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“Sexy & approachable”
Review of Le Bouillon

Le Bouillon
Ranked #57 of 1,399 Restaurants in Omaha
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of the Old Market, Le Bouillon offers a return to the great regional culinary heritage of France. In a lively, airy room that offers tables for groups of any size, Chef Paul Kulik presents his take on the comfort foods of rural France. Sourcing the best ingredients from local producers, set in a open, alluring space, Le Bouillon is sure to fit any occasion. Converted from a fruit and vegetable warehouse, Sam Mercer's vision of a French restaurant began the Old Market. Some 45 years later, Le Bouillon returns to the roots of the rich culture and gastronomy of Southern France. Returned to the restaurant is the impressive Niki de St. Phalle Tree and a menagerie of watercolors painted by Sam Mercer himself. The light, bright atmosphere complements the bright fresh flavors of Paul Kulik's farm fresh cuisine. Our beverage program begins with the belief that wine belongs on the table. Our wine list highlights France's remarkable and moderately priced Vins de Table from magnificent producers in often overlooked areas . The bar hand-selects spirits and aperitifs to combine for a dynamic craft cocktail program. Whether cut from the Volano slicer, shucked from the raw bar, or pulled from the grill, Le Bouillon aims to demonstrate the delicious approachability of French comfort foods.
Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Met a friend for a few cocktails & taste treats at the bar. Nicely lit, fresh new artwork (including a groovy tree in the entryway), & happy patrons. Friendly staff that's neither pretentious nor too casual. The rabbit rillettes toast was tender, lush & very affordable. Tasso ham was perfectly smoky & melted on the tongue. The cassoulet was a rich foodgasm. Well done, Chef. Well done.

2  Thank omahafoodie
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

A worthy successor to The French Cafe, Le Bouillon features both a wonderful raw bar and large and small plates with a vibrant bar. The amazing food and gorgeous room are a centerpiece of your trip to the Old Market.

1  Thank EWWarin
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Le Bouillon creates a culinary experience that transports diners to southwestern France with honest food and a brilliantly integrated menu.

The flavors are layered, authentic, and straight out of the rustic kitchens of the French and Spanish Basque region.

I am a huge fan of James Beard Award nominee Chef Paul Kulik and I’m so grateful for the ways he has elevated the culinary culture of Omaha—Le Bouillon fortifies his legacy as a taste-maker in the city and someone who continues to set the standard for dinning excellence.

With winsome Parisian music quietly playing in the background, Le Bouillon’s ambiance is warm and inviting—modern and tasteful, while simultaneously reminiscent of a traditional Basque dining room. The staff are friendly and hospitable. The wine list is focused, featuring several vintages that are rarely accessible in many major US cities. And everything on the menu is designed to compliment each of its offerings (though diners less accustomed to rustic French food may need a server to guide them through the menu).

Located in the heart of Omaha’s Old Market district, Le Bouillon is destined to be one of the city’s finest restaurants.

Though Le Bouillon has just been open for a couple weeks my wife and I have already visited twice.

Our first visit was for the Sunday brunch. It was fabulous. We're hoping to make it every Sunday we're in town. We ordered the day's pastries with fromage blanc, the waffles with black pepper butter and honey and fried rabbit, the egg in a brioche basket with spinach cream and prosciutto cracklings, and threw in a side of thick cut bacon. Everything was perfect and I would recommend everything we ordered.

Our second visit was for dinner and I have say it may have just been our most memorable dining experience in Omaha. We ordered the squash velouté with fried sage; the frissé aux lardons with smoked rabbit loin, green lentils, and fried farm egg; cassoulet with garlic sausage and white beans; arroz a la plancha; grilled quail on roasted radishes; and finished with the cannelés and a lemon tart. Again, I would highly recommend everything we ordered—especially the frissé and the cassoulet.

Our 2 visits to Le Bouillon are among the best meals we've ever had anywhere. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. When in Omaha, Le Bouillon is a must—don’t miss out on this unforgettable dining experience.

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12  Thank Christopher H
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

Recently opened in the old French Cafe space, this restaurant, positioned in the middle of its siblings La Buvette and Boiler Room, is a very promising newcomer. The menu is unusual. While there are several large entrees, the menu is almost tapas style, though Southern French in character.
The toasts are wonderful. Rabbit rillettes are one option, and sounded wonderful, but we did the rock shrimp. Excellent.
The hit of our meal was the cassoulet with garlic sausage and white beans. Really well done. The Spanish tortilla was egg based, with carmelized onions and brandade. Tasty. We also enjoyed the Spanish ham from the charcuterie section, along with tomato toasts.
Some unusual wines are offered, but we wish they had more available by the glass. The bar has limited offerings, but looks like it might eventually rival M's. The space is lovely and well decorated. Service hasn't yet totally hit its marks, but is engaging and friendly.
This is an auspicious new entrant in the Market.

1  Thank Jays911
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