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The Oven - Downtown, Lincoln, NE

The Oven - Downtown

4.8
4.8
496 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Good for groups
  • Great for outdoor dining
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Wine Bar, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Phone number
    (402) 475-6118
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ngawang Rinchen
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Cross street
    P Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

What 496 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nebraska

    Best Overall

  • Nebraska

    Best Food

  • Nebraska

    Best Service

  • Nebraska

    Best Ambiance

  • Nebraska

    Best Value

  • Nebraska

    Healthy

  • Nebraska

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Lincoln

    Best Overall

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Best Service

  • Lincoln

    Best Ambiance

  • Lincoln

    Best Value

  • Lincoln

    Good for business meals

  • Lincoln

    Good for groups

  • Lincoln

    Healthy

  • Lincoln

    Great for fine wines

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

  • Lincoln

    Most Booked

496 Reviews
  1. NancyG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our very favorite places and consistently excellent.

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  2. RickD

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. We always enjoy dinner at the Oven!

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  3. MarkE

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We have loved the Oven for over 30 years, but this was a tragedy! It took over an hour to get our drinks but the worst thing was the service. The waiter literally slid my wife’s silverware from her plate onto the table, we guess because he didn’t want to bring her a fresh service. Even the owner didn’t seem to care or help. We will continue with takeout from Oven East.

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  4. Greg

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Indian cuisine, best wine list and excellent service.

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  5. SalH

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful anniversary dinner. The Oven has the most amazing wine list and they never disappoint.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been dining regularly at The Oven since 1993! A great place for lunch or dinner. Also, great space downstairs for events with a large group. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves excellent Indian food.

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  7. RandalE

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best Indian food in Nebraska, and compares favorably with the best Indian food I've eaten in NYC and San Francisco. Put this on your list of places to eat in Lincoln, NE, especially if you are staying in the Haymarket area.

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  8. tg25

    Omaha

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently outstanding food and service. Best Indian food I've had anywhere. Our favorite restaurant in Lincoln!

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  9. sparlkeplenty

    Denver

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    we have eaten here before and enjoyed it quite a bit. On this visit we were seated next to a large group of men who were entirely too loud. They all had pushed out into the isle a bit, making it difficult for the staff to maneuver. The staff did nothing to request them to tone it down. When the group finally left the young women at the table next to us said "thank god!" We agreed with them. It certainly negatively impacted our enjoyment of our experience. The food was still delicious.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mason was an amazing waiter with great suggestions. My kids love goa chicken!

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FAQs

The Oven - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 496 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Oven - Downtown

201 N. 8th St., Lincoln, NE 68508

Additional information

  • Cross street
    P Street
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Wine Bar, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ngawang Rinchen
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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