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The Oven - Downtown

4.8
4.8
404 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 14 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 404 people are saying

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

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  • Nebraska

    Best Value

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    Healthy

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    Great for fine wines

  • Nebraska

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Lincoln

    Best Overall

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Best Service

  • Lincoln

    Best Ambiance

  • Lincoln

    Best Value

  • Lincoln

    Good for business meals

  • Lincoln

    Healthy

  • Lincoln

    Neighborhood gem

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

  • Lincoln

    Most Booked

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  1. ToodieS

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the wait staff was charming and helpful in helping us decide what to pick for many options. Looking forward to our next trip to Lincoln and this will be on our must return list!
  2. KentH

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sam was our waiter and did a great job! He made a suggestion that was spot on for myself.
  3. BenC

    Austin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food is incredible. The service is exceptional. Very extensive wine and champagne list with some rare finds. Sommelier is one of the best I’ve I’ve encountered anywhere. Highly recommend.
  4. Rich

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We did not have a good experience. We are long-term fans of eating in Indian restaurants. We arrived on time for an 815 reservation and were promptly seated. We ordered and told the waiter we would also want dessert. From that point on the service was quite slow. As far as the food goes, the lentil soup was good, the hummus appetizer was good, and the naan bread was good. However, the chicken tikka with rice, entrée was substandard, and the chicken tikka masala was perhaps the worst we have ever had. When the waiter finally returned at the end of the meal, we said we wanted to order two desserts. He looked at his watch and said; “oh I’m sorry, the kitchen is closed”. It was 9:01. Both desserts we wanted were something that you can scoop out and put in a dish. If his service would’ve been timely, we would’ve ordered dessert by 8:45. We pass through Lincoln often and this is our first and last visit to this restaurant.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining experience was a memorable one with excellent food and service. The staff was attentive to guests and the atmosphere was relaxed.
  6. AndrewW

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mixologist is the best in all of Lincoln!
  7. KimW

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service
  8. BBakerLive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant for a night out in LNK! Highly Recommend!
  9. ChrisB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Oven!!
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliable food quality in the heart of the Lincoln Haymarket. Steady service and an intriguing food variety make this a risk free go to for Indian cuisine.
  11. AuburnB

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious
  12. NancyE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing best place
  13. JayAyy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Pls clean the place up. Walls are dirty. Stairs to the toilets are disgusting. It needs to be renovated. Come on guys, you can do better.
  14. KimG

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu choices, delicious food, great wine selection and good atmosphere. We like to take visitors to eat here because it's always a good experience.
  15. Kevin

    Omaha

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding food, some of the best indian cuisine in the country. Great staff, clean restaurant and healthy portions.
  16. Brooke

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Lincoln! Amazing food and ambiance.
  17. Noname

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Many excellant vegetarian options at The Oven. Very Busy Sunday evening, but good service from a cheerful staff.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was great!
  19. AsianGirl

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food.
  20. Lucy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Waiter forgot our appetizer. Had a reservation yet still waited 20 minutes for our table. We felt rushed by our waiter. Was charged extra for asking for an extra serving of rice even though we only received two rice sides when three entrees were ordered. Waiter messed up our bill. Food was good but ambiance and poor service made it not worth it.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!
  22. MichaelaP

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited from Omaha. Great service and great food! We will be back.
  23. eal1235456

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The seat right under the artwork/tapestre next to the balcony has a terrible light that shines down on the guests. It needs to be re-angled on the art.
  24. AmberO

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was my first time trying The Oven. My friend recommended it because every time she ate there she had great food and service. The food was very good and the waiter we had made great suggestions. The only thing that wasn’t good was some dry fried chicken that was in an appetizer sampler. Also, we had ordered some bread that you’d expect to brought out with the food but it arrived after we were done eating. It was good bread though. I think they underestimated how busy they were going to be and were understaffed. I made a reservation for 5:45 pm because part of my party had a show to go to. Typically a dinner for 4 takes about an hour. I don’t think we left till 7:30 pm. Part of my party had to leave cash and go. There were several times we needed drinks refilled such as wine and cocktails. I don’t mind waiting for those. However, when you have spicy food, water is a must. The waiter tried his hardest but clearly he had more tables then he could handle. I think overall I’d try it again, because the food was really good.
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing wine!
  27. Janet

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was very busy. It took a while for a server to get to our table, it looked like they were short-staffed. But we understand there are employee shortages so we were glad we did not have after dinner plans. Husband had chicken tikka masala and I had the salmon madras. Food was great, as usual.
  28. KentR

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place for any occassion in the Haymarket.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience! Delicious food, great wine list and friendly servers. Our go to restaurant!
  30. KarenB

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! Salmon Madras is my favorite entree.
  31. DonaldC

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Consistently great food. One of our favorites every time. Seated in the basement and am not sure whether I prefer upstairs or not.
  32. JaneF

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good - Chicken Moghdal - just right amount of spice, cooled down by yogurt & raisins. Good waiter, friendly, helpful, on top of things:)!
  33. Mark

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent experience, great wine and food
  34. BillL

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We were initially put off by the indifference of the hostess. She sat us at a dirty table. We asked her to clean it off. Gave it a quick wipe and left some food still in the chair. We tracked her down and got the rag ourselves. This alarmed us based on a previous review we read about a server who treated those folks the same. We almost left but stayed once we knew the hostess was not our server. Turns out our server was terrific. Affable, attentive, etc. And the food was outstanding. We were driving cross country and will be coming back thru in a couple of weeks, so will plan to go back.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    No improvements to the main level of this place for ever. I was guided by our waitress to a food selection that was much more spicy than I had asked for, barely edible, couldn’t finish it.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate an early dinner outside in the busy Haymarket on a Friday. Our server did a great job with us, giving us time to relax, decide, and to enjoy our meal. The hummus and naan was delicious and smooth; the lamb dish was tender and very tasty. And the wine selection was very good.
  37. HannahS

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a favorite! Love the food and service is always great! The best birthday dinner I could have asked for!
  38. ZachH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Oven was an amazing dining experience. The staff was delightful, the food and drinks were outstanding. Would recommend to any and everyone!
  39. Greg

    Omaha

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Oven is one of our favorite restaurants and reliably good food and service. The wine list is A+ for variety in every price range. By-the-glass is a good value and you can rely on the wine fitting to flavors of the East Indian dishes. The best mulligatawny soup in Lincoln IOHO.
  40. Cmmessineo

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal at The Oven, everything was absolutely perfect. Including the wine, the person who helped us with the wine made a very planned and thoughtful recommendation- it was delicious! We sat outside on the patio which was so enjoyable except for the cars and trucks with ridiculous muffler noise- which is no way The Ovens fault or responsibility but I wish that the noise ordnance would be respected. But again, not The Ovens issue to fix! The Oven just has beautiful Indian food so dialed in Lincoln- you will not be disappointed!

FAQs

The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 404 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 14 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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