Lima Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lima

April 14, 2018 Agatha Simes

Lima (/ˈlaɪmə/ LY-mə) is a city in and the county seat of Allen County, Ohio, United States. The municipality is located in northwestern Ohio along Interstate 75 approximately 72 miles (116 km) north of Dayton and 78 miles (126 km) south-southwest of Toledo.

1. Kewpee Hamburgers

2111 Allentown Rd, Lima, OH 45805-1705 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 419-227-9791
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 321 reviews

Kewpee Hamburgers

Kewpee Hamburger is an institution in Lima, Ohio. The diner’s mantra is “Hamburg, pickle on top, makes your heart go flippity-flop.”

Reviewed By U3311RQdavidb - Lima, Ohio

People from all over that come back to Lima make this a mandatory stop. It is well known across multiple generations for an always good hamburger made hot and fresh with the condiments of your choice. The French fries and frosted malts are just as delightful. The uptown location is rich in history that almost every family around here is a part of.

2. Pete's Ice Cream

3636 S Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH 45804-3752 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 29 reviews

Pete's Ice Cream

Reviewed By Shalloh60

The ice-cream selection is crazy. So many to choose from I will have to go back many times. The girl that waited on us was so sweet and helpful. We had the BBQ pork sandwich. It was very good. The ice-cream servings were very big. It's a must try.

3. Biggby Coffee Lima

717 N Cable Rd, Lima, OH 45805-1738 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 419-999-9262
Excellent
59%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Reviewed By Alain C - lima, United States

I have decided to stop buying at these big by locations. They have no clue to what customer service is. Each time it is different issues. Training is needed..but doesn't look like they get it. Since you pay a high $$..a customer should not be prompted to reach over there counter to get the full potential of coffee to pour my own drink.

4. The Met

306 N Main St, Lima, OH 45801-4435 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 419-999-9463
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

The Met

Reviewed By U3311RQdavidb - Lima, Ohio

We went here for the first time with a group of friends. We heard a lot of good things from people that had already dined here. First impressions were very good! It's in a very old uptown building that has been remodeled and it is interesting to just look around.

You can tell a lot of effort and planning went into the décor. We were greeted and seated quickly. The only reason I did not give an excellent rating is the service was slow. A very long time between seating, drink orders, food orders and eating.

The mens restroom had a fresh and clean look but only ice cold water in one wash basin. I waited and waited before I moved to the other and found hot water. Maybe a mixing valve problem?

It was over an hour when the food arrived and I was getting hungry and growing impatient. I will say it was worth the wait. It was hot and fresh and served on a beautiful plate. Excellent presentation! I had the fresh scallops. The portion size is not large but the quality, appearance and flavor was top's. The whole group was happy with the meal.

I will come back but would only do so if I had ample time and nothing planned after. The server worked hard and was delightfully pleasant but could have used some assistance.

5. Casa Lu Al Restaurant & Lounge

2323 N West St, Lima, OH 45801-2004 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 419-229-0774
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Casa Lu Al Restaurant & Lounge

Reviewed By bwatkins1 - Ohio

We had prime rib and lasagna dinners and could not have been more pleased as each were prepared to our order. Service is always prompt and attentive which is much appreciated. Wait staff that recognize us always speak which makes each visit personable and comforting. John, Tony & George promote a high standard in food prep and service that you can count on.
Thanks to all!

6. Thai Jasmin

215 S Pine St, Lima, OH 45804-1348 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 419-222-8886
Excellent
82%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Thai Jasmin

Reviewed By Steve D - Granger, Indiana

This was my favorite restaurant in Lima. I ate here several times and tried to order something different each time. I had many of the appetizers as well as the Tom Yum soup to start my meals. I had curry noodles, pad thai, yellow curry, sesame noodles with chicken and others I cannot think of now. EVERYTHING IS GOOD.
You cannot miss here. This is a Thai restaurant batting well above its league here in Lima. It would do well in any city with a large Thai population. If you are here for only one meal then this needs to be the place you go.

7. Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill

2625 W Market St, Lima, OH 45805-2117 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Grill, American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 419-229-6211
Excellent
44%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill

Reviewed By Shim L

Enjoyed a nice lunch at this local spot. Meatball salad was probably the big hit although the Italian sub was equally pleasing. Both diners shared their liking of their choices with similar praise. The fish sandwich was another choice but probably not as special as...MoreThanks for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again!

8. Lulu's Diner

1321 Bellefontaine Ave, Lima, OH 45804-3109 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 419-228-3447
Excellent
45%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Lulu's Diner

Reviewed By Shim L

Great breakfast with family, very busy so a short wait but everyone was pleased with their food. Thought the corned beef has was good with home fries and an English.
Bacon and eggs with potatoes were the other choices and all were pleased. Next time I think pancakes as several were served and they looked terrific.
Certainly would go back again.

9. Old City Prime

215 S Main St, Lima, OH 45801-4907 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 419-227-7463
Excellent
63%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Old City Prime

Reviewed By Heather B - Katy, Texas

This was our first time here. Loved the prime rib, cooked to perfection. Enjoyed the Brussel sprouts and mixed vegetables. The salad dressing was good too. The best part of the evening was after we ate, we went upstairs for the entertainment. Everyone enjoyed the...MoreHeather-Thank you for the great review and your feedback. We look forward to seeing you again!

10. Kewpee Hamburgers

111 N Elizabeth St, Lima, OH 45801-4334 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Diner Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 419-228-1778
Excellent
66%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Kewpee Hamburgers

Kewpee Hamburger is an institution in Lima, Ohio. The diner’s mantra is “Hamburg, pickle on top, makes your heart go flippity-flop.”

Reviewed By arpad310 - Valparaiso, Indiana

Whenever we are in Lima we eat at Keepee Hamburger. The place has a great history in Lima and the burgers are wonderful and the price for what you get is inexpensive.Thanks for always stopping when you are in town to see us and thank you for the great review!

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