Boiler Room

4.5
1473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A converted boiler room in the Bemis Bag building, built in 1896, The Boiler Room is an ingredient driven modern American/French restaurant. Chef Tim Nicholson's menu changes daily to reflect local farm product availability. Now open six days a week for dinner, offering hand crafted cocktails and an extensive domaine driven Old World wine list.
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f
Omaha
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!!

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DL
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boiler Room contInues to impress. Without exaggeration, this is a world class restaurant.

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Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavors and beautiful plate presentation. Would highly recommend!

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Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the night was perfect. Food excellent and staff obviously is very well trained.

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GL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu with delicious options. Servers are able to give great recommendations and know their menu. One of our favorites!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was our anniversary. Had a table by ourselves in the wine cellar. Personalized menu. Free wine pairing with dinner. Awesome night!! Thank you!

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We loved the food- and the atmosphere was stellar! Service was great, as well! The only complaint we had was that the chairs were level 500 uncomfortable. By the time we got to dessert, we both had sore backs and decided to skip dessert because we couldn’t sit any longer... and we are both pretty young! Recommended for food, not for sitting.

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M
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

With it being New Years we figured there would be a special menu, but were a bit surprised at the set menu for $110 each. The food was good, my fiancé is a big eater so wasn’t quite enough for him. The wine pairings were a great touch. This was our first time visiting and we would like to return for the normal menu.

All in all a good experience, the atmosphere was definitely wonderful.

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JD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fifth outing to boiler room since moving to Omaha four months ago. Prefix menue for NYE was incredible as was the wine pairing with each course. This is my favorite place to eat in Omaha and this special evening didn't disappoint.

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KO
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dining experience. A truly great restaurant that never fails to live up to our very high expectations. Thanks to our server, Annie, and the entire staff for a wonderful New Year's Eve and anniversary celebration!

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D
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great atmosphere, excellent food. Lengthy wine list that is almost entirely European wines.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great and the service fantastic. Waiter had wonderfully wine suggestions. The only issue and it’s a big one was the furnace. The pretty mid century-modern chairs were so uncomfortable. I ended up skipping desert because I just couldn’t sit in it any longer.

Keep coming at this level, but please change the furniture.

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

As a complete newcomer to the Boiler Room, I was initially impressed by online reviews for this restaurant and booked a table for four for myself, my mother, and two friends. Pretty much from the get-go the waitstaff at this restaurant were bizarrely -- and unnecessarily! --pretentious & rude. We were first seated in what felt like the kids' table -- the only table (as far as I could tell) on the bottom floor, under a low concrete ceiling, and far away as possible from the other guests on the main level. When I first saw the table I kindly (but really, seriously, in the nicest possible way) asked whether it would be possible to be seated somewhere else. The waiter told me that since I hadn't made any special requests along those lines, and all the tables on the main level were booked, I was out of luck. Apparently, though I'm from NYC, and have never been to the Boiler Room, it should have been obvious to me to specially request that I *not* be seated as far as possible from the rest of humanity. I said, "Oh, okay, I totally understand, no problem" (again, not exaggerating -- I was nice!) and the waiter said he would go have a second look. He came back a few moments later and reseated us at another/better table that was surrounded by 3-4 other empty tables that remained empty for the duration of the evening. Every subsequent interaction with the waitstaff was hilariously brief, and they took great pains to let us all know how uneducated we were about the menu & the drinks. My poor mother, who's also strictly a very nice person, was appalled that a restaurant in Omaha could have such a pretentious atmosphere. She was also appalled that they only gave us four slices of bread for four people. It must be said that the food was totally fantastic. But the staff kinda ruined the whole experience. By the way, I'm from a big city so I know a stuck-up waiter when I see one. I didn't expect that kind of treatment, from folks in Omaha.

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AH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we have tried the restaurant and it more than exceeded expectations. Great food and great service. We will definitely be back.

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SM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! So good we’re thinking about coming back for my wife’s birthday on December 27. 👍 We were there on December 22 for our anniversary.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Wine is way too expensive here. We are used to paying double / triple the cost of a bottle of wine at a restaurant but 4X the cost is out of line. We ordered an $80 bottle of wine and we could have picked it up for $15-20. The cheese plate was so-so but the dinners and Service was good.

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VK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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TF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I found the food to be just okay, but not for the price. The waiter was arrogant and seemed somewhat condescending . Just not a fun evening to celebrate a birthday.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party was 7 guys. Conversation revolves mostly around TV shows, Machinery, hunting, and our kids. There was a decent amount of political and other current event-related banter, too — were not totally disconnected.
The immediate reaction to the menu was, “is this the whole menu?“ or “Do you have any regular beers?”

I have been here before so I told everyone to please have patience and just wait to try the food. No one in the group would have ever ordered charcuterie, olives, or even a cheese plate. We had that for appetizers along with their chicken and some house sausage to boot.
The mood became more accepting right away after everyone started passing around the appetizers and they had gotten two or three good swigs of their tasty cocktails.
Of the 7 of us, there were 3 monkfish (I was one), 3 sirloins and one lamb (2-ways). I was disappointed no one ordered the swordfish or the pork just so we could’ve gotten a review. The cool part was that our server actually returned to make sure that we understood the expectation with monkfish, specifically that it was usually described as a poor man’s lobster - for its sweet flavor and crustacean like texture that resulted from the fact that this fish typically consumes mostly crustaceans.

Those in our group were all individuals who would’ve passed on this restaurant after a cursory glance at the menu without giving it a second thought. It was fun to take a group outside their comfort zone and see everyone so enamored with the meals that they had just gotten to enjoy.

I consider myself an amateur foodie and I could not recognize most of what was on the menu other than the headline descriptions. The accompaniments were all extremely thoughtful and delicious. Not only did everyone love their entrées, but were equally impressed with items on the appetizer list such as goose liver and, well, I guess that’s enough said.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Let me start by saying the food was delicious and the drinks were fantastic.... the service was terrible and the owner/manager was incredibly rude. We got there 30 mins prior to our scheduled reservation and they acted like this was a huge inconvenience even though there were plenty of open tables and we were happy to hang out by the bar for a little while... the waiter was just “ok” and failed to check on us to the point we had to flag him down to order more drinks and also gave us the wrong desert menu... he just failed to pay attention to detail and did not seem to really be enjoying his job at all. For the price... it wasn’t worth it :(

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BK
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Evening! Our new favorite Special Occasion destination.

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KG
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

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M
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Boiler Room was a hit. It is impossible to have a disappointing experience at the Boiler Room!

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JK
Mobile
55 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant in an old interesting building in the Old Market. Small but good menu with excellent choices. Accompaniments with entrees are great. Of our choices scallops were the best but all were very good. Some tables allow you to watch the chefs which is interesting and fun.

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SW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The Boiler Room has a great reputation in Omaha, among our great offerings for fine dining. We finally made our first visit to the Boiler Room to celebrate our wedding anniversary (on a Friday night). The appetizers were fantastic, but the entrees were average at best. The Wagyu sirloin was especially disappointing as it was no more tender or flavorful than a choice cut of sirloin.

Perhaps even more disappointing was the dispassionate staff experience. The maitre d was aloof at best, and the waiter was generally disengaged. No energy... No enthusiasm. No happy anniversary salutation, despite those words appearing at the top of our menus (only nice touch of the evening). The waiter had someone following him around, apparently in training. We feel sorry for her. No introductions were made of her, and why she was following him around. It was awkward.

Time to replace the chairs too. Too springy, and not the most comfortable seating position/posture.

We have now been to the Boiler Room. Been there, done that... ho hum we won't be back again anytime soon.

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BR
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The service was fine but the food was not to expectations. I had the salmon and it was fine but noting sensational as the price would suggest. My guests had the sirloin for which they were equally not impressed.

Will not be back.

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H
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Outstanding service from the moment we walked in the door. Everything was the perfect temperature and all the flavors outstanding. Cannot wait to return.

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H
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Not impressed. Pretentious is the word that comes to mind for the entire experience.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything outside of our server was outstanding. He seemed disengaged and not very present in his interactions. We thought maybe he was new but weren't sure. Overall it didn't detract from our visit, it was just the only thing we thought worth mentioning.

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RS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - soft lighting - exceptional service - will eat here again next time we’re in Omaha.

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F
Omaha
23 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The Boiler Room does not disappoint!! The food is fabulous....Chef Tim and his staff are so creative! They use local products as much as possible and make dishes that are works of art... not only pleasing to look at but delicious as well. The service is spot on and they know their menu! The history of the building is interesting. I absolutely recommend dining at the Boiler Room.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It would be hard to find better prepared or tasting food. Simply outstanding. The waiter was very knowledgeable re the menu and wine. The only reason I couldn’t give a perfect rating is when I asked where the men’s room was located a staff member was overheard making fun of my apparent inability to read the restroom sign. I simply needed him to point me in the general direction, not make me feel stupid. Uncalled for and petty.

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JC
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary and were delighted with the entire experience!

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is absolutely enchanting. Small menu, but the food they create is carefully crafted to a point. Took a date there, and she was very impressed. The wagyu steak was cooked perfectly. We also enjoyed the cocktails—Manhattans.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Great atmosphere.

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CM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Clearly a popular business dinner venue, with interesting dishes not expected in the steak capital of Omaha NE. Despite the numerous fish options for entrees on the menu, steak was definitely the popular choice by everyone else the night we ate here. We focused on the array of interesting appetizers, which were creative and inventive, but unfortunately not executed lightly. This may reflect the demands of the standard clientele at this restaurant, but the chef has created hearty small plates, which were very filling .
In addition to the complete lack of any light course such as a salad, most of the limited options has torturous names and little description on the menu (e.g. the tajarin was described as a pasta like taglietelli failing to note the bright yellow color; the sfromoto was described as a puree of vegetables like a molten lava cake where the molten part was a runny yolk egg). The waiter seemed new and not well trained. People always talk about waiters in large towns being aloof, but I have never had a waiter more disengaged then here. He answered questions and recommended wines but was just phoning it in. Clean plates, utensils were not supplied until ask for. No serving utensils were provided for sharing of dishes and he did not do a good service in describing the quite creative dishes the chef has invented. You coul dcertianly do worse, but we were rather underwhelmed.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We were unfortunately 20 min late for a 8:30 reservation Saturday night due to a show we were attending going longer than anticipated. We were unable to notify the restuarant until 8:40. We apologized for the unexpected delay, only to be scolded by the person on the phone. When we arrived staff was not friendly and the service was rushed. Not a great experience! Too bad, as it’s cool space, and the menu is interesting. However, their frustration with us being late was evident and carried on through the evening. I would not recommend.

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HK
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive, and I am not easily impressed. The whole fish was cooked to perfection. The sauce with vegetables was tangy without overwhelming the delicacy of the fish. The kitchen was gracious enough to make a vegetarian version of the squash substituting bean chorizo; it was a delight. The meal was beautifully presented. The staff was very well trained; attentive without being interruptive.

Bravo!

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E
Des Moines
29 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy with the Boiler Room. This is our go-to restaurant when we head to Omaha. It is such a pleasure to dine here. The house-cured charcuterie platter was especially amazing this time around. Thanks for a great time.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal consisted of braised calamari appetizer, pan roasted whole striped bass and a cheeseboard for dessert with local cheeses, all delicious.
I have eaten in many wonderful restaurants in many big cities and this was possibly the best meal that I ever ate. The ambiance and the service were also wonderful.

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