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About Le Bouillon
Omaha, NE 68102
Tucked into the Old Market, Le Bouillon is a fabulous Omaha, NE tradition. It offers up classic French cuisine in a vibrant and welcoming setting, and uses only locally sourced foods to create unforgettable meals. The wine list changes seasonally, and diners can pop in for raw bar options, lunch, brunch or dinner.
The raw bar at Le Bouillon features daily oyster selection, homemade gravlax and a few charcuterie options for the non-seafood eaters. Dinner emphasizes the French background with choices like pickled onions, pork rillettes, grilled romaine salad, small plates such as frog legs or steak tartar and large plates that can include cassoulet, braised rabbit or the daily catch. Clearly, a meal at Le Bouillon will be inspired and optimally fresh.
Contemporary French, Basque, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Menu 11:30-3:30 Tu-Sa
Dinner Menu 3:30-10 Tu-Sa
Brunch Menu 10-2:30 Su
11th and Howard
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Good, but not great, food and ambiance. Service was just fine. For a meal out in this neighborhood, I'd go back, but not without trying a couple of other places first. On the plus side, this is the second best of about ten restaurants I've eaten at in Omaha.
Nice place. Limited menu but interesting.
It was very empty and somehow the entrees came out one at a time spaced 5 minutes apart. Awkward and unforgivable. I will never return to a Restuarant that doesn't know any better. They need to straighten out their kitchen.
Trying to be sophisticated and can't pull it off. Liver pate beneath 1/2 inch of stone ground mustard. So simple to make and so poorly presented. Go to Bella Rose to see how it should be made. Braised pork was no more than ham and beans in a soup bowl. Man across from us tried to cut his duck and finally gave up and put it in his soup bowl in disgust. Hopefully for the restaurant the chief is on vacation.
We ate a late dinner at Le Bouillon recently. La présentation, le service et le restaurant étaient magnifique but the food was not. Our meals did not match the ambiance of this very cozy venue in the heart of the Market District. I would like to give it another try some day if in the area and would like to think we simply caught the kitchen on an uninspired late evening.
Decent meals, well prepared, but fairly pricey for what is actually solid Bistro food rather than high-end restaurant. Love that items are locally sourced; do not love that oyster bar happy hour is restricted to the poor oysters; love the atmosphere, do not love that a plain gin on the rocks cocktail took 15 minutes to be served. Love what a favorite Omaha chef is aiming for, it just needs a bit more precision and creativity for the price.
My first experience at this restaurant was to celebrate my daughter-in-law's birthday. It's in the space formerly occupied by The French Cafe. The layout has been changed a bit, all for the better, with carpeting to give more warmth, and the tables are spaced comfortably apart from one another. The Maitre' D explained the concept they had for the restaurant and gave an brief but informative orientation to the menu. Emily W. was our server and she was absolutely the best! She was informative about the preparation of some items available and answered each of our questions. Throughout our meal, she was attentive, replaced flatware as needed, and timed the presentation of each course perfectly. We chose to share a starter of pink shrimp presented beautifully on toasted baguette. The menu has several starters, a number of small plates appropriate for sharing, and several large plates. We shared a Spanish tortilla, unlike what one would expect....it was a beautifully-presented egg dish filled with garlic, onion, potato and another item or two, again served with toasted baguette. 2 of our party had the French onion soup and enjoyed the presentation and the soup itself, generous with caramelized onions, cheese and crouton. For an entree I chose the fish special which was cod, served with smoked cauliflower (excellent!), peas and crispy shreds of potato. One lady had the beef tartar as her entree, finding it tasty, rich, and just what she was craving. And the 3rd party ordered the Wagyu skirt steak, present beautifully on a bed of potatoes and a rich a jus; the steak itself was very tender and flavorful. We enjoyed the house wine, though they have a wide variety in their cellars. We were all too full to even consider dessert, but their dessert menu had a variety of items. The total for the meal was higher than moderate, but the ambiance, the quality of the food, and the service all made it a bargain as a fine dining experience.
Went relatively early in the evening, seated very quickly and our server was with us right away. Server was helpful with suggestions and the food was excellent . We hadn't been to the old market in some time, and this was a nice reminder of why welove to go there
Since it opened, we have enjoyed many fun evenings at Le Bouillon. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine and take excellent care of customers. The menu is quite varied, and the chef periodically tweaks regular menu items so they stay fresh according to the season. We took friends there on this last visit and were not disappointed with the menu choices or wines. We love the octopus!! We are relocating and will be unable to return to this restaurant soon. We wish Paul Kulik well - this is a great addition to the Old Market.
One seldom hears the terms “Haute Cuisine” and “Family Friendly” used together in describing a fine dining restaurant. Yet that is exactly what you will find at Le Bouillon in the Old Market Section of Omaha. My wife and I went there for lunch on a Thursday, and liked it so much we went back for their Sunday Brunch. Both were excellent. Lunch included a delicious French Onion soup for me, and a Camembert cheese and apple sandwich for my wife. Brunch was definitely a family affair; both of us had the Canadian Lobster Salad which was outstanding, as was the service and the coffee! Owner/Chef Paul Kulik came out to greet his guests, as well as catch a glimpse of his own young son running throughout the restaurant. There is plenty of space between the tables, so children looking at the eclectic art or exploring the restaurant never seemed to be in the way. In addition to a very nice selection of wines by the glass, Le Bouillon also offers “pots” (pronounced “poe”) which are roughly the equivalent of a half bottle of wine. If you are going to be in, or even near Omaha, Le Bouillon at 1017 Howard St. in the Old Market district is a place you should have on your “MUST eat there” list.
Lovely place! At first glance the space looks like it would be $$$$ to dine in but it wasn't. High class ambiance with affordable, delicious, traditional and innovative french food. The service was super friendly - everyone on staff from manager, waitstaff and bartender all interacted with us and were very nice. The punch of the night was amazing and a great selection of french wine - without being pretentious in the least. Food was superb; my only critique was that some of the dishes like the cassoulet were slightly too salty for my taste. This is the perfect place to eat out in Old Market!
We had another enjoyable evening. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the food and wine, professional, and attentive. We felt well taken care of. Several items on the menu have been tweaked using seasonal ingredients and were excellent. We truly enjoyed our experience.
We found this lovely restaurant after a long day of driving as we were passing through Omaha. It had advertised having a farm to table menu and it did not disappoint. Located in an historic Old Market building , the decor was stunning, the food fabulous and our server was wonderful. We had the best dining experience and would love to visit again if we have the opportunity,
The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing, and the service was prompt and attentive. I don't speak or read French so a few of the item names on the menu were confusing but our server was very knowledgeable and gave great descriptions of everything. Did I mention the food was amazing? I will definitely be back with family.
The braised ribs were terrible. There was at most a Tablespoon of shredded meat wrapped in a bunch of overly rich flavored rice
The pork was so tough my wife could not slice it. Most went home to the trash
Waiter came way too frequently as we were trying to enjoy a glass of wine and a cocktail. He eventually took my empty wine glass along with my empty cocktail glass even though our 1/2 half carafe was still half full? Why? Left me with no glass?
Frittes and the barely warm pea soup were great
My wife and I were in Omaha for business and really enjoyed the ambiance and the quality of the food but it was our server Robert that made it one of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time. We've apparently become used to settling for two out of three (quality, ambiance, service) and didn't realize experiencing all three at a high level at the same time was so rare until we were reminded of what it was like this past weekend.
Although service was appearing to be attentive it really wasn't - coffee was served cold and had to summon waiter to rectify. The burger was barely ok-appeared to be grass fed beef and the grass taste was apparent. I always order burgers with no condiments to hide the true taste. It was ordered medium, but arrived medium rare and rather cold. Not sure how the burgers are cooked, but there were no char marks of any sort and no maillard reaction of course. Lady's luncheon sandwich was too large to grasp and eat without cutting it but only a butter knife was served. An attentive waiter would have brought a sharp knife or offered it cut. These are small things, but should not occur at a restaurant of this professed caliber.
The first time we had dinner here it was wonderful. This time it was not. The shrimp and the pork Tartines were wonderful. Husband had the skirt steak ordered medium. It came medium rare and cool. The sides of mashed potatoes and caramelized onions were cold. The steak came sliced so it was easy to see the doneness of the steak. It should never have made it to the table. I had the Cassoulet. The temperature was blazing hot, which was ok, but it was so salty it was almost inedible. The cassoulet comes with ham and garlic sausage so I can understand it being a little salty, but this was over the top. We were seated on time, however no one ever came around to take our drink order. We had to ask a staff person to get our waiter for us (that was after waiting about 10 minutes). We ordered Pomme Frites and they were incredibly greasy.
This was so disappointing for us after such a wonderful experience the first time. I don't think we'll be back again.
This was the first time having brunch at Le Bouillon and it was just as delightful an experience as can be had at dinner. The staff work as a team, attending to every need, spoken or unspoken and are very helpful with a description of the menu items. The wine list is comprehensive and the staff will help you find an appropriate pairing. If you have not had the pleasure of dining at Le Bouillon, you are missing an outstanding experience.
Service was very slow even though it was not busy. We received our beer and "mocktail" AFTER 2 of our 3 small plates arrived. We had to ask several times for additional drinks. Many items on menu were not described accurately. The tartine was more like a calzone with little filling rather than a typical French tartine. Steak tartare was great but other than that, we will not be returning, will continue to visit The Boiler Room instead.
We attended the Jabolet wine dinner. The explanation for the lamb stew did not list the lemon or lemon grass ingredients, and did not pair well with the wine for that coarse. The stew was good, but not savory. The other courses were good, but nothing I would request to have again. They tried hard, but missed the mark on a truly great dinner.
This was a nearly flawless dining experience. My fiance and I dined at Le Bouillon to celebrate her birthday, and we were very pleased. The service was exceptional, and our waitress was EAGER and EXCITED to be able to help guide us through our first dining experience at this restaurant. The aperitifs were pleasant, and our fried quail legs were delicious with a bit of a kick. My fiancee had the skirt steak, and she was very pleased with it. I had the roasted chicken, and it was perfectly cooked-- tender and moist flesh with crispy skin, seasoned beautifully. Our desserts were also excellent, a pot de creme and a raspberry pound cake of some kind. Our waitress even happily delivered a special present to my fiancee during dessert.
Of special note was how well educated on the wine list our waitress was. She didn't even hesitate to answer any questions about wine choices, including explaining some background about the varietals.
I am looking forward to dining again at Le Bouillon.
I enjoy this restaurant because of the changing varied menu. I had the bone marrow and the elk short ribs (English translation). Both selections were exactly what was described by the waiter and tasted delicious. We have been there several times and have not been disappointed with the varied selections.
Our meal started with oysters, followed by small plates of fried quali legs and calamari. Ended with homemade hazelnut ice cream. The food was spectacular. Every aspect of this experience was outstanding. We like their "pots" of wine, which is about a half bottle. Haley the wine steward is very knowledgeable and great with suggesting pairings for the food.
Easter Sunday brunch at Le Bouillon was delightful. Each diner in my party ordered something different, and each dish was equally delicious, from the omelette to the kaiserschmarrn. The basket of pastries was delightful. We particularly enjoyed the financieres. You need not wait until next Easter to enjoy the brunch. We ordered from the regular brunch menu.
The wait staff is attentive, friendly, and frankly a lot of fun. And the food -- well, the WSJ got it exactly right: French food, beautifully executed, in a relaxed presentation. Le Bouillon is a jewel of a restaurant. (And I thought I'd never get past the French Café closing.)
Dined with a date on Friday night. Started with cocktails then Kushi oysters (these are kind of hard to come by) and an app. White wine by the glass with the first courses. Switched to red for the entrees (she had the skirt steak, I had the Arroz la plancha which is fantastic) and when I asked our server for a recommendation he sent the Owner/Chef Paul Kulik over. He brought out a split of Grenache which wasn't on the list, gave us some background on the vineyard and placed it on the sideboard. Right before the entrees arrived he came back, opened it up, we sampled and he poured. It was a perfect match for both dishes.
If you like fine food, good wine and a relaxed atmosphere you can't go wrong with Le Bouillon.
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