The Oven - Downtown

4.8
229 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
The first Oven Restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, has been around since 1988 and owned/operated by a dedicated family of chefs who have been creating Indian cuisine for over twenty seven years. The Oven Restaurants specialize in Northern Indian Cuisine which is known for its rich colors, flavor profiles and a unique style of cooking in a clay oven, called the Tandoor. Chicken, shrimp and lamb marinate for several hours in a yogurt and spice mixture and placed on skewers while various breads are being hand made by our chefs fresh each day. The skewers and breads are then placed in the tandoor over an open flame where breads are cooked to perfection and the rich flavors are sealed in to ensure tenderness and quality of the meat. Whether you enjoy the historic Haymarket atmosphere to the relaxed vibe of the Cellar, we have what you want!
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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SandraD
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven is a fantastic place to go for any occasion. Their food is always delicious and I’ve never experienced anything but excellent service! I got carry out several times during COVID restrictions. Thank you to The Oven for remaining open during these challenging times!

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vipBrookec24
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Oven never disappoints! From hummus and naan, to salmon madras- my taste buds are bursting with flavor. For an extra treat request to sit downstairs and have Charles serve you. He is top notch and knows and menu and wine list extensively.

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vipMichaelM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Unexpectedly great Indian Food in Lincoln! Great flavors and appropriate portions.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For 2 of our 6, this was their first ever experience with Indian cuisine. It wont be their last! Great food and great time for us all! Highly recommended!

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Lilaclover
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt safe dining inside, as staff was using the protocol set by the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was gross 🤢🤮🤢🤮🥴🤮

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding and our service was great. We celebrated our sons 21st birthday tonight and we all had a great time.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We think our server forgot to put in our order. It took a very long time to get our food. We are disappointed that we made a reservation and still could not sit outside. The portions were much smaller than usual.

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AnnN
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as we enjoyed the food. We really would recommend it.

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vipDearandHon
San Francisco
152 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are very few places in Lincoln like The Oven...our favorite spot is The Cellar...table under the stairs...order the Nosh board for a sensory feast!...whether you are new to wine or an old pro...Charles Ludwig the Sommelier will enhance your evening with THE perfect wine...as always thank you for a lovely evening and we will see you soon! 😊

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Edwardtja
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food came out fast, food was delicious. Even with Covid restrictions it was great.

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EmmaD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, definitely coming back! The food and service were both amazing.

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JeffreyC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place had great food.realky good location in the Haymarket.

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TMAMPM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not too much flavor and not spicy. The soup is much better than the salad as a starter. Salad dressing was not good -- very tart -- one person could not even eat it. The main dishes were ok. Best item was the naan bread -- garlic and one with raisins and cashews -- it was good dipped in sauce or soup.

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MargaretS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven has been the meeting place of choice for 20 years for friends coming back to Lincoln to visit. The food, service and ambiance are always wonderful.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to the Oven. I appreciated the efforts made for social distancing while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for my family to enjoy the meal.

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MatthewB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven Downtown never disappoints. Delicious

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EmilyT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vast menu selection! Amazing food, amazing service, amazing everything! Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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MicheleT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual

MW
MarciaW
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Uncharacteristically, the server got one of our orders wrong. She was very apologetic and offered to bring the correct order but my dining companion was also gracious and took what she got. We were on our way to the Lied Center.

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KurtG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Oven is worth a visit, or like us its worth a number of revisits!

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AdamL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Delicious traditional Indian cuisine

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TimK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, wine list, and atmosphere. The service was a little lacking but OK.

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ScottT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentines evening, so very busy. Food was very good as well as the service. We love to get the nosh board downstairs!

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Bshakey
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Always love the food at the Oven but tonight it was a little below par (busy Valentine's Day). It rated a 3 star but the service was so good it helped the overall score. We had a great, personable and attentive server and it made the experience more enjoyable. It was an off night food wise but we'll be back.

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HelloThere
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was on point. Not much else I need to say!

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Sarah
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely adore The Oven in its Haymarket location. The staff has always been friendly and kind, and the food has never disappointed.

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Blake
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. I would without a doubt go back and this is my favorite place in Lincoln

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vipDavidLincolnNE
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the same dish, but we mix it up with drinks or dessert (yes, they don't really tell you that they have dessert, but they do!!). Charlie, the sommelier, is SO incredibly knowledgeable not just about the huge variety and price points of the wines in The Cellar (which are available in the restaurant as well), but about wines in general. We enjoy chatting with him about wines as he recommends the perfect pairing for our dish. Very enjoyable and very affordable.

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vipTaylorH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great! She was training a new waiter and she was very attentive and super friendly. I wish I could remember her name. The table next to us had a different waitress and she had her hands on her hips and was getting into our space so we had to keep dodging her elbows so we didn’t get hit. It was only a bit disruptive but when she noticed we were dodging her she worked to adjust it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nye was a blast!

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LaurenW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations here at the last minute for NYE and wasn’t disappointed. The food was great, service was prompt despite the crazy amount of people in the restaurant. Kudos to being busy but still showing us a good time.

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DougK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A vast menu. Consistently excellent dishes. Love trying new ones, but hard to go away from ones you love. Huge wine list. Excellent craft cocktail menu, creative and delicious.

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Oven, especially the downtown location. We tried a few “new” dishes this time and were not disappointed! Loved the spinach paneer dip and the mixed appetizer dish. We love The Oven!

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annew
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My family and I have been going to The Oven for years, for celebration and for the food. The breads are truly outstanding, but we all have our favorite dishes, from Tandoori chicken to Lamb Madras, not to mention the soup.

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viptg25
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our favorite it Lincoln. Great wine list. Outstanding Indian dishes.

JC
JenniferC
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for a date night. Good service and great food.

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Daniel
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my lady on a date and we had an amazing evening. We were seated in the cellar where the sommelier Charlie helped us pick out a great bottle of wine to pair with our meal that we would both enjoy. I frequently eat at similar casual fine dining restaurants in California so I was extremely pleased with the value of the wine selection and service. It’s great that Lincoln has this quality of experience at an affordable price. Thanks Charlie!

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The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.