Over the past few years, Omaha has become a hotspot for great food. It’s no secret that we are located in one of the most agricultural states in the country. So no matter where you go in our humble abode, you’re sure to find restaurants, stores and markets serving up fresh, local and delicious food.
But when you visit a restaurant, there is something that impacts your experience just as much as the taste of the food — the ambiance. Luckily, Omaha is home to an abundance of incredible restaurants that will give you both! On this list, you’ll find some of our favorites, all of which offer a fantastic meal and the perfect atmosphere.
220 South 31st Avenue
Photo courtesy of The Grey Plume
Named the most romantic Valentine’s Day restaurant in Nebraska by the Reader’s Digest, The Grey Plume offers a seasonally-driven menu made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their spacious dining room features high ceilings, crisp, white tablecloths and homely decor that is a breath of fresh air.
222 North 10th Street
In 1854, our beloved city of Omaha was founded, and with it, came a Midwestern community unlike any other. Society 1854 seeks to invoke that sense of community while serving up authentic food inspired by the region’s heritage. The bright, open aesthetic of this eatery is perfect for both our Instagram and our Omaha loving hearts.
1205 Howard Street
Photo courtesy of Plank Seafood & Provisions
Located in the heart of Old Market, Plank Seafood Provisions serves the freshest seafood in Omaha. The nautical ambiance is both laid back and sophisticated with the addition of warm lighting and modern features like the upscale oyster bar. Their outdoor patio offers a great view of downtown — perfect for people watching.
1110 Jones Street
This dinner-only eatery offers an exquisite menu full of farm-to-table options and a selection of over 400 wines. Their interior boasts cozy, industrial decor where you can enjoy their delicious dishes surrounded by candlelight and exposed brick.
1407 Harney Street
Wilson and Washburn is your neighborhood destination for craft beer and upscale pub fare. This gorgeous space looks old worldly and features a spectacular menu filled with everything from eggrolls and mac and cheese to mouthwatering burgers.
16901 Wright Plaza #173
Photo courtesy of Dana Damewood via Dante
Dante offers authentic wood-fired Neopolitan pizza and ingredient-forward Italian cuisine in an open, yet intimate, setting. Surrounded by retro-rustic decor and the smell of bubbling cheese and marinara wafting through the air, you’ll enjoy some of the best farm-to-table dishes Omaha has to offer.
3901 Farnam Street
Butterfish offers an incredible sushi selection and other Asian staples in an upscale space near Midtown Crossing. Enjoy spectacular dishes while surrounded by intimate lighting, modern decor and the subtle sounds of fabulous cooking.
316 South 15th Street
Photo courtesy of Monarch Prime & Bar
This contemporary steakhouse and cocktail lounge is situated in downtown Omaha’s historic Hotel Deco and offers a carefully crafted menu that features the regions best ingredients. The stunningly designed restaurant is a feast for your eyes with high contrast decor and unique mid-century modern characteristics.
12317 West Maple Road
Dolce is a stylish delight, featuring a menu full of colorful, seasonal dishes made using locally foraged ingredients. They offer a special pre-fixe menu for two that is perfect for an idyllic date night. Every meal served at Dolce, surrounded by the romantic atmosphere, feels like a special occasion.
3932 Farnam Street
Photo courtesy of Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria
Mula Mexican Kitchen is unlike any other bar in Nebraska. Not only do they serve delicious, traditional Mexican street food, but they are also a certified tequileria, meaning that 80% of their staff has studied the history, production and regulation of tequila. And if that wasn’t enough, their atmosphere is unlike any restaurant around. Filled with brightly-colored, rustic decor and vintage pieces — it’s the best mix of both Mexican culture and Nebraska’s country living.
1017 Howard Street
Le Bouillon presents Chef Paul Kulik’s take on the comfort foods of rural France, using the best ingredients from local vendors and set in an open, alluring space. This urban eatery is comfy and casual without sacrificing that classic French look.
Which Omaha area restaurant has your favorite ambiance? Let us know in the comments!