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About Sozo American Cuisine
Sozo American Cuisine is Kearney's favorite place to dine. Our Scratch kitchen uses the freshest ingredients and as much locally sourced meat's and produce as possible from right here in Nebraska. From fresh salads to gourmet sandwiches, and brick oven pizzas to fresh seafood, our kitchen has the best selection for any occasion. Try our infused cocktails, Nebraska beers and extensive wine list while entertaining your guest with the best ambiance around. Also try us out for catering or use our private room to host your next event. Sozo American Cuisine is where Kearney comes to Sip. Savor. Repeat.
Kearney, NE 68847
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am-10:30am
Breakfast Buffet: Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am-10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
2nd Avenue and I-80
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
Our private room is in the back of the restaurant and can seat up to 30. Great place for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and business meetings.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
I've been to Sozo multiple times for both dinner and lunch. The food and service has been consistently great! Servers are always friendly and helpful. The food is original and fantastic. The value is awesome for the quality of food. Strongly recommend this place!
We were travelling across the country (from Las Vegas to Chicago) and were looking for some good food at a local eatery. Sozo turned out to be a welcome find. Everyone tried something different from the menu. The Shrimp w/Grits was outstanding and a very accommodating but not oversized portion. Ribeye was great, but we would have liked the bone on, otherwise, cooked to perfection. The Tuna w/Risotto was perfectly seared and tasty. One of the specials, Scottish Salmon, was good but the portion was very small. We didn't have dessert but enjoyed drinks with our meal, wine and beer selections were good but they were out of the beer we selected.
Food was on time for each course. Lettuce chicken wraps app was difficult to eat. Desert appeared to be premade. Like a Mrs. Field's cheesecake dressed up with some Hershey's chocolate syrup. But since it was our anniversary it free. So whatever. I had the hanger steak with chimicurri sauce. It was awesome!
We had dinner here following our daughter's graduation from UNK. My wife had seen the chef interviewed on local television a few months before. The reviews we read were also positive. We were not disappointed. Locally sourced meat and produce, coupled with good preparation made this a delightful and memorable evening. Everyone enjoyed their steaks, pasta and other menu items. A very nice meal. Our server was quite good, also.
If I'm being completely honest the ribeye steak I ordered was cooked to perfect medium rare as I ordered, however it was apparent they missed seasoning my steak with any form of salt and/or pepper. The steak really didn't have a flavor profile other than the beef flavor. Other than that the dining experience was quite good. My wife's steak was seasoned well and the sides and service were good as well.
I've eaten at Sozo 3 times now and I keep going back. I usually eat a full dinner but this time I wanted to try their pizza. Being a big fan of crab rangoon, I gave their version of this treat on a pizza, a try. The pizza crust was very good, the white sauce was good but there was WAY too much Sweet Asian Chili sauce on it. It completely overpowered the other flavors. I never even tasted the crab or cream cheese because of it. If I were to order this again, I would get the sauce on the side. This pizza is a great idea and could be awesome but the execution missed on this one. That said, I love Sozo and I will go back. This is the first thing I've tried there that I didn't care for.
We've dined at Sozo many times. The food has been wonderful every time and the presentation is magazine worthy. My husband and I love that we can enjoy fine quisine in the middle of Nebraska. Before, we'd need to drive to Lincoln, Omaha, or Denver. Prices are comparable to local chain restaurants, but at Sozo we get chef creations, not your normal fare.
This restaruant is a welcome addition to the Kearney scene. You really can't get food like this in western nebraska. We've tried most of the menu by now as it's a favorite spot we frequent often and you can't go wrong with anything. At first glance the menu looks limited but when everything is done WELL and you want to try it all it you realize it is just the right size. As far as appetizers go the lettuce wraps never disappoint and the hot wing dip is decadent and delicious. The curried lobster rosotto is a must-try as well as the crab rangoon pizza and the kale caesar salad. They also do steak very, very well. Desserts and drinks are always stellar. When there is a chef's feature-order it, trust me. You really can't go wrong at Sozo.
Went for Valentines Day dinner. The food was outstanding. The service was alright, but a little slow. Our dinner took 2 hours from the time we sat down to the time we got the check. I was a little disappointed that they were marketing a special valentines day menu but that menu turned out to be nothing more than a couple new desserts. Still a great place to eat, however.
We had reservations and were seated immediately. our server was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and hot. The drinks were a great compliment to the dinner. We were very impressed, especially since it was a busy weekend night AND it was Valentine's. We will definitely dine at SoZo again!
Blackened tuna risotto was great and the tuna was cooked perfect medium rare. The seafood paella was very good as well. The crab cakes are a great starter. But unfortunately they have chosen to not have cocktail sauce available. This is very strange for a place that serves seafood, especially when they have chili sauce on numerous dishes as well as horseradish which are the main components of a cocktail sauce. Also when asked for the sauce the owner seemed annoyed which is very strange, especially when you are suppose to serve your customers as well as possible.
We had lunch after the UNK graduation and most of the restaurant was reserved for graduation parties. In spite of most people showing up about the same time, our service was great! We ordered apitizers that arrived quickly and our meal was equally fast after we ordered. Although the service was fast, we were never rushed and felt very comfortable sitting and enjoying our meal with family and friends. The food was great.
The restaurant is not what you expect. Fusion, interesting food in the middle of Nebraska. It is inside the Holiday Inn, but it beautifully decorated and quite visually appealing. They do have a sports bar that is also gorgeous but I imagine may get noisy on game days.
My friend had a fresh salad with homemade sweet corn fritters and slightly blackened shrimp and a very light but very tasty dressing. It was very good yet very different.
I had their brick oven hawaiian pizza that also was unique with fresh ingredients and fresh sweet sausage. It equally any gourmet pizza.
I did not try the house favorite 50/50 burger made of 50% chuck, 50% ground bacon, and a fried egg on top.
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