Johnny’s Cafe

Worth a detour

Johnny’s has been Omaha’s steak house since 1922. At the edge of the stockyards, it was once a café for cowboys and cow shippers. Now it is a grand-scale restaurant with well-upholstered chairs, broadloom carpets, and modernistic chandeliers. More than its steaks, which are aged on premises and can be pretty darn good, especially when draped with the kitchen’s dark mushroom gravy, we love Johnny’s baronial ambiance, especially because it is balanced by service that is as folksy as in any small-town café, courtesy of waitresses unafraid to scold you if you don’t finish your T-bone but then want dessert.

Beef is king in this dining room. Steaks, chops, ribs, and liver are the things to order. You can splurge at dinner and eat plush filets mignon or chateaubriand for two, and pay accordingly — easily $100 for a couple; or have yourself a hot beef sandwich at lunch for under $10.

Dessert is corny and ingratiating, including crème de menthe sundaes and clear blocks of Chuckles-colored Jell-O. Turtle pie is a weighty affair – a frozen block of the same ingredients used in Turtles candy, with the addition of ice cream: chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Johnny’s serves it still fairly well frozen, so you will have all sorts of merry fun trying to fork off a piece. Once defrosted, It is as gooey and sweet as candy, but richer.

What to Eat
Johnny’s Cafe, Omaha Strip Steak
Omaha Strip Steak
The menu says this Omaha Strip is different from a KC strip, but no one could tell me how, other than, "It's from Omaha."
Johnny’s Cafe, Martini
Dirty martini: right with steak
Johnny’s Cafe, Quesadilla Soup
Quesadilla Soup
Quesadilla soup has mild Mexican flavor.
Johnny’s Cafe, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Crunchy-crusted with a creamy inside and a faint sweet taste, the onion rings are listed as a signature item on the Johnny's Cafe menu. This is actually only a half-order!
Johnny’s Cafe, Salad
We pirated some of the good blue cheese off this salad to season a filet mignon.
Johnny’s Cafe, Filet Mignon
Filet Mignon
Bacon wrap adds succulence to filet mignon, which comes with Asian-spiced grilled shrimp.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday5pm - 8pm
Wednesday5pm - 8pm
Thursday5pm - 8pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
Saturday5pm - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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