This post was updated on July 8th, 2021 to reflect the most current information and recommendations.
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.
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Every Day
Photos courtesy of First Watch
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: 11814 North 114th Street, Omaha
Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sundays 9:30 a.m.—2 p.m.
As you might be able to imagine from the name, Railcar Modern American Kitchen is inspired by the railroad industry and the traditional dining car experience! Here, you can expect savory meat dishes, flavorful seafood and perfectly seasoned veggies that really pack a punch while surrounded by train-themed decor.
They offer their popular brunch menu on the weekends, serving up delicious entrees like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Smoked Salmon Hash, Nutella French Toast and more. Wash it all down with one of their signature brunch cocktails!
Location: 1125 Jackson Street, Omaha
Hours of Operation Vary Daily
Opened for more than six years, Jackson Street Tavern is an American Restaurant offering exquisite cusine and an amazing flair that will excite your taste buds! Their brunch menu, which they offer daily, features options like Brunch Poutine, housemade soups, burgers, sandwiches and other comfort favorites like Chicken & Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy and much more.
Location: 16859 Q Street, Omaha
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Every Day
Photos courtesy of Over Easy
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.
Hours of Operation Vary by Location
Early Bird Brunch serves brunch every day so you know it has to be practically perfect! Head over this week and grab yourself a mouthwatering omelet or an ooey gooey grilled cheese along with one of their hefty Bloody Marys. This trendy brunch spot is nearly always busy, so get ahead of the line by reserving a spot using Yelp!
Location: 8702 Pacific Street, Omaha
Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sundays 9:30 a.m.—2 p.m.
Wood-fired comfort food awaits you at this friendly neighborhood bistro! The open space concept allows you to watch as your dish is fired in the oven, and the warm atmosphere makes for a perfect setting to catch up with loved ones.
Their weekend brunch menu is a local favorite, featuring several incredible, made from scratch dishes. Don’t miss the Tinga and Egg Tostadas, Cast Iron Biscuit, The Tomato Benedict and much more.
Location: 514 South 11th Street, Omaha
Hours of Operation: Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Photos courtesy of Upstream Brewing Company
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 $16.99 for adults, $6.99 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: 6201 Maple Street, Omaha
Hours of Operation: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.—2 p.m.
Benson is one of our favorite neighborhoods to wander on any given weekend. In fact, it’s easy to spend an entire day there without getting bored! And the rooftop patio at 1912 is definitely one of the neighborhood’s highlights, offering a sunny space to people watch, enjoy a refreshment and take in views of the surrounding scenery. Their brunch menu, which is offered on weekends, features items like Brioche French Toast, burgers, salads, 1912 Biscuits-n-Gravy and much more. The bar menu is even more impressive, featuring nearly 20 beers on tap, Bloody Marys, Mimosa Flights, Brunch Coladas and more! As 1912 would say, “Come get High On Benson!”
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.—1:30 p.m. Every Day
Photo courtesy of Le Peep
With four 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!
Hours of Operation: Saturdays & Sundays 10 a.m.—2 p.m.
Pitch Pizzeria is one of the best restaurants in the country. If you don’t take our word for it, take a look at OpenTable’s mention of Pitch on their list of 2015 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America! This Dundee pizza joint is gaining momentum with each passing day, offering a killer daily menu and brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. Because of the popularity, all three Pitch Pizzeria locations are pretty busy all week long. We recommend making a reservation before you go to ensure you get a seat!
Location: 1540 North Saddle Creek, Omaha
Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Sunday 7 a.m.—2 p.m.
Opened in the fall of 2017, Saddle Creek Breakfast Club has quickly become one of Omaha’s favorite breakfast restaurants. Their menu offers an abundance of fresh choices, all created with locally sourced ingredients to support Nebraskan farmers. Full of Instagram-worthy decor and a menu packed with unique takes on traditional items — including a Kimchee Omelet, Eggs and Benny, and Chicken Fried Pork — this spot is completely worth the long wait you’ll probably have to sit through.
Where do you brunch in Omaha?
We’d love to learn about your favorite eggs benedict or mimosas in the area!