Johnny’s Cafe

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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. We love the 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, liver, even, on occasion, tongue or ox tail are the things to order. Continue reading

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. We love the 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, liver, even, on occasion, tongue or ox tail are the things to order. You can splurge at dinner and eat the finest filets mignon or chateaubriand for two, and pay accordingly; or, for about ten dollars, you can have yourself a fine chopped steakburger.

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.

Dishes to try
Johnny’s Cafe, Omaha Strip Steak
Omaha Strip Steak
Must-Try
Well-marbled, this steak is aged on the premises. The hash browns make an excellent accompaniment, soaking up the steak's natural juices.
Johnny’s Cafe, Salad
Salad
Must-Try
A stellar start to a great steak dinner.
Cheeseburger
Chicken Fried Steak
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!
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday5pm - 9pm
Tuesday5pm - 9pm
Wednesday5pm - 9pm
Thursday5pm - 9pm
Friday5pm - 10pm
Saturday5pm - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 2 hr 14 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
Yes
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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