Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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 is offered, as well as weekly, student designed prix fixe specials during dinner.
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MD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a fun experience. My suggestions are: use salted butter for the sage butter, make sure servers can pronounce every menu item. Also servers should know what every element is on the plate. When it arrives at the table, a verbal explanation of the charcuterie would be nice.

N
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of food and service combined with the price point make this an incredible dining experience. It also is a great way to support the work of culinary students who will be the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most awesome experience in dining I’ve ever had! Took my daughter for Daughters Day and she was in awe!!! What a fabulous experience!!!

C
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding; food was beautifully presented and delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dollar for dollar one of the best meals you can get in Omaha. There food was delicious and the plating was beautiful.

j
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The students are wonderful! The value is wonderful! I will definitely be back!

w
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food and very reasonably priced. Service was outstanding. I had a shrimp soup of some kind, and I could taste the love the chef put into the dish.

DP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Fantastic, however lengthy wait time between courses.

o
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Server - Anna was attentive and knowledgeable. The attention to service, food and plating was spectacular. and the value was un beatable.

BK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the wait staff were tremendous. They were polite and had great senses of humor! We were there for 2 and a half hours and our water glasses were kept filled. The entrees took a little extra time, but the flavor was worth the wait.

FL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was wonderful but the portions should be a little larger. I'm not talking gigantic. Example just 1 more scallop. Dessert sample tray of 4 things was so small, we all got 1 thing but could not split and share. The carmel was smaller than a dime. Our waiter was always there to fill water glasses or ask if we wanted another wine. But it took too long between courses. After we ordered dessert I estimated we waited 15 minutes.

KK
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Enjoyed every bite!!! I have always said Sage Bistro is a 5 star restaurant at a 3 star price.

CH
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food! I thought that each dish was absolutely wonderful and brought a new look on different foods. My only comment would be to help your servers pronounce the French words a little better. I know it’s a little thing, but correct pronunciation goes a long way when the customers speak the language! Overall though, I would definitely recommend Sage Student Bistro to a friend!

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

The Pre Fixe was AMAZING. WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

h
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful bites and attentive service make this gem a fantastic place for occasion dinners, adventurous palates, and anyone wishing to support local culinary students. Order the prix fixe, you will not be disappointed!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food spent the evening with my daughter in law! Thanks for a memorable dinner

L
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The six of very much enjoyed the fine dining at Sage. There was an opener served on small individual “spoons” that was absolutely delicious. Several of us had the gnudi starter which was also beautifully plated and tasty. We enjoyed our beef strip entrees as well as the lamb and pork entrees as well. We all agreed the lemon blueberry “ice cream” was scrumptious and a great way to end the evening.

j
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fun experience, great atmosphere, good food, wait staff good, although our server seemed a little less sure of herself, she could’ve done a better job explaining the dishes we were served. The amuse bouchée was great, bread and their signature butter, delicious, food presentation very nice. We didn’t have dessert, but several did and said it was very good. The small plate served at the end of the meal was perfect!

HW
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, such reasonable prices. Loved the ambiance. Also felt great to support students learning community!

NA
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. I would recommend them to everyone.

JM
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have dined at Sage Bistro many times over many years. We understand the teaching/training scenario. We also realize that this was opening week. Saying all that it’s was a rough outing for front and back of the house. Our server knew nothing about the food and never really offered explanations unless asked, which we found odd. Appetizers were great, however the dinners were middle of the road, which is surprising. We will continue to return even though we feel a slippage in the operation.

JS
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time visiting and I will definitely be back. Everyone seemed happy to be there and our server was very pleasant. Excellent menu options and well worth the cost.

BK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Accommodating for food intolerances. We will be back again!

MA
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anyone dining here knows that it is run by students and will be patient with them.

g
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is such a fun experience for a fine dining meal on a modest budget. Everything we had was amazing, and the student waiter/chefs went out of their way to ensure a great evening for me and my dining partner.

DH
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enthusiasm of the students is evident at every turn. The service staff was excellent and very well prepared for questions. The flow of the meal was very smooth and timely from course to course. Food preparation was outstanding and each course was savory and eye-appealing. This easily ranks at the top tier of the restaurants in the city. I look forward to going back.

OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

First impression upon arrival of seeing a photographer flashing photos in a corner was disheartening. When I asked the host how long the photo shoot was going to go (because if it were to keep going we would have left) - he said, “They were suppose to be done at 6” but then led us to our table. Flash photography continued for about 5 more minutes... but it was very bright in the restaurant. I wondered if this was for the photographer.

We have been here before and was pleasantly surprised by great food and service.
This time the service was simply bad. I understand this is a learning restaurant but our server seemed checked-out before even serving us. I was genuinely nervous when our glasses of red wine finally arrived as they were wobbling on the tray.
Food was good.
We were given complimentary amuse-bouche with no explanation of what it was. We learned from a neighboring table - after we ate it.
Our 2nd glass of wine was comped by the floating hostess or manager - since it took longer than getting the first round. Same hostess / manager seemed to engage with us the most as she finally adjusted the bright lights.
Our server needed an assist with the dessert tray / explanation and then got the order wrong and then charged us for a third dessert.
I want to root for the students... Simply being honest with this review, hoping it may help with teaching.

D
Omaha
44 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Out of all the times we have been to Sage, this was by far the poorest experience. We like to support the students, however, they appear to not be training them with table service, etc. We never had our wine or water refilled once while there on this trip (despite paying a corkage fee for the wine we brought) and the food was served cold and not very good. The plates are small at best, but the chicken on the pre fix menu did not even look or taste like chicken and the flavors did not pair well on the previous courses (with the exception of the risotto). The arctic char was good but again not hot.

Disappointed at best and we let the host know to no avail.

KD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite, innovative, delicious. Each course will transport you to sensory Nirvana and back: Just close your eyes and give in to the many layers of flavors and textures that only expert hands and true love of the art can create. In addition, the service was most knowledgeable and attentive, the atmosphere elegant and relaxing. Absolutely awesome! I had my Birthday dinner here, and it just blew me away. Thank you!

b
Omaha
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Quiet cold night, bread service seemed spare compared to previous visits. Prix Fixe was well executed.

MR
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a friend with me, and we both agreed it was one of the most pleasant evenings we have ever experienced. Service was good. Students were pleasant and informative. It was quiet so you could have a nice conversation. It was an exceptional dining experience.

Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts
Responded on February 6, 2019

MarleneR, thank you for taking your time to leave us a review of your experience! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed dining with us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed great conversation with your group. The Sage Student Bistro is a classroom and we're additionally happy to hear that you received great service from our AWESOME students! We look forward to seeing you again!

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

No music in the place which sometimes makes a nice atmosphere. The waitress didn’t know the menu very well and said they didn’t have more bread and we got 2 small pieces of that.
Meat (pork and duck) could have been better it was a bit chewy and pork was over cooked .
Overall was good but it has a few things to improve.

Desserts were awesome!!

Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts
Responded on February 6, 2019

BereniceF, thank you for taking your time to leave a review of your experience at the Sage Student Bistro. The Sage Student Bistro is a classroom, both front of house and back of house. The students work hard learning to offer fine dining service and all that encompasses over a few weeks. During each quarter we look forward to seeing our students grow in confidence, menu knowledge and culinary art. We hope you return and experience more of our student driven environment.

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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Likely the best kept secret in town. Tasty nutritious food at low prices, five star quality, one would be a fool not to dine here.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent and exciting. Service is very good, but keep in mind this is a teaching restaurant, so you might have to help your server a little. (Needed a little help getting the wine bottle open.) Portions are small, but very satisfying. You will leave this restaurant full, but you won't need a wheelbarrow to carry your stomach out the door. Ingredients of each dish are printed and explained. Wonderful flavors. For fine dining, this is very affordable, and you're helping a very dedicated culinary student learn the service side of the restaurant business.

NM
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we head to Sage we receive a different and amazing experience! The students service and preparation of the food is just like going to your favorite high end restaurant for half of the cost. The limited menu allows us to try items that we usually would not eat and they are always fantastic!

I
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sage Student Bistro is about the best food in Omaha, bar none. The presentation is outstanding, the service impeccable. They have high standards for all aspects of your dining experience, and they never miss.

V
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great pricing, you support students...

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good...exceeded expectations as we knew this was a classroom and expected some bumps but the bumps were minimal. We will be back soon

b
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Bistro was able to accomodate my request for more than 6 people BUT I had to physically go and ask, as no one read the request when I made the resrvation 5 weeks in advance. I also said I was bringing in wines, and the corkage fee was fine. Again, BUT I was bringing in bottles that were 27-35 years old, and I decanted them before coming to the restaurant. They did not seem to understand why I did decanting at home.

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

Servers knew the menu and were very attentive. A lot of thought went into the menu items. The menu was full of flavor and great presentation. The bakery rocked it!

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