India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District
India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District

India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.indiaclayoven.com/
  • Phone: 4157510505x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday Daily: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Lunch Buffet
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for further details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Weddings, birthdays, rehearsals or graduation dinners can be accommodated on-site. Please contact the restaurant for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 25th Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Restaurant Validated parking for 1 hour after 4:00pm.
A word from India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District
We are located in the Richmond District near Seacliff San Francisco. We offer a mix of modern style with traditional roots, from our handmade paintings representing the incredible Indian culture to our fabulous interior and stylish décor.
Come see the granite, marble floor, open windows, fabulous interior, and our side walls made of glass with high ceilings; Experience our romantic music, and dine on our copper dishes on which we prepare delicious authentic Indian dishes using a centuries old traditional Clay Oven method of cooking that allows us to quickly char roast meats, poultry, and seafood at up to 1000 degrees. The Clay Oven also bakes traditional Nan Breads crisp or chewy. All entries are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning.

We can easily accommodate 180 people. and also 30 people at the Bar. Come and experience our refined customer service and the highest standard of dining brought to you by our attentive staff and our fabulous food.
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India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (2)romantic (1)good for groups (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Indian food
    OptimusDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Met a friend here for dinner and I got stuck in traffic due to an accident and they couldn't have been nicer regarding the reservations. They took our order right away and we got served quickly but were not rushed at all even though we were the last ones to leave. Food was delicious and served hot and the server even asked the degree of "spice" we wanted - that was much appreciated even though we both like spicy food. This is always a consistently excellent place to go for Indian food.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 39 reviews are from the India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District reviews archive.
  • Friendly service. Excellent
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Friendly service. Excellent tandoori. Complimentary appetizer and rice pudding. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Too Much of a Sales Pitch
    mops1234VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    First off, the food was okay. We had Saag Paneer and Chicken Tikka Masala, along with Naan and rice. The rating of 2 stars is the wait staff. Upon entering, I mentioned we had the reservation. They kept saying that we didn't need to make a reservation. Then when it came time to order, they kept pushing more of the appetizers, naan and rice. We said okay to a second serving of rice and then ended up taking it home. We also had a discount for the second entree which they did not honor. Too many other choices in the City for Indian food. Pick another restaurant other than this one.
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  • We have been here a lot of
    Alsin1000VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    We have been here a lot of times and this was the first time we did not have a great experience. Let's say it was an unusual off night for them.
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  • Went on a Monday night for
    CALivingVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    Went on a Monday night for dinner with my 25 year old son and 82 year old mother. Everyone was happy. Service was attentive, but not overly so. Food came quickly and was tasty. Nice ambience, quiet and good for conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Not what it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Not what it once was. Food was flavorless and service was awful. I used to go all time, but I won't be Cingular back anytime soon.
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  • We arrived on Christmas Eve
    DineDontEat
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    We arrived on Christmas Eve with reservations and our table was not ready and waited for 10-15 minutes. Escorted to our table that had place settings for 2 out of the 8 people seated. When the server brought glasses, silverware and plates it was as if he had never set a table before. Not the best way to start a dinner. Also, garbage on the floor as we entered the establishment and floors so slippery we shuffled our way to the table for fear of slipping and falling. So here's the deal: Their food is good. Chicken Masala wonderful. But I'm going to look for another restaurant to celebrate Christmas Eve. All the other stuff takes away from the dinning experience. Too bad.
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  • Great place for Ethnic Thanksgiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    One of the few restaurants in SF open for Thanksgiving. The restaurant was only one quarter filled at 7 pm. The food was good and plentiful and the wait staff was excellent. Table linens were impeccable and the overall ambiance was very good. It was worth driving out to the Sunset to enjoy a good meal at a fair price.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious food, clean, tasteful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    Delicious food, clean, tasteful and pleasant decor, spacious and quiet (which is rare) in The City. The service is always excellent without being overly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great place for Indian! Can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    Great place for Indian! Can be romantic or casual. Will come back!
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  • India Clay Oven: The waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    India Clay Oven: The waiter disappeared for long periods of time and we had to ask another waiter to help us. The music was too loud so it was noisy even though the restaurant was mostly empty. I noticed none of the diners were Indian. The wine was poured from the last of an open bottle even though we were dining early, and it was too warm and not good. The lamb was over-cooked and dry. The only vegetables, even in the vegetarian dishes, were peas. Overall this is by far the worst dining experience I have had in a very long time.
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  • I am wondering why we did
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2012
    I am wondering why we did not receive points for our reservation?
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was very good, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2011
    The food was very good, especially the chicken tiki masala. The portions were a bit on the small side. While there were children present in the restaurant, including our 5 year old, it wasn't particularly a kid-friendly space (no booster seat offered and only a same size glass for our child, instead of a smaller paper or plastic cup with a straw). The service left something to be desired. Our waiter may have been having a hard nite since it seemed that he didn't really want to be bothered by us, and never checked in with us. The food is definitely the reason to go to India Clay Oven.
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  • This is one of my favorites..Too
    leneh
    Dined on 11/10/2011
    This is one of my favorites..Too generous helpings so never room for desert..Probably just as well!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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  • India Clay Oven was a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2011
    India Clay Oven was a wonderful dining experience for my fiancee and myself. It's definitely helpful to review their online menu before dining there (though not necessary), as it has full-colour photographs of nearly every item on the menu; very helpful, considering the confusion that sometimes comes from trying to visualize a type of food from a different culture, no less one you've never eaten before. The food was amazing, and the chicken was cooked to perfection, crisp and flavourful on the outside, and juicy on the inside. All of the sauces that came along with the meal added wonders to it, and the chai tea came in a big mug and at perfect drinking temperature, yet cost only two dollars! One of my best dining experiences!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Why we have never had dinner
    HandsomeCouple
    Dined on 6/29/2011
    Why we have never had dinner at this restaurant is beyond me. This place is great and the food is AMAZING!!!!!. I have Indian food before but this tops it all. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • All the dishes taste the same,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2011
    All the dishes taste the same, hot and no flavor. the chicken masala was so orange that after lunch I looked at my fingers, they were stained from the dye of the chicken. Unnatural.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Great dining in every way.
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Great dining in every way. Service was attentive and friendly; beautiful Indian murals on walls; and the food was delicious and authentic: Benghan Barta, spinach naan, lamb vindaloo, rice pudding were each the best we've had outside of India. Not greasy! the ambiance was relaxing and beautiful. O! you can park in front of restaurant for free if you have a bit of luck. There are a couple of designated parking spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Worst service of all!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2011
    Immediately upon our arrival at the restaurant, we eagerly ordered our food (primarily because we only had 45-60 minutes to eat and pick up our son at a sport practice). Although the food was "fair", what disappointed us the most was the extremely slow service (slow even though there were only a few other small parties in the restaurant). We suspect the waiter completely lost our order, however, he did not seem concerned about it when we confronted him asking about our order (30+ minutes after ordering). In fact, he couldn't repeat our order to us. He appeared to chat with other waiters about our situation and they appeared to be laughing. When our food came, there was no discount...and we had to leave quickly to get our son. Not good!
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  • Not very crowded at lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2011
    Not very crowded at lunch. Did not need reservation. Food not very spicy, but good. The rice dessert had no added spice to it. We got chai without sugar and it was very good and strong. The mango lassi we got also was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Indian
    JuliaSVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    This place has traditional Indian food, deliciously prepared. The service here is exceptionally friendly (probably the nicest waiters in the city) and quick. It is a casual place, great for going last minute in jeans or with kids. I have never had a bad item off their menu, so if you are in the mood for great Indian and don't want to deal with the more upscale DOSA scene, come here. My one issue is it always seems a bit drafty here, so wrap in a shawl or sweater and ask to sit away from the lofty floor to ceiling windows if here in cold weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Very nice vib to the restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2010
    Very nice vib to the restaurant. White table cloths and beautiful fresh roses on each table was very inviting. The buffet area was rather cramped and the waiters were not helpul in telling first time diners how to proceed. We had to ask after sitting at our table for 10 minutes. The food was excellent so that helped us to overlook the poorly trained waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The food was very good . It's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2010
    The food was very good . It's a little out of the way from the main tourist areas, but worth the drive .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • good flavors, but the lamb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2010
    good flavors, but the lamb and chicken were over cooked
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  • This is a slightly more spendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/29/2010
    This is a slightly more spendy Indian restaurant than the likes of Shalimar and Pakwan, which are favorites of my Indian friends, but the food here was decent. It's a nice choice for indian food in this neighborhood to get some variety. The restaurant is nicely decorated and more upscale looking than the other places noted above. The food is a bit more americanized which is good for catering to the general public.
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    good for groups
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  • Service was quite attentive;
    slssfVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2010
    Service was quite attentive; even gifted my guest a CD of contemporary Indian music when she shared with staff she enjoyed Bhangra music!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The food was fabulous and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/26/2010
    The food was fabulous and the wait staffs worked together in such team fashion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • We went as a last minute decision
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/28/2010
    We went as a last minute decision on a Sunday after church. The buffet was excellent. It has a lot of choices to sample. I really liked this so I can get a good example of the food. The chicken soup was also excellent. It was tomato based instead of stock. The lentle soup was so so. It was very thin instead of the thick lentle soup I'm used to. We also had rice with shrimp, which was also excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, good service --
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/25/2009
    Good food, good service -- we've had two holiday dinners here and enjoyed both. Nice to be at a restaurant where quality of experience and food are more important than being trendy. We'll be back f'sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Never disappoints! Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/23/2009
    Never disappoints! Always very good food. Love how easy they are with large groups. They even accommodated our request for several separate bills for our party of 12. Can highly recommend this venue for dinner!
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    good for groups
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  • Go here, you won't regret it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2009
    One of my fave restaurants of all time. I remember being a tween walking to this restaurant with my grandpa. Fast forward a few years and I found myself living a few blocks away from India Clay Oven. I'll even admit to the location being picked in very small part because of India Clay Oven. They have the most amazing dishes. I could eat here every night and never get tired of it. Their chicken korma is something I dream about. Masalas are killer. They know the right amount of spice, and they know how to make my belly happy. Go here, you won't regret it.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The restaurant was very good.
    Open2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    The restaurant was very good. the food was fresh. it provided vibrant flavors and spices, that worked well. It had very distinct flavors and taste. The restaurant provided varying levels of spiciness from mild to hot, which suited by taste buds. Definitely would come back for Indian food.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • We love India Clay Oven! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/18/2009
    We love India Clay Oven! The food is always delicious, the service very attentitive and it all comes at affordable prices.It's a great place for large groups. We've come here many times and have already made another reservation for a party of 6.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Tucked away in the Inner Richmond
    BroadwayFanVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2009
    Tucked away in the Inner Richmond is this palace of rich and tasty Indian food: a notch above most others with very attentive generous service.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Visited for the lunch buffet.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2009
    Visited for the lunch buffet. Decent selection of the basics. Not too much variety but what was offered tasted good. Some items were not kept very warm (in temperature) while others were quite hot. Nan is baked fresh and delivered to your table; one curry chicken, one curry lamb. Friendly service. Lunch dining is in the front room right near the open door to the kitchen which is visible. That can be good or bad.
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  • My daughter and I came here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    My daughter and I came here for Mother's Day. The main dining room was spacious and beautifully and tastefully decorated with murals. The food was terrific and the service fantastic. When we first arrived for our 6 pm reservation, the place was pretty empty but by the time we left it was bustling, and a mini tour bus had stopped for a private party in the back room. All the staff was wonderful in explaining items to us. A great experience all around. I'll be back.
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  • I've been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    I've been to this restaurant a number of times. My brother loves the food, saying its the best Indian restaurant he's ever been to (and he's been to India!). The one drawback is that the staff has NO idea of how much food to have you order. Whatever you order, they will suggest more. The portion sizes are more than adequate, and the rice portions are HUGE. Hold the line and save yourself a lot of money.
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  • My husband and I loved! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2009
    My husband and I loved! I was never a fan of Indian food but lately I've been craving it. So we went last week. I had the Lamb in coconut sauce. Even though the portion looks small at first, it turns out to be enough to take some leftovers home. They offer a delicious Sauvignon Blanc. Order it as soon as you sit down - so you can have a second! The service is on it. It seems like they don't have one waiter per table. Everyone is checking in on you, serving you and attending you. We loved our first visit so much that we went back a week later. I had the same dish while my husband ordered the Chicken Masala. We shared among three people - still had leftovers.
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    good for groups
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  • I was very disappointed in
    SFFoodAddict
    Dined on 4/10/2009
    I was very disappointed in our most recent dinner at India Clay Oven. It had probably been two years since our last visit. The food was way too hot! The tandoori prawns were inedible, covered with a dense layer of magenta goo and so hot that one bite was all anyone could do. The vegetarian briyani was uninspired and the rice was thick and heavy, but this was the only thing that I could eat due to the spice in the rest of the dishes.....
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  • This Indian Food restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/28/2009
    This Indian Food restaurant is excellent. Friendly service and outstanding food. Not much parking on the street.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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