Clay Pit
Clay Pit

Clay Pit

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.claypit.com/
  • Phone: 5123225131
  • 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
101 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (47)special occasion (45)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (35)romantic (30)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (19)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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  • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian Food
    garys
    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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A personal place
    Skysunder
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    After discovering this wonderful little gem it has become my go to for Indian food. The staff here has always been so friendly and the food has always tasted very good. I've come here with groups and in a pair and I have always had the best time. I can't wait to home back again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining for Groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Always great food and wine but we missed Knutti....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Baby approved
    Diningwithbaby1VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We love clay out. The best authentic indain food in Austin for sure. We went for an early dinner with our 10 month old and our server was so pleasant to him. Love a place that makes us feel welcome with a rambunctious kiddo!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Restaurant in Austin
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great food! I have been here twice and every time has been fantastic! The goat curry is awesome as is the Chicken Tikka Masala (although I do wish there were bigger chunks of chicken). Definitely worth a shot if you like Indian food, but make a reservation as it gets crowded
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    KerryBVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Took an hour and a half to get our two entrees, eat, and leave. When we got our food we asked waiter for new silverware and he told us ok but then went into a long explaination of how they like to conserve water while our hot food just sat on the table and we had nothing to eat it with.
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  • Food Lover
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    First time at Clay Pit, had been wanting to go. The atmosphere is nice. Got the crab cakes for appetizer, not a good choice, too much filler. My daughter had the shrimp curry and I had the marinated chicken dish. Both of these entrees was absolutely wonderful. For dessert we got the cake balls in some sugar and rose water. My daughter liked the syrup not the cake. I did not like it at all. I would definitely go back but I would skip apps and dessert and go straight to the entrees which were awesome!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ummmm....Soooooo good.
    lalababa
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I always know I can count on the Clay Pit for a good meal. The problem is, I don't know when to stop! I usually (always) get the coconut curry with chicken. I request white meat chicken and it's tasty. The pakoras for an appetizer are good and they come in veggie or chicken. The chicken pakoras are a good go-to if you have picky children in your group, they're basically just little chicken nuggets...sent from heaven! And they're gluten free if that's an issue. Also, some people get really nervous about indian food, that's why I always let people know that there are some great grilled options, the malai kebob being my favorite. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good quality dining
    Mimi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Clay Pit is a lovely place to go for a special occasion. The food is consistently good. The atmosphere is lively with voices mingling in the air. The food is diverse and well seasoned. The wait staff is very friendly but professional. The old stone building adds is a distinct, non-traditional flair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    carol
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We make the effort to get here as often as we can. The food and service are consistently very good. Everyone in our family enjoys Clay Pit and it is difficult for us to agree on any one place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time and wasn't disappointed
    Kayd
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Had a 6:30pm reservation I grabbed at 6:15pm - showed up a few minutes early and was seated right away. Was a wonderful experience although in between servings the vent did get a bit chilly. Great service, great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clay Pit does a terrific job again!
    oenophileVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Clay Pit, and the food and service were outstanding! Many thanks to the chef and to our server Chad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    Lulunoelle
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    Agentdalecooper
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yummy. Yum.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good
    Austinite
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What It Used To Be
    Mcdarlaj
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Changes to menu including no chutneys and Naan brought out at seating and lesser quality food were disappointing
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Indian food in Austin
    Martin
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RL
    globetrekker579
    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).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    EHof
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went here for our first time to celebrate my birthday and it was so good. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing.
    ballesco
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food is always fantastic. Can get loud, but it is a busy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great intro if new to Indian
    Texdoc
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    marikoinatx
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was great and the service was just as good. Definitely want a reservation on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    tuxcat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timer
    BobF
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Good
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Excellent as always!
    Cynthia
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My guest was a newcomer to town. Clay Pit scored! A very tasty meal served graciously.
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  • Amazing Tikka Masala
    titianfire
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as ever
    theshoveler
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian food
    HHandABB
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We had a pleasant time with my husband at clay pit. The waitress was very friendly. The mango lassi ever.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sneakyann1
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.