Situated on the banks of the Missouri River, with a population creeping up on 500,000, lies the city of Omaha, Nebraska. It’s certainly not the most well-known city in the United States, but newcomers might be surprised at just how much it has to offer. With a vibrant past that won the city the nickname of ‘gateway to the west’, Omaha has the world’s largest indoor desert and North America’s largest indoor rain forest, a charming Old Market, and the funky Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. And that is just the beginning!
Arguably the best part about Omaha (and any place for that matter) is the food. It has a diverse array of restaurants that can cater to anyone’s desires, from expensive fine dining to cheap greasy eats. We’ve put together a list of the best restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska, so that the next time you’re passing through you know where to grab a bite.
Take a look, and get ready to do a lot of eating!
For those with high-end taste
Sometimes you want to splurge on a restaurant with top-notch ingredients and service. Or maybe you’ve simply got the cash to spend. Either way, Omaha has a few popular spots for fine dining.
Can’t get enough meat? One of the most well-known and well-reviewed steakhouses in Omaha is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. This is a place to celebrate special occasions, to impress a first date, or when you simply feel like treating yourself. Chef Rafael Ponce has created a bold, Mexican-inspired menu complete with filet empanadas, braised short ribs, and Kobe sirloin. Is your mouth watering yet? Pair your meal with one of their local wines or hand-crafted cocktails, and you’ve got yourself a dining experience to remember.
If you want fine dining but prefer spaces with a more homey feel, then look no further than Marks in the historic Dundee district. This restaurant is actually located in a historic, turn-of-the-century home, and the owners worked to keep the building’s old warmth and charm. This is where you can find vegetarian and gluten-free options alongside an American and Italian menu, accented with Asian and French influences. They even grow some of their own herbs and vegetables in a rooftop garden. Oh, and there is outdoor seating to boot! Does it get any better than that?
So grab your wallet, get dressed up, and get to dining.
For those not looking to break the bank
If you’re not one for fancy, expensive restaurants, Omaha has got plenty of mid-range eateries that don’t skimp on quality or taste.
For seafood lovers, Plank Seafood & Provisions is the place for you. This oyster bar and seafood grill serves only the freshest fish, smoked in-house, and cooked on a wood fire grill. You can find great deals on drinks and starters during happy hour, not to mention get half-off your oysters! If you adore the taste of the sea in a semi-casual atmosphere, you can’t miss this spot. Who said you need to be on the coast to find good seafood?
There is nothing quite like a good plate of Latin food. If you like authentic taquitos and nachos, head on over to The Hunger Block in Rockbrook Village. This popular Latin restaurant boasts a menu with staples like white fish ceviche, patacon (fried plantains), arroz chaufa (stir fried rice and meat), and good old carne asada.
But that’s not all. The item that makes The Hunger Block really stand out is its towering, messy, oreo milkshake dessert. This menu option is complete with crumbled oreo, a giant scoop of ice cream, a donut or brownie, chocolate sauce, and sometimes even a churro straw all heaped onto a mason jar of oreo milkshake. The ingredients vary, but it’s always a precarious work of art.
For medium price at maximum quality, you can’t go wrong with these two locally loved restaurants.
For those wanting quick and cheap
Perhaps the mid-range restaurants are just not doing it for you, either. Maybe you are hoping for big portions and minimal cost. Have no fear, we’ve got the places for you!
Check out the Crescent Moon. This is the spot for good beer and greasy sandwiches: most famously the Blackstone Reuben which was voted best Reuben by the Omaha World Herald. That’s no small matter considering the Reuben sandwich was originally invented right there in Omaha! The Crescent Moon is as good, quick, and easy on your wallet as you’re going to get for a sit-down restaurant serving big, delicious portions.
Now where would our list be without a good breakfast spot? 11-Worth Cafe is above all the best place to go for a mouth-watering, inexpensive breakfast or lunch. They’ve got the classic breakfast options like omelettes and pancakes, along with a long list of burgers and sandwiches (and don’t forget dessert sundaes). They are especially loved for their heaping side of hashbrowns. So what are you waiting for? Check out 11-Worth Cafe, named one of the top 20 best breakfast restaurants by LocalEats.com.
While the city may not be the most famous one around, it’s cuisine is sure not to disappoint. And as you can see, these are just six of the best restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska, with many more waiting to be discovered. So make sure you arrive with an empty stomach, a curious palate, and wearing your most stretchy pair of pants. Bon Appétit!