Off-Campus Dining

Location
Lincoln, NE
Undergrads
18,039
Tuition (in-state)
$19,848 ($7,563)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Campus is located right next to downtown lincoln so there are plenty of options and most are open almost all night. There are always student discounts/coupons to use as well.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Most places are not very student friendly.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love all the options of food downtown. Especially with the new rail yard and new arena, it has brought many new places to downtown lincoln. Parking can be tricky but options are endless. Fast food to bar good to ethnic food, you can find it all

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have had many good times off campus, specially since we as students have many discounts around the city.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If one finds the right places to go the dining off of campus can be great.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 230th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandi Pflasterer
Hometown
Grand Island, NE
Major
Animal Science
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UNL students are pleased with Lincoln restaurants. Of course there are the big chains, but what students really like are the local places that are scattered throughout downtown and the Haymarket. As for late-night food and delivery (two key factors in a college student’s diet), there are sandwich shops, Mexican, Chinese, and pizza places that stay open until the wee hours of the morning.

There are some really great restaurants in town, and none of them will cost you an arm and a leg. There are also plenty of culinary options for first dates, parent’s weekend, and 21st birthday bashes. There are lots of places to eat off campus when you are a budget, and many places give customers a lot of food for their money. There is also a ton of options to pick from, as well. All-in-all, the dining scene in Lincoln will satisfy even the pickiest eater’s tastebuds.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Amigos Mexican Restaurant
  • Bison Witches Bar & Deli
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle
  • Doozy's
  • Ivanna Cone
  • Jimmy John's
  • Juice Stop
  • Lazlo's Brewery & Grill
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Valentino's To-Go
24-Hour Dining
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Breakfast
Bruegger's Bagels
Best Healthy
Juice Stop
Best Pizza
  • Papa John's
  • Valentio's-To-Go
  • Yia Yia's Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Lazlo's Brewery & Grill
Did You Know?
There are more than 100 restaurants within walking distance of the UNL campus. It's a blessing but also a curse because the wide selection baffles many indecisive students who will sometimes spend a half hour debating where to eat.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Hy-Vee
Several locations around Lincoln
(402) 467-5505
Super Saver
2662 Cornhusker Highway
(402) 466-7100
Wal-Mart Super Center
4700 N. 27th St.
(402) 438-4377

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amigos Mexican Restaurant
Food: Fast-food Mexican
1411 Q St.
(402) 475-9819
www.amigoskings.com
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Good greasy food for late-night munchies.
Bison Witches Bar & Deli
Food: Hot sandwiches
1320 P St.
(402) 474-3366
www.bisonwitches.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: The bar/restaurant is always bustling and the sandwiches make your mouth water just thinking about them.
Bruegger's
Food: Bagels, breakfast
1209 Q St.
(402) 474-6001
www.brueggers.com
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: They aren't shy when it comes to cream cheese, so savor the generous dollops.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American
1328 P St.
(402) 475-2999
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: If you're 21 and your friends aren't, you can all hang out at BW3's.
Buzzard Billy's
Food: Cajun, creole
247 N. 8th St.
(402) 475-8822
www.buzzardbillys.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Located in a historic building, large beer selections, birthday club.
Chipotle
Food: Burritos, tacos
232 N. 13th St.
(402) 474-1133
www.chipotle.com
Price: $2-$5
Doozy's
Food: Hot sandwiches
101 14th St.
(402) 438-1616
www.downtowndoozys.com
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: Doozy's heated sandwiches can be delivered.
FireWorks
Food: Wood-fired food
210 S. 86th Dr.
(402) 434-5644
www.telesis-inc.com/fireworks/index.html
Price: $10-$20
Ivanna Cone
Food: Ice cream
701 P St., Haymarket
(402) 477-7473
www.ivannacone.com
Price: $2-$5
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
101 N. 14th St.
(402) 477-1400
www.jimmyjohns.com
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: Employees have more fun at their job than anyone else downtown.
Juice Stop
Food: Fruit smoothies
1217 Q St.
(402) 435-4442
www.juice-stop.com
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Quick snacks or light and healthy meals, offer about 50 different fruity combinations.
Lazlo's Brewery & Grill
Food: American
210 N. 7th St., Haymarket
(402) 434-5636
www.telesis-inc.com/lazlo/index.html
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: They brew their own ale, which parents like.
Misty's Steakhouse & Lounge
Food: Steak
200 N. 11th St.
(402) 476-7766
www.mistyslincoln.com
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: They brew their own beer.
Old Chicago
Food: American, pizza
826 P St., Haymarket
(402) 477-2277
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There's a bar with pool tables and a party room upstairs.
Papa John's
Food: Pizza delivery
1601 Q St.
(402) 476-6262
www.papajohns.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheap pizza that's delivered to your door.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
2900 NW 12th St.
(402) 474-6162
www.perkinsrestaurants.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Yummy homemade desserts.
Valentino's To-Go
Food: Fast-food Italian
232 N. 13th St.
(402) 475-1501
www.valentinos.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Buffet that will leave you full for a week.
Yia Yia's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1423 O St.
(402) 477-9166
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Serves thin-crust pizza and drinks in a dimly lit room with loud music and pool tables.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 107 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 11% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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