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Clay Oven Indian Cuisine

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14611 1/2 Ventura Blvd, San Mateo, CA 91403-3617 (S. San Mateo Drive)
+1 818-995-1777
10:00 - 23:00
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Ukiah, California
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

By far, one of the best Indian Cuisines I have been to in the entire Bay Area. The dishes really capture the essence of real Indian food. For those of you who are spicy food challengers, ensure to tone it down here. The food is very spicy if you inform them that you would like it spicy. The chicken dishes... More 

Thank GuestRelationGroup
Portola Valley, California
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

Was encouraged by several positive reviews and drove out of our way to go here. We had three curries and they all tasted very similar. Raita is thin, runny, with an odd variety of colored spices. I wouldn't go back.

Thank travelrab
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a great Indian restaurant especially new to this cuisine, try the Clay Oven. Best Indian food ever eaten! Service is great too!

Thank Tracy S
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

We had a mix of prawn and cicken dishes and everything was excellent. Some Indian friends confirmed is was authentic Indian food, and we weren't disappointed. Fantastic food at very fair prices!

Thank shadowsscrupydoo
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Been going to this place for over 5 years. They have a good variety of items in their buffet. The meats are well cooked and the chicken tikka masala + naan combination is excellent!

Thank Sumeet K
San Mateo
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187 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

Clay oven The ambience is modern without the over powering usual photos of India and it's historical monuments. Service is decent although found that the Indian looking waiters tried not speak in Hindi or Punjabi. Food- in this restaurant medium spicy really means hot hot. Even though I had stated to our waiter we do not want spicy he suggested... More 

Thank Fulldistance
Louisville, Kentucky
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2014

This was only the 2nd time I've had Indian cuisine, and I was SO impressed by this place. I wanted to try almost everything on the menu, assuming it was all good after what we ordered. First, we ordered the Samosa's, both vegetable and lamb. These were SO good! The vegetable was better and very moist, but the lamb was... More 

Thank Brynn S
Santa Rosa, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

A little expensive for delivery, but delicious. Garlic naan and galub jamun are best I have had at any Indian restaurant. I tried chicken tikka masala and vegetable jalfrezi, both tasty. You have to order rice for additional charge if you want it, it is a nicely spiced pilaf. The samosas come with a very tasty tamarind sauce and a... More 

Thank Sugarbear13
Naples, Florida
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212 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2013

It wasn't disappointing, it wasn't exciting, the food was just good. The decor could have used some inspiration, as there were not many touches to tell you this was an Indian restaurant. Prices were reasonable, and the service was good, but overall, it was just average.

Thank steelpanwoman
Bay Area
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841 reviews
650 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2012

3½* Indian food Great buffet for lunch Nice salads, tasty vegetarian dishes, great lamb dish Strawberry ice cream & rice pudding desserts Wines available Friendly food service On the street parking

Thank Rosquete

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Restaurant Details

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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Delivery, Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14611 1/2 Ventura Blvd, San Mateo, CA 91403-3617
    (S. San Mateo Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 818-995-1777
Welcome to Clay Oven
We are located in Downtown San Mateo near El Camino. We offer a mix of modern style with traditional roots, from our handmade paintings representing the incredible Indian culture to our fabulous interior and stylish decor. Come listen to our romantic music and dine on our copper dishes on which we prepare delicious authentic Indian dishes using a centuries old traditional Clay Oven method of cooking that allows us to quickly char roast meats, poultry, and seafood at up to 1000 degrees. The Clay Oven also bakes traditional nan breads crisp or chewy. All entrees are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning.

We can easily accommodate 70 people for both lunch and dinner service. Come and experience our refined customer service and the highest standard of dining brought to you by our attentive staff and our fabulous food.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?