Clay Pit
Clay Pit

Clay Pit

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.claypit.com/
  • Phone: (512) 322-5131
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Balinder Singh, Navdeep Singh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Clay Pit offers several private onsite dining options, including a banquet room that can accommodate up to 250 guests. We have a tradition of collaborating with our guests to create a menu befitting the celebration.

    We also offer a wide variety of options around catering off-site events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Public Transit: Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Clay Pit offers self parking in a 22 car private parking lot at the north end of the building, available after 6p on weekdays, after 2:30p on Saturdays and all day Sunday.
    There is also ample metered street parking available around the restaurant building.
A word from Clay Pit
Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine is a nationally acclaimed, high energy restaurant located in the historical Bertrams building in beautiful downtown Austin. Clay Pit has been voted best Indian restaurant in Austin and is recognized for a warm and inviting ambience, a dedication to service and for exceeding expectations.

At Clay Pit we offer fresh, innovative Indian cuisine at moderate prices, along with an extensive selection of mixed drinks, beers and a wine list recognized with the Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence.

Clay Pit offers the traditionally favorite Indian dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala and Saag Paneer, alongside unique selections like our Curried Mussels appetizer featuring fresh mussels simmered in a garlic & red wine curry sauce; signature dishes such as Khuroos-E-Tursh, a stuffed chicken breast in a casher-almond cream sauce and sumptuous desserts like Chai Spiced Creme Brulee and Mango Cheesecake, which has been featured in Bon Appetit.
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Clay Pit reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)good for groups (55)special occasion (46)neighborhood gem (40)romantic (29)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (22)hot spot (18)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Really good experience
    CynthiasLimo
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went there for a birthday party with some friends. They had Clay pit the week before and absolutely loved it so they wanted to go again with us great experience and our server was well knowledged of each item. I had the rack of lamb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Site
    NitaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really interesting dining rooms and cool basement dining room
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    And it is one of the rare places both my husband and I both enjoy :)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ++++++
    Linn
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Been here a few times always a good meal. Service was slow, not because of the waitress or kitchen, but because there were not enough table servers. Love all the specialities of the house.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience
    Deb1950
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Comfortable restaurant great food and service. Good wine list at reasonable prices. Plenty of choices on food menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Fabulous; way too noisy
    DCW09Austin
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We really enjoyed ourselves on our first trip to this great ethnic restaurant. My son had gone before for prom and chose it for his birthday, but most of the party had never been before or hadn't been in a very long time. But for the hard of hearing like myself, it was very noisy, uncomfortably so and I wear listening devices AKA hearing aids. The food was terrific and impressive, the service was great, but next time we will ask for table in the other smaller dining rooms or take it to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place
    Nicvor
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Loved, loved, loved the food, the service and ambiance. Was in Austin for the Formula One and found the Clay Pit on Open Table. Was one of the greatest contemporary Indian Restaurants I had visited. I love Indian Food - and Thanks Clay Pit you did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Indian food
    DSandDSVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We loved the menu, the drinks, and the ambiance. This place has it all! A little bit of a twist on your typical Indian, but in a great way. The staples were there as well as some very inventive dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid dining experience
    AustinFoodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Service was solid as well as the food. Wish they would have done something nice for my birthday though. I didn't even get a candle or complimentary desert. :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Katespadegirl
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was delicious! Loved it---try the veggie pakora!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Fond of Clay Pit
    Bunny
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My husband and I have been here twice so far. Both experiences have been lovely. We would happily suggest visiting the Clay Pit to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious dinner for special nights
    naustin2
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I dine at Clay Pit on special occasions, and we always enjoy it very much. We were seated in the underground cellar area, which is quite romantic. We enjoyed recommended selections from the wine list. The service was attentive and helpful. The food was very flavorful. I had a curry with vindaloo sauce, which was delicious. The lentil soup and garlic-and-basil naan were also tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • claypit4libra
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We always enjoy dining at the Clay Pit. It has a nice ambiance and good food, however noise level can be quite high so it would not be good for elderly or folks that don't want to be in a noisy place. Decent menu selection and food is consistent. Have always received good service; the HH is great and like that you accept reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quiet meal at a busy place
    Merlin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were greeted quickly and escorted to a table in the downstairs gold vault. At first I thought, "Wait a minute, all the energy is upstairs." It turns out a quiet dinner in the barrel ceilinged gold vault was just perfect for our party of three. Our server, David was excellent and was backed up by a passing server and bus person. David also did a great job of helping us choose our food, which was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about each of the dishes. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't order the chicken Marsala!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant about 20 minutes early and decide to sit at the bar for a drink. As we were talking to the bartender he learned that we lived in a different state. He then approached us with his business card and said he does real estate also and if we were looking for a home to buy call him. Really? Benjamin, I will not be calling you! We now check in to get seated. I ordered the chicken tikka Marsala and thought it had to much tomato sauce not Marsala taste. I'm surprised with all these reviews as the food was not all that good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Indian food
    cressey6
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our dinner at Clay Pit was one of the best Indian meals we have had outside of India. The ingredients tasted fresh, the seasoning was spot-on, and the temperature, texture, and flavor of the Naan were unbeatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a superb experience
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    this is hands-down my favorite Indian restaurant anywhere and one of my great favorites overall in Austin. on this trip we had the calamari appetizer - perfectly prepared, several naan options (garlic one and onion cilantro), and I had the Biryani with lamb. ample portions (almost always enough to take home), so flavorful, nicely spiced, served hot, meat moist and tender. Serving staff is always pleasant and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Foton12
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Housed in one of Austin's wonderful old buildings, the Clay Pit is consistently outstanding in food and service. I hope this place never changes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We found The Clay Pit on Urban Spoon and it exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great not-so-hidden gem
    pooka
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The Clay Pit is not necessarily hidden, but there's definitely not enough hype about it. I decided to try it after a friend said the food was great. I arrived there with my boyfriend and mom, they took us to our table right away. We headed to the basement area, where it was so quiet one may think they were alone in the room, warm (I'm usually freezing in restaurants) and comforting, and the ambiance...amazing; candles lit everywhere to offer just enough light. Then the food, the sweet smell of curry, coriander, and cream was just what I was looking for. Samosas with a tamarind and chutney sauce, basmati rice with Tekka Masala, oh and the Roganjosh. All of it was simply amazing. I will absolutely recommend this not-so-hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Celebration
    chrypto
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a wonderful family outing on a Saturday night to celebrate our daughters birthday. The service was awesome and the food great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Taxes, gravity, traffic! These are certainties...just like the food and ambiance at the Clay Pit. Always expertly prepared and delicious. Thanks again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food!
    htetchr
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    WOW! The lamb is amazing! the mango sauce used is outstanding. Ambiance is rustic and fun, service is prompt and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Zena
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went for my brothers birthday. The service was terrific, we sat down in the cellar which is super neat and the food, as always, was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    KAustin
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed dinner with my old friends. The staff were well trained and food and beer were tasty. If you search Indian food in Austin, I strongly recommend Clay Pit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food at Reasonable Price
    min200688
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was excellent and the atmosphere was very romantic for a first date. I love Indian food and so it was great to finally go to the Clay Pit which i have heard so much about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious.
    Clays
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wish parking was little more convenience. Friendly waitress and staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Craenor
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I'll definitely be going back, because it's hard to tell with just one visit, but I really enjoyed the food. So few Indian places that I've been to lately ask for spice preferences. It was nice to be asked and to able to really crank up the heat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Hot Hot
    IMSherlock
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I took my date out to the Claypit since neither of us had been before. Both of us enjoy spicy food and I can tell you they didn't disappoint. The naan bread is exceptional and their goat curry was great (served desi style). We were one of the first couples at the restaurant at 5:30 but they all soon changed as tables started to fill and noise went from quiet to audible rambling. Nothing disturbing but it definitely made an impact on our conversation (it also spoke volumes about the popularity of the restaurant on a Thursday evening). Will definitely return in the near future as I have yet to find another Indian restaurant in town that serves an adequate curry dish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    mundenex
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in a while. Lots of left-overs, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Indian since living in the UK!
    uilleann
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We lived in the UK for 6 years and in our 14 years back in the US, we have had great difficulty finding Indian cuisine of the quality we found at our London and Oxford spots. Until we found The Clay Pit, we'd only found one other excellent Indian spot here...located in the DC area. We're thrilled to have found The Clay Pit! This place offers excellent food and a wonderful atmosphere. We have been back here several times--driving an hour from San Antonio to eat here. Make your reservation because this place certainly books up and there can be quite a wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Clay Pit, INCREDIBLE
    FoodGirl
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'm from NY, and I flew into Austin for the weekend. The first place I made a reservation for was the Clay Pit. They know quality. From the kind heartfelt service to the intense delicate flavors of the food, the Clay Pit will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Indian food, nice setting!
    mikey
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been going to Clay Pit for many years, and they have some of the best Indian food I've tasted in Austin and Houston too (I lived there for 9 years). The interior of the building and decor are very nice and provide a comfortable, classy setting. My sister and her husband recently moved her from England and were absolutely certain they could not find Indian food as good as they have in the UK. They were pleasantly surprised by the food at Clay Pit, and said it was as great as they've had in the UK. The food isn't as spicy as normal Indian places, so when you order moderate, it really is moderate. If you like spicy be sure to get the extra spicy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our fave
    Steph
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We always love coming here. From the bartenders to the waiters they have amazing service. Every time my family comes to town to visit they ask to go. By far the best tikka masala I've ever had and I've eaten it on 4 different continents. Always clean, unique setting, easy free street parking, never mind a long wait bc the bartenders take such great care of you. And most importantly... Amazing food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner spot
    ATXdiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I enjoyed everything about our dinner at Clay Pit. An old friend and I were catching up and we loved our wine, food, and the atmosphere. The best part of the evening, however, was the service. Jade have us the most personable, perfect dining experience I can remember. She let us enjoy our time together and didn't make us feel rushed. Thank you for a lovely evening!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian fare
    fredctx
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was a long journey for us to make but once in a while it is definitely worth it. Next time we would spend the night in Austin and make it an occasion, birthdays and such. Food and service both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Clay Pit never fails to please. We've always had a good experience and great food there, and our recent visit there was no exception. Some of the best Indian food we've had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Ambiance but food was Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Starter and gajar halwa was great. But Naan was very hard and Vegetable jalfrezi had no flavor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian Food
    garysVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was great and the server very knowledgeable about the food always a plus but rare in Austin.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Incredible Food
    JkickdcVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dinner at the Clay Pit is always great. Food here is consistently good. We hit this restaurant at least 1 time a month. Moving here from Washington DC I was worried that we were not going to be able to find great Indian food--This place never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.