Workers are completing the interior setup for La Limena Grill, which plans to open next week. Credit: Joe Zimmermann

La Limena Grill is gearing up to start service on Rockville Pike after construction delays set its opening back several months.

The Peruvian restaurant will open Monday, manager Jose San Martin said. La Limena Grill, at 1093 Rockville Pike, was originally scheduled to open in November, but that was pushed back to March because of construction setbacks. San Martin said the date was pushed back again after issues with several contractors.

“It’s been a long process, but we’re ready to open,” he said.

An offshoot of La Limena Restaurant, less than a mile away, La Limena Grill will have a colonial Peruvian atmosphere similar to the original restaurant, but a modified menu and larger seating capacity.

Emma Perez, who owns both restaurants, told Bethesda Beat in February that the Grill will focus solely on Peruvian food, while the other location serves Peruvian and Cuban dishes.

Since opening in 2007, La Limena Restaurant has been popular for its Latin American cuisine, earning a spot in The Washington Post’s 2015 Fall Dining Guide.


Taking over the former Potomac Grill space, La Limena Grill will seat about 180 people, including 50 patio seats. It will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and for brunch and dinner on Sunday.

Windows at the restaurant were still covered Tuesday. Joe Zimmermann