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Clay Pit
Clay Pit

Clay Pit Details

  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Clay Pit is the best Indian in Austin. Everything is always delicious. There were also some great new cocktails to try. Now if only they could bring the pappadam back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yummy. Yum."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food. We ordered multiple apps and all four of had different meals and were all happy. Will be back again. One of the best Indian food places in Austin."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our (unfriendly) server did not know the menu well, could not recommend a wine to pair with my meal, and had trouble juggling more than one table at a time in his section. He then forgot to bring us drinks and when we asked for them after some time had passed, he seemed annoyed. The meals we ordered tasted good, although my chicken was overdone and a bit tough. My husband had a lamb curry and that was very good. We will return to this restaurant for the ambiance and for the food - but hope for a knowledgable (or friendly!) server. We didn't realize how much of a difference a server makes when dining out until now."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Changes to menu including no chutneys and Naan brought out at seating and lesser quality food were disappointing"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This place was exactly what you'd hope -- a fantastic blend of Austin character and Indian cuisine. Aside from the outside being a little tricky for one of our party who uses a cane, the place was perfect! It was practically home-made cooking, very very tasty."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Creative dishes without compromising the traditional flavors of Indian cuisine. Elegant relaxed ambience, reasonably priced, and great dish recommendations from our server (Shayna)."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We went here for our first time to celebrate my birthday and it was so good. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is always fantastic. Can get loud, but it is a busy place."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We were seated promptly, in the downstairs cellar. My dining companion had never eaten Indian food so we stuck to the classics. Started with samosa chaat and a bottle of rose. The samosas were a bit soggy due to the chickpea sauce but the chickpeas tasted great. The wine was soft and balanced the food. The main courses were the chicken tandoori and a shrimp curry. Both cooked just right and enjoyably seasoned(mild by choice). Rice and naan on the side were just right. For dessert had the sorbet with mango and ginger - a bit too much bite on the ginger. We took our time and never felt rushed by the server."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was great and the service was just as good. Definitely want a reservation on the weekend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "clay pit is an outstanding restaurant. the food, service and drinks are excellent, the atmosphere is casual and the service is terrific."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was my first time going to the Clay Pit. The food was great. There were many choices on the menu that I wanted to try so I will be back to try more. Even the price was right."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I am of the school that most food tastes old and tired. This feel into that category. It's probably more of an indication of the larger food supply issue in the US than them as cooks. Recipes seemed good, tried and true. I just personally think you can't source ingredients exclusively from the regular channels and have your food taste good. But, I'm in the restaurant business, so you have to take me with a grain of salt...preferably unbleached. Just kidding."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My guest was a newcomer to town. Clay Pit scored! A very tasty meal served graciously."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I "try" to order different things when we go, but the Tikka Masala lures me in. We started with the Chicken Tandoori Bites and they disappeared quickly. For entrees, my daughter got it and I went with the Mixed Grill (so I could get some on the side for dipping). As usual, the food was fantastic. My daughter tried the Garlic and Basil Naan bread, loved it. I am unable to eat it due to gluten restrictions but it smelled wonderful. We don't get there often enough, mainly due to our varied work schedules."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Haven't been to Clay Pit in a while, and I am pleased to say that it is just as great as ever. Fantastic place to get great Indian food in a slightly more upscale than the average Indian restaurant. My only disappointment is that the quality of the naan has slipped since they brought in a naan machine to deal with the volume that they need to make on a nightly basis. I get that they need to do it, but it just isn't as good as it used to be. Still, everything else (and I'm pretty sure we ate everything that night) is fantastic. Don't miss an opportunity to go."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a pleasant time with my husband at clay pit. The waitress was very friendly. The mango lassi ever."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Everyone has said this place is fantastic. I am confused. Nothing I had was very good. It was acceptable but that's about as far as I'd go. The onion kulcha was good but beyond that....blah. I will return because I liked the Ambience. it should be good - so ill give it one more try. This was my experience and certainly not a predictor for others. Perhaps it was an off-nite."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Waiter tried to talk me out of using a 2-for-1 coupon from Clay Pit I received via email for registering at their website. Very unprofessional. He seemed willing to take the coupon only after I assured him I tip on full value. Instead, I should have immediately asked to see the manager. It was clear the waiter wanted me to back down on using the coupon. The water server, however, was fantastic! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our waiter, Mark was attentive but didn't hover. Made our evening! Thank you Mark. Food great as usual. We will be back. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food. Usually have amazing and spectacular service. Last trip not so amazing. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I tried this place after finding it on an on line review site. We're so glad we did. It's in down town Austin, but parking is free on Sundays so it was stress free finding parking. The service and food was quite nice. The young lady who served us was friendly and talkative but not in an intrusive way. All in all, we will for sure be going back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I love Clay Pit. Absolutely everything with my last few experiences have been enjoyable. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "we enjoyed this spot several times and we recently brought my cousin out there who was visiting Waco from Philly. It's worth the drive down I35 to enjoy this place. When it's crowded like our night, we had a bit of a lag between ordering and dining and getting the check. Still the food was not disappointing. recommend!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Order the Samosas and the Tandoori bites! Their Tikki Masala is also very good for an entree."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We usually go to Clay Pit whenever we visit Austin. Our most recent meal was one of the best ever. We were a party of seven, but the waiter got all the orders without errors or delay. The service was excellent and unobtrusive. The food was wonderful, each dish stood out in its own way. I'm always surprised when I continue to say that my favorite Indian restaurant is in Texas."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Aside from the delicious and tasty food in addition to the friendly staff, I always enjoy the environment and the structure of the restaurant itself. It would be nice if more information on the history of the building was available.. The lower level/cellar is just a jewel and a nice environment for those special days... "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Clay Pit for our wedding anniversary, we arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation and were told to wait while people with no reservation (walk ins) were seated ahead of us. Our waiter was nice but we only saw him 4 times in 2 hours (he had a 30 top that he was working so he took our order and then we waited....... until another server brought our food only to see we had no water and no plates. The food was marginal at best, my veggie korma had an impossibly small number of vegetables although there were grapes in it? For our time and money Tarka is better food, value and service."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was wonderful. He took is through the entire menu, which was great because we were with a friend who had never had Indian food before. All the food was amazing. Especially the mussels!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I made reservation for Clay Pit over a month ago for a bachelorette party for 6:45 pm. However, 8 women getting dress and being on time is completely impossible! Ha. The Clay Pit was not rushing nor upset. A very professional staff that waited on us and served us with exquisite grace. Thank you so much Clay Pit! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "After several disappointing prior visits, this time the food was comparable to that we had become accustomed to in England. Congratulations, Clay Pit."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The Clay Pit is an outstanding restaurant. The food was excellent (I highly recommend it), the service was great and my overall experience was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "For anyone with dietary issues (vegetarian or gluten free), this is the place for you. Dozens and dozens of items on the menu to meet your needs and a waiter who was extremely helpful. Food was delicious."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Clay Pit has ruined me for almost all other Indian restaurants. Their food is AMAZING and the service is wonderful. The korma and calamari are not to be missed. Their sister restaurant, Tarka, is fantastic too, but nothing beats the jalapeno cream cheese naan at Clay Pit!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "If you're tired of the typical Mexican or Itallian cuisine, head over to the Clay Pit for a truly extrodinary experience. Even though the restaurant can seat several hundred people, it was managed quite nicely. Please make reservations however. Parking was convenient with two parking garages and street side parking available next to the restaurant. The photographs on the walls are wonderful and the historic charm of the Bertram building makes this an excellent location. The food was AMAZING!! All the food choices were explained thoroughly and our young kids found delicious choices on the menu. They especially loved the mango drinks. We would highly recommend the Clay Pit for your next special occasion. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I went to this venue on 18th of April. We sat in the basement dining area which at first seemed cozy however not only does it get very loud with more people being seated down there but it is dusty which aggravated my allergies. Also with it being noisy, our waiter got order incorrect TWICE. Food was good but it is a bit pricey for what you get. Recommend this spot for maybe for a quick dinner date . I would definitely request to be seated in the main dining area though."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal at Clay Pit. We were seated in the cellar which we like because it is more intimate. We both ordered vegeterian dishes and were not disappointed, although their meat, fish, and chicken dishes are wonderful as well. The portions are hearty, the naan is wonderful, and the potato appetizer has just the right flavor and kick to start us off well. The service was attentive and friendly, and we enjoyed the whole evening very much. The bonus is that for such a great experience, the prices remain very reasonable."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration! Service was good early on...waited along time for dessert and check. Need a kids menu or kid friendly options. We would go back"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a group of nine. The restaurant was able to provide us with a charming private room which was a wine cellar. The manager gave us a charming history of the building and took us down to the basement which is allegedly haunted but also contains a lovely room for eating."
    Dined on 4/18/2014