If you’re heading to Omaha for the “Greatest Show On Dirt,” you’ll find it’s always a party in and around the stadium during the Men’s College World Series. While it’s certainly worthwhile to drink some suds in the sun and enjoy the games, be sure to set aside some time check out Omaha’s many great attractions and imbibe in a city brimming with exceptional food and drink.
And with the help of the Omaha experts — our Yelp Omaha Elite Squad — we’ve handpicked best bets to make sure your Omaha experience is a home run.
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Kicking things off with a vegan restaurant might raise some eyebrows in a story about Omaha, a city often synonymous with steak (we’ll get to that later), but Modern Love is the original location of chef and author Isa Chandra’s famed comfort food eatery. From the mac and shews to seasonal highlights, a visit here is a foodie’s dream. And DO NOT skip dessert. “The food is unparalleled in quality, filling beyond belief, and refreshingly ethically sourced… omnivores won’t be disappointed – the meat alternatives are incredibly tasty and satisfying.” – Michaela P.
Belgium beers and cuisine, a friendly atmosphere – all things guaranteed at Dario’s Brasserie. Located in the heart of Omaha’s historic Dundee neighborhood, this European-style restaurant is described as an informal French café that serves simple hearty food, including one of the best burgers in Omaha. “Dario’s truly reminds me of a quaint restaurant you would find in France, but with better service. The French are masters at having a casual meal while still keeping a touch of class. This place mirrors that sentiment exactly.” – Heather B.
Get away from the downtown crowds and head to Au Courant, located in popular Benson. Here, you’ll find modern European plates composed with regionally sourced ingredients and smartly crafted cocktails. “If you’re looking for a meal with layers upon layers of texture, flavors, and melodies, this is your spot – and you will leave blissfully satisfied.” – Lianna N.
Just a short drive or ride from the stadium, Omaha Rockets Kanteen is a spot for healthy variations of Southern comfort food. Baseball history abounds at this Near North Side restaurant named after the Omaha Rockets, an independent African-American team who played exhibition games against Negro League teams from across the US in the 1940s. “The smothered chicken was delicious and I practically drank the side of hot sauce that gave the dish that extra zip.” – Christine B.
Enjoy A Drink
This is a spot the locals love. And it’s no wonder with its quirky, vintage decor, late night food offerings, and extensive seasonal cocktail menu that ranks among the best in the city. “The cocktails are expertly created from a very unique menu that does have some classics. They are stirred in a beaker [and] served with a garnish… Nite Owl is definitely at the top of my list for Omaha!” – Alan R.
The Wicked Rabbit is discreetly located just outside of the Old Market in an unassuming liquor and cigar shop The Looking Glass. Simply ask for the Wicked Rabbit and a wall of alcohol opens to an intimate lounge with a fully stocked bar and emphasis on classic craft cocktails. “I love taking out-of-town visitors to this place. Nobody expects something so cool even if they know real Omaha… The interior of the bar is just so classy and cool. Dark velvet, great lighting and lots of cool, interesting drink ingredients on the bar.” – Jim L
You’d be hard pressed to run into a local who hasn’t heard of Krug Park. Located in the Benson neighborhood, Krug is a craft beer bar with more than 60 beers on tap, famous bloody marys, and variety of spirits. The original brick and refinished wood floors will transport you back to the early 20th Century. “Five stars for this Benson bar! They had an impressive selection of beers…and an even more impressive selection of bloody marys for this bloody mary lover!! Seriously, so good!” – Meredith C
Ah, the Homy. Part neighborhood dive, part citywide destination. Order some pizza from Sgt. Peffer’s across the street, grab some champagne on tap (seriously), and cozy up for a while with some friends in the Beatles-themed booth. “They have a surprisingly excellent selection of craft beers on tap and in bottle, as well as a nice array of whiskies.” – Joshua F.
Have Some Fun
Omaha has many must-visit family attractions, such as the famous zoo, Lauritzen Gardens, and the Durham Museum. If you’re looking for some free, outdoor fun, beat the heat at one of the many splash parks at spots like the foot of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (a short walk from the stadium), Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, and elsewhere.
Arts and entertainment
For laughs, head to The Backline, Omaha’s comedy home base, for some great improv comedy and standup. Take in some art at acclaimed institutions like Joslyn Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Kaneko, and The Union for Contemporary Art – all free to attend and open to the public. “I freaking love the UNION! My first time at the UNION was last year. I wanted to find a place where I could know more about the Omaha community and also work on my art.” – Fati A.
Explore a neighborhood
Omaha’s full of great neighborhoods you can explore in a few hours. Scope out retro goods at Lion’s Mane Vintage, play some games at Beercade, and sample some beers at Infusion Brewing in Omaha’s funky Benson neighborhood. Head to Dundee to shop for one-of-a-kind goods at Hello Holiday or Scout Dry Goods and Trade. While you’re there grab some ice cream at eCreamery or enjoy a cocktail and live jazz at Jambo Cat. Staying closer to the stadium? From coffee at Archetype to mid-century furniture at Hutch, both Blackstone and Midtown Crossing are full of local options for dining, drinking, and shopping.
Steak, because… Omaha
Many-a-visitor’s trip to Omaha isn’t complete without dinner at one of the city’s famed steakhouses. If you’re looking for old school charm, check out The Drover, Johnny’s Café, or Gorat’s (a Warren Buffett fave). For a more modern experience, in-the-know Elite Yelpers recommend the steaks at Avoli Osteria and 801 Chophouse. “Their filet was as good as any I’ve encountered. I also enjoyed a crisp/cold caesar salad, creamy potato and asparagus sides. The exclamation point here was the chef’s chocolate cake. Wow.” – Eric J.
Heading for home…
Yelp Omaha heads to Blatt Beer and Table’s North Downtown location directly next to TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday, June 20 for our latest Brewventure Series. Enjoy some bites, brews, and good times with Yelpers from across the nation. Learn more and RSVP here.