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The Oven - Downtown

4.8
4.8
384 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 17 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 384 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AG

    AsianGirl

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food.
  2. L

    Lucy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. MP

    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.
  4. e

    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.
  5. AO

    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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing wine!
  8. KR

    KentR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place for any occassion in the Haymarket.
  9. OT

    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!
  10. KB

    KarenB

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing! Salmon Madras is my favorite entree.
  11. DC

    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.
  12. JF

    JaneF

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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:)!
  13. M

    Mark

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent experience, great wine and food
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 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.
  15. OT

    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.
  16. OT

    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.
  17. HS

    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!
  18. ZH

    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!
  19. G

    Greg

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  20. C

    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!
  21. MO

    MaureenO

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We sat outside which was a mistake: VERY NOISY. Now we know and won’t do thst again. Food as great ad ever!!! Highly recommend!!
  22. V

    Vindayou

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue , friendly helpfull staff , lots of menu and drinks choices and the vindaloo sauce fabulous !
  23. D

    Dottie

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All four of us ordered drinks and entrees. The soup was hot and spicy, just perfect. Our server was excellent. All and all a great experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife have been coming here for the last 17 years, ever since our first date. Needless to say, this is a special place for us. It was a busy evening, but it always is. Our waitress was very pleasant and accommodating. We were moved from our original table to accommodate the restaurant being able to set up an 8-top, which was no problem for us. The staff rewarded us with an additional complimentary entree. The food was great, as always.
  25. MK

    McKenzieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love The Oven! On a Friday night I really enjoyed being able to make a reservation!
  26. LZ

    LoveZion

    Denver

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Very nice outdoor seating. Informative and friendly waitperson. Rice was too dry and chicken was over cooked. Sad.
  27. T

    Taylor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I loved the food, service, and decor. The only downside in my opinion was the noise was quite loud making it hard to hear the person sitting across me. It was a semi busy Friday night so I think this should be expected and I will definitely be back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose The Oven as our dinner choice for my husbands birthday. We were greeted & seated promptly. Our server was amazing and so was the food! We will definitely return. Thank you for a great experience!
  29. DJ

    DougJ

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Food was good, appropriate spice, wine selection excellent; Our server had an attitude after they made some errors …. It only got worse as the evening went on. I think I’ll stick to take out!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Charming place but the chicken was dry, and wine by the glass was extremely over priced for selection. Not sure I’d go back.
  31. F

    Fahrside

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always good food and service, and a great place to celebrate special occasions.
  32. A

    Anonymous

    Denver

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Lincoln! Food is delicious!!
  33. d

    dc3029

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Indian Oven never disappoints! The food is always spot on and the service is always outstanding. We have been dining since they first opened in 1988.
  34. K

    Kelle

    Omaha

    136 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    This is one of very favorite restaurants. Unfortunately, I served didn't appear to want to be there and got easily agitated when we followed up on our orders. We never got our soups, out food, although good, appeared to have been sitting around. And he rang in the wrong entre. This is not indicative of the owners' insistence on superior service over the years. But we will be back and make sure we don't get the same server!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the oven and this time didn’t disappoint either!
  36. JM

    JMF123

    Omaha

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as usual! We love going to the Oven in the Haymarket and sitting in the outside dining area.
  37. V

    Vihang

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Appetizers were deep fried and looked old. Main course was way too spicy, had to reorder. Poor food quality as we saw a lot of color added. Overall less value for money.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outside dining with very friendly and efficient service. Followed the servers recommendation and we were very pleased. My wife has food allergies and the server was well informed and very careful.
  39. L

    Lilaclover

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor dining
  40. TJ

    TravelingJandJ

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The dishes were overall quite good, a bit spicier than we typically eat. If the level of heat could be adjusted, or asked at the time we ordered, that would have been ideal.

FAQs

The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 384 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 17 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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