Railcar Modern American Kitchen
Railcar Modern American Kitchen

Railcar Modern American Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.railcaromaha.com/
  • Phone: 4024934743x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm

    Lunch: Sunday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jared Clarke
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Email us at jared@railcarmak.com or marie@railcarmak.com to book your next catering. We offer catering from as little as 10 people to 500.
  • Special Events: Contact Marie at marie@railcarmak.com we can organize your next luncheon, business meeting, breakfast meetings, rehearsal dinner, wine dinner or holiday parties!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blondo
  • Public Transit: NONE
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking
A word from Railcar Modern American Kitchen
At Railcar, we want to take you back to the classic American dining experience: Food that blends flavors from so many cultures, from all corners of the melting pot that is the United States. Food that warms your soul as it fills your stomach.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Railcar Modern American Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (29)good for groups (27)great for lunch (16)romantic (13)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 9/12/14
    09202013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was very good and came out in a reasonable time The waiter seemed a little confused on what was on the preset menu and didn't bring steak knives for the steak entree. He also didn't know what a decanter was for the wine, but did bring one-later but it was the first night of Restaurant week and we assumed there would be some glitches for as busy as it was the noise level was not overwhelming We will probably try it again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Busylady
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was great, service was exceptional. I will definitely be bCk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drink and Dinner
    mbhunt
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We were looking for a "new" place to try in West Omaha. Even though the restaurant is in a strip mall, next to a pawn shop, the inside will help you forget the location. I liked the concrete floor, black trim, wood tables (they looked like gym floors) and railroad art on the walls. The room is dark, lit with small lights and candles and the music was lovely. We ordered a craft cocktail, ribs and gnocchi, and 2 desserts. It was a relaxing meal, which is EXACTLY what we were looking for! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome food
    awesomefood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, service was outstanding, definitely be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    deb12
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was very good. However the substitutions of Brussel sprouts for broccolli weren't noted until serving. The service overall was extremely slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food as usual.
    susieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Zach is such a good waitor. We enjoy coming to the restaurant just to have him wait on us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great business lunch location
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great business lunch location in west Omaha to consider. Food is very good and the service is fast.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right on track
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great service and really good food. I'm a train freak so I loved the pictures. Reasonably priced. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great
    crazyjensenhousehold
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place is one of our favs. Drinks and food are very tasty. The short rib stroganoff was perfect - tender beef, delicious gnocchi and a sauce bringing it all together. My MIL had a chicken sandwich and could not stop telling us how good it was. My wife had the night's special steak and savored every bite. We also had drinks. I had a Moscow Mule which was spot on. My wife had the "Nebraska Sky" made with cherry vodka and some other tasty liquors. It tasted like a chewy SweetTart. My MIL had the Orange Jalapeno margarita. She wanted two but knew she shouldn't. We all cannot wait to go back. But it was Peter that took the experience from good to great. We couldn't have asked for a better waiter. Simply awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    barry
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My son wanted to try this place, so for his birthday our family went for dinner(all adults), shared a couple of bottles of wine. Plenty of selections in the $30 range. A number of unique entrees, the Asiago Chicken Shnitzel is awesome. Others in our group loved the food. Enough conventional dishes as well so anyone can get something they like. A burger connoisseur in our group had the Honky Tonk burger and loved it. Atmosphere belies the exterior. Shared a Mac and Cheese and wow different and delicious! Reasonable prices as well. Going back with friends soon I hope.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    omahafoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to Railcar for dinner. The food was amazing. My Aunt said that the veggie burger she ordered was "the best she's ever had". I had the rosemary chicken, which was delicious. Our server was great. He was very friendly, helpful, and attentive without being smothering. It is very much worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a tune-up
    raleeper23
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    There is great potential here, but there are a few more hurdles to clear before it can compete in the realm of Omaha's better restaurants. Our waiter, though I would enjoy having a beer with him, I'd rather not be served by him again. His knowledge of the various dishes on a relatively small menu was well below par. His timing was poor, our pretzel bread arrived after we finished our delicious crab bisque, even though we asked twice. The appetizers were truly tasty, but too small in size. I have had lunch here twice and was so impressed, I brought my wife and another couple for dinner. I'll stick with lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring back train travel
    DocK
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Railcar was a delightful experience. If Amtrack could duplicate their offerings, their ridership would quadruple. Service was prompt and caring. All our selections were wonderful. We gladly recommend this restaurant. Even in a "foodie" city like Omaha, this is a go to destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Laradav
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I have had brunch at the Railcar twice during recent trips to omaha. Their food is always great, the atmosphere is unique, and the service is outstanding. It is a bit unsuspecting from the road, but a special surprise for those who go in. I highly recommend The Railcar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    Slim
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and service without the pretentious vibe we've seen at other similar quality restaurants in Dundee and Old Market.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I made the reservation online and was able to edit it after it was made. I was able to change the time in 15 min increments. Very easy to use. The food was incredible! Not too much seasoning like a lot of chain restaurants like to do. I would highly recommend if you haven't been.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    diningforfun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were looking for a different place to eat and found the Railcar. It did not disappoint. Our food was excellent, service top notch and all and all a great dining experience. We will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit
    DFrederick
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a birthday celebration and wanted to try something new. We read the reviews and took a chance on Railcar. We were more than pleased with food, service and overall ambiance. Our group of seven all had different entrees and everyone loved their choices. The Thai chicken flatbread was our appetizer and could have been a meal it was so good. Entrees from ribs, coffee ribeye, pork chops, crab cakes, chicken, and stroganoff was all fabulous. We also had a few sides in Asiago Mac and cheese, cauliflower hash and wedge salad all great. Also the crab bisque was popular too. The server was fabulous. Desserts..another hit with Cronut sundae being the favorite. We will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambiance
    Older74
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    It's a great place. My only complaint was that it was so cold in there. I needed a coat. The waiter did turn down the air but later I think someone turned it back up. We didn't linger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • railcar right on track
    Paul
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A busy Saturday night did not phase the staff and management of this under-the-radar Omaha dining gem. Service was impeccable by an attentive and knowledgeable server. He allowed time for socializing and did not hurry us out when we lingered a bit over coffee at the end. The short rib appetizer, served on flat bread, was outstanding in flavor and size, enough for four without killing the appetite for the entree to follow. From the chicken fricasee and London broil to the the large and perfectly done hamburger, everyone was extraordinarily pleased with the meal. We even had dessert "just because." The apple/blueberry pie ala mode and the special "sundae" were ample and very satisfying. All in all, a great experience we will repeat again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden treasure
    Fantastico
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Hey there, I just met up with some work colleagues I haven't seen in a while and we wanted to go somewhere that took PayPal. Got to support my PP! That is how I found this jewel. It was on the list of PP accepted local establishments. If I had been driving along I most likely would not have been so intrigued. However, now that I have been there, it was so warm, friendly, and inviting. The inside is much nicer, richer and warmer than the pictures show. They have large spaces for groups. I had 10 in my party. The service was great and the food was amazing. I had the crab cakes and they were to die for. Better than the crab shack! I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is fantastic.
    Fish
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    You can't go wrong with any in the dishes you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weeklypick
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First visit will repeat, server had great suggestion Thai flatbread, bursts of flavor, can't wait to share with friends and family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    gatekeeper
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food is good, atmosphere was casual and quiet enough to have a conversation. Our waiter was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    TrackMom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The Railcar is a great place for a celebration or a casual dinner with friends and family. The food was excellent and the service was very good. We really enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    tulip
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I am never disappointed when dining at Railcar. Great attention to detail. Best mashed potatoes around! Prime Rib was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Job
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Rail car was super yummy! They were out of the mac n' cheese but the fries made up for it! Thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great find!
    luvgr8food
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent brunch! Food was outstanding and the service was good! We will definately be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flavorful!
    BKOmaha
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Railcar's brunch food was excellent and plentiful. The flavors were fantastic, though I would have traded some of the entree portion for a side (like bacon or sausage) with the ricotta pancakes and nutella french toast. I wish there were kids brunch/breakfast items, but they were happy to serve the kids lunch/dinner items at 9:30 in the morning. Also, the staff was very friendly and apologetic for the wait time, though it was not bad for a holiday (Father's Day).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We loved the steak and our salads, appetizer, and side items were great! Our waiter was exceptional and the chef readily accommodated gluten-free options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food
    foodE
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We ordered 5 different items off the menu and each were prepared to order and tasted outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Omaha Fare
    Raska
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The service was the best part! Great waiter who had a true enthusiasm for the food and drinks! Food itself was solid Omaha type fare - only disappointment was the "nice wedge" salad that was, okay, nice, but with Catalina dressing not what we expected and probably would not order again... sometimes the original recipe isn't broken so don't fix it. Rest of the meal was very good - especially the Cuban sandwich.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    ddmac
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Service was fine and our meals were okay. But just that - okay. The waiter was efficient, but lacking in personality. The food was the same. No pizzazz. There's little ambience; they really missed their opportunity to make it like a railcar.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 194 reviews are from the Railcar Modern American Kitchen reviews archive.
  • A new place to dine
    night2dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was very good. I had the ribs and my wife had the pasta with clams & chicken. We were asked if we wanted soup or salad and chose soup (french onion & a bisque) However, when the bill came & I saw the soups were $6 & $7 respectively, I found this rather shocking. It was my fault for assuming the soups came with the meal, but, nevertheless, I found the price way too high -- more so than in similar & more upscale restaurants.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eaters
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    best prime rib we have had in a long time!! waitress was very friendly and didn't bother us too much but enough to meet our needs...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rail car
    Hagus
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First time at the railcar. Food was good. Appetizers and salad brought out at the same time then we had a longer wait for our entrees. They forgot one of our sides and we had to remind our server. Nice natural light in the main area. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most enjoyable evening
    susieVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was excellent as usual. Our waiter, Zach, was also excellent as usual. We really enjoy dining at the railcar.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    LuvNewplaces
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Looking for something new and we found this resteraunt, we had a great experience, food was wonderful and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    402foodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great Mother's Day Brunch for 8 people. It was a child-friendly atmosphere with delicious and varied menu items. The food was up my alley as a foodie, but traditional enough that my father enjoyed it as well. The primary reason I downgraded my ratings was that for it being a holiday, it wasn't very busy, but still one member of our party didn't receive their meal until at least 10 minutes after the rest of our group. There was really no explanation for this either. We also only received 2 of their delicious croissants for our group, whereas another party of 4 I saw received 4.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back to Railcar!
    Dogger
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our first visit, after "meaning to go" for quite a while. The food was excellent, the service was friendly and professional... we will definitely be back. Give them a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate