India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District

3.8
58 reviews
$30 and under
Indian
We are located in the Richmond District near Seacliff San Francisco. 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 décor.
Come see the granite, marble floor, open windows, fabulous interior, and our side walls made of glass with high ceilings; Experience 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 entries are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning.

We can easily accommodate 180 people. and also 30 people at the Bar. Come and experience our refined customer service and the highest standard of dining brought to you by our attentive staff and our fabulous food.
What 58 People Are Saying
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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.7
Service
3.6
Ambience
3.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Allaboutthemeow
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

food was pretty good. they stayed open extra minutes for us to do a pickup and that was rad.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service

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vipVandana
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was average. The food was too spicy for all of us. I guess they should have asked us about our spice preference and/or we should have remembered to tell them when we ordered. The server was very nice but he didn't get our order right so we had to send stuff back that we had not ordered and then wait for the items we had ordered. This happened throughout the meal. I'm Indian and used to like this place but this is my second underwhelming experience here so I won't be back. The ambiance is nice. The bathroom was disgusting. Even my boyfriend was scared to use it and that says something!

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LauraW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for Mother's Day. Beautiful atmosphere and a great experience!

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Alice
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

India Clay Oven was very welcoming to our group of 9, and dealt with several dietary limitations quite graciously. Pleasant, efficient service, a comfortable atmosphere and delicious food -- we were very happy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Waited an hour, really, for even a glass of wine, and more for dinner. We were 7 people at 7:45 res

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vipJaredS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

This one you won’t need to reserve. First, quick highlights: spacious (partly because empty when we were there) and good rich chai.

Most other things were between OK or underwhelming. We had Kashmiri veg curry and biryani. Curry was an unidentifiable creamy stew and rice was poorly cooked. Tandoori chicken which was perfectly acceptable.

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MichaelR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I love going to for Indian Food at the Clay Oven. We ordered a variety of dishes and everything was excellent. There were four of us. Saag Paneer is my favorite plus chicken tikka masala, lamb Rogen josh, and the naan bread was awesome!

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JayG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food! The food was tasty and prices were good.

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RichardD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Delicious stood from different areas of India. No wait to be seated. Staff is friendly and efficient.

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vipmikehs
San Francisco
140 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

We have eaten at India Oven many times over the years and the experience has been good,
not fantastic. Sunday the place was empty and they must have been serving the rejects from Thursday's buffet. Food was not served hot, appeared to be have reheated several times,
chicken dish had five small pieces of chicken. Server(s) apparently were enjoying an afternoon
nap as they did not come by until we were almost through with the meal. While we were there
only one small group was seated. Apparently, the neighborhood knew something we did not.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Typical Indian buffet, nothing special to recommend it.

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vipaleksandrovsk
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Food was very average but it was an easy enough option for us and the kids. Not likely to return. There are better options for the price and service.

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RoyC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

very good food, very good service, low prices, all good.

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vipHeleneG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent first time at this traditional Indian restaurant. The dishes were very tasty and well executed. The portions are quite generous, and the price is right.

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vipRichK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent Indian food at a reasonable price. Great neighborhood place

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somessound
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Very good food and service. Ambiance a bit lacking with mostly empty dining room.

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Steveo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants, but the experience this time was below expectations. The waiter took his time offering menus and taking the drink order. No welcoming comments or suggestions about the menu. Took some time to get our food even though we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time. Food was very good, as usual. Every waiter should take Lesson 1 in the restaurant business: treat every customer as a friend who would want to come back and see you again.

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travelingman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2014
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

If you have a craving for Indian food this is the place to go. All the appetizers are tasty, and our favorite main dishes are the tikka masala, palak paneer, and vegetable biryani. All washed down with a good Indian beer.

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vipOptimusDiner
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2014
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Met a friend here for dinner and I got stuck in traffic due to an accident and they couldn't have been nicer regarding the reservations. They took our order right away and we got served quickly but were not rushed at all even though we were the last ones to leave. Food was delicious and served hot and the server even asked the degree of "spice" we wanted - that was much appreciated even though we both like spicy food. This is always a consistently excellent place to go for Indian food.

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vipLinda
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2014
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Friendly service. Excellent tandoori. Complimentary appetizer and rice pudding. Will go back.

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vipmops1234
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2013
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

First off, the food was okay. We had Saag Paneer and Chicken Tikka Masala, along with Naan and rice. The rating of 2 stars is the wait staff. Upon entering, I mentioned we had the reservation. They kept saying that we didn't need to make a reservation. Then when it came time to order, they kept pushing more of the appetizers, naan and rice. We said okay to a second serving of rice and then ended up taking it home. We also had a discount for the second entree which they did not honor. Too many other choices in the City for Indian food. Pick another restaurant other than this one.

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vipAlsin1000
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2013
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

We have been here a lot of times and this was the first time we did not have a great experience. Let's say it was an unusual off night for them.

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vipCALiving
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2013
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Went on a Monday night for dinner with my 25 year old son and 82 year old mother. Everyone was happy. Service was attentive, but not overly so.
Food came quickly and was tasty. Nice ambience, quiet and good for conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2012
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Not what it once was. Food was flavorless and service was awful. I used to go all time, but I won't be Cingular back anytime soon.

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vipDineDontEat
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2012
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

We arrived on Christmas Eve with reservations and our table was not ready and waited for 10-15 minutes. Escorted to our table that had place settings for 2 out of the 8 people seated. When the server brought glasses, silverware and plates it was as if he had never set a table before. Not the best way to start a dinner. Also, garbage on the floor as we entered the establishment and floors so slippery we shuffled our way to the table for fear of slipping and falling. So here's the deal: Their food is good. Chicken Masala wonderful. But I'm going to look for another restaurant to celebrate Christmas Eve. All the other stuff takes away from the dinning experience. Too bad.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2012
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

One of the few restaurants in SF open for Thanksgiving. The restaurant was only one quarter filled at 7 pm. The food was good and plentiful and the wait staff was excellent. Table linens were impeccable and the overall ambiance was very good. It was worth driving out to the Sunset to enjoy a good meal at a fair price.

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Arosefinch
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2012
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, clean, tasteful and pleasant decor, spacious and quiet (which is rare) in The City. The service is always excellent without being overly friendly.

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DeafCustomer
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2012
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Great place for Indian! Can be romantic or casual. Will come back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2012
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

India Clay Oven: The waiter disappeared for long periods of time and we had to ask another waiter to help us. The music was too loud so it was noisy even though the restaurant was mostly empty. I noticed none of the diners were Indian. The wine was poured from the last of an open bottle even though we were dining early, and it was too warm and not good. The lamb was over-cooked and dry. The only vegetables, even in the vegetarian dishes, were peas. Overall this is by far the worst dining experience I have had in a very long time.

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vipMarce
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2012
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I am wondering why we did not receive points for our reservation?

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2011
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was very good, especially the chicken tiki masala. The portions were a bit on the small side. While there were children present in the restaurant, including our 5 year old, it wasn't particularly a kid-friendly space (no booster seat offered and only a same size glass for our child, instead of a smaller paper or plastic cup with a straw). The service left something to be desired. Our waiter may have been having a hard nite since it seemed that he didn't really want to be bothered by us, and never checked in with us. The food is definitely the reason to go to India Clay Oven.

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leneh
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2011
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is one of my favorites..Too generous helpings so never room for desert..Probably just as well!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2011
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

India Clay Oven was a wonderful dining experience for my fiancee and myself. It's definitely helpful to review their online menu before dining there (though not necessary), as it has full-colour photographs of nearly every item on the menu; very helpful, considering the confusion that sometimes comes from trying to visualize a type of food from a different culture, no less one you've never eaten before.

The food was amazing, and the chicken was cooked to perfection, crisp and flavourful on the outside, and juicy on the inside. All of the sauces that came along with the meal added wonders to it, and the chai tea came in a big mug and at perfect drinking temperature, yet cost only two dollars!

One of my best dining experiences!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2011
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Why we have never had dinner at this restaurant is beyond me. This place is great and the food is AMAZING!!!!!. I have Indian food before but this tops it all. Great food and service.

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Tookie
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2011
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

All the dishes taste the same, hot and no flavor. the chicken masala was so orange that after lunch I looked at my fingers, they were stained from the dye of the chicken. Unnatural.

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vipSandy
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2011
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dining in every way. Service was attentive and friendly; beautiful Indian murals on walls; and the food was delicious and authentic: Benghan Barta, spinach naan, lamb vindaloo, rice pudding were each the best we've had outside of India. Not greasy!
the ambiance was relaxing and beautiful.
O! you can park in front of restaurant for free if you have a bit of luck. There are a couple of designated parking spots.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2011
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Immediately upon our arrival at the restaurant, we eagerly ordered our food (primarily because we only had 45-60 minutes to eat and pick up our son at a sport practice). Although the food was "fair", what disappointed us the most was the extremely slow service (slow even though there were only a few other small parties in the restaurant). We suspect the waiter completely lost our order, however, he did not seem concerned about it when we confronted him asking about our order (30+ minutes after ordering). In fact, he couldn't repeat our order to us. He appeared to chat with other waiters about our situation and they appeared to be laughing. When our food came, there was no discount...and we had to leave quickly to get our son. Not good!

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vipJuliaS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2011
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

This place has traditional Indian food, deliciously prepared. The service here is exceptionally friendly (probably the nicest waiters in the city) and quick. It is a casual place, great for going last minute in jeans or with kids. I have never had a bad item off their menu, so if you are in the mood for great Indian and don't want to deal with the more upscale DOSA scene, come here. My one issue is it always seems a bit drafty here, so wrap in a shawl or sweater and ask to sit away from the lofty floor to ceiling windows if here in cold weather.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2010
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Very nice vib to the restaurant. White table cloths and beautiful fresh roses on each table was very inviting. The buffet area was rather cramped and the waiters were not helpul in telling first time diners how to proceed. We had to ask after sitting at our table for 10 minutes. The food was excellent so that helped us to overlook the poorly trained waitstaff.

FAQs

India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 751-0505.

India Clay Oven Restaurant and Bar - Richmond District is rated 3.8 stars by 58 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.