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Clay Oven Indian Restaurant - West Portal

3.9
77 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Perfect For:
  • 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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Cuisines
Indian
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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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Catering
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 77 People Are Saying
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
4.1
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great traditional “British Indian” food at a fair price

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and service. Will definitely return again

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Great neighborhood gem - fabulous service and food

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Excellent food and service. Tandoor dishes are amazing!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

I love the location, easy parking, nice size restaurant and great service and food

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2016

A great prefix for two people. Not expensive, and delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened and it has grown to a really good place that we can come or bring our friends knowing that we will always consistently get excellent food and service. Food is hot and authentic, but not oily or greasy. Its very, very good.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2016

Overall, I always have a good experience here. This past time, it seemed the waiters were v

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Clay Oven West Portal provides a wide selection of Indian food in a comfortable setting with white tablecloths and candles the tables. The Tandoori chicken is outstanding. If you have three people, a single rice order is likely to suffice (unless you are teenage boys!).

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2015

A couple at our table asked for mild and got what I considered moderately spicy food. The waiter did bring something milder on request for these folks, but still a bit too spicy for them. However, one shouldn't go to an Indian restaurant unless one wants food with some bite.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2015

The atmosphere is very nice. The wait staff is very attentive. Great spot for a quiet dinner when you want to talk. It isn't too noisy. Food is very good. I had the chicken korma and a mango lassi. Very enjoyable. I've eaten here many times with my family. Reliable.

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3.0Dined on September 19, 2015

My wife and I shared a cucumber salad, which was just sliced cucumbers and some tomatoes, with what appeared to be a bottled salad dressing on the side. I had the garlic naan, and it was a bit chewy. We each had tandori chicken, and it was very tasty, although they didn't bring the dipping sauces until we were almost through with the meal. The service was not very good. It took a long time to give our order and a long time to get it. The prices were extremely reasonable. It's worth a try if you like Indian food.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2015

We live in the neighborhood, and this is our go-to spot for Indian food. We love it. The staff are always very accommodating, the food is excellent, and if you care for wine, it is available.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

We went as a group of six with a toddler after visiting the SF Zoo. They didn't have crayons for the little one but were otherwise completely accommodating even though the atmosphere is somewhat fancy. The pakora to start was delicious. The saag paneer is always my test dish for a restaurant and it was excellent here -- creamy and spicy. Their medium spicy is definitely spicy! Would recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2014

Our first visit was impressive. The service was fine, but the food was better than my wife and I expected. She was impressed by the leaness of the lamb. I found the spices comfortably warm. The servings are large and we had an excellent repeat of the meal the next day for lunch. Will have to check Clay Oven again and compare to Roti, but Clay Oven is definitely an anticipated destination for us in the future.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2014

Neighborhood gem, come here all the time for the great lunch buffet, dinner and late night feasts! Super friendly and attentive staff! Solid menu! A tad pricey for dinner but quality of food makes it worthwhile!! Try the garlic naan, the chicken tikka and the prawn saag! Outstanding! Ditto for the coconut ice cream!! Namaste!

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2.0Dined on June 20, 2014

I heard several good things about this restaurant and gave myself a try. The restaurant did not have a host or a receptionist. I mentioned two times to the server that I made a reservation. The guy asked my name and just nodded but didn't check me in and said go to the table. For the food, it is somewhat americanize flavor. Others Indians/Pakistanians have better food and service. No point to eat there and get an ignorant attitude. I have to wait for 3 days to clear my pension status and make sure I get the point. I have no inclination to return!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2014

Pretty good for lunch buffet, variety of entree is average, price is always $9.99.
Not much service here, you're pretty much on your own since this is a buffet style lunch.
Their Clement Street location has better service mainly because the owner's there most of the time.
I love mango chutney but they no longer serve it at this W. Portal location unless you pay extra.
All in all this is a clean and well lit eatery with plenty of free parking nearby.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Usually we go to this restaurant and it is not so busy. On this Valentines day it was a mad house. It did not seem that the Open Table reservation had much meaning. Arrived at 7:30pm, took order around 8pm, served some food around 9pm, left around 9:30pm. This was not the normal service.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We went to this restaurant on a busy valentines Friday night. The place was packed and there were only two waiters. Service was extremely slow and at no time did a waiter come back to check on us. The manager walked by tables looking at the pace of food being eaten but never said or ask anything. Our appetizer never came and the food portions were a little smaller for the price. Although I recommend this place, I don't think I will be returning.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

My family has been to dinner here a few times. The food and service is great but it is a bit pricey and I don't mind paying for good food but one of the noticeable problems was the rice!! We had rice for 4 and the waiter brought out two lovely dishes of rice but there's no way that amount of rice was enough for 4 and on top of that each dish which was supposed to be enough for 2 cost $6. So we paid $12 for two containers of rice which really was only enough for 2-3 people. That's a crazy price for rice and if it weren't for that the prices are worth it.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2014

Love the decor and authentic music here. The food is also well presented and yummy, too. The servers here are very polite and are constantly checking in our comfort. It is also not so noisy as some other places.The prices are a bit high for my taste, but still worth a visit when one wants good, Indian food.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2014

Everything is delicious and the service is first rate

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2013

First time in San Francisco, had lunch here & was pleased with the experience. Good food & good service! Really cute copperware too.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2013

They have a wide selection, but even mild is more than that if you are not familiar with the flavors. This is a real neighborhood gem.

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2.0Dined on March 6, 2013

mediocre quality. The Clement Street branch is better.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2013

Great service, fair prices, decent food.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2012

excellent for the price!

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