2020 was a difficult time for businesses—specifically for restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops that have had to close their doors to in-person dining and drinking for several months this year. It is even harder for those local businesses that have just recently opened, who are struggling to get the word out and maintain a steady flow of new customers.
And as much as we love our dining staples—the places we frequent again and again—there’s something extra special about discovering a brand new spot to get grub. That’s why we rounded up some of the hottest spots in Omaha that recently opened, from a brand new museum/coffee house to a haunted house-themed seafood restaurant. These delicious newcomers could eventually become some of the city’s most beloved eateries, topping our list of the best restaurants in the city. Read on to scope the best new Omaha restaurants that you should try to support this year!
2935 South 108th Street, Omaha
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Barroca Wine Bar opened their doors in mid-November of 2020. Featuring an authentic European feel, Barraco is an upscale and intimate wine bar offering a menu of all our wine and cocktail favorites! Enjoy a full cocktail bar, bourbon flights, wines by the glass and bottle, and so much more. To top the evening off, don’t forget their gourmet charcuterie boards, olive bowls, nut bowls and desserts, which you can order to-go if you’d rather indulge at home!
18101 Chicago Street #101, Omaha
Offering authentic Italian food made from scratch with quality, locally sourced ingredients—one Blackstone Meatball location in Omaha just wasn’t enough! This year, Blackstone Meatball opened their second location in West Omaha on Chicago Street, featuring the same delicious menu as their other location. Enjoy selections like meatball flights, lasagna, grilled cheese and even a create-your-own option that allows you to customize any bowl, sub or slider. Click here to peruse the menu and to place an order at either of their locations in the area!
Copps Pizza – Shadow Lake Towne Center
7474 Towne Center Parkway, Papillion
Copps Pizza—a local favorite that opened in November of 2019—recently expanded their reach with a brand new location in Papillion! This popular pizza joint serves up pizzas covered in sauce drizzles and cream cheese dollops, and we are so excited to have another Copps Pizza in the Omaha area. Their Papillon location just started offering delivery, so you don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy favorites like Pork Burnt Ends Pizza, Keto Wraps, Alfredo Penne or the Porkmaster. Click here to explore their new Papillion menu and to order online!
16274 Evans Plaza, Omaha
Photo courtesy of Corner Kick Street Tacos & Tequila
Juan Magana, the mastermind behind local spots like Hoppy Toco, Época Cantina and the Corner Kick, is back again with yet another incredible restaurant in the Omaha area! This time, it’s the second location of his uber-popular Corner Kick Street Tacos & Tequila Cantina, located on 162nd and Maple. Opened in October 2020, the new location offers the same delicious, slow-cooked tacos along with burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas and, of course, the massive margaritas we’ve come to know and love!
1405 South 204th Street, Elkhorn
Photo courtesy of Double Zero Pizzeria
Located in Elkhorn, one of your new favorite pizza places opened their doors in October 2020. Introducing: Double Zero Pizzeria! This tasty pizza spot uses the best ingredients and a 650-degree stone oven to create a “taste sensation” in your mouth that you won’t find anywhere else. Their menu features popular favorites like wings, calzones, sandwiches, burgers and a wide variety of innovative pizzas that will have you coming back again and again! You can currently order from Double Zero and pick it up in person or order it for delivery on DoorDash.
6015 Maple Street, Omaha
Dripped & Draped is our new favorite Omaha destination for Instagram-worthy backdrops, stylish clothes and colorful lattes! Part boutique, part coffee shop, Dripped & Draped opened in March right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. While it wasn’t an ideal grand opening, they’ve still garnered a cult following here in Omaha due to their gorgeous cafe, tasty drinks and incredibly friendly staff! Most of the items on their menu have health benefits, featuring a unique blend of powders, spices and milks that give you both nutrition and a great taste. Plus, they come in very fun colors like black, green, yellow, purple, blue and red! Click here to explore their online menu, which outlines why ingredients like beetroot and charcoal are great for you. And here if you want to peruse their clothing offerings for all shapes and sizes.
6070 North Maple Street, Omaha
Photo courtesy of Edge of the Universe
In 2019, Rachel Evans and Adam Van Osdel had a dream: to open up a museum cafe where the theme changes every few months. Their dream was realized in October of 2020, when Edge of the Universe, a tiny cafe in the heart of Benson, finally opened their doors! Inside, you’ll find cozy digs with local art donning the walls along with a cute bar where you can order anything from cocktails and exciting coffee drinks to pastries and charcuterie. Every Sunday night, they host a socially distanced “Board Game BOGO Drink Night” where you get buy-one-drink-get-one-drink-free if you bring in a board game of your choice to play in the cafe. If you want to know about all the fun going on at Edge of the Universe—and information about their always-changing theme—make sure to sign up for their newsletter, which features information on specials, new drinks, events and more!
4963 Center Street, Omaha
Opened in October of 2020, The Galley is a brand new restaurant across from The Elbow Room, one of the area’s favorite beer bars. They serve fresh, handcrafted food made with love and passion using the freshest ingredients they can find. Here, you can get classic pub grub like wings, pizza, and sandwiches along with a few new additions like ramen, calzones, chicken and waffles, and chicken nuggets! If you’d rather stay home, The Galley also delivers with Grubhub and DoorDash. Visit their website for all the information!
7639 Cass Street, Omaha
A seafood restaurant in a haunted house? You bet! Haunted House Shaking Seafood opened in October with a scary-good menu of classic Cajun seafood favorites. Enjoy seafood bags just the way you like them, with whatever seafood you enjoy. Dig into king crab, snow crab, Dungeness or blue crab, jumbo shrimp, mussels or lobster—all topped with their signature Cajun seasonings and paired with plenty of steamed corn and potatoes. But the tasty seafood isn’t the only thing that makes this restaurant stand out. They also have a pretty spooky interior boasting black walls, plenty of fake spiderwebs and even some friendly ghosts lining the walls. Visit them on Facebook for information on weekly specials, if you dare!
8511 North 30th Street, Omaha
Indeaux Eatery is a brand new, healthy-eating concept here in Omaha that delivers ready-made, healthy dishes right to your door! Each week, check in with them on social media to see what limited menu they’ll be offering—which includes selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. They even have choices for kids and a whole menu for desserts and meal-replacement smoothies! Let someone else do the cooking next week; click here to explore this week’s offerings.
17676 Welch Plaza, Omaha
Photo courtesy of Adam Sotelo (@Reign_Creatives) via Javi’s Tacos
In our opinion, there could never be too many taco places in Omaha, so we were definitely excited to hear about Javi’s Tacos—a brand new taco restaurant in Welch Plaza! Using fresh, delicious ingredients, Javi’s crafts tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, rice bowls, tortas and so much more. They are open seven days a week from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. with online ordering and takeout options for those who would rather enjoy their meals at home! They also have been working hard to set up a Javi’s “To-Go” kiosk in-store, where you can stop in and quickly pick up warmed tacos and burritos, specialty drinks, sides, salsas and more. Click here for all the information!
3852 Farnam Street, Omaha
From the same masterminds behind Ika Ramen and Izakaya, Lucky Tiger Izakaya brings Pan Asian fusion style to the Blackstone masses! You can expect tasty ramen, sushi, rice bowls and so much more, served in a classy, casual space. They are currently open for dine-in, takeout and delivery. Click here to see their menu and to order online!
707 South 24th Street, Omaha
Photo courtesy of Naughty Buddha Burger Bar
If you’ve grown tired of the same burgers and fries at every big-name chain restaurant, head to Naughty Buddha, a vegan burger joint offering tasty sandwiches, gluten-free options and so much more. The Naughty Buddha used to be known as the Zennubian 7 Teahouse but has rebranded and honed in their vision of serving ethical, sustainable food to the Omaha community! Enjoy vegan burgers topped with fresh greens, meat substitutes and sides like mac n’ “cheese”, bamboo seaweed salad, and tea rice.
3618 Farnam Street, Omaha
We don’t think we’ve ever been as excited for something as much as The Switch, a brand new beer and food hall located in Blackstone. Currently, they offer six diverse food experiences from local chefs and food entrepreneurs including new locations of some of Omaha’s favorite restaurants and breweries, including Infusion Brewing, El Arepon, Stories Coffee, Ansel’s Pastrami & Bagels. Plus, brand new restaurant concepts like The Bubbly Tart (a fun, boutique bakery featuring made-from-scratch pastries and cakes) and Red Lantern (authentic Vietnamese street food restaurant with rotating specials).
Did we miss your favorite new restaurant in the Omaha area? We would love to know all about them, so drop their information in the comments below!