September 1, 2014

Omaha Restaurant Week 2014

Foodies of Omaha get excited about September. Every bargain hunter ought to be excited too.

Omaha Restaurant Week falls in September.

Omaha restaurant week

And if there’s one thing I like to do, it’s eat good food. And if there are two things I like to do, it’s eat good food while saving money somehow.

If you’re the same way, better make a reservation to one of your favorite local establishments participating that week or branch out and try a  fancy schmancy new one. Omaha Restaurant Week is Sept.12-21, so you have time to make a plan of attack.

What’s the deal? Depending on the restaurant, you can enjoy a prix-fixe dinner for just $20, $30 or $40 per person. That’s three courses at some of the nicest restaurants in town for less than $50.

It seems each year I have to have one photo professing my love of Omaha Restaurant Week. Last year, it was this one shot at J.Coco.

Restaurants on my to-visit list

Alas, this hasn’t changed too much from my list last year.

Still on the list to try is the Old Market darling Boiler Room Restaurant,, as well as the downtown stalwart, Flatiron Cafe. Also from last year is the French restaurant, Le Voltaire.

New ones on the to-visit list include:

Avoli Osteria – The Dundee hot spot serves Northern Italian cuisine. I’m giddy at the proscpect that I can have a $30 meal there.

Le Bouillon – This fairly new restaurant in the Old Market features fresh rural French cuisine made with locally sourced agreements. Again, I’m can’t get over that they’re offering three courses for $30.

Salt 88 – I’ve seen enough photos of Salt 88’s charming patio on my Twitter feed, it’s time for me to go check it out myself. This restaurant serves up modern American cuisine, which is to say, it’s features influences from around the world.


I’d go back in a heartbeat

Blatt Beer & Table (North Downtown) – For casual but rather upscale bar food, I do like me some Blatt food. The macaroni to be exact. If you’re looking for a fun date night or a night out with friends, this would be a good one.

Dario’s Brasserie – I might just have to go back because the third course has an option for a banana Nutella crepe. It’s a great Belgian eatery in Dundee with excellent Belgian beers and some of the best fries in Omaha. You don’t go here on a diet.

Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar – It took me forever to visit Lot 2 even though it’s less than a mile from my house and everyone and their cousin raves about it. It lives up to the hype. The seasonal menu is sourced from local farmers and ranchers. This is date night heaven. Splurge and get the wine pairings.

Plank Seafood – This hip looking Old Market seafood spot is an impressive looking date spot that’s actually pretty casual. You can’t beat paying $20 for three courses here. Edited: We just took the kids there and they are a kid-friendly establishment, with a kids menu, and a bag of crayons and temporary tattoos to entertain them.

The Grey Plume – Speaking of wine pairings, OMG. Definitely splurge to do it here. The only time I could afford to go to The Grey Plume and be so indulgent was during Omaha Restaurant Week and I still daydream about it. If you want to impress someone, go here.

Twisted Cork Bistro – This intimate spot always reminds me of a french cafe, even though it’s more modern American with its emphasis on locally sourced foods and love of all things Northwestern. Date night to impress but not too fancy.


I bring my kids here

I tend to think of Omaha Restaurant Week as a long series of potential date nights with Mr. Wonderful. However, maybe you want to expose your kiddos to some new foods. In that case, here are a few participating places I’ve brought the kids to:

CRAVE – Located at Midtown Crossing, CRAVE seems more like a fun date night than a family restaurant, but you’d be surprised. The staff is comfortable with kids, as I imagine their sweet kids-eat-free deal draws in families frequently (kids meal is FREE Sunday through Wednesday). You may want to call ahead before banking on the kids getting a free meal with your Omaha Restaurant Week prix-fixe meal.

Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar (any of the three locations) – The atmosphere is relaxed and the fresh seafood is out of this world. My kids enjoy themselves here. And more importantly, I enjoy myself here.

There are about 60 restaurants participating and really, I doubt you’ll go wrong with any of them. It’s a well curated list of good dining in Omaha.


Happy dining, Omaha!


Your turn: Which place on the list are you looking forward to?


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  1. I have never been to Restaurant Week. I can’t almost believe it as much as we love food and our local events. I have been to a handful of these restaurants. I have also wanted to try Flatiron Cafe if only to be in that cool looking building 🙂

  2. Omg you are going to LOVE Le Bouillon! I’m obsessed.

    I really want to try Salt 88 too! I’ve heard great things!

  3. Obviously I do not dine in Omaha enough. I was unfamiliar with most of these restaurants. I think a date night there should be in my future! I think it is great that Omaha and Lincoln’s restaurant weeks are at completely different times too. That way we can do both!

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