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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4.9

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4.5

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
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Good for a Date (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Business Meals (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food! The chefs here pride themselves on delicious, unique combinations that you don’t know you’ll love until the first bite and leaving you satisfied with the last. The service is normally top notch, and, whether it’s your first time at a more upscale restaurant or not, they will go the extra mile to ensure you’re experience is phenomenal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing, as always. We have never had a bad experience. The service is terrific and my husband and I so look forward to the creativity of the chef and bar service with their menu and cocktail options. Definitly our favorite for special occasions!

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 (Omaha)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day - We had the surf and turf. The lobster was Chewy and cold. The steak was fair. The waiter was very friendly although he had some bad breath when he got close to me. The bill was about $150 For two meals and a bottle of $35 wine.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent meal.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was exceptional, as was dinner.

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

V Mertz was great. Our server Dylan was very knowledgeable and guided us to a great bottle of wine. Our meals were also perfect, we had the lamb and the pork duet. Will for sure be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our waiter, Dillon, was awesome. He did a great job helping us make selections and describing all the options.

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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I've been to high restaurants around the country. Was just to Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. V Mertz can stand toe to toe with the best of them.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Professional service and excellent food. Charming ambience.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted a special night out. V. Mertz provided the meals, service and setting to help make our celebration memorable. From our entry to the restaurant until the moment we left the staff was fully present for us without being overbearing. We will remember and look forward more special occasions!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Incredible cheese plate to start, perfectly prepared entrees (one seafood and one pork) and an incredible dessert. Service was close to perfect. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful ambiance, but I was surprised at the limited food options, especially for someone looking for a healthier option

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Stunning evening out. It had been more than 20 years since my last visit as I have moved from NE. V. Mertz didn’t disappoint and the experience was as special as I remember back in the day. Food and wine were top notch. I would recommend this experience to absolutely everyone. A special evening that is unique to Omaha and a true gem.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Started with Russian caviar which was wonderful. Tried several small plates that were very good and ended with some cheese. Exceptional. Good wine list. Nice and cozy in a quaint atmosphere. Very good service. Best restaurant I’ve been to in Omaha.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Just great

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Omaha)·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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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 30, 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 29, 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 29, 2017

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

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 23, 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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vip
 (Omaha)·Dined on December 23, 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 23, 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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 (Omaha)·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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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 12, 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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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 9, 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 9, 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 8, 2017

Beautiful food. Great wine. Outstanding service.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 6, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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 2, 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 2, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 2, 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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 (Omaha)·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 November 30, 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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