About Clay Oven on Haight
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.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Haight & Fillmore
$30 and under
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Clay Oven on Haight Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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