Brunch is a wonderful concept. It’s the perfect meal for the late weekend risers, the indecisive, those with large appetites, and food-lovers. You get all the syrupy benefits of breakfast along with the savory notes of lunch, all in one place… plus you get to sleep in a little bit. Brunch encourages slow living, flavor savoring and Bloody Mary drinking.
Omaha is constantly expanding its wonderful brunch options, and we’re excited to bring you on a local tour through some of our favorite spots. Some places offer specific brunch menus available every day, and others offer a specific brunch special one or two days a week. But what you can guarantee at each location is quality offerings and pleasant surroundings.
So send this list to your favorite brunch buddy and explore a new place this weekend. Just imagine — you could slowly wake up this Saturday, venture to one of these restaurants and be sipping on mimosas and nibbling on Eggs Benedict by noon. You can get a headstart on the lunch crowd and miss the rush hour full of early rising breakfast eaters.
Whatever you do, Omahans, get to brunching! And let us know what you discover.
Location: 1222 South 71st Street, Omaha, NE 68106
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Every Day
First Watch first opened in California in 1983 with a mission to provide a restaurant specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch while not wasting resources and energy on meals later in the day. That way, they could perfect their breakfast and lunch offerings, providing quality over quantity.
For our purposes, we’re particularly interested in First Watch’s breakfast/brunch menu, teeming with delectable egg-centric offerings and griddle goodness. And the best part of it all? First Watch provides an entire pitcher of coffee for the table as soon as you walk in the door.
Location: 316 South 15th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Another restaurant in Omaha that specifically caters to the brunch crowd is Heritage Food & Wine, which you might not gather while looking at the name. Their brunch menu is simple, but covers all the brunch basics, and covers them well. Whatever you order, you can know wholeheartedly that the dish’s ingredients will be locally and sustainably sourced whenever possible.
Indulge in Southern favorites like biscuits and gravy or chicken and waffles, or order a light arugula salad paired with their famous Heritage Burger. Whatever you do, your brunch selection at Heritage Food & Wine will be delectable and oh so photograph-worthy.
Location: 16859 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68135
Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Every Day
In their words, Over Easy “believes community is a verb. [They] feel a business is only as good as the community it helps support. [They] feel local is an identity. The betterment of our neighborhood is the restaurant’s daily mission.” This focus on bettering the community is certainly something we can get behind!
With hours spanning from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., it’s clear that breakfast and brunch are the focus at Over Easy. But they also intend to include only the freshest, local ingredients on your plate. You can choose between their breakfast and lunch menus available during the entirety of their operating hours, or meet somewhere in the middle for a spectacular brunch experience.
Location: 1122 Howard Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
You may not think “brunch” when you first see Stokes Grill & Bar, but just wait until Saturday and Sunday when they offer a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch options make this a robust menu to choose from for all your brunch needs. Stokes offerings all come with a southwestern twist. This is the perfect brunch destination for the hearty eater or the hungry group recovering after a long night.
Location: 514 South 11th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–1 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–12 a.m.
Once again, you might not assume “brunch” upon seeing Upstream Brewing Co., but their Sunday Brunch Buffet is to die for. They offer their brunch buffet every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including pastries, made-to-order omelets, succulent roast beef, Upstream bread pudding, French toast, two weekly entrees (such as their crab- and spinach-stuffed lemon sole and grilled chicken saltimbocca), Upstream biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and more. The buffet costs $16.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 12 and under, and children under 3 are free. This is the perfect solution for a family, or for those wanting seconds after they clean off their plate…or maybe even thirds?
Location: 2012 North 117th Avenue, North Park, Omaha, NE 68164
Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Every Day
With three locations in Omaha, Le Peep is another wonderful brunch destination. The menu reads like a cookbook, with offerings made on the spot with only the freshest ingredients. Whatever you order as your main brunch course, don’t forget to add their classic Peasant Potatoes to complete your plate!
Where do you brunch in Omaha?
We’d love to learn about your favorite eggs benedict or mimosas in the area!