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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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.6

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4.7

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4.4

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Romantic (27)
Fit for Foodies (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Special Occasion (20)
Cozy (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Omaha)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfect as always. They have no credible competition in Omaha

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyable meal but some of the ingredients didn’t quite fit together; the chef seemed to be trying a bit too hard.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great spot for an anniversary dinner. Service is always great and they make memorable dining experiences.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was spectacular and service was excellent, as usual.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fabulous, as always. David, our waiter, makes meal even more special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Never disappoints. My favorite restaurant in Omaha.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Our waiter was very nice and extremely knowledgeable of the menu items. The food was very flavorful and very good!! I would recommend this restaurant as a great place to impress a date.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Come here about once a year with family from out of town and it's our go to spot. Never disappoints. Food is amazing and the atmosphere is wonderful.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 9, 2017

My all time favorite. We were at Equinox two weeks ago in DC, a high end restaurant a block from the White House, and this is easily as good or better.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Wonderful spot in Omaha's old Market area. Fantastic food and atmosphere. Extensive wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 23, 2017

This restaurant never fails to impress. Great food, great service, great overall experience. Took my wife for her birthday and had a blast. We do frequent quite often and highly recommend. Steve, Lincoln ne

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Best restaurant in town! Romantic date or special occasion, no better place. Wine list is exquisite as is the food and the service. We just let David "drive" anymore and the result is phenomenal. I had a duck breast in a blueberry reduction/sauce that was out of this world.
Once again, home run! Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had the vegan tasting menu. Outstanding. Every dish was superb and completely unexpected. Service is incredibly professional. The whole experience was remarkable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Outstanding culinary experience. Too bad my wife and I had a server that pulled down our overall dining experience. He was efficient, but had no personality, no interaction with us and left us with the feeling that while the food was quite amazing the management doesn't train its servers to accentuate the dining experience. The food combinations were some of the best we've ever had, outstanding foie gras, excellent cheese selection and wonderful halibut and swordfish meals.
For us, we prefer friendly waiters not French snob-type servers.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is a very romantic setting. The staff goes out of their way to please you. The food was fabulous and perfect for a special occassion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We did the chefs tasting menu with wine.
Epic meal and wine, along with the best service in Omaha. Not sure you can get a better gig than this place.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for years but it seems the changes in staff and the chef have truly taking it from one of the best in Omaha to just an average restaurant We are venture eaters but I have to say after ordering the pork Lardo we need to rethink that strategy. Guacamole wrapped in pork fat simply awful

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Amazing! We've waited how many years to dine here and it was magnificent! We will have to return shortly as its worth every penny! The service was impeccable and the food was fabulous and inventive!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The tasting menu on our visit was exceptional. Included the wine flight which complimented the meal.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Always the best
A 2-3 hour experience...

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

It was ok they have a unique idea on the food but I wasn't blown away by it. I was blown away by the price... I left there like ehhh... not sure if I'll be back or not. Service was slow.

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

We have typically been been very happy with the food and service at VMertz in the past. It's been 5 years since we had dinner there. The halibut was average at best ( with sauce to cover up the fish taste and our waiter was not friendly after we turned down his recommendation for one of the higher priced wines. We will try it again and hope this was an isolated situation.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Christine was a great server. She explained and answered all questions we had about the latest menu. Every item we ordered was perfect. The presentation is always fun.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent food, service, and ambiance!! We are always impressed by the new recipes and flavors! Love it!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Seasonal
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 29, 2017

My parents and I were in town for a family reunion and had dinner at V.Mertz. Everything was incredible from start to finish and I have been thinking about it since. We are counting down until our next reunion, not to see family but to eat here!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Best service in Omaha, hands down, foods pretty darn good too. An ever changing seasonal menu that is terrific, esp the bone in pork meatball. A must try if it's available.

Tags: Special Occasion
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