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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District.

India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District

52 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
We are located in the Richmond District near Seacliff San Francisco. We offer a mix of modern style with traditional roots, from our handmade paintings representing the incredible Indian culture to our fabulous interior and stylish décor.
Come see the granite, marble floor, open windows, fabulous interior, and our side walls made of glass with high ceilings; Experience 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 Clay Oven also bakes traditional Nan Breads crisp or chewy. All entries are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning.

We can easily accommodate 180 people. and also 30 people at the Bar. 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: Sunday Daily: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Lunch Buffet
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Phone number
(415) 751-0505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Weddings, birthdays, rehearsals or graduation dinners can be accommodated on-site. Please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Cross street
25th Avenue
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Parking details
Restaurant Validated parking for 1 hour after 4:00pm.
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 52 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmikehs (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

We have eaten at India Oven many times over the years and the experience has been good,
not fantastic. Sunday the place was empty and they must have been serving the rejects from Thursday's buffet. Food was not served hot, appeared to be have reheated several times,
chicken dish had five small pieces of chicken. Server(s) apparently were enjoying an afternoon
nap as they did not come by until we were almost through with the meal. While we were there
only one small group was seated. Apparently, the neighborhood knew something we did not.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

Typical Indian buffet, nothing special to recommend it.

vipaleksandrovsk (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

Food was very average but it was an easy enough option for us and the kids. Not likely to return. There are better options for the price and service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

very good food, very good service, low prices, all good.

HeleneG (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Excellent first time at this traditional Indian restaurant. The dishes were very tasty and well executed. The portions are quite generous, and the price is right.

RichK (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

Excellent Indian food at a reasonable price. Great neighborhood place

somessound (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

Very good food and service. Ambiance a bit lacking with mostly empty dining room.

Steveo (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants, but the experience this time was below expectations. The waiter took his time offering menus and taking the drink order. No welcoming comments or suggestions about the menu. Took some time to get our food even though we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time. Food was very good, as usual. Every waiter should take Lesson 1 in the restaurant business: treat every customer as a friend who would want to come back and see you again.

travelingman (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2014

If you have a craving for Indian food this is the place to go. All the appetizers are tasty, and our favorite main dishes are the tikka masala, palak paneer, and vegetable biryani. All washed down with a good Indian beer.

vipOptimusDiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2014

Met a friend here for dinner and I got stuck in traffic due to an accident and they couldn't have been nicer regarding the reservations. They took our order right away and we got served quickly but were not rushed at all even though we were the last ones to leave. Food was delicious and served hot and the server even asked the degree of "spice" we wanted - that was much appreciated even though we both like spicy food. This is always a consistently excellent place to go for Indian food.

vipLinda (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 16, 2014

Friendly service. Excellent tandoori. Complimentary appetizer and rice pudding. Will go back.

vipmops1234 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on August 22, 2013

First off, the food was okay. We had Saag Paneer and Chicken Tikka Masala, along with Naan and rice. The rating of 2 stars is the wait staff. Upon entering, I mentioned we had the reservation. They kept saying that we didn't need to make a reservation. Then when it came time to order, they kept pushing more of the appetizers, naan and rice. We said okay to a second serving of rice and then ended up taking it home. We also had a discount for the second entree which they did not honor. Too many other choices in the City for Indian food. Pick another restaurant other than this one.

vipAlsin1000 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 14, 2013

We have been here a lot of times and this was the first time we did not have a great experience. Let's say it was an unusual off night for them.

vipCALiving (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2013

Went on a Monday night for dinner with my 25 year old son and 82 year old mother. Everyone was happy. Service was attentive, but not overly so.
Food came quickly and was tasty. Nice ambience, quiet and good for conversation.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

Not what it once was. Food was flavorless and service was awful. I used to go all time, but I won't be Cingular back anytime soon.

vipDineDontEat (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2012

We arrived on Christmas Eve with reservations and our table was not ready and waited for 10-15 minutes. Escorted to our table that had place settings for 2 out of the 8 people seated. When the server brought glasses, silverware and plates it was as if he had never set a table before. Not the best way to start a dinner. Also, garbage on the floor as we entered the establishment and floors so slippery we shuffled our way to the table for fear of slipping and falling. So here's the deal: Their food is good. Chicken Masala wonderful. But I'm going to look for another restaurant to celebrate Christmas Eve. All the other stuff takes away from the dinning experience. Too bad.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2012

One of the few restaurants in SF open for Thanksgiving. The restaurant was only one quarter filled at 7 pm. The food was good and plentiful and the wait staff was excellent. Table linens were impeccable and the overall ambiance was very good. It was worth driving out to the Sunset to enjoy a good meal at a fair price.

Arosefinch (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2012

Delicious food, clean, tasteful and pleasant decor, spacious and quiet (which is rare) in The City. The service is always excellent without being overly friendly.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 4, 2012

Great place for Indian! Can be romantic or casual. Will come back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on May 13, 2012

India Clay Oven: The waiter disappeared for long periods of time and we had to ask another waiter to help us. The music was too loud so it was noisy even though the restaurant was mostly empty. I noticed none of the diners were Indian. The wine was poured from the last of an open bottle even though we were dining early, and it was too warm and not good. The lamb was over-cooked and dry. The only vegetables, even in the vegetarian dishes, were peas. Overall this is by far the worst dining experience I have had in a very long time.