For seafood fans living in a landlocked state, it can sometimes feel as though your options are limited. But even in Nebraska, we have access to the best ocean harvest! Our restaurants and markets fly in oysters, fish, crab and more daily from either coast, ensuring the freshest and most flavorful product possible.
We rounded up the best places to find fresh seafood in Omaha and Council bluffs — all packed to the gills with delicious offerings. Next time that craving for fresh fish hits, you’ll be ready!
Three Locations in Omaha | Facebook
If you’ve ever been to an old-fashioned oyster bar in New England, you know how charming they can be! Shucks brings that vibe to Omaha, and offers the freshest seafood available. Stop in for oysters on the half shell, shrimp or oyster po’ boys, crab cakes, clam chowder, fish specials, and so much more! Happy hour (2-6 pm daily) features oysters on the half shell for a mere $99 cents each, so don’t be afraid to order a dozen (or two).
3034 South 20th Street, Omaha | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Isla Del Mar
Isla Del Mar is a charming, family-owned restaurant serving up seafood in inventive, flavorful ways. Fans rave about the seafood cocktails, awe-inspiring creations stuffed with octopus, oysters, shrimp, scallops, avocado, onions, tomato and cilantro. Stop by on Taco Tuesday for $1 fish or shrimp tacos (of course, you can get these delicious bites for just $2 or $2.50 any day of the week).
5424 S 24th Street, Omaha
Since 1930, Joe Tess Place has been a staple in the local community. But the humble neighborhood tavern has now evolved into a must-visit locale for seafood aficionados. The family-owned restaurant sources and transports the best seafood it can find and serves it up in a number of fun, flavorful, fried or grilled dinners. It is here that you will find the famous fried carp sandwich that earned the restaurant a spot on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Dine in at the restaurant to enjoy the laid back vibe or take your pick from the selection of fillets, smoked fish, crawdads, oysters, shrimp and more at the live market.
2403 Nash Boulevard, Council Bluffs | Facebook
Located just over the bridge in Council Bluffs, Mo Fish specializes in deep-fried catfish, carp and Alaskan Walleye — hand-breaded and served fresh daily. The charming, family-friendly locale is covered in quirky, coastal decor that makes for a fun laid back atmosphere. Remember to bring cash!
416 S 12th Street, Omaha and two other Omaha locations | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Blue Sake Sushi Grill offers some of the freshest, most inventive sushi dishes in the region, but you’ll also find an impressive lineup of cocktails, amazing happy hour specials, and a hip atmosphere worthy of a night out on the town. The menu includes your usual suspects as well as white fish and shrimp ceviche, a tuna tower, sansho pepper salmon and more.
1205 Howard Street, Omaha | Facebook | Instagram
Located in the heart of the Old Market in downtown Omaha, Plank Seafood Provisions serves up oysters, fish and lobster plucked fresh from the sea! The restaurant opened its doors in 2013, and was voted Best New Restaurant in Omaha that same year. The oyster selection changes frequently to reflect availability, but you could find Malpeques, Deep Coves and Kellums. Stop by for happy hour (Monday-Saturday, 3-6:30 pm, and Sunday, noon-8 pm) and enjoy incredible specials like $1.25 oysters, $5.50 cocktails, $3.50 wines and discounted appetizers.
1218 S 119th Street, Omaha | Facebook
Photo courtesy of Absolutely Fresh Seafood Market
If you’re planning to make a delicious seafood dinner for the family or host a party with an impressive shrimp platter, mosey on over to the Absolutely Fresh Seafood Market to see the daily selection. The market is attached to Shucks Fish House on 119th Street, and boasts fresh seafood alongside a selection of wine and provisions to bolster your homemade meal. There are also several seafood boil packages to choose from, all of which include a mixed medley of shrimp, crab, crawfish, sausage, potatoes, corn and the like.
Three Omaha locations | Facebook
Fresh Thyme flies in its seafood daily from the best sources, so you can bet that the fish on your plate was pulled from the ocean just the day before. The salmon, for instance, is sourced from the cold waters of Alaska. Chat with one of the seafood specialists behind the counter for tips on how to bring out the best flavors in your selection, or pick up a ready-made stuffed or marinated entrée.
Enjoy Your Meal!
Where do you go to enjoy fresh seafood in Omaha? Let us know in the comments!