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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.
Omaha, NE 68102
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, starting at 5:30 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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
V. Mertz is our "go to" restaurant for special occasions. Being down in the Passageway in the Old Market makes it more secluded and romantic. We always feel as if we're on vacation somewhere when we eat there. The menu is varied with flavors and textures you just don't find anywhere else. It's truly an adventure in dining. The service is wonderful and we always ask for David to be our server because he is excellent. He's attentive without hovering and knows the menu and wine list inside and out, so he can make some wonderful suggestions. I heartily recommend V. Mertz for anyone who wants to celebrate any special occasion with an equally special culinary experience.
I had made reservations for 7 p.m. Our friends' plane arrived early so we went to V. Mertz to see if we might get in at 6 p.m. instead. They graciously found a table for us at that time. The waiter was excellent! The food was delicious! The evening was wonderful. I highly recommend V. Mertz.
V. Mertz is an absolutely amazing restaurant; perfect for a special occasion or romantic date night. The food is unique and delicious, and the atmosphere is extremely intimate. The service is beyond phenomenal, and I would highly recommend you check out their wine list. I do not have a single bad thing to say about this place. I can't wait to go back!
Hard to find, in the lower level and to the back of the building, but worth getting to. We shared three courses. The charcuterie was generous portions of several cured meets, with a nice mustard and sweet mayo on the side. Also included a very good whole grain bread. The Buratto was a nice presentation, with a flavor filled cheese, and more good bread. We shared a perfectly cooked duck main course served over a nice lentil side. Service was attentive, and helpful. The space in the basement was a little dark, but intimate with an acceptable noise level.
Fabulous dinner!! We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. They were able to accommodate our request to sit at table 30(table we were engaged at 25 years ago) and they even printed a special menu that said "Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary" at the top! Super sweet!
V Mertz consistently and blissfully strikes a balance between beloved classics & contemporary dining trends. Food is well-executed & perfectly served by staff that is attentive without hovering. All that plus it offers the best timeless old world ambiance in Omaha. The American caviar & buckwheat silver dollar pancakes were divine. The pepper steak is classic for a reason.
The setting is lovely and nice for intimate occasions like date nights with your significant other and the service was fine and attentive. We enjoyed a charcuterie board which was good. Also, I enjoyed a delicious shrimp asparagus soup which I could eat everyday! My date had the braised venison cheeks which was a great choice. The main entrees, however, left us wishing we had made different decisions. I had the trout which was underwhelming at best and the potatoes it came with were glorified tater tots with a bit too much time in the fryer and way too much salt. The oversalting of my tater tots was nothing compared to the Morgan Ranch Wagyu Peppersteak. The temperature of the meat was perfect but the seared outside of the meat had so much salt neither myself nor my date could comfortably eat it. It seemed like after it was cooked it was rolled in a dish of coarse salt.
We were offered a complimentary dessert and we chose the goose egg creme brulee, something I would recommend if you have room after your meal.
I am sure we will go back as this was the first time we have been disappointed here but I cannot imagine it will be anytime soon.
V. Mertz offers exquisite fine dining in a sophisticated, romantic setting in Omaha's Old Market. The wine list is outstanding; the food creative (such as the squeakly green radish salad and rabbit on arugula) and prepared perfectly; and the waiter was excellent, following up with the chef to answer questions about some of the dishes. Overall, an outstanding experience.
My wife and I went to V.Mertz for our anniversary And it was excellent. We decided to go with the tasting menu that has several courses of food paired with wine. Everything was very good and it was a fun experience. The service was excellent and the waiter was very knowledgeable of the food.
It is always a pleasure to dine at V Mertz. The service by David is outstanding. All of our dishes were perfect. Their food is slightly unusual and that may be why it is such a treat to dine there. Matt is very knowledgeable about wine and his recommendations are always fantastic!
I made a reservation for a late Valentines Day dinner with my girlfriend and couldn't be more happy with my experience. Our server Ross Koley took the time to explain in depth the dinner menu, cocktails and wine menu. The service was outstanding, timed perfectly, Ross just takes the experience above and beyond. Matthew Brown the manager also was very involved with the dining experience, and will definitely make V-Mertz a regular destination for dinner. High fives gentlemen.
My wife and I came here on a date. Everything tasted phenomenal! And we weren't expecting to be as full as we were at the end. We liked that everything was brought out as separate courses, as opposed to the troughs we're used to. And we could take our time eating, instead of being not-so-subtly shuffled out the door like cattle. We'll definitely be back!
Really great meal, went with two friends. For the two of us that got meat dishes, the portions and the price were very reasonable. For the one who got the squash dish, the portion was a little smaller than expected but the food still tasted great. 10/10 would recommend.
Okay ambiance, unless they stick you in the corner, which is essentially the storage room. Food was over cooked (couldn't cut the pork) and service was slow. Yes, took 2.5 hours to get through dinner, not because we wanted a nice slow dinner, but because service was so slow. Took half an hour to get our waiter for the first time. DO NOT EAT HERE. Terrible value. Way overpriced for what you get.
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