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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Lincoln

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Lincoln? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of JTK Cuisine & Cocktails restaurant
4.8
4.8 (649)
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
JTK is an upscale restaurant located in the Historic Haymarket where we strive to be a truly unique restaurant for the City of Lincoln. Our goal is to provide our guests the ultimate dining experience through exceptional food, superior service and an award winning wine list.
Top review
Mama
Dined 3 days ago
Service was very good. Not rushed. Large servings. Caesar salad -very tasty, maybe a tad overdressed. The chicken and rice soup- loaded with chicken. Our 2 entrees were served piping hot. Both- excellent- a lot of leftovers. We shared one dessert- the White Russian- omg good! My cosmo cocktail- just so-so. Overall- a great value meal. Nice atmosphere.
A photo of Green Gateau restaurant
4.8
4.8 (584)
$30 and under
American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
The Green Gateau is an upper-scale neighborhood restaurant that has been in operation for over 25 years in the heart of downtown Lincoln. We have combined a European atmosphere with American contemporary cuisine to create a casual, yet refined feeling with delicious flavors.

Owners Eric and Cristi are proud to serve their award winning desserts, fresh seafood, and Nebraska Wagyu beef. This is just a fraction of the comprehensive menu that is sure to satisfy. We are also proud to source local and organic produce, dairy, meat, and wine.

The Green Gateau is a consistent winner of Lincoln's Choice 'Best Brunch', and offers brunch from 8-3 on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Gateau boasts one of the most comprehensive wine selections in Nebraska, and is annually voted a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner.

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ThomasBvip
Dined 4 days ago
Unbelievable European inspired cuisine at very reasonable prices
A photo of Piedmont Bistro by Venue restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1527)
$30 and under
Breakfast
Lincoln
About the restaurant
With amazing people, astonishing local food, and outstanding service, the Piedmont Bistro by Venue is the neighborhood favorite you can trust and love. Serving everything from breakfast and brunch to lunch and dinner, step inside our welcoming dining room or join us in our full service bar for a genuine neighborhood experience.
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MarcOmaha63
Dined 4 days ago
Every was wonderful! All the appetizers were great and filet was cooked perfectly.
A photo of Venue Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1917)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Venue Restaurant & Lounge is a full-service restaurant in Lincoln, NE. We specialize in affordable quick-service lunches while presenting a fine dining Chef-inspired dinner service. Our nightly features are nothing short of amazing with exclusive finds from around the world. We also offer Catering and Event Services with a large variety of delicious items for any event. We have your event venue covered with 5 private dining rooms, as well as two downtown ballrooms with the Jasmine Room and the Scottish Rite Ballroom.
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Ragsvip
Dined 6 days ago
Another great night at Venue. Great service, cocktails, food and atmosphere. Our favorite HH in Lincoln at a great value.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Haymarket restaurant
4.7
4.7 (79)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
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Sawnya
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
Our server was excellent. He kept our glasses filled and was very helpful with the menu. Our food was plated beautifully and was delicious.
A photo of DISH Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (972)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
For parties of more than 6 people, please call the restaurant, 402-475-9475.

Contemporary Cocktails. Elevated Cuisine.

DISH is an upscale New American restaurant in the heart of downtown Lincoln. We strive to provide an unmatched dining experience from start to finish. Our dedication to our guests shines through our fresh and diverse dining menu; creative, handcrafted cocktails; and professional and knowledgeable service staff. Join us for luncheons, romantic date nights, celebrations, or even a quick snack on the way to a show. We are here to make every occasion even more memorable.

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lnklocal
Dined 2 days ago
As always, our meal at DISH was incredible. The service, cocktails, and meals were spectacular. The new spring menu offered something for everyone in our party. As a vegetarian, I'm always grateful that I have multiple options on the menu. The asparagus appetizer was my favorite. My friends really enjoyed the mussels and duck fat potatoes. My entree was amazing - the grilled oyster mushroom confit. Every single part of the dish was perfect. We always appreciate the obvious care and creativity that goes into each part of the dining experience at DISH.
A photo of The Oven - Downtown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (477)
$30 and under
Indian
Lincoln
About the restaurant
The first Oven Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, has been around since 1988 and owned/operated by a dedicated family of chefs who have been creating Indian cuisine for over twenty seven years. The Oven Restaurants specialize in Northern Indian Cuisine which is known for its rich colors, flavor profiles and a unique style of cooking in a clay oven, called the Tandoor. Chicken, shrimp and lamb marinate for several hours in a yogurt and spice mixture and placed on skewers while various breads are being hand made by our chefs fresh each day. The skewers and breads are then placed in the tandoor over an open flame where breads are cooked to perfection and the rich flavors are sealed in to ensure tenderness and quality of the meat. Whether you enjoy the historic Haymarket atmosphere to the relaxed vibe of the Cellar, we have what you want!
Top review
RichardEvip
Dined 6 days ago
Consistently and reliably excellent in every way.
A photo of Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi restaurant
4.7
4.7 (277)
$30 and under
Japanese
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Welcome to KOEN, a unique Japanese BBQ and Sushi experience! Sharing a meal has always been a cultural cornerstone that brings people together from all walks of life. KOEN in Japanese simply means, “A gathering place” where creating lasting memories with family, friends, and loved ones is built right into your table, literally!


KOEN is the only restaurant in Lincoln, NE where you can enjoy authentic Japanese BBQ flavors pre-marinated and brought to you plated and ready to grill to your liking. Every guest becomes a world-class chef with personal smoke-less grills built right into each table. Specially designed ventilation systems pull smoke away and vent completely outside, so you can relax in a clean and healthy atmosphere. And if family style grilling isn’t your goal, come in and relax with an Asian inspired cocktail, partake in daily happy hour specials, or order fresh-made sushi for dine in or carry out. Online ordering is also available.

Top review
LoriJ
Dined on Mar 8, 2024
This was absolutely fantastic. Delicious food and fun atmosphere. I highly recommend.
A photo of The Oven - East restaurant
4.7
4.7 (238)
$30 and under
Indian
Lincoln
About the restaurant
The Oven Restaurants specialize in Northern Indian Cuisine which is known for its rich colors, flavor profiles and a unique style of cooking in a clay oven, called the Tandoor. Chicken, shrimp and lamb marinate for several hours in a yogurt and spice mixture and placed on skewers while various breads are being hand made by our chefs fresh each day. The skewers and breads are then placed in the tandoor over an open flame where breads are cooked to perfection and the rich flavors are sealed in to ensure tenderness and quality of the meat. Over the last several years, the Oven Restaurants has expanded to two other locations and added space to the lower level of the Haymarket location. Whether you enjoy the historic Haymarket atmosphere and relaxed vibe of the Cellar, the beautiful sunsets and outdoor patio of the Oven East, or you’re in Omaha for the night to try Himalayas, there are many ways to sample the cuisine of India!
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RickD
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Great food. Curries ate all wonderful. Great service. NYC quality in Lincoln Nebraska
A photo of Blue Orchid Thai restaurant
4.6
4.6 (185)
$30 and under
Thai
Lincoln
About the restaurant
High-ceilinged establishment with a patio & cocktails serving classic eats & vegetarian options.
Top review
LindaM
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
We shared several appetizers, a stir-fried dish and topped it off with the Coconut cake. Our specialty cocktails were lovely. It was all delicious. I have eaten there before and their curry dishes are excellent. They will cut down on the spiciness if requested. Our waitperson was pleasant and attentive, but not overbearing.
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