The Oven - East

4.9
141 Reviews
$30 and under
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!
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4.9
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Frogfan
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always. Friends from out of town loved it.

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MarjM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal we shared was delicious, the service excellent, and the ambience just lovely. Food was well prepared, served in a very timely fashion, and our server was attentive without hovering.

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JackieG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good dining experience. Only downsides were a pesky fly and more noise as more diners were present.

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JanaC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant , we go there every time we are in town .

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Oven East
We visit there every time we are in Lincoln .

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BabyfaceSF
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Indian cuisine with attentive service, in an upscale and modern atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven is always a great choice for lunch or dinner!

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SeanP
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at The Oven East was excellent from the food to the service.

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SteveK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was as expected and pleasant. I liked our server.

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Orapa
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb Garam Masala is wonderul! I think the lunch and dinner prices are the same. They have outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great! Service was prompt and professional. Our food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Best food of all the oven locations. Just as it tasted in the 90’s.

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AmyLockwood
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, staff and atmosphere

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AshleyB
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The service was incredibly slow. Our waiter rarely came to the table and was rarely seen. We waited for an unreal amount of time before he took our order and then it took forever to get our soup which was Luke warm. Took a long time to get out food which again not hot and the chicken was pretty dry. Then we waited forever to get boxes and our check.

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vipTrailsidediners
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great corner booth. Carly is a fantastic server!

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LincolnNative
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always enjoy The Oven during winter months. The Soup is so good! They were not busy the Saturday before Valentine’s Day for lunch but service was very slow. Seemed to be understaffed. Had a wonderful server but seemed slow in the kitchen as she kept apologizing. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat in Lincoln. Never disappointed with the food or the service

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vipKatieC
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food!😊

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MeganK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oven has been a reliable favorite for decades. The warm ambiance and delicious menu options are the best in Lincoln!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went out for date night. We always have a great experience at The Oven. We usually go for the Chicken or Lamb Madras but we decided to do the shared plate: Non-Vegetarian Thali. WOW. We were blown away by the variety of items and it was the perfect amount of food. We love Naan so we ordered extra and left there full & satisfied. Our server was patient with us, we were chatting up some other diners that night, and she took time to explain what each item was on the Thali plate when she delivered it to our table. She even made recommendations for the next time we come back. One of my favorite restaurants in Lincoln.

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SteveM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place

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Yummy
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their food,their drink list and being able to sit outside!

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karenh
Omaha
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We dined on a Friday evening. They have a large dining room plus patio seating so are able to seat a lot of people with social distancing. Menu, including wine and alcohol, is extensive and flavors are good. We were disappointed that our server did not ask about our preference for spice level, as is common in other Indian restaurants. Our only complaint was that the rice seemed somewhat dry, but maybe that was a fluke, however that alone would keep us from going back if that is the standard.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a bit slower than usual. It appeared you were short-staffed. Excellent otherwise.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food and good service!

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AnnaW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and just the right amount of spice. Atmosphere was perfect for a nice family meal. Did not feel rushed or like the service was slow. Could not have asked for a better first meal out since the start of COVID-19.

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DawnG
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the food and service at The Oven - East. Today's meal was really up a notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bench seating along the wall gets a little crowded.

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MatthewB
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner was delicious

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LarryG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually go to the Oven in the Haymarket and it's our by far our favorite restraunat.. But don't want to go there too often so now we have yours to alter with. The only problem was all the carry outs was a little bit of a distraction but can live with that.

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AB2018
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Both service and ambiance at this location has spiraled downhill in the last year. Phones constantly ring off hook with no staff answering them and it really disturbs ambiance. We were ignored once inside door and then a “hold on” as our initial greeting from 1 of 2 female hostesses (?) as they continued doing whatever else was more important at the time this past Sunday evening. Our server Dillon was friendly and redeemed our evening and this review.

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DannyC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though the staff was swamped, they did an amazing job making sure that we had an enjoyable experience!!!

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IndiraGandhi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

In a city with few choices for Indian food, the Oven on 70th Street is a fine choice... for those who can afford it. The vegetarian options were well prepared, even during the dinner rush. You can tell the chefs care about what they serve. The vibe is a bit helter-skelter on a Friday night, and they could have used another server or helper to keep the flow going, but the staff that was there did an admirable job. It was the weekend after New Year's Eve, so it might be they were short-staffed. I think the tension I experienced while dining is the dichotomy that they present the restaurant as a finer dining establishment, but the closeness of tables, the fact that parents see it as a safe place to bring preschoolers and toddlers to eat, and then the total bill made me confused. Is it just an overpriced family restaurant? Or are the customers mainly the high-end professionals of Lincoln's Southeast Side for whom spending a lot of dinners is not a concern? I don't know that answer, but I do know food and staff were solid. If you have a strong flow of simoleans into your bank account, and if you don't mind the crossing of a wine list with toddlers, then you can ignore my other concerns. XXOO, Indira Gandhi

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SteveM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warms the stomach & the soul . Reasonably priced Indian soul food .

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vipMontyH
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Food good, but not enough servers to take care of diners. Only 2 servers so a long wait for food. Second time we have experienced that and will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable setting. Great, flavorful food, and excellent service. We will definitely go back.

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SteveM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We kinda got forgotten about for a bit due to confusion over who was waiting our table but our server was awesome and the food was delicious. The food warms the stomach & soul . Love this place .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just as yummy as the downtown location without the hassle of going downtown.

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mhennings
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, waiter was excellent and very attentive. Ambiance was quite lovely and would highly recommend.

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AB2018
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food is amazing here. Period. Unfortunately, the phone rang nonstop and it appeared was not being answered. Service was subpar but the food makes up for that. It was disheartening to hear the phone ring during our entire meal with a full house and disrupted the nice meal we hoped for. Our server appeared disinterested. It’s OK, as I said, we will return again and again for the food. We travel from Omaha frequently to dine at both locations of The Oven in Lincoln. Thank you!

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The Oven - East is rated 4.9 stars by 141 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.