About Boiler Room
Omaha, NE 68102
A converted boiler room in the Bemis Bag building, built in 1896, The Boiler Room is an ingredient driven modern American/French restaurant. Chef Paul Kulik's menu changes daily to reflect local farm product availability. Now open six days a week for dinner, offering hand crafted cocktails and an extensive domaine driven Old World wine list.
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
11th and Jones
$31 to $50
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Reserved street parking available immediately in front of the restaurant free of cost.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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Boiler Room Ratings and Reviews
Free parking out front - if there's a pa ...
Free parking out front - if there's a parking spot available. Otherwise, paid parking is available nearby.
Dining room was spacious, with somewhat odd paintings of food on the walls. Bathrooms are outside of a fire door, are quite utilitarian and have the typical East Omaha smell.
The menu is creative and very, very limited. You need to familiarize yourself with it before you go and be ready to accept that the focus is very much on serving a large portion of protein with small, ornamental sides - more of a garnish than a side. Substitutions are frowned upon, although the chef did allow me to make a substitution on one side because of a food intolerance. With the Wagyu beef, you have no choice on how you want it cooked - on the rare side of medium rare. (I objected and my beef came out WELL - completely ruined a fantastic cut of beef.) The bread served before the meal is a very pungent rye bread, and there is no creativity in its serving - small chunks are just dropped on the tiny bread plate. If you don't like rye bread there are no alternatives.
The service seemed to be focused on the tables of 4 or more, rather than on the tables of 2, which is a pity, since I was there for a special occasion. The servers and the maitre d' work together through the experience - topping off waters, sometimes clearing plates, but everyone seems to enjoy folding napkins that a guest has set down on a chair when they excuse themselves. Rather a pretentious touch, when there were other services that could have been rendered instead (clearing plates, wiping off crumbs, refreshing the lonely lime slice that was offered for an entire bottle of sparking water which was left uncapped for an hour and a half . . .) I felt judged by our waitress because of my food intolerances and my desire to have my beef cooked to my pleasure; service was noticeably lacking after we placed the order.
More adventurous, hip eaters would probably enjoy this experience more than we did.
My wife and I dined here at 5:30pm on a ...
My wife and I dined here at 5:30pm on a Wednesday evening in January. Alec was our server. We had the pleasure of experiencing a great meal with notably competent staff! The house charcuterie was the first food item on the table, which we chose to enjoy with a craft cocktail - mine was a tequila cocktail with a very tasteful amount of habanero influence. Alec ascertained our general wine preference with a couple quick questions and chose one for us that he thought would pair well with my monkfish and my wife's John Dory: both of these were flavorful dishes. It was a Sancerre from the Loire Valley, and I believe it was a Sauvignon blanc. On its own the wine was perfectly acidic with so much green apple, pear and bright citrusy floral aromas. We loved it! With my lobster-like monkfish, gnocchi and fennel in a saffron-lobster broth, I felt like this crisp, citrusy, medium-high acid wine changed completely. Now it was very creamy, and a new bouquet opened up for me. Wonderful pick, Alec!
We ended the meal not with dessert, but with a savory alternative instead: yellowfin tuna from the small plates menu. Alec brought a couple glasses of another white wine he felt paired with the tuna very well. It was a pleasure to be a sponge around someone so competent with wine and cocktails. Alec was great.
The ambiance was a pleasure, the food was fantastic, the wine and cocktails met all my expectations. We'll be back for sure.
We had a wonderful experience at the Boi ...
We had a wonderful experience at the Boiler Room for our 10th Anniversary. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the vast wine and cocktail selection and helped us choose wisely based on our food selection. We would highly recommend the Boiler Room for special occasions!
All in all, yes we will definitely go ba ...
All in all, yes we will definitely go back. The food made it well worth it. But it was clear our waitress was spread too thin, not her fault, but a management error for sure. Due to that it took forever to get initial service at our table. Our waitress made up for it though after we voiced our disappointment. The bartender, although sporting a major ego/attitude mixed good drinks, just hope to God that when you are there he doesn't have friends come in; as soon as that happened he totally ignored us...this is not an over-exaggeration at all. He even asked us to move down a few seats to accommodate his friends' plates of food on the bar. I'm sorry, but we were there first, were comfortable, and if they want that much food, get a G.D. table! I guess at least he finally acknowledged us...So go for the food and hope for a different bartender and full staff...also request to sit upstairs, not on the lower floor, all ambience is lost down there.
Steelhead appetizer was amazing with jus ...
Steelhead appetizer was amazing with just a perfect touch on the trout; branzini deboned by staff was also very good--a few too many French lentils, not enuf beets, but who's to complain!
Wait staff very helpful and unobtrusive--a real plus in our minds.
We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary at The Boiler Room last week. It was the first time we had been there and, coincidentally, there was a review in the Omaha World-Herald just a few days after we had made our reservations. The review proved to be on point! Everything we ate was exceptionally tasty. From the house made charcuterie and grana padano stuffed sausage, to the chicken confit and wagyu beef steak, all were well prepared and presented with a flourish. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful in explaining the various dishes on the menu. We will definitely go back again, especially for the charcuterie! The menu changes often and while it isn't a "large" menu, we still had several different choices we wanted to try.
Took almost an hour for our entrees to c ...
Took almost an hour for our entrees to come out of the kitchen. It was a weekday and not that busy. The waiter said everyone was sat at once. They were out of both duck dishes and there was no salad or greens on the menu.
This was a weekend dinner, with reservat ...
This was a weekend dinner, with reservations, for first-time diners. The swordfish was delicious as was the sirloin. They have a wide variety of wines. Ours went well with the meals. Cinnamon dessert was plenty for two. Service was fine. Pricing is at a special occasion level. We will go back when we can. Restaurant is now on our short list of favorites in Omaha.
Our entire party was underwhelmed by the ...
Our entire party was underwhelmed by the food and the service. We started with the calamari. Although the calamari itself was well prepared, the dish had pockets of pure salt in it, essentially ruining it. When one of our guests asked to substitute a side on an entree, we were told the chef would prefer not to since they carefully craft the flavor profile of the dish. While I am sure this is absolutely true, it is also absolutely horrible service and uneccessisarly pretenious. When you serve a handful of entrees, you should be prepared to have a little flexibility in protein and side pairings. While the one fish entree we ordered was good, the two beef entrees were tough and unevenly cooked... one coming out sub-rare and the other medium+. Both were ordered medium rare. For the price, there are numerous other choices for fine food and excellent service. The wine list and suggestions were fantastic, however.
Excellent in almost all respects. Prices ...
Excellent in almost all respects. Prices are significantly high and over the top. Definitely for most "regular" people this would be a special occasion venue only and one for which people saved up.
All of our food was superior - so was the wine. I have a hard time paying $30 or more for a meal that might be more like one reasonably priced in the "high teens" to low 20's. Such high prices might diminish the experience if on a budget (even for a special occasion) or if not floating in big money.
Great fun watching meals being prepared in the kitchen below. Wait staff friendly and informative. We had a lovely dinner and all agreed it was "an experience" and not just dinner. Will save up so we can do this again sometime.
Just love this place - always a special ...
Just love this place - always a special treat - from the handcrafted aperitif to the after meal cheese plate sooo perfect - dinner for three with wine and appetizers was approx $200 a deal for food this special and the atmosphere - I should treat myself more often - you should too!
one of our favorite places to eat in oma ...
one of our favorite places to eat in omaha: rich, elegant old-world decor and beautifully presented, delicious, very fresh food...i was impressed that the waiter knew what our allergies were from when we had been there before. it has become our go-to halloween get-away.
It seems the quality of the food is slid ...
It seems the quality of the food is sliding. We had the same fish that we have had on two different occasions. This time it just tasted bland and greasy. Truly a disappointment. Probably won't go back. Too bad really because the first time we were there a year ago we thought, finally, a great restaurant for seafood. The atmosphere is delightful but the food just not consistent enough.
Our meals at The Boiler Room Restaurant ...
Our meals at The Boiler Room Restaurant was amazingly delicious. We had the swordfish and the salmon entrees, as well as cheeses as appetizers and a beautiful chocolate dessert we shared. We started with hand crafted cocktails that were exceptional and a glass of wine with dinner. It was one of the finest meals I have had in many months! I will be back soon!
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