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Most Romantic Local Restaurants in Omaha for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is of course most known for the hearts, candy, chocolate, roses and teddy bears meant to show signs of affection and undoubtable love, yeah we get it. If your Valentine is expecting the usual parade of gifts and gimmicks this year, why not give her, or him, what they really want and invest in an evening sure to please the both of you with dinner from any one of the following 10 romantic and unique local restaurants right here in Omaha.

These restaurants are arranged by location beginning in the Old Market in eastern Omaha and reaching all the way to Village Pointe Shopping Center in west Omaha, and everywhere in between. We begin with La Buvette at 11th and Howard in the Old Market.

La Buvette Food & Wine

511 South 11th Street  |  402.344.8627  |  Website

Up for an adventure? You just might need to visit undoubtedly one of the most romantic & quaint French inspired restaurant atmospheres in downtown Omaha, La Buvette.  A brief, yet venturesome menu will change often depending on what fresh food is in season, plus an entire library of wine bottles line the wall of the restaurant waiting to be paired with your favorite French delicacies. So sit back, relax, and indulge in your date and your hand-picked bottle of wine over a candlelit dinner at La Buvette. And come back in the summer to enjoy the lovely outdoor patio!

V. Mertz Restaurant & Wine Bar

Temporary American Cuisine in the Old Market Passageway  |  1022 Howard Street  |  402.345.8980  |  Website

Just down the block and across the street in the Old Market Passageway lies one gem of a romantic experience in fine dining. The intimate setting found at V. Mertz is perfect for date night and the food is sure not to disappoint. In an article from Omaha.com V. Mertz was rated #1 in the Top 6 Places to have a Cocktail in Omaha. Indulge in the seared diver scallops, roasted pork belly, plum creek chicken breast or faroe island salmon. Good drinks and fine food, your Valentine’s Day is looking to be a memorable one.

Flatiron Café

Fine New American Cuisine at 1722 St. Mary’s Ave #110  |  402.344.3040  |  Website

Located in the historic flatiron building, this impressive building serves as host to an equally impressive restaurant. The Flatiron Café is known for its culinary charisma and rich dishes. With a pricey menu featuring plates such as poached lobster, grilled Alaskan salmon, chorizo stuffed Berkshire pork chop and roasted duck, you’re sure to feel as luxurious as the menu throughout your entire romantic V-Day meal.

Cascio’s Steakhouse

1620 South 10th Street  |  402.345.8313  |  Website

If you’re not sure you want to venture into the world of modern cuisine and unfamiliar menus then take a trip back in time to the classic Cascio’s Steakhouse in the heart of Little Italy. Family run since 1946 when Al Cascio and his brother Joe opened the steakhouse in a volatile time in history, it has successfully stayed in business for decades due to good service and a hearty Italian menu featuring hand-cut steaks, pasta, homemade bread sticks and more. Tradition at its best, visit Cascio’s for a timeless experience.

The Grey Plume

Midtown at 220 South 31st Avenue  |  402.763.4447  |  Website

If you are sure you want to venture into the world of modern cuisine, then welcome to The Grey Plume. This restaurant lives and breathes a philosophy where in which they

“are devoted to creating innovative cuisine on the forefront of modern culinary art, while also maintaining traditional culinary roots in showcasing the food source and practicing a no-waste attitude in every aspect of the restaurant’s operation. Guests will enjoy an experience that is at once reminiscent of other experiences in other times and places and a new and deep exploration of their own contemporary milieu.”

See for yourself at The Grey Plume this Valentine’s Day.

Avoli Osteria

Historic Dundee at 5013 Underwood Avenue  |  402.933.7400  |  Website

Dressed to impress, the interior of this restaurant is dripping romance. Sumptuous, modern, and classic in a comfortable and social locale, Avoli is the place for great conversation and even better food. Founded by a survivor of the Bosnian War and former resident of New York, Avoli specializes in Northern Italian fare – which shows in their menu. It’s on the higher end of prices, but sure to offer a delightfully unexpected experience for anyone here in Nebraska.

 

Plus, you might just catch a glance of Warren and Susie Buffett who have been known to frequent the restaurant with their friends and family – even the likes of Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles (yes, this is real!) who were sighted on a bench in Dundee just outside the restaurant on a special trip to Omaha before a show in Lincoln.

1912 Benson

Rooftop Tavern in Historic Benson  |  6201 Maple Street  |  402.964.2900  |  Website

Prefer beer over wine for your romantic night out? Venture to 1912 Benson, a rooftop tavern in historic Benson featuring an upbeat menu that’s easier on your wallet then others in this list and an equally satisfying event. Choices include but aren’t limited to a strawberry kale salad bowl, a chicken focaccia sandwich, nacho poutine and house made potato chips. And while it may be too cold still to enjoy the amazing rooftop terrace, you and your date are sure to enjoy the “vintage vibe & and upscale American bar menu”.

JAMS Bar & Grill

7814 Dodge Street  |  402.399.8300  &  1101 Harney Street  | 402.614.9333  |  Website

Slightly more upscale than 1912 Benson is JAMS Bar & Grill. With locations in the Old Market and 78th and Dodge, it’s a convenient option for those around Dundee and further east. The menu resembles that of an upscale restaurant, without the upscale prices. They serve sandwiches with a flare such as the short rib grilled cheese, jumbo crab cake burger, bucatini with house-ground meatballs, an array of distinctive salads and even a few Mexican items like short rib tacos and poblano mac & cheese. You get all this in a modern bar with exquisite accents that make it easy on the eyes – and the taste buds. Get groovy with your Valentine at JAMS.

Twisted Cork Bistro

10730 Pacific Street  |  402.932.1300  |  Website

Behold the Twisted Cork Bistro in Regency, your one-stop-shop for a laid-back Seattle-inspired brunch, lunch or dinner with handcrafted ales, cocktails and Pacific Northwest wines. The menu is a successful blend of Washington coastline inspiration and Nebraskan ingredients. The Twisted Cork Burger is a must, but they also feature a wide variety of seafood like the sockeye salmon and halibut, as well as steak and shrimp, maple leaf duckling and plum creek chicken. As a fun twist, you can even buy the kitchen a 6-pack of beer as a thank you and personal tip to the chefs! This bistro is quaint and romantic with an intimate and coastal atmosphere. The romance can continue into summer too with a lovely outdoor patio in the front.

Kobe Steak House of Japan

16801 Burke Street  |  402.391.1755  |  Website

Last but not least on the list is Kobe Steak House and while it may not be local only to Omaha with locations in Wichita, KS and St. Louis, MO it is local to the Midwest – and I mean, have you ever been? It’s a dining thrill like no other, with each meal prepared at your own Teppanyaky table (a large table with the grill cook-top built in to tables seating 6-8) by your very own personal chef and an entire menu of steak and seafood fare at your fingertips.  At Kobe you’ll not only satisfy your hunger, you’ll get your very own private culinary show fit with fire, impressive tricks, and of course, delicious food. So skip the movie and head to Kobe Steak House for some Valentine’s Day entertainment like nothing you've seen before.

I hope this list serves as inspiration for you and your loved one to get out of the routine chain restaurants this Valentines Day and perhaps try a local place you've never been to, or even heard of before. Omaha, after all, has much to offer you and whichever table you may find yourself. Cheers! 

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Kristen

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