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Clay Oven

15435 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618-4104
+1 949-552-2851
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
15435 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618-4104
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

We have been eating at this place for over 28 years. The food is consistently excellent and the service impeccable. It’s a A family establishment you are always greeted by The owner Preveen or his son or both. The owners wife is a James Beard...More

Thank harrodsfan
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

As a visitor to Irvine once a year for a week or so for the last 15+ years always looking for different places to eat. The Clay Oven has been one colleagues living locally recommended so have been there a few times now. Food and...More

Thank CNC-expert
Reviewed 17 January 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!

Thank jkang2099
Reviewed 4 November 2017

I took my boss to this establishment for dinner after reading the reviews. Either there has been a management change or the cook really had a bad day. The service was fine but the dal (Black pulse lentils) was not cooked properly and had a...More

Thank Karma203
Reviewed 9 October 2017

During our brief stay in Irvine we did not find time to prepare meals at home though our friend had kept all provisions ready for cooking. So after our tiresome trips we used to look for a suitable Indian restaurant to satisfy our appetite. On...More

Thank somaseshug
Reviewed 29 September 2017

The food was outstanding. Had a LARGE pork chop that had marinated for 2 days to be tender and moist and then cooked in a tandori oven. Shared with another person and we both had food for tomorrow. Had the spinach and potato vegetable dish...More

Thank nancy p
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Family run, authentic dishes, good service, everything's just consistently excellent. No wonder they've been in business for three decades.

Thank MJWalsh
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This wonderful restaurant has been run by the same family for over 30 years and is among the oldest restaurants in Irvine. By far the best meal I always have in Irvine, even Orange County. Ever changing specials, interesting wine and beer, and amazing service....More

Thank Kelly H
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I have traveled to India extensively for business in the past and know authentic Indian cuisine. The family that owns this restaurant are very welcoming and excited to talk about their food and travels. They understood what Celiac is and made terrific recommendations that pleased...More

Thank james o
Reviewed 4 October 2016

I have eaten at the Clay Oven on a number of occasions over the years. I often avail of the specials that are on the menu. On this particular visit I wasn't overly thriled with the choice that I had made. My main selection was...More

Thank Eitleoir
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15435 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618-4104
    (Irvine Center Dr.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +1 949-552-2851
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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.
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