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Clay Oven, Irvine, CA

Clay Oven

4.6
4.6
751 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian

We are continuing to operate for takeout, curbside, and delivery only.

For over 36 years, the cuisine by our James Beard-recognized Executive Chef Geeta Bansal has been 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, and we consistently strive to move Indian cuisine forward into the present and attempt to modernize our dishes while keeping the Ayurvedic principles intact. Our menus are tied to the seasons and what is growing around us. We serve a large selection of game including venison, wild boar, rabbit, duck, antelope, quail, and elk, all easily paired with wine and beer selected by our Certified Sommelier (CMS). 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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Indian, Californian, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 552-2851

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Geeta Bansal

  • Catering

    Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at clayovenirvine@gmail.com for further information on private events.

  • Private party contact

    Praveen Bansal: (949) 552-2851

  • Neighborhood

    Irvine

  • Cross street

    Irvine Center Drive

  • Parking details

    Shopping center parking - easy access.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Continued Takeout/Curbside/Delivery

    Multiple dates available
    We are continuing to operate for takeout, curbside, and delivery only for the safety of our staff, family, and guests. Orders can be placed over the phone ahead of time or during business hours, and delivery is offered through DoorDash, Postmates, and GrubHub.

Popular dishes

Menu

Corkage - $20 per bottle

White Wines

  • Riesling, Chateau Montelena

    Potter Valley, Mendocino, California | 2016

    • Glass$14.00
    • Bottle$52.00
  • Soave, Pieropan

    Veneto, Italy | 2017

    • Glass$11.00
    • Bottle$40.00
  • Sauvignon Blanc, Babich "Black Label"

    Marlborough, New Zealand | 2017

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$44.00
  • Sancerre, Robert Cantin "Les Pierblancs"

    Sancerre, Loire Valley, France | 2016

    • Glass$15.00
    • Bottle$58.00
  • Grüner Veltliner, Leth "Steinagrund"

    Wagram, Austria | 2017

    • Glass$11.00
    • Bottle$40.00
  • Semillon, Little Frances "Luchsinger Vineyard"

    Lake County, California | 2014

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$48.00
  • Chardonnay, Lúuma

    Sonoma Coast, California | 2017

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$48.00
  • Chardonnay, Scribe

    Carneros, Sonoma, California | 2015

    • Glass$14.00
    • Bottle$54.00
  • Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Michel Caillot

    Bourgogne, Burgundy, France | 2011

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$46.00
  • Côte de Beaune, Louis Latour Clos Saint-Désiré

    Beaune, Burgundy, France | 2010

    • Bottle$60.00
  • Pinot Gris, Antiquum Farm "Daisy"

    Willamette Valley, Oregon | 2017

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$44.00

Rose

  • Rosé, Poe

    Oakville, Napa Valley, California | 2018

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$46.00

Red Wines

  • Pinot Noir, Johan Vineyards "Farmlands"

    Willamette Valley, Oregon | 2017

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$44.00
  • Pinot Noir, Land of Saints

    Central Coast, California | 2017

    • Glass$14.00
    • Bottle$52.00
  • Pinot Noir, Pence Ranch

    Santa Rita Hills, Central Coast, California | 2016

    • Bottle$60.00
  • Pinot Noir, Barnett Vineyards "Tina Marie"

    Russian River Valley, California | 2017

    • Bottle$100.00
  • Grenache, Poco á Poco

    Mendocino, California | 2015

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$46.00
  • Carignane, Folk Machine "Parts & Labor"

    Mendocino, California | 2017

    • Glass$10.00
    • Bottle$40.00
  • Merlot, Trefethen

    Oak knoll, Napa valley, California | 2015

    • Glass$12.00
    • Bottle$48.00
  • Zinfandel, Camp

    Sonoma Valley, California | 2017

    • Glass$11.00
    • Bottle$44.00
  • Malbec, Colomé

    Calchaquí Valley, Salta, Argentina | 2014

    • Glass$15.00
    • Bottle$60.00
  • Red Blend, Westwood Estate "Legend"

    Sonoma Valley, California | 2015

    • Bottle$60.00
  • Bordeaux, Château Recougne

    Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, France | 2012

    • Bottle$32.00
  • Côtes-du-Rhône, Domaine de Cristia

    Côtes-du-Rhône, Rhône Valley, France | 2017

    • Bottle$40.00
  • Red Blend "V3", Baehner Fournier Estate

    Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California | 2011

    • Bottle$50.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Ultraviolet

    Oakville, Napa Valley, California | 2016

    • Glass$10.00
    • Bottle$40.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Hobo Wine CO.

    Alexander Valley, California | 2016

    • Glass$14.00
    • Bottle$50.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Louis M. Martini

    Alexander Valley, California | 2015

    • Bottle$70.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Mondavi Estate "Emblem"

    Napa Valley, California | 2014

    • Bottle$76.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Trefethen

    Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, California | 2014

    • Bottle$100.00
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Nickel & Nickel "Branding Iron"

    Oakville, Napa Valley, California | 2015

    • Bottle$140.00

Sparkling and Cider

  • Brut Prestige, Mumm Napa (187ml)

    Napa, California

    • Glass$12.00
  • Cava, Juve Y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva

    Catalonia, Spain

    • Bottle$50.00
  • Champagne, Bruno Paillard Cuvee NV

    Reims, France

    • Bottle$100.00
  • English Cider, Aspall "Dry" (330ml)

    Suffolk, England | ABV 6.8% | Apple, earthiness, funky

    • Bottle$9.00
  • Sidra, Begiris (375ml)

    Zaragoza, Spain | ABV 6.0% | Rustic, dryish, slightly tart, natural

    • Bottle$8.00

Dessert Wine

  • Tawny Reserve Ruby Porto, Croft

    Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

    • 2oz$5.00
  • Royal Tokaji "5 Puttonyos Aszú"

    Tokaj, Hungary | 2013

    • 2oz$12.00
  • Late Harvest Semillon, Dolce

    Napa Valley, California | 2011

    • 2oz$16.00

Reserve

Rotating bottles from our personal collection, because we can't drink it all

  • Rioja, Marqués de Riscal$100.00

    Elciego, Rioja, Spain | 2004

    • Malbec, Colomé "Reserva"$120.00

      Calchaquí Valley, Salta, Argentina | 2009

      • Chardonnay, Nickel & Nickel "Stiling"$100.00

        Oakville, Napa Valley, California | 2015

        • Lambic (Belgian Gueze), 3 Fonteinen "Armand & Gaston"$60.00

          Beersel, Belgium | ABV 5.2% | One of the world's best lambics

          Beverages

          • San Pellegrino Sparkling

            • 500ml$3.00
            • 750ml$6.00
          • Still Water

            • 330ml$4.00
            • 750ml$8.00
          • Iced Tea$2.00

            Unsweetened

            • Soda$2.00

              Coke / Diet Coke / Sprite

              • Ginger-Lemon Drink (Homemade)$4.00

                • Pomegranate Lemonade (Homemade)$4.00

                  • Tea (Black or Green)$3.00

                    • Chai$3.00

                      Black tea, spices, ginger, milk, sugar, as is

                      • Lassi (Sweet or Salted)$3.00

                        A refreshing homemade yogurt drink

                        • Fruit Lassi$4.00

                          With seasonal fruit

                          Beers

                          • Sour (Gose), Off Color Brewing "Troublesome" | 4.3% ABV

                            Chicago, IL | IBU 10 | Hazy gold, wheatish, light sea salt, lemony tartness, refreshing

                            • 12oz$8.00
                          • White Ale (Witbier), Kiuchi Brewery "Hitachino Nest" | 5.5% ABV

                            Ibarki, Japan | IBU 13 | Citrus, wheat, coriander, ginger

                            • 330ml$10.00
                          • Lager (Indian), Flying Horse | 4.7% ABV

                            Bangalore, India | IBU 18 | Crisp, peppery, grassy

                            • 22oz$10.00
                          • Lager (Indian), Taj Mahal | 4.5% ABV

                            Bangalore, India | IBU 20 | Light, green apple, grain

                            • 22oz$10.00
                          • Hefewizen (German), Schneider Weisse "Tap 4 Organic" | 6.2% ABV

                            Kelheim, Germany | IBU 20 | Lightly toasted wheat, banana, medium body, semi-dry

                            • 16.9oz$12.00
                          • Lager (Kellerbier), Grevensteiner "Naturtrübes Landbier" | 5.2% ABV

                            Meschede, Germany | IBU 23 | Malty smooth, floral honey, toasted almond, crisp finish

                            • 16.9oz$10.00
                          • Brown (American Imperial), Hideji "Kuri Kuro" | 9.0% ABV

                            Miyazaki, Japan | IBU 25 | Chestnut, chocolate, espresso, woody, herbal, warming

                            • 11.2oz$14.00
                          • Pale Ale (English Bitter), Timothy Taylor "Landlord" | 4.1% ABV

                            Keighley, England | IBU 35 | Dry upfront, malty light middle, woody, floral bitter end

                            • 500ml$12.00
                          • Lager (Dortmunder-Style), Barley Forge "Grandpa Tractor" | 4.8% ABV

                            Costa Mesa, CA | IBU 35 | Brisk, mild hop bitterness, pilsner malt, drop of honey, a favorite

                            • 12oz$5.00
                          • Pilsner (Czech Style), Heater Allen "Pils" | 5.0% ABV

                            McMinnville, OR | IBU 38 | Malt driven, clean flavor, light zest, bittersweet finish

                            • 16.9oz$12.00
                          • Lager (Pale), Green's | 4.1% ABV

                            Lochristi, Belgium | IBU 39 | Pineapple, dry-hopped, high carbonation, grassy

                            • 500ml$10.00
                          • Tripel (Belgian), Brouwerij de Ranke "Guldenberg" | 8.5% ABV

                            Wevelgem, Belgium | IBU 40 | Pear, apricot, hop nibble, slight spice, crisp yet smooth

                            • 11.2oz$9.00
                          • Blonde Ale (Belgian), The Lost Abbey "Devotion" | 6.0% ABV

                            San Marcos, CA | IBU 40 | Soft nose, mild yeasty spice, honey, medium finish

                            • 12oz$6.00
                          • Amber Ale (American), North Coast "Red Seal" | 5.5% ABV

                            Fort Bragg, CA | IBU 42 | Earthy, candied orange, toasted caramel, crisp

                            • 12oz$5.00
                          • Pale Ale (American), Kern River Brewing "River Buddy" | 5.6% ABV

                            Kernville, CA | IBU 56 | Big tropical aromas, grassy earthiness, great balance, refreshing

                            • 12oz$6.00
                          • Amber Ale (American), Smog City "Sabre-Toothed Squirrel" | 7.0% ABV

                            Torrance, CA | IBU 68 | Bright citrus, pine, caramel, honey, toasted malt

                            • 12oz$7.00
                          • Stout (Imperial), Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! "Peche Mortel" | 9.5% ABV

                            Quebec, Canada | IBU 76 | Rich, dark roast, dark chocolate, dark coffee, dark

                            • 330ml$14.00
                          • IPA (American), Noble Ale Works "Big Whig IPA" | 6.8% ABV

                            Anaheim, CA | IBU 77 | Well-rounded, tangerine, honey, lingering resin, delicious

                            • 16oz$10.00
                          • IPA (Imperial), Evil Twin "Molotov Lite" | 8.5% ABV

                            Brooklyn, NY | IBU 90 | Deeply bitter, tropical tint, dry fruity lingering finish, solid

                            • 16oz$8.00
                          • IPA (Hazy Imperial), Omnipollo "Fatamorgana" | 8.0% ABV

                            Stockholm, Sweden | IBU 100 | Big orange haze, soft tropical fruits, lime bitter finish, wow

                            • 16oz$12.00
                          • Non-Alcoholic (Pilsner), Bitburger "Drive" | 0.0% ABV

                            Bitburg, Germany | Crisp, chestnut, peppery

                            • 12oz$6.00

                          What 751 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          4.6
                          4.6 based on all time ratings
                          • 4.6Food
                          • 4.6Service
                          • 4.2Ambience
                          • 4.4Value

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                          1. WH

                            WillH

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 13, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Cannot fault this place on anything, everything about it was well thought out, well executed and I will absolutely be going again. The food was well flavoured, well spiced and portioned, not too much/too little. Great little place!

                          2. j

                            janet

                            Orange County

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on March 12, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Beautifully prepared dishes with quality ingredients which elevated even standard dishes like rogan josh and chicken tika to a whole new level. The FETA cheese naan was outstanding. The variety of dishes available also makes it straight forward to have a meal exactly matched to your taste and appetite in an attractive and tasteful setting. However, it is a small restaurant and some tables are set quite closely together, so not the place to discuss family secrets! Service was pretty attentive without being obtrusive. Well-matched wines, and I really liked their extensive beer selection. We'll be back soon!

                          3. NS

                            NiloS

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 12, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Amazing meal to celebrate our anniversary just before all the restaurants shut dining in. Ordered many times for delivery with GrubHub and always a treat. Can't wait to come back here many, many times when they reopen the dining room!

                          4. S

                            Salls

                            Orange County

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on March 11, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            From the moment we walked through the door the service was impeccable! Food was absolutely beautiful, my husband and I enjoyed every moment of our evening! Thanks to all the staff and especially the host/manager for their high standard of service.

                          5. O

                            Ohyou8one2

                            Central Coast

                            14 reviews

                            5.0

                            14 reviews

                            Dined on March 11, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Interesting menu and LOT's of OFF Menu items, including beers and other beverages. If you like Indian spices and flavors...this will be a great experience. They focus on non-traditional I think. So you have the flavors and food items expected, but additional offerings of creative presentation and mixed flavors. Well worth the try and the management is on deck trying hard to please. That ALWAYS makes a huge positive effect for your meal / dining pleasure. Enjoy!

                          6. PL

                            PaulL

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 11, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This restaurant was fab and a hidden gem, the food was very good and we got excellent drink recommendations. If you like fine dining with quality food you will not be disappointed. So glad we found this restaurant. can’t wait to return. Lamb chops were very tasty and so was the mango shrimp curry.

                          7. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 9, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Amazing little intimate place, service was absolutely brilliant. Very attentive staff with some of the best food. The lamb chops here are unreal! It's a must!!!

                          8. PD

                            PeterD

                            Jackson Hole

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 9, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Best Indian food in OC! Swordfish was amazing and every dish was excellent. Family run and service was great. We will be back soon!

                          9. K

                            Kenny

                            San Diego

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 9, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great service and delicious food in a lovely environment. Food portions great and nice additional touches.

                          10. DD

                            DonDe

                            Orange County

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            This family run restaurant is the best! The food is just incredible! My favorite restaurant.

                          11. m

                            michaelj

                            Orange County

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                            The food had great flavor. All the chili based glazes had some heat, but perfectly complimented the dish. The lentils were great. The garlic nam was fabulous. Very enjoyable dining experience.

                          12. B

                            Brad

                            Orange County

                            14 reviews

                            5.0

                            14 reviews

                            Dined on March 8, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Another excellent experience at Clay Oven. Everytime we come, I feel like we're remembered by the host and always get excellent recommendations to make our experience more enjoyable. We enjoyed the Tomahawk steak and it did not disappoint.

                          13. K

                            Katt

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 7, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            A party of 6 of us went for a meal for a birthday. This restaurant is amazing. Food was delicious as always, not a huge menu like other indian places, which means the dishes are freshly made. Antelope and hangar steak specials were divine. We found out all the vegetables are vegan which was perfect for one of our guests. Wine list was well thought out with great options. Will definitely be going again.

                          14. PF

                            PeterF

                            Los Angeles

                            17 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            17 reviews

                            Dined on March 6, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great food and service is the norm here. Extensive beer list and marvelous selection of exotic meats (antelope wild boar etc.) Highly recommended.

                          15. m

                            marie

                            Los Angeles

                            41 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            41 reviews

                            Dined on March 5, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent and varied menu and always a great dining experience. The goat cheese samosas were delicious and cannot rave enough about the marinated steak special.

                          16. C

                            Cathy

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 5, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            I love the food at Clay Oven. I also really appreciate that it isn't a loud space. We could all hear each other and enjoyed a delicious meal with comfortable conversation, unlike some places where I can barely hear the person sitting beside me which, for me, ruins everything. Service lovely, as always.

                          17. E

                            Eddie

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 4, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            A truly exceptional dining experience. Each dish seemed to be the best - until we tasted the next! The goat curry was the highlight of the evening. The food was all beautifully presented and served by friendly attentive staff. Subtlety and depth of flavors was fantastic and just kept going throughout the meal. Why does this restaurant not have a Michelin star?

                          18. CD

                            ChadwickD

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on March 2, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The food at Clay Oven was excellent and the staff was very polite. Lovely menu and specials. Great drink list. Ginger lemonade was delicious. The antelope is something I will never forget. I’d recommend this place for a wonderful dining experience.

                          19. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Hawaii

                            2 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on March 1, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Birthday celebration

                          20. A

                            Alison

                            Los Angeles

                            10 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            10 reviews

                            Dined on February 29, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Even though this Resturaunt is small and in a strip mall the service and the food is outstanding. The food is Michelin Star level.

                          21. S

                            Sanam

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on February 24, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Absolutely loved our time here. The food was exquisite and the service top class. Would definitely be back and recommend it. Thank you for a fabulous evening.

                          22. HM

                            HanM

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on February 24, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We were traveling from San Diego to LA, stopping in Irvine specifically to go to dinner at Clay Oven. Service and food did not disappoint and never do!

                          23. SP

                            SunilP

                            San Francisco

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on February 21, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We having been going to this restaurant for over 20 years and have never had a bad experience. The food is always spot on. Not to mention the owners are wonderful people and always enjoy talking with them. Certain items have been on the menu since the beginning but they are always adding new items to refresh the menu which is great.

                          24. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Orange County

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on February 20, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Fantastic meal! Excellent find, attentive staff, beautiful cozy restaurant layout. Thanks.

                          25. HH

                            HeidiHo

                            Orange County

                            5 reviews

                            5.0

                            5 reviews

                            Dined on February 19, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great food, lovely people. I would suggest everyone goes!

                          26. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Orange County

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 15, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Never dissapoints.

                          27. AM

                            AnneM

                            Orange County

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 12, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We have company guest from Bangladesh and this always deliver the finest food!

                          28. A

                            Alex

                            Orange County

                            15 reviews

                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on February 9, 2020

                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                            Care and pride in food preparation were evident in the results, with every offering a memorable taste and textural indulgence. The wine list is crafted so as to pleasantly supplement and enhance one’s dining experience. Thoroughly enjoyable, particularly if one is prepared for a relaxed evening.

                          29. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on February 6, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Best Indian in Orange County. I would recommend it to anyone who wants great food and great service in an understated atmosphere. Very unique dishes.

                          30. CF

                            CastineF

                            Los Angeles

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on February 5, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Our experience at clay oven was incredible! The service and food were both incredible. The server was very passionate and knowledgeable. The beer selection was fun and also great wine. All the food clearly has a lot of love put into it. Would highly recommend!!

                          31. H

                            Hamish

                            Orange County

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on February 4, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Arrived at the restaurant to a very warm welcome followed by friendly and efficient service of very quality food chosen from a comprehensive menu containing some unique ideas for dishes. Will definitely go again. Slightly on the expensive side but you get that back in the quality of the food and personalized service so you don’t mind paying that bit extra.

                          32. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Orange County

                            1 review

                            vip
                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on February 3, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Friend from out of town. Delicious

                          33. JS

                            JasonS

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on February 2, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Get the special lamb chop (huge). It is awesome. Also the special antelope. Excellent food prepared with the family's special touch.

                          34. EM

                            EileenM

                            New Orleans

                            9 reviews

                            5.0

                            9 reviews

                            Dined on January 31, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Always an amazing meal. The antelope chop was juicy n perfectly spiced. The service is the best. The owners are always present and make you feel like you are visiting their home. Everything is made fresh and the beer and wine selections are top notch.

                          35. D

                            Daniellev

                            Los Angeles

                            4 reviews

                            5.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on January 31, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Fantastic and service. If you're questioning getting the antelope, don't. Just get it. Absolutely delicious as were the sides we had. Fantastic and friendly service. We'll definitely be back again.

                          36. DD

                            DonDe

                            Orange County

                            6 reviews

                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on January 25, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The food is really excellent. I love Indian food and have been a fan of it for decades. This is the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to, so I keep coming back!

                          37. DC

                            DianneC

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on January 23, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Outstanding!!

                          38. PL

                            PaulL

                            Orange County

                            3 reviews

                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on January 13, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We had a group in town for a conference and had a party of 20 people. We needed someplace that could accommodate gluten free and vegan part members. We were lucky enough to choose this restaurant and were extremely happy with our experience !! The manager/host was very helpful and suggested items that we could do as a family style meal to save time and cost. We chose some appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Soon we had a table full of delicious food! We were very happy with the quality, taste, as well as the service. It was a great value and we really enjoyed the family style meal! Everyone on staff was extremely friendly, the portions were very good, and the taste was great! Got to try a lot of different things I normally wouldn't have the chance to like Antelope! Roasted avocado starter was a favorite. The server did a great job with keeping up with our drinks, clearing plates, etc. They also had no issue with dietary restrictions which is often a problem with this size party. It was not an issue at all here. The decor in the restaurant was also very nice. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you have a larger party and want great food and service!

                          39. S

                            Salls

                            Orange County

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on January 13, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            What a great discovery this turned out to be! Very nice staff, wondeful food and a great ambiance. I'd rather keep this little gem to myself, but that wouldn't be fair to the restaurant or people looking for a great place to eat out :-) I highly recommend it.

                          40. AM

                            AmeerM

                            Orange County

                            6 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            6 reviews

                            Dined on January 12, 2020

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            An Irvine institution. Family run with delicious, exciting Indian dishes, outstanding desserts and excellent service.

                          Safety precautions

                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                            • Contactless payment available
                          • Physical distancing

                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                          • Screening

                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                          FAQs

                          Clay Oven offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 552-2851.

                          Clay Oven is rated 4.6 stars by 751 OpenTable diners.

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                          Additional information

                          • Cross street

                            Irvine Center Drive

                          • Neighborhood

                            Irvine

                          • Hours of operation

                            Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

                          • Cuisines

                            Contemporary Indian, Californian, Comfort Food

                          • Dining style

                            Fine Dining

                          • Dress code

                            Business Casual

                          • Parking details

                            Shopping center parking - easy access.

                          • Payment options

                            AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive chef

                            Geeta Bansal

                          • Additional

                            Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                          • Phone number

                            (949) 552-2851

                          • Catering

                            Full service catering - Premier caterer to all major hotels and event sites requiring Indian regional cuisines.

                          • Private party facilities

                            Please contact us at clayovenirvine@gmail.com for further information on private events.

                          • Private party contact

                            Praveen Bansal: (949) 552-2851

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