Saturday’s are normal hot nights at Lima that caters to the general crowd of partiers. There are a total of four floors you can get access to although, depending on the night not all of them may be open to the public. The fourth floor is home to the incredibly clandestine VIP room. It’s here where you can find the crowd that’s willing to spend the big bucks to get a table or two. This room has access to a bar of its own, its own DJ, and incredibly skinny go-go dancers on small stages around the room who add to the entertainment. Lima is the type of place that always seems open, and that guarantees a good night out. It’s a great modern venue that has that sophisticated club feel. Remember there is a dress code, meaning that flip-flops and shorts are not acceptable attire, particularly for men. You really can’t go wrong with a night out at Lima. Ultimately, if I had one night in DC and was on the hunt for a taste of the DC clubbing scene, Lima is where you’d find me.
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