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Clay Pit
Clay Pit

Clay Pit Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.claypit.com
  • Email: austin@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
  • "Everything about my experience was positive. I loved it there as did my parents who came with me. I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I came in a large group, and the waiters were very accommodating. The food was amazing, and the ambience was perfect! I ordered the coconut curry paneer, and it was absolutely delicious. I really think the only thing that could be better is the naan. Although it was still great, I like it to be extra fluffy with no crispy sections of the bread, and there were just a few. But that is being very picky, so I have no complaints!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Love the overall variety and quality of dishes here and the exotic cocktails..however they have weak spots in vegetable dishes and lighting ...very noisy on Friday nights.. Parking is a pain."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent food. Excellent service. We sat downstairs and I loved the ambience there. This is one of the best restaurant experiences we have had since returning to Austin!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place is by far the best Indian food in Austin. So delicious!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Try the muscles. Not the best Indian food that I have had, but far from the worst."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Our group of 6 loved the family style way we ordered. Able to taste many delicious entrees, many vegetarian choices, dishes nice and spicy. Very delicious Indian food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As a Brit living in Austin who has also travelled in India, I am well versed in the delights of Indian cuisine. The Clay Pit provides tasty Indian food with great service. Not entirely authentic but nevertheless great flavors. We sat in the cellar which was quiet. Ground level was much more frenetic. It's in the top 3 Indian restaurants in Austin, great value and well worth a visit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We love the Clay Pit! It's my 10 yr old daughters favorite restaurant. We love the curried mussels. I think it's a family friendly place but can also be a romantic place depending in where you're seated. Were always served promptly at the bar as we usually show up a few min before our reservation. Will return"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "When we last visited this restaurant, in 2002, we thought it offered spectacularly good Indian dishes and that the facility was topnotch. On our return we ordered rack of lamb, saag paneer, naan, kheer, and mango ice cream. All very good, particularly the lamb, but each dish lacked some of the just-right combinations and concentrations of spices that we remembered from before. The cheese in the saag paneer was so-so. The interior of the restaurant seems tired. Nevertheless, for those who enjoy Indian cuisine, the Clay Pit is a good choice. We promise to return well before another 12 years elapses."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "A group of us at a conference came here to unwind and we couldn't have picked a better place. I had reservations for 5, but invited a few others to share our table. The front staff were very accommodating in setting up the table. We ended up with a party of 9! Our server, Helton, was knowledgeable when it came time to choosing wine and as it was Happy Hour the $40 bottle of Malbec was half-price. Food was scrumptious. I don't know what everyone got at the table, but my Lamb Roganjosh was stunning. The portion was a little small, but it packed a delicious bite and I was glad not to have left-overs. Our service was extraordinary. Helton is beyond amazing. Go. Eat. Make some noise. Clay Pit is heaven."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "we came to the clay pit with 5 people and a newborn baby. one of our first experience is out with this little guy. the experience was great the the muscles in particular were amazing, beyond beyond was perfect and the service was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful. Very romantic and great atmosphere. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We got there on a Friday a half hour before they opened and sat at the bar. They had half price app's and $1 off drinks. The bartender was busy and by himself so it took almost 15 min just to get our drink and app order. That was a little annoying but his personality and menu knowledge made up for it. Food was excellent all the way around! The service was great although unlike the bartender the server had no clue about the menu. She didn't know what was in what or how to say menu items. The price was not at all bad for what you got tho it is on the high end when you talk of Indian food."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Anyone who's thinking about trying Indian food should give The Clay Pit a try. The food is excellent and the servers are pretty knowledgeable and can help steer you in the right direction if you are unsure of what to order! And the prices are amazing!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "They rely too much on sauces, the meats and fish are overcooked Not impressed Terrible parking Austin is so overrated. Too small of a city, too much traffic and too hard to get around, better restaurants out of town."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Given that The Clay Pit is my favorite restaurant in Austin, we went there to celebrate my birthday. At Clay Pit, we are never disappointed and often discover new taste sensations, when we are feeling daring. As USA TODAY's Road Warrior of the Year, I travel a LOT, so I appreciate good food, wherever I find it and I am particularly pleased to have found it in my own backyard. This time around I had the Khuroos-E-Tursh and Pakoras, along with the bottomless cup of chai tea. For dessert I had my favorite, the "carrot cake" with cinnamon ice cream; it is well worth the calories. Jacob did a terrific job of serving us and we were able to get to the theatre on time. All in all, another great meal! I can't wait for them to offer a tasting menu."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Had a fabulous experience again. Best Curry in Austin!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The sauce on the chicken tikaa masala was sweeter than what we were used to, as was the vinaigrette on the salad, but overall everything was very good."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I was in Austin for a conference and decided to go to the Clay Pit after reading the reviews. I was pleasantly surprized by the quality of the food. I really liked the mixed grill and the vegetarian options are great. I wasn't expecting most of the table to be filled, so I was especially glad I made reservations with OpenTable. I will go again the next time I am in Austin."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food was good, but the waiter was unattentive and forgot a few appetizers. He did apologize and brought them after our main course. He didn't make any suggestions when I asked for dipping sauces/appetizer for our naan so when I asked again after he brought our main meal, he came up with an idea, but that was too late as our bread was already cold."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "1 glass of wine came quickly, the other just before the food came. waitress wasn't friendly, maybe never smiled, you could tell she didn't want to be there."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything we ordered, as well as great service and a pleasant atmosphere. Prices are also moderate. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I have always wanted to come here and had decided this would be an excellent time to take my girlfriend somewhere special. We had arrived a half hour early (our res was for 10:45pm) just to check out the place early, maybe have a few drinks prior to our dinner. When we arrived they did have a table open and we were quite pleased. We sat and read over their extensive menu and had a very hard time deciding! With our waiter Jacob's suggestion my girlfriend ordered the Khuroos-E-Tursh and I ordered the mixed kabobs. We also tried the Naan stuffed with spinach and paneer cheese and the samosa chaat... We were floored! This was THE best meal we have ever had! We highly recommend dining here..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've been going to the Clay Pit for over 10 years and the quality of the food and the value hasn't ever disappointed me. They also hire wait staff and bartenders who are personable and well trained. Although I enjoy the food which is the best Indian food I've had in Austin, it's the employees that make me want to return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I first noticed that the bar tender, long deadlocks, was really taking care of his customers. At one point a man that eas waiting walked away, right after the bartender said he would he right with him. The bartender immediately got the hostess and described the man to her and asked if she could keep and eye out for him so he could make sure he got what he wanted. Throughout the night I saw the bartender go out of his way to help several customers. Once at our table Jackob took care of everything with, what looked to be, ease. His recomendations for drinks were spot on, and his demeanor was fun yet still very professional."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Austin has a lot of great places to eat, but if you want the very best Indian Food around, the Clay Pit is where you need to go. There's a reason why they are constantly winning awards and commendations - high quality ingredients, carefully crafted flavor profiles, and an impressive selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We are new to Austin and this was our first visit to Clay Pit and it certainly won't be our last. We intend to go back many more times to work our way through the menu because it has a superb variety of Indian dishes - not the same old stuff you get everywhere.. The Curried Crab Cakes were spiced just right and didn't overpower the crab. I had the Goat Curry (hot level) and it was very good and I'll get it again.. My husband had the special - a lamb shank that was out of this world. The service was very good and our waitperson really knew the menu and could make good recommendations. The the restaurant is located in an old historic building that has been redone and the interior is beautiful and romantic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "An incredible restaurant with absolutely the best Indian cuisine we have found in Texas!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My fiancee and I had our first date at Clay Pit and we loved it. We haven't been back since, but after I proposed to her on Valentine's Day (she said yes!) we had our first date as an engaged couple back at Clay Pit. I made the reservation a few weeks in advance (I knew they would be booked) and we had an amazing dinner there. We had the crabcakes and pakoras for starters, then shared the vegetable curry special and the Goan Yellow Curry Seafood Dish. Everything was outstanding. Plus, our waiter, Mark, announced that we were celebrating our engagement to the entire room. Incredible experience! This is one of our top three favorite restaurants in Austin. Normal prices for incredible, fresh, from-scratch Indian food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was average. Chicken was good. Dall was ok. Portion was very small for price."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We really enjoy the Clay Pit. The food is always outstanding. Get a reservation and avoid the wait."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "always well prepared, consistent food with great service."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Love the restaurant, but a little disappointed to be placed in the back room when the main dining room was half-empty. Although the back room has more ambience now with the golden walls and sculptural displays, it's not as satisfying as the main space with the stone and windows and visible bar."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We tried several dishes, all were good. The naan bread is outstanding also. Plus, there is a good selection of wines and cocktails. Attentive service. Moderately priced."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Clay Pit never fails to impress with its authentic Indian food. Everything I try I like! Caution: even "mild" flavored foods are pretty spicy. I would suggest going one notch down than you usually do if you're not a big fan of extremely hot food!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was OK and not did not live up to my friend whom is from India, opinion- best Indian food in Austin. Our waiter was quite awkward and unsure when welcoming us to the restaurant. Also, while our two guests were having difficulty deciding on what type of spice they wanted on their dishes, he inappropriately made rude facial expressions as though he was annoyed. He was not quick and efficient on coming to our table to refill beverages, rice or bread."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I've eaten a lot of Indian and this is close to, if not my favorite. Great place."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Parking is not a hassle if you know how to navigate the one-way streets (try west side Guadalupe). I hate to, but must knock off a star for the second-tier bartender. Overlooked twice until I waved a $20 (disappointing in a nice restaurant). Please have someone teach bartender to make a martini--no limes in mine, thanks :/ Apps: Samosa Chaat was OK, skip it. Shrimp tandoori excellent. Entrees: Lamb Roganjosh outstanding. Chicken with coconut curry second favorite. Naan better than at other places. Service outstanding. Pleasant, not hovering, well-informed able to describe dishes and spice level perfectly. Price +1 exactly what I'd expect. Wine prices are very fair. I'll be back--fix the bar!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My husband loves Indian food and was so impressed with this restaurant. Food was excellent. Loved sharing everything instead of ordering separate meals. Very delicious with fun cocktails as well."
    Dined on 1/15/2014