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Billy's Restaurant

4.5
210 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(402) 474-0084
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nader Farahbod
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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.
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Cross street
S 13th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 210 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Overall, everything was excellent! The service was great! The value for our meals was perfect!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We had a very nice experience with friends. The food was very good, as was the service. They were not busy on a Tues. night, and we were the only table in our room. That was very nice because we were able to hear each other easily.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Special occasion wasn’t recognized like at other places in Lincoln. Server knocked water glass on table and caused a spill. However, food was delicious and well-prepared.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Our server, Jordan, was a member of the family who owns the restaurant. He was knowledgeable about everything on the menu and made fantastic recommendations. Everything was prepared to perfection exactly as described. Thank you for a memorable meal and a great setting for two friends to catch up!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very neat place and good food! I was very shocked when I got the bill though. We ordered two specials which was fish, rice, and vegetables and water. Received the bill and it was over $63.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As always, this restaurant is a joy to come to. We enjoy the quiet atmosphere, the friendly staff and the awesome food. Everyone is so attentive and helpful. It is a cozy place where you can carry on conversation and enjoy having your guests with you. We recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Excellent menu selection and service. We will definitely dine there again.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food is truly fresh prepared! It is great to be able to easily converse with my husband because there was pleasant low decidable music!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We love dining here! Delicious food, relaxed atmosphere, and good service.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

This was our first time at Billy’s. We tried the restaurant because I had purchased a Group on deal. We will definitely dine here again. Loved the vintage house and decor. The food was wonderful! The staff was very attentive, helpful and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Billy's is a unique restaurant that is extremely quiet and for that reason, my wife and I chose to go there all the time. You can actually carry on a conversation in the very cozy atmosphere. It is the quietest of any rated restaurant that we have visited in Lincoln. The food is always excellent and the chef will come to your table to inquire about special needs or wants that you have for your meal. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. It is a great place for first time dates, anniversaries, or other special occasions. We recommend it highly.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I may have marked the noise level wrong if the bigger rectangle means it was noisy. The noise level was perfect.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We came here with friends for the first time! We loved the staff and loved the food!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This was my first time at Billy's. The service was great, our waitress was very nice, the chef was kind and funny, and I felt comfortable while there. I'm excited to go back some day!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food with excellent service! Lovely quiet evening with attention to detail! Great date night!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I have been to Billy's before and have always liked it for the most part. It's not amazing, but it's pretty good food and, while a bit pricey, the portions are huge. I think every single person we saw leaving had a to-go container. Here's my major complaint. Restaurants should NEVER user instant or dehydrated potatoes. If you aren't using fresh potatoes from scratch, you shouldn't be serving potatoes. You could taste immediately that they were not fresh, from scratch potatoes. A place like Billy's should be ashamed to take such a short cut.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Staff was wonderful, professional and very accommodating. Food and wine were delicious. Liked the filet mignons sitting on top of potatoes, juice goes into potatoes! Hello, great idea. Wonderful date night!!

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Service is great, main dish was ok but expensive. Dessert was very good.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Loved every minute-even Chef Nadar’s jokes -lol

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

It’s my new favorite restaurant in Lincoln! The food was delicious and the chef was amazing! I’m pescatarian and wanted the pasta but didn’t want the chicken and bacon so he personally came to our table and asked what type of food I would want in it and went with shrimp and it was so good! The coziness and warmth inside is great too. All around great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

The restaurant was previously a house, so the dining experience was very intimate. My date and I felt it necessary to talk quietly, almost in a whisper, since the place was so quiet and proper. The chef came to our table a couple of times and was hilarious and inviting, so after that the place didn’t feel stuffy. This is not a cheap place to go, but the food was excellent and it was a great overall experience

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We love Billys and decided to celebrate my husband's birthday there. We think of it as a homey quiet place to go...table for two in the corner type of place. We did have a great table foe two but there was a crowd in the room next door who laughed at everything anybody in their group said. I know they were having lots of fun but a couple of people in the group had very annoying g laughs and our dinner was not as much fun because of them. This in no way reflects bad on Billys because it was not their fault. Our waitress was great...interjected a bit of humor and was very attentive. She had great suggestions such as the Brussel sprouts for an appetizer. The whole meal was delicious and very well presented. The portions are huge so we both ended up taking some home. They were very gracious about acknowledging my husband's birthday with a delicious apple torte dessert. We love Billys and will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was great. Prices are very reasonable. I had the Chicken Marsla and my wife had the lamb shank---simply outstanding.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Great service, superb food, every time and just down the street. It's a favorite for a special lunch or dinner. Our anniversary meal was the best yet.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and marvelous service from Chef and his son!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Billy's as the food is excellent! It is a quiet atmosphere that makes it enjoyable for conversation and being eith friends. The staff is always friendly and helpful and they go out of their way to make your dining experience one to remember.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Very tasty, well prepared. Portions very generous, too much for me.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

As always, Nadar and his food were awesome! Heidi is a wonderful hostess, waitress and bartender!!

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent Food and Service. Enjoyed a fine meal for a special birthday occasion. Wait Staff very friendly and attentive to service. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Couldn't wait to show this place off to my family, and they were extremely pleased. It made for a memorable evening!

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2.0Dined on November 3, 2017

While the service was great, the food on our night there was not. We ordered two rib-eye steaks with the daily special peppercorn sauce and the lamb chops (house specialty). The rib-eye steaks were barely edible due to the amount of fat and gristle (over 40-50% of the serving was fat and gristle) and under cooked. The sauce was a milky white sauce with no flavor that actually just seemed to hide the poor cut of meat. The lamb chops were ordered medium but came to the table raw (Dark purple and cold with only a light searing on the outside). A Cesar salad was served that was inedible as well.

Our server and the staff were fine. A $10 discount was given for my poor steak, but didn't compensate for such a poor experience.

There are better restaurants to go to in Lincoln with much better food. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or living in Lincoln.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Billy's was a great experience overall! The food was excellent and the portions were surprisingly very large in size for what most people would consider fine dining. The atmosphere is very comfortable and the service was incredible, as one might expect once walking into the front doors. Great place for a date night spot off the beaten path in downtown Lincoln.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

I’ve only been to Billy’s a few times, always for special occasions. It’s a very nice treat and the food, cocktails and service are always great! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Love Billy's as a place to dine for a special occasion with family! Great food, nice place to visit, rooms almost seem private with an historic flavor- don't have to listen to multiple conversations, music or kitchen noise at Billy's. Hospitality on top of all that makes this one of our favorite places in Lincoln!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was very good, but our options were constricted. We're looking forward to the new menu. Service and ambiance were fine.

That said, seating for us two placed us in a trafficked area; the table to which we were moved featured a floor vent (with a blower) at each end. I won't put up with that again.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

The service, food and drinks were great. The web menu needs updating.

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2017

The food was not good. The veal was tasteless and a bit tough (for veal). It tasted like someone opened a can of pork and beans and poured the sauce over a little bit of under cooked onion, green pepper, snow peas and?...and overcooked twirly pasta. I could have used the same ingredients (although I'd use a better pasta and a different sauce) at home and made something better for about $5 per serving - this was $30! It was a huge huge bowl of curly pasta but I would have preferred something more flavorful and special. I used a lot of salt and pepper which helped but so what? Sorry Billie's, this wasnot your best (i hope) My friend had the same thing and sent the veal back asking them to do 'something' to it and she said the garlic they added helped but she felt cheated.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2017

I was looking for a nice location that neither myself nor my date had every been to and I found Billy's on OpenTable. What a great find! The food was amazing and the environment was perfect for a nice, quiet, dinner! The chef even came and spoke with us about our dinner! An absolutely wonderful experience! I look forward to returning in the near future!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

This a restaurant in a house. It felt like a b&b. We had the chicken, filet and duck. All were prepared as we requested, with a good taste. Proportions were a too much for us 70yr olds. We will be back.

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The filet was a poor cut and mine was overcooked, overcooked and unexciting vegetables, mediocre salad, and only fair service. The noise from the bar was intrusive. This used to be a very good restaurant. I am not sure if I will try it again.

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