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Johnny's Café opened in 1922 as a small eight-seat saloon located next to the Omaha Stockyards. Founder, Frank Kawa, expanded the menu and footprint as the Stockyards and surrounding South Omaha community continued to grow.
Jack & Tom Kawa, Frank’s sons, took ownership of the restaurant in the early 1960’s. At that time Johnny’s was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner catering to the Stockyard clientele and Omaha locals. In the 1970’s Johnny’s underwent a major transformation two years in the making. The renovation included installing the world-famous brass steer horn front doors and improving the iconic dining room mural.
In the 1990's Jack's daughters, Kari and Sally assumed day-to-day operations as the third generation to own and operate Johnny's Café. Together they continued to preserve the nostalgic history as they moved into their 100th year of operation. Now, as we enter our 101st year as an Omaha favorite, we welcome you back to experience what the legend of Omaha’s original Steakhouse is all about.
Great food, service and ambiance. I had the prime rib. It was very good. It was tender and served with a mushroom gravy/sauce. My husband had a porter house steak and it was great as well. The salads were fresh and served with homemade dressing. I had the blue cheese with crumbles and it was very good and not overpowering. Glad we finally stopped in as we enjoyed our meal and experience.
An Omaha classic. Great steaks, veteran professional wait staff, ambiance and classic experience. One of the best values in steakhouses, and usually no waiting. You gotta go!
I was stationed at the air force base here back in the early seventies....this place was the best place in town at that time and it was a wonderful experience....i would certainly go there often if i lived closer. I will send my best buddies to you and hope they enjoy it as much as i do!
Love it. A classic steakhouse. Fantastic service. Plenty of menu options for any taste. Large portions including a salad and the cottage cheese spread is amazing. Great seating for large groups or a dinner date for 2.
Very good. Old town flavor a home cooked experience. The staff was very friendly and made us feel right at home. The wine and liquor list was very complete. Thanks for a great evening.