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Clay Oven

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786 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 2 days ago

Want to try some new and different Indian food? Clay Oven is the place. Everything we tasted was beautifully prepared, unusual, visually interesting. The staff was competent and friendly. The owner and manager guided us through the menu, explained preparation, and were quick to see if we were enjoying what we ordered. This is a restaurant to keep returning to and try everything on the menu. It is unlike any other Indian restaurant I have been to in Southern California.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I had to arrange a business diner for about 20 people and we had a few special dietary requirements (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan) and they were super helpful accommodating our needs. All of their vegetables fit all of those categories so that made it incredible easy! They were very clear which dishes were suitable for everyone and which weren't while ordering and as they brought them to the table which made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. The vegan options were super tasty and looked great, at no point did I feel short-changed as sometimes is the case. I also got my own vegan dessert naan to finish off the positive experience. All the guests were also suitably impressed with both the food and service, not just me. Definitely worth another visit and worth checking out if you're after some quality Indian food.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great little spot. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great food as usual. It is one of the best places to try North indian food in a completely unique way presented by the chef. I enjoyed the food thoroughly.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great Indian food. Price is generally higher than most Indian restaurants, but quality and taste is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We were seated promptly and courteously at the time of our reservation. Loved the creative touch to my favorite Indian delicacies!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Have been going over 20 years! My absolute favorite Indian restaurant anywhere!!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I really enjoyed their menu. It was very unique and left us wanting to try more next time! Service is very attentive and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I had seen this restaurant for years and never stopped in. I met a someone there for dinner a month ago and WOW what a find. I have been back and have future reservations booked. The food is amazing, the service is even better than that! Great options for vegetarians, great swordfish too. I don't eat red meat, but my friend was extremely pleased with the elk chops. Desserts are to die for too.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food and very good service topped by a very nice restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not your typical Indian. Elevated flavors and presentation! Amazing in every way!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food and service here are always fantastic. Our guests mentioned how the staff works so well together and how cordial and helpful everyone was from our greeting until saying good bye and thank you when we left. Our dinners were incredibly good. There is absolutely nothing like it in our area.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always great service, food and ambiance. I can't seem to pull myself away from the elk chops and tikka masala. Super easy for our kids to eat here. Always appreciated!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent fine dining in an unassuming location. Great food and learning experience about real, flavorful Indian cuisine. Amazing beer list too, really impressed, no run of the mill stuff. Bringing my coworkers soon!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

A great time was had by all and we will be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This place was amazing for a dinner date! The staff was amazing and the food is fantastic. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This restaurant is exceptional in every way! A fabulous creative menu, beautifully presented dishes, excellent taste. Surely one of the very best of Orange County.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great place and food! It is great for anniversaries, birthdays or just a nice place for great food.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I wish there was a more supurlative word than Outstanding! If so, I would use it! Ours was a wonderful birthday celebration dinner. The owners and staff gave excellent, genuinely friendly service, and the food was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

So delicious every time. Great service always. The menu is always creative and all dishes are well presented. Best craft and international beer list around!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We’ve been going to this restaurant for many many years. Never been disappointed. Always a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Overall, excellent family-run restaurant - outstanding food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I love this restaurant! I've been there twice now this month! The service is great & the people are soooo friendly! I've recommended it to several people! Excellent food!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Glad to know they are in our neighborhood, such good food and warm ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

So glad I found this restaurant! The food and service was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Awesome experience every time! Praveen and team provide an amazing experience every time. They make you feel like family!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

My wife and I have lived in Irvine for 30 years and love this place. We always find ourselves going here to celebrate special occasions in our lives!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Never disappoints
Food always great
Moved out of area so
Haven't been here as much
Made a special trip
It was wonderful

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always enjoy going to Clay Oven. Cozy atmosphere and family friendly. We like to bring family and friends to this unique restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The sea bass was excellent. Will be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

A true neighborhood gem. Great service, cool staff and the best food.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

I love Clay Oven - the food, service and atmosphere is always exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Absolutely fantastic food in a beautiful intimate setting. The whole experience was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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.
Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent in every way

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Stick with the usual, not unusual menu items. The naan was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food and service with informative explanations of the unique dishes. The ochre was fabulous; the lamb shank and chicken tagine was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Found the Clay Oven to be a community gem. Pleasantly surprised. Loved the personalized level of service by both staff and the owner himself.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Had a great time. Perfect evening.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Wonderful food! The owners try to make a full adventure out of your visit. We love it!

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