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Nearby Restaurants in Lincoln

In the last couple years, Lincoln Nebraska has become home to a booming culinary scene in line with any big city. Although we’re known as the corn state, we have plenty of globally-inspired and farm-to-table eats popping up that are sure to charm you.

With more than one hundred restaurants in our historic Haymark District alone, you’ll find everything from delicious tandoor chicken and curry, to crave-worthy cinnamon snickerdoodle ice cream, all within a couple minutes of each other. No matter your tastes, here’s seven of our favorite restaurants, breweries and desserts to love in Lincoln. 


402 Creamery

Satisfy your sweet tooth at 402 Creamery, the Lincoln scoop shops serving seasonal ice cream made from the freshest ingredients around. Dig into signature flavors like Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, or test out their inventive flavors of the month. Besides making mouth-watering ice cream, 402 Creamery puts the community first by sourcing the best local ingredients and getting involved with fundraisers and other area events.  

Insider Tip

Don’t skip if you’re dairy free, they have delicious vegan and gluten free options. 

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Hurts Donut Co.

If you’re in search of really, really good donuts, look no further than Hurts Donut Co. They’ve been sweetening mornings in Lincoln for years, along with nearly a dozen other locations across the midwest. Get your donut fix in the morning, afternoons, evenings, and any time in between, as Hurts Donut Co prides themselves on being open 25 hours a day, eight days a week. 

Choose from their selection of over 70 varieties of donuts, each of which they say is a love letter to their customers. Sink your teeth into classics like Bavarian cream or maple bacon, or satisfy your sweet tooth with unique donuts like the E.T. (topped with Reese’s pieces) or the S’mores (with a toasted marshmallow right on top).

Insider Tip

They have new flavors every day – so stop by for breakfast more than once during your stay. 

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Boiler Brewing Company

Bold beers are best served in Lincoln’s historic Grand Manse building. At least, if you ask Boiler Brewing Company. This U.S. post office and courthouse turned brewery pours a rotating list of beer, cider, and mead, alongside some of the best bites in downtown Lincoln. 

Taste everything from the Coconut Killa imperial stout to the fruited gose Sedonah’s Sunrise Mimosa to red ales, lagers, IPAs, and even mead. Savor your pint in the tap room or get a crowler to go to enjoy back in your hotel room.

Insider Tip

The first Sunday of every month at 2 PM is the Boiler Brewing Company Brewery and History Tour. Sip on samples while you tour the Grand Manse building, brewery and taproom. 

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Tavern on the Square

Tavern on the Square is as cozy as they come, with exposed brick walls and rustic wood ceilings reminiscent of the 1800s. Their old-world spirit is fitting as the tavern is flanked by buildings built over 300 years ago, all of which make up Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket Square. Whether you belly up to the bar or catch some sun in the outdoor courtyard, Tavern on the Square is a place you can stay a while. 

Their daily specials change with the season, but what remains is local craft beer, inventive cocktails, and a neighborhood bar atmosphere you just can’t beat. 

Insider Tip

There are plenty of leagues at The Tavern to sign-up for year round. All leagues are free to enter with regular league season play and a seeded tournament at the end. Gifts and prizes are handed out at the end of tournament time to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Although, mostly it’s about the bragging rights around here.

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The Oven

A family-owned restaurant, The Oven is part of a 27-year-old legacy of Indian food—but not just any Indian food. The Oven serves up Northern Indian cuisine specifically, which is unique for its colorful foods, bright aromas, and unmistakable depth of flavor. The Haymarket location first opened in 1988 and has been a Lincoln dinner staple ever since.

Dig into classic Indian appetizers like samosas or pakoras, but save room for entrees like tandoor chicken, chicken tikka, and more, all with a hearty helping of Indian bread.

Insider Tip

Situated below the Oven Haymarket, The Cellar features a full service bar with premium liquor, a variety of appetizers, and a dining area with a full menu.

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Crescent Moon Coffee

Enter: the cozy basement coffee shop of our dreams. Locally-owned and operated since 2001, Crescent Moon Coffee in Lincoln serves a variety of single origin and locally roasted coffees, loose leaf teas, specialty espresso drinks, craft beer, wine and cocktails. While their drinks and extensive café menu are stellar, the exposed brick walls, rustic wood beams and homey ambiance steal the show. Place your order and stay awhile – trust us, you won’t want to leave this hidden gem.  


Insider Tip

The made-to-order crepes are absolutely insane.

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Kate Martin

Kate Martin just might be the coolest Lincoln cocktail bar you’ve never heard of. Mysterious watering hole with drinks named after famous Nebraskans? We’re always in. Every drink at this O Street establishment is handcrafted and well-considered by the excellent bartenders. You’ll definitely want to try at least one, maybe two, okay three…  

Insider Tip

While you’re around, check out Kate Martin’s sister bar, The Occidental, right off the alley. 

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