There are many fun things to do in Omaha. Set on the banks of the Missouri River, the city is packed with places for a dinner date with a loved one. Sample exquisite French cuisine, dig into prime steaks and ribs at one of the classic steakhouses or cozy up in front of a fire with a bottle of champagne.

Savor after-dinner treats such as a decadent dessert accompanied by a glass of port or a warm brandy in an intimate and romantic environment.

1. 801 Chophouse

801 Chophouse
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Located in the heart of downtown Omaha, 801 Chophouse is an elegant and refined dining destination with award-winning cuisine, a world-class wine list, impeccable hospitality and service, and an intimate and romantic ambiance. The late 1920’s New York City-style restaurant serves a menu of classic steakhouse fare such as prime USDA steaks with innovative sides, fresh seafood, and salads, with signature dishes such as oysters on the half shell, live Maine lobsters and king crab legs, as well as a range of delicious steaks. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, exclusive small-batch bourbons, and scotches, and imported spirits and exclusive events and functions of up to 48 guests are catered for in several private and semi-private dining rooms. Browse our Best Places to Visit in Nebraska guide for more ideas in the area.

1403 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-341-1222

2. Au Courant Regional Kitchen

Au Courant Regional Kitchen
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Au Courant Regional Kitchen is a pleasant eatery and bar that offers approachable New European fare with a focus on seasonal and regional ingredients. The bistro-style restaurant exudes a casual and friendly atmosphere with warm décor, wooden tables and chairs, and soft lighting, and serves a range of globally-inspired dishes such as prime steaks and chops, housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, chicken plates and several vegetarian options. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, exclusive small-batch beers, imported spirits, and classic cocktails.

6064 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104, Phone: 402-505-9917

3. Avoli Osteria

Avoli Osteria
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Avoli Osteria is a chef-owned restaurant serving Northern Italian cuisine in a casual, elegant atmosphere. Located in the historic Omaha neighborhood of Dundee and owned by Dario and Amy Schicke, Avoli Osteria brings the taste of Italy to Omaha with a menu of delicious, freshly prepared Italian fare with a modern twist. Diners can tuck into small plates of antipasti, handmade pasta and thick and creamy sauces, and entrées of chicken, prime meat cuts, and hearty sides from the a la carte menu or a set three-course Prix Fixe menu. Avoli’s excellent food is paired with a selection of wine from the Northern regions of Italy, as well as imported liqueurs and spirits. After a satisfying meal, check out one of these great Omaha coffee shops.

5013 Underwood Avenue, Omaha, NE 68132, Phone: 402-933-7400

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4. Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse

Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse
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Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse is a locally-owned and operated restaurant that specializes in U.S.D.A. Choice steaks, prime rib, seafood, and chicken. The classic steakhouse is perfect for a romantic dinner with warm décor in dark tones, cozy, intimate booths, soft lighting, and several fireplaces that create a tranquil glow. The restaurant is designed after the missions of California and the friendly wait staff wear robes as an homage to the religious brothers of the religious houses. The excellent cuisine is accompanied y a wide range of casual wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Find more exciting things to Do in Nebraska on vacation.

1350 S. 119th St. Omaha, NE 68144-1606, Phone: 402-330-0300

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5. Restaurants in Omaha: Dolce

Restaurants in Omaha: Dolce
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Dolce is a small intimate restaurant on West Maple Road that focuses on serving high-quality contemporary cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Owned by Jason Kuhr and Tyler Mohr, the newly renovated eatery features modern décor and a stylish ambiance and is helmed by Chef Kueper who creates an inventive menu of seasonal cuisine. Signature dishes include morel and three-mushroom tagliatelle and cream sauce, warm goat cheese and beet salad, crispy-skinned Plum Creek, succulent pork chops, and classic bread pudding for dessert. Professional wait staff recommends a selection of fine wines to pair with each dish, and other libations include classic cocktails and top-shelf spirits.

12317 W Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 68164, Phone: 402-964-2212

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6. Restaurant Near Me: Genji Japanese Steakhouse

Restaurant Near Me: Genji Japanese Steakhouse
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Genji Japanese Steakhouse is a stylish and sophisticated Japanese-inspired steakhouse that specializes in upscale teppanyaki grills, sushi and sashimi dishes, and specialty cocktails in a refined atmosphere. The restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a menu of sublime Japanese cuisine and prime USDA steaks, and serves a wide range of delicious dishes from across Asia, including tataki, tempura, teriyaki, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, California rolls, udon, ramen, and various noodles dishes as well as prime USDA steaks and chophouse fare. A full-service bar offers craft beers and microbrews by the bottle or on tap, top-shelf spirits, classic cocktails, and fine wines from around the world. There are many unique day trips from Omaha to enjoy as well.

14505 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68144, Phone: 402-333-8338

7. Hiro 88 Millard

Hiro 88 Millard
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Designed by Japanese architect Nakamura-san, Hiro 88 Millard is an upscale Pan-Asian restaurant group with locations in Omaha and Lincoln that serves award-winning Chinese cuisine and other refined Asian fare in a stylish atmosphere. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood, Hiro 88 Millard in West Omaha blends traditional and modern Japanese design with minimalist décor and sophisticated accents to present a modern and clean dining space. Guests can enjoy a variety of made-from-scratch, premium-grade sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and makimono rolls, along with Asian-fusion dishes from China, Korea, and Japan. The full-service bar serves an array of high-end libations, including the city’s largest selection of sake, local and imported beers, fine wines from around the world, and top-shelf spirits.

17664 Welch Plaza, Omaha, NE 68135, Phone: 402-702-8800

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8. Le Bouillon

Le Bouillon
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Tucked into the Old Market on Howard Street, Le Bouillon is a European-inspired restaurant that serves classic French cuisine in an airy and vibrant dining room. Celebrating the tremendous regional culinary heritage of France, the restaurant’s Chef Paul Kulik serves seasonally changing menus of comfort food prepared using on the highest quality, fresh, locally sourced ingredients with classic dishes such as small plates such as frog legs or steak tartar, French onion soup, cassoulet, braised rabbit, pork rillettes, and Croque Monsieur. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from France, craft and imported beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits.

1017 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-502-6816

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9. Le Voltaire French Restaurant

Le Voltaire French Restaurant
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Located in Pepperwood Village, Le Voltaire French Restaurant is an award-winning dining destination that brings the rich tastes and flavors of France to West Omaha. Established over 15 years ago, the restaurant is one of the finest dining establishments in town, serving classic French cuisine in a romantic south-of-France atmosphere. The main dining room features elegant décor, and soft lighting and a beautiful private room with a direct view of the wine cellar offers the perfect spot for a special occasion. Seasonally changing menus features dishes from all regions of France, which are paired with curated French wines from an extensive and award-winning wine selection. Le Voltaire French Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch on Thursdays and Fridays.

569 N 155th Plaza, Omaha, NE 68154, Phone: 402-934-9374

10. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
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Mahogany Prime Steakhouse is an award-winning steakhouse that specializes in serving the finest custom-aged U.S. prime mid-western beef steaks and other cuts of meat, along with fresh seafood dishes and an impressive selection of world-class wines. The elegant restaurant features beautifully appointed dining rooms in dark hues, spaces for private lunches and dinners, a dedicated private dining coordinator, and a large bar area with multiple large flat-screen televisions. Exuding a casual, yet sophisticated fine-dining atmosphere, the restaurant has certified sommeliers on hand to suggest exceptional vintages to pair with each dish and offers valet parking.

13665 California St, Omaha, NE 68154, Phone: 402-445-4380

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11. Nicola's Italian Wine & Fare

Nicola's Italian Wine & Fare
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Nicola's Italian Restaurant is a laid-back Italian osteria with a casual bar and a lovely outdoor garden area for summertime dining. Located on the corner of 13th and Jackson in Omaha's Old Market, the relaxed eatery has been serving exceptional Italian fare for the past 14 years and continues to be a neighborhood favorite for great food and wine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Nicola's diverse and seasonal menu features everything from paninis and pizzas to freshly prepared salads and soups, homemade pasta dishes, hearty meat, chicken and fish plates, and decadent desserts. Nicola's, Stay Sweet menu offers artisan chocolates and freshly baked treats to enjoy with freshly brewed coffee and other dessert drinks.

521 S. 13th St., Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-345-8466

12. Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge

Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge
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Located within walking distance of the Holland Performing Arts and CenturyLink Center, Nosh Restaurant and Wine Lounge is the perfect spot for an after-show dinner. The charming, yet understated restaurant and wine bar serve culinary delights of small sharing plates, flatbread pizzas, and gourmet sliders, using locally sourced ingredients, as well as light entrées of Nosh Filet Medallions, Chipotle Chicken, Faroe Island Salmon Filet, and Beet Falafel. The hidden gem also has a full-service bar which boasts over 140 wines, 70 different whiskeys, and a curated selection of gins, rums, and vodkas from around the world, along with artisan beers, martinis, and handcrafted premium cocktails.

1006 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-614-2121

13. Spezia

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Boasting a beautiful outdoor patio with tables and chairs, an extensive wine list and an exceptional menu of Italian fare for lunch and dinner, Spezia shares a love and passion for everything Italian with both locals and visitors alike. The busy bar is usually packed with patrons sipping cocktails and waiting for a table to dine on the restaurant’s delicious, contemporary Italian cuisine, which includes antipasto plates of briny olives, aged cheeses, imported charcuterie, and warm bread. Primi and secondi plates range from risotto, plain and baked pasta dishes, and fresh soups and salads, while entrées feature prime beef and veal, chicken and fresh fish. Spezia is part of a regional chain with several restaurants around the country.

3125 S 72nd St Omaha, NE, Phone: 402-391-2950

14. Sullivan's Steakhouse

Sullivan's Steakhouse
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Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a classic steakhouse chain that is renowned for serving hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, fresh salads and signature cocktails in elegant surrounds against a backdrop of live music. Located in the Creamery Building in the Glenwood South District of downtown, Sullivan’s Steakhouse is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or celebrating a special occasion with a menu of traditional steakhouse fare featuring prime meats and fresh seafood off the grill and an extensive wine list of fine wines from around the world. Sullivan’s Steakhouse also offers private dining options for up to 100 guests.

222 S 15th St Ste 100, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-342-0077

15. The Boiler Room

The Boiler Room
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The Boiler Room is rustic-chic loft eatery in the Old Market with a modern dining space adorned with art and cozy atmosphere. Set in a beautifully maintained converted boiler room in the 120-year-old Bemis Bag building, the restaurant features exposed brick, steel beams and girders, and contemporary architectural accents, creating an industrial-chic ambiance. Chef Tim Nicholson creates a seasonally-changing menu of farm-to-table fare boasting appetizers, sharing platters, entrées, and desserts, which are accompanied by an extensive Domaine-driven Old World wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-916-9274

16. The Drover

The Drover
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The Drover is a landmark steakhouse that has been serving world-class whiskey-marinated steaks and other classic chophouse fare for over three decades. The restaurant boasts an intimate and romantic vibe with rustic, vintage décor and dim lighting, and has a full-service bar that offers a wide range of fine wines with global labels, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails. The menu features traditional steakhouse fare such as a variety of prime USDA beef cuts such as filet, ribeye, and sirloin, all marinated in the restaurant’s signature whiskey marinade. Other items on the menu include seafood, chicken and vegetarian entrées, burgers, soups, and a large selection of salads from the salad bar and house specialties like the Reuben with a Drover twist.

2121 S 73rd St, Omaha, NE 68124, Phone: 402-391-7440

17. Twisted Cork Bistro

Twisted Cork Bistro
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The Twisted Cork Bistro is a friendly and popular neighborhood eatery that serves casual, locally sourced fare, along with handcrafted ales, spirits, and Pacific Northwest wines. The locally-owned and operated bistro focuses on serving regional, seasonal, and boldly-flavored natural foods, prepared with ingredients and produce from surrounding farmers, fishmongers, and ranchers. The food is accompanied by a selection of handcrafted ales and wines sourced from the Pacific Northwest and served by friendly, professional staff.

10730 Pacific St Ste 110, Omaha, NE 68114, Phone: 402-932-1300

18. V. Mertz

V. Mertz
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Set in a historic brick building in the Old Market Passageway, V. Mertz is a small, locally-owned restaurant that is renowned for being one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. The cozy hideaway serves a progressive, contemporary American menu with an emphasis on local, regional and seasonal produce and meats with dishes like including Nebraska morel mushrooms, wild salmon, beef tenderloin, sea scallops, and Oregon lamb chops. A full-service bar offers an award-winning wine list of over 400 vintages, as well as single-malt Scotch, premium vodkas, craft beers on tap, and classic cocktails.

1022 Howard St. Old Market Passageway, Lower Level Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-345-8980

19. Wave Bistro Restaurant

Wave Bistro Restaurant
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Located in the Hillsborough West Plaza, Wave Bistro Restaurant is a family-owned and operated eatery that serves classic Asian-Fusion cuisine with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and French influences. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce from surrounding artisans and producers, the restaurant serves a menu of Asian cuisine with a European twist. Signature dishes range from Thai Basil Crusted Chicken and Lemon Creamy Almond Shrimp to Cashew-Crusted Salmon Fillet and Sliced Beef in Spiced Hoisin Sauce. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of global wines, craft beers, exclusive small-batch imported spirits, and other drinks.

4002 N 144th St, Omaha, NE 68116, Phone: 402-496-8812

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