The 10 Best Restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska

Eat Your Way Through Nebraska's Largest City

Steaks might be the first food that comes to mind when you think of Omaha, but the culinary offerings in Nebraska's biggest city are surprisingly diverse, not to mention entirely worthwhile. From gourmet burgers to bento boxes and sushi, get ready to taste your way through the “Big O” at these 10 amazing eateries.

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The Grey Plume

A poultry based entree from The Grey Plume with crispy skin topped with fresh greens on top of an orange sauce with Brussels sprouts and red onion also on the plate

 The Grey Plume

Address
220 S 31st Ave #3101, Omaha, NE 68131, USA
Phone
+1 402-763-4447

At the forefront of Omaha's local and sustainable food movement, The Grey Plume serves up contemporary American cuisine that is seasonally-driven and delicious. There are artisan cheese plates and charcuterie boards to share, entrees highlighting roasted pheasant and Morgan Ranch wagyu beef, and even a four, six, or eight course chef's tasting menu — all dished out in an airy space. The restaurant also hosts classes in everything from pasta making to craft cocktail creations, but they fill up quickly so book ahead! 

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The Drover

Address
2121 S 73rd St, Omaha, NE 68124, USA
Phone
+1 402-391-7440

In a city filled with steakhouses, The Drover remains a (pardon the pun) true cut above the rest. This landmark eatery — temporarily closed due to a fire, but reopening in mid-2019 — wins accolades for its whiskey-marinated steaks, most notably their famous 8-ounce filet mignon, as well as massive cuts of NY strip and prime rib. Cozy fireplaces and a scattering of wagon wheels provide a rustic cowboy-inspired setting. 

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Early Bird

Gray, oblong plate with two pancakes stacked on top of each other topped with fresh blueberries, streusel and cream cheese icing. There are also two strips of bacon and two eggs cooked over medium on the plate. Behind the plate is a pale yellow drink with white foam, garnished with a sprig of rosemary and an orange peel

 Early Bird

Address
3824 Farnam St #120, Omaha, NE 68131-3114, USA
Phone
+1 402-934-5535

Located in Omaha's buzzing Blackstone District, the Early Bird attracts crowds with its big, almost-retro circular booths and a diverse brunch menu that includes various "jack stacks," "bennies," and "sandies" and plenty of cocktails for imbibing. The eatery's chicken fried steak is a perennial favorite, as is “The Bob,” a giant glazed donut made for sharing. Self-serve coffee is available while you wait, or belly up to the bar to order one of a handful of Bloody Mary variations. 

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Yamato Sushi Train & Grill

Address
7429 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68114, USA
Phone
+1 402-934-8898

As the first (and possibly only) conveyor belt sushi restaurant in the Midwest, Yamato delights with its color-coded nigiri platters — think red snapper, salmon, and uni — and a pan-Asian menu of offerings like Mongolian beef and fried rice. The restaurant's décor is bright and modern, with a series of fish-adorned ceiling tapestries and a covered “sushi train” that runs throughout much of the dining room. For lunch, don't miss Yamato's selection of bento boxes, each one packed with a main item such as sesame chicken or shrimp tempura and accompanied with a California roll, miso soup, and rice. 

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The Boiler Room Restaurant

Close up of seared meat on a bead of roasted potates and topped with sliced red bell peppers and fresh cilantro

Visit Omaha 

Address
1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102, USA
Phone
+1 402-916-9274

Multiple James Beard Awards' semifinalist and Omaha native Chef Tim Nicholson runs The Boiler Room kitchen, transforming farm fresh foods into an all-out culinary experience. Dishes might include baked Alaskan halibut, Moulard duck breast from New York's La Belle Farm, or wagyu flank steak, each incorporating locally grown and foraged artisan ingredients — a perk that extends to the restaurant's bar menu as well. For oenophiles, The Boiler Room is home to more than 500 different labels of Old World domaines. It occupies a refurbished brick and steel space in the city's Old Market neighborhood.

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Butterfish

Crispy Blackstone hand roll from Butterfish in Nebraska on a black, rectangular plate with a teapot and cup in the background. The sushi roll has spicy crab mix, avocado and jalapeño in it and is topped with tempura flakes, unagi sauce i

Butterfish

Address
3901 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68131, USA
Phone
+1 402-934-8979

A Blackstone District newcomer, Butterfish is both a modern sushi bar and a tapas-style Asian-fusion eatery. Enjoy creative rolls like the Rocky Balboa — a mix of smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, white and black sesame seeds with a bit of crispy garlic — or the spicy crab and albacore tuna Ralph Macchio roll in a sleek and stylish setting that includes a central sushi bar and private, tucked away booths for larger parties. There's even a bit of outdoor seating, as well as sake carafes and wine on tap.

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Kith & Kin

Pecan-crusted halibut on top of tomato succotash and jalapeño hollandaise sauce with a lemon wedge on top

 Kith & Kin

Address
5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha, NE 68132-2236, USA
Phone
+1 402-991-1552

Kith & Kin fully embraces the regional hospitality that its name — a southern phrase meaning friends and family — with a menu full of mouthwatering comfort cuisine. Dishes — such as Southern fried chicken, crispy cajun catfish, and seafood pot pie — are served alongside plates of hushpuppies and corn bread in a spacious Dundee neighborhood setting complete with signature sparkling chandeliers left over from the restaurant's previous incarnation. It's a mix of Southern eats and Midwestern hospitality all rolled into one. 

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Leadbelly

Cheeseburger on a white plate with a pretzel bun, beef patty, sautéed onion, spring mix, candied bacon, Dijon mustard & Swiss cheese. Theres also a black bowl with pickled cabbage on the plate

LeadBelly 

Address
3201 Farnam St #6101, Omaha, NE 68131, USA
Phone
+1 402-502-1713

Known for its unique selection of gourmet burgers, Leadbelly also attracts a local following with its casual pub-style atmosphere and TVs perfect for game days. The eatery first got its start in nearby Lincoln, though its outpost in Omaha's Midtown Crossing is just as popular. Expect the same legendary burger offerings — including the Raspberry Beret — a patty (choose from ground chuck, chicken, veggie, or portobello mushroom) topped with candied bacon, jerk-ginger peanut butter, and raspberry jalapeno jelly, and the Full Leaded Jacket, served on a fresh baked cinnamon roll with chili, white cheddar, and queso — along with poutine, fish & chips, and local brews on tap. 

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Le Bouillon

Sandwich cut in half diagonally with cured ham, melted cheese and truffle aioli on house baked brioche

 Le Bouillon

Address
1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102, USA
Phone
+1 402-502-6816

Tucked away in a late 19th century brick building in the city's Old Market district, Le Bouillon showcases the best in French cuisine while utilizing local Nebraska ingredients. The restaurant's décor includes colorful artwork, whitewashed brick, and a mix of hardwood floors and carpeting — all in a spacious and airy setting that's often buzzing during lunch and dinner, not to mention Sunday brunch. Menu items include a classic French onion soup, Croque Monsieur, and white bean cassoulet, as well as an ever-changing raw oyster selection. 

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Crescent Moon

Reuben sandwich with fries and pickle slices on a white plate with a blurry background of the Crescent Moon restaurant

Visit Omaha 

Address
3578 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68131, USA
Phone
+1 402-345-1708

It's dark and divey and undoubtedly caters to imbibing, but Omaha's Crescent Moon also serves up one of the best reuben sandwiches in the city. Located right across the street from the Blackstone Hotel, where Reuben Kulakofsky is said to have invented the beloved sandwich (though New Yorkers beg to differ), this wood-paneled ale house has perfected the reuben recipe, with just the right proportions of corned beef, sauerkraut, and dressing cooked old-school-style using a conveyor-belt pizza oven. It comes out perfect every time, and tastes especially satisfying with one of Crescent's 60+ tap beers wash it down. 

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