Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 268
Beer Avg: 3.49
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This brewpub and restaurant are located in a 100 yr old firehouse. The atmosphere, decor, lighting were superb. Omaha has a non smoking ordinance so that was also a plus.
The quality of their beer was great. I tried three kinds and enjoyed all. Very fresh and reasonably priced.
The service was very good with friendly waitresses who had time to interact and talk to us.
The food was wide in variety and tasted and looked like it was prepared fresh and at the restaurant. The variety was so broad that I wondered if it could all be good. Everything we tried was great. Steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, jambalaya were just a small cross section of the menu.
I thought it may be a tad high. Entrees were from $15-$50. Good portion sizes.
Overall, the best dining experience Ihave had in some time.
06-04-2008 23:56:42 | More by daledeee
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
We stopped in here last weekend and had a wonderful dinner. I went with a non-beer drinker too, and she enjoyed her dinner very much. The price I put $$$ because the food is upscale. We tried steaks, lamb, and fish. All were very delectable. The beers were wonderful, we took back a growler of the American Pale Ale, and the growlers were brown (nice!).
Parking is a bit of a challenge but the ramps are not too pricey so it's worth it to avoid the frustration and park in the ramp. We went on a very busy night, there was a fair across the street and we got seated quickly because we called ahead, I definitely recommend calling ahead.
05-25-2007 03:55:25 | More by Reneejane
4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the 178th brewpub I've visited in north america (where they brew their own beer on site). Business travel has its advantages.
I sat outside on a cool night and my only trip inside was for the restroom. From what I saw, the place had a cool interior and it looks like they have some sort of rooftop garden. It's in what's probably the coolest section of downtown Omaha which makes it a no brainer if you're in town. Lots of neat shops and restaurants if you want to eat elsewhere although our meals were both very good.
The beer. Well, anyplace that serves a double IPA is fine in my book. In fact, they didn't have a pale or standard IPA which seems a bit weird. I should have asked how much of the double they sell. Seems like a risky beer to have on tap. They also had a nice Belgium sesional and an ESB which were both very good.
The only problem I we had was the hilljacks behind us chain smoking the entire evening. It was outside so not too bad.
09-18-2006 20:49:18 | More by Yetiman420
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This is one of my favorite places in Omaha. The atmosphere is great, fairly darkly lit, very clean, not too excessively loud, and pretty much anything else I tend to expect from a decent pub.
The building used to be an old firehouse serving the Old Market district, so it is a huge open warehouse type of building that has been revamped for a more post-modern feel, much like most buildings in the Old Market that have been converted to loft style apts. There is a large bar in the middle of the main floor and plenty of billiards tables upstairs. The house beers vary from average to amazing, and are quite cheap. You can even get a free sampler if you're wary to make a choice. I highly recommend checking out whatever is on cask.
The service has always been awesome whenever I come here. Our waiter brought out some fresh bread with our appetizers, compliments of the house, just because it was some of the best tasting bread he'd had since he started working there and he wanted somebody else to concur. It goes without saying that the wait staff are friendly and courteous. On top of that, they seem to have good knowledge of their house brews, which is a key aspect to any brew pub.
The selection was fairly large compared to most brewpubs I've visited. I didn't have time to sample more than one at the time, but given more time I would have liked to sample them all. I didn't see anything about non-house beers listed on the menu, but surely there are some of those as well for the non-adventurous.
The food is awesome. Surely you must try the Spinach Artichoke dip for an appetizer if you are making the trip to Omaha. Everything I've ever eaten here has been wonderful. Many menu items are made using house beers as well, such as the beer bread. Definitely try the food if you ever come here.
Prices are reasonable as well. I don't remember exact prices, but I believe growlers ran at $9.00 while refills were $7.50. Pints or house beer ran at about $2.50 if I remember correctly.
05-28-2005 00:44:40 | More by neonbrown82
4.51/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was passing through Omaha & found this place on BA. I am so glad I did. it is a large space with a warm & welcoming vibe. I It is a large rectangular bar w/ an old time feel to it.The beer was excellent as was the food. The service was good, but not perfect. I have nothing negative to say. The prices are reasonable , the beer is inexpensive. The food prices were competitive. I will return @ every opportunity.
02-19-2013 16:36:01 | More by aeibrean
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Upstream is great. Location in Old Market is perfect, they have a huge space in a historic building. Pool tables, huge bar and a warm inviting dining area.
The bar has a great atmosphere and the food is terrific. All of the beers are clean and tasty.
The brewer has no fear of expermenting, this week e had a Belgian style brown with fruit and spices that was great. The flavors are excellent and not overpowering.
The menu is also extensive, from Jambalaya to Pork Chops and Chinese chicken salad. Everything is excellent.
The staff is a little slow, but friendly. if you drink too fast you will go empty.
12-04-2008 22:17:59 | More by moreyeel
Upstream Brewing Company - Old Market in Omaha, NE
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.