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Blue Orchid Thai, Lincoln, NE

Blue Orchid Thai

4.5
4.5
185 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
High-ceilinged establishment with a patio & cocktails serving classic eats & vegetarian options.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (402) 742-7250
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We offer city wide catering on all of our items. Feel free to call the restaurant during our business hours and book your catering!
  • Private party facilities
    We have availability for private event reservations. This includes our normally closed hours. Contact us by phone or facebook messenger to reserve a private setting.
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lincoln

    Best Overall

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Best Value

  • Lincoln

    Good for business meals

  • Lincoln

    Healthy

  • Lincoln

    Great for fine wines

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

185 Reviews
  1. Mama

    Kansas City

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drinks. Service a little slow. We got our spring rolls appetizer before our drinks. The tables need some decor- a candle and/or a little vase of flowers. But always yummy food- glad to see they’re adding to the menu which seems to never change. 👍🏻

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  2. LindaM

    Omaha

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  3. Stein

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First time dining for 6 out of the 10 of us. The food was very good as the waiter did a fantastic job with helping us with level of spice in the dishes we ordered. The ambience was ok although I am sure our table affected dining for others close by. Service was very good as were the drinks. I was a bit disappointed in the overall appearance of the restaurant, I was expecting a better dining experience. I am sure we will be back. Overall grade is a 4.2 out a 5

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  4. PaulD

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always good food with good service. A great place to go before a show at The Lied.

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  5. MasonB

    Omaha

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sat down for 20 minutes before getting up, and before walking out was told the server “didn’t know he had us in his section” (as he walked past us 10 times) don’t waste your time, I had a reservation and still didn’t get waited on.

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  6. AshleyL

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Payton was a wonderful server. He checked on us often and made sure we were enjoying everything we ordered. We very much enjoyed our experience!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice lunch it was wonderful. Place to have a nice conversation with my cousin. Food was delicious.

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  8. Charchar

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Valentine dinner was delicious! Their food is always consistent.

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  9. LincN

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, as always! Very busy on Valentine’s Day but staff worked through the higher volume very efficiently. Would recommend highly.

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  10. PatrickC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chicken pad thai was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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  11. KitK

    Omaha

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, quiet dinner with our son. Austen was the perfect host and the food was fabulous.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was definitely slower than it should’ve been, but luckily we weren’t in a hurry. Drunken Noodles were excellent. Staff was friendly.

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  13. JoAnneY

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food quality, taste and service is always dependable.

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  14. LindaR

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Peyton was our server. He did a nice job - responsive, timely, good communication... we were the first guests and it was very quiet and enjoyable. We love the Blue Orchid...will be back!

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  15. LarryJ

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our wait person, Jonathan, was excellent. He was efficient, friendly, and really went above and beyond to make our dining experience delightful. We enjoyed chatting with him. The food was all delicious and served in a timely manner. We enjoyed the overall dining experience and we will be back!

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  16. JimG

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have very nice napkins and very nice silverware.

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  17. Foodjunkie

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, ambience! First time at Blue Orchid Thai. Delicious food, the coconut soup was perfect! Large wine list so if you don’t know wines use the Vivino app or similar. You won’t be disappointed! We will return soon for our Thai fix! *****

    1 person found this helpful

  18. JoeS

    Omaha

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Blue Orchid used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but the service has gotten steadily worse over the last several years. At this point it’s downright terrible. The wait staff seems disengaged, rarely checks on you, and this last time borderline snarky. I asked for chili oil and was met with “well, that describes a lot of things here”. Come on, chili oil/chili crisp is something Blue Orchid has had forever and if the staff doesn’t know what I’m talking about they can ask for details or ask the kitchen. No need to be rude. I waited my entire meal for a water refill and was never asked if I needed anything else after the food was brought out. Finally, the entryway for the past several months has smelled like sewage. There is clearly a problem and the fact that it hasn’t been dealt with in months reflects poorly on the entire restaurant, imo.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. ASH17

    Kansas City

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing would be the best word, I can think of. Service was really slow, food was bland at best. I ordered the blue crab meal, had them add extra blue and bean sprouts and hardly found either the blue crab or bean sprouts. We won’t be back.

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  20. MicheleH

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We did not get our food at all. Otherwise everything has always gone well and the food is great! We also only got a partial refund. Not really sure why.

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  21. Stew

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was excellent but unable to guide our wine choices. Chicken Tiki kebobs were excellent offering two kinds of dip. The peanut dip was the best. Fresh mixed salads with the usual two dressings never disappoint. I had the Pacific Medley the dish only costing $20 including white rice steamed to perfection. The wife enjoyed the steak with peanut sauce. This is our favorite Lincoln restaurant and only once in 12 years has been a disappointment.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Host sat a customer at an adjacent table with a barking dog. Not a service animal, an untrained pet. The barking disruption ruined any enjoyment with the dining experience. The manager apologized but did nothing to correct the disruption.

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  23. YvonneR

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. JulieW

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! We went there for lunch. The kitchen was a bit slow, but we were not in a hurry. So it's not a big deal for us. We were offered complimentary desert due to the slow service. Would definitely go again.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. DaveM

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places in Lincoln! Peyton was very attentive to our needs. Quality of food is always exceptional.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. BrandenR

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeds expectations every time we done there. One of the best restaurants in town!!

    1 person found this helpful

  27. JonR

    Dallas

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Had an appetizer lunch with soup, Thai roll and tempura chicken. All were tasty. Will definitely visit the restaurant again.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. KWOne9

    Omaha

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently had dinner with a friend at Blue Orchid. I had Pineapple Basil and my friend had a drink called Madame Butterfly--both were excellent. Between the two of us, we had green tofu curry, pad thai, strawberry cake and chocolate cake. All were well done. The atmosphere was sedated with lots of sage green tones and Asian decorations--quite lovely.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. Yolos

    Denver

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Only a limited number of restaurants are open for dinner on Sunday evening in downtown Lincoln. I was glad I made a 5:00pm reservation before a performance at the Lied Center. Our server, Payton, did a terrific job taking care of us as the restaurant rapidly filled with guests. Cocktails were ordered and delivered promptly. The same with appetizers. Our entree took a little longer - the Butter Chicken and the Beef Soup - which gave us time to enjoy our delicious cocktails. While very tasty, I would have liked more sauce served with my chicken dish. It also was slightly over cooked but still very enjoyable. The Beef Soup was a full meal : beef, pork, noodles and vegetables and was delicious. I would highly recommend the Blue Orchid, located in the heart of downtown Lincoln.

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  30. RobinK

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, even though menu is about the same as Issara, I still think Issara food was better. Ordered a Moscow Mule and that’s not what we got. Thought maybe they just didn’t have copper cups, so started drinking it. Definitely not a Moscow Mule. But we did finish it, our fault we should have asked the server what they served us?

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a good dinner experience to try this restaurant. Everything was good.

    1 person found this helpful

  32. Shanda

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is usually pretty good, but our recent experience wasn't the best. The rice was very burnt. It took forever to get a water refill.

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  33. LarryJ

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Just the right level of spice for my dinner companion and me. The wait staff were attentive and pleasant. We enjoyed it and will return.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. mjsra

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our service was great and the food was amazing. Highly recommend checking this place out!

    1 person found this helpful

  35. KenK

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Blue Orchid has never disappointed, but it can be inconsistent. On this visit we had the mussels and chicken tempura appetizers (the chicken was for our daughters main), I had panang curry with chicken, and the wife had the nam tok (beef salad). My chicken was pretty chewy, but the sauce was great. Or rice was a bit dry and chewy, like it'd been around for awhile. Tempura chicken was a hit and the mussels were very good (though we felt we could taste the wine in the broth a bit too much). Nam tok was 🔥. Service? Austen provided some of the best service I've EVER had, here in Lincoln, or anywhere. He was attentive but not overbearing, genuinely kind, and casual but professional. We tipped him well, and he deserved it. That guy could work any fine dining restaurant in the country and kill it. I will always recommend Blue Orchid---just know that it can be anywhere from pretty good to great. It is a decent value either way and I can't imagine anyone being disappointed.

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  36. TimS

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall this as the worst dining experience we have had in a long time. We waited for 15 minutes after being seated before anyone acknowledged us. The restaurant was not overly busy with approximately half the tables occupied. The seafood was way overcooked, the butter chicken breasts had been cooked a day or so previously and then warmed and plated. The flavor of meats that have been cooked for awhile and chilled is unmistakable and not anything anyone expects. The waiter did what he could but it appeared he had not been trained properly. We had a couple bites of our meals and then asked for the check. We tipped the waiter the normal amount based on our belief that it was not his fault. I hope for the sake of this restaurant that ours was an unusual situation.

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  37. LindaR

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We requested Tong, and thank you for allowing him to be our server. He does an excellent job - remembered us, knows what we order, responsive and friendly. We had a wonderful evening.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. ChristopherF

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best meal I’ve had in Lincoln in many years. Orchid Chicken is delicious.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Thao food was just ok overall. I'm surprised they were missing some key dishes like dumplings for appetizers. Food was oversauced and just not that great. Had to at least try it

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  40. SandraD

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Blue Orchid is one of my favorite Lincoln restaurants and they never miss the mark. The service is excellent and the food never disappoints!

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blue Orchid Thai using the Order Online button. Blue Orchid Thai also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (402) 742-7250.

Blue Orchid Thai is rated 4.5 stars by 185 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Blue Orchid Thai

129 N 10th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Thai, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (402) 742-7250
  • Catering
    We offer city wide catering on all of our items. Feel free to call the restaurant during our business hours and book your catering!
  • Private party facilities
    We have availability for private event reservations. This includes our normally closed hours. Contact us by phone or facebook messenger to reserve a private setting.
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