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Billy's Restaurant
Billy's Restaurant

Billy's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.billysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (402) 474-0084
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Nader Farahbod
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Billy's is the ideal setting for your prenuptial dinner, wedding reception, birthday party or special occasion. We have three private rooms that can be reserved for your celebration. For larger parties, reserve the entire establishment. Billy's can seat up to 80 people. Visit with our Executive Chef and owner, Nader Farahbod to customize everything from the menu to the desired decor. We can personalize your unique experience to make it unforgettable. We also welcome the opportunity to cater your event wherever you choose to celebrate. Our exceptional staff will take care of all details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S 13th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Billy's Restaurant
Named after William Jennings Bryan, the elegant "Noble-Dawes House" located near the Nebraska State Capital was built in 1887. The Chautauqua Bar and the dining rooms named for William Jennings Bryan, Charles Dawes, and George W. Norris give a fascinating glimpse into a grand era in U. S. History.<br> Since 1986 it has been the home of Billy's Restaurant. We find the finest ingredients for our divers menu selections. Our entree specialties include steak, lamb, duck, veal, seafood and delicious vegetarian dishes. Whether it be our premium steaks, the freshest produce, homemade soups, or incomparable seafood - you will take home a memory of fine food, fine wine, and excellent service whenever you visit Billy's Restaurant.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first time visiting Billy's and it was very good. The food that was served was exceptional and my 7 year old son even liked his food. All three of us tried different dishes to taste a variety of items and all three dishes were amazing. We tried a couple different wines and both went well with our food. The restaurant was quiet which we hadn't experienced in sometime but could have been due to the lack of people. I don't think more people would have made it louder due to the smaller atmosphere of the restaurant. Overall service was great and prompt with refills but the waiter seemed blunt. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone but I would not take your kids if they will not try new things."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We brought a client to Billy's, the server never came around to ask how things were or refill drinks or offer new drinks. My wife didn't eat all her food because there was nothing to drink. I used gift cards and waiter told me at the table that I could only use one of the two gift cards. It was kinda embarrassing. Not impressed."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We arrived early for our reservation and were personally welcomed by the owner. His vibrant, likable personality instantly put us in a good spirits. The charming house was filled with old photos and antiques. State senators supposedly congregate there after nearby work at the capital. The menu was a short listing of quality meat and fish meals. No appetizers, sides, or a la carte items were shown. Three of us ordered steaks, which were cooked perfectly. The chicken & wild rice soup was outstanding. Our daughter had a stomach ache, so the owner offered to prepare her something off menu, which she Only the owner and waiter were visible. The waiter was highly efficient but perhaps a bit rushed. All 4 of us were pleased, overall."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "They have the best food. You receive so much you have to take the rest home. It is pricey but not for once in awhile occasions. The waiter was so nice and we met the chef, a nice guy as well and very funny. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife got a chicken dish with a breast and crab cake. The breast was dry as leather. I got the NY strip and it was really tough even though it was cooked medium as requested. Besides the disappointment with the proteins the rest of the experience was good."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here for a date, and enjoyed the quaintness of the restaurant. The food was decent, but not amazing. However, neither of us got restaurant specials due to ordering off a Restaurant Week menu. In retrospect, I wish we would have ordered one of their specialties to have had a more positive experience with their food. The service was appropriate, and the staff was friendly. Overall I enjoyed the experience even though slightly disappointed with the food."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were the only two diners at 9pm which led to our server, the hostess and the chef/owner talking with us. Nice for five minutes but not for 30 min."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I especially like dining in historic buildings and Billy's fit the bill perfectly. The service was better than excellent. Our reservation was for 5:00, their stated opening time for dinner. We arrived at 4:30. I had no expectation of being seated early since we were there before official opening time. But the doors were unlocked for people arriving for a private reception in the bar area and they seated us right away. I am pretty sure our food was on our table prior to 5:00. Our waiter was very professional and the food was delicious. Although we were the only ones in the dining room for most of the time we were there, it was not as quiet as you might expect due to the reception, but no noise complaints."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Billy's is just a perfect place for a quiet dinner to celebrate an occasion or just to have a great meal. Food is always excellent with great presentation. The wait staff is well-versed in the menu and is attentive in just the right way. The stately, old house provides several dining areas that are small enough to provide an intimate feeling, but large enough not to feel cramped."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Eight of us had dinner to celebrate our parents's 60th anniversary. All of the food was absolutely delicious. The portions were huge. We sampled all of the appetizers and liked each of them. Our waitress was excellent and attentive."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Overall a good evening, but our server was a bit slow, and it took a very long time to get our food."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My daughter and I had a girls night out and we will come again to Billy's! The food, service and atmosphere were perfect. When there is perfection I can't add more!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We go to Billy's for most of our special occasions. Food is always amazing and the chef a great guy. Service was slow this time, but has been great it the past! Will be back again and again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Billy's for the first time for his birthday dinner the other night. We arrived around 7:30, and the tables were mostly full. The atmosphere is very intimate and romantic due to the numerous, small dining "rooms". There were approximately 3-6 tables per room, and the lighting was low. Their menu is on the smaller side, so I recommend looking at what they offer online before going in. However, the choices covered many areas of cuisine. The food was absolutely wonderful, and it was obvious that the most quality ingredients were used. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Not the typical "chain' dishes. Nice to experience the local flavor."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "The food was incredible. I had the Sunset Shrimp and my husband had the duck oath were excellent. Will have these again."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We had tremendous eats and really great company...what more could we ask for? Chef Nader came out to speak with us and made some suggestions for us. We all had something different and each one seemed to be as good as the next. Quick service, great ambiance and really great food!! Highly recommend Billy's!!"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Great food but limited menu. Good service but not a very beautiful spot. Interesting political antiques on walls. Good meat! Menu needs more choices for salads and sides."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "When we arrived, we noticed the exterior of the building had peeling paint, a bit of rustic charm perhaps. From the exterior and modest interior, we were unsure of what to expect. We were greeted promptly and seated. Our charming server, (and Wine Steward), described the house specials for the evening. I ordered the "Chicken for Jordan" and my guest ordered "Filet Mignon". We were treated to a generous portion of salad with an amazing vinagrette dressing. Our dinners arrived within a reasonable time. I must say, I truly and thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken for Jordan. Lightly breaded with a delicious sauce, it was heavenly. The Filet was just okay according to my guest. The portions were nice size and very tasty. I would eat at Billy's again."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "My wife and I went for an anniversary dinner. Old building was charming. Food was ok, but certainly not the quality to merit $30 a plate. I had the steak diane, which was fine but not anything special. The building was showing its age and pretty shabby in spots. Table linens needed updating. We will not be back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Food was ok but too pricey. HM butternut squash soup was sugary and overwhelmed by the wrong spices 30$ entrees implies best-in-town but it is not. Our waiter was incapable of responding to simple instructions and we had to ask for everything several times"
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "We were visiting Lincoln for a football game. The service was outstanding. Best rack of lamb my husband has ever had. I had seared tuna great. Martinis were carefully made, good wine list and desert great will go back."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "This reminded me of the Knolls. Back in the day it was the place to go, but with all of the wonderful new places in the Haymarket these guys need to step it up a notch (or ten) to stay relevant. The minute we ordered soda instead of wine our waitress became scarce, I assume she thinks only people that drink wine tip well??? My husband ordered the special which we assumed was a special price. Not so, $30. It was good but not THAT good. I ordered the pasta and could have gotten better at macaroni grill. Seriously. Never ever again."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "My husband and I ate at Billy's to celebrate his 62nd birthday six weeks late. We had one family emergency after another this summer so lead to this late celebration. The food was wonderful, the staff was attentive but not annoying. When we have something we want to celebrate we head to Billy's."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "We happened to be at Billy's on a quiet night with few customers. Sometimes they are very busy. But we had a great experience celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. Great food, great service, and the chef came and visited us. Its décor is based on William Jennings Bryan and other notable Nebraska politicians of the past. It's close to the Nebraska capitol building and legislators and other business people come often for lunch. They have $5 specials for lunch on Friday but otherwise their menu is pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "An excellent dining experience for couples or smaller groups, Billy's offers a smaller menu of excellent appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The wine list is likewise limited, but focuses on quality selections, both domestic and imported. Full bar service is also available. Service was attentive, friendly, and efficient, with care taken to pace the meal comfortably."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "The food was wonderful. I had the Pepper Sea Scallops and they were cooked perfectly. My husband had the pork shank. It melted in your mouth. Defenitely will be back to try another dish. The wine was very good and the service was the best."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "I was hoping for something a little more classy. the entire experience was a let down and as this was an anniversary dinner, it was not as special as we would have liked. Neither of us finished our meals which says a lot about the quality of the food provided. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "My wife and I had never been to Billy's before. Our 28th Anniversary dinner and atmosphere was terrific, I'd highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants a warm romantic environment coupled with great food and wine."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "One of the finest restaurants in Lincoln for atmosphere and excellence in food and service. On this visit, I was met by the door by the chef, who entertained me while I waited for my dining companions by describing in detail some of the available dishes, so that I was fully primed by the time we took our seats. I had the Chicken for Jordan, which is a must-order for chicken and cheese lovers. It can be a bit pricey at dinnertime, so we only go for special occasions, but at lunchtime the prices are very reasonable, especially on "$5 Fridays"."
    Dined on 6/25/2013
  • "Won't be going back next time I'm in Lincoln. Was a Monday night, but even then there was only one couple eating. I ordered the pork tenderloin. I would best describe it as pork shoe leather. Maybe they will survive, but having a sign out front that the building and parking lot are for sale won't help."
    Dined on 6/3/2013
  • "I love going out for dinner to a restaurant that is not a chain and offers menu with interesting items to choose from. No kids here. Great date place with your husbands. Leave the kids at home! Great wine selection. Reasonably priced on all accounts. Our risotto wasn't cooked all the way, but that I think is a fluke and I can easily overlook it especially since they brought out a side of their delicious mashed potatoes garlicky with skins. yum."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "First time I've been to Billy's and I agree with all of the reviews - fabulous meal and great service. I look forward to dining at Billy's again the next time I'm in Lincoln."
    Dined on 4/18/2013
  • "I found everything about the restaurant to be very enjoyable from the food to service. I would recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Special evening, good wine-Naders featured, good food and good service. Restaurant was not full so it was quiet as well. Table was ready when we arrived."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "Chef Nader knows what works and offers a menu that delights. Dining at Billy's becomes a special occasion every time we've visited. Old world, cozy atmosphere and attentive service can be counted on for a fabulous experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "What a beautiful atmosphere! The food was excellent. Our server was polite, prompt and overall amazing. The food was beyond exceptional. Everyone at our table ordered something different and everyone loved their dish! The dessert was an awesome way to end the evening!"
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "My husband and I and another couple went for dinner. It was nice to go for dinner without children and specifically chose Billy's for this reason (not a kid place). Everything was very nice except for two notable things. First, when it was my time to order, the waiter addressed me as "and you in the corner." I am not a snob, and I am very laid back and love a good laugh, but, huh? Second, we had 5pm reservations and arrived on time. At 6:45, while our meal was done,we still had wine in our glasses. We were asked to leave because other people had reservations. While I understand this, I found this extrememely distasteful. If I return, I realize it is not a place to slowly eat, drink and enjoy the atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/16/2013
  • "Always a great place to go. I have never had a bad meal there."
    Dined on 2/15/2013
  • "First time dining at this restaurant. Had heard good things about it and everything we heard was spot on. Everything was excellent!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2013