We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Nebraska that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).
Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure.
Local Nebraska Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats
We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.
⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)
- Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill – It’s not often that you see a local restaurant with an allergen menu, but this eatery has a full chart for their three Nebraska restaurants (two in Lincoln). The milk-free options aren’t extensive, but do include some surprising options, like Brewery Battered Fish, Casablanca Chicken, and their Burger, to name a few. Their house Beer Bread, Onion Rings, Chicken Fingers, and several other sides were also dairy-free at last check.
- Rutabagas Comfort Food – This vegan restaurant transforms several lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch favorites into plant-based dishes. They serve sandwiches, burgers, waffles, and more, and also offer some sweet treats, line cinnamon rolls and cookies. Ample gluten-free options are available and labeled on the menu.
- Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill – As mentioned above, this local chain has a full allergen chart, complete with several dairy-free entrees and sides. They can also make several more entrees dairy-free, like their salads, simply by omitting the cheese. Reader Destini visited this location and said they were extremely helpful and patient – she was ordering dairy-free and gluten-free.
- Modern Love ⭐️ – Vegan icon Isa Chandra Moskowitz founded this plant-based restaurant in midtown. They serve a dinner menu that’s focuses both on comfort food and fresh, locally grown cuisine. And the dessert menu is not to be missed. It includes cheesecakes, milkshakes, fun pastries, and more.
- Pacific Eating House ⭐️ – Thanks to Margaret for emailing this recommendation! This full-service restaurant focuses on natural, wild, and thoughtfully-sourced foods. They offer lunch, dinner, and drinks, and label dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan items clearly on their menus. At last check, over half of their items were labeled as dairy free!
Most Popular Chains in Nebraska for Dairy-Free Diners
There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.
This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations
We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.
Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!
This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.