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Limón   ★★★3½ stars

1524 Locust St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596 · (925) 378-3816
HOURS:Sun–Thurs  [11:30am–9:30pm]
Fri–Sat  [11:30am–10:30pm]

Located in the heart of Downtown Walnut Creek, Limón is a small, unassuming location for above-average Peruvian cuisine, featuring high-end cocktails from a full tequila bar, and an upscale casual atmosphere with food choices ranging from Happy Hour snacks to ala carte gourmet. The main attraction here is the rotisserie chicken, but as a seasoned carnivore I am rotisserie chickened-out, so I ordered a few of the other protein-based menu items.

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Lomo Saltado is one of my favorite things to order at a Peruvian restaurant, so naturally I ordered this my first time around. I also ordered some of their beautiful house-made taro chips and the Cadillac margarita. To be honest, this was not the best Lomo Saltado I've ever had, in fact I found it quite negligible, and the brown gravy it was covered in was not authentic-tasting and off-putting. Also, the waiter kept trying to take my taro chips before I was finished.

Grilled Polpo (Octopus)

On my second visit I ordered the grilled polpo, or octopus, and was greeted with a much better plate of food. It was served perched upon a delicious pile of mashed potatoes instead of rice, which I enjoyed, and it was not rubbery at all, as octopus can sometimes get - it was tender and tasty. I ordered the taro chips again, and the waiter again tried to take them before I was finished, finally succeeding when I wasn't looking.

I don't want to discourage you from eating at Limón, the food is definitely good, and I believe they've made improvements since I last dined there, especially in regards to plating. Unfortunately, in summation, I found Limón to be on the low-end of Peruvian food I've previously experienced. Hey, I spoil myself. I'm not going to bother ordering the taro chips ever again, but I'm willing to eat there if I'm in the area and craving South American fare.

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