December 13, 2019

Omaha's Oldest Restaurants You Need To Try Today

With so many restaurants to choose from, Omahans may seem spoiled when it comes to selecting a place to dine. From local mom and pop eateries to national chains, Omaha’s dining scene features more than 500 restaurants. That can make choosing the perfect dining spot very difficult.

One way to explore the culinary landscape is by visiting Omaha’s oldest restaurants. Only a handful of restaurants can say they’ve served Omahans dinner for more than 50 years.

Unique restaurants in Omaha - Omaha's longest-running restaurants to get breakfast, lunch and dinner. This list features Omaha's oldest restaurants that continue to run, including steakhouses, a greasy spoon, and century-old pizzeria. #Omaha #Nebraska #Restaurants

Even fewer can say they’ve been around for nearly a century.

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Omaha's Oldest Restaurants

Omaha restaurant history

I consider restaurants to be a part of Omaha history, so I can be pretty passionate when recommending people eat local in order to help preserve Omaha’s history.

Why?

I wrote a book about well-known restaurants and hidden gems throughout Omaha’s history that have since closed. While writing the book, I learned about how restaurants played a role in the Civil Rights movement, Prohibition (and the repeal of it), and how the city fared during wars, recessions, and changing tastes.

Lest Restaurants of Omaha book cover

Regrettably, I hadn’t been to most that were open at one point in my life. In an attempt to change that, I’ve started dining at some of the oldest restaurants in Omaha. I hope you’ll do the same!

Truth be told, the food has been hit or miss at the restaurants. But I’m glad I patronized a local restaurant each and every time. There’s no mistaking how these restaurants played a role in Omaha history.

Looking for Omaha's oldest restaurants? Here are a few that are still open, including classic steakhouses, a pizzeria, popular burger joints. #Omaha #Nebraska #Midwest #Restaurants #Local

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Comments

  1. JAN STONEBRAKER says

    The shame is that many of the old and a lot of the new restaurants in Omaha only get a standard rating from the health dept. Not good enough for the folks in that dept. and certainly not good enough for me.

    • Great point. I don’t ever check ratings, but it makes total sense to make sure a restaurant at least meets the minimum standard rating.

  2. David Bonacci says

    We re-discovered Dinker’s this past late summer. I’m not free with accolades, but I have to say Dinker’s is our favorite eatery for hamburgers. They are so delicious, there’s no need for dessert of any kind. If anything, order 2 different hamburgers. You won’t regret it.

  3. Here are a few more: The Drover, La Casa Pizza, Lo Sole Mio, all amazing!

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