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The Oven - Downtown, Lincoln, NE
The Oven - Downtown, Lincoln, NE
The Oven - Downtown, Lincoln, NE
The Oven - Downtown, Lincoln, NE
The Oven - Downtown, Lincoln, NE

The Oven - Downtown

4.7
4.7
475 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 475 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lincoln

    Best Overall

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Best Value

  • Lincoln

    Good for groups

  • Lincoln

    Healthy

  • Lincoln

    Hot spot

  • Lincoln

    Great for fine wines

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

  • Lincoln

    Good for special occasions

  • Lincoln

    Most Booked

475 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service is always excellent. Their sommelier is friendly and made great recommendations.

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  2. RoyR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and cocktails are always amazing! Food was served promptly.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was stellar! The sampler appetizer was good. The bread was wonderful. Entrees delectable. The service was meh. Did the job but that's it.

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  4. Robfelt

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried the tandoori tuna and was blown away. Highly recommended.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy our meals here! Great food, excellent service. Love the ambience especially downstairs. Wine bar is wonderful as well.

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  6. SaraH

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Gabby was our server & she was a delight. Super knowledgeable about the menu, friendly & fun. She gave us great suggestions for our first visit!

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  7. MoMa51

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was outstanding, as always. It was busy, and there seemed to be a confusion as to who was going to wait on us...so it took awhile to get some attention. But after that, the service was very good. We always love the Oven!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Long-time customer of the Haymarket location. One of our favorite restaurants in Lincoln.

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  9. Tonytheetrainer

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic wait staff and cocktails, and the meal!!! Ont wait to go back! Love you Venue!!!❤️

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  10. KaitlinC

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Service was quick and good too!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing as always. Our favorite was the spinach bread!

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  12. Visitor

    Omaha

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite having a reservation and arriving on time, several walk- ins were seated ahead of us. The server spilled water on our menus and didn’t bother to clean it up. The side dish soup was served lukewarm, and the main dish took 50 minutes to come to the table. The garlic naan was dry and bland. Our order was prepared incorrectly and rather than offering a replacement, remake, or refund, the waiter made an excuse and took it back to the kitchen. None of the food stood out and the service was terrible.

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  13. CW692

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding! Never had an issue. I’ve been eating at the Oven for 30+ years.

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  14. JillF

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They were super busy and understaffed, our servers did the best they could. That being said the food was excellent and will definitely be back

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  15. BruceC

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was amazing. The wine was great. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was a great experience. Will definitely do it again soon.

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  16. JasonH

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hummus is to die for! Service was great! Food came out quick!

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  17. MikeC

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Lincoln. Incredible wine list. Knowledgeable and dedicated sommelier. Pratik Patel is the best!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been coming here for years and I love it every time! Such a great spot for a date night or catching up with friends. The food is always amazing and they have such a great cocktail and wine list as well. During the warmer months I love to sit outside. The Oven has great outside seating right in the Haymarket. My go-to order is always Chicken Tikka Madras, garlic naan, with a soup! The Oven is a 10/10

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  19. karenh

    Omaha

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined on a busy Friday night. Our server was prompt and attentive. We started w poppadom which was served with a generous serving of mint chutney. Both were very good. I ordered Chicken Tikka Saag which my husband ended up using to dip his Mixed Tandoori Grill pieces in as those tend to be on the dry side. Overall, we enjoyed our meal, however unlike traditional Indian restaurants, the Oven wait staff never asks how spicy you want your food. You will have to request more heat, and even then it may not be as spicy as you would like. As it was, we forgot to ask but enjoyed our meal anyway.

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  20. NatalieD

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is amazing. Took a while for someone to acknowledge we had been seated. Waited 10 minutes or so before someone asked us what we wanted for drinks. Otherwise the waiter was great, great food.

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  21. NicoleV

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was amazing. It was our first trip and she was super patient and helpful.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oven is the best. It’s a go to in Lincoln. Highly recommend.

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  23. BrandonO

    Omaha

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Ours drinks came out after our meals, we had soup and salad that typically you get before your meal but it also came out with our meals. So pretty much we got everything we ordered at one time might has well just went to a fast food joint. Positive note the food was delicious as always but the service ready left us disappointed

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  24. FastEddie

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lamb was so tender, the sauces were delicious, the service was excellent. We love The Oven!

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  25. DawnD

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Oven was absolutely delicious! I am vegan and my partner is not, but we both had tons of menu options and difficulty deciding what to order. We loved every bite, and the cocktails were delicious, too. Our server, Connor, was very attentive. Highly recommend. We will be back.

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  26. AdamB

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I've never been disappointed eating at The Oven. I'm disappointed they left the Omaha location, but always worth the drive to Lincoln to enjoy eating there.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easy to make reservations for my daughter's 18th birthday through OpenTable. Food was great, service was friendly and attentive. Will defenitely make it a staple in our places to eat in Lincoln!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I've always enjoyed The Oven. Their food is really good. The service was not so great. She brought us 2 appetizer plates for 5 people and never returned with more. I hadn't eaten there in over a year and ended up ordering the wrong item, which I know is my own fault, but it would be really nice to have pictures of the menu items. I would have known by the color of the sauce that I had ordered the wrong thing (it was still great, just a little spicier than I normally like).

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  29. CateV

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always love the oven! Can’t beat the amazing wine prices, and the food is delicious!

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  30. WillR

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was excellent - as usual. We love it! The wait staff was great and the food wonderful.

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  31. CK6NE

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and environment, a great experience!

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  32. NeilT

    Denver

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Our soup was cold, our tea was never served, and my fish Tikka was okay. Service was slow.

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  33. Dutchman

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Large menu with lots of choices. Good Naan

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and Emily was fantastic as usual for the wait staff

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  35. RCC1

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant atmosphere and food were quite good overall, but the service was disappointing. I rated the service is fair, but that was very generous. I was entertaining out of town guests who I was hoping to impress with what many consider to be excellent Indian food. Unfortunately, our server was too busy talking to other people (not staff or customers) or playing on his phone. what I recommend The Oven-Downtown? Hmm, I don't know.

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  36. KatieJ

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great, and the location makes it the perfect place to meet for lunch.

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  37. Eisled

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    In my experience, restaurant service has declined in the past years. Based on our last experience, add the The Oven to the list of restaurants with declining service. This is very sad to me as The Oven was one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Lincoln. To start, we made a reservation for 5 people and it was mentioned that it was for a special occasion, which never was acknowledged. Here is the list… - We arrived and our table was not ready, so we used this time to ask for couple drinks at the bar -a second host asked us if we were helped… as we assumed yes… but she looked confused… she checked again on our reservation (keep in mind this was already after the time of our reservation & we we ready to order a 2nd round of drinks, but never was asked). The host came back to let us know they were working on our table. Hmmm…they didn’t prepare for us even though we had a reservation. - Several minutes later our table was ready… it was a four person table with a folding chair at the end for our fifth guest?! Which was located just next to a utility cart full of Wine Boxes… it was great to give us the warehouse/basement ambience -sever was polite… but didn’t ask if we wanted drinks… and went MIA for a long periods of time -when we finally had the opportunity to ask for a second drink… we were served a bottle of warm beer… -meanwhile at other tables the bartender kept checking the drinks…that was not our case. We were effectively ghosted. Maybe because we were so close to the the stack of wine boxes on the cart? Maybe we we supposed to serve ourselves? The food was excellent as usual… but I would have had better service by getting my meal to-go and eat it at home - better seating and cold drinks… Overall the service was not as we have previously experience at the Oven. Per observation the staff was overworked, running up and down stairs serving both floors, working the bar and tables. Mixed drinks sat idle at the bar for long times, waiting to be picked up and

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  38. wiwi

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Despite some of the past negative reviews, our food was tasty, hot, spice levels as requested, and served within a reasonable time. One appetizer was late coming out… but overall, we were satisfied.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emily was an outstanding server! She recommended exactly what we wanted!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Heard a lot of good things about this place. It definitely lived up to the hype. We will be back.

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FAQs

The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.7 stars by 475 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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