Jan 4, 2019 Communities

Our Favorite Omaha Restaurants That Opened in 2018

From freshly baked bread to mouth-watering steaks and tacos — the Omaha food scene is bursting with brand new eateries! 2018 was an incredible year for restaurant openings here in our great city and it’s never been a better time to be an #OmahaFoodie.

So, before we fully embrace 2019, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite restaurants that opened in Omaha last year. Enjoy!

Farine + Four

3020 Leavenworth Street

Opened: February

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Photo courtesy of Dana Damewood via Farine + Four

Before the sun comes up, Farine + Four bakes beautiful breads out of just four ingredients. They pay rigorous attention to detail and try to provide fresh, delicious and sustainable food for their patrons. Though their bread is divine, they also offer many other menu items worth trying, including seasonal toasts, croissants and pastries, chocolates, ice cream, breakfast sandwiches and coffee!


3044 South 84th Street 

Opened: March

At HIP BOA, sample a variety of handmade, steamed hot Asian buns filled with delicious savory meats and veggies. They also serve an array of other Asian-inspired dishes including noodles, potstickers and soups. Make sure to try their divine chili sauce that is made in-house — you won’t regret it!

Fajitas Bar and Grill

6222 North 72 Street

Opened: March

From the same people who brought you El Vallarta comes a delicious new Mexican restaurant serving up tasty fajitas, quesadillas, chimichangas and more — and in huge portions! If their positive reviews don’t persuade you to give it a try, their margaritas will. Stop by on a Thursday when you can get a margarita on the rocks for just $1.99!

J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood

1010 Capitol Avenue

Opened: November

Even after being open for a short amount of time, J. Gilbert’s has become a new must-try spot in the Capitol District. They’ve perfected their menu and atmosphere at few other locations around the country so you can just sit back and relax knowing your meal will be amazing. They offer exceptional steak and fish selections along with some of the best cocktails you’ll ever have.

The Stokin’ Goat

15805 West Maple Road

Opened: May


Photo courtesy of Stokin’ Goat

This casual spot is located in the heart of Northwest Omaha and features rustic decor and a comfortable atmosphere. The menu was carefully designed to complement their extensive wine and craft beer selection and includes delectable sandwiches with thick cut truffle fries, unique salads and mouth-watering desserts. You’ll want to come back again and again.

Wayne’s New Skoo BBQ

4865 Center Street

Opened: July

Wayne’s Mobile Kitchen has been an Omaha food truck favorite for years. In 2018, they decided to open up a brick and mortar and serve up the same delicious food Omahans have been raving about for what seems like forever. While the restaurant is small, with only four tables inside and two outside, their food has huge flavor and will even sell out on a busy day. So make sure to get there early and try their incredible ribs, Carolina pulled pork or tacos on taco Tuesdays!

JINYA Ramen Bar

7010 Dodge Street

Opened: August

This incredible chain restaurant has finally come to Omaha and we couldn’t be more excited! JINYA Ramen Bar serves top-quality ramen dishes with rich broth with handmade noodles, along with an array of toppings from tender pork chasu, poached eggs, fresh garlic and so much more! Make your experience even better with delicious tapas or a craft beer.

Culprit Cafe

3201 Farnam Street

Opened: October

This relaxed cafe just opened up a new location in the heart of Midtown. Stop by and pick up one of their classic breakfast sandwiches, a handcrafted latte, or one of their unique lunch options, such as the “Culprit Cristo,” a house take on a traditional Monte Cristo sandwich. This is the perfect spot to meet up with friends, get a little work done, or sit by the window and read a book.


3901 Farnam Street

Opened: September

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Photo courtesy of Butterfish

In just a few short months Butterfish has become an Omaha favorite. With their incredible sushi selection, their Asian small plates and full bar offerings — there’s something for everyone to love! They also utilize local farms for fruits, vegetables and proteins, as well as local teas, coffee and wines, so you’ll be supporting several local businesses all while eating some delicious food.

Rathskeller Bier Haus

4524 Farnam Street

Opened: July

This new German beer hall is nestled between historic Dundee and the Blackstone district and offers more than 100 ever-changing beers for you to enjoy! No matter whether you’re a beer nerd or just a casual consumer, you’ll be able to find a beverage to suit any occasion. They also offer a great wine selection as well as light bites, bratwursts and sandwiches.

Modern Love

3157 Farnam Street 

Opened: September

This Omaha favorite just relocated to a much bigger space in Midtown Crossing! They still offer the same great vegan food like their Modern “Cheeseburger,” Mac & Shews and, of course, their amazing dairy-free milkshakes.

Oasis Falafel

1620 Harney Street

Opened: October

Hummus is where the heart is — at least that’s what the minds behind Oasis Falafel believe, one of Omaha’s hottest new restaurants right now. Here you’ll find falafel, kebabs and even Mediterranean-inspired salads. Don’t forget to try their amazing baklava and Turkish coffee for dessert!

Happy New Year (and Happy Eating!)

Which new restaurant are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments!

Jan 4, 2019 Communities
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