Clay Oven

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788 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
ACCEPTING PHONE ORDERS FOR TAKEOUT/CURBSIDE AS WELL AS DELIVERY THROUGH DOORDASH, POSTMATES, AND GRUBHUB!

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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Starting Mar 24, 2020·Sun 5:30PM-9:00PM, Tue-Sat 5:30PM-9:00PM

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WillH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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janet
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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NiloS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Salls
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ohyou8one2
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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PaulL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipPeterD
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Kenny
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food in a lovely environment. Food portions great and nice additional touches.

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DonDe
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This family run restaurant is the best! The food is just incredible! My favorite restaurant.

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michaelj
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food had great flavor. All the chili based glazes had some heat, but perfectly complimented the dish. The lentils were great. The garlic nam was fabulous. Very enjoyable dining experience.

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Brad
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent experience at Clay Oven. Everytime we come, I feel like we're remembered by the host and always get excellent recommendations to make our experience more enjoyable. We enjoyed the Tomahawk steak and it did not disappoint.

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Katt
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A party of 6 of us went for a meal for a birthday. This restaurant is amazing. Food was delicious as always, not a huge menu like other indian places, which means the dishes are freshly made. Antelope and hangar steak specials were divine. We found out all the vegetables are vegan which was perfect for one of our guests. Wine list was well thought out with great options. Will definitely be going again.

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PeterF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service is the norm here. Extensive beer list and marvelous selection of exotic meats (antelope wild boar etc.) Highly recommended.

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vipmarie
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and varied menu and always a great dining experience. The goat cheese samosas were delicious and cannot rave enough about the marinated steak special.

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Cathy
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food at Clay Oven.

I also really appreciate that it isn't a loud space.

We could all hear each other and enjoyed a delicious meal with comfortable conversation, unlike some places where I can barely hear the person sitting beside me which, for me, ruins everything.

Service lovely, as always.

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Eddie
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly exceptional dining experience. Each dish seemed to be the best - until we tasted the next! The goat curry was the highlight of the evening. The food was all beautifully presented and served by friendly attentive staff. Subtlety and depth of flavors was fantastic and just kept going throughout the meal. Why does this restaurant not have a Michelin star?

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ChadwickD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Clay Oven was excellent and the staff was very polite. Lovely menu and specials. Great drink list. Ginger lemonade was delicious. The antelope is something I will never forget. I’d recommend this place for a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Alison
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though this Resturaunt is small and in a strip mall the service and the food is outstanding. The food is Michelin Star level.

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Sanam
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our time here. The food was exquisite and the service top class.
Would definitely be back and recommend it.
Thank you for a fabulous evening.

HM
HanM
Orange County
3 reviews