The father & son were so nice & informed. Interacted w customers throughout. Food was fabulous & menu was fantastic. Had elk which was cooked perfectly & they had the best naan I’ve ever had. The only reason I didn’t give them a perfect 5 was cause the other waiter was not to the standards shown by the owners. We will definitely b going bk regularly. I would rate this place one of the best in irvine.
We had the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary. I wanted to surprise my husband by taking him to an Indian restaurant because he loves Indian food and I do not. I liked that the menu had items for him to enjoy but was also accessible for someone like me.
We started with the goat cheese samosas which were delicious and not too heavy for a starter.
The host made a fantastic entree suggestion for me: the shirt ribs. They were fantastic. My husband ate the leftovers and shared some with me at the restaurant. The host also helped to pair a great Pinot Gris which went well with all courses.
I wasn't sure if they saw my anniversary info on the reservation, but right at the end of the meal the host brought out a delicious complementary creme brûlée with a little candle on the side and told us happy anniversary. Very nice. We also ordered the chocolate pot de creme because I had been eyeing it, but the creme brûlée really stole the show.
We will definitely be going back.
This was by far the best meal we’ve had in all of Orange County!!! The food was amazing - flavors so developed like none we’ve eaten - and we have eaten many different places before. It’s a must! And the service was impeccable. It’s worth the time to visit - don’t be thrown off by its location in a strip mall... they’ve been there over 30 years. Take it from a foodie - don’t let this one miss your palate. Enjoy!
Want to try some new and different Indian food? Clay Oven is the place. Everything we tasted was beautifully prepared, unusual, visually interesting. The staff was competent and friendly. The owner and manager guided us through the menu, explained preparation, and were quick to see if we were enjoying what we ordered. This is a restaurant to keep returning to and try everything on the menu. It is unlike any other Indian restaurant I have been to in Southern California.
I had to arrange a business diner for about 20 people and we had a few special dietary requirements (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan) and they were super helpful accommodating our needs. All of their vegetables fit all of those categories so that made it incredible easy! They were very clear which dishes were suitable for everyone and which weren't while ordering and as they brought them to the table which made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. The vegan options were super tasty and looked great, at no point did I feel short-changed as sometimes is the case. I also got my own vegan dessert naan to finish off the positive experience. All the guests were also suitably impressed with both the food and service, not just me. Definitely worth another visit and worth checking out if you're after some quality Indian food.
The entire experience was incredible!! Would recommend again and again. Would eat there every day if possible.
Great little spot. Will be back.
Great food as usual. It is one of the best places to try North indian food in a completely unique way presented by the chef. I enjoyed the food thoroughly.
Great Indian food. Price is generally higher than most Indian restaurants, but quality and taste is outstanding.
We were seated promptly and courteously at the time of our reservation. Loved the creative touch to my favorite Indian delicacies!
Have been going over 20 years! My absolute favorite Indian restaurant anywhere!!!
I really enjoyed their menu. It was very unique and left us wanting to try more next time! Service is very attentive and knowledgeable.
I had seen this restaurant for years and never stopped in. I met a someone there for dinner a month ago and WOW what a find. I have been back and have future reservations booked. The food is amazing, the service is even better than that! Great options for vegetarians, great swordfish too. I don't eat red meat, but my friend was extremely pleased with the elk chops. Desserts are to die for too.
Great food and very good service topped by a very nice restaurant.
Not your typical Indian. Elevated flavors and presentation! Amazing in every way!
Food and service here are always fantastic. Our guests mentioned how the staff works so well together and how cordial and helpful everyone was from our greeting until saying good bye and thank you when we left. Our dinners were incredibly good. There is absolutely nothing like it in our area.
Always great service, food and ambiance. I can't seem to pull myself away from the elk chops and tikka masala. Super easy for our kids to eat here. Always appreciated!
Excellent fine dining in an unassuming location. Great food and learning experience about real, flavorful Indian cuisine. Amazing beer list too, really impressed, no run of the mill stuff. Bringing my coworkers soon!
A great time was had by all and we will be back very soon.
This place was amazing for a dinner date! The staff was amazing and the food is fantastic. Highly recommend!
This restaurant is exceptional in every way! A fabulous creative menu, beautifully presented dishes, excellent taste. Surely one of the very best of Orange County.
Great place and food! It is great for anniversaries, birthdays or just a nice place for great food.
I wish there was a more supurlative word than Outstanding! If so, I would use it! Ours was a wonderful birthday celebration dinner. The owners and staff gave excellent, genuinely friendly service, and the food was outstanding!
So delicious every time. Great service always. The menu is always creative and all dishes are well presented. Best craft and international beer list around!
We’ve been going to this restaurant for many many years. Never been disappointed. Always a pleasure.
Overall, excellent family-run restaurant - outstanding food and service!
I love this restaurant! I've been there twice now this month! The service is great & the people are soooo friendly! I've recommended it to several people! Excellent food!
Glad to know they are in our neighborhood, such good food and warm ambience.
So glad I found this restaurant! The food and service was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait to go back!
Awesome experience every time! Praveen and team provide an amazing experience every time. They make you feel like family!
My wife and I have lived in Irvine for 30 years and love this place. We always find ourselves going here to celebrate special occasions in our lives!
Food always great
Moved out of area so
Haven't been here as much
Made a special trip
It was wonderful
Always enjoy going to Clay Oven. Cozy atmosphere and family friendly. We like to bring family and friends to this unique restaurant.
The sea bass was excellent. Will be back very soon.
A true neighborhood gem. Great service, cool staff and the best food.
I love Clay Oven - the food, service and atmosphere is always exceptional.
Absolutely fantastic food in a beautiful intimate setting. The whole experience was wonderful.
We've been here a number of times and it has got even better over the years. Not your regular Indian restaurant food, the owners put a little twist on some favorites and there is a more varied choice of meats.
The owner and his son are very courteous and helpful and make the whole dining experience better than most places. The owner likes to bring out a sample of their home grown chili sauce if you like a little extra kick but although I normally like my food ridiculously spicy, I like the dishes as prepared here.
Excellent in every way
Stick with the usual, not unusual menu items. The naan was very good.