V.Mertz

4.8
1209 reviews
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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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JH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience at V-Mertz. David never fails to take excellent care of us. Thank you.

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was cozy and romantic surpassed only by the quality of service and attention from the staff. Extraordinaire is a word to describe how delectable was the food. Every dish was more amazing than the last. The crab salad was an unbelievable combination of flavors. Foie gras was great. The trout unlike any combination of flavors...kumquats added nice contrast. Oh I dream of my next trip to Omaha to visit V. Mertz. My only complaint was the volume of others conversations. In a small space, sound carries. Overall excellent experience.

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D
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Apparently the Chef is more concerned with JMes Beard ratings that he is with providing a menu that includes choices for everyone. No green salad. No potato choices. Limited entree choices. What choice would there be for children: kale greens, grilled cabbage salad. This menu is not appropriate for a midwestern restaurant. The bar could not make a Bloody Mary or a Margarita. That was ridiculous

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MD
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

VMertz has the best service and environment for find dining in Omaha. The food is innovative and delicious and the staff are professional and knowledgeable about food and wine. This is my favorite place in the city for a dinner date or a quiet evening alone.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I only marked service as lower due to an order of caviar never making it to us. Being gluten free also seems to impact the dishes pretty heavily as far as presentation, but was still delicious. Our server was very friendly and prompt on everything else.

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JW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening for my wife and myself. Thank you to the Chefs and staff at V.Mertz. Always the best dining experience.

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BM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the Tasting Menu and it was absolutely amazing. Truly enjoyed the wine pairing with it and having each wine and course explained.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, all were very attentive and helpful

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

V. Mertz is an excellent restaurant -- well trained wait staff and bar tenders, cozy and romantic ambiance in a cool location within the Old Market Passageway, and delicious food from a creative menu. Because of its high price, I would recommend dining there on only the most special of occasions.

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JU
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place!the food is awesome, service is great, it never ceases to impress!

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BJ
Omaha
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We adore V. Mertz! Every time we go it’s fabulous, from the French Martini to the charcuterie to the wine and the main entrees. The service is exemplary and the atmosphere sublime! I had the ocean trout and it was amazing! It reminded me of salmon and was very flavorful. Lovely desserts and after-dinner drinks. It is, and always will be, one of our very favorite spots in Omaha.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at V Mertz and will not be our last! We were seated right away when we arrived and we greeted promptly by our waitress. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us her recommendations which did not disappoint. For our main dishes I had the Waygu New York strip which was the best cut of meat I have ever had! She had the pork duet which she loved and could say enoug good things about it! We will dine again with VMertz in the future!

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CT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and food. It is a little bit more expensive but not outrageous by any means. It's a nice restaurant so its expected that the food isn't "cheap." Great location as well! Perfect for a date. Took my boyfriend when he came to town for Valentines Day.

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EA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

V. Mertz was truly a wonderful dining experience. From the minute we arrived till we left, everything was great. I had the my strip paired with a red reccomend by the waiter (who was very knowledgeable about everything from drinks to food).

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NP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, never been disappointed. Can get a bit spendy but you get what you pay for too.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love to visit! Knowledgeable and helpful!

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EP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The made my 26th birthday a REALLY SPECIAL day. I would go there anytime again.

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T
Omaha
52 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 6 started with meat and cheese plates. They were beautiful and tasty. I had a small foie gras for dinner because I ate too much cheese. My dinner mates had duck breast, chicken, smoked mushroom popovers and steak. Everyone comments the food was excellent. Ask for wine suggestions-we had Chablis and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would describe the experience as impeccable. Attentive, traditional service. Enjoyed the amuse bouche, lamb with blueberry jus and Nantucket scallops. Very good and well paired with cotes du rhone. Nice selection of wines and cocktails- reasonably priced at that. So good thus far that I decided on a bite of dessert. Wonderful selections of cheeses and creme brulee were quite nice paired with champagne cocktail, although a bit sweet! Overall, the value was appropriate for the quality. I was surprised by the pistachio maccaroon at the end as I have had horrible experiences with macaroons in the past. This maccaroon put my doubts to bed. It was a delightful little treat to end the evening. Thank you, Dylan T, for a wonderful dining experience.

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JM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So far best restaurant in Omaha..great atmosphere, great service, creative and high quality food. Can be a little expensive so great for a special occasion!

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

Food was delicious as always. Service was great, and the Sommelier picked us a great wine.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
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 on January 18, 2019
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 12, 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 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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 22, 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 15, 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 8, 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 7, 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 November 30, 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 29, 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 29, 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 23, 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 14, 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 2, 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
130 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 27, 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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