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Clay Oven, Irvine, CA

Clay Oven

4.6
4.6
747 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.

What 747 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

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 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

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 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

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 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 747 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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