Omaha Prime…Prime?

Omaha Prime

  • 415 S. 11th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
  • Phone: (402) 341-7040
  • Website:
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, American
  • Price: $$$$ Entrees $25 and up

Omaha Prime is a steakhouse located in the Old Market district.  I have never been to Omaha Prime and was motivated to try this place due to a Groupon deal (I love my deals!).  Plus, I thought it was apt that the restaurant’s name included “Omaha” for my first FoodMeOmaha restaurant review.

I commonly check out the restaurant’s website before visits to mull over the menu (and look forward to food selections).  On Omaha Prime’s website, their headliner is “America’s Greatest Steakhouse – We Only Serve Prime USDA Steaks.”  (Warning: I did not order steak).   I like their online menu since it has pictures, descriptions, and pricing for each food item. The menu has typical steakhouse options including various cuts of steak, prime rib, seafood, and a la carte sauces and side dishes.

On Thursday, July 7th, I went to Omaha Prime for dinner with my dude, Brian.  When we came inside the place seemed deceivingly small, but then we were led upstairs by the host to the dining area.

Omaha Prime has a fine dining atmosphere.  Servers are all dressed in white and are very courteous and attentive.  There are white table clothes, three forks, assorted wine glasses, etc.  The typical trimmings of a fine dining restaurant.  There is a nice view of the Old Market Passageway.  The atmosphere is quiet and classy but not overly stuffy.  Most of the customers are dressed in suits or business casual attire but you can get away with wearing jeans and a nice top.

Our waiter was polite and approachable.  Since I was a newcomer, he presented us with a tray of food and provided explanations on different cuts of meat from filet mignon to the porterhouse steak.  A big bundle of asparagus and 1 lb potato was also shown to explain the “generous family-style side dishes.” So, what was ordered?  As I warned, not steak.  Alas, other food called to me that night. I can’t fairly judge Omaha Prime as a steakhouse but I can share my perspective based on what we did have.

Brian ordered ice tea that is worth mentioning.  I liked the ice tea.  It was freshly brewed and very refreshing.  Brian, an ice tea fan, gave Omaha Prime’s ice tea a solid nod of approval.  I ordered the Sampler Platter (an appetizer) and French Onion Soup as a meal. Brian ordered the 18 ounce Roasted Prime Rib and a la carte Roasted Garlic Demiglace sauce.  Of course, I planned on sharing.  Prime rib is one of my favorite foods and I am a huge garlic lover.  We also ordered the Blue Cheese Potatoes and Sautéed Mushrooms.  Omaha Prime served complimentary bread after we ordered.

Omaha Prime Complimentary Bread

The complimentary bread was decent.  Warm buns with soft butter.  It tasted good but nothing that stood out and made me want more.

Complimentary Bread

  • Description: Warm buns with soft butter
  • Price: Complimentary
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 5 out of 10

The Sampler Platter was lacking in both portion and taste.  Only one Wild Mushroom Spring Roll, one Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp, and one Shrimp Cake was included in the platter.  The Wild Mushroom Spring roll had the nice crispy outer layers of a spring roll but lacked in the filling.  There wasn’t much mushroom taste and it was bland.  The Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp tasted like cocktail shrimp.  The cocktail sauce was different.  It was similar to a tart version of homemade ketchup.  The Shrimp Cake was the best out of all three appetizers but still wasn’t special in my opinion.  Shrimp was used instead of the typical crab.  It had a crispy outside with a slightly sweet brown sauce on top and had a subtle shrimp taste.

Sampler Platter

  • Description: Includes a sample of Wild Mushroom Spring Rolls, Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp, and Shrimp Cakes
  • Price: $10.95
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 4 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 3 out of 10

The French Onion Soup is warm and filling.  The melted gooey cheese on top is cheesy-gooey-licious.  The beef broth with onions and soft soaked bread is hearty and warms your body.  I liked it.  However, after a while it was a bit saltier for my taste.  Note that I am not a big salt person.

French Onion Soup

  • Description: A warm and hearty onion and beef broth soup served with croutons and cheese.
  • Price: $7.95
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 7 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7 out of 10

The prime rib did not stand out for me.  Somehow it lacked the delectable prime rib melt in my mouth goodness response.  It was cooked medium and was chewy and the meat itself was plain.

Roasted Prime Rib (18 oz.)

  • Description: Thick cut of prime beef.
  • Price: $27.95
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 6 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 3 out of 10

I enjoyed the Roasted Garlic Demiglace.  The sauce did not have a strong garlic flavor but had a nice depth.  I detected that it was made with wine.  The sauce complemented both the prime rib and the mushrooms.

Roasted Garlic Demiglace

  • Description: A rich brown sauce made from roasted garlic.
  • Price: $3.50
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8 out of 10

I am a mushroom fan and these were decent.  The side dishes are definitely meant for sharing.  The Sautéed Mushroom with the Roasted Garlic Demiglace brought it up another level.

Sautéed Mushrooms

  • Description: Sautéed mushrooms
  • Price: $6.95
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 6 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 6 out of 10

The bleu cheese potatoes were good.  I liked the creamy bleu cheese sauce and the chopped tomatoes and green onions added a nice accent taste.  If you like creamy bleu cheese and potatoes then you should like this dish.  Note that the potatoes doesn’t warm up as well for leftovers.

Bleu Cheese Potatoes

  • Description: Baby red potatoes seasoned and covered in melted bleu cheese.
  • Price: $7.95
  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 7 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7 out of 10

Omaha Prime…Prime? Based on my one visit I felt that Omaha Prime was lacking.  It did not have the “Prime” food experience.  At this price range, I expect melt in my mouth goodness.  The food was decent but nothing that stood out as a must have again.

Omaha Prime:

  • FoodMe Taste Rating: 6 out of 10
  • FoodMe Service Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 3 out of 10
  • FoodMe Atmosphere Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

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6 thoughts on “Omaha Prime…Prime?

  1. Great indepth review. I was there for a business event and it was not very impressive. I think the only thing I recall from the dinner was the demonstration of different cut of mean they had in front of us (such a huge tray). But nothing would call out for me to return.

      • omaha prime is the best steak house in town. And it is locally owned. you should defenitley go there again and get a steak and try the creamed garlic spinach or the potato cake, this review is not fair! eating out cost money!

      • Thanks for your input and suggestions, Sarah! I will have to give Omaha Prime another try. I do know that when it comes to prime rib, Chophouse 801 and Fleming’s is by far much better than Omaha Prime for my taste buds. I agree eating out costs money. I have higher standards the higher the cost. If I go to Omaha Prime, I will order the steak and give another review! I am curious. What other steakhouses do you favor in town?

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