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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 attempt to move Indian cuisine forward into the present. For the past 32 years we have consistently attempted to modernize and add interest to our dishes keeping the Ayurvedic principles intact. Our menus are tied to the seasons and what's growing around us in order to bring out the flavor 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:
Indian, Contemporary 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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Overall Rating

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4.8

service

4.9

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4.6

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4.7

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (21)
Healthy (20)
Business Meals (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Organic (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
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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

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great Beer, Spicy, Authentic
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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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 (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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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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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·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great Beer, Spicy, Authentic
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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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Birthdays
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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.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great Beer, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal
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 (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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Everything was great, interesting cuisine, great variety of dishes and flavors and beautiful decor and interior. Thanks for a memorable night.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

If you are gluten free then this place is a MUST for you! Almost everything on the menu is safe, and they make a gluten free bread too (which was kinda dry, but at least it was something!) Really friendly service and delicious food!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

First time at the restaurant and had a wonderful experience. Will be back again soon!

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

Just a wonderful meal! Everything is always so fresh, they buy from the local farms and we actually run into the owners at the local farmers market sometimes buying things for the restaurant! The chutnies with homegrown fruits were amazing. Bone marrow was outstanding, so flavorfill. One of my favorite places in OC!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Disabled Access
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The decor is warm and comfortable. The service was fantastic. Every suggestion came with a beautiful disruption of flavor that made your mouth water. The actual food lived up to the built expectations. This was a beginning to end success.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Great Beer, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Can't stop thinking about the wild boar we had. Maybe the single best piece of pork I have ever tasted. Great place for a group meeting, coworkers loved the shared family style meal. Top notch service and warm ambiance. Parking in the lot can be tricky, better to carpool. Glad it's close by!

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

Exceptional service. Great food and atmosphere. We all loved the meal. Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Birthday celebration for my wife. This is the best place in Irvine hands down. Incredible food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The clay Oven is a neighborhood gem! Great place to take business guests. Never disappoints!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Always the best experience with the best food and service! Everyone's meal was great, the portions are large.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food and atmosphere; outstanding service! Not a large menu but something for all palettes. All the food was fresh and had outstanding flavor.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Too expensive for the food they are selling. Food tastes non-traditional, and sometimes this is ok but overall it was consistently disappointing and we love/indian food as family

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great place for a business meeting. Everything is served family style, makes for an enjoyable experience. Staff was present and accommodating but not overbearing. Good leisurely pacing to the meal. Excellent drink list. Bringing my company in soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Spicy, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is the best Indian restaurant in Orange County, perhaps in all of SoCal
Food is yet ridiculous, preparation perfect. The service is very good and professional. You are made to feel very welcome.
Clay oven gets my highest recommendation.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Clay Oven is awesome!!! Small, quaint, family run business that gets everything right. The food is amazing. Menu always changing with fresh seasonal ingredients. Definitely worth the drive and the $.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Had a lovely time for my anniversary. Thank you so much!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Blew away any expectations I had! Really enjoyed my experience. Best indian food i've had out of NY! Service and atmosphere was 100%

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I consider Clay Oven my hidden gem! Always a beautifully prepared & flavorful meal. Good wine & beer selection. The chef never disappoints!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Great Beer, Seasonal, Organic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Clay Oven has been around a long time, and I suspect they survive due to their delicious, authentic Indian food. Servers were outstanding, and the owner was very warm and friendly. Looking forward to trying more of their specials.

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

I love spicy food and usually when I ask places for the hottest they have, it doesn't measure up. They DO NOT mess around here! Thoroughly enjoyed the food, the lamb shank was the best I've had anywhere and their hot sauces are incredible. They grow all the peppers they use, and even brought me out a fresh reaper chile! Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Just moved to this area from NorCal and already pleased to find an actual good Indian restaurant. Tastes like real home cooked food, no oil and fat in everything. Clean flavors and everything tasted different and nice. Manager was very nice and accommodating. Close to my work so I will try the lunch too.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Clay Oven was wonderful as per usual. This was our first trip during lunch. While the full menu isn't available for lunch, the options provided variety and wonderful flavors. We enjoyed the Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Kafta Vinadloo. We also shared a Mango Lassi and finished with a Mango Creme Brulee.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Fresh ingredients straight from their own garden! Food was delicious, staff was friendly and very accommodating. We started with the roasted avocado and went for special dishes on their rotating specials list. Both entrees were outstanding as were the vegetables and breads. Mango cream brulee was a great way to end the meal. Really pleased.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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