My first intorduction to Omaha Steaks was when, a few years ago, I received as a Christmas present a cooler full of assorted steaks, from rib eyes to filets. So, one evening, we wanted to try a different steakhouse so we decided to try Omaha Steakhouse on Baymeadows.
Atmosphere: Omaha Steakhouse is in the Embassy Suites. I did not know that and was a little hesitant to go in because of the hotel clientele standing outside and generally hotel food is mediocre at best. But, we were hungry. The restaurant is in the lobby and is not enclsed completely. As you enter, to the right is a bar and the dining room is on the left. The place was not very big compared to other steakhouses in town. As you would expect, the interior was dark. The bar was dead and besides us, there were 2 other patrons, and by the end of our meal, a total of 7. I think we were the only locals there. I looked around, and asked where the kitchen was and was told that they shared the kitchen with the hotel...(you see where this is going...)
Menu: Click here to View Menu The menu is your typical steakhouse menu with steaks, seafood, chicken and pork. For starters, we had the calamari. This was the 2nd WORST calamari I've had here in Jax. It was unfortunately tasteless and tough.For my meal, I ordered the 12 oz filet medium and substituted the Mashed Potatoes with green beans (I was politely informed by our waiter that any other substitution would cost me more! Most steakhouses would gladly substitute a side especially if a customer were paying $34 for a steak!) HOWEVER, my steak was PERFECTLY cooked and tasted great, maybe because these steaks are apparently exteremely fresh and not frozen at any point. With my meal, I had a 2nd single malt scotch. Both drinks were so watered down...
My partner ordered the Grilled Combo Plate of Filet and Maryland Crab Cakes with the mashed potatoes. She ordered a mudium-well and it was served slightly overdone but still very tasty. The crabcakes were very good, big crab lumps, with Remoulade. Her entree was overall good, including the mashed potatoes.
So, since our entrees were very good, we decided to have dessert. Tracy got the Obnoxious Chocolate Cake and for me Creme Brulee. The chocolate cake was huge - definately enough for 2 - and quite good. The Creme Brulee, on the other hand, was a disappointment! Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert...usually the creme is topped with sugar and torched. This one was sprinkled, then baked. When I was asked if it was ok, I siad I really didn't like it after 1 bite.
Service: Our waiter Zach, was excellent and very attentive, so I cannot really blame the messenger. He even tried to take off my dessert since I didn't eat it, but to no avail.
Overall, personally, I will eat here again only if I happen to be at the hotel. I'd rather go to other more established steakhouses around town that have a good atmosphere and substitute sides without worring about an additional dollar.
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