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Clay Oven

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15435 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618-4104 (Irvine Center Dr.)
+1 949-552-2851
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
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17:30 - 22:00
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Irvine, CA
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank MJWalsh
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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. Things you won't find in any other restaurant in the area. Highly recommended!

Thank Kelly H
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 me and my husband. I felt as though I was back in India eating with... More 

Thank Sharna K
Irvine, California
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116 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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 a stew prepared with a game meat, elk if I recall correctly. It was not... More 

Thank Eitleoir
Temecula, California
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Well this is a really fantastic restaurant. It is small...we were the first couple there...(we got there early) but the place was packed by the time we left. We were greeted by the owner..and learned that the whole family has worked in the restaurant for the past 31 years. The food was simply amazing. We had goat and rabbit....tender and... More 

Thank robertjk520
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I've been going to Clay Oven for 15 years or so and I love it. The lunch menu is always nice, although the parking lots fills up so try to arrive around 11:45. Dinner never disappoints. There have been a couple times when I'm not sure what I want and they come up with something amazing.

Thank floydts
Irvine, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 July 2016

This a family owned Indian restaurant, probably one of the best in Irvine. Dishes are good, interesting recipes are also provided. Ambiance is good. And the owners are nice a friendly. With lots of experience in food, wine and a good (I do not mean wide) selection beers. I have been there twice and I will go there again. It's... More 

Thank PippoC32
Laguna Beach, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

My dear friend wanted to celebrate his birthday dinner here. The meal was spectacular. He drove from Long Beach because according to him, it is one of the best Indian restaurants around. It is true. It may not seem so from the outside and its location in a strip mall, however, you are in for a treat!

Thank Dshintz
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Tucked away in a non-descript strip mall in an out of the way corner of Irvine is this gem of an Indian restaurant. The atmosphere is sophisticated, the food amazingly good and the service excellent. This place is date night nice but the prices are very reasonable for the high quality and freshness of the food. We were having trouble... More 

Thank Ziggy R
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2016

We have eaten here 3 time since we moved back to Irvine. The food is very good but a bit expensive. I never expected Indian food to be so expensive. Anyhow the service is a bit slow for our taste. It seems like the need more help. Overall if you are looking for good to great Indian food, this is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?