Sozo American Cuisine
Sozo American Cuisine

Sozo American Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sozokearney.com/
  • Phone: 3084553444
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am-10:30am
    Breakfast Buffet: Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am-10:30am
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Travis Evans
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room is in the back of the restaurant and can seat up to 30. Great place for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and business meetings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue and I-80
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Sozo American Cuisine
Sozo American Cuisine is Kearney's favorite place to dine. Our Scratch kitchen uses the freshest ingredients and as much locally sourced meat's and produce as possible from right here in Nebraska. From fresh salads to gourmet sandwiches, and brick oven pizzas to fresh seafood, our kitchen has the best selection for any occasion. Try our infused cocktails, Nebraska beers and extensive wine list while entertaining your guest with the best ambiance around. Also try us out for catering or use our private room to host your next event. Sozo American Cuisine is where Kearney comes to Sip. Savor. Repeat.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sozo American Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (7)fit for foodies (6)romantic (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)good for groups (3)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I've eaten at Sozo 3 times now and I keep going back. I usually eat a full dinner but this time I wanted to try their pizza. Being a big fan of crab rangoon, I gave their version of this treat on a pizza, a try. The pizza crust was very good, the white sauce was good but there was WAY too much Sweet Asian Chili sauce on it. It completely overpowered the other flavors. I never even tasted the crab or cream cheese because of it. If I were to order this again, I would get the sauce on the side. This pizza is a great idea and could be awesome but the execution missed on this one. That said, I love Sozo and I will go back. This is the first thing I've tried there that I didn't care for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • javi
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I do not recommended. I have many complains about my experience in this restaurant. Many mistakes with the order, too laud, it took too long between we ordered and food served. I would not make more reservations in Sozo.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't miss it
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had a lovely and delicious meal with my parents (local) they were delighted and impressed as well. Service was attentive and friendly. Lovely restaurant, a great addition to the Kearney food scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 12 reviews are from the Sozo American Cuisine reviews archive.
  • great dining experience
    foodiecouple
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We've dined at Sozo many times. The food has been wonderful every time and the presentation is magazine worthy. My husband and I love that we can enjoy fine quisine in the middle of Nebraska. Before, we'd need to drive to Lincoln, Omaha, or Denver. Prices are comparable to local chain restaurants, but at Sozo we get chef creations, not your normal fare.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food! Have been
    Erik
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Excellent food! Have been there many times and am never disappointed. Would encourage others to go. You get a lot of food for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Lunch
    Ters
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The service was a bit slow. The food was excellent. I made the online reservation for 6 on the 2nd and received email confirmation of that reservation on the 5th, days after we had eaten there.,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    samnkeith
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This restaruant is a welcome addition to the Kearney scene. You really can't get food like this in western nebraska. We've tried most of the menu by now as it's a favorite spot we frequent often and you can't go wrong with anything. At first glance the menu looks limited but when everything is done WELL and you want to try it all it you realize it is just the right size. As far as appetizers go the lettuce wraps never disappoint and the hot wing dip is decadent and delicious. The curried lobster rosotto is a must-try as well as the crab rangoon pizza and the kale caesar salad. They also do steak very, very well. Desserts and drinks are always stellar. When there is a chef's feature-order it, trust me. You really can't go wrong at Sozo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but overpriced.
    BradleyJ
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service and drinks were excellent. The food, was just alright but the prices are way too high for What it is.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines Day
    Huskertan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentines Day dinner. The food was outstanding. The service was alright, but a little slow. Our dinner took 2 hours from the time we sat down to the time we got the check. I was a little disappointed that they were marketing a special valentines day menu but that menu turned out to be nothing more than a couple new desserts. Still a great place to eat, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine Dinner
    Peajay
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had reservations and were seated immediately. our server was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and hot. The drinks were a great compliment to the dinner. We were very impressed, especially since it was a busy weekend night AND it was Valentine's. We will definitely dine at SoZo again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Boomer
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My wife and I dined at SoZo for New Years Eve. The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding. We have no complaints and would eat there again when visiting in Kearney. Boomer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    thefoodie
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Blackened tuna risotto was great and the tuna was cooked perfect medium rare. The seafood paella was very good as well. The crab cakes are a great starter. But unfortunately they have chosen to not have cocktail sauce available. This is very strange for a place that serves seafood, especially when they have chili sauce on numerous dishes as well as horseradish which are the main components of a cocktail sauce. Also when asked for the sauce the owner seemed annoyed which is very strange, especially when you are suppose to serve your customers as well as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining on a Busy Day
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had lunch after the UNK graduation and most of the restaurant was reserved for graduation parties. In spite of most people showing up about the same time, our service was great! We ordered apitizers that arrived quickly and our meal was equally fast after we ordered. Although the service was fast, we were never rushed and felt very comfortable sitting and enjoying our meal with family and friends. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Drinks were good but over priced. The food was good, but again overpriced. This restaurant needs to remember it is located in Kearney, NE, not a major metro area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in the middle of NE
    BenfromIowaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    The restaurant is not what you expect. Fusion, interesting food in the middle of Nebraska. It is inside the Holiday Inn, but it beautifully decorated and quite visually appealing. They do have a sports bar that is also gorgeous but I imagine may get noisy on game days. My friend had a fresh salad with homemade sweet corn fritters and slightly blackened shrimp and a very light but very tasty dressing. It was very good yet very different. I had their brick oven hawaiian pizza that also was unique with fresh ingredients and fresh sweet sausage. It equally any gourmet pizza. I did not try the house favorite 50/50 burger made of 50% chuck, 50% ground bacon, and a fried egg on top.
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    • Noise LevelModerate