Billy's Restaurant
Billy's Restaurant

Billy's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.billysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4024740084
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • 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.
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Billy's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (16)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (13)notable wine list (7)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Place
    hiro
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a great place to find good food for that special occasion. The abeyance of the place is really great. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    getinmybelly
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Non-existant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, historical home
    TasteExplorer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's okay but I may not return
    Pokemonam
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall experience good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    MelLVDinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 59 reviews are from the Billy's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    StLBowler
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Place
    neconsultant
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    woodjwb
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Overall a good evening, but our server was a bit slow, and it took a very long time to get our food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic!
    luvgdfood
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming
    genuine416
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the typical "chain' dishes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Not the typical "chain' dishes. Nice to experience the local flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    food2good
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    The food was incredible. I had the Sunset Shrimp and my husband had the duck oath were excellent. Will have these again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special dinner
    FoodFan
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tucked away from the crowds
    Beauregard
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • When we arrived, we noticed
    ChocolateJunkie123
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I went for an
    CliffD
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My wife and I went for an anniversary dinner. Old building was charming. Food was ok, but certainly not the quality to merit $30 a plate. I had the steak diane, which was fine but not anything special. The building was showing its age and pretty shabby in spots. Table linens needed updating. We will not be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too pricey
    Lookingforagoodrestaurant
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Food was ok but too pricey. HM butternut squash soup was sugary and overwhelmed by the wrong spices 30$ 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service and very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced
    Williegirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hubby's 62nd Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for good eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Billy's - A Lincoln Gem
    15yearwait
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    food2good
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    bfly
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Hit!
    Hubb
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    Julie
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    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".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be going back next time
    MustangDaveVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My place to go w/o the kids
    Lisi
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way!
    jayneeVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I found everything about the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    I found everything about the restaurant to be very enjoyable from the food to service. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special evening, good wine-Naders
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Nader knows what works
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a beautiful atmosphere!
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but don't take your time
    Lisi
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great place to go.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Always a great place to go. I have never had a bad meal there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet