Society 1854, an Omaha Eatery

4.3
65 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 Engler'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.

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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 65 People Are Saying
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LP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was friendly but slow. Not enough staff working on a busy concert night. Burnt 2 out of 2 burgers, which were $16 each and almost inedible. They did give us free desert, which was great.

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Usually pretty wary of hotel restaurants but it was 9 degrees outside and didn’t feel like venturing to far. Glad we gave it a try well worth it. After a small glitch with Manhattan on the rocks instead of up it was spot on. They comped all 3 of our drinks. Chicken Sandwich and house chips were steaming hot and delicious. Wings had a mustard Carolina sauce also very good will definitely be coming back

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K
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was exemplary and went out of her way to make sure we were satisfied. We were seated outside of what appeared to be the normal dining area, and I would add that it seemed odd. However, our waitress made sure we received her full attention, which distinguishes this place from others.

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

Engagement dinner for son

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

This is a great spot for any occasion. The food was amazing and the service was perfect! This was our first time there, and we will surely be back! After we left, we raved about our experience to all our friends, and will continue to do so in the future! Thank you for an amazing NYE dinner!!!

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Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon and charcuterie was great! A little to hard to locate within the Marriott.

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Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal at Society 1854. The menu clearly reflected the talent of Chef Jon Seymour and lived up to his reputation. The service was fantastic. We were especially delighted at the staff’s knowledge and willingness to accommodate our need to be gluten-free.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were only a small party of 6 for thanksgiving dinner (usually its closer to 20, so perspective) and we wanted a nice dinner but didn’t want to clean up! I saw the advert on Facebook for their dinner. It was everything and more than we imagined dinner to be! Our waitress Melissa was attentive when my dad asked dietary concerns, she was patient as we asked questions. She had a few full tables of hungry people to take care of but she never made us feel we were bothering her! The sweet potatoe dish with cranberries and meringue was so yummy! The turkey was well done, stuffing actually real real mashed potatoes! For those that don’t do turkey- the prime rib was cooked to perfection! The best part was it is served family-style AND you get to take the LEFTOVERS HOME! Well packed and not in those awful styrofoam packages! I hear they have a breakfast and a BRUNCH on Sundays!! I think we will have a standing reservation for brunch and next thanksgiving!! Thanks to everyone for a great dinner (2 1/2 hours of yummy food!) and the time for naps afterwards!

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1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving Buffett was overpriced at 50 a person, including children.

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Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect thanksgiving dinner. Unexpectedly amazing

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, excellent! Wil was out waiter and he was exceptional and were all the staff there including he management.

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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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J
Omaha
6 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
27 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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Omaha
3 reviews
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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Las Vegas
10 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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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
Omaha
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
61 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
14 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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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
5 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
6 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
23 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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