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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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be offering a special menu Valentine's Day featuring favorite dishes as well as a few exclusive items prepared just for this evening!

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a really great experience here. Knowledgeable staff with excellent recommendations for food and drinks. Delicious meal with good portions. Incredible beer list, best I have ever seen in OC, cicerone knows what he's doing!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Our new favorite place to go. Manager were wonderful, and all the staff was great. We had the sea bass and chicken tikka masala. Both were delicious but the avocado starter was the best thing we had. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Never disappointed with anything. Specials always a great variety.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent creative indian cuisine in this area. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

We absolutely loved this place. Everything we had was perfect. The portions were generous. They use quality ingredients. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food and moderate prices. The menu was a real adventure, amazing unique choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The place was very crowded but the service was spot on. We tried a couple of things that were off the menu on the specials. Not disappointed at all!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Seasonal, Spicy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great experience! My wife and I made reservations for our wedding anniversary at the last minute because of our busy schedules. It was a perfect night from drinks to dessert. The service was very personalized and special, we can't wait to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Fantastic as always. Very helpful accommodating a guest with celiac (gluten free) and dairy allergies.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Truly unbelievable food and a great family owned restaurant. We feel fortunate to have them close by. Try the Swordfish, the Game, and any curry. Perfection. Great beer and wine list.

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent evening, great food, drinks, and service. Very unique restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

A cut way above your average Indian restaurant. Both authentic and innovative dishes on an extensive menu. Game options are plentiful, which is highly unusual in a typical Indian restaurant. Very impressive wine and beer offerings.

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food, wine list, and service. Mix of new and authentic dishes. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our night! Food is incredible, the manager was nice and very knowledgeable about everything, and the restaurant is warm and inviting. Parking in the center a bit tough. We will be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal, Spicy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Very cozy atmosphere, attentive service, food was prepared quickly and well, good portions, extremely flavorful, great wine selections, knowledgeable staff, very fair prices. Will DEFINITELY be going back soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Continuing amazing experience at this restaurant! The food is awesome, our favorites (at the moment) are the Chicken Tikka Masala (a MUST try - the best we've ever had, anywhere in the world), the sword fish (melts in your mouth), and the pork chop (unbelievably tender and tasty for a piece of meat of the size we received). It took a while to get our food when we were there last, but the wait was worth it! Don't forget to ask about the special beers - there are always a number waiting to be served :-). Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great Indian food and service! The prices were very reasonable too.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a very pleasant dinner. We are vegetarian and, in addition to the many meat dishes featured on the menu, there was a nice selection of vegetable entrees. The Brussels sprout and cauliflower dishes were particularly notable. The host was attentive, and we enjoyed chatting with him about this family business.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

The best Indian food in Orange County - you should try it!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was fantastic and the service was great. I will come back and being even more friends with me.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Incredible food and great care given to every detail...

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Awesome service. The host was very good about recommending fantastic dishes or sides. We had a wonderful evening!

Tags: Spicy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great service with even better food. Proper! I'll certainly be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

When restaurants and foodies collide. Great things happening here.

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have eaten here a few times..always amazing! The manager is the best ever!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was our first visit to clay oven and we loved it. We have only been to one other high end Indian restaurant in OC but the food was unforgettable and terribly spicy. While the food here was lightly spicy, it was so full of flavor that the little bit of heat only accentuated the flavors. For those who like intense heat, those options also exist on the menu or if you ask, but this is the best Indian restaurant we have ever been to. The wine list is excellent and moderately priced, and we found an impressive Rhone blend that was probably the best wine for the value we have recently had in a restaurant. No surprise with two sommelers on staff. Very impressed and looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Organic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent! Attentive service. Great place for a group, everything is shared.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fabulous dinner for wife and me. All dishes were excellently prepared and presented. The wagyu tomahawk bone-in ribeye for was superb and cooked a perfect medium rare. Brussel sprouts and okra on the side were incredible. Service was attentive, well paced and never rushed or intrusive. All we could ask for in a restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant! What an amazing, spectacular experience. We booked a table for a special occasion and received a gorgeous corner setting for our celebration. A friendly warm greeting, excellent attention to each and every detail, and food that is beyond compare. Definitely my favorite Indian restaurant. Can't wait to come back! Thank you for the perfect evening!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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 on December 14, 2017

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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We love the meat and the wine 🍷 selection! The service is always top notch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

When you visit a restaurant at this price point, you expect a certain experience when it comes to ambience, service, food quality, and presentation. On our recent visit to the Clay Oven they not only met, but exceeded our expectations. A truly fine dining yet informal experience with attentive and friendly service, without any feeling of "stuffiness". Food was amazing. Our dishes were beautifully presented and delicious, rivaling the best Indian cuisine I have had in New York or London. Pairing recommendations by the manager/somm were spot on, with fun tastings of "dessert beers" as well. Intimate, exceptional restaurants such as this are rare these days, which made us appreciate our visit even more.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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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 6, 2017

Wow!!! The greatest restaurant in Irvine. Amazing service, fantastic food, really nice wine list. Go hungry, the portions are large! Ask the manager for great pairing recommendations. Friendly, smart, over the top service!! I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Great Beer, Spicy
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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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