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Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
11:00 PM
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Clay Pit

4.4
940 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Spicy
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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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
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Phone number
(512) 322-5131
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Balinder Singh, Navdeep Singh
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th Street
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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.
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Public transit
Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
For special events such as Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, and others, we require a credit card to confirm your booking.
In the event that you cancel within 24 hours of your reservation time, or do not show up for your reservation, we will charge your card in the amount of $50.00, and issue a Clay Pit gift card in that amount to you.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Clay Pit offers several private onsite dining options, including a banquet room that can accommodate up to 250 guests.

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What 940 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food but service was somewhat lacking

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food creatively prepared in a relaxing atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We had a delightful evening! the food was delicious and the service was good. the air conditioner was on too high, such that we are all hugging ourselves and keeping our jackets on, wishing we had sweaters. So, come hungry and adventurous, but bring a sweater!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The Clay Pit is my go-to restaurant when I have to satisfy a group of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Whether or not there is meat in the dish, the food is flavorful. Also in contrast to most vegetarian-friendly restaurants, there is a range of vegetarian dishes while also catering to those who would prefer protein in the meal. In our group of six, everyone was very pleased with the flavor and quality of their choices..

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

A great meal! There were three of us and each one ordered a different entrée. We shared various bites and all three dishes were wonderful.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First, the food was very good but a little pricey for what it is. The service was poor though. It took 15 minutes from time of seating for a waiter to come to the table. Then from time of ordering it was another 30-40 minutes of waiting for the food. Poor service.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, nice environment. Service for group was slow and inattentive, left us without food or wine for long stretches. Recommend getting more experienced large group servers on the big parties.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and ambiance

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Pretty noisy but we were seated in the large front room instead of one of the rear rooms where we are usually seated

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants! We are always willing to make the drive from San Marcos to eat here and spend time with friends. Very friendly and attentive wait staff

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always terrific!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner. Chicken korma, seafood grill, and vindaloo were all wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My husband and I went on a date here, just because we could. Food was great, service was amazing and the price was very reasonable! We will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The salmon was cooked perfectly, the service was courteous and professional, the mango cheesecake was a delight -- great for a small group who all love Indian cuisine!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food. Good selection of traditional dishes as well as some created by the chef.
Service was very good. They closed at 10 and we arrived at 8:30. The staff was kind enough to let us leisurely even though it was closing time. An Austin must do!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food and good service

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Hands down some of the best and most interesting Indian food in Austin. House specials are particularly enticing. Don’t leave without trying their house infused vodka.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The claypit is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin, we try to go at least once a month

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was not up to par this visit, it's usually quite good. Our server seemed overwhelmed by our party of seven. Also, the food took much longer than usual to be brought out. We will just chalk it up to an off night and we'll be back again in the near future.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food was great and the service was Almost non existent

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food was great... service was not!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Good food and service overall. Ambiance is relaxed... not too upscale.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This restaurant has gone down since the last time I visited several years ago.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Zach is a fantastic server, and Balto and Balinder were very helpful in helping with the special event. Our guest of honor became ill on the original night and Balto was very helpful in my rescheduling request, giving us the cellar which is equally as good or maybe even better than the wine room. Our guest of honor was very greatful for the dinner, and the quietness of the cellar really enhanced the experience as we were able to have conversations that everyone could hear. Great job! I'll be back.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Consistently fantastic

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

i am a total foodie so this was my pick for my birthday ! Loved it and will return again .

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Nice. Very good waiter.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

If it is the first time eating India then you will probably like it, in my opinion there are much better traditional India Restaurants close by, too Americanized for me. The venue was cool, large so quite noisy drink service was slow. The food lacked flavor, just chicken basically in cream sauces.

Try more authentic places which there are in and around Austin

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic food! The mussels appetizer dish was my favorite. So light and fresh. We sat in the cellar portion of the restaurant which was so perfect. The upstairs was a bit too loud for my taste and the cellar had more of an intimate feel to it. Our server was wonderful and made the whole experience even better. Thanks Amber!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food and drinks were so good! Love this place and will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We enjoyed dining and cocktails at the clay pit and we both enjoyed our meal and the value. The selection was easy and wait staff were helpful with all aspects of our visit. We will visit again and I absolutely loved my first experience of Indian cuisine .
Thanks to all at Clay Pit Restaurant

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Excellent service. But overall the Clay Pit didn’t live up to our expectations, based on earlier reviews and difficulty getting a reservation.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Excellent value in happy hour dining. Tandoori bites and particularly the mussels were outstanding.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I have always loved the food. Went on 2/16 bar girl was extremely rude and then when 5 friends we sat our service poor my friend did not get a sauce till end of meal too late and her wine either. Service no good

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent waiter. Fantastic food. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

My wife and I are newly vegetarian, so we decided to try Clay Pit because of the large vegetarian selection. We were not disappointed!! Everything was so good!!!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Overall this was a good experience. Food was good,not great. Only thing that really detracted from the experience was our main waiter. He was disengaged, unkempt, hands appeared dirty, and inattentive. We felt like we drew the short straw... Although it was Valentines Day, Our group was there well before the crowds arrived, so no excuse there...

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Clay Pit has truly mastered Indian cuisine for Texas. The food is flavorful and well prepared, and for most dishes you can select your preferred level of spiciness. And the calamari is some of the best in town!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was great. Good options for cocktails. Would go again for sure when I am in Austin !!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Our first experience eating this type of food, and we loved it! They got my daughter’s order wrong, but she didn’t complain. It was a great evening anyway.

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