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V.Mertz
V.Mertz

V.Mertz Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vmertz.com
  • Phone: (402) 345-8980
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, starting at 5:30 pm



    $35 - 3 course Prix Fixe: Tuesday - Thursday, starting at 5:30 pm

    - selections vary, inquire with your server.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Jon Seymour
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: V. Mertz offers semi-private dining for parties of 10 or less, in an area of the restaurant many guests refer to as “the wine room”. This provides an ideal table for 6-10 guests, where business conversations or private celebrations can be held without interruption from other guests of the restaurant.

    We are always willing to discuss closure of the entire restaurant for private parties of 30 or more guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew Brown (402) 345-8980
  • Special Events & Promotions: V. Mertz offers a 3 course Prix Fixe menu for $35 per person, available Tuesday through Thursday, with the exception of Berkshire Hathaway weekend and holidays. We also offer a 5 ($60) and 8 ($100) course tasting menu nightly. Advanced notice is recommended when opting for the tasting menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking in the Old Market is free after 5:00 pm nightly, and there are several covered and uncovered private pay lots scattered throughout the area. The closest private pay lot is located on the southeast corner of 11th and Harney Street, one block from the restaurant.
A word from V.Mertz
V. Mertz offers our guests a progressive, contemporary American menu with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. We offer an award-winning wine list of over 400 selections. The restaurant is located in Omaha’s historic and picturesque Old Market Passageway, within walking distance from the Century Link Convention Center, The Holland Performing Arts Center, the Orpheum, and all major downtown hotels.


V. Mertz is locally-owned, and we pride ourselves in offering artisan products and cheeses, organically-grown local produce and Wagyu beef, and sustainably-farmed and line-caught seafood. We believe that dining should be an event, and to this end Chef Jon Seymour has created a harmony of food and wine, culminating in our extravagant 5- and 8-course Tasting Menus.


Perfect for business or pleasure, V. Mertz is the premier fine-dining restaurant in Omaha.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is fabulous. Portions just right and presented well. A very good wine list with a broad selection of types and prices. The waiter was very helpful in making our selections. My only complaint is that it was a little warm even in shorts and a light shirt."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had the wagyu steak. I know what wagyu beef is. In my opinion, I got over seasoned sirloin. Touch sirloin at that. You don't need a knife to eat wagyu. In fact, many fine restaurants serve wagyu without a knife. I guarantee you, there would have been no way to eat this without a sharp steak knife. One guest had the signature steak on the menu. He absolutely loved the sauce served on the steak but said the steak was just a steak. One of my guests had the salmon and she went crazy over it. Why would the seafood be better than the beef at any restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska? Did that salmon come out of the Platte River? The charcuterie was very good and interesting. The sommelier was very knowledgeable. The coffee was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great service, fantastic food. V. Mertz remains our favorite date place!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to V. Mertz to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We like good food, good wine, good service, good ambiance. We got all four. We were delighted with our entire evening. We had a relaxing, delicious, well served meal. The place is quaint, seemimg as if we were outside, but actually in a lower level built to seem that way. We did not feel rushed during any course and found the staff to be courteous, knowledgeable, and humorous...all traits we enjoy when going out to dinner. We will remember our 10 anniversary at V. Mertz and make it a must to visit when we are in Omaha in the future."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The Prix Fixe menu was a culinary dream. From the wine pairings to the service, the ambiance to the carefully designed textures and flavors of the dishes, the experience at V.Mertz was one I would recommend whole heartedly. We especially loved the Blackberry, Rhubarb, Port Dessert. It had the perfect combination of sweetness, tartness, crunch, and creamy smoothness. It has been the best dessert we have ever had there and probably anywhere."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I went because I had a groupon and probably wouldn't have gone otherwise (before now) because it's out of my regular price range. But the food is fantastic, great selection of drinks, and awesome service. I'm definitely returning with or without a groupon. It was a great experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "V. Mertz is a very nice restaurant, located on the lower floor of the indoor mall. Each dish was even more delicious than the last! My friend ordered the bavette steak, and I the lamb chop, and neither one of us could get enough! The creamy polenta and barley risotto were unique but wonderful. Even the mustard served with the charcuterie plate was exquisite! The house-made candy bar was also divine, and impossible to pass up! We cannot wait to come back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The atmosphere is wonderful. That place has so much character and such a personal touch. Our waiter was fantastic and always was attentive to us at the right time. Our table made us feel like we were alone."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "TABLE WAS PERFECT,SERVICE FANTASTIC,FOOD PERFECT, WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY. WILL BE BACK!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "One of Omaha's premier dining establishments, V.Mertz is OUTSTANDING in every category."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Finding this restaurant is challenging. There is not a notable sign. I did find it after leaving, on a railing at waist height. This place is in an enclosed "alley" with other shops and restaurants. Finally had to ask a server at another place. The atmosphere in the restaurant is quiet. The tables are quite small. I was alone, this was not a problem, however patrons next to me asked to be relocated to a 4 top for the 2 of them. Chairs are folding chairs with covers on them. I think this really misses the mark. The duck was the best I have ever had. The salad was perfectly balanced with fresh ingredients. The server was attentive, but not too much so. Prices were a little high, but food quality helped me feel better about that."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "One word comes to mind.....outstanding!!! Food was great and service even better."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was my third time visiting vmertz. The first time was great. We had an awesome waiter and everything we ordered was fantastic. Second time they overcooked my husband's steak but my food was good. Great service again. The third time the service was slow but once we complained all the good came on time. The server forgot to out our order for appetizer in and we had to remind him. We both ordered the prefix menu and ordered the complete opposite so we could both try everything and the food was just okay nothing great. We probably will give it another chance. We like the atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I went to V. Mertz with my girlfriend over the July 4th weekend. We decided to try their cocktails instead of wine. I got their old fashioned which was one of the best drinks I've ever had. Our server even brought over their head bartender to describe the drinks in further detail and make suggestions. I got the duck and my girlfriend got the salmon. We loved our entrees and the experience overall. V. Mertz lived up to high expectations and if we're ever in Omaha again, we will be back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Ambience was perfect for a date night. Food presentation was excellent. Taste was very good. A little bit rich for me, and looking back I probably should have passed on a heavy appetizer and just ordered a simple salad before the main entree. But it was all very yummy and the waiter was fantastic. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was our first visit to V Mertz and we couldn't have had a nicer time. Our waiter (Chris) was amazing - very personable and knowledgeable, answering all our questions. The atmosphere was great - quiet and classy. And the food was delicious. We tried two cheeses as an appetizer - the Gigi and Garland, which came with bread, blueberry sauce, mustard and a crunchy hazelnut crumble. We ordered the flank steak, the peppercorn steak and the salmon. I'd read in some review that the portions were on the small side, but I didn't think that was the case. We ordered the Candy bar, which was fun and really good...and the Blackberry, Rhubarb and Port, which was very different but delicious. I would definitely order it again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food, service and experience was so good without exception."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We have been to V Mertz a couple times now, and both visits were of great quality. The service, from the wait staff, the sommeliers and the chef was at the top from anywhere we have visited in Nebraska. The tasting menu is always dynamic with interested combinations and unexpected elements pair with great lesser known wines."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "V. Mertz gives Omaha a European feel inside the passageway of the Old Market. The service was a little slow, but the restaurant was busy, it was a Saturday night. The food presentation and taste was superb although the noise level in the restaurant was high. The Wagyu flank steak and the Peppercorn steak were well prepared and scrumptious. The service personnel were friendly and knowledgeable and we will return again soon."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had one of the best meals and best peppercorn steaks in a very long time. Perfect pairing of wine by our server Jen. We can't wait to return and will be sure to sit with her."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our server Johnathan was amazing Thank you for the fun girls night out!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was amazing. Service perfect. Atmosphere was dreamy. A special treat!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. Very nice, I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We highly recommend V Mertz."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food and service were fantastic! If I had one complaint it would be the table size. The table for two left us jostling for space when items were brought to the table. I noticed a group of people brought in their own bottle of wine and the manager explained their corking fee. This is good to know for future reference."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My first experience here was fantastic, second time not so great. The server was not great long wait time for first plate chairs not comfortable after an hour and a half. Not sure I will go back, so disappointed. Not the same review I gave them last time I visited."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "V. Mertz is great. They have phenkmenal drinks, a great always-changing menu, and the service is fantastic. It is one of the best restaurants in Omaha."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "On Friday, I had the honor of asking the most beautiful woman in the world to be my wife and afterwards we had a late reservation at V. Mertz for their tasting menu. The restaurant had been highly rated and after a little research I chose an 8:15 reservation and the pleasure of the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The evening was perfect, every bite was a step forward and each one of them had the kind of wow factor we were after. The chef and sommelier were exceptional and worked together exceptionally well. Each wine pairing complemented the dish perfectly and we found 2 wines that we will seek out for our own collection. This meal was inspiring and it was the perfect meal to begin our lives together on the perfect night."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I chose V. Metz for our monthly date night based on several recommendations. However, my husband and I left disappointed. The scallops in the first course were cooked perfectly but got lost in the veg. The beets in the second course were great but overwhelmed by the green while the cauliflower soup was underseasoned. The waygu bavette was tough and the lamb had no flavor. The service was slow and the restaurant was so warm I sweated through the entire meal. We certainly won't be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had one of their tasting menus paired with wine on each course (These need to be set up in advance when making a reservation) What a delicious, wonderful experience! Chef John, Sommelier Matt and the rest of the staff created a delicious, creative, and wonderfully unique experience. Kudos to them for creating delicious, beautiful food! We love VMertz and are never disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner, complete with unrushed, professional service and delicious food. The atmosphere is just right for an intimate dining experience. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Prefect date night spot to dine for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I am an Omaha native, and had never been to V. Mertz - and when a Groupon became available, I couldn't help but jump on the opportunity. Our waitress, Jen, was so knowledgable about the menu, and took wonderful care of us. The house-made charcuterie was delightful, and the dinner was spectacular. The only thing I regret is not getting dessert. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. I ordered some kobe beef and my wife ordered the pepper steak. We also had a chocolate dessert. Everything was fantastic. The service was also very good. I would definitely want to go again next time I am in Omaha."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were dining at V.Mertz for our 10th anniversary. The service was outstanding. They were so attentive and our waitress was amazing. The wine list was fantastic. Our food was good and we had a very wonderful time."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "V. Mertz never disappoints from the imaginative seasonal menus, wine selections to the simple clean tabletops takes one to Europe for the night. Impeccable service by waitstaff such as David E., who can recommend food and especially wine, make an evening memorable. The prix fixe menu makes a lovely dining experience possible any time and not just special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Asparagus foam, pea meringue, duck confit, smoky cauliflower...the creativity could go on and on. I love to visit VMertz since I can always count on something creative and tasty. The secret pre fixe menu is always a delight and the portions are just right. VMertz is my favorite restaurant for special occasions! "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Took my husband here for his birthday- I've never seen him enjoy each and every bite of food so much! Excellent meal and staff. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We've lived in Nebraska for 15 years, but never visited V.Mertz for some inexplicable reason. Both of us were very positively surprised by the seriousness (not pretentious or overbearing) of the cooking, the fine service, and the range of the wine list. While several fine restaurants have appeared in Omaha over the last few years, V. Mertz is more than keeping up with its inventive menu that is still accessible to a range of diners. Outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "V. Mertz has a great reputation for fine dining, but no reviews could have prepared us for outstanding it truly was. We were celebrating a special occasion, and our dining experience made it that much more special. The food, wine selection, and table service were the best, period. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014