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Permanently Closed - Culinary Underground

4.0
31 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Outstanding Value

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Culinary Underground features new entrees and appetizers from Chef Nick Fraley. Along with the newly added selection of food, there is an all new full Bar selection, featuring Barrel Age Whiskeys, Craft Beers, unique wines and specialty drinks brings a unique concept to Lincoln.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11am - 9pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
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Phone number
(402) 817-6510
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on December 28, 2016

According to our waitress, Culinary Underground is closing permanently after December 31, 2016.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Lovely place, food and service. Such a loss for the area.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2016

We had a Christmas dinner together with my mother, sister, our two daughters and their family which totaled 11 people. Derek was our waiter and (AS ALWAYS) he treated us like royalty. The food was fabulous as it always is and of course I made everyone order BREAD PUDDING for dessert. It was a wonderful evening and everyone was very pleased!
Thank you for everything~
Terri K.

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1.0Dined on December 7, 2016

Food was pretty good service was horrible

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2016

I am obsessed with your bread pudding and MAKE people try it....to date I have converted about 20 people to your bread pudding and have now made it my goal to convert more. Your staff is awesome! I eat there at least once a week and have even gotten our church to partner with your restaurant for the SCRIP card program! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
You most loyal customer!
Terri Krolikowski

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2016

My crab cake was just okay. It had a sourness to it. Maybe too much lemon mixed in? The risotto wasn't as creamy, as it was sticky. The vegetables were limp and overcooked. I didn't eat them any more than to taste them. The quantity of food was very good. The peanut butter porter was outstanding!! Great little waitress. Very friendly. I liked what the menu offered; American fare, nothing unapproachable. The soups were good. The pimento cheese spread was good and a nice free starter. I'd go back. Although the food wasn't brag worthy, it certainly was good. A decent, friendly, clean, moderately priced restaurant in the Haymarket area. The name threw me off, though. Culinary, to me, meant it would be unique and maybe high end style meals. Underground also, to me, said something unique and maybe even so good I'd want to keep it a secret so the place wouldn't get so crowded and I could always get it. The food was more on a par with Applebees. Still. A decent place downtown.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2016

The service was great. We asked to be moved and there were no issues. Our server was very attentive. The food is good. A of options and decent pricing. Definitely a not a quiet environment if you're looking for that.

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1.0Dined on November 13, 2016

we went to sunday brunch buffet we are vegetarians , nothing means nothing at all is there for vegetarians ... ther charge for oranje juice also .. we didnt had much still paid 40 bucks waste of money . too small buffet

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2016

The first-time visit was enjoyable with a very decent meal. Good enough to go back, but not quite great enough to stand out on this night.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Very, very slow service, but the food is quite good.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

fabulous food! great waitress! I had the carne asada and will definitely order again!

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2016

Food and drink was very good. Great value. Service a little slow but I wasn't in a hurry.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

We love this restaurant. The location is great and so is the food and service. We are regulars. P

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2016

This is my favorite place to eat. I take all of my friends here and make them try the Bread pudding dessert and so far have converted 15 friends who now LOVE bread pudding. The wait staff treats me like royalty and I tell everyone about the amazing food! The chef makes some amazing dishes and the vegetarian meatballs and pasta, Chipotle rolls, the Gnocchi pasta are three of my favorites besides the bread pudding. My family loves the Sunday brunches as well! BEST PLACE IN LINCOLN TO EAT!!!!

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2016

We were in town for an event so we had a limited menu. My boyfriend was looking forward to the meatloaf but it was not available. The food we did order was great though. Great chicken salad, Mac n cheese, and mango chicken sandwich. They had a good beer selections at a good price for the event as well. Service was just okay. Our waiter was slammed with a big party and never was able to check on us. The whole staff looked to be a little frantic every time a new table showed up. We were happy to get out in time to make it to the show.

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2.0Dined on October 4, 2016

Food was just okay but it took an hour to get our food.

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2.0Dined on October 4, 2016

We ate here on an event night which may have contributed to the low score. An event menu was in place, presumably to speed service, which in actuality was still notably very slow. We saw our server infrequently and had to flag her down when we needed something. The ambiance could have been appealing however the lack of any sound dampening materials in the restaurant required one to nearly shout across the table in order to be heard. If the restaurant had been half full perhaps service and noise levels may have been acceptable. The food was fair at best. I had the ribs which were tender enough but somewhat bland. The fries arrived on the cool side of warm. I can't recommend and likely will not return unless I hear better experience from others.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Brought the family here after the Nebraska victory over Illinois. All four of us thought the food was outstanding. We ordered, Tacos, Salmon and Burgers along with a couple appetizers bruschetta and chipotle chicken rolls which were incredibly tasty. When in Lincoln go "Underground" and enjoy ride. #GoBigRed

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1.0Dined on September 30, 2016

This was a terrible experience. When our party of 8 arrived all together at 7:30 we waited a few minutes until someone greeted us. No other parties were standing at the host stand and multiple employees had walked past us. When we were greeted we gave my name and the host said she didn't show as having my reservation. There were open tables outside so we asked if we could take those. We were told to wait. 5 minutes later the manager came and said he'd seat us outside. We helped him push together 3 tables and he left us 4 menus for 8 people. 10 minutes later a server came and we gave him out drink, appetizer and entree orders. 2 in our party just wanted water and we asked for waters for all of us, even for those who ordered drinks. 25 minutes later the alcoholic drinks came. No water. Then the server brought us water. We arrived to the restaurant at 7:30. At 9pm we received out appetizers. No silverware had been brought to our table yet. The fried green tomatoes where not green tomatoes and tasted like pure grease. They were awful. The chicken rolls were a temperature above cold. Another 15 minutes went by and we didn't get our food. We asked for the manager. He came out and explained that the kitchen was under staffed and out food would be out in "2 minutes". He did not ask if we needed more drinks , the water glasses were empty and he did not clear 1 appetizer plate. When 5 minutes had passed we all got up to leave. As we did so the food was brought out on trays
The manager said he was paying for our entire meal and we might as well soy down and eat it. The food was cold. We were famished so we ate what we could. The ribeye steaks were appalling. So much for a good steak in NEB. Even the bowl of soup that someone ordered was ice cold. I chose this restaurant to take my coworkers to and it was a complete bust. 2 and a half hours to eat cold amd greasy food. The one thing that was hot and delicious: the Mexican street corn that came with the steak.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Delicious! We started with the egg rolls and they were fabulous. My daughter had the ribs which fell off the bone and the sauce was very good. A side of delicious Mac and cheese. I had the shrimp and grits. They did this right! Absolutely delicious! Even the herb balsamic salad dressing was yummy. You won't be disappointed '

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

We had a great meal and service was good.

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3.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Read prior reviews about slow wait staff. We were seated and it took awhile to get anyone to the table. Now once she was there, she did a pretty good job. She took our water pitcher once to refill, and then didn't bring it back till asked for - but its nice they do leave one on the table. I went off a friends recommendation, she had lunch there, and sat outside which would be nice. We had dinner, outside was full. Inside was not very busy. They do have a fairly large - long restaurant so looks small at first but it goes back a long ways. Nothing wow'd me, but the menu options were varied, food portions were good and very reasonable. We ordered a bottle of mascato - wanted something light /cool and refreshing the wine was luke warm even after sitting in a chiller. So I would go back but probably not as a first choice. The tomato bisque was probably the best part of the meal.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Fantastic fresh food and original drinks. I enjoyed he jalapeño margarita and my wife loves the pineapple mojito.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

We chose this because is was with Open Table. It was football Game Day and we were offered a limited menu. The food was delicious especially the barbecue sauce. We'd like to come back when a full menu is available. We were told the food is all chef prepared and based on what we ate, we'd be back.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Everything was VERY good. Service was great! With the size of our table (14), they did very well and apologize if anyone had to wait longer than the others. We waited 15 minutes for our mixed drinks. Only 4 of ordered mixed drinks. Otherwise, everything was GREAT!

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2016

Had a great meal, service was excellent and dessert was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

Food was delicious! I felt a bit too close to the 2 tables next to us. Service was slow. I was sitting for 10 minutes while my husband parked without anyone coming to the table... Not even water. I also noticed that the table next to us waited quite some time before credit card was returned and required signature on the bill took place.
But.... We will be back. Best tomato bisque soup I've ever had!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2016

The food and drinks were really great. I would have expected my bill to be double what it was. I had the special and 3 specialty cocktails. My wife went more from menu with house wine. A touch slow on bringing drinks out but we were in no hurry anyway. Great place!

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

Underground Meatloaf & Stuffed Portobello dishes were superb

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2016

Enjoyable evening. The food was great and the service was great. I was just passing through to go to Colorado but will definitely come again if ever that way.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2016

The food was excellent, from the entree to the main courses. Everyone in the party of 4 was pleased with their food selection. The thing that stood out the most was, upon realizing (no prompt from diners) the soups had not been delivered before the entrees the server owned the mistake and provided options.

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