Food Focus: Patios
It’s a treat to discover that a restaurant has a nice patio, particularly when the temperature is agreeable and the patio just so happens to overlook something scenic. Just having a patio does not guarantee that customers will enjoy the ambiance, of course. When my friends and I go out for drinks they sometimes insist upon sitting out on the patio of the place we meet (I’m not going to name any names) which faces a barren parking lot. With a patio like that I’d rather stay inside and enjoy the ambiance of air conditioning, but luckily there are plenty of really great patios in the Omaha area that truly provide a great place to eat, drink and hang out while enjoying the view.
You have to have a really great patio if you’re bold enough to make the claim of having the best patio in Omaha –really, they do make that claim- and Salt does a good job of delivering. Not only is the view of Eagle Run Golf Course quite nice, but the unique Italian chairs add to the overall experience. Jeff Norvell praises Salt for being wide open. He adds that the “food is fabulous too,” which is a good reminder that a great patio needs to be accompanied by great food in order to be worth the trip.
3623 North 129th Street
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
I really enjoy the look of the Midtown area, so it’s no surprise that I include Brix within this list. The patio is large and comfortable with views of both Turner Park and the Midtown area. I also like how the staff doesn’t forget about the people on the patio; far too many places will send you out to the patio and that’s the last you see of them for a long time until they wander out and give you a look as if to say, “Oh, you’re still here?” It’s not like that at Brix. You’ll enjoy the view and the comfortable seating and you won’t get forgotten.
220 South 31st Avenue, Suite 3103
(Wine Bistro Hours)
Monday – Thursday: 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
If you’re looking for a casual –yet creative- patio, Caffeine Dreams gets high praises for their outdoor area. Private and quaint, the outdoor area is a great place to hang out, listen to music and, of course, drink some coffee. Caffeine Dreams does have some food items on their menu, but most people who head out to the patio do so with a coffee in hand.
4524 Farnam Street
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 6:30 AM – 12:00 AM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sometimes it’s not necessarily the décor or even the scenery of the patio, but instead the opportunities for people-watching that draws people in. “Buvette has best people-watching hands down,” says Christine Hughey. “M’s also has good people watching.” Mister Toad’s Pub in the Old Market is also a great destination if you want to do some people-watching.
If you’re looking for a patio that feels a bit like a retreat from the outside world, Marks Bistro in Dundee is a good choice. “Marks is an oasis,” says Hughey. “Boiler Room at night with the lights in the trees is quaint,” she adds. Nicola’s in the Old Market also has a great outdoor area, if you can manage to get a spot.
My wish for you is a rainless night with a pleasant temperature and even more pleasant company at your favorite Omaha patio.