Fine Dining Omaha: Where Culinary Excellence Reigns
In the heart of Omaha, fine dining establishments abound, each offering a unique culinary experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. Omaha Food Magazine proudly presents a carefully curated list of some of the city’s most exceptional fine dining destinations, where every dish tells a story and every meal is a work of art. Whether you’re a local Omaha foodie or a curious traveler, these restaurants deserve a spot on your Omaha Fine Dining bucket list. Join us on a journey through Omaha’s best fine dining restaurants.
Without further ado, here is our list of the best Fine Dining restaurants in Omaha.
1403 Farnam St., 402-341-1222
Why We Love It: As the epitome of sophistication, 801 Chophouse stands as a symbol of Omaha’s culinary prowess. Adorned with a colossal golden bull, this establishment exudes opulence from the moment you enter. But it’s the impeccable service and unparalleled steaks that truly steal the show. Each meticulously prepared cut of beef takes you on a journey of flavor, making it a must-visit for discerning steak aficionados.
Au Courant Regional Kitchen
6064 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104, (402) 505-9917
Why We Love It: Au Courant Regional Kitchen offers a dining experience like no other, where innovation meets tradition. Chef de cuisine Anthony “Chovy” Caniglia invites you to explore his culinary creations through a chef-driven tasting menu or an à la carte selection that changes with the seasons. Here, every dish is a masterpiece, from Chovy’s Egg to perfectly prepared proteins and inventive vegetable creations.
5013 Underwood Ave, Omaha, NE 68132, (402) 933-7400
Why We Love It: Nestled in
Nestled in the cozy Dundee neighborhood, Avoli Osteria is a Northern Italian gem that captivates with its house-made pasta. From eggy tajarin to rich carbonara, each bite is a revelation. But it’s not just about pasta; the dry-aged rib-eye is a culinary delight. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Italy while savoring the warm and welcoming atmosphere.
1611 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68106, (402) 342-1220
Why We Love It: In the heart of downtown Omaha, Block 16 defies convention with its innovative daily lunch specials. Helmed by Chef-Owners Paul and Jessica Urban, this eatery blends their fine dining expertise with a casual setting. From the fiery Nashville hot chicken sandwich to inventive creations like the cumin wagyu beef burrito, Block 16 tantalizes taste buds and keeps diners coming back for more.
Brushi Bistro & Bar
Brushi Bistro, a hidden gem in Omaha’s culinary landscape, has captivated our taste buds and artistic senses. The moment you step inside, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world where food is a masterpiece.
The Coconut Soup is a symphony of sweetness and spice, leaving you craving more. Their desserts are so enticing that you’ll want to savor them later. Dining at Brushi is like visiting an art museum; each dish is a masterpiece crafted by a talented chef.
From the perfectly cooked salmon adorned with flavorful gremolata to the exquisite vegetables, every bite is a sensory delight. The paella is both beautiful and incredibly tasty, a true work of art on your plate. Butternut squash soup, Rigatoni pasta, veal, and the banana split – all showcase Brushi’s commitment to culinary excellence.
If you seek a dining experience that combines artistry and gastronomy, Brushi is the place to be. It’s a journey through flavors and aesthetics that will leave you wanting more. Brushi is more than a restaurant; it’s a culinary art exhibition worth experiencing. Often overlooked, never underappreciated.
1350 S. 119th St., 402-330-0300
Why We Love It: Step back in time at Brother Sebastian’s, where the ambiance is a delightful throwback to a bygone era. Robed staff and monastic chants create a unique dining atmosphere, but it’s the steaks that steal the show. Once crowned the best steak in Omaha, the flavorful cuts of meat here continue to earn their reputation as culinary icons.
16901 Wright Plaza #173, Omaha, NE 68130, (402) 932-3078
Why We Love It: Dante is where modern Italian cuisine shines in Omaha. While the wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is a crowd-pleaser, the menu goes beyond with seasonal specials, house-made pastas, craft cocktails, and a delectable butterscotch budino dessert. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a vibrant west Omaha nightlife destination that keeps the energy flowing.
Dynamite Woodfired Grill
1200 Landmark Center, 1299 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68102. Phone: (402) 982-4999.
Why We Love It: Omaha Food Magazine has a soft spot for Dynamite Woodfired Grill, and it’s not just because we recently hosted a fantastic party there. Dynamite is the perfect setting for various occasions, whether it’s a romantic date night, sealing a crucial business deal, or celebrating with family and friends. Inspired by Omaha’s historical booms, Dynamite’s signature restaurant narrates a tale of lit fuses and explosive flavors. The modern industrial ambiance meets a heightened experience, focusing on the art of smoking meats and the allure of open flames. With a mix of rustic charm and playful artistry, Dynamite sets itself apart from its no-frills competitors, offering wood-fired and smoked meats with a contemporary twist. It’s where tradition meets innovation in a wild, creative atmosphere.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
140 Regency Pkwy, Omaha, NE 68114 Phone: (402) 393-0811.
Why We Love It: No list of the best fine dining restaurants in Omaha is complete without Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. While it may not be a local establishment, it undeniably adds an extraordinary dimension to Omaha’s culinary landscape. Situated conveniently on Regency Parkway, just a short distance from Dodge, Fleming’s in Omaha offers an impeccable dining experience. Omaha Food Magazine recognizes Flemings as a top choice for savoring exceptional Prime steaks, fine wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Whether you’re marking a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or seeking a memorable night out, Fleming’s ensures a safe and unforgettable evening in its Dining Room. For those who prefer to relish fine dining at home, the option to order and pay for lunch or dinner online, with curbside pickup or delivery through select partners, adds an extra layer of convenience.
2530 S 13th St, Omaha, NE 68108, (402) 505-8588
Why We Love It: Nestled in Omaha’s charming Little Bohemia neighborhood, Gather offers an unparalleled dining experience that seamlessly blends modern American cuisine with Midwest hospitality. This hidden gem showcases an ever-evolving menu filled with locally sourced ingredients, seasonal delights, and inventive cocktails. Whether you’re indulging in their signature dishes or exploring their exquisite wine selection, Gather invites you to savor the flavors of Omaha in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
1010 Capitol Ave, Omaha, NE 68102. Phone: (531) 222-9218.
Why We Love It: Whether you’re in search of the perfect spot for date night, celebrating a special occasion, or simply seeking a fantastic meal, J. Gilbert’s has you covered. This fine dining gem offers a culinary experience that combines upscale cuisine with a welcoming, down-to-earth atmosphere. What truly sets J. Gilbert’s apart is their commitment to Midwestern values, where every dish is thoughtfully crafted and includes delectable sides that perfectly complement the main event.
Their mouthwatering specials, like the USDA Prime Bone-In Ribeye, Wood-Grilled Ribs, and Maple Plank Roasted Salmon, will leave your taste buds in awe. Don’t miss out on their signature drinks, including the J. Gilbert’s Barrel-aged Manhattan and the Smoked Old Fashioned. For seafood lovers, the Canadian Cold Water Lobster Tail and Shrimp Durango are not to be missed. J. Gilbert’s is the epitome of upholding the standards of honest Midwestern cuisine, making it the best steakhouse in town.
Named after the legendary Kansas City restaurateur Joe Gilbert, this top-rated steak restaurant pays homage to his iconic hospitality. They serve Midwestern-raised, USDA Prime Black Angus beef cooked over an open wood-fire grill, all presented with the same inviting service and warmth that Mr. Gilbert was known for.
4702 S 27th St, Omaha, NE 68107, (402) 731-4774
Why We Love It: Johnny’s Cafe is a cherished piece of Omaha’s history, serving as a testament to the city’s culinary heritage. Founded by Polish immigrant Frank Kawa a century ago, this iconic steakhouse has remained a family-owned treasure. Prime rib, soups, and house salad dressing are just a taste of what makes Johnny’s Cafe an enduring classic.
120 Regency Pkwy #124, Omaha, NE 68114, (402) 932-3078
Why We Love It: At Kinaara, luxury Indian cuisine takes center stage. Co-owners Ashish Sathyan and Kimberly Harris have expanded their menu to include indulgent options like wagyu beef coconut fry. The flavors are bold, and the offerings are diverse, promising an unforgettable dining experience. Look out for the upcoming tasting menu, a reservation-only affair.
8718 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68114, (531) 721-2626
Why We Love It: Koji brings the art of yakitori to Omaha, showcasing a curated list of skewered delights. David Utterback, known for his sushi expertise, explores this Japanese grilling technique with finesse. From various cuts of chicken to octopus and specialty cuts, every skewer tells a story. Don’t miss the inventive shareable appetizers and handcrafted hand rolls that add to the excitement.
La Buvette Wine & Grocery
511 S 11th St, Omaha, NE 68102, (402) 344-8627
Why We Love It: La Buvette effortlessly captures the essence of a Parisian bistro. After a brief return to its deli roots, this beloved spot has become a year-round destination. Offering a daily rotating menu of French classics and well-priced wine, it’s a cozy escape for those seeking authentic French flavors.
1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102, (402) 502-6816
Why We Love It: Located in the heart of the Old Market, Le Bouillon marries an artistic atmosphere with an ever-evolving selection of natural wines. From the Bouillon burger to a revamped French onion soup, every dish is crafted with care. Dining in one of the city’s most beautiful spaces is an experience worth savoring.
13665 California St., 402-445-4380
Why We Love It: While a jaunt from downtown, Mahogany Prime is a destination worth the trip. With an extensive wine list, classic cocktails, and a kitchen that knows the art of seasoning and cooking steaks to perfection, it’s a haven for steak enthusiasts. Don’t miss the “lobster cargot” appetizer, a local favorite, and indulge in seafood dishes that are equally exquisite.
3157 Farnam St Suite 7113, Omaha, NE 68131, (402) 614-6481
Why We Love It: Modern Love redefines vegan cuisine, offering comfort food with a creative twist. Chef and cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz presents a menu that includes vegan staples like mac and shews, cauliflower Buffalo wings, and a mouthwatering seitan burger. The decadent desserts, including cheesecake and thick milkshakes, cater to vegans and omnivores alike.
1102 NW Radial Hwy, Omaha, NE 68132, (402) 884-5375
Why We Love It: What started as a local favorite for takeout pad Thai has blossomed into Salween Thai, the largest Thai chain in the city. Panang curry, drunken noodles, and other crowd-pleasers dominate the menu, but hidden gems like coconut chicken noodle soup and spicy larb await discovery. Explore the diverse flavors of Thailand right here in Omaha.
3125 S. 72nd St, Omaha, 402-391-2950
Why We Love It: Spezia’s consistently exceptional dining experience should not be overlooked. Frequently chosen for holiday parties, going-away luncheons, and professional gatherings, Spezia is often considered a top choice for business lunches. Spezia’s menu boasts a wide range of steak and pasta dishes, wood-grilled entrees, and seasonal specials like the Squash Risotto. With consistent service and high-quality offerings, Spezia promises an upscale environment that is perfect for special celebrations.
The Boiler Room
1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102, (402) 916-9274
Why We Love It: The Boiler Room defies steakhouse conventions by offering cured charcuterie, house-made sausages, and an array of wagyu dishes. Seafood enthusiasts can relish the crudo, a hidden treasure on the menu. Set in the actual boiler room of a downtown Omaha warehouse, the industrial dining room is a unique backdrop for an exceptional culinary experience. The Boiler Room should be a the top of everyone’s Omaha Restaurant Bucket List.
The Committee Chophouse
302 S 36th St, Omaha, NE 68131, (402) 810-9500
Why We Love It: The Committee Chophouse at Omaha’s historic Blackstone Hotel offers vintage cuts and reimagined old-school sides. Delight in dishes like the Delmonico and chateaubriand, accompanied by timeless favorites such as potatoes Lyonnaise, and creamed spinach. And don’t forget to savor their take on the classic Reuben at the Orleans Room, adding a hint of vinegary mustard to the sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
Umami Asian Cuisine
1504 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue, NE 68005, (402) 991-8822
Why We Love It: Umami stands out as one of the few restaurants in Omaha offering an omakase experience. At the sushi bar, New York transplant Keen Zheng masterfully crafts sushi, while the diverse menu caters to lovers of Chinese and Thai cuisine. Umami is only one of two restaurants in Nebraska to serve Omakase. Whether you’re indulging in sushi rolls, nigiri, or sashimi, Umami promises a memorable culinary journey.
1022 Howard St., Omaha, NE 68102 (402)345-8950
Why We Love It: V. Mertz has graced the Old Market as a beloved fine dining establishment since the 1970s. Known for its romantic ambiance, seasonal ingredients, and adventurous wine pairings, it continues to enchant diners. Experience culinary excellence in one of the city’s most stunning dining rooms.
4002 N 144th St, Omaha, NE 68116. Phone: (402) 496-8812.
Why We Love It: Wave Bistro is a hidden gem that beautifully combines the flavors of Asian cuisine with a European twist. From the delectable Lemon Creamy Almond Shrimp to the unforgettable Thai Basil Crusted Chicken, Wave Bistro strikes a perfect balance between contemporary and traditional dishes, delivering a dining experience that stands out in Omaha. With 25 years of experience, owners Andy and Jenny Hsu have consistently provided elevated Asian cuisine to their patrons. Whether you’re a fan of classic or innovative flavors, Wave Bistro has something special to offer.
6009 Maple St., Omaha, NE 68104 (402) 916-5872
Why We Love It: Omaha’s first James Beard finalist, David Utterback, elevates the art of sushi at Yoshitomo. Whether you’re enjoying creative rolls, handcrafted small plates, or the exclusive omakase service, you’re in for a gastronomic adventure. Pair your meal with selections from the extensive wine, sake, and beer list while immersing yourself in an unforgettable dining experience. Chef Utterbrack also offers one of Omaha’s most unique dining experiences with his Omakese. An experience you’ll never forget. Ever.
In the world of fine dining, Omaha has carved out its niche, offering a diverse array of culinary experiences that cater to every palate. Whether you’re seeking a classic steakhouse experience, exploring innovative vegan cuisine, or savoring international flavors, Omaha’s fine dining scene is sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. So, embark on a culinary adventure and savor the exquisite flavors that the city has to offer.
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