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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Nebraska

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Nebraska? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts restaurant
4.9
4.9 (620)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
The Sage Student Bistro operates as a customer-focused classroom providing our students an opportunity to refine their culinary, bakery, service, and supervisory skills in a setting where the element of time is as important as the food and service. Because this is a class, the Bistro is open when the students are in session. A standard menu and weekly, student-designed prix fixe specials are offered during dinner. For guests interested in booking a Showcase: Culinary Team Nebraska lunch, reservations can be made at the following website. https://coned.mccneb.edu/wconnect/ace/ShowSchedule.awp?&Mode=GROUP&Group=SPE&Title=Special+Event
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 15, 2024
Our group of 4 enjoyed our lunches very much. Each dish was unique and refreshing. Our waitress was excellent when providing information about each menu item and the details of receiving the meals as they were prepared. We will definitely be back to enjoy lunch or dinner soon. Thank you!
A photo of V.Mertz restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2105)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
V. Mertz offers our guests a progressive, contemporary American menu with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients. We offer an award-winning wine list of over 400 selections. The restaurant is located in Omaha’s historic and picturesque Old Market Passageway, within walking distance from the CHI Convention Center, The Holland Performing Arts Center, the Orpheum, and all major downtown hotels.

V. Mertz is locally-owned, and we pride ourselves in offering artisan products and cheeses, organically-grown local produce and Wagyu beef, and sustainably-farmed and line-caught seafood. We believe that dining should be an event, and to this end Chef Jonathan Miller has created a harmony of food and wine, culminating in our extravagant Tasting Menu.

Perfect for business or pleasure, V. Mertz is the premier fine-dining restaurant in Omaha.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We ordered the tomahawk ribeye and it was phenomenal! Easily the top 5 best steaks I’ve ever had.
A photo of Odyssey restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1399)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hastings
About the restaurant
Casual, modern, and innovative cuisine, drink and service in the heart of downtown Hastings!

EXPLORE FLAVOR.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
So often people assume small towns don’t have access to superior dining experiences. That is definitely not the case in Hastings. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful restaurant filled with hard-working people with talent and eye for detail. Thanks team for making so many dinners so special!
A photo of Boiler Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1929)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
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 five days a week for dinner, offering hand crafted cocktails and an extensive domaine driven Old World wine list.
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barbivip
Dined on May 19, 2024
Outstanding on every level! Highly recommended for a special occasion. Food, drinks, service, ambience, they’ve got it all!
A photo of Dolce restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1600)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
West Omaha
About the restaurant
At Dolce, we focus on using locally sourced ingredients to prepare the highest quality foods. We are a small intimate restaurant with great service. Reservations are recommended. Dress code is business casual.
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NelM
Dined 5 days ago
Great food great service. Had the prix fixe option and all courses were great. Wish I found this place sooner. I felt the food was priced well and great quality and taste. Small intimate place, went with the family but this is more of a date night vibes place. They were helpful with suggestions for kids and they were on point as the kiddo loved their suggestion.
A photo of DISH Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (980)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
For parties of more than 6 people, please call the restaurant, 402-475-9475.

Contemporary Cocktails. Elevated Cuisine.

DISH is an upscale New American restaurant in the heart of downtown Lincoln. We strive to provide an unmatched dining experience from start to finish. Our dedication to our guests shines through our fresh and diverse dining menu; creative, handcrafted cocktails; and professional and knowledgeable service staff. Join us for luncheons, romantic date nights, celebrations, or even a quick snack on the way to a show. We are here to make every occasion even more memorable.

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Hermie
Dined 5 days ago
Creative and interesting entrees. The oyster mushrooms were particularly good but all items had a medley of delicious and unusual sides carefully prepared and presented. Server was well informed about each item and all of it’s components.
A photo of Venue Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1940)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Venue Restaurant & Lounge is a full-service restaurant in Lincoln, NE. We specialize in affordable quick-service lunches while presenting a fine dining Chef-inspired dinner service. Our nightly features are nothing short of amazing with exclusive finds from around the world. We also offer Catering and Event Services with a large variety of delicious items for any event. We have your event venue covered with 5 private dining rooms, as well as two downtown ballrooms with the Jasmine Room and the Scottish Rite Ballroom.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 20, 2024
Food was great and service from Max was outstanding. Perfect timing of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, bread, and main course.
A photo of Timbers at Lied Lodge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1263)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nebraska City
About the restaurant

For nature-inspired dining at its best, enjoy a meal in the Timbers at Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska.

We serve local, sustainable entrees under soaring timbers and alongside sweeping views of Arbor Day Farm.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with outdoor dining available seasonally.

We look forward to serving you in Timbers at Lied Lodge!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The flatbread appetizer was delicious. We split a half orchard salad, and they put it on two separate plates for us. The prime rib was the best we’ve ever had at a restaurant, and the shrimp and lemon risotto had great flavors. They had a nice dessert selection, too.
A photo of Wilderness Ridge restaurant
4.0
4 (535)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Dining at Wilderness Ridge becomes an experience as soon as you enter through the over-sized carved front doors. Our friendly staff will seat you in your choice of the casual bar, which features live music most Friday and Saturday evenings, or our more intimate dining room with views of our chefs preparing your favorite entrées.

Our menus change seasonally and feature ingredients from local farms. From crispy salads to juicy burgers, sizzling skillets, fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and steaks done just right, there is something for everyone. And don’t forget about our signature desserts. You won’t want to leave without trying our Triple Chocolate Mousse! To wet your whistle, we offer an extensive wine list, craft beers and signature and seasonal cocktails.

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AnnB
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Busy place, not enough wait staff, kept forgetting our table. The dessert of straberry shortcake was dry, only one strawberry.
A photo of Monarch restaurant
4.0
4 (242)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
The Monarch Restaurant, at Omaha’s Hotel Deco, features contemporary cuisine that blends local foods, seasonal twists and dynamic flavors into a culinary experience for the taste buds. We take classic dishes, and transform them for the modern palate. Through our intensive sourcing program, we ensure that we are garnering the absolute best products from local Farms, Ranches, and Distilleries. From our classically inspired cocktails, exclusive theatre menu, and of course our charming dining room and lounge are sure to please.
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Mybroker
Dined on May 2, 2024
Menu keeps shrinking unfortunately. We love The Monarch but hate seeing favorites like flatbread, pork chops, etc disappear from the menu.
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