A great location in the Old Market, with quaint, slightly upscale atmosphere provides superb beer, and food that can range from lip-smacking amazing to outright bad. Aaaalllmost gets a 5th star, but a couple of the entrees have let me down.
I have probably been to Upstream two or three dozen times. And I always get one of their beers during my visits. If that doesn't say how much I like Upstream's beer, I don't know what will. My favorite is the Scottish Ale. It's a nutty, mildly hoppy dark ale with a slightly sweet finish. Simply amazing. Their other ales and pale ales have almost always been terrific. Flagship IPA is terrific. My wife absolutely loves the Raspberry wheat, to the point where she claims it is one of her favorite beers. Can't say enough about the beer here. Upstream also offers 16 oz and 23 oz glasses. Try to go during a happy hour and you can get terrific deals.
The food is hit and miss. Sometimes it is terrific and sometimes is disgusting. My absolute favorite is their beer-cheese gouda soup. Simply amazing. One of the best soups I have ever had, so much so that I sometimes make a meal of just soup and bread. The burgers are also quite good. Generous portions and flavorful meat. Last night I got the Chimichurri chicken and it was quite good. Good flavorful rice, good guacamole, and well seasoned chicken. A bit pricey at $17, but a generous portion. My wife almost always gets one of the flatbread pizzas and she is always very happy with them. The crust is very flaky and buttery and toppings are high quality and plentiful. The cheese is very good too. Unfortunately, I have had two down right terrible items at upstream. One day I decided to try the Jumbalaya and was very disappointed. Pretty much tasted like a can of chef boyardee. Gross. I have also been very disappointed by the fish and chips. Batter was not flavorful, portion was a bit less than I expected, and the house made tartar sauce was not good.
The restaurant has a very good service crew and we have never had anything below average service. Most times service is very good to fantastic. This is the type of place where your soda pop is rarely less than 1/3 full.
The place is huge inside. And very well decorated and designed. I was say the overall them is a slightly upscale, ever-so-slight lodgy feel, that treads a tasteful line between rustic and modern. Overall very aesthetically pleasing place to sit around and have a few beers. The outdoor patio is one of Omaha's best, especially during the summer.
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