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“Denver to Lincoln”

Ole's Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Paxton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Prohibition ended in Nebraska on August 9th, 1933, and Ole's opened at 12:01 the next day. Since then, we’ve been known as the bar in Paxton with great food and unusual decor. Over the years, our founder, the great outdoorsman Ole Herstedt, embarked on adventures in big game hunting that took him to every continent. For 35 years, he brought his trophy mounts home and hung them above the bar tables and booths: a moose from Canada, a python from Honduras, and even an iconic polar bear! Along with our hearty steaks and burgers made with local Nebraska beef, these trophies are why we’re known as Nebraska’s most famous roadside pit stop. Hop in the car, hit the road, and experience true Americana with us.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in today around 3 so maybe it was not a good time for a meal. Service was extremely slow. We had an appetizer, onion rings. Then a rueben and a French dip both with French fries. Nothing we were served was hot just barely warm. It took over an hour and 15 minutes for this small meal. We would not make the effort to stop again.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you can get beyond the various animal heads around you the food was very good. Iconic place for the area and very busy. Service fast and personnel pleasant. I am not a big meat eater but wanted to try a buffalo burger. Cooked just right and actually very good flavor.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was great and people very friendly. Originally owned by a Big Game Hunter and all his trophies were on display.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2018

We enjoyed our steaks. They were the best we'd had while traveling through beef country. We tried the spinach artichoke dip with chips - the dip was good, the chips were a disappointment.. The little house salad was nice, the greens were fresh, maybe had been sitting on that plate for a bit, but did not seem to be from a bag; the blue cheese dressing had nice chunks of blue cheese in it. I ordered my rib eye with a baked potato, but was told the potatoes weren't ready. . Then the cook sent out word that by the time my rib-eye was cooked, I could have the baked potato. We had a nice little dessert - a peach cobbler, with ice cream. I didn't how I would feel sitting among the heads of so many beautiful animals, but it was okay. I didn't notice the elephant looming over me til half-way through my salad.
The server told us that she had worked there 30 years and that there used to be twice as many animals. But the place was once a bar, not a restaurant, and the heads suffered from the cigarette smoke. She told us that they had made the animals available to a group of blind students and that all of the meat from the kills went to tribes in the area where the animal was killed. It helped.

Date of visit: October 2018
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TimH5468, Owner at Ole's Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2018

We appreciate all of your support, and we're glad you had a great experience. You can always count on coming here for a hearty meal. Looking forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Take care,
Tim Holzfaster, Owner

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Reviewed October 18, 2018

A highway stop as we travelled across Nebraska, we ate breakfast at Ole's. While waiting for our breakfasts to be prepared, we strolled through the steakhouse building examining the mountings of most of the North American mammals. Also found many framed historic photographs of hunting trips. Our final room was devoted to African animals, large cats, and elephant and a giraffe (Who would kill a giraffe? - a different time).

Back to our breakfast; we shared portions of our ham and cheese and veggie omelets - the latter ordered with a side order of bacon. Good satisfying meal; favorite meal of the day.

Date of visit: October 2018
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TimH5468, Owner at Ole's Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Thanks for stopping by to let us fuel you up with a hearty breakfast, Larry. It's nice to know you were fascinated with our big game trophies and the true history of our steakhouse. I'm glad you enjoyed the omelets, and I hope to see you all again in the future.

Take care,
Tim Holzfaster, Owner

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