Dinner: Tues-Sun, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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.
Really authentic North Indian flavors. Highly recommended.
One if the best undiscovered gems in the OC restaurant scene. You will never be disappointed. Bone marrow tandoori....come on!
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.
We tried many of the specials - absolutely fantastic. Service as well was great.
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.
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.
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.
Great food and great service. We were returning after a lengthy absence and glad we did!
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.
Excellent all the way around... if there were more than 5 stars they still achieved whatever is the top rating...
Love this place!
Great food and service. Quality ingredients & spices with unique selections. Definitely worth a visit for high end Indian food.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Superb food and great staff. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, would recommend for any occasion.
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!
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.
Superb! Perfect way to take those visiting the OC for a truly excellent Indian cuisine experience.
Very good food and service was highly attentive. Hot sauces aren't kidding around!
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!
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!
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!
Everything was spot on and every mouthful divine. Next visit already planned
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.
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!
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.
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!
My now most favourite Indian restaurant in the OC!
Delicious food, great service; undistinguished facade but comfortable and classy interior. Great beers.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Excellent place, great food. My go to place for Indian food when in OC.
Always warm and welcoming. The food is unbeatable. A must for anyone that enjoys Indian food
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!
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.
First time visit for us. Amazing food. We'll be back for sure!