As much as we love our dining staples—the places we frequent again and again—there’s something extra special about visiting a brand new spot. Of course, with so many newcomers to the Omaha dining scene, it can be tricky to figure out which places are actually worth a visit.
That’s why we rounded up some of the hottest spots in Omaha that recently opened—from a brand new all-day diner to a new unique dessert destination. These delicious newcomers could eventually become some of the city’s most beloved eateries, topping our list of the best restaurants in the city. So read on to scope out the 12 best new restaurants Omaha has to offer!
Photo courtesy of Rantillo Design via Jojo’s Diner
Opened in December of 2019, this vibrant Benson spot is the perfect mix of an all-day diner and an Instagram-famous spot. Inside you’ll find brightly colored murals, neon signs and a few vintage-style details. As for food offerings, we can’t wait to try their Peruvian style roasted chicken, Nashville Hot Waffle and decadent Maccin’ Cheez—all paired with, of course, a boozy milkshake. Get a look at their full menu here.
Nestled in our favorite foodie neighborhood, the Blackstone District, DarBar is an Indian restaurant offering some of the best cuisine in town alongside a delicious buffet. Once known as the Indian Bowl, DarBar recently reopened with a new name and a revamped menu—which we’re dying to try. Click here to see their complete menu which is full of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions!
This new fast-casual spot has everything. Chicken (in all shapes and sizes), rice bowls, sandwiches, burgers, fries, onion rings and beignets are just some of the things they offer on their extensive menu! Stop in when you get a chance; they’re open every day except for Monday. Want to see the menu before you go? Click here!
Photo courtesy of Cellar44
Have you ever found yourself in a wine bar, barraged with “industry-speak” like mouthfeel, aromas, acidity and other intimidating words? Cellar44 is here to change that. While their helpful staff is available to answer questions and help you develop your wine palate, their main goal is to make you feel comfortable and welcome in their new, intimate space. In addition to hundreds of wines to choose from, you can also get nosh like almonds, nuts and carefully curated charcuterie boards. And the best part? All of their offerings are incredibly affordable!
Located in the historic Dundee Theater, this brand new cafe is a great place to grab a bite before a film, settle down with a cup of coffee, or host a community meeting! Here, you’ll find everything from coffee and wine to housemade bread and pastries, along with other lighter fare like sandwiches, salads and charcuterie. Click here to see their full menu.
Photo courtesy of Copps Pizza Company
Don’t think cream cheese belongs on pizza? This new family-owned pizza joint is here to change your mind! Opened November of 2019, Copps Pizza has been capturing the hearts (and stomachs) of Omaha residents and visitors alike. Online reviews rave about the Burnt Ends Pizza, charred wings and housemade ranch. Try it for yourself any day of the week! You can dine in or order carry out online.
Deer Creek Sports Cantina and Tacos is the neighborhood hangout spot you’ve been waiting for! Offering some of the best street tacos, enchiladas and margaritas around, this new spot in northwest Omaha is a great spot to spend time with friends, catch the game or grab a drink after a long day at work. To see their full menu—which includes everything from quesadillas to fajitas—click here.
Photo courtesy of Jay Davis via Alice
From the same mastermind behind Omaha’s The Berry & Rye, Wicked Rabbit, Laka Lono Rum Club and Monarch Prime, this new basement cocktail bar in West Omaha will be your new favorite hangout spot. While Alice isn’t a second location of Wicked Rabbit, it still continues on the “Alice in Wonderland” theme with whimsical seating, stained glass light fixtures, a classy bar, and hidden entrance. In addition to the captivating decor, they also offer reasonably priced and creative drinks served by a friendly and welcoming staff.
Opened in December of 2019, this family-owned restaurant is serving up delicious Thai and Laotian dishes to the West Omaha community! Some of the menu highlights include pho, pad Thai, sticky rice and Thai-style steaks—which we can’t wait to try! The best part? Everything served at Khao Niao is completely fresh, never frozen and all-natural.
Newly located in Rockbrook Village, this classy cocktail lounge is dedicated to providing the highest level experience possible to their customers! That means offering innovative cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the best music and the friendliest service. When you visit, you can expect comfortable seating, a cozy ambiance, a lovely outdoor patio and so much more. Click here for an inside look before you visit!
Photo courtesy of Brownie Bar
A “Brownie Bar” isn’t something we knew we needed… until now. Head to the brand new Brownie Bar near the Durham Museum and build your own deliciously sweet creation! Reminiscent of an ice cream sundae bar, you can pick your brownie flavor and then cover it in toppings of your choosing—from peanut butter frosting to fudge sauce and raspberry compote.
When you visit Antojitos, you’ll feel like part of the family. Not only does the cozy space make you feel like you’re walking into a family’s home for a meal, but the friendly staff will make you feel warm and welcome. The menu is full of classic Mexican and Guatemalan fare that will have you coming back again and again. And to top it all off, you’ll get a complimentary side of tortilla chips, salsa and refried beans with your meal.
What about you?
Is there a new restaurant on the Omaha dining scene that you can’t wait to try? Let us know about it in the comments!