The Oven - Downtown

4.8
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223 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding and our service was great. We celebrated our sons 21st birthday tonight and we all had a great time.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We think our server forgot to put in our order. It took a very long time to get our food. We are disappointed that we made a reservation and still could not sit outside. The portions were much smaller than usual.

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AnnN
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as we enjoyed the food. We really would recommend it.

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vipDearandHon
San Francisco
151 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are very few places in Lincoln like The Oven...our favorite spot is The Cellar...table under the stairs...order the Nosh board for a sensory feast!...whether you are new to wine or an old pro...Charles Ludwig the Sommelier will enhance your evening with THE perfect wine...as always thank you for a lovely evening and we will see you soon! 😊

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Edwardtja
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food came out fast, food was delicious. Even with Covid restrictions it was great.

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EmmaD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, definitely coming back! The food and service were both amazing.

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JeffreyC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place had great food.realky good location in the Haymarket.

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TMAMPM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not too much flavor and not spicy. The soup is much better than the salad as a starter. Salad dressing was not good -- very tart -- one person could not even eat it. The main dishes were ok. Best item was the naan bread -- garlic and one with raisins and cashews -- it was good dipped in sauce or soup.

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MargaretS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven has been the meeting place of choice for 20 years for friends coming back to Lincoln to visit. The food, service and ambiance are always wonderful.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going to the Oven. I appreciated the efforts made for social distancing while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for my family to enjoy the meal.

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MatthewB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven Downtown never disappoints. Delicious

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EmilyT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vast menu selection! Amazing food, amazing service, amazing everything! Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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MicheleT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual

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MarciaW
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Uncharacteristically, the server got one of our orders wrong. She was very apologetic and offered to bring the correct order but my dining companion was also gracious and took what she got. We were on our way to the Lied Center.

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KurtG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Oven is worth a visit, or like us its worth a number of revisits!

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AdamL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere. Delicious traditional Indian cuisine

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TimK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, wine list, and atmosphere. The service was a little lacking but OK.

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ScottT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentines evening, so very busy. Food was very good as well as the service. We love to get the nosh board downstairs!

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Bshakey
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Always love the food at the Oven but tonight it was a little below par (busy Valentine's Day). It rated a 3 star but the service was so good it helped the overall score. We had a great, personable and attentive server and it made the experience more enjoyable. It was an off night food wise but we'll be back.

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HelloThere
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was on point. Not much else I need to say!

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Sarah
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely adore The Oven in its Haymarket location. The staff has always been friendly and kind, and the food has never disappointed.

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Blake
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. I would without a doubt go back and this is my favorite place in Lincoln

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vipDavidLincolnNE
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have the same dish, but we mix it up with drinks or dessert (yes, they don't really tell you that they have dessert, but they do!!). Charlie, the sommelier, is SO incredibly knowledgeable not just about the huge variety and price points of the wines in The Cellar (which are available in the restaurant as well), but about wines in general. We enjoy chatting with him about wines as he recommends the perfect pairing for our dish. Very enjoyable and very affordable.

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vipTaylorH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great! She was training a new waiter and she was very attentive and super friendly. I wish I could remember her name. The table next to us had a different waitress and she had her hands on her hips and was getting into our space so we had to keep dodging her elbows so we didn’t get hit. It was only a bit disruptive but when she noticed we were dodging her she worked to adjust it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nye was a blast!

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LaurenW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations here at the last minute for NYE and wasn’t disappointed. The food was great, service was prompt despite the crazy amount of people in the restaurant. Kudos to being busy but still showing us a good time.

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DougK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A vast menu. Consistently excellent dishes. Love trying new ones, but hard to go away from ones you love. Huge wine list. Excellent craft cocktail menu, creative and delicious.

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Oven, especially the downtown location. We tried a few “new” dishes this time and were not disappointed! Loved the spinach paneer dip and the mixed appetizer dish. We love The Oven!

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annew
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My family and I have been going to The Oven for years, for celebration and for the food. The breads are truly outstanding, but we all have our favorite dishes, from Tandoori chicken to Lamb Madras, not to mention the soup.

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viptg25
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our favorite it Lincoln. Great wine list. Outstanding Indian dishes.

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JenniferC
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for a date night. Good service and great food.

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Daniel
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my lady on a date and we had an amazing evening. We were seated in the cellar where the sommelier Charlie helped us pick out a great bottle of wine to pair with our meal that we would both enjoy. I frequently eat at similar casual fine dining restaurants in California so I was extremely pleased with the value of the wine selection and service. It’s great that Lincoln has this quality of experience at an affordable price. Thanks Charlie!

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AmyY
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Loved it. We go as often as we can.

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vipBigeater
Omaha
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, extensive and wonderful wine list and the ambiance was great!

If you like apicy food in an eclectic place and ambiance this is the place to be

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AngelaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We joined the masses for dinner out before a Lied center event. The way the staff at The Oven handled the rush was impressive. As well orchestrated as the show we saw! That is no small feat given the entire restaurant was sat within half an hour. We planned ahead and knew what we were going to order before we sat at our table which helped us get in and out in a timely matter. Team work was obvious, as our bar orders were bright promptly by another employee and food was quickly to our table. Our server Anna was a gem, although she was busy, she was efficient and multi-tasked her tables well, while maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor the whole time. It was evident that had we come on a less hectic evening she would have been even more attentive and personable. We'll be sure to ask for her then next time we dine!

Thank you Oven staff, I have yet to be disappointed!

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vipDebbie
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food quality wasn’t great and the restaurant was dirty. The server acted as though we were a bother to be there and it wasn’t even 1/2 full. Won’t be back but it has potential to be good

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vipBradV
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was way spicier this time otherwise great!

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food

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The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 223 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.