Billy's Restaurant

4.4
238 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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 238 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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3.9
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Noise · Quiet
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The meal was not worth the money. My steak was undercooked, vegatbles came out of a freezer, and the soup was canned without a doubt. The server was nice which was the only perk.

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PG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointing place to go for our 10th anniversary. We believed the positive reviews but now know better. The portions are large but I'd rather have smaller portions that are well prepared. My rack of lamb was still bleating.

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EH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Met Chef Nader, came to our table and told a few jokes. It was a Tuesday night so they were not busy so it was nice to get a personal visit from the Chef. First time visiting and will definitely come back. Pricing was comparable to most chain restaurants in the area.

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SJ
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Since I was local, I was in charge of finding a spot in Lincoln that my three cousins and our spouses could go to for a quiet dinner and conversation because we hadn't been together in one room for many years. The smaller dining areas and historical setting of the restaurant created a great atmosphere for our reliving bygone days. Our server, the wine selection (although no Washington varietals) and menu diversity were all appreciated by the group who came from Minnesota and Florida. A custom dinner was even prepared for the vegetarian cousin. The appetizers and meals were prepared perfectly and their presentation was timely. My family commented several times over the weekend what a perfect place Billy's was for our reunion.

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KM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was ok, but not up to the price.
Service was excellent.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary. Had a great meal, service was excellent, especially since there was only one waitress working!

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PT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and the conversation with staff and owner. Had a LOVELY evening!

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JM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was top notch. It's a smaller menu but the head chef was very accommodating. It's a unique setting, but the food and service were fantastic. We went with three kids, and while they don't have an everyday kid menu, they had options and they were flexible with us. Our family had a wonderful time.

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SV
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service always good ambience. Owner always visiting patrons to make sure everything is good.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, odd service. Didn't quite get what we ordered, nor did the people at the next table. Very few patrons there, yet service was very slow. We'd hoped for a lovely dining experience, but we probably wouldn't return.

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DK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a very nice atmosphere and something different. Pricing seemed fair and it was very comfortable. They could of probably used a little more help that night, but it was a great experience. We will definitely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week to try out Billy’s. It was an excellent choice! We will be back!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service or food was wonderful.
You got plenty of food for the price and it was such a nice fine dining experience.
We had the Brie appetizer and it was amazing.

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DD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great as was the ambience. The problem lies with the food. The appetizers were excellent and the salads and desserts were as expected but the entrees left alot to be desired. The pork shank did fall off the bone but was bland, no flavor whatsoever. My friend got the rack of lamb and it was dry and overcooked, although he ordered it medium rare as recommended by the chef. The consensus of the table is, the house potatoes were awful and the mushy seasonal veggies were a waste. My suggestion is, order the overpriced specials as my other friends $45 ribeye was good. Overall, for the price, NOT WORTH IT. Sidenote, a $28 bottle of wine should not have a metal twist off cap. Overall, we will not go back.

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OT
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Billy's recently and was very pleased with the staff and especially the food. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive to our needs. We love the quiet atmosphere where conversation is possible. It is a great place for birthdays or anniversaries. Nader, the chef is always open to customizing your meal to your needs. We enjoy the wine and the drinks. We recommend Billy's to anyone looking for a quiet and relaxing, but fun evening.

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Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service(heidi), and nice atmosphere.

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CV
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes ever! My husband and I both have June birthday's and we celebrated at Billy's both times. Food and service is excellent in a quite, intimate setting. Highly recommended!

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T
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting was for a 1st date. It was quiet enough that we could talk, always a good bonus for a first date. The seating was somewhat seclude which was very nice. The service was attentive without being overbearing. We both had filets which were prepared as we asked. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with another couple and had four entrees that covered poultry, pasta, beef and seafood. Each one was excellent. The service by our young server was engaging and first rate. It took some time for our entrees to arrive but that is a minor complaint compared to the experience. The dining area had cozy areas for us and yet handled group tables away from us quite well. Having lived in the Detroit metro area for 28 years, I have to rank this experience in my top five there. I had heard that Billy's had had some down years recently but our meals and service were excellent. I certainly recommend it for special occasions or to just treat yourself to a great meal.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our time there. Friendly,clean, good!

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so attentive and friendly. Enjoyed that very much. The food was fantastic. The chef came out to see how we liked our meal. That was truly a pleasant experience.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was a great place to have a night out with a friend. The server was great and the food was even better.

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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Friendly service. Generous portions. We love Billy’s!

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B
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my first experience at Billy's and probably my last. The Brussel Sprout appetizer we ordered was undercooked BUT the spicy balsamic reduction it came with was good. The fruity balsamic dressing I ordered on my side salad looked like Pepto-Bismol. I chose that dressing, my fault. The Cream of Cauliflower soup my wife ordered was very good. The Avery's Chicken I ordered was completely drowned in sauce and overcooked vegetables (green peppers and tomato wedges). Beside the chicken was a huge mound of rice which they didn't describe on their menu. It was dill and lima bean rice. WTF! That, unfortunately, was my first bite and it almost zapped my appetite. I spent the rest of the meal fighting off the rice that tried to invade the other side of my plate and also trying to find the two small and VERY DRY chicken medallions under all of the vegetable sauce. I imagine that they were trying to disguise the dry chicken with the amount of sauce they used. I ate the chicken...it was the best part of the dish. NOW, I will say that the Glazed Salmon that my wife ordered was pretty good. She, unfortunately, got the same mound of rice. She didn't like it. We decided to ordered dessert because we are new parents and we don't get out much. Gotta live a little am I right? I also wanted to get the everlasting dill and lima bean taste out of my mouth. I had a sweet potato cheesecake and it was really good. THE best part of the dinner. I don't remember what my wife got but she liked it. The worst part of the evening was getting the bill. It was $91 and some change for one glass of cheap Moscato ($6), one undercooked appetizer of Brussel sprouts ($9), two entrees(chicken $22 and salmon $22) and two desserts ($14) plus a tip ($11) because i'm rarely an ahole. I willing went here knowing how much it was going to be but I will not be going back. I feel like some of the more expensive restaurants in Lincoln, NE are NOT being held to the standard of dining they are charging for.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for a nice dinner for our Anniversary. It was nice a quite and we had a very attentive waitress. The menu was pretty limited. I had a chicken dish that was very good and healthy. I liked the salad but it had too much dressing for my taste. I would ask for it on the side next time. I would go back.

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CD
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Birthday! Great place to celebrate with family. Highly recommend as THE BEST place to dine in Lincoln.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely night out. Great atmosphere, great and friendly, fun, but not intrusive service. Helpful, especially around trying to figure out what to order for the table when we are all "sharers." Would go again for a special event.

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OT
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always amazed how quiet Billy's is thus it is great to carry on conversation and have an enjoyable evening. The staff, especially Jordan, is always kind and attentive. The food is excellent and makes for a great dinning experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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N
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JB
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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