V.Mertz

4.8
1171 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 Menus.


Perfect for business or pleasure, V. Mertz is the premier fine-dining restaurant in Omaha.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, starting at 5:30 pm

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Phone number
(402) 345-8980
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jon Seymour
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Private party facilities
V. Mertz offers semi-private dining for parties of 10 or less, in an area of the restaurant many guests refer to as “the wine room”. This provides an ideal table for 6-10 guests, where business conversations or private celebrations can be held without interruption from other guests of the restaurant.

We are always willing to discuss closure of the entire restaurant for private parties of 30 or more guests.
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Private party contact
Matthew Brown: (402) 345-8980
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Cross street
11th Street
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Parking details
Street parking in the Old Market is free after 5:00 pm nightly, and there are several covered and uncovered private pay lots scattered throughout the area. The closest private pay lot is located on the southeast corner of 11th and Harney Street, one block from the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
V. Mertz offers a 3 course Prix Fixe menu for $35 per person, available Tuesday through Thursday, with the exception of Berkshire Hathaway weekend and holidays. We also offer a 5 ($60) and 8 ($100) course tasting menu nightly. Advanced notice is recommended when opting for the tasting menu.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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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
123 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
17 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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OT
1 review
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
1 review
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
5 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
58 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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m
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timers - this spot is amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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F
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful shared plates and small plates. Perfect for sharing for three women.

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w
Omaha
64 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS always, Mertz excelled!
Cheese plate to share with Cava; two snappers expertly prepared with a great Sancerre!
Will return more often!

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

Delightful evening, BUT there needs to be lighting and a color line on the brick steps leading down to the lower eating area and bathrooms. A real catastrophe waiting to happen when a guest takes a plunge because one doesn’t notice all of the steps. Please consider this suggestion — very scary!!!!

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J
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

V. Mertz was as lovely as it always is. I love the staff, they are polite, accommodating and generous. We were a table of 5 and we were able to enjoy much of the tasting menu. The server was attentive and knowledgeable, all items were prepared beautifully and the technique was perfection on all dishes.

It was as memorable an experience as I’ve come to expect.

More people should go, keep this Omaha institution going!

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a magnificent restaurant, with amazing service, and beautiful food playing/presentation. I loved how they have really figured out service delivery and delighted us at every turn - an amuse-bouche, wine pairing recommendations, really took care of us. Always impressed by the Omaha food scene everytime I'm in town

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NS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, awesome food, special place.

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m
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was probably our fifth time at VMertz; and it was the best one of all! The food was extraordinarily good---we took some of the recommendations letting the owner and chef choose our cheese choices as an appetizer. My husband and I shared the braised beef heart small plate (it was actually good!), and then we each chose a different entre. My husband's Waigyu beef was just about the best beef I had ever tasted (and I have had Kobe beef in Kobe, Japan.) My yellowfin was also done to perfection. What makes this restaurant float way above others in Omaha? The knowledgeable staff and their explanations, the ambieance they create, but mostly the food they craft. Yes we had beef and fish, but it was elevated to not only beautifully arranged plates, and there were unusual combinations that complemented the protein. I just don't think you ever find the combinations and quality of ingrediants at any other Omaha restaurant. I can unequivably recommend this restaurant and feel assured that my friends and family will share a very similar experience.

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DS
Omaha
66 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. This is our go to place every month for their new monthly tasting menu.

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KK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend's favorite restaurant. Will definitely be our 'special occassion' go-to spot!

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l
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

our meal was fabulous. I feel our waiter may not have been as experienced or was really distracted by another table that was ordering some very expensive wines, which he was catering to more than the other patrons, including us. David. our service in the past has been exceptional. this time -n definitely not so much.

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T
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love what Jake pulls off. We’d follow him anywhere. That being said, the tasting menu did not disappoint. Solid plays on classic dishes with a lot of eye-opening, jaw dropping surprises.

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TC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The flavors were exciting. The service was fantastic. We continued to talk about how much we enjoyed the whole experience for days following our visit.

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MT
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 5

I really wanted to like this place. Everything was setting up for the perfect evening out for our special occasion... great ambiance, good server, amazing menu (ordered the $125 American Wagyu steak)... so imagine my horror when the steak came out, and right after placing it on the table, the server poured sauce all over it... the $125 steak.... covered in sauce...

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WW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu is always excellent. I love the variety of food. Cocktails are always interesting and very tasty. All wines are also excellent.

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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fine dining in an iconic Downtown setting without being touristy. Imaginative food perfectly executed.

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