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Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts, Omaha, NE

Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts

4.8
4.8
525 Reviews
$30 and under
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 and weekly, student-designed prix fixe specials are offered during dinner.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (531) 622-2328

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lunch: Chase Grove; Dinner: James Davis

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Old Market

  • Cross street

    Sorenson Parkway

  • Parking details

    Lot parking is available to our lunch and dinner guests.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 525 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Ambiance

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    Best Value

  • Nebraska

    Good for business meals

  • Nebraska

    Innovative

  • Nebraska

    Good for groups

  • Nebraska

    Contemporary American

  • Omaha

    Best Ambiance

  • Omaha

    Best Value

  • Omaha

    Good for business meals

  • Omaha

    Innovative

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    Good for groups

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  1. W

    Wadeifer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best restaurant in the city. The student waitstaff is still learning but the food is exceptional.
  2. S

    Sicily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, overall an awesome place to eat!!
  3. OD

    OmahaDiner

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sage Bistro is a gem! Each course of our meal was unique and delightful.
  4. ND

    NancyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Omaha. Outstanding food quality, service and value. The students do a such a GREAT job!
  5. JH

    JeffH

    Omaha

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Logan, was great. Everyone was very attentive. It was fun getting unexpected "treats" between courses. Looking forward to going back.
  6. BB

    BarB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating at Sage Bistro is very relaxing, comfortable and the service is top-notch. We tried many items from the menu and there weren't any that we didn't like. The squash salad was crunchy and refreshing, and we all loved the fresh taste of the homemade mayonnaise with the frittes. The hamburger with grilled onions was flavorful and one of the favorites at our table, as well as the Chicken Crepe. We will definitely come back to eat at Sage Bistro.
  7. RB

    RobinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    First time at Bistro. Super impressed with the food, the atmosphere and the service and the price! Will be back again as often as possible. Very impressed.
  8. s

    sammy

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is possibly the most innovative and delicious fine dining experience in the area. Always stunning, inventive, and fantastic. Yet not pretentious at all. The tasting menus are especially amazing.
  9. Z

    Ziggy

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! The dining experience was wonderful and lovely.
  10. PA

    PATTy

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food was great but the service not as good as usual. Curt was very nice but we had multiple dishes on our table that we had to ask him to remove several times. We had lots of crumbs on our table also. He was not very assertive in describing the menu. Our new guests loved the event but us repeaters knew you could do better. We still can’t wait to come back!!
  11. MK

    MaggieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious! Staff was friendly and helpful. Definitely going back!
  12. AP

    AndreaP

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat for a reasonable price. Very nice culinary school.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very attentive, knowledgeable & easy to talk to. Food appearance was beautiful. The Korean Duck meatballs & chamomile torte were out of this world amazing!!
  14. C

    Cates1stchoices

    Omaha

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prix fixe (student chefs' meal) was outstanding -- a Roy Choi treat! With accoutrements to try with each course, this was a unique taste adventure. And the wine pairings were perfect -- what an excellent set of choices from the sommelier side. Well done -- as in beautifully, perfectly done!
  15. PG

    PatG

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Students were knowledgeable in answering the questions we asked about menu items. They explained each of the courses and served them correctly. Great experience. I attend Sage often because of the great food and careful presentation by the students.
  16. KO

    KarenO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The students do an exceptional job with food preparation & presentation!
  17. s

    sbn67

    Omaha

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience. Love experiencing what the students make. The servers always do an incredible job at knowing about the food they are serving and explaining it. Went with a friend who has significant food allergies (Alpha-gal) and they listened to the issues and the server checked with the chef to make sure all foods served to her were a safe option to eat. So impressed by this, a great way for the students to learn as well.
  18. N

    Nelle

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very welcoming atmosphere. Varied and intriguing menu. Good service. Food was very flavorful. Will definitely return.
  19. SJ

    SarinaJoli

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The students work really hard, and you can see that. They all put together a fine dining experience like no other, especially for the price. The one critique I have is that they won't seat you early and, partly our own fault for not asking for a menu while waiting, because then it took us awhile to decide what we wanted so then our food took quite a while to show up and it was painful at times waiting to eat. However, with all the courses, we were there until almost 10pm. It was definitely a case of you get what you pay for in that we arrived before 7pm so were there for 3hrs. However, I think this was an abnormal night as I don't think it usually takes 3hrs. I would block off a good 2hrs, just to be safe, for a date night, though. There are lots of courses and they're beautifully executed! I would also recommend going earlier in the evening if your work schedules allow.
  20. LH

    LewisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a tremendous experience. The meals were outstanding. Prices extremely fair for the great food.
  21. CW

    CherylW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took a party of 9 for a ladies night out and couldn’t have have had a better time. Service was excellent! The food was outstanding and very inventive! Make sure and get reservations early because the tables go extremely fast. Prices were very reasonable. With tip it was less than 400 for all nine people and we were stuffed.
  22. CB

    ChristyB

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a nice place - nicer than I expected. The student servers were very kind and there was always a mentor in place if the student needed assistance. The food was outstanding! Exactly like, if not better, than what you would receive at a 4/5 star restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed out evening out and would definitely visit Sage Student Bistro again.
  23. TT

    TerryT

    Omaha

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was international cuisine. The food was well prepared and ha very good tsste. Portions were on the small side but more than adequate.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  25. SK

    SteveK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good, and staff very friendly and helpful. Students try very hard. Needs alittle more explanation as to what to expect as far as how service will go, ie new silverware with each course. New people to this experience are not aware of procedure.
  26. TK

    TerryK

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional and the menu offers diverse items. I plan to return several times to try menu items from around the world. The Culinary Arts Students were lovely as well.
  27. TK

    TerryK

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sage Bistro has expanded its innovative offerings. My team and I thoroughly enjoyed going 'round the world' by selecting food originating from various countries. The service was lovely. Thank you!
  28. SJ

    SarinaJoli

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everyone was very helpful and knowledgeable. No real complaints and any feedback I had, I left it with them which they were very receptive. Look forward to going there again.
  29. MT

    MatthewT

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Audrey’s prix fixe was too beautiful to eat, Nevertheless we did eat everything and were amazed by the complex flavors provided by local foods. The menu was playful and fun.
  30. DT

    DavidT

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first experience ordering a prix fixe meal. it was a wonderful experience. The culinary students who prepared and served the meal did a great job.
  31. h

    huskeranna

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight to dine at Sage, where both food and service are executed second-year culinary students under the tutelage of seasoned chef instructors. On this visit we enjoyed the prix fixe meal, an homage to Chef Edna Lewis. From the perfectly fried oyster to sumptuous shrimp and grits, each course proved thoughtful and delicious. Do not hesistate to reserve a spot and treat yourself!
  32. BP

    BarbP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fine dining experience with a staff very eager to please. Food was excellent. We'll be back!
  33. AA

    AmyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had the Prix Fixe menu at server's suggestion & it did not disappoint. Just a wonderful experience. The wine pairings were excellent, food delicious & abundant, good ambience, courses paced nicely. Our server Mary was professional & knowledgable as were all staff we encountered. Only issue was the scallops not being fresh. I did not eat them. Perfect ending to the meal was the dessert tray & we chose the Blackberry topped Lemon Custard. which was a refreshing close to the dining experience. Definitely worth the money. Definitely would return!
  34. PS

    PamelaS

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Sage Student Bistro at MCC and we were so impressed and pleased! The ambiance, beverages, food, and staff were excellent and can rival any other fine dining establishment in Omaha. The menu was prepared with much thought and the courses were served with precision. The staff was so pleasant and knowledgeable from the host to the servers and all the supporting crew. The dishes from start to finish were nothing short of amazing, so clearly this school is hitting the mark with their instruction. We will definitely add Sage Student Bistro to our very short list of special restaurants!
  35. C

    Cates1stchoices

    Omaha

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The student's "final exam" (prix fixe) menu was excellent -- from the mojito shooter to the pork entree -- and the several courses in between. Kudos on innovative Cuban-themed food that was delicious, very attractive, and beautifully prepared! First night/hot night jitters, though, for the kitchen and waitstaff? First time I've ever sent a dish back for being under-prepared (pasta from the summer Starters menu for one of my guests was regrettably hard to the tooth -- not al dente, uncooked). And first time I have not had the wines served with the courses to which they'd been paired. That said, last night's hiccups were a good reminder that the table and kitchen staff are students, learning their craft and doing their best, with graceful apologies and quick corrections. I am looking forward to enjoying another meal here with friends tomorrow evening before Sage closes for summer break and the start of the new quarter!
  36. LL

    LLMs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was excellent, but some items were a bit unbalanced flavor wise. The intermezzo was quite bitter with herb and grapefruit and not much sweetness to cut it, unless that was the intention, which wasn’t explained. Speaking of, all of the small between course plates were complete surprises and weren’t explained/forewarned by the waitress, though they were explained by the person who brought them (student chef?) (we also waited a long time for waitress but it was decently busy) Salmon was pretty over cooked (but the garnish and plating were lovely) and the mushrooms with the chicken were quite gamey/bitter, wasn’t sure how well they complemented the dish (and I love mushrooms). But everything was delicious and we really enjoyed all the small bites between plates, especially the small desserts at the end. One last comment about the chocolate pyramid dessert - fantastic flavor, but much too hard served cold- it was perfect at room temperature when we took it home later :) Overall, wonderful experience and we will come again!
  37. LB

    LynnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The charcuterie was outstanding. There was a selection of 14 different items plus a few sauces with both savory and sweet. It was a taste sensation!
  38. DC

    DaniC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is so elegant, you can’t get this experience for this price anywhere. This is truly the best dining experience my mom and I have ever had. We can’t stop talking about how great it was.
  39. s

    susiecat

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with my family. Everything was amazing. Wonderful fine dining experience!
  40. j

    joye

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire dining experience was amazing! Our server Ben was great very personable and explained each course very well. Each course was amazing! Ready to go back today!

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Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts is rated 4.8 stars by 525 OpenTable diners.

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5730 North 30th street Building 22, Omaha, NE 68111

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sorenson Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Old Market

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lot parking is available to our lunch and dinner guests.

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lunch: Chase Grove; Dinner: James Davis

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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