Society 1854, an Omaha Eatery

4.1
54 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
American Cuisine that celebrates the best that Nebraska has to offer. Chef Jon Seymour’s contemporary twist on heritage dishes is executed in a thoughtful way. The menu utilizes exceptional product prepared in such a way to showcase the local farmers' dedicated work. Dishes are presented simply yet include touches that are unexpected.

The dishes anchoring the menu are complimented by a curated wine and cocktail list prepared by locally recognized craftsman, Granville Sharpe, the lists feature modern and historical selections.

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Brunch, Society 1854 is an Omaha “Must Dine” option.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Daily 6:30 am–2:00 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(531) 444-4049
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jon Seymour
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We offer complimentary valet to our Society 1854 guests. Please bring slip with you to your dining experience and a manager will validate.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:00AM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 54 People Are Saying
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KL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were beyond impressed with Society 1854! Melissa was our server and she was absolutely incredible! Which is why we came back for dinner the next night. 2 nights in a row, we had all different items each night, and it far exceeded our expectations. Nancy at the hostess stand was incredible too! Thank you for making a work trip extra special and we will be back again soon! We are now super excited to travel into Omaha for work and dine with the wonderful staff here.

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience at Society 1854 was both pleasant and enjoyable. We dined there before heading to the Holland Center for the Gladys Knight concert. Our host, Jon was exceptional and his meal suggestions were an absolute homerun!
If I had any criticism to offer at all, it would be about the coffee. I asked for a decaf but I suppose what was heard was a French press. Not a disappointment to the evening but at $8.00 a cup, I would have skipped that.

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e
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Really good food but amazingly poor service. It took 20 minutes for cocktails to arrive after waiting 10 minutes to be greeted and order them. We had eaten our appetizers before the cocktails arrived. The waitstaff wandered around with our appetizers and then again with entrees, trying to find which table they went to, even after we raised our hands and tried to help direct them too our table.
Would go back for the food if I had 2 hours to kill and would plan to get up from the dinner table to order any drinks at the bar.

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JN
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation but got there 15 minutes late but they still sat us right away. The meal was very but they seem slightly understaffed. As to ambiance I was expecting a little bit more. Just seemed more casual then I was hoping for but still the food was good and my date was pleased.

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a
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was the most disappointing dining experiences I have ever had on Open Table. Food was mediocre at best and served cool. Service was slow and was always explained with an excuse. The restaurant was near empty as it should have been. The food and service may have been good at one point in time, but was subpar on the evening we dined. The only positive is the dinner rolls were fresh from the oven.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Do not spend your evening at this location -- this was a terrible experience (bad food, poor service). Later in the evening we stood at the bar and were never served even after 2 bartenders said they would be right with us next.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Great taste and presentation. Go there knowing it’s not a economic meal but one you will remember fondly.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful, service was spot on!

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was very poor. One server for the entire area. Had to ask for silverware, water etc. drink service was lengthy

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OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little restaurant in the Marriott Downtown Omaha. Small menu done very well.

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LP
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Table location by the window was quite nice. Could be very noisy. Had low expectations but experience was pleasant.

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G
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We dined two consecutive weekend evenings-early, pre-symphony. Both times we were the only ones in the restaurant, same waitress. Our food came out at different times so first my husband ate and then I did. She forgot the soup, had to be reminded twice, he only ordered that and an appetizer. Most likely won’t return. Food was good but not amazing.

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J
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We waited 30 minutes for a cocktail and a glass of wine. The menu was set because of a concert which was not indicated upon reservation. We had a hamburger that was salty and inedible. There is no excuse for a restaurant which is high end and a bar across from a large event venue to be so ill prepared for a crowd.

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LM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Arrived for our 10:45 reservation for the Mother’s Day Brunch. Our table wasn’t ready so the host had to accommodate us over at Burdock + Bitters (bar area) instead. We grabbed several of the hot food items from the buffet line. The roasted chicken rice pilaf, mashed potatoes and braised beef cheek stroganoff were all cold. Lukewarm food I would tolerate but at $40 per person, cold food is unacceptable. We went back in line and waited at the made to order omelette station. The chef was great and the omelette fantastic. Our server Dustin was exceptional and apologized about the cold food items as he cleared plates from the table. Dustin said he would speak to both the chef and manager about our food. A manager stopped by our table and quickly mentioned how buffet food items temperature can vary.

1. We arrived at our reserved time and had to sit in the bar area.
2. Multiple hot food entrees were cold and inedible.
3. Manager did not properly rectify the situation for 2 obviously disappointed customers.

I’m greatly disappointed by my first visit to the Marriott and Society 1854. We left brunch hungry and unsatisfied after paying full price.

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TO
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It's a beautiful space but something is off. At 7:00 we were only 1 of 2 tables occupied. Pork belly and grits as a starter were rich and delicious. Ordered a soup that was the special and got the potato leek instead. The waiter screwed up and offered to make it right but we were happy to share the potato leek. My husband ordered a chicken thigh sandwich and it was the largest piece of thigh I've ever seen with a potato salad as his side; lots of food. I ordered the wagyu steak and it was maybe 6 ounces with a weird potato "cube" that may have been larger than my steak and 2 tiny grilled green onions; it was a bizzare plating, wish I had taken a picture. Would have loved a vegetable. Most likely won't go back unless before an event at the Century Link.

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A
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Quite possibly,one of the worst restaurants for both service and food. Four of the beers that we tried to order were out/unavailable as of 8:30. The server didn’t offer samples of any other options but brought out a “similar” beer. We tried to order another and were told it was also the last one available-make it 5 out of 5 beers on their menu unavailable! The meal was served prior to finishing our appetizers. The meal was “ok to fair.” The server cleared the meal by picking up all the silverware and then the plates?!! I could offer more but I will leave it with saying “ choose another restaurant.”

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly well-prepared, thoughtful food for a restaurant inside a hotel. Pork belly and grits, and the deviled eggs were beautifully plated and delicious. The bar offers a nice variety. Our waitress was friendly, but she didn't know the bar menu very well. This was a nice place to stop by for a late-night bite. We look forward to returning.

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CO
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We showed up early and were grateful that they were able to seat our party outside of the main bar where there was a lot of noise. We were celebrating a special occasion, and there were six of us. My husband asked about the special that was presented as a 14oz ribeye steak, he asked if the meat was 'prime' or 'choice', and asked to have a different item if it was not 'choice'. The server did not follow up with the answer to his question, and he was served the steak (that was not prime), it wasn't bad but was not what he had expected. He had ordered a different side than what was offered with the special which did not come out with the meal so we had to ask for it. Everyone else in the party enjoyed their meals, but it was nothing special. Despite being placed in a corner it was loud and difficult for two people in the party to participate in conversations (despite using their hearing aids).

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k
Omaha
60 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super quiet, which was perfect for me and my sister. Menu and beer list changes often, so be sure to ask what the latest & greatest is. Food was perfect and we'll be back.

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BS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific craft cocktails. Menu reflected current local seasonal items. Well prepared, flavorful.

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MF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointing

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JK
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok-nothing extraordinary to write home about considering the price & other gems in Omaha. Appetizers were small for the price-3 deviled egg halves was just weird & small for an appetizer. What did they do with the other half an egg...just weird. And awkward to share with a table of 8. Service was good.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks, one of Omaha's best

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting from Los Angeles. I loved the ambiance and service. The steaks were terrific. It was a bit pricey, but overall a wonderful experience.

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E
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we entered the staff was very pleasant and very inviting.
The Easter brunch not your typical ham and scalloped potatoes.
All the food and desserts very good.
We did not feel rushed, had great service and food.
Both Chef Hockenberry and Chef Seymour did themselves proud for their first time event like this.
Think we started a new Easter tradition, we will be back when in the area again.

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F
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unexpected delight in the new Marriott Hotel! Our dining group, the FoodieO's, met at Society 1854 for the March gathering. Our server, Griselda, was knowledgeable about the menu and served us pleasantly and efficiently. We had the pleasure of speaking to the bar manager about the creative, and delicious, signature cocktails. The menu has a nice variety of choices. It would be a great place to meet friends before a game or concert at Century Link. Very nice addition to Omaha!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Extremely slow service. Upwards of an hour for a few salads and a burger. Not sure what the deal was. Food was okay, but hardly worth that wait.

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o
Omaha
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance....definitely must try!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the space, very high ceilings, lots of glass. Beautiful space. What is odd is they only serve brunch on Sundays until 11 AM. Serving brunch until 2:00 PM or so would make a lot more sense. While we had to order off the lunch menu, the food was good. We had just hoped to be served brunch on a Sunday at 11 AM.

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Well from the start had a reservation, arrived 10min early, there were open tables, but hostess refused to seat us (party of 2) until our exact reservation time. When we were at our table, the atmosphere was so loud, it barley allowed for any conversation, and then to add to it they were not offering the regular menu. We ended up, ordering hush puppies for appetizer, they were charred... black charred. I ordered a winter green salad, no chevre cheese, parmesan instead.... yep came with chevre and has to pick that off. My friend ordered the crispy pork belly. This lacked any seasoning, and was slimy instead of crispy. All in all we will never eat there again and were extremely disappointed in the service, atmosphere, and food.

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J
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We decided to give this a try before the basketball game. Checked the menu out online and thought many options looked good. Unfortunately, when we arrived we saw they had a special game day menu and the regular menu options were not available, which was disappointing. More bar food than the we were interested in. Our group had burgers and salads, which were tasty. Service was slow and inattentive. Waited 20 minutes for a second drink. The server realized he had forgotten and comped that drink which was nice. All okay if you come in with these expectations, but we had hoped for something more.

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d
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is sleek and modern looking. The service was fine although my husband waited a long time for a refill on his drink and there were a total of 3 people in the place so the server wasn’t busy. He also neglected to bring back the food I asked him to box. I enjoyed my dinner but my husbands was pretty bland. Overall the experience was ok but none of the upscale restaurants in Omaha should worry about competition from Society.

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B
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neat service I’ve had in Omaha - and I’ve lived here 25 years. One of our best restaurants in the city - and awesome bar as well for signature drinks

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FF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Made reservations for Valentine's day after looking at menu on line. The hostess declined our request for an open table by the window, saying it was unavailable. It remained open for 45 minutes before someone else was given it.
We couldn't order off of the regular menu as the had a special Valentine's day menu with only two options. The 4 course meal was creative and mostly tasty, though very small in portions. So small in fact we considered stopping across the street at DJ' to get some fries. The best thing about this place was the server and the cocktails. They were excellent! I live downtown so I really wanted to like this place for an easy return. I will likely go back to try the regular menu and hopefully better accommodations with seating. But I can't really recommend anything here but the bar.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great! Definitely recommend this place for anyone looking for something a little different but very tasty! We came for Valentine's Day, they had a special menu planned for the night. Everything was delicious! We will be coming back to try the regular menu soon!!

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience! Great food great service and excellent atmosphere!

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

So amazing, it felt so elegant and the service was phenomenal.

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TG
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I really wanted to like this restaurant as the hotel is lovely.
Bartender was helpful- they were out of the scotch my husband prefers but he found a satisfactory sub.
Restaurant server was very green and very sweet but couldn't recommend anything as hadn't tried the menu herself. Food was ok- our filets resembled roast beef but tasted good.
Had a hassle getting a smaller version of the salad offering - when there are only 2-3 dining tables small special requests should easily be honored .
I will give it a second chance because I love the location .

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Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ruben sandwhich was sumptuous. Tad was a great waiter.

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K
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived a full ten minutes early for my brunch reservation, and was not seated until twenty minutes after the initial reservation, so I waited for 30 minutes.

Then, once seated, we were told by our server that only the buffet option was available. We were not interested in that option, and after the frustration of a late reservation, got up to leave. The ridiculous manager, who was zero percent helpful, then told us we could in fact have the full menu. Needless to say, we decided to go elsewhere. Terrible service, lack of communication, lack of preparedness, and unaccommodating spot. I am severely disappointed. Do not go here.

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