Lima, the downtown staple bottle service that closed in 2015 after 10 years, is back with an increased focus on food and a new identity as Lima Twist.
Owner Masoud Aboughaddareh’s sophisticated reboot speaks to his eponymous Peruvian capital with a range of ceviches, crudo, empanadas, a tomahawk for two, pisco sour, mofongo and meat dishes like tenderloin and faux- tenderloin dressed with chimichurri. Lima twist (1411 K St. N.W.), opening Wednesday, June 22, is located above the original location.
For the next chapter of the cult club, Lima Twist is targeting an adult fanbase with disposable income. Cocktails built with premium spirits start at $20, and a $32 wagyu burger is considered one of the cheapest entrees. An upper-tier margarita ($25) comes with Casamigos Blanco and Remy Martin 1738, while its espresso martini features homemade whipped cream and Chopin vodka.
Lima Twist chef Roshan Ashiq, who was born and raised in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, to a Pakistani family, showcases his upbringing in a dish of risotto and beef tagliata flanked by Grana Padano and a reduction balsamic.
Nightlife vet Aboughaddareh has always vowed to bring Lima back to DC in some form or way. The three-story original was more club-like, with sleek white seating, bright neon colors, and a largely sushi-centric menu. Lima Twist rocks more industrial chic, with cement pillars, a geometric ceiling, metal light fixtures, and museum-like artifacts on one long floor. Shimmering blue and gold wallpaper, velvet seating, and opulent chandeliers soften the look.
Hours are Monday to Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight, Thursday until 2 a.m. and Saturday until 3 a.m. (closed Sunday); reserve a place via Resy. A high-tech LED lighting system completes the rotating DJ sets.
During the pandemic, nearby nightlife Park at 14th has also evolved into more of a sit-down restaurant while retaining its clubby roots. There’s now a bottomless weekend brunch and Caribbean dinner menu from a Fig & Olive alumnus, followed by late-night bottle service options.
Aboughaddareh proved Tysons was ready for a nightclub-meets-restaurant with the opening of Greenhouse Bistro in 2016, which also serves an Italian-American menu.