2013 Holiday Gift Card Deals for Omaha Restaurants

Bah humbug for the shivering cold winter. On the merry side, ’tis the season for the restaurant gift card deals!

Here is FoodMeOmaha’s annual compiled list of holiday gift card deals for Omaha restaurants. Note that some deals are available online only or “in-store” only. Free bonus cards are typically valid only for a select period.

If you know of any other gift card deals, let me know (comment below, Facebook, or email foodmeomaha@gmail.com). I will update the list accordingly.

2013 Holiday Gift Card Deals for Omaha Restaurants

Applebee’s – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card.

Blue Sushi Sake & Grill – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Roja Mexican GrillBlatt Beer & Table, and Plank Seafood Provisions.

Blatt Beer & Table – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Blue Sushi Sake GrillRoja Mexican Grill, and Plank Seafood Provisions.

Bonefish Grill – Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card now through 12/31. Free standard shipping online 11/1 to 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14. On 12/2 only, free gift card photo personalization plus a custom greeting card.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Buy $100, get free bonus card of $5, $15, $25 or $100. Bonus valid 1/1/14 to 2/28/14.

Cantina Laredo – Buy $50, get free $10 bonus card valid January and February 2014.

Carabba’s Italian Grill – Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card until 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14.

Caribou Coffee – Buy $25, get $5 egift bonus card.

Charleston’s – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 free bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants including Mahogany Prime Steakhouse and Krispy Kreme.

Chili’s – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card.

CRAVE – Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card now through to 12/31. Bonus card valid starting 1/1/2014.

Culver’s – Buy $25, get free value basket certificate now through 12/29. Value basket certificate must be used by 2/23/2014.

Famous Dave’s – Buy $25, get $5 reward card.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – For every $50 gift card, receive a $10 gift to you card.

Fleming’s Steak House – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14.

Hiro 88 – Buy $100, get $120 in gift cards in-restaurant on 11/26 only.

HuHot Mongolian Grill – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants including Ryan’s Bistro, Stokes, Twisted Fork, and Old Country Buffet.

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen – Buy $30, get $5 free now through 12/26. Holiday gift card valid after 12/26.

Jason’s Deli – Buy $50, get $5 until 12/31.

Joe’s Crab Shack – Buy $25, get a mysterious scratch winning ticket now through 12/31. Prizes range from $5 gift card to free steampot.

Jones Bros Cupcakes – Get $60 in gift cards for $50 and $120 for $100.

Julio’s – Buy $50, get $10 gift card free. Buy $100 and get $20 gift card free. Limited time until 12/28.

Kona Grill – Buy $100, get $25 card free on 12/2 Cyber Monday only. Available online only.

Krispy Kreme – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants including Charleston’s and Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.

La Mesa – Buy $25, get $5 free.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante – Special “Manic Monday” promo: Buy $100, get $40 free on 12/2 only. Thereafter, buy $100, get $20 free 12/3 to 12/24. Available at restaurant only.

Lot 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar – For every $100 in gift cards, get two Riedel Champagne flutes and two 187ML’s of Carpene Malvoti Prosecco.

Longhorn Steakhouse – Buy $25 gift card online, get $5 off 2 adult dinner entrees. Coupon valid 1/1/14 to 2/9/14.

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants including Charleston’s and Krispy Kreme.

Mimi’s Cafe – Buy $25, get $5 coupon in-restaurant only through 12/31.

Old Country Buffet – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Ryan’s Bistro, Stokes, Twisted Fork, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Olive Garden – Buy $50 get $10 bonus card now through 12/25. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/9/14 for $10 off purchase of two adult entrees.

Outback Steakhouse – Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/10/14.

Papa John’s – Buy $25, get a free large one-topping pizza. Offer available through 12/31.

P.F. Chang’s – Buy $100, get $20 free bonus card. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 3/31/14.

Plank Seafood Provisions – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Blue Sushi Sake GrillBlatt Beer & Table, and Roja Mexican Grill.

Railcar Modern American Kitchen – Buy $25, get $5 holiday cash. Buy $100, get $25 holiday cash. Now through 12/24.

Red Lobster – Buy $25, get $5 off coupon.

Red Robin – Buy $25 gift card, get $50 bonus buck reward. Or get a 20% discount on all orders over $250.

Rock Bottom Brewery – Buy $25, get $5 free bonus card through 12/29. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/28/14.

Roja Mexican Grill – Buy $50, get $10 free bonus card. Buy $100, get $25 free bonus card. Now through 12/6. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Free bonus card valid through 12/31/14. Can use at other Flagship restaurants: Blue Sushi Sake GrillBlatt Beer & Table, and Plank Seafood Provisions.

Ruby Tuesday – Buy $25, get $5 bonus coupon. Buy $50, get $15 bonus coupon. Now through 12/31. Free ground shipping online. Bonus coupon valid 1/2/14 to 2/28/14.

Ryan’s Bistro – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants including HuHot Mongolian Grill, Stokes, Twisted Fork, and Old Country Buffet.

Salt 88 – On 12/20 only, any gift card purchase $100 and above will receive a 20% bonus gift certificate.

Smashburger – Buy $25, get $5 in smash cash through 12/31. Smash cash valid 1/1/14 to 1/31/14.

Spezia – Buy a gift card for any amount, receive an additional 20% back in gift cards until 12/31.

Stella’s Bar & Grill – Buy $25, get a $5 gift card for free. While supplies, free Stella’s koozie also.

Stokes Grill & Bar – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Ryan’s Bistro, Twisted Fork, Old Country Buffet, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Texas Roadhouse – Buy $30, get $5 bonus card.

TGIFridays – Buy $50, get $10 bonus bites card.

Twisted Fork – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Ryan’s Bistro, Stokes, Old Country Buffet, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Thanks to the following sources for some of the listed restaurants:

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Espana LivingSocial Deal (Expired)

Espana has a great LivingSocial deal – $12 for $25 to spend on food and drink! It’s easy to rack up the bill at Espana so this helps the wallet.

I enjoy Espana for their ambiance, sangria, and tapas. My favorite tapas are the mussels with sherry sauce, diced potatoes with both sauces, and fried calamari.

Click here for this deal!

Espana LivingSocial Deal

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Sweet Deal for Nothing Bundt Cakes

Buy three bundlets and get one bundlet free at Nothing Bundt Cakes!

This is a sweet deal. Pardon the pundt.

The bundlet is a single serving size. My favorite flavors are the red velvet with chocolate chips and lemon. I enjoy their dense, moist cake with their signature cream cheese frosting. Nothing bundt good!

Nothing Bundt Cakes Omaha location is at One Pacific Place. Deal ends March 23rd!

Sakura Bana’s Lobster Festival Specials

If you like lobster and sushi, then Sakura Bana is the place to be. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Sakura Bana has awesome lobster and sushi specials at great prices.

 

You can get the Sakura-Bana Special Combination (above left picture) and Sakura-Bana Sushi Special (above right picture) for just $10.95! I love the sushi special. For more details, check out the FoodMeOmaha post, “Sakura Bana’s 25th Anniversary Special“.

The “Maine” story of this post is the Lobster Festival specials. Yesterday, boyfriend Brian and I had dinner at Sakura Bana specifically for their lobster specials. GreedyMe ordered the sushi special AND every lobster special!

It’s a delicious “tail to remember.”

Live Maine Lobster

  • Description: Live (recently alive) Maine Lobster with seasoned potatoes and green beans.
  • Price: $15.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9.25 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 10 out of 10

Oh my yumminess. This was the “Maine” star attraction. Beautiful lobster meat dipped in butter and chewed with glee. My favorite part is the slightly sweeter and juicy claw. Simple but soo goood at an awesome price of $15.95 (regularly $24.95).

Wasabi Crunchy Lobster Roll

  • Description: Lobster, avocado, tempura crust, spicy sauce, caviar, and sesame seeds.
  • Price: $9.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8 out of 10

This was good and my third favorite out of the lobster specials. I enjoyed the lobster roll with the crunchy tempura and spicy sauce.

The Maine Roll (pictured above on the left) and the Lobster Tempura Roll (pictured above on the right) was served on one plate.

Maine Roll

  • Description: Lobster, avocado, cucumber, smelt roe or caviar, spicy sauce, sesame seeds
  • Price: $9.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 7 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 7 out of 10
.The Maine Roll had a refreshing touch with the cucumber. However, this did not stand out compared to the other lobster specials.

Lobster Tempura Roll

  • Description: Lobster tempura, avocado, spicy sauce, caviar, and sesame seeds.
  • Price: $15.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9 out of 10

The Lobster Tempura Roll was fabulous and my favorite roll over the Wasabi Crunchy Lobster Roll and Maine Roll. The fried tempura lobster was the bomb!

We also had fun trying to fit the bigger end pieces of the Lobster Tempura Roll in one mouthful bite!

Brian Eating Sakura Bana's Lobster Tempura Roll

Brian conquered his end piece almost in one bite. Afterwards, he said, “That was amazing.”

It wasn’t pretty but I conquered the big tail end piece in multiple bites. Each bite of the tempura lobster was magnificent.

FoodMeOmaha highly recommends the Live Maine Lobster and Lobster Tempura Roll.

Sakura Bana’s specials end on Friday, November 30th. Just two days left! Note that the Lobster Festival specials have been extended a day since their shipment was delayed a day.

Don’t miss out on this “tail to remember”!

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2012 Holiday Gift Card Deals for Omaha Restaurants

‘Tis the season for restaurant gift cards deals! Buy $50, get $10 free. Buy $100, get $25 free. They make great gifts for family, friends, foodies, or yourself.

Here’s a complied a list of holiday gift card deals for Omaha restaurants. Note that some deals are available online only or “in-store” only. Also, the free/bonus portion is usually available for a select period.

If you know of any other gift card deals, let me know (comment below, Facebook, or email foodmeomaha@gmail.com). I will update the list accordingly.

2012 Holiday Gift Card Deals for Omaha Restaurants

Applebee’s – Buy $50, get $10 bonus card.

Blue Sushi Sake & Grill – Buy $50, get $10 free. Buy $100, get $25 free. Now through 12/7. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Use at all three Blue Sushi Sake Grill locations and two Roja Mexican Grill locations.

Bonefish Grill – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through 12/31. Free standard shipping online 11/23 to 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/10/13.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Buy $100, get bonus of $5, $15, $25 or $100. Bonus valid 1/1/12 to 2/28/13.

Carabba’s Italian Grill – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card until 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/10/13.

Charleston’s – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants, including Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.

The Cheesecake Factory – Buy $25, get free slice of cheesecake now through 12/25.

Chili’s – Buy $100+, save 10%.

Chipotle – Buy $30, get a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad on next visit. Now through 12/31. Free burrito valid before 1/31/2012.

CRAVE – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through to 12/31. Bonus card valid starting 1/1/2013.

Culver’s – Buy $25, get free double deluxe value basket now through 12/30.

Famous Dave’s – Buy $25, get $5 reward card at participating locations.

Fleming’s Steak House – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/10/13.

HuHot Mongolian Grill – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Stokes, Twisted Fork, and Old Country Buffet.

Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen – Buy $30, get $5 free now through 12/26. Holiday gift card valid after 12/26.

Jason’s Deli – Buy $50, get $5 until 12/31.

Joe’s Crab Shack – Buy $25, get a mysterious scratch winning ticket now through 12/31. Winning ticket valid 1/1/13 to 2/12/13.

Kona Grill – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through 12/31.

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante – Buy $100, get $20. Available at restaurant only.

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse – Buy $50 EGift card, get $10 bonus card. Use at other Hal Smith restaurants, including Charleston’s.

Old Country Buffet – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Stokes, Twisted Fork, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Olive Garden – Buy $25, get $5 bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/13/13 for $5 off purchase of two adult entrees.

Outback Steakhouse – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card now through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 to 2/10/13.

P.F. Chang’s – Buy $100, get $20 bonus card.

Pitch Pizzeria – Buy $25, get $5 free.

Roja Mexican Grill – Buy $50, get $10 free. Buy $100, get $25 free. Now through 12/7. Online only with $1 shipping/handling fee. Use at all two Roja Mexican Grill locations and three Blue Sushi Sake Grill locations.

Ruby Tuesday – Buy $50, get $15 bonus coupon now through 12/31. Free ground shipping online. Bonus coupon valid 1/2/12 to 2/28/13.

Runza – Buy $25, get a Free Combo Meal Certificate. Certificate valid starting 12/26.

Stokes Grill & Bar – Buy $100, get $20 free. Use at other Restaurants. Inc restaurants, including Twisted Fork, Old Country Buffet, and HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Taco Bell – Buy $20, get free taco flatbread sandwich combo until 12/25.

Texas Roadhouse – Buy $30, get $5 bonus card.

TGIFridays – Buy $25, get $5 bonus bites card.

Thanks to the following sources for some of the listed restaurants.

Sakura Bana’s 25th Anniversary Specials

Sakura Bana

Sakura Bana (originally called Sushi Ichiban) is the first Japanese restaurant that I remember in Omaha. As explained on their website, “Opened in 1986, Sakura Bana was the first in Omaha to offer the popular sushi bar, setting the trend to follow.”

To this day, I enjoy Sakura Bana for their traditional, relaxed ambiance, sushi, and other Japanese dishes. I have visited Sakura Bana several times throughout the years. This past month, I have gobbled up their specials!

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Sakura Bana is offering two specials for a great discounted price until November 30th. Both my wallet and appetite, says “yes, please!”

Sakura-Bana Special Combination

The Sakura-Bana Special Combination comes with your choice of soup or salad. This is usually complimentary with any order.

Miso Soup

  • Description: Miso (soy bean) soup with soft tofu, chopped green onions, and seaweed.
  • Price: Complimentary/Included/$1.75
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8 out of 10
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Osumashi

  • Description: Clear broth soup with mushroom and chopped green onions.
  • Price: Complimentary/Included/$1.75
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 6 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 6 out of 10
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I prefer miso soup over osumashi. The miso soup has a more hearty flavor; whereas, the osumashi is bland.

Tossed Salad

  • Description: Tossed salad with carrot ginger or sesame dressing.
  • Price: Complimentary/Included/$1.75
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9 out of 10

Simple and refreshing. I like both the carrot ginger (left picture above) and the sesame dressing (right picture above). Sometimes, I will order the dressing to-go to enjoy at home.

Sakura-Bana Special Combination

  • Description: 1 roll California roll, cucumber and imitation crab salad, assorted tempura, a choice of teriyaki (chicken or fish), orange, rice, soup or salad, and a scoop of ice cream (green tea, vanilla, and red bean)
  • Price: $10.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 6 out of 10 (chicken) / 7.5 out of 10 (fish)
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10

You have your choice of teriyaki chicken (left picture above) or fish (right picture above). I recommend the soft, flavorful fish over the dry chicken. On the bento box, my highlights are the teriyaki fish with the shredded cabbage and the tempura shrimp. Then, the orange is my last finishing bite before the ice cream.

For the ice cream, you get your choice of green tea, vanilla, or red bean. Boring vanilla is not even considered. I love Sakura Bana’s green tea and red bean ice cream. Sakura Bana’s green tea and red bean ice cream have a concentrated, vibrant flavor that stands out compared to others I have tried.

Green Tea Ice Cream

  • Description: Green tea ice cream
  • Price: Included/$2.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9 out of 10

My favorite green tea ice cream in town due to the concentrated green tea flavor!

Ogura Ice Cream

  • Description: Red bean ice cream
  • Price: Included/$2.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 9 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9 out of 10

Wow! Each bite is jammed-pack with red bean pieces and red bean flavor.

Sakura-Bana Sushi Special

The Sakura-Bana Sushi Special is my top choice special.

Sakura-Bana Sushi Special

  • Description: 3 piece California roll, 3 piece cucumber roll, 1 piece tuna, 1 piece eel, 2 piece salmon, 1 piece super white tuna, 1 piece whitefish, 1 piece saba, 1 piece shrimp, and 1 piece spicy scallop.
  • Price: $10.95
  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 9.5 out of 10

I love the nigiri, particularly, salmon, tuna, white tuna, eel, and spicy scallop. The delectable pieces melts in my mouth. If you like nigiri, then you can’t go wrong with this platter at this price.

The 25th Anniversary specials are available until November 30th. Five days left!

The specials doesn’t end there. On November 27th-29th, Sakura Bana has lobster specials while supplies last.

I predict another visit to Sakura Bana coming soon!

Sakura Bana

  • FoodMe YUM Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Service Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Value Rating: 8.5 out of 10
  • FoodMe Atmosphere Rating: 8 out of 10
  • FoodMe Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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