Hotels and Dining


While there are myriad choices for lodging in Omaha, we've selected a few that provide special amenities and/or access to both dining and other activities while you are in Omaha, as well as access to the UNO campus via shuttle or taxi. All hotels provide airport shuttle access.

Marriott Courtyard Aksarben Village
1625 South 67th Street
402 951 4300
Provides shuttle to UNO Campus
Located in the heart of Omaha, this Marriott Courtyard is part of a vibrant new mixed-use urban development. Only a few steps outside our front door, you will find educational and corporate campuses, including University of Nebraska at Omaha and Scott Conference Center, College of St Mary, First Data, Peter Kiewit Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Enjoy eclectic local restaurants including Ponzu, Dudley's Pizza & Tavern and DJ's Dugout. Experience exclusive shopping at Luvbirds or Togs, and don't miss the special events at Stinson Park or live theater at nearby Omaha Community Playhouse. The Aksarben Village Farmer's Market is one of the best in the city. Walk, run, skate or bike on Omaha's paved trails.

Element Omaha Midtown Crossing
3253 Dodge Street
402 614 8080
Provides shuttle to UNO Campus
Element Omaha Midtown Crossing is located just a few steps from the Mutual of Omaha offices and two short miles from TD Ameritrade Park. Enjoy easy access to the urban Omaha area's thriving business community, plus renowned sports venues, shopping, and more. Our Omaha hotel has taken the lead in going green as a LEED Certified Hotel. In-room recycling bins, water-efficient faucets, filtered water and eco-friendly paints, carpets, and furniture allow the eco-conscious guest to continue living green while on the road.

Hampton Inn Aksarben Village
1401 South 72nd St
402 933 5510
Taxi service available to UNO Campus
Hampton Inn Omaha Midtown-Aksarben Village is located in the center of the Aksarben Village district. Situated just one mile north of I-80, we are only 20 minutes from Omaha's Eppley Airfield (OMA) and is near University of Nebraska–Omaha campus. Our hotel provides easy access to many of Omaha’s major corporations and Fortune 500 companies, and it is near lots of entertainment options and attractions – making it ideal for business travelers, and guests looking for a comfy base for their adventures. Complimentary onsite parking is available at our welcoming Aksarben Village hotel.

Embassy Suites Old Market
555 South 10th Street
402 346 9000
Shuttle to UNO can be arranged at front desk
The Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, is a full-service, all-suite hotel located in the heart of Omaha's historic Old Market District. Stay at this hotel and be close to many key attractions, such as Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, CenturyLink Center Omaha, TD Ameritrade Stadium and the Durham Museum. This Omaha hotel offers spacious two-room suites featuring private bedrooms and separate living areas, perfect for relaxing after a day out at the Old Market. Each suite is equipped with a host of facilities, including two flat-screen HDTVs and high-speed internet access. Your complimentary breakfast is cooked-to-order each morning, while the complimentary Evening Reception* offers drinks in the open-air atrium. The hotel restaurant, the Falling Water Grille, provides a café-style menu among tropical gardens and water features.

Magnolia Hotel
1615 Howard Street
402 341 2500
Taxi service available to UNO campus
Formerly the Aquila Court Building, built by Chester Cook in 1923, The Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha, Nebraska resides near many of the area's finest attractions, including The historic Old Market, the Orpheum Theatre, Omaha Children's Museum, Holland Performing Arts Center, Joslyn Art Museum, and the Century Link Omaha. Named to the National Register of Historic places in 1974, Magnolia Hotel, Omaha is also located near all major corporate headquarters and offices in downtown. Based on the Bargello, a palace in Florence, Italy, the corporate lodging hotel was built in homage to Chester's father Aquila. The faces of George and Aquila Cook can still be seen on the front of the boutique hotel's building today.

Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass Street
402 998 3400
Taxi service available to UNO campus
The Hilton Omaha hotel is located in the heart of downtown Omaha near the Old Market Entertainment District and seven minutes from Eppley Airfield Airport. One block from TD Ameritrade Ballpark and joined to the CenturyLink Center Omaha Convention Center via enclosed sky bridge, our modern downtown Omaha hotel is a world-class convention and leisure destination offering easy access to concerts, theaters, shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. Deloitte and KPMG are blocks away. Creighton University and Medical Centers are accessible via the hotel’s complimentary shuttle, which serves the airport and a three-mile radius.


Food and Omaha are inseparable. With more restaurants per capita than any other North American city, Omaha is particularly blessed with quite a number of exceptionally good ones. Even better, they come in every kind of cuisine—from Belgian and Ethiopian to chop houses and vegetarian establishments. Below are some dining ideas based on proximity to the hotels we've recommended, above. The three neighborhoods that are a center of our focus are Midtown Crossing, Aksarben Village, and the Old Market. Here are some recommendations within each neighborhood.

Midtown Crossing

The Grey Plume
220 South 31st Avenue
402 763 4447
Seasonally-driven, contemporary cuisine from locally-grown produce and livestock. The life-cycle of food begins even before the seed and should always end with an emotional connection. Understanding the journey to the plate evokes a deeper appreciation and respect for the meals we share. We seek to inspire and elevate the way Omaha thinks about food through culinary excellence, the promotion of local foods and growers, and a commitment to community. The Grey Plume is devoted to creating innovative cuisine on the forefront of modern culinary art, while also maintaining traditional culinary roots in showcasing the food source and practicing a no-waste attitude in every aspect of the restaurant's operation. 

Black Oak Grill
220 South 31st Avenue
402 341 0622
Winner of Best New Restaurant in 2013, Black Oak Grill finds its roots in a broad range of urban grills, neighborhood cafes, boulevard bistros and corner taverns. The menu features quality steaks from Wohlner’s Grocery, great burgers, tasty wings, and a wide selection of local and craft beers celebrating the great American tradition.

Cantina Laredo
120 South 31st Avenue
402 345 6000
Cantina Laredo is known for its award-winning best-of-Omaha margaritas and modern Mexican dishes served in a sophisticated atmosphere. The menu features daily fish specials, signature tableside guacamole, enchiladas, tacos and fajitas. With a menu of constantly changing specialty margaritas and a variety of hard-to-find tequilas, the bar is a happening Happy Hour destination. The menu includes delicious vegetarian and gluten-free options you won't find at other Mexican restaurants. Weekly specials include $5 Margarita Monday, $2 Taco Tuesday, half-off Wine Wednesday nights and $4 Margarita Thursday nights.

200 South 31st Avenue
402 345 9999
delivery: 402 871 3989
A vibrant restaurant where the cuisine, atmosphere and energy are second-to-none.  Crave delivers on one simple thing: Fresh and innovative cuisine along with an impeccable wine selection brought to life in a chic, casual and vibrant atmosphere.  The menu evokes the tastes of the new American palate and a grand sushi bar extends the dining experience appealing to both traditional sushi lovers and adventurous epicureans alike.

Délice European Bakery & Café
3201 Farnam Street
402 505 9500
A long-time Omaha favorite, Delice delivers the most authentic European fare you can find.  They insist on using the finest ingredients available and believe you’ll notice the difference.

Pana 88
3201 Farnam Street
402 934 7262
Pana, short for Pan Asian, and 88 which is a very lucky number in the Chinese culture, come together as the namesake of Pana 88. The focus is Pan Asian cuisine that offers the convenience of traditional Asian "Fast Food" but with a focus on high quality ingredients combined with a comfortable modern dining space.

Aksarben Village

Spirit World
6680 Center Street
402 391 8680
Since 1973, Spirit World has been regarded as Omaha’s top destination for great lunchtime food and spirits. Early on, Spirit World was once the only place in town to get the best wines, beers, and spirits from around the world, and the café became the place to go for lunch, featuring the best chicken and tuna salads in town. A variety of salads, sandwiches and homemade soups are offered fresh every day, served amid an inspiring display of wines and spirits. Delivery is also available.

Mai Thai
2279 South 67th Street
402 884 7888
Preeda Joynoosaeng, chef and owner, offers a menu of recipes that have been in the family, and as well are original Joynoosaeng creations. Each entrée is accented with Thai spices and basil, resulting in fresh, healthy, and flavorful fare. With offerings ranging from the widely popular Pad Thai, to unique dishes such as Chicken in the Mud and Chicken Mango, the variety found at Omaha’s own Mai Thai satisfies.

Ponzu Sushi and Grill
2110 South 67th Street
402 614 7757
From sushi and sashimi to pork potstickers and korean short rib tacos, Ponzu has a brilliant menu with something for everyone. Inspired salads and savory entrees, mouthwatering sandwiches and irresistible desserts are all part of the fare at Ponzu.

Pickleman's Gourmet Cafe
1908 South 67th Street
402 991 6700
Delivery available
Toasted subs and sandwiches, fresh chopped salads, gourmet soups, and thin crust pizzas define the menu at Pickleman's. Dedicated to sustainability. Pickleman's uses green packaging, low-energy appliances and green furniture constructed locally by small business owners.

Old Market and Environs

Saigon Surface
324 South 14th Street
402 614 4496
At Saigon Surface, the old meets the new. A steaming bowl of traditional pho sits next to a gleaming iPad that customers use to order this and other traditional Vietnamese specialities.

The Market House
1108 Howard Street
402 342 2050
Presenting a a mix of classic and contemporary, of creative and comfort, the Market House locally sources much of its food, and the art and furnishings are local as well. This relatively new restaurant is garnering good reviews from all over.

Le Bouillon
1017 Howard Street
402 502 6816
Outstanding cuisine in an historic setting: the restaurant is in a converted fruit and vegetable warehouse and pulls its award-winning menu from the roots of southern French gastronomy. Located in the heart of the Old Market, Le Bouillon offers a return to the great regional culinary heritage of France. In a lively, airy room that offers tables for groups of any size, Chef Paul Kulik presents his take on the comfort foods of rural France. Sourcing the best ingredients from local producers, set in a open, alluring space, Le Bouillon gets great reviews.

The Boiler Room
1110 Jones Street
402 916 9274
As the daily changing menu employs the rustic European table sensibilities that make a meal first and foremost delicious, chef Paul Kulik’s food at the Boiler Room is rooted in the belief that quality at the table comes from the ground. Among the Midwest’s premier dining venues, the award-winning Boiler Room is cultivating a new imaginative culinary culture. The wine cellar is as adventurous and imaginative as the menu, which culls from local sources.

V. Mertz
1022 Howard Street,
downstairs in the Old Market Passageway
402 345 8980
V. Mertz—long an Omaha fine-dining tradition—offers a unique gastronomic experience, weaving classic and contemporary flavors and texture into an extraordinary, progressive cuisine. In addition to our evening menu, we offer an indulgent five-course Tasting Menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are always available.

M's Pub
422 South 11th Street
402 342 2550
Since 1973, M's has been a favorite gathering spot of locals. The mellow atmosphere, paired with a great bar and outstanding bistro fare, have made it a hallmark of the Old Market. Light entrees, great wine pairings, and a festive atmosphere combine to make M's reputation among the best in the city.

Flatiron Café
1722 St. Mary's Avenue
402 344 4030
Elegant yet casual, the Flatiron Café in the theater district near the Magnolia Hotel, is a favorite of both Omaha and Open Table gourmands year after year. With an eclectic "new American" menu, paired with an admirable wine list, the Flatiron delivers consistently memorable meals.

Upstream Brewery
514 South 11th Street
402 344 0200
Derived from the Native American meaning of Omaha, “upstream” or “against the current”, the Upstream Brewing Company is just that—a restaurant different from the rest. Since opening in 1996, the Upstream has been all about fresh—from the handcrafted beers to the locally grown produce to the lively atmosphere. Good food and brews in a lively atmosphere. The upstairs features a billiards area.