Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations
We will be offering many Lamb and Game Meat options for Easter Dinner, including Wild Boar, Elk, Antelope, Kurobuta Porkchops, Bison, and Goat!
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Great experience for the team, and our exec. Food was great, the owner acted as a “beer sommelier”, pairing a great beer and decent wine list for everyone’s preference and some outside the box options of both food and beverage.
Best Indian SoCal fusion in OC and one of the best in LA.
The food was outstanding! Service was fantastic. And we love that it's a local, family-owned business. It's always a pleasure to eat at Clay Oven. Thanks Praveen, dad, and staff for anther great dining experience.
Outstanding! This is a must try and keep in your rotation.
We return to Clay Oven again and again for the consistently wonderful dining experience this restaurant provides. It is a small, intimate, and quiet. The beer list is exceptional and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful with wine and beer selections. The menu includes traditional Indian food with additional menu selections including wild game meats such as bison, wild boar and antelope. Service is unobtrusive yet always at the ready. Wonderful place for celebrating a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or even popping the question. Don’t miss the swordfish, the giant prawns, or the pork chop. Potions are generous, so you will take food home. My husband and I simply love this restaurant.
I am from out of town, but visit Tustin/Irvine regularly for business. The Clay Oven is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Tarun and his staff are friendly and welcoming and always remember you when you return, but none of that would really matter without good food. And, the food is not just good, but wonderful, flavorful in both traditional and non-traditional ways. A wonderful selection of beers and wine just top it off. I never visit the area without stopping . Thanks.
We are new to Indian food and the Clay Oven was recommended as the place to try. We told our server, Tarun, who is also the manager, we would need help ordering and he was wonderful. The couple with us are enthusiasts of Indian food and this was some of the best they every enjoyed. We will be back.
Very tasty food, can choose level of desired spice, good wine list, friendly & helpful service!
Absolutely fantastic experience. Wonderful food, great wine and beer selections which complement the food, and outstanding service.
Amazing food !!!
So full of flavor. All sauces were on pointe
This is one of the very best Indian restaurants in all of SoCal. Nuance and attention to detail in every dish. Excellent wine and beer options.
We've been frequent visitors to The Clay Oven for many years, and they never disappoint. Chef Geeta and her husband Praveen use locally sourced ingredients to create Indian dishes that are influenced by Geeta's interest in many international cuisines. The restaurant is a cozy setting, and can get noisy at times when full, but is nicely furnished and host Tarun and his dining room staff make the dining experience equal to what comes out of the kitchen.
If you enjoy spice and game meat this is the best. The quality of the meat and food is top notch. We had antelope chops and bison tagine that was out of this world. We were fighting for the chance to “chew the bone”. The sauces are amazing and the sourdough naan is heaven. Go hungry and open minded, you will not be disappointed.
A joke of an excuse for Indian food, the chicken tiki masala was just tomato sauce
The award-winning food is always inventive and fresh. We have visited many times and have found the staff helpful with wine. The food is outstanding; the wine selection interesting; and we are always made welcome.
Outstanding food, outstanding service and a notable wine list for those that like Paso Robles wines. I highly recommend Clay Oven for everyday dining and for special occasions alike.
Xmas present to a young couple at church!!
Thank you for a memorable evening ! The food was flavorful but not overpowering
It was delicious as always!! The goat cheese samosas, antelope, chicken tikka masala and the mango ginger baby back ribs were particular favorites of our group! Only disappointment was they ran out of the mango creme brûlée.
Fabulous as always!!! Love the food. Love the experience & service. Keep it up!
Food was delicious, ambiance was great, service was exceptional! Can't wait to eat there again
My husband and I used to come to this restaurant with a guy for a while. We dropped him and we are glad we did, because he doesn't eat seafood. We never had any seafood there before so we ordered prawns last night. We thought only curries and steaks were good but seafood there was awesome as well. I like Indians in general but I like them even more when they are not vegetarians.
The service was excellent! The server (manager?) was gracious + welcoming and very helpful helping us decide between menu items. The stewed goat curry and delicious, with a thicker sauce that was perfect over our side of basmati. We prefer our roasted vegetables to be crispy, not so steamy.. and I found them to be a touch spicier than I’d like. Although the pistachio cardamom ice cream was not what I expected, I’d definitely order it again. I’m not sure if it’s typical of Indian ice creams, but it was firm/icy like a creamy popsicle. The ice cream is rolled into a tube like shape, frozen, and then sliced into circles. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet.
If there was one change I’d make to the restaurant, it would be to add better ventilation. A table on the other side of the restaurant ordered a meat dish that came out sizzling (and looked/smelled amazing). Unfortunately by the end of dinner we left smelling like everyone else’s food. Next time I’ll just leave my jacket in the car :)
A personal favorite, one of my friends and I dined at Clay Oven on Christmas Eve and it was wonderful, as always! Great food and service - we enjoyed our dinner very much! I am a pescatarian and there were loads of options on the menu for me as well as for anyone without dietary restrictions - great selection. Also, the restaurant was busy so a good idea to make reservations. I'm looking forward to returning soon!
Fantastic, authentic Indian cuisine! Wine and craft beer selected to complement the food. Impeccable service with a friendliness to round out the experience.
Love. This. Restaurant.
Best Indian food you will find anywhere. We are so fortunate to have this restaurant in Irvine!!! Always perfect!!!
Great beer recommendation
We were 100% satisfied with the food, service, and ambience. This is not your average Indian food restaurant. Clearly many steps above and absolutely gourmet. Can't wait to return.
Service was excellent and attentive. This place is a great opportunity to try different foods and it's best to go with a group as they serve dishes family style. Order a bunch of things and try them all! You will not be disappointed.
The best Indian food in SoCal if not the west coast. really good. Gem for the UCI and Irvine community for years.. personal service and really good unusual meats too (bison, elk, etc.)
Keep up the great place forever!!
Great food and service. It was a wonderful experience!!! We were a big group and they were very accommodating.
This is a rare gem. If you enjoy Indian cuisine, Clay Oven will introduce you to a whole new realm. Try it! you will not be disappointed.
We had only cereal for breakfast and ice cream for lunch to have this tomahawk steak and curries for dinner. So good. The restaurant was completely full but they still provided us great service.
Best Indian food in the region. Hands down.
Clay Oven never disappoints. The food is always amazing, the service great and all questions about the food are answered. We will certainly go back!!!
We went here for our first date before the restaurant closed. We were greeted nicely and the food was delicious. The only thing is after we were done eating we felt bad because it looked like our waiter was just waiting for us to leave. Again, they were closing. But we felt so uncomfortable by the waiter’s anticipation we rushed out as fast as we could. Overall, it was a lovely dining experience:)
Clay Oven is awesome! The food and service are excellent!
Brussel sprouts dish and creme brûlée were yummy!
One of my long time great Indian Restaurants.
In business for very long time.