The Oven - East

4.5
52 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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. Over the last several years, the Oven Restaurants has expanded to two other locations and added space to the lower level of the Haymarket location. Whether you enjoy the historic Haymarket atmosphere and relaxed vibe of the Cellar, the beautiful sunsets and outdoor patio of the Oven East, or you’re in Omaha for the night to try Himalayas, there are many ways to sample the cuisine of India!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian, Wine Bar, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(402) 488-0650
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
gawang Rinchen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
S. 70th St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 52 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
ambience
4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LN
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Oven is one of my favorite restaurants, esp during the colder months because of it’s warm atmosphere and mulligatawny soup. Tonight the soup was not as hot as usual but still yummy. We love mixed tandoori grill but tonight the shrimp were chewy, way over cooked, but the meat log and chicken were exceptional! Love to add korma sauce! Also ordered the spinach naan, another favorite, but it was greasy and burned. It was a busy Saturday night and we usually go Friday night, also busy, so perhaps there was a change in chef that night. Will go back and hope for their usual perfection. Perhaps an off night. Service excellent!

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TJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Seemed like quality ingredients but no real wow factor.

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C
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oven never disappoints!

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LN
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Oven-East! Always great food and perfect ambience! Perfect for cool evenings with wonderful soup and mildly spicy food and great wine selections!

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T
Omaha
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have friends who travel the world and for whom The Oven represents “home town food.” They tell me the food here is some of the best ANYWHERE. I was already confident that it’s the best from my own experiences here. The menu has great variety, Chad at the bar knows his wines and all of the wait staff are clearly engaged and determined to ensure you have a great dinner.

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KC
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Spice was just right. Highly recommend.

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OT
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately this

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t
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was a gem, very attentive, had a great attitude, and answered all of our questions on gluten free food.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've eaten there dozens (many dozens) of times and and only had a few disappointing meals. A few times my food has been too salty. Once, our take out meal was extremely spicy. Our most recent meal there was wonderful. The food was perfect. We ate outside, which I prefer because it is quieter. When a sudden rainstorm kicked up our waiter and another waitress moved us inside with amazing speed and efficiency. The Oven is one of my favorite restaurants in Lincoln.

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IM
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty, but dry. The server was attentive.

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was fine except for the timely service. Not the servers fault, she was excellent and always friendly. However, restaurant seemed to be way under staffed that evening. There were 4 of us for dinner- took full two hours with most of it on second hour waiting to get check, paying and leaving. The restaurant was fairly full, and most of time didn’t see wait staff on the floor serving. We loved the food. We would recommend the restaurant for food and atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and particularly good tonight!

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JV
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service from the staff! Also, a great atmosphere that can accommodate small or large groups.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Waitress Server, Very professional.
Reservations got me right to the table, upon entering.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I booked this restaurant because my date had heard good things about it.

The good: The location is very nice and modern in feel. The lighting and decor was very pleasing to the eye. The staff was very friendly and provided good service.

The bad: We both ordered a chicken dish but two different kinds. Both of us thought the chicken was dry and seemed a bit overcooked. The redeeming quality for my dish was the sauce but it only covered a bland chicken that was dry. Both of us did not finish the meal and actually went to Buffalo Wild Wings after the meal, we had better chicken there. Another thing that was a problem was the noise level. It was very difficult to talk due to this. This was on a Tuesday night so I can only imagine how loud it would be on a weekend.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live 100 miles away and always look forward to the oven. They never disappoint!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I have always been a huge fan of The Oven, as is my young goddaughter, so I took her there to celebrate her birthday. I had made reservations for 5:30 and we got in promptly and were initially served promptly. However there were a series of long delays in getting our food out, our waiter appeared to also be acting as bartender, awhen I received the wrong order it seem to take them a while to find him before they could begin to make it right. When our server did show up, he agreed to put the order in for my original request, which was vegetable curry, but suggested that I busy myself eating the entrée that he brought by mistake and that I could have it and wouldn’t have to pay for it ( I should hope not! ).
The restaurant, meanwhile had become incredibly busy, and loud, we seem to have been overlooked all together. Once the correct entrée arrived, they again forgot about us. The meal, which was usually to die for, was mediocre at best. And the service was nonexistent. I had to get up and go get someone to get the check so with that we could make our performance. My entree was not comped, in fact, an apology was barely made. So disappointed in The Oven, I’m afraid we won’t be back.

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CO
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great.
Maybe a bit less speed on the food - we had appetizers, soup/salad, entrees.
Just needed a bit more breathing room between each.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The homemade Indian breads are amazing! My wife had Shrimp Madras and I had Chicken Tikka. She had wine, she choosed from a large selection and I had the real Chia Tea! The service was fast. It was New Years Eve and they were packed! With that said we’re were in and out in less than an hour. Greets food, enjoy!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a top notch meal, a person cant go wrong!

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R
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Almost everything was as excellent as past experiences. The only shortfall was the full Tandori chicken order. The chicken was overdone and very dry. Because it was very busy we did not send it back although we had reason to do so. It will not affect return trips but just want to make note.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When our adult children come home for visits we always have to go to The Oven. Staff is friendly and professional and the food is always excellent. The mulligatawny soup is the best!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Super food and ambiance. Service was a real disappointment: slow and unfriendly. This hurts my chances of returning.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks for making our first time a great time!! Food was good, great atmosphere and staff!

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DK
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Always love the Oven. Tonight we sat 90 minutes to eat. Our toddler did extremely well considering our wait. Just couldn't get waited on in a timely fashion.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oven as very good! Perfect for a date night! I would go back for sure!

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Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere was great as always! I had the salmon madras and my husband had chicken tikka masala. It was delicious.

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UG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Oven - both East and West - are usually top quality restaurants. My experience this time was a little less so. We made a reservation for 7:30 but did not get seated until 7:50, 20 minutes late. Table service was slow, apparently due to an unexpected rush of diners. As for the food, the mixed appetizers were quite good as was the naan, but the papdum were oily and limp. The entrees were pretty good, although my companion found that the rogan josh was not to her liking. The staff prepared her a second entree, the lamb korma which she found quite tasty, and did not charge us for the rogan josh. Finally, the design of the restaurant seems to amplify sound so that it was difficult to carry on a quiet conversation. (This is not the case at The Oven West in Lincoln's Haymarket.)

Overall, despite a disappointing experience on this occasion, I will happily return to The Oven West as my dinners there have always been excellent.

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B
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is always good. You don't feel overly welcome by the guy at the entry area who seats you, however the service by the other servers is good but sometimes a bit rushed.

I just go here for the food. Otherwise I'd go elsewhere where I feel more appreciated.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It took us a little while to get seated even though we had a reservation, then it took a long time for our table to get waited on.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was EXCELLENT! We ordered so much for variety and were very pleased with all of it, as well as happy to have leftovers 😁

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b
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought 2 Indian natives to eat for lunch, and they thought the food was very well prepared. I enjoyed how flavorful every dish was!

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not visited this location of The Oven but I have to say we all really enjoyed it! It was a party of 12 people and the service was great! Everyone had a great time and the food was on point! Francisco was a wonderful waiter! Could not have been happier! Thanks!!

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B
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The thing I love about the Oven is that they consistently serve the same great food visit after visit. One of my favorites!

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Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to The Oven. The food was delicious and the service was good. The only negative is the phone was ringing off the wall (extremely loudly). throughout our entire dinner! It drive us crazy!

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've never been to an Indian restaurant before- and I'm not big on "new things". But the wife likes Eastern food, so we went. It was great! The food was delicious; and the server was very helpful!

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DK
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. We have enjoyed meals here several times before. We are never disappointed.

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L
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was expertly prepared and delicious. Our waitress was phenomenal but over worked. She worked very hard! If they added some additional staff it would help the flow and reduce the wait time for service.

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E
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's one of my favorite places and I drive from Omaha just to enjoy the delicious Indian food.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a nice table for two. The food was fantastic and the portions were large. We enjoyed a nice, kid-free evening.

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