The Oven - Downtown
A traditional Indian soup of pureed lentils, flavored with spices and garnished with rice and fresh cilantro.
Fresh spinach baked with paneer, cream cheese, and Indian seasonings, served with naan crisps.
Tender chunks of lamb simmered in a spicy coconut milk based sauce.
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.
The food and drinks are always fabulous Best Old Fashion in town, and the wine is wonderful
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!
Oven consistently provides excellent food and service
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.
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.
Wonderful experience the servers were so amazing, food was excellent! Will go again!
Waiter forgot veggie substitute for rice.
Service was slow but I think that is due to post-pandemic labor shortage. Seems like they need more stafff.
Great variety. The waiter did a good job directing us to what items to choose
Best food around. Cant find it in Colorado. !!! Great service. Delicious. Can count on it each time.
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.
My server was awesome! I wish I remembered his name. He was very informative in helping know what to order.
Always a phenomenal meal!!! Great cocktails as well! So sad to see your old market location in Omaha close!
The food and atmosphere is beyond awesome. We had great service with Dilean! We will be back soon.
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.
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.
Great food, great wine, great service and great ambience. It really wouldn't be fair to give them less than 5/5.
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.
The Oven is always fantastic! From the food to the service, everything was great!
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.
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.
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!
Always amazing food and good service, no one was there for an early dinner on a weekday.
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!
A great experience as always. The food, wine, and service are always top-notch.
Soothing music, competent friendly service, great food and ambiance.
Haven't been in a while and it was a great evening. Was really impressed with our server. Thanks for a great evening!
Met all of our expectations. Food was good, service was great, and would highly recommend.
A wonderful evening with great food and service. Highly recommend!
The best Indian in town the soup downtown is better than the East location. Best wine selection in Nebraska.
Excellent! Service was superb! Our server was very knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. Food was supreme!
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.
The kitchen and wait staff at The Oven never disappoint! And we walk away with leftovers after generous portions.
Amazing service and incredible food as always.
The food and service were all excellent. One of our favorite places!
Our server was fantastic!!
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!
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.
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.