V.Mertz

4.8
1187 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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 Century Link 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 Jacob Newton 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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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday. Fabulous food and excellent service. Had the best hot toddy ever. Highly recommend.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

V Mertz is one of our favorites. We love everything about the restaurant. Highly recommend.

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NT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Omaha, the ambiance is amazing, they have an amazing wine list, & the staff are top notch. Try the NY strip.

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

Great service

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My girlfriend and I were visiting from NY. To be clear we were not expecting Michelin quality food, but this meal was bad in a different way than just dining outside of Manhattan is.

We did the tasting menu which was reasonably priced at $80 for 6 courses. The cocktails ranged from 10-15. Opt for wine or beer, besides being poorly crafted they were fairly uninteresting.

The space itself is stunning, but it is furnished by lawn chairs concealed by dingy white padding. In case you forgot where you made your reservation, VMertz is plastered on all of the furniture.

The biggest problem was the length of the menu. It took three hours for 6 courses. We were not warned, and thankfully didn’t have plans after, but we’ve done dozens of tasting menus and are ALWAYS told about the time, especially if it will go over 2 hours. It is quite inexcusable as we’ve done 14-18 courses in 2 hours multiple times.

Every course deserves heavy criticism and there was not a single redeeming dish, but we’ll highlight a few particularly bad points.

The first non-amuse course included oysters. My girlfriend isn’t a fan, so we asked they be omitted, but the chef refused. I would have eaten them, but both of mine had sand in them.

Three courses had sauces or soup poured out of a large carafe. The server poured directly over meat (amateur hour!) twice and I had to stop him from pouring one directly over A5 wagyu. This sauce was wine-y and ruined my girlfriends otherwise well cooked beef tongue.

The cookie was made with a rancid animal fat instead of oil, the smell was off putting. In general, vinegar was over incorporated and everything was under salted except the steak.

Besides the cookie and sauces everything was actually cooked well. The restaurant would be fine if they stopped over saucing and dropped the tasting and pretense. A tasting menu should be driven by an idea. It is not 6 disparate dishes thrown together.

This restaurant is like a child’s idea of fine dining.

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MW
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will forever remember our 11th Anniversary meal with V.Mertz , what a fantastic meal all the way around. Impeccable service, a quiet cozy atmosphere yet you do not overhear conversations at other tables. The food was so complex and rich with taste and flavor you could not even begin to unpack the layers. The suggestions for drinks to pair with the meal were spot on and contributed well to the meal as a whole. We already consider this the best meal we have had dining out (including the restaurant in LaJolla California on our Honeymoon) and look forward with great anticipation to the next time we have the privilege to dine at V. Mertz again, especially as it is right here in Omaha! Thank you for a truly wonderful meal!

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g
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

been a fan since 1981 and every time it has always been better ,and it was amazing in 1981

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J
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a date took my fiancé here and she loved it worth the drive

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KA
Boise
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is so nice when you read reviews and get suggestions on where to dine at a wonderful place and your expectations are excited. Service, Food, Suggestions were all wonderful.

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great visit as usual. We always like to come for a pre Christmas dinner. Excellent food; wine & outstanding service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Excellent wine! And our server Terrance was awesome!

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W
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual...wonderful experience. The best in Omaha.

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KT
Caribbean
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always wanted to dine here on our annual treks to the BRK annual meeting in May, but can never get in. Finally booked it one evening while passing though Omaha in November. Well worth it.

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JS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server couldn’t have been more accommodating. The pumpkin bread was amazing, as was the Waygu beef dish. Very romantic and quaint.

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SL
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! The Charcuterie was delicious! The seasonal smoked mushroom popover was so yummy. The wage steak was cooked to perfection the brandy peppercorn cream sauce was perfect! Yummy!!!!!

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H
Omaha
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are looking to celebrate a really special occasion we tend to choose V.Mertz. This time it, again, did not disappoint. It was a little louder than normal due to a large group being there. The food and service was superb, although they have changed their steak option and it was not quite as good as it used to be.

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DS
Omaha
66 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place for fine dining. Excellent as always.

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OK
Oklahoma City
128 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A good tasting menu with about 1/2 the wine pairings really working. Portions a bit small but very artistic. If all the pairings had been complementary instead of some being sharp contrasts it would have been a more satisfying meal. They clearly try hard but miss Michelin star category with more glitz and slightly too little attention to finely balanced flavors and pairings.

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C
Omaha
18 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, enjoyed the testing menu with wine pairing. Very knowledgeable server about the wine and food, top notch service.

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service and food was worth it for the price. If you’re gonna splurge go here.

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a great time. Appetizer, entree, and desert were all great. The wine pairing(s) at the suggestion of the waiter made for an all around memorable experience. For us, this is a destination dining experience and a for sure stop on our next trip through Omaha.

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WP
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was awesome and we had a great time!

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was thoughtful and delicious. This is a wonderful spot for a quiet dinner. Every thing served was lovely.

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

V. Mertz is an absolute gem - service is beyond excellent, food is always delightful; my husband and I are determined to become more regular patrons.

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CK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very knowledgeable staff. Menu selections creative and delicious.

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

This place is a gem. The menu is always changing so you will have a unique expeeience even if you have dined at the restuarant before.

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

Celebrated our Anniversary with a cozy dinner for two. They had congratulations on the top of our printed menus; it was a nice touch. V Mertz is one of our favorite restaurants and everything was good this time, however, there was no "WOW" moment in our meal. We've had those moments here before but no single course blew either of us away this time. Everything was technically correct and the ingredients are excellent but technical expertise and precise attention to detail doesn't necessarily equate to creative genius. That's just us though, someone else might've been thrilled. The Service was also excellent but pacing was slightly slow between courses. The dining experience was still quite good and we enjoyed it.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a few small plates so we could taste more unique dishes. It was wonderful!

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JB
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, V Mertz was excellent. Our waiter was experienced, friendly and helpful. Our food was excellent.

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TK
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I dined here for our 22nd anniversary for our first time visit & we must say it was spectacular!! We LOVED the food & what was super cool was they created our menu that said “Happy 22nd Anniversary” to our surprise!!! Definitely going to visit this establishment again!!!

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FE
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated a birthday and one member of our party got the tasting menu, two ordered entrees, and two ordered off the small plates section. We all enjoyed sharing and getting to try the different dishes. The staff provided a description of the item and was very willing to answer questions about techniques, ingredients, and dish development. The meal was highly enjoyable and delicious.

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OT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in Omaha. Waiter was knowledgeable, attentive, but not intrusive. Food was artfully crafted and delicious. If you want to romance a gal, or even give her a ring, it might be worth doing here.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made my 25th anniversary special. Even printed it in our menu. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the wines and all the food. Very enjoyable experience!

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is wonderful. Service was superb. Will eat here before the symphony again.

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OT
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town family can into Omaha. We went to V Mertz for dinner and to experience the old market. The food and service was great. Our relatives thought the meal was one of the best they have ever experienced.

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DB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Omaha for a weekend trip, looking to celebrate a milestone anniversary, and everyone told us to try V.Mertz. That was superb advice - we shared five small plates and two desserts; each plate was a delight, with seasonal ingredients, unusual combinations (say, watermelon and caviar) that paired wonderfully, and great attention to detail in preparation. The service was equal to the food, and the atmosphere - in what seems to be a re-purposed old brick warehouse in the Old Market district - was equally suited to an extraordinary dining experience. Well worth the trip to Omaha!

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MM
Sacramento
60 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Omaha! The chef is very talented. Creative delicious food! Romantic ambiance. Excellent wine list. The tasting menu is fabulous!

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D
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely fabulous and creative. Wine list is extensive in all price ranges. Server was attentive and professional. Always a five star evening out!

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L
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great meal. It was a new cuisine that we enjoyed. We shared a lot of small plates with lots of new tastes and preparation. Bravo Chef! Our waiter was great and provided great service. This is even a higher level than V. Mertz has been at before.

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DS
Omaha
66 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always. We sample tasting menus in high end restaurants around the country, and V Mertz can compete with the best and often outdo them. We keep coming back every month to see whats new and are not disappointed.

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