Dining out is about more than just great food. The experience is often what makes the difference. This is especially true in a city where quality steak is readily available. What makes a restaurant standout is attention to detail—both in how that steak is prepared and served, but also the detail with which its diners are treated. Fleming’s in Regency takes pride not only in the quality of its food, but more importantly, in the quality of service and customized approach they take for everyone who dines with them, no matter what the occasion.
Operating Partner Josh Orsini has made a career out of providing that exceptional experience. He’s been in the hospitality industry since the age of 14 and attributes his passion for catering to the customer to his time working at Disney World. “Walt (Disney) was a self-made man, but nothing was about himself,” Josh said. He worked for Ruth’s Chris Steak House for 10 years. When restauranteurs Paul Fleming and Bill Allen opened the first Fleming’s in 1998, Josh knew it was his dream job. When the opportunity arose four years ago, he jumped at it.
“Fleming’s was meant to be more approachable than previous steak houses,” Josh said. It’s intended to appeal to families, individuals, as well as businesses. “We want people to feel like they left their house and are coming to an extension of their home,” he added. And just like at home, Josh and his team want you to feel comfortable, whether you stop in for a glass of wine—they serve 100 wines by the glass—a burger in the bar, are celebrating an anniversary, or are hosting an event. The emphasis is on a customized experience for every individual and one that’s often unexpected.
It starts with a tenured staff who takes the time to get to know each customer. Then it’s combined with exceptional food preparation overseen by Operating Chef Doug Case. “He’s a –brilliant chef and a kind person,” Josh said. Whether it’s the Prime Burger served at their daily happy hour, the Barbecue New Zealand Salmon, Prime Rib served on Sundays, or one of their USDA Prime and Certified Angus Beef steaks, Fleming’s will ensure you love your meal. “Love makes our steaks better than anyone else’s,” Josh said. It’s love for what they do, how they do it, and who they do it for. “It’s all about the enjoyment we give to our guests and the smiles we put on their faces.”
The theme of love will carry over to Fleming’s Valentine’s Dinner, served from Feb. 9-18th. The offering will include prosciutto wrapped scallops as an appetizer, two surf and turf options: either an 8 oz. petite filet or the barbecue salmon, both with either a jumbo shrimp or colossal king crab pairing, a golden and red beet goat cheese salad, and a sharable dessert of chocolate covered madeleine and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Other special events throughout the year include monthly wine dinners, charitable events to support non-profit organizations such as for Angels Among Us, JDRF, and the Nebraska Humane Society. They also host wedding receptions, events in their two private party rooms, and off-site events. The restaurant is even open on Thanksgiving as a dining destination to accommodate families. No matter what the occasion, Josh said he and his associates are there to provide whatever type of experience guests are looking for. “We start our day eight hours before the first guests walk in the door,” Josh said. “The dedication we have to consistently produce these intricate culinary delicacies speaks to that love for our professions, our products, and our guests.”