About V.Mertz

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.

1022 Howard Street
Omaha, NE 68102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, starting at 5:30 pm

Cross Street:
11th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(402) 345-8980

Website:
http://www.vmertz.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Jon Seymour

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.

Private Party Contact:
Matthew Brown: (402) 345-8980

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

V.Mertz Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
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Good for Anniversaries (25)
Romantic (24)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

This is a place that will not disappoint. From the time you walk in the door, until you leave, the staff treats you like a valued guest. Drinks and food are exceptional. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Omaha)·Dined 3 days ago

This remains my favorite restaurant in the metro. We're there every month for the new tasting menu. Always a pleasure.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

This was an amazing find. The food presentation and quality would be similar to 2-3 star michellian restaurant in any other town. Prices were very reasonable.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Repeat diner there. One of the more upscale and professionally presented dining experiences. The staff enjoy their food creations and their wine recommendations always work. Will go back assuredly.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

It certainly is not a cheap date, but it is a one-of-a-kind experience here in Omaha. So much fun, best service and cocktails around.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Prompt, knowledgeable, courteous staff supporting delicious artisan foods. It was a real treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere! Great yet unique menu! We went for a double date and we had a wonderful time. We were greeted as soon as we walked in and seated after our name was given. Our coats were taken away and drink menus were promptly given. The dinner menu was very unique and delicious! The deserts were delectable! I would highly recommend! Just be willing to spend a little more!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (México)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and presentation was fab! Our experience from the minute we walked in was great

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was delicious! We’ve been to similar restaurants, and the portion sizes are better here. The ambiance was nice, and we even received a special menu for our anniversary.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My steak was awful. I ordered the most expensive steak and it was tough! The meal selection, including dessert, was much too limited! Let's just say, the food did not set well with me at all! I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone! Terribly over-priced for what you get!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It’s been a while since we had been to V Mertz. It has always been good but very pricy for Omaha. We were pleasantly surprised that prices were much more in line with other upscale dining in Omaha. The charcuterie board and artisanal cheeses were excellent, as were the other small plates. The entrees were good, but a little off from the outstanding small plates. All in all, a great special occasion place.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Loved every moment as always! I’ve been here many times before and it was a pleasure to bring my wonderful parents here for their first time!

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great dining experience! You will be impressed if you haven't been there before.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Went for our wedding anniversary. No acknowledgement or warm welcome. While the waiter was knowledgeable, not welcoming. It was our first time there and no one asked if it was our first or special occasion. Not very busy on a Tuesday night and it seemed that the servers were disinterested. Sat us next to a large party. No romantic ambiance. Took quite a long time to get our wine or be acknowledged by the waiter. Food was good, but too salty. We were disappointed after hearing great things about the restaurant. I would not go back for a while. Other places in town seem to value their customers more.

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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Perfect as always. We are regulars there monthly for their tasting menu. Each month its new and innovative.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great experience! My wife and I went to V. Mertz for our anniversary. Fantastic service, exquisite food. I had the wagyu ny strip, my wife had a shoulder beef cut that was all very tasty. Good portions, maneagable and a great experience. The only downside was some douchebag at another table who could not use an “inside voice”. To be fair, it was not V. Mertz’s issue. I would go back to V. Mertz in a minute.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Beautiful food. Great wine. Outstanding service.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was great though we were disappointed in the desserts. Very unique flavors and incredible creativity and beautifully served—a feast for your eyes. We will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Absolutely outstanding! Excellent food; wine and service.
Our server, Dylan provided fantastic service.
A wonderful evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They rank five stars in all three important categories of fine dining. Food, service and ambiance. If I am ever back in Omaha I will certainly try to fit them in our schedule. Also, they provided an important thing we were looking for, they emphasize locally grown and raised items on their menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent as usual. David, the waiter was very knowledgeable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was our 3rd visit to V. Mertz, and every visit is special. The menu varies so you never have the same items to choose from. The service is professional and unobtrusive. The food - always fresh, original, and absolutely amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu was excellent and the service was outstanding. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice place to have dinner and a drink.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 1, 2017

V Mertz has the best atmosphere and service staff in Omaha. The food is consistently exceptional and the wine list can't be beat. We selected it for a birthday dinner and it was the exact experience we expected: a quiet, elegant atmosphere with exceptional service and outstanding food and drinks. There are a handful of fine dining restaurants in Omaha that do not disappoint. V Mertz is at the top of that list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very romantic and great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Amazing. Why is everyone not at this place every night!

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Went to V. Mertz to celebrate my wife's birthday and our anniversary. We did the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was delicious. The cocktails we ordered before and after the meal were excellent. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the courses and answered any question we had in regards to the food or drinks. Price wise I couldn't afford to eat there every night but we will try to go back at least once a year.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

V. Mertz was a great experience! Thank you for making our birthday celebration awesome.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've been twice and it was as good this time as last. Everything is great but I always appreciate the first class service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great experience. The chef pairs flavors that are surprising in the most wonderful way. Each ingredient plays with its counterparts to create a symphany in your mouth.
The service is the best in Omaha!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful dining experience with incredible food and an extensive wine list. Expensive, but well worth every penny. We choose the tasting menu each time and are always impressed with the chef's creations!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We're there every month for the new menu. It's the best dining experience in Omaha.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We did not expect to find such fabulous food, wine and atmosphere in Omaha. We had several great meals in your city over our long weekend, thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Located in the bottom part of the street it was a bit difficult to find but was well worth it. The shishito peppers appetizers were amazing - remember to use the sauce and the onion. Ordered the dry aged ribeye and it just melted in my mouth. The knife went through the steak like butter. It is in my top 10 steaks I have ever ate.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 22, 2017

To die for! Great service, great drinks, and excellent food. It has been nine years since I have eaten there, and they have changed ownership, but the core excellent dining experience remains. If you want a special meal in a special place, go!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall very good food and experience. However, my steak was tough and disappointing considering it was supposedly Wagyu Beef. Dinner rolls were pretty plain and dry. Otherwise, creative food with great atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great ambiance adds to the food experience. Great date night with the significant other. Server proceed great service and very knowledgeable of wine selection and meals for the day. Duck breast and the eggplant dishes were amazing.

Great presentation of entrees and appetizers.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always excellent service, great food, with an intimate setting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Epic experience, from the food, wine and the service, easily Omahas best fine dinning spot.

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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfect as always. They have no credible competition in Omaha

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