11 Unique Steakhouse Dining Experiences In Nebraska

Ask anyone in Nebraska about the one food you need to try when visiting, they’re likely to tell you to have a steak. As the fourth-largest beef producer in the country, it’s likely you’ve had a Nebraska-raised steak without realizing it. Omaha is home to one of the world’s top mail-order steak companies, as Omaha Steaks International enjoyed more than $500 million in sales in 2020.

From the Missouri River to the east to the Wyoming border to the west, you’ll find some of the best grass-fed and corn-fed beef in the world. Whether it’s a filet mignon, cowboy cut, or a tomahawk steak, you can’t go wrong in choosing an amazingly delicious steak. In Nebraska, steak dinners tend to be memorable.

As you seek your outstanding Nebraska steak experience, here are 11 restaurants to try (in no particular order).

The cowboy cut steak with cheese on top at The Committee Chophouse.
Tim Trudell

1. The Committee Chophouse, Omaha

Located at the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel — formerly the Blackstone — The Committee Chophouse is an homage to the businessmen who met at the hotel for a weekly poker game. The “committee,” as they were known, made important decisions for the Blackstone’s operation. The Blackstone’s chef was credited with inventing the Reuben sandwich as well as butter brickle ice cream.

Close up of The Committee Chophouse cream corn (more like a corn casserole).
Tim Trudell

Today, The Committee Chophouse is one of the newest steakhouses in Omaha to carry on the tradition of creating outstanding steak dinners. Cooking at 1,200 degrees, the chef creates tender, juicy melt-in-your-mouth steaks. Whether it’s a sirloin or a tomahawk steak designed to be shared by two people, The Committee Chophouse shines. Add Lyonnaise potatoes or cream corn (more like corn casserole) as a tasty side.

2. The Office, Hooper

With a population of under 800 people, Hooper may be best-known as the hometown of Olympic volleyball player Jordan Larson. It’s also home to great steak.

While you won’t find Michael Scott or Dwight Schrute, you will find outstanding steak and prime rib at The Office. Prepared on its seasoned griddle or charbroiler, your steak is guaranteed to be juicy and tender. With 8 ounce filets or 16 ounce New York strips and ribeyes, The Office uses certified Angus beef, so you can be assured you’re enjoying some of the best steaks in the country. The prime rib is offered on Friday and Saturday.

Mural of steam engine, wild buffalo covered wagons and car in the dinning room of Dusters steakhouse.
Tim Trudell

3. Dusters, Columbus

Ribeye, filet, and T-bone steaks top the menu. Well-seasoned and prepared to your taste, Dusters steaks are excellent reasons to visit Columbus in Mideast Nebraska, along the historical US Highway 30, aka the Lincoln Highway. For a special treat, add jumbo shrimp to the charbroiled sirloin. Dusters also serves an outstanding prime rib.

Tractor-style seat at the Dusters bar.
Tractor-style seat at the Dusters bar (Photo Credit: Tim Trudell)

With the Gottberg Brew Pub part of the Dusters building, you can enjoy dinner in a casual atmosphere. Designed to honor Nebraska’s agriculture industry, the walls resemble grain bins. The bar has tractor-style seats. The pub’s ceiling looks like a grain bin roof.

4. Peppermill Restaurant And EKV Lounge, Valentine

Nicknamed The Heart City, Valentine’s post office receives about 5,000 requests annually for its special Valentine’s Day postmarks. Visitors pose for selfies at the red romantic heart sign in downtown Valentine.

The city in north-central Nebraska is also home to Peppermill Restaurant and EKV Lounge. A third-generation restaurant, Peppermill ages its steaks to perfection. Your steak isn’t cut until you place your order for a truly personalized dining experience.

Serving some of the best steak produced in Nebraska and nearby South Dakota, it’s best to enjoy your steak medium-rare. However, the chef will prepare it to your preference. With names such as the Heart City Strip and Mulligan sirloin, Peppermill brings the community into the menu.

T-bone steak, baked potato and side of spaghetti at Farmer Brown's Steak house in Waterloo.
Tim Trudell

5. Farmer Brown’s Steak House, Waterloo

Opening its doors in 1964 in small-town Waterloo, Farmer Brown’s has been a mainstay through the years. When you’ve been in business more than 50 years, you’ve done something right. Great food, good service, and plenty of seating are key to Farmer Brown’s success.

Prime rib sits on its own plate. Sides such as a baked potato, coleslaw, seasonal vegetables, or spaghetti come on separate dishes. While the prime is delicious, the steaks are the stars. With either a 6 or 8 ounce filet (have it bacon-wrapped for an extra treat), a ribeye, or strip steak, you’ll salivate in anticipation. The 24-ounce Porterhouse steak is a favorite among diners.

6. Misty’s Steakhouse, Lincoln

Don’t be surprised to see a celebrity, famous athlete, or coach enjoying a steak dinner during your visit to Misty’s Steakhouse in downtown Lincoln. A tradition among Cornhusker fans on a home football Saturday, you may want to wear red to blend in with the crowd. The legendary restaurant began as a “bottle club” in 1964. People brought their own drinks to enjoy at the establishment.

But a restaurant can’t succeed without offering great food. Misty’s has covered all the bases, having been recognized as Best Prime Rib, Best Steak, Best Place for Dinner, and Best Restaurant in Lincoln by local fans. With steakhouse standards filet mignon, ribeye, and T-Bones, Misty’s added wagyu steaks to its line-up of premium USDA choice steaks.

7. Sportsmen’s Bar And Two Rivers Hotel, Niobrara

When customers are willing to drive more than an hour one-way for dinner, you know there’s something good about your steaks. With huge portions, including a ribeye steak that extends off your plate, it’s easy to see why people are willing to drive 90 miles just to enjoy dinner at Sportsmen’s Bar. With sides like a large baked potato or hashbrowns that take up half the plate, you’ll want to plan to take a doggy bag home. Order an add-on, such as jumbo shrimp, and create a delicious combination. Saturday is prime rib night, and it’s not a night to miss.

From the outside, Sportsmen’s Bar and Two River Hotel looks like a saloon from the 1800s. The owners even created a small western town look with murals resembling a Wild West town. Located in the small town of Niobrara, with a population of less than 400, the restaurant is only a few minutes from Niobrara State Park and the Ohiya Casino on the Santee Dakota (Sioux) reservation.

8. The Speakeasy, Sacramento

It’s not often that a ghost town is home to a fine dining steakhouse, but rural Sacramento, about 7 miles southeast of Holdrege, is home to The Speakeasy. The restaurant offers an upscale menu with a casual environment, and getting there is half the fun of your dining experience. Located at the end of a gravel road, you’ll find cars parked in front of The Speakeasy. Drawing diners from nearby communities and the big city, The Speakeasy offers fantastic steaks, prepared by a true chef, who abandoned the West Coast for a chance to cook with his dad in Nebraska.

With a menu featuring USDA High Choice steaks, such as ribeye, sirloins, and filet, the kitchen prepares them to diners’ preferences. For a true Speakeasy experience, order the Korean BBQ pork shoulder with ginger scallion sauces as an appetizer. Follow that with the Sacramento Strip steak, topped with Danish bleu cheese and brandy-mustard mushroom sauce.   

Wild game hanging on the wall at Ole's Steakhouse.
Tim Trudell

9. Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse And Lounge, Paxton

Speaking of dining, Ole’s offers outstanding steaks worth the short drive off Interstate 80 in western Nebraska. From the New York strip to ribeye (bone-in or boneless) and the massive T-Bone (the New York strip and tenderloin together), Ole’s serves some of the best steaks in the state. Add mushrooms or shrimp to liven up your entrée.

10. Front Street Steakhouse And Crystal Palace Saloon, Ogallala

You may feel like picking up a cowboy hat and boots for dinner at the Front Street Steakhouse and Crystal Palace Saloon. Ogallala – Nebraska’s Cowboy Capital – marked the end of the trail for cattle drives from 1875 through 1885.

Front Street Steakhouse maintains the Western theme for a hot, tender, juicy steak of your choice. With 6- or 12-ounce New York steak, 8-ounce flat steak, or 12-ounce ribeye, you’re sure to appreciate the meal with a side of baked beans (like they ate on the dusty trail), potato salad, steak fries, or breaded jalapeno and onion strips.

11. Brother Sebastian’s Steak House And Winery, Omaha

Inspired by Spanish missions in California, Brother Sebastian’s Steak House and Winery resembles a monastery, including monk chants played over a loudspeaker. Servers’ outfits look like a monk’s robe. Dining rooms are designed after rooms you may see at an abbey, including a library and wine cellar.

Open since 1977, Brother Sebastian’s is known for some of the best steaks in Omaha. With well-aged steaks, such as sirloins and ribeyes, the restaurant’s experienced kitchen staff prepares the meat at perfect temperatures. Hearty appetites may want to try the 22-ounce Porterhouse. The restaurant’s prime rib is among the best anywhere.

With some of the best wine offered in the United States, Brother Sebastian’s features a wine list of reds and whites from the finest vineyards from around the world, including California, Washington, and Australia. Whether by the glass or bottle, you’ll have the perfect wine paired with your dinner.

Pro Tip

Don’t worry about dress codes at most steakhouses. Only a handful have any type of dress code. Nebraskans’ view of dressing for dinner out may be putting on a nice shirt to go with your jeans or shorts.