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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Nebraska

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Nebraska? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (2091)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
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 CHI 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 Jonathan Miller 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.

Top review
AlohaVikes
Dined 5 days ago
What a culinary journey! Traveling for work and received a recommendation. From the small plates, to the scallops, to the dessert, this was an experience! The cab was a great pairing with everything. Our waitress was so helpful in the experience, and it provided a much needed escape to a difficult day.
A photo of Sage Student Bistro - Institute for the Culinary Arts restaurant
4.9
4.9 (608)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
The Sage Student Bistro operates as a customer-focused classroom providing our students an opportunity to refine their culinary, bakery, service, and supervisory skills in a setting where the element of time is as important as the food and service. Because this is a class, the Bistro is open when the students are in session. A standard menu and weekly, student-designed prix fixe specials are offered during dinner. For guests interested in booking a Showcase: Culinary Team Nebraska lunch, reservations can be made at the following website. https://coned.mccneb.edu/wconnect/ace/ShowSchedule.awp?&Mode=GROUP&Group=SPE&Title=Special+Event
Top review
Melissa
Dined 4 days ago
We've been wanting to try this place for a while. It did not disappoint. The food was delicious!
A photo of Odyssey restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1390)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hastings
About the restaurant
Casual, modern, and innovative cuisine, drink and service in the heart of downtown Hastings!

EXPLORE FLAVOR.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
Great service,excellent food and nice atmosphere to enjoy a fine meal.
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4.8
4.8 (1593)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
West Omaha
About the restaurant
At Dolce, we focus on using locally sourced ingredients to prepare the highest quality foods. We are a small intimate restaurant with great service. Reservations are recommended. Dress code is business casual.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 30, 2024
Was a wonderful meal with great service. Will be back more often
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4.9
4.9 (1913)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
A converted boiler room in the Bemis Bag building, built in 1896, The Boiler Room is an ingredient driven modern American/French restaurant. Chef Tim Nicholson's menu changes daily to reflect local farm product availability. Now open five days a week for dinner, offering hand crafted cocktails and an extensive domaine driven Old World wine list.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Amazing food, service was wonderful, the atmosphere is always perfect!
A photo of DISH Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (968)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
For parties of more than 6 people, please call the restaurant, 402-475-9475.

Contemporary Cocktails. Elevated Cuisine.

DISH is an upscale New American restaurant in the heart of downtown Lincoln. We strive to provide an unmatched dining experience from start to finish. Our dedication to our guests shines through our fresh and diverse dining menu; creative, handcrafted cocktails; and professional and knowledgeable service staff. Join us for luncheons, romantic date nights, celebrations, or even a quick snack on the way to a show. We are here to make every occasion even more memorable.

Top review
JDW25vip
Dined 4 days ago
Every plate was a winter. Grilled bread with allium butter, the grilled Napa and arugula salad with marcona almonds, the carrot medley, the miso salmon. The fried chicken was the best I have ever had. The pacing could have been a little slower to allow us to savor the experience, but that's my only complaint. Absolutely a top shelf meal. No surprise the chef is Beard nominated.
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4.7
4.7 (1915)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Venue Restaurant & Lounge is a full-service restaurant in Lincoln, NE. We specialize in affordable quick-service lunches while presenting a fine dining Chef-inspired dinner service. Our nightly features are nothing short of amazing with exclusive finds from around the world. We also offer Catering and Event Services with a large variety of delicious items for any event. We have your event venue covered with 5 private dining rooms, as well as two downtown ballrooms with the Jasmine Room and the Scottish Rite Ballroom.
Top review
SGSNE
Dined on Apr 4, 2024
The food was very good. There could be a few more menu options. I think it's a little overpriced. The ambiance was nice, but noisy. Mallorie was our server and she did an awesome job. Very attentive and friendly. Overall, it was a nice experience. We will return and maybe try something else next time.
A photo of Timbers at Lied Lodge restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1251)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Nebraska City
About the restaurant

For nature-inspired dining at its best, enjoy a meal in the Timbers at Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, Nebraska.

We serve local, sustainable entrees under soaring timbers and alongside sweeping views of Arbor Day Farm.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with outdoor dining available seasonally.

We look forward to serving you in Timbers at Lied Lodge!

Top review
MarceyneHJ
Dined 3 days ago
Beautiful service and food was amazing. I will definitely be back again.
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4.5
4.5 (531)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln
About the restaurant
Dining at Wilderness Ridge becomes an experience as soon as you enter through the over-sized carved front doors. Our friendly staff will seat you in your choice of the casual bar, which features live music most Friday and Saturday evenings, or our more intimate dining room with views of our chefs preparing your favorite entrées.

Our menus change seasonally and feature ingredients from local farms. From crispy salads to juicy burgers, sizzling skillets, fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and steaks done just right, there is something for everyone. And don’t forget about our signature desserts. You won’t want to leave without trying our Triple Chocolate Mousse! To wet your whistle, we offer an extensive wine list, craft beers and signature and seasonal cocktails.

Top review
Car65vip
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Always love going for dinner. We had great service and a nice variety of entree items to choose from. fun new spring cocktails to try too.
A photo of Monarch restaurant
4.0
4 (232)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Old Market
About the restaurant
The Monarch Restaurant, at Omaha’s Hotel Deco, features contemporary cuisine that blends local foods, seasonal twists and dynamic flavors into a culinary experience for the taste buds. We take classic dishes, and transform them for the modern palate. Through our intensive sourcing program, we ensure that we are garnering the absolute best products from local Farms, Ranches, and Distilleries. From our classically inspired cocktails, exclusive theatre menu, and of course our charming dining room and lounge are sure to please.
Top review
Timothyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Cosmopolitans were excellent! The batter on the calamari was way too salty, but our main dishes of a sirloin steak and a pesto pasta dish were delicious. Despite the Calamari that was taken off our bill, we had an enjoyable meal at Monarch and will return in the future.
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