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Clay Oven Indian Restaurant - West Portal

76 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Welcome to Clay Oven Indian Restaurant. We are located in West Portal and Saint Francis woods. We offer a mix of modern style with traditional roots. From our handmade paintings of rich colors representing the incredible Indian culture to our fabulous interior and stylish décor. Come listen to 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 Tandoori oven also bakes traditional nan breads crisp or chewy. All entrees are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning. We can easily accommodate 72 people for both lunch and dinner service. Come and experience our refined customer service and the highest standard of dining brought to you by our attentive staff and our fabulous food.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 731-2400
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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We offer catering for up to 10,000 people anywhere in the Bay Area. We have a private room in our other location for up to 220 people with a full bar. We also have Punjabi music.
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Cross street
15th Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking is very easy to find around Saint Francis Woods.
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Public transit
The K and M train stops in front of our restaurant.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 76 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and service. Will definitely return again

vipLunchalicious (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The lunch buffet is one of the best bargain all you can eat options in SF. Food quality is top notch and white tablecloths and fresh roses are a nice touch.

dulwichfoodie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Decent, though not spectacular Indian food. The place is a bit of an 80s time warp, from the decor to the food - not in a bad way, but it is a throwback. The food was tasty, but a little bland and I've eaten better versions of each of the dishes. But it's not bad, and there were a few that were very good - the Tandoori Salmon for example. Rather abrupt and random service, but again not bad, just not particularly good. As long as your expectations aren't high, you'll get a reasonable meal for a reasonable price.

vipmayo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Great neighborhood gem - fabulous service and food

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

This was a great place mid-way between Marin and Palo Alto for a lunch with a friend. Their lunch buffet was ample, delicious and reasonably priced.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

The restaurant has very good food, with a nice selection of both vegetarian and meat dishes. It is also quiet enough that it is easy to have a conversation with friends. It's accessible by Muni Metro and has convenient shopping and entertainment options nearby.

InaF (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

The food at this place is always good. The service is always somewhat lackluster. Same experience again this time. I will go back, because it's my neighborhood. And the food is really good.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

India Clay Oven is a very friendly and convenient place to meet friends for a meal. The food is delicious, the staff is very welcoming. And there is plenty of parking at this end of West Portal.

vipRuss (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2017

My family and I have dined here many times. They are always reliable. Good food-I love the chicken korma and mango lassi. Yes, I would recommend this restaurant. I want to try their lunch buffet, which I haven't had a chance to yet, but my wife has and said it was quite good.

alk650 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Excellent tandoor and nan. My family and friends love this place for excellent Indian food.

vipSeed (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Appreciated a lovely neighborhood restaurant being open and giving good service on Christmas Eve. They had an especially delicious Saag Paner.

vipSFdiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

Clay Oven on West Portal is a neighborhood treasure. We live in the neighborhood and go a few times a year, especially when out of town guests want to try food not readily available where they live. Clay Oven never disappoints!

vipEllynjd (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Location and food would make this place a spot I would return to, however the service was so poor I probably won't. It seemed like the wait staff was in a big hurry yet the restaurant wasn't that full and there is a buffet for those who want that option.

alk650 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Excellent!!!!! Everything was great, food and service. I asked no oil or salt. I got that. I can't ask for anymore. Will be back.

alk650 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

Excellent food and service. Tandoor dishes are amazing!