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“Love this jewel in Omaha!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boiler Room

Boiler Room
1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102
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Ranked #15 of 1,155 Restaurants in Omaha
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 11th and Jones
Description: A converted boiler room in the Bemis Bag building, built in 1896, The Boiler Room is an ingredient driven modern American/French restaurant. Chef Paul Kulik's menu changes daily to reflect local farm product availability. Now open six days a week for dinner, offering hand crafted cocktails and an extensive domaine driven Old World wine list.
Kansas City, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Love this jewel in Omaha!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We have been to the Boiler Room two times, both for a prix fixe meal. Each meal was outstanding! On each occasion, the meal was paired with wine from a visiting winery. Both times we visited, the visiting vintner introduced us to wines with each course from their winery in Italy which we loved! Please note that when you partake in a prix fixe meal, there are no choices about what you will be having for any of your courses, so go in with an open mind because more times than not, there will be some great, unusual selections! The food is excellent. The service is top notch. We also loved the atmosphere. It is located in the warehouse district of downtown Omaha and has lots of character with brick exposed walls and an open kitchen that you can actually observe while you're eating! Make sure when making reservations that you request a table on the top level of the restaurant. The bottom level is where the kitchen and bar area is located and in my opinion, doesn't have the same ambience. The meal will be on the more expensive side but it is worth it for the food and experience! Bon Appetit!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Unique, inventive and delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

My wife and I moved back to Omaha (from Atlanta) about six months ago. What a treat to find this place right around the corner. It's easily our favorite spot, and we recommend it regularly. The atmosphere is fantastic - everything you should expect from a spot like this in the Old Market. The staff is incredibly attentive, and the food is excellent. I don't know anywhere else I can go and have duck three different ways in three months.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Omaha
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

if you are visiting omaha, this is a must stop--for either a signature craft cocktail or and exquisite farm to table meal. if you are a resident of omaha and have not yet eaten here, what are you waiting for? chef paul kulik puts omaha on the map with his innovative, thoughtful dishes and well-informed, trained and experienced staff. make the boiler room your next special night out!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Omaha, Nebraska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Best Spot in Omaha for a Drink or Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Located on the south side of Omaha’s historic Old Market district, the Boiler Room is one of the cities treasures.

Recently nominated for the James Beard Award, Chef Paul Kulik has done much to elevate the city’s culinary innovation and culture by bringing some of the region’s best talent together showcasing a smart and discerning menu—one that changes daily and boast of only the freshest ingredients.

Having travelled all over Europe, Asia and South America, I can honestly say the Boiler Room is one of the best dining environments I’ve ever experienced—a tasteful aesthetic that enhances each visit. Exposed brick walls display clay masks and original photos, all perfectly accented by just enough warm lighting. A sleek and modern mezzanine wraps around the space overlooking the open kitchen and bar. Make sure to take a peek at the wine cellar, one of the most impressive in the region.

I’d suggest you start with a craft cocktail, the Sazerac is excellent every time.

Check out the sophisticated wine list, it’s heavy on French and Italian options, but there’s something there for everyone—you’ll certainly be able to find something that will be perfectly paired with anything you order.

Take it slow. Dining at the Boiler Room is something to be experienced.

And save room for dessert, the pastry chef is incredibly talented.

Most folks would have to travel to New York to experience as thoughtful an ambiance, this quality of professional service, and a meal as exquisite in preparation, presentation and flavor as anything you order at the Boiler Room.

The Boiler Room is easily my favorite spot in Omaha to grab a cocktail or enjoy a meal.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Clive, Iowa
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“I'm sure this is a great restaurant but ...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

the previous night we went to The Grey Plume. After dining at The Grey Plume - which has a similar menu. Upscale farm-to-table with an ever changing menu with fresh ingredients driving it. Even many of the items on the menu are similar.

I'm sure that if we had dined at the Boiler Room first we would have thought it was a nice experience but The Grey Plume does everything better except that The Boiler Room has a neat historic building.

The seating is uncomfortable. It took forever for the waitress to attend to us (even though we had an early reservation and the restaurant was only 25% full) and I don't think she was knowledgable about the menu and wines (it is customary for a restaurant of this caliber to ensure that wait staff had tried the items on the menu and are able to relay the taste to the customer).

The wine list is impressive but unfortunately you have to rely on the wait staff to provide you with a description of the wine - one would expect at this level of a restaurant that in-house sommelier would take the wine order. There are no soft drinks - so if you want non-alcoholic you really get to have some sugary 'virgin' drink or water.

We really were spoiled by The Grey Plume in that every detail was well thought through from the comfort of the guest, to the visual delight of the dishes, flatware, and so forth.

The food was okay but not memorable. We actually ended up not a bottle of wine (as we normally would have because 1) the seating was so uncomfortable I couldn't imagine spending a few hours at the restaurant, and 2) the server was not able to tell us anything about the wine. We also decided not to order dessert - which again we would have done but at this point in the meal after being uncomfortable and the main course not being that impressive we just decided to leave.

We then called The Grey Plume and went back to them for dessert ;-)

So bottom line - this is second rate to The Grey Plume who has out done The Boiler Room in almost every aspect. It probably isn't a bad experience if you are comfortable in their seating.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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