Surrounded by two of Omaha's key commercial roads, West Center Road and Pacific Street, residents of Pinewood and Bel Air Village live next door to most of the city's fast-food joints and chain restaurants. A smattering of Mexican and Asian eateries spice things up, though the neighborhood's most popular dining options remain truly Midwestern, with old-fashioned rustic decor and menus full of meat-and-potato fare.
Brother Sebastian's Steak House & Winery highlights Nebraska's beef industry, though its monastic theme feels more European than American. Waiters dressed in robes serve steaks to a background of Gregorian chants. While prices run higher than at other city steak houses,
Sebastian's has won multiple city awards for its prime rib. It's open for lunch and dinner during the week but for dinner only on weekends.
At Shuck's Fish House & Oyster Bar, the area's freshest seafood is flown in from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Try the lobster bisque and catfish fingers, or splurge on the Blue Pointe oysters during happy hour. The adjoining market counter also sells fish and crustaceans for home cooking.
If you're looking for a strong drink, sports on TV, and a Mexican-influenced bar snack menu, stop by Tanner's Bar & Grill. The burgers here at Tanner's are a local favorite. The causal vibe and daily drink specials remain a huge draw for this local institution.
Feeling lucky? Bring friends to Office West Lounge for a game of darts or pool. Don't worry about attire, because the atmosphere remains casual at these neighborhood bars. For live music, DJs, or more upscale drinking environments, head farther west along West Center Road, toward downtown Omaha.