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About Clay Oven

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.

15435 Jeffrey Road
Irvine, CA 92618
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Indian, Indian, Wild Game

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tues-Fri, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tues-Sun, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
CLOSED MONDAY

Cross Street:
Irvine Center Dr.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 552-2851

Website:
http://www.clayovenirvine.com/

Catering:
Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.

Parking Details:
Shopping center parking - easy access.

Executive Chef:
Geeta Bansal

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Holiday Catering
In addition to our Tandoori Turkeys, we also offer seasonal sides including Butternut Squash Soup, Spinach with Paneer, Cumin Sweet Potatoes, Curried Pumpkin Achari, smoked Eggplant Bhurtha, Brussels Sprouts, and Okra. Also available are smoked Tandoori meats like Lamb Chops, Quail, and Cornish Game Hens as well as whole racks of Venison, Wild Boar, Elk, and Berkshire Pork. Our catering calendar is beginning to fill up, so for your holiday parties and events, please call us soon to reserve your date or order!

Clay Oven Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.7

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4.8

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99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (60)
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Healthy (28)
Seasonal (26)
Business Meals (21)
Worth the Drive (16)
Special Occasion (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
Organic (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (Orange County)·Dined a day ago

Warm friendly service, efficient and courteous. Excellent food!
Love the quiet atmosphere, allows for intimate conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined a day ago

This was my second visit to Clay Oven in three weeks. I am delighted that Orange County has an Indian restaurant to rival the best my home in the UK has to offer.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

We always enjoy Clay oven, love the food and ambiance!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Tomahawk wagyu was the best ribeye I’ve had in a long time and the sea bass was great also! The grilled prawns and okra were also outstanding. Service was good and we’ll be coming back soon!

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Spicy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 2017

They have elk! No one has elk! Great service, and the food was excellent! Foie gras pastry was to die for, and the grilled game meats were mouth wàtering. Really surprising! We'll eat here again, for sure!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very enjoyable meal. Appreciated the menu choices with interesting dishes, out of the ordinary Indian cuisine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing restaurant, fantastic service, will surely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Compliments to staff and the chef. Outstanding! Food, beautiful presentation and great taste. Service timely and attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Staff was very attentive, food was excellent. The Gm was talking with everyone like family and had great wine recs - great experience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is one of my ultimate favorite restaurants in OC. I don't know which is better, the service or the food. We're coming back as soon as possible, if only for the beer list and the bone marrow.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

First time to this restaurant but we're told very good food and service was great. And they are right, the food was fantastic and service was also top notch. Different but good. I would recommend this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Staff was excellent. Food very creative and tasty. A little noisy but busy is good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Healthy, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everyone's meal was great the portions are large. The service is very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Our local favorite restaurant for every occasion. They never disappoint. Beautiful family and restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food and Service were excellent, thanks for a great dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Spicy, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always wonderful. The roasted avocado appetizer is as good as any appetizer I have ever had. The wine pours are generous. The service is always wonderful. We have never been anything but delighted with the clay oven, and we should go more often! Parking can be tough, but its worth it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Business Meals, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love this place. A neighborhood gem. You will not get this service and good food anywhere. They never fail to amaze. The best restaurant in OC hands down. We go there weekly and on special occasions. The always greet you and treat you like family. Can't say enough about this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Just as awesome as always...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A couple of my friends and I truly enjoyed our dinner recently at Clay Oven - we all have dined there in the past so it was an easy choice for us. We all adore Indian food and two of us are vegetarians - the choices are always ample and we opted for three dishes to share along with rosemary naan and raita, glass of wine. It was wonderful and we find the ambience very pleasant and relaxing. The mgmt team always greets us and makes us feel so welcome also.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wow, wow, wow!!!! We had yet another amazing dining experience. The food is incredibly good, our current favorites are the Chicken Tikka Masala (must try!!), the Vindaloo Pork Chop, and the Swordfish. The sourdough naan makes for a great bread to scoop up sauce with 😁. We will continue going back, and will bring more friends.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in Irvine. Definitely worth a try. The owner is amazing, the chefs creations are exquisite and the beer list is over-the-top! You will not be disappointed!

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Great Beer, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Had two specials, elk double chop and roasted avocado. Elk was cooked impeccably, cut like butter. Both delicious. The manager/owners son was lovely very friendly and professional with excellent drink pairings. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A terrific food experience, a wonderful family owned restaurant! Chef Geeta runs a great restaurant for foodies and anyone else who appreciates Indian cuisine. We are so happy to have had them here in Irvine for so long! Always a pleasure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is a special Indian restaurant where the chef tries to update traditional recipes for today's tastes. However, I wouldn't say that it was watered down for American tastes. Flavors we're delicate, and subtle. Excellent

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Fantastic as always, delicious food, great service, ambiance. Couldn’t ask for more. We’ll be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Terrific evening with friends. The bison curry dish was amazing. Very creative and delicious cuisine.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Unique menu, impeccably prepared. Great service. Worth the trip from anywhere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Atmosphere and service was great. However, the food was not worth the price we paid at all. Food was fair not great and nothing really unique or different. We prefer the Indian Chop House for quantity and value.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent, especially the porkchop. It's one of the best that I've ever tasted. This restaurant is definitely a repeat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was impeccable, food was creative and perfectly spiced. Had Elk and Boar on the menu as a special the night we attended, we stuck with the lamb chops, chicken kabobs and lamb shank. Vegetable dishes were excellent, could have used some more sauces on the table, some various chutneys. Otherwise, definitely a local gem.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We LOVED this restaurant. It was our first time dining here and we were very impressed with the food, the service, and the ambience. It is in a strip mall, but don’t let that dissuade you because it is a charming spot. The father and son team are lovely and you can see why this place has been in business for 33 years. Our meal was delicious and we will be back for more soon! Also—amazing wine by the glass selection and long list of beers to choose from as well. Great spot!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

An excellent meal... the sauces are distinct, flavorful... Shrimp, fish and califlowler.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

What a wonderful find! Just moved from NYC and so please to have a great Indian place nearby. Attentive service and great recommendations. Tried elk for the first time - LOVED IT! Looking forward to trying more dishes next time.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Never disappointed with coming to this restaurant. Everything is always perfect.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This restaurant is so consistent. It never disappoints. A treasure of a white tablecloth restaurant in a sea of fast casual noodle shops in Irvine.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Absolutely delicious and authenticly prepared, even the seemingly not authentic dishes. Gravy in the chicken curry was just like home. Everything was just perfect! From the service to the food and drinks. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Amazing service. Food was delicious. We don’t much about pairing wine and the manager was very helpful pairing everyone's dishes with the perfect glass.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our first time here and we tried a variety of dishes family style and weren't disappointed. I had the prawns, which were huge and well seasoned. The lamb shank and bone marrow were the real standouts. Everything was delicious and well presented. And we received friendly, attentive service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Superb in all respects: food, service, wine, value, hospitality. We've dined at Clay Oven five or six times now and have never had anything other than a great experience. This time we included a friend who hadn't been there before, and she too just loved the place. We all had the ribs (best on the planet) followed by two of us going for the special lamb shank entree (delish, beautifully presented) and the third the wild boar (ditto on the delish). Wine recs by the somm/manager were spot-on, as they have been each time we've been there and wanted to try new things.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Spicy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary and it could not have more pleasant. The service was superb, the food wonderful and the surroundings conducive to good conversation. Thank you

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