Lenten season means two things for Omaha-area residents – a time for personal sacrifice and reflection, as well fish fries. With more than 30 parishes and groups sponsoring fish fries in the Omaha area, you can find great food and fun times from Blair to Plattsmouth. Here’s a look at a few of the Omaha fish fries that you’re likely to enjoy a good meal and company.
Updated: I’m continuously updating this 2022 list of fish fries.Leave a comment if you have any additions!
Why fish fries?
Catholics honor their faith for a six-week period by surrendering something special to them as a way of recognizing the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ. Each Friday during lent, fish fries provide a sense of community and camaraderie among Catholics.
But, don’t think fish fries are just for Catholics; Greek Orthodox Church followers also celebrate the season with a fish fry, as well as community groups.
A fun thing about fish fries is that everyone is invited to enjoy fish and chips…and maybe an adult beverage or two. Fish fries are always family-friendly. It’s a quintessential Spring In Omaha experience.
Tip: Check the organization’s website or social media to verify times and dinner prices.
2022 Fish Fries in Omaha
Churches, breweries and fish fries held in every place in between.
Located at 2901 Fontenelle Blvd., Holy Name hosts its annual “Fryday” fish fry Fridays during Lent from 4 to 8 p.m. (Tip: They usually begin thte Friday before every other fish fry).
Bring your own drink if you prefer, but adult beverages will be sold inside the fish fry. If you prefer not to wait in line, it’s recommended you arrive early. People arriving at 6 p.m. can expect a substantial wait.
Tickets typically run $13 per adult, $10 for seniors, and $7 for children under 12. Holy Name traditionally serves Alaska pollock.
Considered one of Omaha’s premier fish fries, politicians are known to frequent, looking to shake a few hands and win votes.
2022 Update: 2022 fish fries are confirmed as of Feb. 2
Call St. Vincent de Paul the Fish and more Fry. With a menu featuring fried and baked fish, macaroni and cheese, and cheese pizza, your family will be challenged not find something for dinner on which everyone will agree. Dinners also come with coleslaw, bread and french fries or baked potato. Don’t forget to enjoy dessert while you’re there.
The fish fry is held every Friday from March 4 through April 8 at 14330 Eagle Run Drive starting at 5:30 p.m., and dine-in costs will be $12 per adult, $10 per senior, and $7 for children ages 4-12. Adult beverages and soda are available. Carry-out meals just inside the school doors for anyone not wanting to dine-in: Fried Fish Dinner $12, Baked Fish Dinner $12, or Mac&Cheese Dinner $7. All meal prices include sales tax. Credit cards accepted.
St. Gerald Parish, near 96th and Q streets, hosts its annual fish fry on Friday nights during Lent. Offering a menu of fried cod, baked tilapia, and fried shrimp, dinners come with a side of french fries or baked potato, coleslaw or salad with bread.
For non-fish diners, the parish offers cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese. Price TBD.
Named as one of the best fish fries in Omaha (including Best of Omaha in 2017), Mary Our Queen offers a menu of fried and baked fish, french fries or fried spudsters, coleslaw, as well as a mac and cheese option.
Mary Our Queen is located at 3405 S. 118th St. Price TBD.
There will be four Lenten fish fries beginning Feb. 25 with the pre-Lenten Fish Fry, followed by fish fries on March 4, March 11 and March 18. Menu includes baked and fried cod, shrimp, mac and cheese, and clam Chowder. Fish fries are from 4 to 8 p.m.
Tangier Shrine will host their annual Shrine Bowl Fish Fry on April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Shriners Temple, 2823 S. 84th St. Price $12 at the door for adults and $6 children 12 and under. Pre-sale for adults $11.
Fish Frys are Fridays from March 4 through April 15 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Autism Center Gym, 90th and Q streets. Menu includes fried cod, walleye, bang bang shrimp, appetizers and desserts. Price TBD.
2022 Update: No dates are available yet but they have announced Ožujsko Pivo will be served at the 2022 Lenten fish fries so it looks likely!
With a menu of fried and baked fish with fries or baked potato and coleslaw or macaroni and cheese, visitors to the Croatian Cultural Society of Omaha can also learn more about the area’s Croatian heritage.
The fish fry is known for its large portions of fried and baked fish, as well as macaroni and cheese and dessert. The fish fry also features a full bar.
In the past, dinners are $10 per adult and $5 for elementary school students. Children under 5 eat for free. The Croatian Cultural Society does accept credit cards.
Bringing a Mediterranean flavor to the traditional fish fry, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church features a menu of fried and baked cod, salmon, shrimp, and spanakopita (spinach pie). Don’t forget to enjoy a tasty Greek dessert.
St. John the Baptist is at 602 Park Ave. This year's fish fries are March 4 through April 8, with pick-up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Spirit will have Lenten fish fries Fridays from March 4 to April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the St John the Baptist School Gym, 500 S. 18th St., Plattsmouth. There will be live entertainment and raffle drawings every 30 minutes.
Entree choices are baked or fried Alaskan Pollock, fried carp, fried jumbo shrimp or grill cheese, and each include choice of baked potato, mac and cheese or soup. All meals include cole slaw, bread, dessert or ice cream. Large plates are $11 and small plates are $8. Complementary water and coffee. Beer, wine, bottled water and soda available for purchase. Credit cards, checks and cash accepted.
Lenten Fish Fries are held every Friday beginning March 4, including Good Friday, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Knights Event Center, 1020 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.
Prices range from $4-$14 with menu ordering and sit-down waiter service. Family-friendly. Full service bar. Cash, check & credit/debit cards are accepted. Dine-In, take-out and drive-thru are available. Call the Knights Event Center at (402) 291-6887 to place a take out/drive thru order.
Dinners: Baked Atlantic salmon, fried jumbo shrimp, fried fish (cod), cheese stuffed pasta shells. The Special is a Fried Fish Sandwich with fries and coleslaw. Dinners include baked potato or french fries, coleslaw or clam chowder, bread, coffee or iced tea. Ala Carte choices: grilled cheese sandwich, fish sandwich or a large slice of four-cheese pizza. Sides: french fries, coleslaw & clam chowder. Desserts will be sold separately by the Catholic Daughters (cash or check only).
Bellevue Berry Farm will have Friday Fish Fry dinners from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, Neb., during the Lenten season. Entrees includes fish or shrimp tacos, coconut shrimp basket, or fish fry sandwich. Homemade sides are coleslaw, tossed salad, mac and ccheese, and white rice.
Seating is in the country rustic Frontier Room or to-go orders can be placed by at (402) 706-2030. Price TBD.
Ashland American Legion holds a fish fry every Friday from March 4 to April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1541 Silver St., Ashland, Neb. No fish fry on Friday, March 25.
Dine-in meals are all-you-can-eat and include: Pollock or Carp ($14.50), Mac & Cheese and Fries Kids Meal or Fish and Fries Kids Meal ($6 for kids 12 and under). Fish dinners include fries, baked beans, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and bread.
Fish Fry Fridays at Monolithic Brewing are back for a second year at 4915 N. 120th St., suite 102. The fish fries are held every Friday from March 4 through April 8, and run from 4 to 7 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.).
Meal includes two pieces of beer battered cod, tartar sauce, malt vinegar, and kettle cooked potato chips. And of course, fresh beer. Dine-in or carry-out available.
St. Stanislaus Men’s Club holds their popular 'Save A Fish….Eat Pasta!” Lenten dinners on three Lenten Fridays, March 25, April 1 and April 8 from 5:30 to 7 p,m. There will be seating in the hall this year and "To Go" is available, also. Cash or check ONLY.
Menu includes pasta with choice of red sauce or beer cheese for $9 (all-you-can-eat) along with a salad and bread. Pizza-by-the-slice is $2.50. Beverages included.
Note: Handmade pierogi (potato or kraut) are $2 each and desserts available for $1 each.
Lenten dinners are every Friday from March 4 through April 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at St. Wenceslaus Church, 15353 Pacific St.
Entrees: Spaghetti Dinner with Marinara or Beer Cheese Sauce, Baked Fish Dinner, Pizza Slice Dinner, and Mac & Cheese Dinner. Sids are salad, coleslaw, tater tots, breadstick and cookies. Beverages are available.
St. Bernard Catholic Community, 3604 N. 65th St., has a one-day only fish fry called Peace, Love, FishFry on Friday, March 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school. Menu: Fried Fish, tater tots, mac & cheese, cole slaw, bread, beer, wine, pop, lemonade and desserts.
Tickets available at the door for $11 adults; $9 seniors; $6 kids; 3 & under free.
Tri Community Friday Fish Fry Frenzy
Held every Friday from March 4-25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 6001 Fontenelle Blvd.
St. Stephen the Martyr Fish Fry, (16701 S St., has its fish fry on Fridays, March 4 through April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.). Entrees are Baked Salmon, Shrimp, Shrimp/Fish Combo, Fried Fish, Macaroni & Cheese. Kid's menu includes Fried Fish, Mac & Cheese, and Cheese Pizza.
Beverages are available, and beer is provided by Upstream (free-will donation).
Credit cards are accepted. Take-out available. Kids 4 and under eat for free.
St. Pius's Pasta Fridays are held Fridays, March 18, March 25 and April 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 6905 Blondo St. Pasta comes with choice of five meatless sauces. Macaroni & cheese and pizza is available.
St. Matthew Catholic, 12210 S. 36th St. #B, Bellevue, Neb., holds its Fish Fry on Fridays, March 4 through April 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Entrees include fried or baked fish, shrimp, and salmon, as well as pizza.
The Knights of Columbus of St. Mary will be offering fish dinners on Fridays, March 4 through April 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Knights Event Center, 1020 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.
Menu includes Baked Atlantic salmon, Fried Jumbo Shrimp, Fried Fish, Fried Fish Sandwich, and Cheese-stuffed pasta, with sides. A la carte offerings include Grilled Cheese, Fish Sandwich, or a large slice of Cheese Pizza. Dine-in, take-out and drive-thru is available.
Sodas, beer and wine will be available at the bar as well as for drive-thru orders. Call (402) 291-6887 for take-out. Cash, checks, and cards accepted.
Head southwest of Omaha for the St. Joseph Fish Fry at the St. Joseph Hall at 100 Ninth St., Springfield, Neb. Dinners are March 11, March 18, and April 1 & April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Choice of baked or fried fissh, mac & cheese, or pizza.
St. John’s the Evangelist, 307 E. Meigs St., Valley, Neb., holds Fish Fries every Friday, March 4-25, from 5 to 8 p.m. Dinner is choice of shrimp, carp or pollock with homemade coleslaw, bread, and baked potato or chips! Kids can get Mac & Cheese. Beverages and desserts available.
St. Francis Borgia, 2005 Davis Drive, Blair, Neb., holds a Fish Fry every Friday from March 4 through April 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Social Hall.
Menu: Beer Battered Cod, Breaded Butterfly Shrimp, and Seasoned Baked Tilapia, as well as Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Baked Potatoes, homemade desserts, and beverages.
Dine in or carry-out.
More annual Omaha fish fries
It’s still early for all fish fry dates to be announced. Here’s a list of places that usually dinners but haven’t shared any information for 2022 yet:
Papillion American Legion Post 32, 230 W. Lincoln St., Papillion, Neb.
Scottish Rite Fish Fry Days, 202 S. 20th St.
Creighton Bluejays Baseball Fish Fry, Charles Schwab Park
Our Lady of Lourdes & St. Adalbert, 2110 S. 32nd Ave.
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4 Valley View Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Please contact me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com if you have updated information for any of them.
Whether you want to support your church or local service organizations, the Omaha area offers a variety of fish fries you can attend. There’s something special about standing in line and visiting with your neighbors while you await your turn for a delicious meal and tasty drink. Either way, you’ll enjoy a true Omaha experience.
Tangier Shrine will host their annual Shrine Bowl Fish Fry on April 15 at the Shriners Temple, 2823 S. 84th St. 5 - 8 pm Price $12 at the door for adults - $6.00 children 12 and under. Pre-sale for adults $11
Wednesday 16th of February 2022
Updates for the St. Vincent de Paul Fish Fry for 2022
Call St. Vincent de Paul the Fish and more Fry. With a menu featuring fried and baked fish, macaroni and cheese, and cheese pizza, your family will be challenged not find something for dinner on which everyone will agree. Running each Friday through Lent, dinners also come with colesalw, bread and french fries or baked potato.
The fish fry is held every Friday from March 4 through April 8 at 14330 Eagle Run Drive starting at 5:30 p.m., and dine-in costs will be $12 per adult, $10 per senior, and $7 for children ages 4-12. Adult beverages and soda are available. Don’t forget to enjoy dessert while you’re there. We will also be offering the following carry-out meals just inside the school doors for anyone not wanting to dine-in: Fried Fish Dinner $12, Baked Fish Dinner $12, or Mac&Cheese Dinner $7. All meal prices include sales tax. Also we accept credit cards at our fish fry.
Thursday 3rd of February 2022
St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church Fish Fry - 168 & Q ST.
We will once again be holding our annual fish fry on March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8.
The menu includes: Baked Salmon($13),Shrimp($13),Shrimp and Fish Combo($13),Fried Fish($12),and Mac & Cheese($8).
KIDS AGED 5-10: Fried Fish($7),Mac & Cheese($6),Cheese Pizza($6)-
4 AND UNDER FREE.
DESSERTS will be provided by the Council of Catholic Women.
Beer will be provided by Upstream, and wine will be available for a free-will donation.
Takeout will be available.
Meals include: French fries, cole slaw and roll.Coffee,iced tea and lemonade will also be available.
Wednesday 24th of February 2021
Mary Our Queen is serving Fridays through March 26th. Not sure where a couple of media outlets got the impression we were only doing one.
Thursday 25th of February 2021
Thanks, Ray! I'll update the post with that information.
Sunday 21st of February 2021
The Tangier Shrine will be hosting their annual Fish Fry on Apr 2nd from 5-8 pm