Lazlo's Brewery & Grill
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
I wish this place was closer to the action in Omaha. Being out at 192nd and Center is so far out there. It's amazing how great their location in Lincoln is compared to this one.
The brewpub is very clean and sleek having opened in the last five years. All the beer is brewed in Lincoln so there isn't any brewing equipment on-site.
Empyrean beer is very solid. Nothing spectacular but certainly not below average. The Vanilla Porter is a truly above average beer but the rest of their line-up is just average as far as craft beer goes. Definitely worth trying and good but not overwhelming.
Lazlo's food is awesome. Way above average for a brewpub. The service is above average but don't expect the servers to know much about the beer. Luckily the descriptions are clear cut and Empyrean brews all their beer to style.
I go here at least once a month and have never been disappointed. I enjoy trying their homebrew champion beer that they brew from their internal homebrew competition.
One of the most delightful items I love is their various beer dinners. I've attended three of them and have loved all of them. If you get a chance to attend one, I strongly suggest you do.
07-27-2010 15:41:03 | More by clarkm04
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
This is a decent restaurant, but nothing too spectacular as a brewpub. As the previous reviewer has mentioned, it lacks the heart and soul of a real brewery. No equipment in sight and not really a whole lot of signage displaying their brews. On the other hand, anybody reading the menu would be hard pressed to not know that this is a brewpub. One thing I really liked about the menu is that every food choice is accompanied by a beer pairing, not to mention it describes each of their regular offerings in good detail.
The building itself is pretty typical of all the new brewpubs sprouting up around Omaha. Rotating doors open up into the waiting area with the bar off to the left, while straight forward lies a cavernous echo chamber which makes it a bit difficult to understand the server at times. Pretty sanitary and lacking of soul, and the wait staff almost reminded me of the guy from the movie Office Space with the excessive flair. Yes, everything is fine, now please go away...
The beer is pretty standard. If you have had Empyrean beer before, you know what to expect, but if you haven't, don't expect to be blown away (nor let down, necessarily). On the other hand, I thought the food was great. I've had it a few times, despite this location being so far from my home that I might as well go to the original Lincoln location. Probably won't go back unless I just so happen to be out that way again for some reason, but it was worth it and I'd recommend giving it a try.
04-30-2009 07:36:58 | More by neonbrown82
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
After being at Lazlo's in Lincoln for the NU/USC game, I remembered that we actually have a Lazlo's in Omaha. Other than the actual opening, I completely forgot about this place. I haven't seen any advertising for the place. After going there tonight, I wish I continued to forget about it. I like the one in Lincoln, it's not outstanding beer and food, but it is good. I have had no problems. I really want to like this place but tonight experience left a bad taste in my mouth...literally.
A nice upscale decor and very clean. A small bar to the left as you walk in that has some booths and tables. A decent sized waiting area that leads to a spacious dining area. Not much on the walls except their shirt selection by the cashiers and some paintings on the wall of various buildings around Omaha. It feels more like a restaurant than a brewery. Aside from the shirts and the small refrigerator with their bottled six packs, I would not even guess that this place made their own beer. Not much emphasis on the beer IMO.
Our wait was a little longer than quoted, which isn't a big deal, but they weren't too busy. I swear they gave me the brown ale instead of the Oktoberfest. The O-Fest in Lincoln was smooth and not too sweet. This one had the characteristics of a brown. The server said it was what I ordered and offered to exchange it. I opted for the ESB, which wasn't a good choice. The beer was served too cold, I couldn't even tell what kind of beer it was. There was no hop presence at all and no aftertaste lingering on my tongue.
Food was all right. We kept it simple, I had the BBQ Bacon Burger w/ fries. My only complaint with food was that shredded cheese was served on my burger with chopped onions. The cheese wasn't melted and too many onions, which were too strong and two hours later I can still taste them. Fries were a bit too salty, but good.
Overall service was kind of weak. The servers took awhile to come to our table and take our order; and when they did come, it took awhile to come back. And then it was like, "Here you go." and off they went without asking if you needed anything.
I think there should be more focus on the beer. When I go to a brewery/brew pub I want to see their beer being presented. Many places have signs or pictures of their beers or labels around the place. Even the bar area is almost out of view and since they don't actually brew there, there are no brew kettles to give it that feel. To me, this is just a restaurant that has somebody brew their beer for them.
There is a painting in the waiting area that says something like, "It's your turn to do the cooking!". It has a guy bringing a bag of Lazlo's food to the family at the dinner table. On the table there are wine glasses and maybe glasses of water for the kids. What? No beer at the table from the brewery? I think that painting sums up the attitude for beer at the Omaha location.
One thing I was hoping for was that they would have Cask Night here like they do in Lincoln. I did not see any indication of them having this event, which is either weekly or monthly. Hopefully soon, but I don't think it will happen here. Sadly, this would be the only thing that could bring me back.
09-22-2007 03:56:40 | More by jhammerly
Lazlo's Brewery & Grill in Omaha, NE
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.