8 Fancy Restaurants in Omaha

September 15, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
Yelp

Omaha is a city known for many things, such as food, drink, and business. Its spot in the middle of the country has also made it a historic spot for transportation. Whether you’re passing through or staying in the city for a while, though, you’ll want to know where you should stop for a delicious meal.

On this list you’ll find 8 of the best fancy restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska, all of which would be worth a visit and a taste. And fortunately for you, all of these restaurants also happen to be supported by GiftYa, a virtual gift card company.

With GiftYa, you can send your friends and family money for participating locations via an app! That way they don’t have to remember to bring anything extra with them!

801 Chophouse at the Paxton

1920s New York inspired steakhouse in Omaha, Nebraska.

If you’re looking for a place to eat delicious steak, you’ve found it here! Image courtesy of Instagram.

1403 Farnam St | Omaha | 801chophouse.com

This famous steakhouse is located in the Old Market district of Omaha. Its comfortable and yet upscale atmosphere inspired by 1920s New York steakhouses. 801 Chophouse is family-owned and has been serving great steaks in Omaha since 1993.

801 Chophouse uses only the finest kinds of meat, cut with the in-house bone saw and kept cool in dry-age coolers. You can book an event or a private dining experience here as well, as there’s plenty of space available!

Hours at 801 Chophouse are from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. every day of the week!

“If the option to add a 6th star was available, I would have given it a 6th star. We visited on my birthday back in February 2021 - pandemic was still around but they were extremely accommodating.” - Yelp Review

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Spezia

Traditional Italian dishes, steak, and seafood at this fine-dining restaurant!

The dessert at Spezia is just as delicious as the dinner you can have there!  Image courtesy of Instagram.

3125 S 72nd St | Omaha | speziarestaurant.com

Spezia serves traditional Italian cuisine for dine-in, takeout, and catering. You can make a reservation, or just walk in, and there’s seating both inside and outdoors! Spezia prides itself on great service to go along with its great food.

On the dinner menu, you’ll find antipasti, flatbreads, salads, pasta, steaks, specialty dishes, and more! There’s also separate menus for lunch, dessert, kids, happy hour, catering, wine, and takeout.

Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. every day of the week here, and dinner hours are from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. every day except Sunday, when Spezia closes an hour earlier at 8 p.m.

“Great food, amazing atmosphere. We had a romantic booth for two. The Mont Fere Pinot Noir paired well with our bread and pastas. I had the  chicken broccoli alfredo and my date had the chicken parmigiana. Both were 10/10.” - Yelp Review

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Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

Great steak— and much more on the menu —in Omaha!

Everything on the menu at Mahogany Prime Steakhouse is delicious, but the steak is the star of the show! Image courtesy of Instagram.

13665 California St | Omaha | mahoganyprimesteakhouse.com 

Omaha’s steaks are known to be a cut above the rest, and this restaurant is one of many reasons why. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse has three locations in Oklahoma, but this one in Omaha is located north of West Dodge Street, a main street of the city.

With a great atmosphere, steaks, wine, and service, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse will give you just the dining experience you’re looking for. Of course, there’s much more than just steak on the menu! This restaurant also serves appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, sides, gluten-free options, and desserts, in addition to a fine selection of wine!

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse may be closed on Sundays, but it’s open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Went here for my girlfriend's birthday. Steak, salads, potatoes, asparagus, cake and lots of wine. Top of the line steakhouse in Omaha. You know exactly what you're going to get every time. It's worth the price tag.” - Yelp Review

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Avoli Osteria

A family-owned Italian fine-dining restaurant with a modern twist.

With plenty of outdoor seating space, Avoli Osteria is a great place to go in warmer weather! Image courtesy of Instagram.

5013 Underwood Ave | Omaha | avoliosteria.com 

This Northern Italian restaurant has been open in the Dundee neighborhood of Omaha since 2013. It was first established and is still owned by Dario and Amy Schicke, who named the restaurant after a combination of their daughters' names— Ava and Olivia. 

They felt that Omaha should have a restaurant to get great, authentic Italian food with a modern twist, and that’s exactly what Avoli Osteria brings to the table. With appetizers, a first and second course, side dishes, and desserts, this restaurant truly offers Italian fine-dining.

Avoli Osteria is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but every other day of the week it’s open for dinner 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“Amazing meal with excellent service. We did three courses and our waiter helped pick our wine pairing for each. The Burrata, Gnocchi Bolognese and salmon all paired with a different wine. Wow!” - Yelp Review

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Le Bouillon

A great, fancy French restaurant in Omaha!

Whether you want brunch or dinner, Le Bouillon is a great place to go! Image courtesy of Instagram.

1017 Howard St | Omaha | lebouillonomaha.com 

The great, Old Market location of Le Bouillon was originally a 19th century fruit and vegetable warehouse, but now it’s home to a French restaurant with a bright atmosphere and fresh flavors.

Happy hour is from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at this restaurant, and you can book a reservation right on their website. Whether you want a light salad or an enormous entree, you’ll be able to find it here.

Le Bouillon is closed on Sundays, open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, and from 11 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturdays. Tuesdays through Fridays, this restaurant is open from noon until 9 p.m.

“Would love to see more people enjoying this gem.  The food was stellar.  Personally enjoyed the duck frites and the basque cheesecake.  The duck was very moist, medium center, with lightly smoked skin, sitting on a bed of crisp shoestring fries.” - Yelp Review

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J. Coco

A fantastic staff that strives to bring you the best food and overall experience!

Delicious dishes and drinks as well when you’re at J. Coco! Image courtesy of Instagram.

5203 Leavenworth St | Omaha | jcocoomaha.com 

Chef Jennifer Coco, the founder of this restaurant, specializes in taking classic, fancy dishes and putting a more modern twist on them. She and the rest of the staff all take immense pride in what they do, and always do their best to ensure all guests are having the best dining experience possible.

You can book a private dining room if you so choose, but no matter how you dine, the menu won’t disappoint. Starters, entrees, sandwiches, sides, salads, and more! You can also pick up takeout from J. Coco if you’d prefer.

J. Coco is open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, and the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

“The menu is excellent, the bartenders are quick, and there is a solid wine selection. We had friends in town for their first trip to Omaha, and this is one of the places we knew we had to take them.” - Yelp Review

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Stirnella Bar & Kitchen

A gastro-pub in a historic area of Omaha, Nebraska!

The dishes look beautiful, and they taste even better! Image courtesy of Instagram.

3814 Farnam St | Omaha | stirnella.com 

This refined gastro-pub uses local and seasonal ingredients for their fancy yet approachable dishes. The food served at Stirnella is internationally inspired, but it still brings classic Omaha flavors to the table!

Stirnella Bar & Kitchen has delicious food and drink, with brunch, dinner, and dessert all on the menu. There are also separate menus for happy hour, drinks, and kids that may be dining with you!

Lunch at Stirnella is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. happy hour is from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Dinner is from 5 p.m. until closing— 8:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, Stirnella is open for brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Best gastropub in Omaha. Funky takes on classic dishes with ingredients sourced from local farms, in a menu that changes seasonally.  They certainly have one of the best burgers in Omaha, with Punky Burger Party special every Wednesday.” - Yelp Review

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The Drover

A restaurant and lounge that came back stronger after burning down!

Plenty of great dishes to choose from at The Drover. Image courtesy of Instagram.

2121 S 73rd St | Omaha | droverrestaurant.com 

This restaurant and lounge provides a great atmosphere for you to eat great food, such as Omaha’s original whiskey steaks! There’s plenty more than that on the menu, though, and even then, the food isn’t the only thing you’ll want to try at The Drover. The wine list also has a lot of options for you to choose from.

The Drover was reopened after a fire, but still brings patrons the same delicious dishes and ambience.

Lunch is on weekdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner on weekdays is from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. On Saturday, dinner hours are from 4:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., and on Sunday they are 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“We went to The Drover this Saturday to celebrate our anniversary and we had an amazing experience. The service was exceptional and all staff members were working their tails off to provide a great experience to everyone.” - Yelp Review

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Come to one of these great restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska if you’re looking for fine dining, and consider GiftYa if you’re looking to treat a loved one to a special meal!

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