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About Zurlo's Bistro Italiano
Zurlos is a Bistro with a casual and elegant atmosphere. Our Executive Chef Vicki and her team put their flare and passion for excellent cuisine into every dish they create. The entrée choices change seasonally and use many locally grown foods. Our front team will greet you with a friendly smile and terrific service. Happy Hour is daily from 3-6:30 and live music on Thursday nights. Zurlo's is a locally owned and operated establishment.
Omaha, NE 68164
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
132nd & Maple
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music every Thursday from 5-8pm
We cater to you. Just call us at 402-884-9500 for a private tasting with our Executive Chef Vicki Swartz
Private Party Facilities:
Depending on your group size, Zurlo's can accommodate a private dining experience. Please contact Vicki at 402-884-9500.
Private Party Contact:
Catering: (402) 884-9500
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Down with Wendy on Wednesdays. Featured wines are 1/2 price.
Zurlo's Bistro Italiano Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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