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Clay Oven Cuisine of India
Clay Oven Cuisine of India

Clay Oven Cuisine of India Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.clayovenirvine.com/
  • Email: clayovenirvine@gmail.com
  • Phone: (949) 552-2851
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tues-Sun, 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Tues-Sun, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Global, International, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Geeta Bansal
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Irvine Center Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Shopping center parking - easy access.
A word from Clay Oven Cuisine of India
A meal at The Clay Oven is destined to change the way guests think of Indian dining. Taking inspiration from the regional cuisines of India, The Clay Oven offers a selection of seafood, poultry, meats and vegetables. This jewel-like restaurant has a welcoming glow reflected by the soft contours of the walls, eclectic artwork, and candlelit tables. The delicious aromas wafting through the interior prepare diners for a "traditional modern" Indian dining experience. Owners Geeta and Praveen Bansal have been serving loyal guests for over 25 years, tickling their palates with dishes like Pumpkin Tamarind soup, Pomegranate Glazed Quail and Nilgiri Scallops. The menu is always evolving, changing with the seasons and comparable to cuisine offered at fine dining restaurants in Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore. The Clay Oven is a local favorite and, at the same time, a trendsetter for fine Indian dining in Southern California. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Exquisite food and friendly and impeccable service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal at Clay Oven. The food was spicy and fragrant but not overwhelming to an American palate. From the menu, we had the Lamb Panange, rice, and Naan as an appetizer with mint and tomato spreads. Both were excellent! We also had a beef shank tandoor and a wonderful chicken dish from the specials. This restaurant is pricy, so it befits a special occasion meal. But the atmosphere and service are both good for such an occasion."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Yet another evening when we, at the last minute, decided to go back to the Clay Oven and were impressed by another wonderful meal. The staff is first rate and the beef kabobs, saag, and naan were perfect. If you are on a budget, go to the lunch buffet. Same great food, but much less expensive."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Although you can get chicken tikka masala, there are a variety of really tasty and creative Indian dishes on the menu not seen on your run of the mill Northern Indian menu. Some healthy alternatives are also available such as quinoa and brown rice3"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I think the food quality was overall good. But at the end of the day, it did seem pricey for general dining."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A delicious spread of food, and some of the best service ever. Preveen, the proprietor, made us feel welcome from the moment we walked through the door, and his attention didn't waver throughout the entire meal. His wife is the chef, and each course was extraordinary. The mixed grill special included wild boar, frog legs, quail and venison, and the seafood curry converted my husband from a curry hater to a fan. Don't let the strip mall location fool you. THis place is a little piece of Indian heaven in Irvine. MUCH better than the overpriced Tamarind of London in Newport Beach."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I have been trying to find a good Indian place in OC and haven't had much luck until Clay Oven, it was amazing! Food was incredible! The wait staff was excellent, the owner and his soon are extremely nice and do most of the serving personally. They a tremendous job reccomending wines and food, my girlfriend ordered the chicken tiki Marsala and I originall ordered a lamb dish. When I did the owner asked if I really liked lamb, when I said yes he said he would bring me something better. He brought out the most amazing lamb shank the we devoured! And it wasn't even on the menu! For my girlfriend he asked her preference on spicy she likes her dishes and brought sauces to fit her tastes exactly. We will definetly be returning!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Who would have thought that tucked into this strip mall is the most outstanding Indian restaurant ever! Service is top-notch, flavors of all our dishes danced over our palates, and the ambiance is elegant and comfortable simultaneously. We have already made our next reservation. Can't wait!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The Clay Oven is my favorite dining spot in Irvine. Terrific Indian food and fabulous customer service. The owners are so nice and make you feel special every time you dine there. I enjoy the relaxing dining environment. You can't go wrong eating there. I dine there regularly for date night and family date night. I have also purchased multiple tandoori turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas and everyone enjoyed them including family members who don't love Indian food. I hope you enjoy this restaurant as much as I do."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been on the hunt for good Indian food for quite some time. As it was, our favorite place was about 700 miles away, which was not especially convenient.... The service was impeccable. Our glasses were never empty, and before we even realized we needed anything, things showed up! Even the smallest of details were perfect! The food was even better. We ordered the pork vindaloo and the chicken daily special. I think I would go with chicken vindaloo next time. The pork was good, and something I had not tried before, but I prefer the taste of chicken. But this is on me, not the restaurant! The chicken special was delicious and spicy without being overpowering! The artichoke pakora app was amazing! Everything was perfect!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I made a reservation on-line for Valentines Day and disintegration know what to expect. I saw that the place had. Decent rating so I took a chance. I had the chicken Massala w Nananf rice and some samosas . The food was excellent and the service was even better. The man that greeted me at the door was friendly and cordial and even allowed us to dine earlier than our reservation time. I have nothing bad to say about this place. It was my first time eating there and I will be back"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Spent 70 including tip for two. Anod doggie bag. $8 for a 2-3 oz salad. $15 on veggie dishes, less than a whole potato and spinich!, and same with brusttle sprouts, $15, were they even organic? Served in a very "nice" but small cerial type bowl. And also 4 dollars for bread x2, second "bread was a tortia heated up for $4, most resteraunts give bread while you wait. ALSO THE SERVICE WAS OVERLY ATTENTIVE, BORDERLINE invasive, and a constant disturbance, mixed with untimly entree distribution did'nt make sense. I finally had to vibe em , that i was there to be with my gal, not constantly be interupted."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Especially recommend the samosa trio appetizer. Service is consistently exceptional."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Even if you have not found Indian Cuisine that you really enjoy, Clay Oven will change your mind. The food is the best, off any kind. If you are looking to put Indian Cuisine in your rotation, this will be it. We were dinning with friends of Indian descent and their son said "you know it's a great restaurant when all the tables are filled by all different ethnic groups, not just Indians". He meant that in a great way. Everyone will love this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Excellent fine Indian cuisine at its best. Every dish tonight was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "It's no wonder this restaurant has been open for well over 2 decades. This is Indian cuisine that I've not experienced before. Great care is put into the food preparation with delious and interesting g combos."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the service was outstanding - no complaints!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I've eaten in many Indian restaurants, both in Southern California, and in London, and Clay Oven is unique, with creative flavors beyond usual curries and sauces. The owner is gracious and informative, the service impeccable, and, while not inexpensive, worthy of a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Everything was delicious! We went for the first time there for my birthday. The owner and son were delightful. We took all their recommendations. The appetizers were a sampler of 3 different things. I had to have the Nan with rosemary and the cucumber dip, my entree was Lamb with traditional seasoning and my boyfriend had Lamb in some kind of sauce. Both were excellent. Then dessert we had a mango creme brulee, Yummy!!!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This is the best Indian food and service of any Indian restaurant in OC. The intimate setting, attention to detail and interesting, personalized and delicious food preparation is like no other. No wonder it has been around for 28 years!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The Clay Oven menu has expanded beyond traditional Indian food and now could be described as Indian influenced. The specials at a recent diner included a selection of wild meats, double cut pork chop, and Cornish game hen. Of course the traditional Indian dishes were also on the menu. The food was excellent. The service was professional and efficient. The ambiance is lacking because of its location in a strip mall but the food more than compensates. Highly recommended for an outstanding and original dining experience."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Service was beyond outstanding! Lamb was great! I am a picky eater and I usually don't eat fish but my friend ordered it and I ended up eating 1/3 of the fish. A+ !"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "One of the best dishes I've had in a very long time. Do not order fr Menu since the specials are delicious."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "First I should say that I don't usually eat Indian food but this was more out of my own "pickiness" over new experiences rather then a problem with Indian flavors. Clay Oven has made me fan, and a big fan at that. They have a tremendous local reputation and I decided that this would be a great place to trust the chef. The friendly service and welcoming environment foreshadowed a great meal. My wife and I went for lunch and the meal was exceptional. The flavors of the Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Tikka Malsala outstanding, balanced, layered and memorable. The lunch menu does not show the full range of this kitchen. For those like myself, lose the "pickiness' and try the very inviting and exciting dinner menu. I already have plans to return!"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "The food was delicious with excellent service. Great place for a good meal and quiet enough to have a conversation."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "For my birthday, I had the choice of ANY restaurant I wanted (thank you, hubby!). He suggested a few high end dining experiences, but I decided to treat myself to elegant service and the most FLAVORFUL food. When it comes down to it, the Clay Oven is simply my favorite culinary treat! The service is impeccable, and the melange of flavors is THE BEST. I highly recommend you try The Clay Oven. So delicious!"
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "The Clay Oven never disappoints! This visit they had a variety of special offerings. We tried three of them, all were supurb, as were the side dishes. They truly know how to coax every ounce of flavor out of each dish! You will be hard pressed to find more gracious service anywhere. This is a small family owned/operated restaurant, and it's evident they take great pride & care in the family business. A true GEM! THANK YOU for providing such quality Indian food!!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Never-ending satisfaction with the quality of the food and service at Clay Oven!"
    Dined on 8/10/2013