Clay Oven

5.0
867 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
The cuisine at the Clay Oven is 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 over time in presentation, technique, and tastes, and we consistently strive to move Indian cuisine forward into the present. For the past 32 years we have attempted to modernize our dishes while keeping the Ayurvedic principles intact. Our menus are tied to the seasons and what is growing around us in order to bring out the fullest flavors and to allow guests to savor our food. We serve a large selection of game including venison, wild boar, rabbit, duck, alpaca, quail and elk, all easily paired with drinks selected by our Certified Sommelier. 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian, Indian, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tues-Fri, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tues-Sun, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
CLOSED MONDAY
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Phone number
(949) 552-2851
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Geeta Bansal
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Catering
Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Irvine Center Dr.
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Parking details
Shopping center parking - easy access.
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Special events & promotions
Follow us on Instagram @clayovenirvine to stay up to date on upcoming events such as wine dinners with established growers and guest chef dinners!
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Superb service and exceptional creativity in preparation of flavorful dishes make dining at the Clay Oven truly memorable. Tandoor prawns were truly delicious. The kulfi was a perfect finish.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Really authentic North Indian flavors. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

One if the best undiscovered gems in the OC restaurant scene. You will never be disappointed. Bone marrow tandoori....come on!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was our first time to Clay Oven, and our expectations were completely met and then some. the service, food and overall experience was exceptional. I look forward to taking family and friends back so they can enjoy. My thanks to the staff and family as their service and hospitality couldn't have been any better. Cant wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We tried many of the specials - absolutely fantastic. Service as well was great.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I was a little anxious about the menu and cuisine, but when we were talked through it with the owner and son, ordered our meals, what was delivered was absolutely superb. Really good take on Indian food and cannot wait until I return. Service was spot on and simply a great local place to try out that is really unique.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

A unique dining experience- a different take on Indian food. There is game on the menu and we had the wild boar done in the tandoori oven and a sea bass in an excellent curry sauce with great spices. Excellent food. Wish the restaurant was closer to San Diego as would frequent more often.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The Clay Oven lived up to expectations. The food was very good, the service was good and the ambience excellent. My colleagues enjoyed it very much. It never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great food and great service. We were returning after a lengthy absence and glad we did!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

This was our second visit and once again we were not disappointed. I would not hesitate to take anyone to eat here. They knew it was my Birthday and presented me with a dessert complete with cute candle. A lovely touch to end a perfect meal.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent all the way around... if there were more than 5 stars they still achieved whatever is the top rating...
Love this place!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great food and service. Quality ingredients & spices with unique selections. Definitely worth a visit for high end Indian food.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Very good food and service was highly attentive. They grow cool things in their garden to use for the restaurant. The finger limes with the avocado were so cute!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Outstanding flavors of India with a creative touch (game). This restaurant is one of the best I have ever visited. The host is a great gentleman. The food very flavorful and fresh. Prawns were tender and tasted fresh. Game was tasty. Sauces were perfect in flavor.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Loved it. Chose this restaurant for our Silver wedding anniversary meal. Arrived to be seated immediately. Very attentive wait staff - delicious food and interesting beer list. And to finish we had a lovely desert surprise to mark our occasion. First class!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

From the moment we walked in we were made to feel very welcome by the front of house staff. Our waiter couldn't have been more helpful and was making sure we didn't over order, but giving us good advice about the portions. When the food arrived it was so tasty especially the starters which in themselves were very filling. The mains were also excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Superb food and great staff. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, would recommend for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We chose this restaurant because it was close to the theater and because the menu looked different and interesting. We were not disappointed. The food was well presented and each had unique flavors. Service and ambiance was very good - even though the restaurant was very busy. Will definitely re-visit!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This is an Upscale Indian dining. The best Indian food you can have. They grow their own peppers and use it for their sauces. They treated us like royalty. Wonderful night.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Superb! Perfect way to take those visiting the OC for a truly excellent Indian cuisine experience.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Very good food and service was highly attentive. Hot sauces aren't kidding around!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Finally went to Clay oven with my family over the weekend and loved every minute! The service was fantastic, the food was delicious, and there was a good buzz in the air. Would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great Restaurant! Beats others in the area hands down. The food was literally out of this world, best Indian food I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Unique but approachable. Lovely family!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Actually came here because I ran into the somm at the farmer's market and was impressed by what they use. Truly delicious Indian fine dining food! The wait staff were attentive and good humored. The avocado, duck, and swordfish were incredible. Will try some of the game meats next time!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Everything was spot on and every mouthful divine. Next visit already planned

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

I had very high expectations of this restaurant - which were not just met, but in fact exceeded in every regard. Amazing food and wonderful experience, beautiful family, will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always a risk getting so excited about a restaurant after reading reviews and having friends recommend - what if it doesn't live up to expectations? But no such risk with Clay Oven. The menu was astonishingly diverse for both meat eaters and vegetarians and for once the veggies would not feel short changed. Service was relaxed and friendly - no pretentious wine waiters. Really excellent experience, my friends were right!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Father and son owners are wonderful. Food is amazing. We arrived 10 minutes late, the place was busy but our table was waiting for us. Price a little on the high side but worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Truly the finest Indian food ever for us. We are restaurateurs and travel the world in search of great food & wine experiences. The professional staff and incredible contemporary Indian food were simply over the top!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

My now most favourite Indian restaurant in the OC!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Delicious food, great service; undistinguished facade but comfortable and classy interior. Great beers.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Top 5 restaurants in OC. Innovative and creative spin on Indian cuisine. Our group had almost a third of the entire menu and everything was amazing, but we still want to try everything else. Tiny restaurant, so definitely book ahead for larger groups. Only downside was no coffee, but the chai tea was a good substitute. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The grilled antelope here was hands down the best thing I have eaten this year. I cannot imagine craving any another dish anywhere and no other meat can compare!!! Thank you Clay Oven!!!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wow! We weren't expecting spectacular and unique dishes from a small restaurant in an average strip center in Irvine. What a find. We can't wait to go back! Definitely worth the drive.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We had made reservations for a party of eight and when we arrived they were all ready for us. We ordered many appetizers and entrées for sharing and had a great time.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent place, great food. My go to place for Indian food when in OC.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Always warm and welcoming. The food is unbeatable. A must for anyone that enjoys Indian food

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The evening was excellent in every way. It is simply the best Indian restaurant that we have experienced in the US, UK or indeed India. The food was superb and the service knowledgeable and impeccable. You could taste every individual flavor in every dish. The preparation was much closer to classical cuisine than the usual anonymous curry gravy that people have come to associate with "Indian" restaurants. We especially liked the light and tasty starters. There was a well chosen list of wines and beers. The mom is the chef and the son is the somm and beermaster (his dad's words) with an amazing list from around the world. It all made for a memorable evening. We can’t wait to try it again!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We were very impressed with the menu and the food here. It was difficult to choose as everything sounded and looked delicious. Was particularly impressed with the brussel sprouts and the curries. So many restaurants forget about making vegetables stand out, but Clay Oven has no problem there. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

The food was some of the best I have had this year.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

First time visit for us. Amazing food. We'll be back for sure!

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