The Oven

5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

201 N 8th St
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508-1346
United States

(402) 475-6118 | map

Per Lincoln City Ordinance this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

Added by bditty187 on 12-28-2005

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Aoyoc
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of gwguest
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Hit the oven on local recommendation for lunch. Nice decor that feels fitting, but not contrived. Nice window view into the kitchen, high exposed beam ceilings with a bit of warehouse district charm that seems to be part of this area of Lincoln.

The smell when you walk into the place is phenomenal. Freshly roasted spice just fills every corner of your skull. I can see how it might be a bit overwhelming for some, but I loved it. It really sets the stage well.

The menu is very well done with plenty of options, but not overdone. Its very focused and everything sounds good. Service was instant and attentive. Water was always full, pace of the meal was very good and their menu knowledge was good. The only knock on the service is that they kept putting tray stands by the kitchen door and they were knocked over - creating a lot of distracting noise - at least three times during our lunch. I think there has to be a better spot for those.

The beer selection was limited, but adequate. Old Rasputin, Old Stock Ale and Goose Island IPA all on draft. Those are all really smart choices for this type of restaurant. Bottle selections were unimpressive with one or two craft and remainder macro.

The food was quite good and fresh. I would rate this higher, but I'm nit a great judge of Indian cuisine yet. I enjoyed my food and the sample of my friends as well.

The value is great here and many menu items are under $10. Some venture up into the $15 range, but for the quality of the experience, it's fantastic value.

I would return in a heartbeat.

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Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I was in town on business and ended up here with a colleague after there was a wait at Lazlo's and we decided not to bother with it. I was definitely NOT expecting to find any decent beer here, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find 3 pretty good taps - 2 Jaipur brews and Goose Island IPA, as well as about 15-20 pretty solid bottled offerings. Not an overwhelming selection but with 3 good taps, a bunch of Sam Smiths and two Chimay, that's not too shabby. I had a Goose Island and the Jaipur IPA (it was called something else on the menu, I forget what) and enjoyed both. Food was quite good and it was a beautiful night to sit outside. Service was prompt and attentive and prices were very reasonable. A very pleasant surprise for me.

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Photo of swid
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

The Oven is an Indian restaurant in Lincoln's Haymarket district; it is essentially the same restaurant as The Jaipur in Omaha, minus the on-site brewing equipment. It is quite popular in Lincoln, and with good reason: the food is very, VERY good, as is its elegantly understated ambiance. It's a excellent date restaurant, featuring regular live music, candles and covered outdoor seating.

The service, which was formerly excellent, hasn't been quite as good the past few months; I don't know if this is due to employee turnover, management, or something else entirely, but I hope that it will return to its former level of service soon. The restaurant *DOES NOT* split checks; you have been forewarned.

The Oven's dedication to its own beer is, to put it mildly, underwhelming. The restaurant does nothing whatsoever to promote the Jaipur beers (of which only the IPA and jalapeno are currently available). The bottled beer list is better than that at most Lincoln restaurants; for instance, the red and blue Chimays are available. This lack of dedication to beer is exacerbated by the fact that The Oven has perhaps the most extensive wine list in Lincoln. For shame...

As noted earlier, the food is outstanding. The chicken, lamb and vegetarian dishes are available with a wide variety of sauces in all levels of spiciness; when ordering, be sure to get the soup and a side of naan bread. Prices do run on the expensive side; however, this is balanced out by the large portions. One dinner entree can easily feed two people or makes an excellent take-home meal.

Overall, go to The Oven for the food and the atmosphere, not the beer.

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The Oven in Lincoln, NE
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