Best Indian Food
It's amazing how excellent service is provided in such an understated manner. The food is superb, but be sure to save room for the triple creme brûlée.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
They were great about getting
They were great about getting my 9 year old to try some new indian cuisine
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
An amazing little find! Don't
An amazing little find! Don't be fooled by the unassuming location. The Clay Oven's food and service are first class!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I don't even like Indian food - and this was fantastic!!!! The serivce was amazing, and I can't begin to tell you how great the food and environment was!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Deserves 6 stars
From the menu to the service, we feel in love with this place. The owner greeted us and shared favorite dishes and made recommendations. They even went as far as making gluten-free naan bread for my husband. The food was extremely well seasoned.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasant dining experience
The service is top-notch and the food is delicious. Don't let the strip-mall appearance fool you - Clay Oven is worth the trip.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always an excellent experience
The Clay Oven has been in this quiet strip mall of over 20 years. All that time the owner has been upgrading it to look like it belongs in Laguna Beach or Newport Beach. The menu is now more adventurous than it was a few years ago, with unusual meats. The Indian mainstays are still there and still wonderful. Service is impeccable. One of my favorites.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Add this one to your list. The service is outstanding with great food! You can't go wrong!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Indian Food!
This may be the best Indian food I have ever had. We ordered a variety of items from the list of specials that night and were pleased with every item. The soup (vegan corn/pepper chowder) was unbelievable. It was so rich and creamy. The chicken in a clay pot and pork chop were done perfectly. And, the paneer anardana tasted so good. We will definitely return.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Neighborhood Gem
Having enjoyed Clay Oven for years, its a pleasure knowing the owners and experiencing the unique flavors of Indian food. Even when we bring friends unfamiliar with the cuisine, they end up becoming fans too.
Some of our favs include the Tandoori swordfish and Tandoori ribs, any of the lamb and eggplant dishes. What's also unique is some of the seasonal foods come from the owner's own garden - delightful!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must try the curry!
The garlic naan was addicting with the chutney dip.
I had the Pondicherry Fish Curry which was amazing... it was a tilapia in a tangy tomato, coconut, and herb curry. The tilapia was good but the star of this dish was the curry... It was addicting! I kept eating the curry with the naan and pouring more on the quinoa.
My boyfriend had the special... lamb shank in a flavorful brown sauce. The meat just fell off the bone and melted in our mouths... so wonderfully seasoned!
The whole experience was excellent! We were greeted at the door by our friendly host and throughout the night they checked up on us. It was a slow night for them, which I find strange because they have such wonderful food and they're so cordial.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still one of the best
Orange County has recently been blesosed with several very good restaurants. But the Clay Oven still ranks as one of the very best restaurants County. Lamb chops Are still the best I've had anywhere.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found Clay Oven on OpenTable by chance. We were looking for a place to eat before an event at the Irvine Verizon Amphitheater. The Clay Oven had seating availability and is somewhat close to the amphitheater. Service was prompt, attentive, and friendly. Our server gave us descriptions and recommendations that were spot on. Portion sizes were just right. Food was delicious. We will dine at Clay Oven again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Post classical Indian
Hungry after a movie and saw that Clay Oven could take us at 9:30. Hadn't been the in years. New menu, with modern variations of some traditional dishes. The pea samosas were delicious. A greater variety of Nan breads than usual. Sourdough Nan brushed with Ghee and Sea salt, yum. The owners son was there and guided us through the menu. We tried the Lamb Shank in the house masala, which was very tender and the tandoor roasted Brussel sprouts. Crunchy and fresh. Will return.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Indian Cuisine
Hands down, this is one of the best Indian restaurants I have been to - and this includes Indian restaurants in the Bay Area, London, and New York. Don't let the unassuming location deter you. The food was inventive, and every aspect of the meal was well done. In addition to the food, the service was attentive, but not intrusive. It was clear that the waitstaff/ owners really cared whether we enjoyed our meal and they were very willing to explain the menu, We traveled the 10 miles from the Disneyland area to escape the dullness of chain restaurants and it was well worth the trip. I would recommend this to anyone
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great way to experience Indian
Great way to experience Indian food. My taste buds are still dancing. The service is outstanding. Geeta is one of the most outstanding chefs in the OC/LA area.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never-ending satisfaction with the quality of the food and service at Clay Oven!
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for Foodies
Clay Oven is a well established restaurant that has been around for years. It is family run and the wife is an outstanding chef. Flavors you have never tasted before. Highly recommend.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small but delicious and special
We were on a drive home through Irvine and desired great Indian food. So, we checked OpenTable! We were greatly pleased by this spot. The food was fabulous and the ambiance was quietly elegant. We will be back as it is worth the drive.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Clay Oven never disappoints!
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!!!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere. I ate and
Great atmosphere. I ate and chatted with my girl for a good 2+ hours. Very enjoyable. Price is up there. Spent 70 for both of us. We other 2 curry dishes, it wasn't bad but I gotta say, I had better.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my son, Daughter and
Took my son, Daughter and her husband for lunch. Great service, food was excellent, quiet restaurant, food was very good.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good. I tried their special for the day. It was different than what you would get at most of the other restaurants and delicious. A little pricey if you don't mind spending too much. But overall i would definitely recommend if you want quality food. Would definitely come back.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service
The food was delicious with excellent service. Great place for a good meal and quiet enough to have a conversation.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was outstanding and food was delicious. A little on the pricey side, but will definitely would return to try more dishes.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second Time to Clay Oven
My husband and I both ordered the lamb shanks this time because he had them the last time and wish I had ordered the same after sampling his. Still the same wonderful flavor with a wonderful sauce that made for great dipping with the sourdough naan. However, this time the lamb shanks were not fall off the bone tender, they were rather stringy, so that was a disappointment, but the flavor of the spices pretty much made up for it. Just wish we had been there on a night like last time when the lamb shanks were tender and not stringy. The owner is very friendly and the service is great. It's very quiet which we enjoy.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the Food and the Service
The staff was welcoming and made our visit enjoyable. The food was well prepared,served hot, and very delicious and the menu was ample but not overly so. Everything was fresh tasting. We especially enjoyed the spicy dishes. Looking forward to our next visit in the near future.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellnt service, great local spot
My wife and I went here for a quiet night out, and were quite pleased by the whole experience. The service was impeccable, and the food was delicious. The only downside is the price, as this place will run you considerably more than your typical sit down Indian restaurant, but I suppose you are paying for the service, which I cannot say enough about.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply my Favorite
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!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A New Favorite
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!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian cuisine
One of the best dishes I've had in a very long time. Do not order fr
Menu since the specials are delicious.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was beyond outstanding!
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+ !
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM