The Oven - East

4.6
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118 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!
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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
2 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
1 review
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
2 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
2 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
4 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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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Really poor service. Wasn’t even full and it took more than 2 hours to get in and out. Multiple other tables came and went while we were still waiting. Slow and poor communication and service.

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vipDaveK
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Sat 2 hours. Many delays. Take out orders seem to be the priority.

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JillW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation because we had a visitor from out of town and it was a busy night in Lincoln due to a game weekend. Perfect that we were able to get right in and we had wonderful service and the food was outstanding!

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TeresaZ
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

So many menu choices--want to try something new next time. Everything I have had in my trips to this restaurant has been good. No complaints.

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RodW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extra special family dinner (two birthdays) - Oven staff were helpful in every way. Server was attentive and courteous, meal was served expertly and promptly. We had a great experience - as we always do. This is our favorite restaurant. We've never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodated our large group nicely and the service and food were both outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked on app and was confirmed only to show up to a sign saying they were closed for the day of our appointment and the following day. It was truly disappointing that management didn’t have the foresight to close reservations in advance or let those who had booked know before they went.

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viphomechef
Kansas City
50 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a late lunch on a Saturday so naturally, the restaurant was fairly quiet. On weekend evenings it gets pretty loud here, though not as deafening as some Lincoln restaurants (like MoMo, for example). The food is consistently good, service is generally friendly and efficient, and the ambiance is nice overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Ate outside so sometimes service can lack when you aren’t on the servers’ way to someone else. I don’t know if it was a new team but food and drinks took a very long time. Food was delicious and servers were very friendly, but would rather have not been there for 2 hours.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food as usual. The naan was burned though.
Service was a 3, did not evet check back. I had to flag him down a couple times and it was even slow, right at opening.
He was pleasant and knowledgeable though.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We eat at here regularly and we liked this meal, as usual. A wide range of flavorful dishes at reasonable prices.

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Charli
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the best Indian food! It’s always my “go to” restaurant because I’ve never had a bad experience or meal. The owner is great and very friendly, he walks around making sure everything is good!

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Linklady
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was slow. 2 hours+for dinner for 4. Tandoori meat was bland--disappointing. Hummus & naan appetizer was delicious.

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BrentP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The kitchen allowed my wife to make a substitution on the mixed grill which she liked. The food was great. The rice always has good flavor. The wait staff did a good job. We will definitely go there again.

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DanP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We were really disappointed in the tandoori dinner. All the meats were overcooked ,dry eith no flavor. It was really noisy and you couldn’t carry on a conversation. It was nothing like the location in the Haymarket.

They were really busy and I finally had to ask when our orders were coming! Only two waitresses with hostess trying to help out!

It was just a spot in the corner of a building that crowded as many people into it as they could get! NO AMBIANCE! Not good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was SO noisy that it was disruptive. I had an issue with my Passport card (as we use it every time). They did not honor it and made me pay full price. Poor customer service- as we visit frequently.

JM
JarrodM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very accommodating when our meeting went well past the reservation time.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Requested a table in shade. Seated in the sum. We were the only ones there as they just opened. I even called prior to request this. When I questioned it she commented eventually all if the patio will be in the sun.
Because I enjoy sitting outside I knew at 530 the back side was shaded for hours. She only offered to move indoors.
Nearly 2 hours later my colleagues in work attire were sweating in the sun, nack tables shaded.
Service was slow. The table that arrived after us, also shaded the entire time, had apps, drinks, dinner and left before we even finished our meal. They had equal amount of people with a different server.
Also added gratuity for 5 of us eating.
Is this norm for 5? Not 8 or more? 6 or more?

Food was good.

BZ
BrendaZ
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. My friend even ordered a dish for lunch that is normally only on the dinner menu. No problem!

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GloriaA
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I tried a new dish which was much too dry for my taste. Maybe chicken tikka is supposed to be like this? 2 of us had this meal & both thought it was too dry. The other 4 diners loved their meals & gave the food 5 stars.

The service was excellent. We appreciate the pleasant atmosphere at The Oven (East location) & go there because parking is easier than downtown location.

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vipKentW
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great, as usual. However, they were obviously understaffed for a Friday evening. It took a LONG time for our server to respond to our table throughout our visit.

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vipMontyH
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

It took about 90 minutes for our order to arrive. Loud, unpleasant place.

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TrishR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The service was really quite good-our waitress was "top flight."

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