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The Oven - East

4.5
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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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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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 44 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on May 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Always delicious and particularly good tonight!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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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3.0Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

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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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

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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3.0Dined on June 30, 2017

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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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on June 12, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 23, 2017

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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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4.0Dined on April 7, 2017

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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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

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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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Both Oven restaurants receive consistently great reviews. We did not like the food the first time we ate here; however, we loved it this time. Before, we did not really know what to order, but this time, the waitress (who knew the menu thoroughly) gave us really good advice. I had lamb, very spicy (but not too much for me). It had apricots which were great and a great sauce. Hubby had chicken: spicy but good. We both enjoyed it. I did not like the house soup. I had some type of martini, it was fine but nothing special. Have had better martinis.
We did not order dessert. Naan was good as well.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Food was excellent. Service slower than normal and unattentive at times.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

We Love the Oven! We love that it is local and that it is outstanding.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2017

One of our favorites but did not recognize Open Table reservation.

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3.0Dined on August 21, 2016

Both Oven locations always have great food. Unfortunately, we had to wait more than 10 minutes after being seated before we were able to order drinks. After our server knew we existed, the service was on par with my normal Oven experience.

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Very good service. Nice atmosphere.
The chicken was extremely dry. I don't know if it was overcooked or warmed over from the previous day, but it was terrible, it tasted like it had been reheated in an oven, too many times, and for too long. For that reason I gave it two stars. I would have given it 3 stars if the chicken wouldn't have been so bad. Otherwise the food was good.
Too many restaurants in Lincoln to settle for mediocre. I probably won't come back.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2016

Out favorite restaurant-always great service.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2016

We made our reservation well in advanced, which was good because it was full when we arrived for our 7 pm reservation. We waited at the hostess station for a good 10 minutes before being acknowledged, instead she ignored us and answered 2 phone calls without saying "I'll be with you in a minute." This rubbed us the wrong way but once she did talk to us she was friendly and led us to a great corner booth. Our waiter was nice, however lacked attention to detail. Or waters were always empty and we had to go to the bar to get a refill of both water and wine. The soup was delicious, the salad was warm. Our entrees were a big size, so much so we could have gotten and split instead of ordering 4, but they were all pretty good. Perfect amount of heat and spices. Overall it was decent, but not my favorite. We will probably not return again.

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