The Oven - Downtown

4.9
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206 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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TK
Omaha
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

ST
Omaha
2 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!

B
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.

HT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
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.

B
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DL
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.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
Adelaide / SA
5 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.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nye was a blast!

LW
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.

DK
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.

AS
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!

a
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.

t
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

JC
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

D
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!

AY
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Loved it. We go as often as we can.

B
Omaha
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, extensive and wonderful wine list and the ambiance was great!

If you like apicy food in an eclectic place and ambiance this is the place to be

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We joined the masses for dinner out before a Lied center event. The way the staff at The Oven handled the rush was impressive. As well orchestrated as the show we saw! That is no small feat given the entire restaurant was sat within half an hour. We planned ahead and knew what we were going to order before we sat at our table which helped us get in and out in a timely matter. Team work was obvious, as our bar orders were bright promptly by another employee and food was quickly to our table. Our server Anna was a gem, although she was busy, she was efficient and multi-tasked her tables well, while maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor the whole time. It was evident that had we come on a less hectic evening she would have been even more attentive and personable. We'll be sure to ask for her then next time we dine!

Thank you Oven staff, I have yet to be disappointed!

D
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food quality wasn’t great and the restaurant was dirty. The server acted as though we were a bother to be there and it wasn’t even 1/2 full. Won’t be back but it has potential to be good

BV
Omaha
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was way spicier this time otherwise great!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food

C
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven is one of the best restaurants in Nebraska. Lincoln is fortunate to be home to this fabulous institution. Best wine list in the state.

OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Visiting daughter.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I only wish I lived closer to Lincoln so I could dine at The Oven regularly. The food was delicious! This was my 10 year old's first Indian food experience and she's a fan (and a hard sell).

SH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience. The Oven consistently delivers with excellent Indian food and an outstanding wine list. With so many wine choices, The Oven’s sommelier, Charlie Ludwig, is very helpful in finding the preferences of the table and offering suggestions that make everyone happy. This has been our family’s go to place for the past 30 years and they never disappoint.

DH
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food...and the service...😊
Thank you!

MC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian was a wonderful server who spent a lot of answering our questions about various menu items. Everyone in the restaurant was extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome!

DC
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have some dietary restrictions and on low FODMAP diets so we’re a little concerned with our choices. The owners wife came to our table and explained what we could eat that followed the diet guidelines and choices that were onion and garlic free. They were very helpful and accommodating! We’ve always loved and supported these restaurants and will continue to in the future. 👍🏽

CW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to restaurant in Lincoln for 23+ years. Always good food, always good service.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good food enjoyed everything was not a long to wait for food or drinks

RH
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always great and this time was no exception. Great place for dinner with friends. Sat outside and had a great time.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service every time I go! Love this place

MT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven never disappoints. The food is great and the wine list is world-class. Charlie is the best.

OT
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very reasonable Indian food in a prime Haymarket location.

JR
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Charlie is great with wine recommendations!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. We will definitely be back.

s
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great tastes and good value for money, took home left overs for lunch. Waitress was very polite and helpful with choices. Will definitely go again and recommend.