Clay Oven Indian Restaurant - West Portal

4
90 reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Welcome to Clay Oven Indian Restaurant. We are located in West Portal and Saint Francis woods. We offer a mix of modern style with traditional roots. From our handmade paintings of rich colors representing the incredible Indian culture to our fabulous interior and stylish décor. 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 Tandoori oven also bakes traditional nan breads crisp or chewy. All entrees are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning. We can easily accommodate 72 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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3.9
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3.8
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4.3
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food3Service1Ambience2

The service was terrible but food was good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to this restaurant really good food excellent food

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GeorgeW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well prepared food. Good ambience. We had a 6:15pm reservation. Only one table occupied besides ours. Good time to go and get excellent service.

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MCSF
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had great fish and lamb tandoori. The fish pakoras were awesome!

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vipAugust2014
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were the only people dining, at 4:30pm. It’s an early dinner after seeing movie at the Neighborhood theater. Overall the decor and food was good.

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JoanneS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our food was very good & tasty. Our entrees didn't include rice and we didn't know that until the food was delivered. However, the waiter brought us rice quickly after we ordered it. Our water glasses were refilled without delay. We would definitely return.

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BernardC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Food was tasty. Service was average and sometimes slightly below. Showed up for reservation but table wasn't ready for another 10 minutes. Ordered an appetizer but when it didn't come after 15 minutes, we asked about it. Server ended up adding another order to our bill. The appetizer came out with our main courses also. We ordered everything mild but one of our dishes was quite spicy. Again, the food here has been consistently tasty. Just wish they would acknowledge their mistakes when they pointed out. Most good restaurants will do something for these mis-steps. It could be something as trivial as comping an appetizer or dessert. Anything to acknowledge the mistake. I'll still re-visit this place because of the quality of the food. Prices are slightly above average for this type of food. Restaurant is clean and modern.

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RachelJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for Thanksgiving, and it was great for the family. As fans of Indian food, we thought it was excellent.

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alk650
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Their tandoor dishes are outstanding. Excellent portions and very friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Nothing blew me away, but if you're looking for a quick bite with decent food at cheap prices - recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food. Good music. Good service.

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weef
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience1

When we went there was one waiter..he was swamped. Not sure why it was understaffed..the night before Mother's day would be busy. He was rushed and basically had to throw the food at us. My saag paneer was so spicy I could not eat it...I order Saag alot and have never had it that spicy..I had asked the waiter for mild. My friend enjoyed her meal, but both of us agreed the service was rushed and frenetic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great traditional “British Indian” food at a fair price

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and service. Will definitely return again

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vipLunchsky
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The lunch buffet is one of the best bargain all you can eat options in SF. Food quality is top notch and white tablecloths and fresh roses are a nice touch.

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dulwichfoodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Decent, though not spectacular Indian food. The place is a bit of an 80s time warp, from the decor to the food - not in a bad way, but it is a throwback. The food was tasty, but a little bland and I've eaten better versions of each of the dishes. But it's not bad, and there were a few that were very good - the Tandoori Salmon for example. Rather abrupt and random service, but again not bad, just not particularly good. As long as your expectations aren't high, you'll get a reasonable meal for a reasonable price.

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vipmayo
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood gem - fabulous service and food

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vipAnitaO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a great place mid-way between Marin and Palo Alto for a lunch with a friend. Their lunch buffet was ample, delicious and reasonably priced.

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DaveK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The restaurant has very good food, with a nice selection of both vegetarian and meat dishes. It is also quiet enough that it is easy to have a conversation with friends. It's accessible by Muni Metro and has convenient shopping and entertainment options nearby.

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InaF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The food at this place is always good. The service is always somewhat lackluster. Same experience again this time. I will go back, because it's my neighborhood. And the food is really good.

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DanielN
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

India Clay Oven is a very friendly and convenient place to meet friends for a meal. The food is delicious, the staff is very welcoming. And there is plenty of parking at this end of West Portal.

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vipRuss
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I have dined here many times. They are always reliable. Good food-I love the chicken korma and mango lassi. Yes, I would recommend this restaurant. I want to try their lunch buffet, which I haven't had a chance to yet, but my wife has and said it was quite good.

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alk650
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent tandoor and nan. My family and friends love this place for excellent Indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love the service and the food. Reasonable prices

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vipSeed
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Appreciated a lovely neighborhood restaurant being open and giving good service on Christmas Eve. They had an especially delicious Saag Paner.

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vipSFdiner
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Clay Oven on West Portal is a neighborhood treasure. We live in the neighborhood and go a few times a year, especially when out of town guests want to try food not readily available where they live. Clay Oven never disappoints!

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vipEllynjd
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Location and food would make this place a spot I would return to, however the service was so poor I probably won't. It seemed like the wait staff was in a big hurry yet the restaurant wasn't that full and there is a buffet for those who want that option.

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alk650
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!!!!! Everything was great, food and service. I asked no oil or salt. I got that. I can't ask for anymore. Will be back.

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alk650
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. Tandoor dishes are amazing!

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vipmayo
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love the location, easy parking, nice size restaurant and great service and food

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happyO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great prefix for two people. Not expensive, and delicious.

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alk650
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened and it has grown to a really good place that we can come or bring our friends knowing that we will always consistently get excellent food and service. Food is hot and authentic, but not oily or greasy. Its very, very good.

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lem0nlem0nade
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2016
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Overall, I always have a good experience here. This past time, it seemed the waiters were v

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vipSFdiner
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Clay Oven West Portal provides a wide selection of Indian food in a comfortable setting with white tablecloths and candles the tables. The Tandoori chicken is outstanding. If you have three people, a single rice order is likely to suffice (unless you are teenage boys!).

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vipDan99
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2015
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A couple at our table asked for mild and got what I considered moderately spicy food. The waiter did bring something milder on request for these folks, but still a bit too spicy for them. However, one shouldn't go to an Indian restaurant unless one wants food with some bite.

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vipRuss
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The atmosphere is very nice. The wait staff is very attentive. Great spot for a quiet dinner when you want to talk. It isn't too noisy. Food is very good. I had the chicken korma and a mango lassi. Very enjoyable. I've eaten here many times with my family. Reliable.

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vipsteve
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

My wife and I shared a cucumber salad, which was just sliced cucumbers and some tomatoes, with what appeared to be a bottled salad dressing on the side. I had the garlic naan, and it was a bit chewy. We each had tandori chicken, and it was very tasty, although they didn't bring the dipping sauces until we were almost through with the meal. The service was not very good. It took a long time to give our order and a long time to get it. The prices were extremely reasonable. It's worth a try if you like Indian food.

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Birthday
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We live in the neighborhood, and this is our go-to spot for Indian food. We love it. The staff are always very accommodating, the food is excellent, and if you care for wine, it is available.

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vipkash
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went as a group of six with a toddler after visiting the SF Zoo. They didn't have crayons for the little one but were otherwise completely accommodating even though the atmosphere is somewhat fancy. The pakora to start was delicious. The saag paneer is always my test dish for a restaurant and it was excellent here -- creamy and spicy. Their medium spicy is definitely spicy! Would recommend to others.

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Fredlee
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2014
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our first visit was impressive. The service was fine, but the food was better than my wife and I expected. She was impressed by the leaness of the lamb. I found the spices comfortably warm. The servings are large and we had an excellent repeat of the meal the next day for lunch. Will have to check Clay Oven again and compare to Roti, but Clay Oven is definitely an anticipated destination for us in the future.

FAQs

Clay Oven Indian Restaurant - West Portal does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Clay Oven Indian Restaurant - West Portal also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 731-2400.

Clay Oven Indian Restaurant - West Portal is rated 4 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.