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Joe Tess Live Fish Market

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5424 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68107-4426
+1 402-731-7278
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Norfolk, Nebraska
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Well we ate at Joe Tess's in Omaha. Waitress was great and brought a trial piece of carp. I think fried carp must be an acquired taste or you need lots of malt vinegar or hot sauce to make it go down. Had the catfish. I like catfish and used both on it also. Wife didn't like it. To much... More 

Thank bigshoe1982
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This South Omaha landmark enjoys a great reputation among those who grew up in the community. I recognized it immediately, having frequented many like it in my home in rural Louisiana. The menu does not change and nobody wants it to. It is the only place I have ever been that would charge you money to eat carp. And I... More 

Thank Rifle762
Fargo, North Dakota
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Went to Joe Tess Place for the catfish and the fried oysters and after peeling away the breading from the oysters we could not find the oysters in most of the pieces. The catfish was ok but all the food tasted like it was cooked in old grease. Would not waste my time going back, way to much wrong with... More 

Thank Ron A
Omaha, Nebraska
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265 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

I remember when Joe Tess was primarily a bar with a small room on the west side used for the restaurant. And the quality of food has remained quite consistent over the years. It's fun to see how the menu has expanded with additional seafood and non-fish meals now. A friend and I went for lunch on a Friday. The... More 

Thank DEPOmaha
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I've been to this place at least a handful of times thinking that maybe just maybe it would be better than the last and because everyone seems to love it. Every time I have eaten there I am super disappointed. I do not recommend this place to anyone.

Thank Cynthia C
Omaha, Nebraska
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This place used to be great. However on my last visit the waitress was rude the food was drenched in oil and soggy. We waited for an extended period of time for our food. We will not be back anytime soon.

Thank Chauncey M
Wuhan, China
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Normally we really love the show and its suggestions but the famous carp was half overbooked and half undercooked. Shrimp was done well but the raspberry ice tea tastes like artificial raspberry with no tea. Our server was sort of rude. Prices are reasonable from $8-19 depending on the entree.

Thank eliza-china
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160 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is a family restaurant serving its specialty Carp fish for many may years in Omaha. We had not visited for well over a decade, but returned with family to see and taste again. The restaurant is very family oriented, drinks and food very reasonably priced. The menu was wide, offering Catfish, Chicken and other side options besides the standard... More 

1 Thank Mayflower60
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Jackie fries the bomb carp the bomb fried shrimp the bomb and all the rye bread and pickles you can eat always ask for soft when you order the carp

1 Thank Linda W
Omaha, Nebraska
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265 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

I hadn't eaten at Joe Tess' for a few years until Saturday night...why did I wait so long? The menu has expanded some since my last visit, including additional fish/seafood and non-fish items as well. But I ordered the double piece carp dinner that comes with jacket fried potatoes, rye bread and dill pickle slices. The serving gave enough left... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5424 S 24th St, Omaha, NE 68107-4426
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Omaha
  • Phone Number: +1 402-731-7278

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?