Overall, excellent family-run restaurant - outstanding food and service!
So glad I found this restaurant! The food and service was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to go back!
Food always great
Moved out of area so
Haven't been here as much
Made a special trip
It was wonderful
Always enjoy going to Clay Oven. Cozy atmosphere and family friendly. We like to bring family and friends to this unique restaurant.
I love Clay Oven - the food, service and atmosphere is always exceptional.
Absolutely fantastic food in a beautiful intimate setting. The whole experience was wonderful.
We've been here a number of times and it has got even better over the years. Not your regular Indian restaurant food, the owners put a little twist on some favorites and there is a more varied choice of meats.
The owner and his son are very courteous and helpful and make the whole dining experience better than most places. The owner likes to bring out a sample of their home grown chili sauce if you like a little extra kick but although I normally like my food ridiculously spicy, I like the dishes as prepared here.
Excellent in every way
Stick with the usual, not unusual menu items. The naan was very good.
Excellent food and service with informative explanations of the unique dishes. The ochre was fabulous; the lamb shank and chicken tagine was delicious.
Found the Clay Oven to be a community gem. Pleasantly surprised. Loved the personalized level of service by both staff and the owner himself.
Had a great time. Perfect evening.
When I go to Clay Oven I am never disappointed. The food is good as well as the service and atmosphere.
Consistently one of the best dining out experiences in all of OC.
Absolutely fabulous! The tandoori Swordfish was the best fish dish I have ever had! The tandoori avocado was a first for me and it was amazing! The owner Praveen and his son were such gracious hosts! Without a doubt my new favorite restaurant! Bravo!
We celebrated my husband’s 47th birthday here and the experience was phenomenal! The food was extremely delicious! So many surprising and interesting combinations of flavors in each dish. I can’t wait to dine here again! Both managers were delightful and made our dining experience unforgettable!
Terrific food, great ambiance. A welcome change from the too many copycat Indian restaurants in the area.
FOIE GRAS SAMOSAS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? AMAZING! What an incredible restaurant, really great find. Everything was so unique! Friendly service and great recommendations. Enjoyed it!
The food is really well prepared with a great amount of creativity. The authentic items are truly that while “the new fare” is bold, unique and tasty. I enjoy it every time I am able to dine there.
Great food, great experience, food for every kind of diet restriction. This restaurant should be a model for others in the area, they really know what they are doing!
I've been living in OC for over 35 years, and this is the best restaurant I've found to date. If you're looking to impress someone with something unique, this is the place.
Was a bit apprehensive at first because the location is not what I expected, but from the moment we walked in the door the staff was super friendly, made us feel very welcome and comfortable, and the excellent service continued throughout our meal. The food was "5 Star"! The swordfish, maybe the best I've ever had, was enhanced by the vegetable sides and sauces!! We will be back!
If I could give it a higher score than 5 stars I would. Service was beyond great, as was the food. Check it out!
Amazing experience, can’t wait to return and try some more exquisite dishes!
Excellent food, great service and an overall enjoyable night out. Great for all occasions. Very accommodating. Love this place!
Our service and food were great for everyone. The fish curry was excellent and lamb chops exquisite. They definitely have a great chef and all was timely. Had a pretty loud group next to us but other than that it was wonderful.
Without a doubt the best and most sophisticated Indian in Orange County. And if that’s not enough there is an amazingly well curated craft beer program.
Another lovely time. Staff and food consistently wonderful.
The Clay Oven is an excellent restaurant we've been enjoying for many years. The Indian food is outstanding, especially dishes with their sauces. The staff is very friendly and responsive----a wonderful way to spend a relaxing evening.
Great place for a special treat. Always appreciate the variety of vegan options!
Excellent, Indian food kicked up a notch. Service was excellent
This is a family owned restaurant that serves gourmet, authentic Indian Cuisine. The family is wonderful and they will get to know you and treat you like their favorite customer. The restaurant has been there for many years but it feels fresh and current. The food is outstanding and the curated craft beer list is lengthly and always impressive. If I could give this place 10 stars I would.
A neighborhood gem with creative, hip, Indian cuisine! They certainly aim to please at this contemporary restaurant. Will please the most finicky eaters, like me! The food was delicious!
We arrived a little early, but the very nice and pleasant man let us in anyway and gave us a perfect seat in the corner. He also took our order and was quite helpful with his suggestions. My husband and I each ordered the perfect thing for us. My husband had the lamb shank that was so delicious with an outstanding sauce. I almost got the lamb shank as well, but changed my mind when I asked the Matre D' what he thought and he suggested I order something different and share. So glad I ordered the tandoori shrimp as it was fantastic, perfectly cooked, seasoned and with onions. We did share a bit but not much as we each enjoyed our dish too much. Good we had reservations with Open Table as it wasn't long before the restaurant filled up. One thing I should mention is Clay Oven had an organic Cabernet wine which is unusual in most restaurants. I only drink organic red wine which limits me at most restaurants.
We always enjoy dining at this restaurant as they have excellent food and service . The swordfish tandoori is a must!
This restaurant is quite elegant! The service and food superb! Family run and it was clear each member genuinely cared about the restaurant and their customers’ experiences there. I would call it more of a special occasion restaurant than an “everyday” place to eat. Would recommend it in a heartbeat! Lovely!
Always good , family run we love the Chicken Marsala.
Second visit for us. The food is very good. Big variety. Fish, chicken, lamb. Vegetables done very well. The naan is really yummy. The service is very attentive. Variety of beer too. We will be back.
Incredible experience here. Came here for a dinner date. It was a few days after my birthday and the manager noticed it was my birthday on my drivers license after I ordered a glass of wine. It was very busy but everything was perfect. We ordered the chicken masala, lamb chops, and curried spinach. The food was perfect (BEST LAMB CHOPS OF MY LIFE) and the timing was great. They brought me a free chocolate birthday dessert and it was INCREDIBLE. I haven’t been that impressed by a restaurant in a long time!
Family owned and run restaurant for over 30 years. That says it all! First time and now huge fan!