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Clay Oven

4.9
735 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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vipMary (Columbus)
5.0  Dined 20 hours ago

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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!

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diningguyoc (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

If I could give it a higher score than 5 stars I would. Service was beyond great, as was the food. Check it out!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food, great service and an overall enjoyable night out. Great for all occasions. Very accommodating. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

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vipMarco (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Another lovely time. Staff and food consistently wonderful.

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DianeM 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great place for a special treat. Always appreciate the variety of vegan options!

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WPspeedboy (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent, Indian food kicked up a notch. Service was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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Perrysfan (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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!

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Elaine (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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MIcheryl (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

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vipGoodfood4me (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Always good , family run we love the Chicken Marsala.

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Corky (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Family owned and run restaurant for over 30 years. That says it all! First time and now huge fan!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The best Indian food period.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Service was spot on and food was excellent. Not your typical Indian restaurant. Small menu, everything we tried was wonderful. Garlic naan was ridiculous; could go back and have just 5 of those and go home WAY satisfied!

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vipamberoc (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

very friendly service; great selection of beer; would have liked more fish and vegetarian dishes and sauces. and combination appetizers; and condiments. we got a free birthday Indian dessert of some kind of cardamon ice cream...

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Amazing food and phenomenal drinks all at a great price. Had a great time here.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Undoubtedly the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. Unfortunately, I live on the east coast and only visit once a year.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Saturday night. Wonderful food, drinks and had fun sharing this place with our friends. Everyone enjoyed sharing the food, wonderful wine and beer selection and the service was excellent. Will be visiting again soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Best roganjosh I've had since moving from the UK years ago! These guys nailed it. They even have my local pub beer, tim taylor, haven't had it in YEARS! Great service too, truly lovely place.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

We don’t get there as often as we would like but every time is just delicious. The food is just stellar and the family is as sweet as could be. Always a thrill to introduce new people to this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The best hospitality in Irvine. They make you feel very welcome like a friend coming over for dinner. Food is fresh, easy to share, authentic, and made to perfection by people that know and love their craft. Wonderful experience overall packed into this cozy little restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great place for sharing, everything is family style. Celebrated a birthday, very pleased.

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