Nebraska may be famous for its generous steak dinners, but the beef state’s restaurant scene is quickly heating up with fresh farm-to-table options and modern made-from-scratch restaurants popping up daily. If you haven’t visited these top spots across the cornhusker state, you will want to schedule a trip on your calendar immediately. Eat like a local with this guide to the best restaurants in Nebraska.
Located in a converted boiler room in the Bermis Bag building built in 1896, The Boiler Room is a true Omaha treasure. James Beard Award nominee, Chef Paul Kulik, changes the farm-to-table menu daily to reflect the season and product availability and he has brought a new level of culinary innovation to Omaha. Wonderful service and world-class cocktails make this one of the best restaurants to celebrate any special occasion.
Stella’s Bar & Grill may have a cozy, diner atmosphere, but don’t be fooled. As the No. 1 restaurant in the city of Bellevue, this burger joint has a serious local following. The hamburgers here are to die for and are served up the old fashion way. It’s not uncommon to see crowds forming a line outside this popular family-run spot, so get here early. Stella’s is always worth it.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect burger, Honest Abe’s Burgers & Freedom is the place to go. With so many different kinds of burgers on the menu, you could easily spend your entire lunch break deciding which one to eat! This Lincoln staple cooks up grass-fed patties with an amazing selection of toppings. You can even top off your burger with a gluten-free bun.
The Drover makes the cut for one of the best steakhouses in Nebraska. This old school, rustic steakhouse is highly recommended among the locals and it is famous for its delicious whiskey marinade filet that will melt in your mouth. What else can we say? The Drover is everything a steakhouse should be and more.
If you’re looking for the perfect date night restaurant in Lincoln or Omaha, then you can’t go wrong with Vincenzo’s Ristorante. The warm atmosphere and outstanding Italian dishes at both locations ensure you and your date will have an enjoyable night out that will almost make you forget you’re dining in Nebraska.
The Chocolate Bar is another one of Nebraska’s hidden gems. This small town café is famous for its amazing selection of coffee and desserts, and they also serve up bistro items such as fresh sandwiches and wraps. If you’re looking for a big city vibe in Grand Island, The Chocolate Bar is where you’ll find it.
The Mixing Bowl is another hidden surprise in the Gering/Scottsbluff area and tops the list for its spectacular breakfast menu. Whether you stop in for fresh coffee and pastries or a full brunch made from locally-sourced ingredients, you won’t be disappointed!
It can be challenging to find a good vegan restaurant in the beef-loving state of Nebraska, but Modern Love has succeeded in making a name for itself with its delicious vegan comfort food. Even if you’re not a vegan, Modern Love’s unique dishes (especially desserts) will keep you coming back for more. With only a dozen or so tables, the place fills up fast so be sure to make a reservation and get ready for an outstanding selection of flavorful, fresh dishes and generous portions.
We can’t mention farm-to-table eateries in Nebraska without mentioning Kitchen Table. This fresh lunch spot ranks among the nation’s best for its unique, healthy dishes. The hearty sandwiches are freshly-baked and come with a side of popcorn. The Kitchen Table is an awesome reminder that great food doesn’t have to be complicated and there are plenty of choices for vegetarians and vegans too.
Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse Lounge in Paxton, Nebraska is a top-notch spot for anyone who loves a hearty meal. This family-owned restaurant is decorated with countless mementos from Ole’s safaris and adventures—including 200+ big game trophies. Whether you stop in to try a bison burger or to play a few rounds of Keno, this is one Nebraskan experience not to miss.
In operation for over 22 years in the heart of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, The Green Gateau is inspired by European country inns and French-influenced contemporary cuisine. With its charming setting and consistently excellent dishes, it’s the kind of place you want to linger in all day. The bakery also provides plenty of sweet and savory options for breakfast or brunch.
Founded in 1919 by World War I veteran Alfonso Orsi, this pizzeria is one of the only remaining icons of Omaha’s Little Italy. Old world charm and fresh, amazing pizza are what make Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria one of the best restaurants in the entire state. A favorite of the locals is the goudarooni, which is Italian for double-crust pizza.