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Zurlo's Bistro Italiano

4.2
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

Zurlo's Bistro Italiano serves a mix of traditional and modern recipes. Stop in for lunch, happy hour or dinner, and enjoy the contemporary decor and friendly service. There's also an open-air deck that's ideal for enjoying the weather while you dine. Make sure to stop in during the live music shows for entertainment with your meal.

Zurlo's Bistro Italiano features a variety of appetizers, such as the "That's Italian" meatballs, beef carpaccio, cheesy garlic crostinis and eggplant rollatini. There menu includes soup and salad choices, along with entrées like the gorgonzola gnocchi, penne with Bolognese and veal with pasta. Try the Zurlo's Bistro Italiano brick oven pizzas for options like the lasagna, prosciutto and arugula, chicken pesto and pizza Enzo pies. Ask about the vegetarian and gluten-free menu items for those with dietary restrictions.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Bistro
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(402) 884-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vicki Swartz
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Private party facilities
Depending on your group size, Zurlo's can accommodate a private dining experience. Please contact Vicki at 402-884-9500.
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Private party contact
Catering: (402) 884-9500
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Catering
We cater to you. Just call us at 402-884-9500 for a private tasting with our Executive Chef Vicki Swartz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
132nd & Maple
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Entertainment
Live Music every Thursday from 5-8pm
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Special events & promotions
Wine Down with Wendy on Wednesdays. Featured wines are 1/2 price.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

We have lived in Omaha 10 years, this has to be the best food we have eaten in many, many years.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

The lasagna and all meat pizza are the best in town, we frequent there and never once has it been leas than superb!

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2015

Since the ownership change, there has been a fitful transition. Wait staff tries, but does not quite have consistency--no candle, cold bread, but cheerful disposition! Food quality is OK but not a sustaining product for success.
Overall, a shaky current situation.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2014

I love this place. They do need to continue to work on service. It was not busy and they still seemed rushed. At 7pm they were out of all but one special on a Saturday night. The food is incredible though.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2014

We've gone to Zurlos many times and I have yet to be disappointed. Their food is excellent, not too expensive and their service is good. I need to come more ofter as there are so many dishes I want to try!

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3.0Dined on November 8, 2014

In spite of the mixed reviews, we gave Zurlo's a try. We were not impressed. The ambiance is probably meant to be contemporary, but it felt sterile and cold, not what I expected for a small Italian restaurant. The food in our party ranged from pretty good pizza to a pork dish that was very overcooked. The bread, usually a highlight in this type of place, was very ordinary, cold and tasteless. It was small slices served in a basket so large it was almost comical. The wine prices are quite steep. The service was outstanding, but not enough for us to give it another try. There are much better places to eat in Omaha.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2014

Oh my... we had some errands to run in West O and finished up with a Living Social at this restaurant. From start to finish, food and service was absolutely fantastic! We both had salads as well as entrees and look forward to coming back :)

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

The food has been rich, flavorful, and beautifully plated with every one of our visits. My husband thinks theirs is the best chicken parm he's had!

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2.0Dined on October 10, 2014

We had cheese bites for appetizer they were fantastic. The bread and garlic butter was so good too. My husband had chicken parm which was dry and had too much cheese on top. I had meat pizza was also dry. I would b willing to try again however...liked the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2014

The BEST"""" sugu I have had in Omaha ever. 60yrs

We had a terrific time and the food was superb... delightful service!!

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1.0Dined on September 26, 2014

Seating - had to be moved due to cold air blowing on you - as were the next guest that were seated there. Service - Poor! Ordered a bottle of wine and was brought a single glass Informed the waitress and she delivered the bottle. It was not what we had ordered - advised the waitress. She knew and told us that they were out of the wine and this is what the bar gave her. The bread was delivered late, when we were almost done with salads which were swimming in dressing. The bolognese sauce had no flavor - tomato sauce, chunks of tough beef and basil sprinkled on top. The lasagna -lacking in meat and overwhelming with cheese which tasted like Kraft Parmesan cheese. Very disappointing. We will not return.

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3.0Dined on September 20, 2014

we loved our food the first time - the chicken balsamico was great and my spouse had meat balls with meat sauce over noodles and it was very good. this visit we both had the chicken and it wasn't quite as good as a month ago but still good. however we ordered the bolognese and noodles to go to eat the next day and when we opened it the next day it wasn't anything like our first visit and it was absolutely terrible. so not sure if we will go back again. we had been referring friends there but now won't. too bad.

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2.0Dined on September 17, 2014

very poor service. to busy taking care of the patio.
it forever to get the entree. I only saw her we she delivered a course. the restaurant was NOT very busy so that not an excuse

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1.0Dined on August 23, 2014

I have used Open Table for many years. I use Open Table often when in a new City and looking for a place to dine. I find the reviews and the reservation system helpful. Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Zurlo's for on time for an accepted reservation and which conformed to the hours posted on Zurlo's website to find the kitchen closed, the host unapologetic "Did you make your reservation on Open Table"? .This happens all the time"This reservation was for a late dine. I had driven 10 hours. I was in a new City and I drove 8 miles to this restaurant to find them closed. I relied on Open Table to host restaurants that honor the reservations. Isn't that the Open Table brand promise? Open Table needs to remove..

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2.0Dined on August 16, 2014

It seems the owner change at Zurlo's has made an impact but not for the better. The service was very distracted and one of our party eventually had to go to the bar to get his drink after several reminders to the server. The food tasted pretty good but was missing some of the flavor I would have expected. 8:00 on a Saturday night and the place was pretty empty except the server and the owner kept referring to their lack of service due to "being slammed like this"...??? Won't be back.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2014

I flew into Omaha from New York and was looking for a restaurant to seat 12 on a Saturday night . Zurlo's came through with flying colors. The food was fantastic as was the service. It was a New York quality Italian food. A real find in Omaha

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2014

We had the special and it was wonderful. I love this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2014

The head chef was out on the floor checking on diners. Even had a long conversaion as we walked out the door

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2014

There are many vegetarian options which are always delicious. The waiters are attentive. The Thursday night live music is a plus if you're able to eat out then.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2014

The food and service was outstanding!! Will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2014

Our waiter was amazing and my Chicken Balsamicco was so good.

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2014

We went for dinner last Friday. The food was good (at least our choices). Our waiter was great he provide us an amazing service.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2014

The chicken picata was excellent. The server was friendly. The crab dip was great.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2014

We have dined at Zurlos before and been very pleased. Last Monday night proved to be a very poor experience. We were seated before 6:45 and our entrees did not arrive until 8:20 and all 7 entrees were not placed on the table until 8:30. The waitress was very consilitory, but the restaurant was not busy and very disappointing in our overall experience. The waitress did decrease our total bill but to celebrate a bday it was not memorable in a positive manner.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

The new owner is doing a great job maintaining the things that made Zurlo's great, and still bringing her own personal stamp on the business.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2014

This was our first visit and while the food was good, it was a bit overpriced for what you actually get. The service was very good, however.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2014

What a wonderful place to take family and friends. Relaxing with fantastic unique dishes for everyone. Don't miss thus chance.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2014

While our entrees were excellent, the canolli & gelato were not. The gelato was vanilla ice cream, nothing more. Credit to the chef for wonderful flavor combinations but very few reasonably priced options for bottles of wine. I seriously doubt we'll return for dinner as $100+ is too much to spend for two to eat Italian in Omaha. There was a large group celebration in the restaurant which Mae it difficult for two people to converse. Perhaps they should have been seated near the kitchen, keeping the noise at one end so the rest of the patrons weren't "sandwiched" by the din. Also, the smell f the neighboring store's cigar smoke was prevalent throughout the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 3, 2014

I was a little disappointed in the restaurant as it had be highly recommended to me by a friend. Maybe it was just the night but we had to wait for our reservation for 10 minutes even though there were open tables as they said the kitchen was backed up. Even after that, the wait for our order to be placed was another 0 or 15 minutes and several minutes to get our water. After we ordered it took at least a half hour to get our food. The food was good, but it was not as great as I had expected. Overall, not sure we will ever go back.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2014

The staff was very accomodating. They had the table ready when we arrived and did not stress that the second half of the party was 15 minutes later. It was a busy night in town yet they did not rush us.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2014

There were 5 of us who ate dinner and we all had something different--everyone enjoyed what they chose!! Desserts were delicious. We will most definitely go back. The evening we were there was live music night and the young man singing was very good. It's always enjoyable to eat at neighborhood restaurants.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary at Zurlos. We loves the live music- acoustic guitar player sang that night. The atmosphere was relaxed and romantic.

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3.0Dined on April 26, 2014

While the food was absolutely amazing, delicious, and wonderful, our service was severely lackluster. We sat with empty glasses through most of our meal and waited a ridiculous amount of time for our check (after we had requested it). While my experience was probably the exception, not the rule, it still left a sour taste in my mouth. Since this restaurant came so highly recommended, and the food was good, I'll probably give it another try, just not soon.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2014

We really enjoyed our dinner. Great presentation, and delicious. The server did a good job for the most part, but you should never have to ask for your water glass to be refilled. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2014

We first visited this restaurant shortly after they opened about four years ago. We felt the food, ambiance, etc. was good but nothing outstanding. After our most recent visit, we feel the same way. With all of the other Italian restaurant options in town, this one rates as just average. We can make our own food at home just as well if not better.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2014

With the restaurant less than full on Easter Sunday, we expected a better flow. It took a full 5-minutes for the waitress to appear, and then when she did it seemed she was less than experienced for a restaurant of this caliber. When an order of toast arrived with my omelette, I asked for jam or jelly. She said she thought they might have run out (really?) but would check. She returned with a small cup, proudly proclaiming, "I had to scrape the bottom of the jar and this is all that was left". That certainly made me want to dig in. Given the moderate crowd, the kitchen was slow and the omelette was only fair. This restaurant came highly recommended. We'll give it another try for dinner but won't bother with brunch again.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2014

This was our first trip and everything was wonderful. We will return and try a dinner or two.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2014

We were very pleased with our Italian 'find' on Saturday. We'll definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2014

One of my fav hangouts in west O.

Enzo is the best, as are the owners, Steve and Lori.

Love the za!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2014

Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The service was great and we enjoyed the music.

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