Omaha sure loves its beef. This town is known for steaks. So much so, I frequently get reader emails and messages asking for Omah steakhouse recommendations.
UPDATES: This post was written in 2016 and updated in 2019 to reflect The Drover’s status following its fire earlier this year.
I have my top picks for Omaha steaks, but I wanted to also ask some of my local blogger friends for their favorites, as well. So here’s our list of the best places to find steak in Omaha.
Where to find the best steaks in Omaha
If you’re looking for juicy, well-prepared steaks, Omaha is the right city to be. You’ll have your choice of old-school Italian steakhouses and upscale newer restaurants, but the quality of beef is pretty competitive throughout.
Old-school Omaha steakhouses
Omaha has a love affair with old restaurants (it’s true, I wrote the book). Some of the oldest restaurants in Omaha are steakhouses. These include The Original Johnny’s Cafe (open since 1922), Gorat’s Steakhouse (open since 1944; but with new owners), Cascio’s Steakhouse (open since 1946), Anthony’s Steakhouse (open since 1967), and The Drover Restaurant (opened in 1969).
Not all old steakhouses are created equally. I didn’t have the best experience at Johnny’s. I don’t want to discount it totally, as I have quite a few friends who are die-hard fans of Johnny’s. It is the place to go for prime rib.
The same goes for Anthony’s Steakhouse. It has its fans, but I was underwhelmed. However, the giant steer in front of the building makes it an memorable restaurant in Omaha.
The Drover is a sentimental favorite of many in Omaha. It was closed for nearly a year in 2019 following a fire, but it has since reopened. If you go, be sure to try the whiskey-marinated steak.
My favorite? I thought Gorat’s was great (plus as a parent, I was glad they had a kid’s menu).
Related post: Omaha’s Oldest Restaurants You Need To Try Today
Most unique Omaha steakhouses
There are a few great restaurants in Omaha that feature steaks served in a unique setting.
The one that comes to mind first is Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery, which is decorated to look like a monastery, complete with servers dressed as monks.
The restaurant has some staying power in Omaha. It opened in 1977.
Related post: Brother Sebastian’s is also included in the list of Omaha’s quirkiest restaurants. Find out why in this post!
Another unique steakhouse (they call themselves a “modern steakhouse”) is Monarch Prime & Bar. The place is known for its dry-age process. If you’re splurging, see if the 100-day Wagyu tomahawk chop is available.
It’s a beautiful restaurant located near the Orpheum Theater, making it a prime date night spot.
Steakhouses on my list to visit
I wish I could say I’ve been to ALL of the restaurants in Omaha and can say, with authority, which are the best. But I just don’t have that kind of time. So, here’s the list of steakhouses that I’ve heard are good but I haven’t been to…yet:
- Omaha Prime – If this fancy Old Market restaurant is good enough for a dinner date between Warren Buffett and Alex Rodriguez, it’s good enough for me.
- 801 Chophouse Paxton – Here’s a downtown Omaha steakhouse that’s been around longer than I realize, and I still haven’t been to it.
- Jerico’s Restaurant – There’s an Omaha foodie Facebook group and whenever anyone talks about steak, this place gets mentioned.
- J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood – This is one of the newer kids on the block and I’m itching to visit.
- Mahogany Prime Steakhouse – I heard this West Omaha restaurant is all about the entire dining experience.
- Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops – This is one’s been on the edge of the Old Market for a few years and I’ve yet to visit.
Omaha steakhouse addresses
I’ve had some people ask for addresses, so look below to find the address for each restaurant mentioned above.
801 Chophouse Paxton, 1403 Farnam St.
Anthony’s Steakhouse, 7220 F St.
Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse & Winery, 1350 S. 119th St.
Cascio’s Steakhouse, 1620 S. 10th St.
The Drover, 2121 S. 73rd St.
Gorat’s, 4917 Center St.
Jerico’s Restaurant, 11732 West Dodge Road
J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood, 1010 Capital Ave.
Johnny’s Cafe, 4702 S. 27th St.
Monarch, 316 S 15th St.
Omaha Prime & Bar, 415 S. 11th St.
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, 102 S. 10th St.
Which of these restaurants are near downtown Omaha?
If you’re visiting Omaha, chances are you’re staying in a hotel near the Old Market or in downtown Omaha. If you’re wondering which of the restaurants mentioned above are near downtown Omaha, here’s that list:
801 Chophouse Paxton
J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood
Omaha Prime & Bar
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops
Your turn, Omaha and beyond: Share your favorite places in Omaha to get steaks, burgers and more!