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The Oven - Downtown

4.7
4.7
354 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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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Wine Bar, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

  • Phone number

    (402) 475-6118

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ngawang Rinchen

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln

  • Cross street

    P Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 354 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Good for Groups

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    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. DJ

    DougJ

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    Food was good, appropriate spice, wine selection excellent; Our server had an attitude after they made some errors …. It only got worse as the evening went on. I think I’ll stick to take out!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Charming place but the chicken was dry, and wine by the glass was extremely over priced for selection. Not sure I’d go back.

  3. F

    Fahrside

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always good food and service, and a great place to celebrate special occasions.

  4. A

    Anonymous

    Denver

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant in Lincoln! Food is delicious!!

  5. d

    dc3029

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Indian Oven never disappoints! The food is always spot on and the service is always outstanding. We have been dining since they first opened in 1988.

  6. K

    Kelle

    Omaha

    135 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    This is one of very favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, I served didn't appear to want to be there and got easily agitated when we followed up on our orders. We never got our soups, out food, although good, appeared to have been sitting around. And he rang in the wrong entre. This is not indicative of the owners' insistence on superior service over the years. But we will be back and make sure we don't get the same server!!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the oven and this time didn’t disappoint either!

  8. JM

    JMF123

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing as usual! We love going to the Oven in the Haymarket and sitting in the outside dining area.

  9. V

    Vihang

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Appetizers were deep fried and looked old. Main course was way too spicy, had to reorder. Poor food quality as we saw a lot of color added. Overall less value for money.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outside dining with very friendly and efficient service. Followed the servers recommendation and we were very pleased. My wife has food allergies and the server was well informed and very careful.

  11. L

    Lilaclover

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great outdoor dining

  12. TJ

    TravelingJandJ

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The dishes were overall quite good, a bit spicier than we typically eat. If the level of heat could be adjusted, or asked at the time we ordered, that would have been ideal.

  13. N

    Noname

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The Oven is one of the best restaurants in Lincoln. I eat there about once a month. This visit it was obvious that there were some staffing issues. The food took an unusually long time to be served. My Vegetable Madras was unusually spicy with what seemed to be a cluster of red, hot peppers. I definitely will return to The Oven and suspect this was a difficult, off night for the restaurant. The Pandemic has made me aware of the issue of staffing in the service industry and I suspect that was the cause of this evening's dining experience.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely the best Indian food anywhere in the US! Great service, wonderful staff combine to make the Oven a go-to choice for dining out. We love it!

  15. RL

    RyanL

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant. Our favorite in Lincoln! You literally cannot go wrong on the menu - we’ve ordered basically everything and have never been disappointed. Both indoor and outdoor seating is wonderful and the location is perfect in haymarket!

  16. EL

    EvanL

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food is always wonderful here. Probably one of the best in town. Service on this night was a little slow but I think they were a bit understaffed for the concert crowd.

  17. DR

    DinnerReviewer

    Omaha

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and outstanding service. Always a favorite!

  18. K

    Kurtisssss

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Indian food in Lincoln. Nice calm restaurant, with excellent service.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Had a very large group, 17 or 18. Only a single server, who had other groups, so ordering of appetizers, drinks and food was SLOW. Everything was well prepared. Food was excellent all around, we left full and happy.

  20. K

    Kelle

    Omaha

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect. Service was great. Had an enjoyable birthday meal.

  21. KL

    KimberleyL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We three ladies were in town for the Spring Game. Two of us have been here before. The food, wine, cocktails and service are great!! We enjoyed it immensely! Thanks and cheers! I will be back!!

  22. EF

    EricF

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Absolutely fantastic food. Tables are really close together so the ambiance suffers

  23. M

    Mandar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a LARGE group and they were super amazing and accommodating. The food was phenomenal and the server did a great job of recommending dishes based on entry levels to more advanced dishes. The naan 🫓 bread is going to be the highlight of any meal. The staff were friendly and kind. The atmosphere was inviting. You will not me disappointed if you eat here.

  24. T

    Tourist

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great time at The Oven. The food was amazing, the wait staff was courteous and helpful. Highly recommend!

  25. DR

    DinnerReviewer

    Omaha

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an extremely busy evening. The food and service were excellent even with the number of people dining.

  26. AB

    AuburnB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious as always my husband and I’s favorite date night spot!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was savory and hot; service was attentive and not rushed

  28. AD

    AngieD

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    First time eating Indian Cuisine. It was a nice experience.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exception food….top notch service! Love this place!

  30. SS

    SethS

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicious, I highly recommend it.

  31. JM

    JonathanM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Oven is a great restaurant if you want some solid Indian food. I was not expecting such high quality!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and service

  33. NG

    NancyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently excellent food, wine and service. One of our favorite places in Lincoln.

  34. n

    nicoled

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a cozy & delightful spot to enjoy dinner.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very nice Indian restaurant. Loved the Kabuli Naan. Would go five stars but thought the wine was pricey per glass and I don’t like to give 5 stars after only one meal.

  36. E

    Ellie

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love The Oven! Everyone there is always so kind, and they have a great selection of food.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We were overall very satisfied with our date night. :)

  38. K

    Kevin

    Omaha

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food, great service and attentive staff. The food is exquisite and filled with flavor. This is really the best Lincoln has to offer.

  39. WM

    WillM

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great service and food as always. Drinks are kinda small for how much they are but they are good.

  40. KK

    KeriK

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you, for making my birthday special. Kind and thoughtful staff gave excellent customer service. Wonderful ambiance transported me to another realm. Fabulous wine and a uniquely mixed cocktail. Food was prepared perfectly and beautifully presented. We will remember last night and look forward to our next dining experience at the Oven, downtown. :)!

FAQs

The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 354 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for The Oven - Downtown

201 N. 8th St. Lincoln, NE 68508

Additional information

  • Cross street

    P Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Wine Bar, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ngawang Rinchen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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