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Clay Oven, Irvine, CA

Clay Oven

4.6
4.6
744 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
We are continuing to operate for takeout, curbside, and delivery only.

For over 36 years, the cuisine by our James Beard-recognized Executive Chef Geeta Bansal has been about transforming tradition and old techniques while retaining the flavor profile to make them relevant to the present times and lifestyle. Food progresses and changes, and we consistently strive to move Indian cuisine forward into the present and attempt to modernize our dishes while keeping the Ayurvedic principles intact. Our menus are tied to the seasons and what is growing around us. We serve a large selection of game including venison, wild boar, rabbit, duck, antelope, quail, and elk, all easily paired with wine and beer selected by our Certified Sommelier (CMS). Fruits and vegetables in season appear alongside our organic herbs grown in our own garden. There is no fusion of cuisines, just a fun and creative Indian experience created for our guests.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian, Californian, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 552-2851
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Geeta Bansal
  • Catering
    Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at clayovenirvine@gmail.com for further information on private events.
  • Private party contact
    Praveen Bansal: (949) 552-2851
  • Neighborhood
    Irvine
  • Cross street
    Irvine Center Drive
  • Parking details
    Shopping center parking - easy access.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 744 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2.4Value

NoiseModerate

744 Reviews
  1. WillH

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot fault this place on anything, everything about it was well thought out, well executed and I will absolutely be going again. The food was well flavoured, well spiced and portioned, not too much/too little. Great little place!

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  2. janet

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully prepared dishes with quality ingredients which elevated even standard dishes like rogan josh and chicken tika to a whole new level. The FETA cheese naan was outstanding. The variety of dishes available also makes it straight forward to have a meal exactly matched to your taste and appetite in an attractive and tasteful setting. However, it is a small restaurant and some tables are set quite closely together, so not the place to discuss family secrets! Service was pretty attentive without being obtrusive. Well-matched wines, and I really liked their extensive beer selection. We'll be back soon!

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  3. NiloS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal to celebrate our anniversary just before all the restaurants shut dining in. Ordered many times for delivery with GrubHub and always a treat. Can't wait to come back here many, many times when they reopen the dining room!

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  4. Salls

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked through the door the service was impeccable! Food was absolutely beautiful, my husband and I enjoyed every moment of our evening! Thanks to all the staff and especially the host/manager for their high standard of service.

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  5. Ohyou8one2

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting menu and LOT's of OFF Menu items, including beers and other beverages. If you like Indian spices and flavors...this will be a great experience. They focus on non-traditional I think. So you have the flavors and food items expected, but additional offerings of creative presentation and mixed flavors. Well worth the try and the management is on deck trying hard to please. That ALWAYS makes a huge positive effect for your meal / dining pleasure. Enjoy!

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  6. PaulL

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was fab and a hidden gem, the food was very good and we got excellent drink recommendations. If you like fine dining with quality food you will not be disappointed. So glad we found this restaurant. can’t wait to return. Lamb chops were very tasty and so was the mango shrimp curry.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing little intimate place, service was absolutely brilliant. Very attentive staff with some of the best food. The lamb chops here are unreal! It's a must!!!

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  8. PeterD

    Jackson Hole

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Indian food in OC! Swordfish was amazing and every dish was excellent. Family run and service was great. We will be back soon!

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  9. Kenny

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food in a lovely environment. Food portions great and nice additional touches.

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  10. DonDe

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This family run restaurant is the best! The food is just incredible! My favorite restaurant.

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FAQs

Clay Oven offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 552-2851.

Clay Oven is rated 4.6 stars by 744 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Clay Oven

15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA 92618

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Irvine Center Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Irvine
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian, Californian, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Shopping center parking - easy access.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Geeta Bansal
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 552-2851
  • Catering
    Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at clayovenirvine@gmail.com for further information on private events.
  • Private party contact
    Praveen Bansal: (949) 552-2851
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