The Oven - Downtown

4.8
268 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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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndrewC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We've been to the Oven dozens of times over the years, and normally it's very good, but last evening it didn't measure up to the standard. The masala sauce was runny and not as flavorful, the chicken was dry, and the aloo gobi was thin on potatoes and cauliflower, and the cauliflower was a little underdone. The paratha, however, was better than usual. In spite of all that, this is generally one of the most reliably good Indian restaurants I've been to (and I've been to a lot all over the U.S. and abroad), and I'll chalk this up to post-pandemic adjustments.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks are always fabulous Best Old Fashion in town, and the wine is wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
South Dakota
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a family dinner for my son’s HS graduation. They were ready for us when we got there! Our waitress was excellent. Food was delicious!

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HarryK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oven consistently provides excellent food and service

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MikeH
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious and the wait staff works hard to please. They might still be struggling to find enough staff; it was 90 minutes after we sat down that we got our food! We're used to the wait, though, but it might be too much for others.

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DaveyA
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We have been several times. The last we took some friends who have never tasted the cuisine. Everyone had a good experience. I would recommend to another person.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience the servers were so amazing, food was excellent! Will go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Waiter forgot veggie substitute for rice.

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Stephanie
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was slow but I think that is due to post-pandemic labor shortage. Seems like they need more stafff.

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Plots
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great variety. The waiter did a good job directing us to what items to choose

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DonR
Qatar
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food around. Cant find it in Colorado. !!! Great service. Delicious. Can count on it each time.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food at the Oven is incredible. It's known to be a pretty pricey restaurant, but for the food you get (quantity and quality) I don't think it is. We got two appetizers, two drinks and split an entree and our total was $40 including the 20% tip. It helped a lot that we split an entree—but still!

Only complaint is the noise level in the patio area where we sat. This is no shade on the Oven itself, but the Haymarket as a whole has been super loud lately with people revving engines and cranking their music with their windows down. We were laughing at ourselves when talking about it because we sounded we were already super old and crotchety (we're 30), but it was so freaking loud and pretty constant!

If you're going there on a weekend night, I highly recommend sitting inside, no matter how nice the weather might be, lol.

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JanellS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was awesome! I wish I remembered his name. He was very informative in helping know what to order.

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vipMaryAnnL
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a phenomenal meal!!! Great cocktails as well! So sad to see your old market location in Omaha close!

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vipKelle
Omaha
115 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere is beyond awesome. We had great service with Dilean! We will be back soon.

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Tara
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Sat for 20 minutes with no service. We ended up leaving after a friend who was also dining shared they had been there for three hours and also had slow service.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious!

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DougK
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual! We really enjoy the ambiance of the Cellar. The cocktail continues to grow and evolve. Many interesting and Unique drinks that you can't get anywhere else.

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Tyrol
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wine, great service and great ambience. It really wouldn't be fair to give them less than 5/5.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our table was too small for even two people and all our dishes but had a little candle and that was nice. Our server was friendly. The saag was not as good as other restaraunts.

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SeanP
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven is always fantastic! From the food to the service, everything was great!

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CliffD
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great local Indian restaurant. We celebrated my wife's birthday there - masked and carefully. We've been to the downtown and east location many times over the years and always have a wonderful meal.

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Kevin
Omaha
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, amazing service from one of the best restaurants currently in Lincoln, NE. The butterfly shrimp appetizer c overed in a red lentil coating and deep fried is so very very good,the shrimp goa was quite good and the Safed Mas lamb dish was exceptional.

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vipJMF123
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the wine cellar for our dinner. Great atmosphere, our waiter was amazing and so friendly. Would definitely recommend eating at the Oven!

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WillM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and good service, no one was there for an early dinner on a weekday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been to the oven in Omaha and loved it, but wanted to share the experience with my husband. We loved it even more in Lincoln! The food is just amazing! Indian food is our fav! And our waitress was the best we’ve ever had!

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Dinone
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A great experience as always. The food, wine, and service are always top-notch.

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Mark
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soothing music, competent friendly service, great food and ambiance.

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Smilined
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Haven't been in a while and it was a great evening. Was really impressed with our server. Thanks for a great evening!

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TeresaM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met all of our expectations. Food was good, service was great, and would highly recommend.

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DebraG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with great food and service. Highly recommend!

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NathanP
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Indian in town the soup downtown is better than the East location. Best wine selection in Nebraska.

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KariG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Service was superb! Our server was very knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. Food was supreme!

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, very courteous and just the right amount of attention. The food was very good, unfortunately the portion size was slightly less than I like. We had a few drinks that were priced on the upper scale, but they were incredibly delicious. I would definitely return.

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Eater
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kitchen and wait staff at The Oven never disappoint! And we walk away with leftovers after generous portions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and incredible food as always.

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SeanP
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were all excellent. One of our favorite places!

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viplfrahm
Omaha
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic!!

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SandraD
Omaha
8 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
Phoenix
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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The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 268 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.