Clay Oven on Haight

20 Reviews
$30 and under
We are open every day from 10am with San Francisco's finest and tastiest Indian Lunch Buffet (11am till 2pm) and serving from our Dinner Menu till 11pm.

We invite you to join us in our wonderful dining room or order ahead for take out or delivery to your home or business. We offer full catering services and complete banquet facilities for simple gatherings to elegant affairs. Also consider us for birthday parties, wedding receptions and corporate events.
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3.9based on all time ratings
Noise · Quiet
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021

Made a reservation and couldn’t seat us

1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019

Food quality and the general atmosphere are as good as ever. However, the waiter acted like customers were a bother to him. They weren't at all busy yet I had to get menus for us and we struggled to get and pay our check at the end of the meal.

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019

Food was great, but if I could give negative stars for ambiance I would. The noise from the kitchen was crazy. At one point I had to get up from my table and point out that there were two different songs blaring through the restaurant--one coming from a boom box in the kitchen and the other over the speakers in the dining area. I would order take out, but would never eat here again.

San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018

It’s good Indian food, although we find the quality a bit variable from visit to visit. The service is very mediocre but it’s still our go- to Indian place because we think it’s fairly good and a fairly pleasant ambiance, even if a bit loud.

San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018

A nice place to have lunch. The building is a traditional San Francisco shop, with big windows and lots of daylight, in a quiet and hipster neighborhood. It is elegant, with linen tablecloths and the decoration is simple, but comfortable. Not overdone at all. Which for me it feels great. The food is average. You find the same Indian menu as anywhere else. I ordered a soup and couldn’t get it mild. It was spicy. The salad was average as well, but the cucumbers were not trimmed, which I didn’t like. So I had to trim them myself with fork and knife. Could have been better. Service is okay, but nothing to brag about. I would say an average Indian restaurant in a nice place.

Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017

Clay Oven on Haight was a nice surprise. Definitely authentic--many native Indians in the place, having family dinners. The portions are ample--we ordered 3 meat courses, plus naan and a veggie--my son had plenty to take home. The goat cheese naan was amazing, as were the other dishes. It wasn't noisy, just a nice place to spend time with friends or family.

OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017

Great place to meet with a friend in a new city! Food was fresh and very flavorful. Service was very attentive and helpful. Very fun, authentic atmosphere in downtown Haight!

Des Moines
18 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2017

Really enjoyed my visit. Food was really great and the service was terrific!!!

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2017

Not a great experience. I was there taking a client for lunch. Including us, there was a total of 4ppl in the restaurant. Usually, that's not a good sign and it was 12:30pm, the peak of the lunch rush. We sat down and waited. And waited for the server to come around. We had to call him over to take our order. As we were giving him our order, he walked away to answer the ringing phone. Then did not return. Again, had to call him back. I ordered the chicken kabobs and asked what came on the plate and didn't know. So ordered it anyway. My client ordered the lamb kabobs. With just 4ppl in the restaurant, it should not have taken the 35 minutes to bring the food out. And when it arrived, the lamb was so hard and chewy, my client sent it back. It was tremendously overcooked. Overall, I will not go back and there was no reason provided by the service or food to even give it a second chance. There are plenty of amazing Indian restaurants in the city. This was just not one of them.

San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016

I love Indian food and am always looking for some place new to try. I read the menu before going and saw a number of dishes I might like. I had the vegetable pakoras and the Kashmiri Biryani; both were excellent. The atmosphere was very Indian and very comfortable. The service started out great, BUT, towards the end of my meal I saw my waiter go out the front door and didn't return for over 10 minutes, and no one else seemed to care about me. This restaurant was well on its way to 5 stars, but this lapse in service really bothered me. I have waited tables and you never abandon a table so completely. If I'm in the area again, I may give them a second chance as the food WAS quite good.

vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016

Small pleasant Indian food. Solid quality.

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016

I was disappointed in the food. It wasn't hot as requested nor did the keema naan have any flavor; however, I really like the goat cheese naan and would recommend that. If you're south asian, then you're probably not going to like this place as the food is bland in comparison to what you could get at your home.

OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2016

Ordered lamb vindaloo, tandoori chicken, eggplant, matar paneer and Chana masala...all dishes were flavourful and spiced just as we asked. Just a little hint for those who use uber or lift, make sure you pick the right Clay Oven and don't just pick the default one that comes up. There are two restaurants far from each other.

San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2015

Not too pricey, but the food wasn't great either. The Naan was a bit burnt, and the dishes were watery and bland. Service was good. But overall, I'm not coming here again.

San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2014

If you like Indian food you need to try this restaurants .
My family visit often india and enjoy the food
There this one is really close to what you can get in this country . ( NORTH ).

OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2014

This restaurant is neither on Haight nor us it in "the Haight". In addition it has changed its name to Indian Oven. We had delicious food. Freshly prepared. Attentive service.

San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2013

Decent food but wait staff / servers lack in personable service in my opinion.

Palm Springs
124 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2012

Lovely little spot, but the food seemed "only okay" to me. Excellent naan, the lamb was tender, the tandoori chicken fine - so why would I not go back? I want a restaurant to really make me say "WOW" and this one did not. Big take out business, so maybe my taste buds were having a night off. I don't know.

San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2012

We came as a group of 12, half adults, half kids and were seated in the upstairs room, which was perfect because our party did not get in anyone else's way. The food was great, although the service could use just a touch more attention (we had to go downstairs to fetch the waiter a couple of times). Overall, however, we were very happy with the experience.

San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2011

This particular night the service was horrible. They were busy, but still. I had much better service when there was only me and 2 other tables in the restaurant.


Clay Oven on Haight offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 255-2000.

Clay Oven on Haight is rated 3.9 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.