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Clay Oven Indian Cuisine

14611 1/2 Ventura Blvd, San Mateo, CA 91403
(818) 995-1777
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Ranked #48 of 361 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $1 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Indian, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Lunch, Delivery
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: S. San Mateo Drive
Description: 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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English first
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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!

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San Mateo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 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 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 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 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 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 

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 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.

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Bay Area
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 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

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

One of my favorite things to eat is Lamb Chops. Clay Oven has some of the best I have ever eaten. They were spiced and cooked perfectly. The rest of the food was delicious as well. The service was on point and I would recommendanyone who lives in area to stop in and grab a bite to eat.

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Baltimore
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4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

the food here is excellent and reasonably priced for a lunch buffet. took a client here and had a wonderful experience. quick, good food in a casual and quiet atmosphere. parking is a bit tough, but worth the struggle.

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Tampa, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

We were on our last night of our recent trip to San Francisco Bay Area . We were hoping to find a good indian cuisine in San Mateo and fortunately came upon this restaurant. We ordered Fish Tandoori and requested for the chef to make us Vegetable Jalfrezzi with paneer (not in their menu) with "Garlic-Onion" bread (also not in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2009

the best Indian food... for me.... I like the combo grill

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Additional Information about Clay Oven Indian Cuisine

Address: 14611 1/2 Ventura Blvd, San Mateo, CA 91403
Phone Number: (818) 995-1777
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 25
Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian

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