Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts

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425 reviews
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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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JS
Omaha
1 review
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.

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

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

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MA
Omaha
6 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.

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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.

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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.

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D
Omaha
35 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Excellent food great pricing, you support students...

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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

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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.

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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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JR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable. Some delicious courses and excellent service.

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GH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for this evening as it was the last night open during the students finishing this term. The tasting menu was excellent with good service. There were almost more courses than we could eat but each course was different allowing the student chefs to really shine. We brought our own wine with a modest corkage charge but they did have a moderately priced wine list as well. We will definately go back during their next term.

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OT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The student prix fixe menu at the end of each semester is amazing. Metro's culinary school is a gem!

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DM
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our second time dining at Sage. The menu is well priced for the amazing quality of food. The student Prix Fixe meal was delicious with appropriate timing of courses.

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is outstanding! Since it is student-run, all of the staff are striving to learn and are at their best. The food is not only wonderful in taste, but also wonderful in presentation.

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

Fun experience trying the unique menu items created by MCC culinary students.

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b
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I had the prix fixe dinner on Oct 31, 2018. The corn soup was inventive, the broth a littlebtoo sweet for my wife. The lobster appetizer, the sea bass coarse and beef coarse were very good. The salad was fun. A great experience.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome, however the wait time for food was much to long. We waited over 45 minutes for our appetizers and an hour and half for our main dish. The cooks really need send food out faster. We are not wine or beer drinkers and our waitress kept assuring us it would be out any minute. The menu needs to explain each item in more detail explain how it is cooked and what items are being missed together to create the taste we will enjoy. Again our waitress explained each item for us, how it was cooked, and the taste that was created. Once the food was served it was very good, the dessert was delicious. It was a great experience except for slowness in being served.

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PB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish the were more desserts to choose from and a variety if breads as in times past.

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PM
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sage is among my very favorite food adventures in Omaha, and vies for best restaurant in town. Always remarkable and inventive. Our server, Moses, was spot-on perfect. A+.

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AO
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food. Perfect for a fancy date night. I recommend it.

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S
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here never ceases to impress and the students are all amazing.

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KC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great night out with my mom and sister on our trip, which we were from out of town. We had a great experience and the food was amazing.

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group all had great entrees. Desert was fabulous. We will return next month when my friend can eat again after oral surgery

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S
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was splendid and the presentation was inspiring.

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VP
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a really fun server!

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was a genuine experience for dinning in Omaha. While we went do some of the more common tourist or leading restaurants, this was the most overall pleasureable and interesting. The menu contained both know dishes and new opportunities. The student special was prepared especially well and served with excellent timing and pacing.

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j
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday bash and the students did a masterful job making us welcome.

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S
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe was amazing and the service was in point

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Husband’s birthday

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KK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Different! Lots of FUN! All done by the students - great service, very tasty and great prices. I would recommend it!

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K
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, lovely atmosphere, great service. Love the little mini-courses that change all the time. They were fantastic and such a surprise. The attention and service is outstanding and the students are so thrilled to be finishing up with their coursework. It adds a certain highlight to the atmosphere.

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