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Monday, we open at 5 pm.  

Wednesday-Sunday we open at 11:30 am with Happy Hours from 2-5 pm.

Brunch is available on the weekends only from 11:30 am-2 pm. 

Friday & Saturday the final seating at 10:30 pm.


Pickup is available during our hours of operation.
Guests may add any of our margarita offerings to their order at pickup.

For Priority Seating requests, please call 859.317.8796 and speak with our team about your party.

Latin-Inspired Cuisine by Chef Jonathan Lundy & TJ Cox
Lexington's Best Margarita: 2019-2023
Best Downtown Restaurant:

On the Corner of  West Short & North Limestone


Corto Lima

101 West Short St

Lexington, KY 40507




Monday: 5 pm-9 pm

Wednesday-Sunday: 11:30 am-10 pm

(til 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday)


Due to the size of the dining room and nature of the restaurant, seating is on first come first serve basis.


We do not take reservations. At least half the party must be present for seating.

For private dining inquiries, please email or call the restaurant to discuss further. 

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View our national, regional and local press by clicking the titles below

National Publications & Featured Articles

Southern Cast Iron Magazine, April 2019

"Chef's Table"

Fabulous in Fayette, October 2018

Local Spotlight: Corto Lima of Lexington, KY

JCP Eats, February 2018

Commonwealth Collaborations: Corto Lima, Lexington, KY


Lexington Herald Leader, February 2018

Downtown Restaurant Celebrates Anniversary, Adds Weekend Brunch

Zagat, December 2017

"30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America 2017: #26, Lexington"

Supercall, December 2017

"The Worst Bar Trends of  2017:

Bartenders Wish These Trends Would Die in 2018"

ZAGAT, September 2017

"11 Reasons to Drive to Lexington, KY"

The Daily Meal: September 2017

Weekend Planner: Bourbon, Bites & Brews in Lexington, KY

Bar Business Magazine, May 2017

"Refreshing Change of Pace"

Endless Vacation Magazine, Fall 2017

"A+ Eats: Lexington"

Indulge Magazine of the Miami Herald, April 2017

"Belle of the Bluegrass"

Regional Publication Features


Sophisticated Living Magazine (Lex): July/August 2017

"Nuevo Latino"

Business Lexington of Smiley Pete, February 2017

Personal Chef by Steve Coomes

TOPS in Lexington, July 2017

Dining Feature Article: Corto Lima

TOPS in Lexington, June 2017

Top 5 Dining: New in Town

Lexington Herald Leader, February 2017

New Lexington Restaurants

Smiley Pete Publishing, February 2017

Where to Eat Now

Kentucky Kernel, February 2017

Corto Lima Brings Latin Cuisine to Downtown



Corto Lima is a mid-scale Latin inspired restaurant specializing in a new brand of Latin cuisine with a modern interpretation. The dining room accommodates up to 45 guests for table service and a further 16 seats at the bar.

Corto Lima, under the direction of Chef Jonathan Lundy, introduces downtown Lexington diners to the cuisine of Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South America as well as the American Southwest.

The restaurant offers the very best in mid-scale Latin inspired cuisine focusing on affordability, quality ingredients and a creative menu. Vegetarian, gluten free and vegan friendly items showcase the versatility of

Chef Lundy’s creations featuring homemade artisanal corn tortillas,

utilizing the ancient process of nixtamalization.

The beverage program, by Director of Operations/Owner TJ Cox, focuses on Tequilas, Mezcals Rums, and wines of Latin origin.

A specialty cocktail menu accompanies the base spirits and include Lexington’s best Margaritas and Latin classics.

Cheerful and warm, the interior combines weathered wood floors to create a neutral backdrop for vibrant woven textiles in earth tones and hand crafted light fixtures. Hand-made concrete tiles made in a traditional Mexican method but with a contemporary design add color and visual interest to a steel topped bar. The back bar is simply made with clean lines to highlight the spirits.


Modular Seating combinations of mid-century inspired benches and leather topped chairs as well as an upholstered banquette provides comfortable and flexible seating arrangements. Tropical and succulent plants potted in terra cotta pots lend an organic feel to the space.

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