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The Engine House Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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6028 Havelock Ave, Lincoln, NE 68507-1158
(402) 467-2880
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While traveling from Chicago to Denver, we came to The Engine House Cafe due to high ratings, but were disappointed with very slow service (1 pancake, 1 bowl oatmeal), store bought cinnamon roll, no butter, poor quality food. Perhaps the surroundings were interesting, but service and food were poor.

Thank AnnieNewton
Norfolk, Nebraska
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came here on a sunday morning and there was a line out the door. We checked to see how long of a wait. Was 30+ minutes. Thought we would go elsewhere. Decided when we got back to the car to just wait. Great Choice. Food was great. we has chix fried steak and eggs, chix fried steak dinner, bacon... More 

Thank bigshoe1982
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

When some friends were in town from Minneapolis, I scoured the internet for a great Sunday brunch experience to really "wow" them. The Engine House was rated quite highly, so we drove across town and waited about 15 minutes for a table. Unfortunately, our meal was nothing to brag about. We waited to be seated, which is fine -- except... More 

Thank Heather V
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

I eat here with my family on every holiday weekend when I visit Lincoln. Great food worth the time to wait in line to get in. Their breakfasts are amazing and they are very good about making sure your drinks are always full. Before your drinks are empty they have a full one ready and on your table. When you... More 

Thank Kim M
Lincoln, NE
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

The Engine House is a cute breakfast place in Havelock. The food is just ok, though. My omelette had cheese melted on top - in a microwave to a lava hot temperature. It's just fine but the long waits on weekends aren't worth it in our opinion.

Thank TravelCouple19
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

The Engine House Cafe has good breakfast food, but on Sundays you should expect to wait as the eating area is somewhat small and fills quickly.

Thank John J
Lincoln, Nebraska
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We stopped for lunch and the restaurant was packed. We should have had breakfast but instead I ordered a rueben and my daughter had a Swiss mushroom burger. Each one of us said the food was average. As I looked around I realized most people were eating breakfast type items. They have a large menu ....too large to really do... More 

Thank Sandy F
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

This is a quality place that serves quality breakfast food. At certain times they can be very busy but the food is always good.

Thank fife2003
Nebraska USA
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128 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

This is probably our fifth time to eat breakfast at Engine House and something has definitely changed. The staff was surly and dis-engaged. Is was extremely crowded so we sat at the counter, just the 2 of us. It was many minutes before we were even acknowledged, and longer yet until we were offered coffee. The entire wait staff, all... More 

Thank brendannebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
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304 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

Stopped here for breakfast before playing golf one morning earlier this week. Great place for breakfast! Home style breakfasts served in a great setting. Great service as our server took really good care of us. Looking forward to a return visit.

Thank Terry H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6028 Havelock Ave, Lincoln, NE 68507-1158
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Lincoln
  • Phone Number: (402) 467-2880

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?