The Oven - Downtown

4.6
158 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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CK
Omaha
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food, good ambience, but understaffed and poor service dampened our experience.

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DH
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The TABLE under the stairs is back!...Nosh Board...Spinach Dip...Remarkable Sparkling Rose...visit with our friend Charlie...(I have been told he is the BEST sommelier in Lincoln)...could not ask for a better evening! Thank you!

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. They have a very fine selection of food and wine. I highly recommend.

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Seating was too close on the bench. I could hear conversations on both sides of us. I’ll ask for a table next time.

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OT
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come from Omaha to eat here, and love our meal everytime.

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LW
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had excellent service at the Oven. The food is wonderful!

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DH
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Indian food...very good...but the reason we go to The Oven...our friend Charlie down in The Cellar...the Nosh Board expertly prepared...the cocktails...well crafted...the wine...give Charlie your preferences and he knows what to present...but the most fun...let him pick ....you will not be disappointed...thank you!

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E
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Love the food so much. The soup is the best thing around

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BH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such lovely atmosphere, service and awesome food. YuMWanT❤️❗️🐝

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LT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit for my birthday and it was awesome.

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SS
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious and satisfying food. Wait staff are helpful. Never disappointed with my service. I order the Chicken Tikka Korma and I am in love. I always order regular Naan as well. Maybe offer Naan for free and then when asked for another serving of Naan, put a price on it.

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ML
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite date night spots! Great service and great food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was delicious. The service was terrible. Forgotten food items including a bottle of wine after asking twice. Empty water glasses the majority of the time as well. We left without ever getting the wine. We were pretty bummed because we were there for a special occasion and it definitely put a damper on our dinner with friends.

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KF
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I’ve been to The Oven several times and had great experiences, but unfortunately that was not the case for this visit. Our group of 8 were in town for a show. Our server, Chuck, was extremely rude. I asked a question about a menu item and he condescendingly responded with, “We serve Indian food here.” And offered no help or response to my question. He was short with the other people at the table while ordering and throughout the meal. I love the food at The Oven, but of the group of 8 of us, this was the first time for 5 of the people present. Unfortunately those 5 have a poor impression of The Oven, as do I.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and the service was outstanding. I would highly recommend you try the Oven.

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DB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oven downtown is a dining standard for my wife and I. The food and service are consistently excellent. If you enjoy Indian food, this is your place in Lincoln.

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MN
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oven is one of Lincoln's finest restaurants. The Indian dishes are authentic and absolutely delicious. The servers are excellent - the water glasses are refilled and you don't ever have to wait to get attention. The atmosphere is warm and romantic with Indian masks and artwork on the walls, subdued lighting and a panoramic window view of Lincoln's Haymarket. I'd definitely recommend The Oven for a fun night out with friends or family, a romantic date night, or anytime you are in the mood for delicious Indian cuisine.

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MO
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oven provided one of the best dining experience I have had in a long time. The service, atmosphere, food and overall experience were fabulous! I will be back!!

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GO
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've never had a bad dish. Quality at a very reasonable cost. The Chicken Tikka Masala is excellent if you like a spice.
My only complaint is that the menu has too many options.

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DH
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy evening before the James Taylor concert but ALWAYS excellent food and professional service!...that mulligatawny soup is sublime...YES top with a squeeze of lemon...Thank you!

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SE
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambience but food was not up to par from previous meals at The Oven. The lamb was a little tough and the Naan was not as good.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite place to eat here in town. Food is always great and the service is fantastic.

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U
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best restaurant in Lincoln. Owners are committed to their customers. Dishes are a Lincoln treasure.

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at The Oven downtown several times and I have NEVER been disappointed. The food is always amazing and so is the service. It is by far my favorite restaurant in Lincoln. I will remain a loyal customer for many years to come.

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KW
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We always enjoy the Oven and were recently there for our daughter's birthday. As always, the food was outstanding. There were some issues with service--the waitress was friendly, but forgot to bring the drinks until reminded. One of the dishes we ordered was a masala dish, but instead a curry was substituted. The main order was rushed out before we had finished our appetizers (admittedly a pet peeve). The restaurant was more crowded than usual, so it is possible that our recent experience was out of the norm. As mentioned, the food is excellent, and the ambiance is very warm and sophisticated.

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RM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always been fans.

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TV
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oven is our go-to date night restaurant. We always have the best service, food and experience!

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DH
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When Charlie asks...”what are you feeling tonight?”...you just know the wine will be phenomenal!...Spinach dip and Nosh board...perfection...warm welcome upon arrival and professional service from start to finish...thank you!

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EE
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious food! Large menu. Great atmosphere for an evening with friends or a date.

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SM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

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PR
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our go-to for New Year's Eve. Love the soup, breads, and lamb dishes. There is something for everyone, ask the waiter for help if you don't know what to order they will guide you well. We always finish with the traditional rice pudding for dessert. Try it if you have not!

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C
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Charlie is fantastic and we had two different servers- one was great, one was annoyed with me asking the type of tequila was in a drink.... I of course will go back and it turned out fine but that experience with that particular server was not typical of what happens at the oven

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JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Food came out cold service was just ok. The Oven seems to one suffering to much success and they are resting on that. I really think Kurry Express in South Lincoln has better food by the dining experience isn't as good. We will always be fans of the Oven but I just fee they are becoming very inconsistent over the last several years.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

experience Great

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GS
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service was wonderful as usual. The hostess was accommodating and seated us where we wanted.

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KW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!! Surprise Birthday Party was a huge success and a lot of family fun.

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t
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oven has been a family favorite for years. Food and service are consistently outstanding.

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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. The food was excellent, and Charlie’s help with the wine selection was great.

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AB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Happened to be graduation and a popular broadway touring show, so super busy. Our waitress was wonderfully patient with everything going on- even rude customers in her way.

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DH
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat in The Cellar as requested...attentive service from all!...Spinach/artichoke dip with naan to start...definitely not like any spin dip I have ever had very good!...shared the Nosh Board with a variety of cheeses and meat...an assortment of tasty accompaniments too!...great wine service...always willing to try something new! Thank you as always and we will see you soon!

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