Great food, lovely people. I would suggest everyone goes!
We have company guest from Bangladesh and this always deliver the finest food!
Care and pride in food preparation were evident in the results, with every offering a memorable taste and textural indulgence. The wine list is crafted so as to pleasantly supplement and enhance one’s dining experience. Thoroughly enjoyable, particularly if one is prepared for a relaxed evening.
Best Indian in Orange County. I would recommend it to anyone who wants great food and great service in an understated atmosphere. Very unique dishes.
Our experience at clay oven was incredible! The service and food were both incredible. The server was very passionate and knowledgeable. The beer selection was fun and also great wine. All the food clearly has a lot of love put into it. Would highly recommend!!
Arrived at the restaurant to a very warm welcome followed by friendly and efficient service of very quality food chosen from a comprehensive menu containing some unique ideas for dishes. Will definitely go again. Slightly on the expensive side but you get that back in the quality of the food and personalized service so you don’t mind paying that bit extra.
Friend from out of town. Delicious
Get the special lamb chop (huge). It is awesome. Also the special antelope. Excellent food prepared with the family's special touch.
Always an amazing meal. The antelope chop was juicy n perfectly spiced. The service is the best. The owners are always present and make you feel like you are visiting their home. Everything is made fresh and the beer and wine selections are top notch.
Fantastic and service. If you're questioning getting the antelope, don't. Just get it. Absolutely delicious as were the sides we had. Fantastic and friendly service. We'll definitely be back again.
The food is really excellent. I love Indian food and have been a fan of it for decades. This is the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to, so I keep coming back!
We had a group in town for a conference and had a party of 20 people. We needed someplace that could accommodate gluten free and vegan part members. We were lucky enough to choose this restaurant and were extremely happy with our experience !! The manager/host was very helpful and suggested items that we could do as a family style meal to save time and cost. We chose some appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Soon we had a table full of delicious food! We were very happy with the quality, taste, as well as the service. It was a great value and we really enjoyed the family style meal! Everyone on staff was extremely friendly, the portions were very good, and the taste was great! Got to try a lot of different things I normally wouldn't have the chance to like Antelope! Roasted avocado starter was a favorite. The server did a great job with keeping up with our drinks, clearing plates, etc. They also had no issue with dietary restrictions which is often a problem with this size party. It was not an issue at all here. The decor in the restaurant was also very nice. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you have a larger party and want great food and service!
What a great discovery this turned out to be! Very nice staff, wondeful food and a great ambiance. I'd rather keep this little gem to myself, but that wouldn't be fair to the restaurant or people looking for a great place to eat out :-) I highly recommend it.
An Irvine institution. Family run with delicious, exciting Indian dishes, outstanding desserts and excellent service.
Most interesting Indian food I’ve ever had! Great service too. Highly recommend to anyone. Not too loud, you can actually have a conversation!
Great food (esp Tandoori), service and atmosphere. Loved it.
Food was delicious, service and ambience above average.
Authentic in taste yet creative and imaginative in approach and presentation of Indian food! Love that Chef Geeta is breaking the confines of "typical Indian" food yet still keeping the taste! Kudos!! Great wine list which is always a plus!!
Absolutely fantastic, delectable, affordable, fantastic service. SO much love goes into the food prep and everything explodes with flavor. Highly recommend!!!
We've been to the clay Oven numerous time over the last few years and have always had an outstanding experience, except for this time. We were seated promptly when we arrived and then got our menus fairly quickly. We ordered an appetizer and then waited about 40 minutes to get it. It then took another 45 minutes to get our food. In the past they put several different chutneys on the table, but this time only one. Once we did get our food it was very good, but not really worth the wait. It seems the chef is now working the front of the house and her husband who used to be, and did a phenominal job, is in the back. The chef doesn't really have the personality to be in the front, although her son who is also working the front is fairly good. Unfortunately, from our perspective this is a restaurant in decline. Very sad.
Clay Oven never disappoints. The food is always flavorful, well prepared, and delicious. I bring so many guests here and they always love love love it. Service is excellent and attentive. Will continue to come back!
Such delicate and delicious Indian Food. Always such a treat.
We really enjoyed everything about this restaurant from the very tasty and sometimes spicy food to the professional and friendly service to the stark appearance. The seating was spacious. The sommelier was very helpful.
Excellent food, service, ambience. No full bar but AMAZING beer selection and good wines. One of the best Indian food if not the best I have tried so far in SoCal. Highly recommended!
A great and unique list of brews and ales, and wine that pairs with great food.
If you want the best in Indian food from wild game to the expected fair, eat at the Clay Oven.
My wife and I have entertainment carnivores to vegetarians at the Clay Oven every one has left happy.
Service was horrible with one waiter covering 15+ tables on a Saturday night!!!
Amazing family run restaurant!
Wow! So happy we found this treasure.
Hands down best fine dining Indian I’ve ever had, inventive and authentic at the same time. Beer selection was also amazing.
Third time visiting this restaurant. Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Service was spot on, food was creative, well thought, balanced and delicious. The host/somm remembered everything from our previous visits (the table we sat at a year ago, our wine/drink preferences, what we ate, our previous conversations), incredible memory and shows that he really cares! This place never disappoints!!!
I love this restaurant. We have been coming here for years and it never fails to deliver. Delicious food that's spectacularly presented and delivered to your table by knowledgeable and polite serving staff. I cannot praise this restaurant high enough. It's a must try.
My favorite Indian restaurant in Orange County. My wife and I have been dining there for years. Always an excellent meal with exceptional service.
As always, spectacular friendly service and exceptional Indian cooking made for a wonderful date night with my wife. From the goat cheese samosas through to the mains of melt in your mouth sea bass. The antelope and bison specials were divine. Thank you for another great dinner!
Not been for a while to this excellent restaurant! Delighted to find that if possible it is better than ever. All three of us are friends who used to work together and we each know Clay ocen independently as we are fortunate to live locally. Although very busy we were seated promptly and service was friendly and efficient! The menu is always imaginative and interesting. This time I had the Indian antelope chop, lamb stuffed naan, and Duck Vindalloo. Also Chicken Tikki Masala and brussels sprouts (both excellent). A bottle of Semillon complemented perfectly! Highly recommend!
Food was excellent and so was service. Got much more than I expected when I saw the location in a small strip mall, but was pleasantly surprised. Will definitely go again.
Clay Oven is a upmarket dining experience without the uptight atmosphere. It's a chilled and relaxed environment with a very good vibe, it the type of place you'd go to have quality food, we came away really pleased from dining here. We'll be heading back to try some of the other dishes they have on the menu.
Fantastic experience. We were very late for our booking, but they kept our table ready and we had a lovely time and weren't rushed one bit! The food was excellent. The right blend of flavour and spice. I especially enjoyed the feta naan starter and bison special, and my wife found the swordfish to be her favorite. Everything was cooked to perfection. The staff were friendly and attentive, and ensured we had a great experience. Overall I would definitely recommend!
Clay Oven is an absolute gem. The food, wine, and beer are spectacular. A small, family run restaurant that demonstrates perfection in every way.