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V.Mertz

4.9
4.9
1809 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 Amanda Sheeler 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Contemporary French, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (402) 345-8980

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Miller

  • 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 20 or more guests.

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Brown: (402) 345-8980

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Old Market

  • Cross street

    11th Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking in the Old Market is readily available most weeknights, 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,809 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Great for fine wines

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    Romantic

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    Contemporary American

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

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    Best Value

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    Great for fine wines

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    Romantic

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    Good for special occasions

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  1. BJ

    BrettJ

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, atmosphere and location
  2. DL

    DavidLeslie

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect all around experience. The ambiance, culinary team and of course the meal. Until next time! Thank you.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall good experience, appetizer, entree and dessert was pretty good. Little higher end of price but overall well worth it. Wish my gf was with me but she’s not here. Will definitely be back to try the Tomahawk steak. Old fashioned was a little skimpy, only downfall which was disappointing.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hand down the absolute best food in Omaha! The ambiance is great, the service is fantastic and the food is top-notch!
  5. JA

    JayA

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time celebrating my birthday. Great food, service and atmosphere. Thank you for making things special!
  6. JT

    JoshuaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely lovely evening. The food was amazing, the service was perfect and the ambiance was world class. Best dining experience in Omaha without a doubt
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing, and our server was top notch!
  8. s

    squiddy

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing gastronomic experience! Knowledgeable server, gorgeous atmosphere and perfect timing!
  9. JT

    JohnT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time and found the food, the service, and the space to be exceptional. We tried the tasting menu with wine pairings, and everything was delicious and prepared with great care.
  10. R

    Ryan

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  11. J

    John

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had a bad meal here. Everything is superb. Accommodations for allergies have always been made. Would highly recommend, especially for special occasions. Try the tasting menu with wine pairing, it's well worth it.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful! Can't wait to go back!
  13. JH

    JeffH

    Omaha

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the service was great and the food was delicious. Kendra, our server, was very pleasant and attentive. We had the cheese plate, the tenderloin and the NY strip. Both cooked to perfection.
  14. DW

    DarcyW

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful unique atmosphere, and truly top notch gourmet food. Probably the most beautiful restaurant in Omaha.
  15. LK

    LKVisitor2022

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience for a special evening. Thank you for everything!
  16. WS

    WSGMD

    Omaha

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    I have enjoyed V. Mertz as one of my top 5 restaurants in the area, and have always given it 5 stars. This is the first time I have been disappointed. It took 50 minutes to get our meal...no explanation. I rarely saw the waitress, and finally got up to ask her why the meal was delayed. She gave no apology, no explanation, but simply said it would be there soon. I felt a little like I was bothering her. It just wasn't the kind of service I had previously received there. I hope this isn't a trend.
  17. C

    Chels

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I’ve been looking forward to coming here for almost two years! The ambiance of a quaint little spot in Old Market was truly alluring. Unfortunately, our experience did not live up to expectation, our server started off nice but ended up being inattentive, another server needed to grab our check at the end of dinner. Our main entrees were truly fantastic, be mindful it is a pricey little spot, $90 steak pricey. Dessert along with the service were the killers for me, worst crème brûlée I’ve ever had, too thick of a sugar coat you had to really dig in to get through. Spot is still quaint and the steaks are fantastic but when you’re paying over $200 for two of you I expect much better service and the massacre of crème brûlée is something that just hurt my soul…
  18. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    V.Mertz was fantastic. The environment and vibe is something you can’t find anywhere else in Omaha. The food and service went above my expectations. I will definitely be back in the near future.
  19. MB

    MattB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food and drinks!! We will be back!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my husband’s 35th birthday on Friday 12/23. It was freezing cold in the restaurant but it didn’t matter. Everything from start to finish, including our waitress and the bartender, was outstanding. This was our first visit and we can’t wait to return.
  21. h

    huskerguy

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Good food and service was great but the temperature in the restaurant was cold and very uncomfortable. So we sat and ate in our winter coats. And we hurried through our meal. It was subzero outside but if something can’t be done so that customers are comfortable then perhaps they should tell people that when they makes reservations. But it’s hard to believe that something can’t be done to keep the cold out. Too ‘upscale’ to be cold and rush through our meal.
  22. TS

    TinaS

    Omaha

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    We love V. Mertz and have always had an amazing experience. Unfortunately our last visit was disappointing. The food was presented beautifully and it was very good. Our server was not attentive and we had to "flag" her down on a few occasions to get her attention. This in not the service we have historically had at V. Mertz nor what we would ever expect.
  23. JW

    JimWell

    Jacksonville

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Great food! Service was exceptionally slow. Had to eat in our coats it was so cold & the restaurant wasn’t doing anything to keep patrons warm.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coffee is always good and especially in their vintage china cups. Had a Black Russian with house crafted liqueur and Vodka, excellent. Love the crisp topping of the crème brûlée. We even got to visit with some former neighbors who were also enjoying a Christmas lunch.
  25. SM

    SpenserM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at V Mertz is consistently outstanding. One of our favorite places in Omaha!
  26. OS

    OmahaSarah

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything, as usual! Thank you and Merry Christmas!
  27. R

    Repeat

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently superior in every category—-never disappointed.
  28. GG

    GardenGirl

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johanna was our server. Wonderful food and great service. Old Market and passageway looked so festive. Great date night location.
  29. J

    Johnnyash5

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gold standard of dining in Omaha. Service is outstanding. Food is Outstanding. The room is hard to beat.
  30. PS

    PamS

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    V Mertz is always a great meal and this visit did not disappoint. We agreed the celery soup was fabulous and the garlic mashed potatoes were fabulous. We always ask for David to be our waiter. He is the best in town. Thanks for the wonderful Christmas lunch.
  31. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to visit V Mertz with friends . Great dinner, drinks, laughs and fun !!
  32. TB

    TimB

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server made some great recommendations and was very timely.
  33. MH

    MeganH

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy every experience at V Mertz. The bread was fantastic, as were our various plates, especially the wagyu and the scallops. I was apprehensive about fois gras ice cream, but it was amazing! The ambiance can’t be beat, excellent date night or special occasion spot. At Christmas the lights in Old Market are magical.
  34. JJ

    JodiJ

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at V. Mertz and feel it lived up to its stellar reputation. Our server was attentive and prompt, food was mouth-watering, and the ambiance was delightful (in spite of the table full of drunk people next to us). Our server offered us a different table due to the very energetic people seated next to us, which was quite thoughtful. We were out for a quiet romantic evening and he picked up on that vibe. We will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The service was not up to par with pricing. The dinner was just “ok” nothing special. The cheese plate was underwhelming, the pickles didn’t go with the entire cheese plate. The short ribs rosti was salty, the risotto was just there, filling up a plate…
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about V Mertz
  37. k

    kaym

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome Small and large plates were great. Dessert was amazing too
  38. ZA

    ZacharyA

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding menu with weekly changes & a tasting menu this Omaha stalwart continues to deliver!
  39. T

    Todd

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    The meal itself was disappointing, the poultry was warm, barely certainly have been sitting for sometime before it was delivered to the table. The lamb was extremely undercooked, ordered, medium rare, and it was definitely barely even rare.
  40. CG

    CarolineG

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best restaurant in Omaha. They will accommodate vegan diners which is why we go! Love a place that rotates menu based on what's in season.

FAQs

V.Mertz is rated 4.9 stars by 1809 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for V.Mertz

1022 Howard Street, Omaha, NE 68102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Old Market

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Contemporary French, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking in the Old Market is readily available most weeknights, 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Miller

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (402) 345-8980

  • 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 20 or more guests.

  • Private party contact

    Matthew Brown: (402) 345-8980

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