There’s something special about having a meal outdoors or sipping a drinking with the warm sun on your face. It’s the magic of a patio. I’m sharing some of my favorite patios in Omaha in this post. I’d love to hear your recommendations, too! I added a few rooftop recommendations too because they’re fun in their own right.
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Downtown Omaha Patios
Restaurants and bars in Downtown Omaha that have great patios, including places in NoDo and the Old Market.
Why: This small Italian restaurant has a beautiful outdoor seating area that I highly recommend. Imagine fresh food served while seated under strung lights that twinkle. A fence helps make the busy street feel a world away.
Why: The food and drinks on tap are great reasons to go, but if the rooftop seating area is open, you're in for a real treat. From one side of the rooftop, you see Downtown Omaha; on the otherside, you overlook Charles Schwab Stadium. It's hard not to imagine you have epic seats for a College World Series game.
Why: I like going to Surfside Club but not for its food (it’s all fried…but the fritters are great). I love dining outdoors and this is one of the few places where you can sit with a view of the Missouri River. And it’s a festive kind of place with fake palm trees and live music.
However, the draw of this place is what’s going on the river. People who go to the Surfside know that it’s pretty common to have boaters attempt to one-up each other entertaining the restaurant crowd. Usually that involves mooning the diners.
Why; Trucks & Taps more of a food truck hub than a restaurant, and that's what makes it special. This fascinating concept has a bar in the middle of the patio and food trucks parked around the outdoor dining area.
There are three main food trucks set up at this repurposed Sonic, and then there is often a guest food truck serving up new stuff. I've had barbecue, wontons, fish & chips at various time.
Why: The West Omaha location of Pitch not the original, but it maintains the stylish look of the Dundee location…and one ups it with an excellent rooftop patio.
I’m always tempted to order a stone-fire pizza there, because they are so good.
Patios just outside of Omaha you might like
I’m a fan of day trips, and I’ve discovered a few great patios near Omaha that I bet a few of you will love. If you’re looking for a little change of scenery, here are a few suggestions:
Heron Bay, 21215 NE-50, Springfield, Neb. This bar and grill sits along the Platte River and attracts a wide variety of patrons. It’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s part of the charm. The burgers are extremely satisfying, the beer is domestic, and the live music is always entertaining.
Cellar 426 Winery, 1402 S. Ninth St., Ashland, Neb. The setting of this Nebraska winery has a lodge feel to it, with an expansive patio overlooking the yard and vineyard. It’s a chill place to hang out with friends and try a flight of wines together.
Glacial Till Cider House & Tasting Room, 1419 Silver St., Ashland, Neb. I absolutely love the ciders created by Glacial Till, and it’s just extra icing on the cake that they have great food on the menu to go with them. Try a flight on their rooftop patio!
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