V.Mertz
V.Mertz

V.Mertz

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vmertz.com/
  • Phone: 4023458980
  • 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 French, Contemporary American
  • 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 4023458980
  • Special Events: 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
V.Mertz reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (149)romantic (148)notable wine list (112)fit for foodies (107)neighborhood gem (45)hot spot (14)scenic view (11)late-night find (8)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Nice, yet eclectic
    JCCC
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beautiful location with European feel. Menu was limited and eclectic. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Second Time at V.Mertz
    Unie77
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    V.Mertz is an unheralded gem of a restaurant. Chef Seymour has brought both insightful and imaginative concepts to his menu with the underpinning of outstanding technique. 4 certified sommeliers are on staff and the wine list is excellent. The kitchen obviously works well as there were no oversights in preparation and presentation. Great food, excellent service, nice atmosphere, very much worth making the trip from wherever you may be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • omahabp
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Never disappointed with the food or service at V.Mertz. I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for top notch dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • winesnobVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had an awesome dinner, as usual, at V Mertz. I don't know our servers name (which is the way we like it), but he was fabulous. Prompt but unobtrusive. We didn't spend a fortune on a bottle of wine, but the sommelier decanted it for us because it was a young vintage. Much appreciate. We had the Korean tacos as an appetizer. We thought it was ok, but wouldn't order again. I had the farm chicken with vegetable that were done perfectly. Very good. My husband had the steak bavette and loved the char on the outside. All in all, a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Impressive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food and service is always good and this last visit wasn't any different. Love the ever changing menu. Awesome wine selection and the waiters are very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was fabulous
    dwolffmom
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    They have changed their menu but the food is still fabulous. Most people thing this is an expensive place to go and it isn't cheap but it is less expensive than some other restaurants in town and a much more intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great great great
    Helen
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was excellent. The menu was not huge, but it sure has something for everyone on it. The meal already includes sides so you don't have any of those extra costs. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings and they have a wonderful wine list that is fit for novices and connoisseurs. We went for our anniversary and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the fresh flavors
    Terry
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food is fabulous. Compliments to the chef for original combinations and delicious flavors. Everything we tried was fantastic. Service is top of the line, professional and knowledgable without being snooty. Love the location and size of the restaurant. My new favorite in the Old Market.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the flavor?
    Michelle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Disappointed in the bland food. A new chef is needed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • No need to eat here
    eatingoutismypassion1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I would call my husband and I foodies. We have been to most of the nice restaurants in Omaha. The service and atmosphere at V. Mertz is very nice but the food was not very tasteful and left a lot to be desired. For $100, i expect a pretty delicious meal. I could have made something more tasty at home myself. I had the salmon with apples, bok choy and rice porridge. The salmon and rice porridge was very tasteless. It is sad when the apples were the most flavorful part. My husband got the wagyu beef and the mustard sauce that was on the potatoes and beans overpowered the flavors of everything on the plate and was just ok. The absolute highlight of the meal was the peach soup at the begiining of the meal. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Omaha's best in fine dining
    Arrow
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I love going here, there isn't a better place in Omaha to take a date for a special occasion or just a fantastic meal. The wine list is top notch, the food is good, creative, and prepared and presented beautifully. What truly sets V. Mertz apart is the service, I have never had a bad service experience, the staff is on point with knowledge and skill. If I had to give it any negative it would be the tables & chairs aren't that comfortable, but that's really being picky. Be prepared to pay for this level of excellence, though it worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of top restaurant experiences
    ChicagoFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We eat out often in Chicago and visited Omaha. V.Mertz is stunning. Even better than many of the top restaurants in Chicago. One of my best culinary experiences ever. Creative menu using the freshest ingredients, serving incredibly delicious and innovative food. Our server brought out the chef to speak with us. He is so intelligent, (again) creative, approachable. A genius. For dessert, which I had not ordered although my husband had, he brought out a tasting menu test dessert for me.. It was amazing. The atmosphere is romantic and candlelit, great for special occasions. A few of the people appeared to be regulars. If I lived there, I would be a regular too. Top-notch wine list. I never write review, but V.Mertz I hugely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a JOKE!
    EatDrinkandBMarty
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Overpriced food, cramped seating, outdated menu, chef unable to accommodate a simple dietary request, even the silverware was substandard. Get with it V Mertz: even if the food would have been satisfactory, which it was not, your business can't survive with decades old accouterments. And the exposed wiring of your overhead lighting is not cool, it is just plain dangerous!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, the service by Jen was outstanding. A great place for a celebration!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovesfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always interesting with each palte to taste all the different flavors or each. Didn't seem as hectic this time and that was nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond in downtown
    FoodFanatic
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My fiance and I were looking for a new restaurant in the Old Market and bought a Groupon for V. Mertz. This restaurant transformed me to a french wine cellar right off the bat. Our server, David, was knowledgeable and friendly. He offered wonderful suggestions and informed us that the menu changes often to reflect seasonal foods. Matthew the manager stopped over several times to see how our experience was and helped us with future reservations. Finally when you go you must end your meal with their candy bar crunch chocolate masterpiece (and a Hennessy). We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Eclectic, experimental menu, featuring the best of the seasonal and regional produce, an emphasis on texture, taste and balance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Gem
    seafoodluvr
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambiance. The staff took great pains to explain various things and they made recommendations when we asked them to do so. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    BadBrad
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    There were 3 in our party and we had a variety of food, all very good. Started off with specialty cocktails. One wasn't to our liking so they replaced it with a different drink. One of our party had the price fix menu with wine pairing. The appetizers, duck, wagyu beef and supporting cast of food along with the desert made an enjoyable meal for everyone. The roasted ceasar salad was a different approach. Our waitress was exceptional in her service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very unusual menu items but the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest there is in the old market
    LordRoast
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The ambience at V.Mertz was quiet yet you felt as though you could talk at a normal volume without being shushed. The food was delicious and hot and the temperatures were spot on. The server was very knowledgeable about the wine list all parts of the dishes we ordered. We were seated next to the hallway outside of the restaurant and I feared there would be quite a bit of foot trafficking noise but you could barely hear the passersby. It was a great meal and a great night out, I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special dinning experience
    Dawn
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    V. Mertz is our favorite place for special occasion dinning. Amazing food with beautiful presentation! Top notch service and an out of this world wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a great place,, locally owned
    Sugarbear312
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    V.Mertz is a great place to go. The passageway is a beautiful area of the Old Market and you could walk right by not knowing it is there. The wait staff was very attentive, the drinks were phenomenal and the food was even better. The menu changes frequently so it's hard to make a food recommendation, but you can't go wrong with anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful tasting menu
    travelerAMLHVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Four of us enjoyed the 8 course tasting menu at V.Mertz. Chef Seymour's imagination and talent were reflected in each course. It was an adventure that I am looking forward to repeating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    MicheleH13
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I'm a fit of a foodie, but this place isn't worth it. Our waiter was excellent and notified us that they changed their menu format a while ago. If you want a traditional salad/soup, entree and dessert then you might struggle with only having a few options. They had 1 soup, 2 salads and 5 entree choices. Otherwise you were expected to order small plates. Don't get me wrong, the food was delicious, but our bill for 4 was close to $300 and we were still hungry afterwards even though we ordered a bottle of wine, salads, entrees and split 2 desserts between the 4 of us. It was underwhelming, but at least we had a groupon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous food, great service
    kcvnrg
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really great food with excellent wine pairings by wait staff. Knowledgable waitress both as to food and wine. Cozy tables for intimate conversation. I love this place. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intimate evening setting
    Dan1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Small portions of delicious food with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V Mertz Omaha
    ALincoln
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Interesting menu. Food was very good overall; duck was a little raw. Peppercorn steak brandy sauce was delicious. Service good. Look for periodic groupons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terri McClure
    Terri
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Good food, great dessert. Waiter was a little slow getting to us but you were very busy. After we ordered though he was very attentive. He also was quite knowledgeable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    As always spot on. Get out of your comfort zone and try something different!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Wonderful
    Vick
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    V.Mertz is always wonderful. I attend when I come from out of town (Pittsburgh), and I always look forward to it. I take very important clients there, because I know that we will never have a problem with food, service, or anything else! It will always be perfect. David is always our server, and he is top of the line.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service and Great Food!
    dionysus
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was delicious- my favorite was the Peppercorn Steak and the homemade chocolate bar for dessert. The waitress was very knowledgeable, stating all the ingredients and the method the food was prepared. I was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brenda
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Each time we dine here, the chef amazes us with flavor profiles that one would not expect. By far, our favorite restaurant in Omaha!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining in Omaha period
    HuskerBrownVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Art on a plate and on your palate. Always creative and an experience all to itself. This time I notices that the portions are more than adequate. You won't leave anything on your plate because it's so good, but you won't leave hungry due to tiny 'gourmet' portion size either.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Steve
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wagyu? Seriously?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious as usual
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great service, fantastic food. V. Mertz remains our favorite date place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    TableTalk
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    PleasantlySurprised
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience.
    DrewsClues
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.