Clay Pit

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1068 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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About

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.
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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Private party facilities
Clay Pit offers several private onsite dining options, including a banquet room that can accommodate up to 250 guests.
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Private party contact
Bali Singh: (888) 656-2035
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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.
Additional
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
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AE
Austin
1 review
Reviewed on October 25, 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

I didn't think I liked Indian food, was forced to go with a group from work. Clay Pit has made me an avid Indian food lover!

AH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Reviewed on July 29, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great sunday buffet! Kind staff and very delicious food. Highly recommend.

SB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we arrived, they could not find our reservation which was made through Open Table. We were told that since last 3 months they are not working with Open Table. We were surprised but told that we are the second customer today made reservation by Open table.
We were told that we have to wait 45 minutes.
We have waited and ate our meal.
Could you tell me truth who is correct., Open Table or Clay Pit?

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff really friendly and fun. Food always great. Had a great time.

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Such great options! Service was pretty good but could have been a little more attentive!

J
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

DC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server made great suggestions both for food and wines.

G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve traffic caused much delays but the Food was well worth it !

NK
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Austin. Always good food, good service. I always request to eat in the old wine cellar downstairs or the front room. Both rooms offer a quieter more quaint atmosphere.

G
London
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although we had reservations, we were asked to sit and wait. It was just 2 of us. We watched as large groups were seating, including smaller groups that arrived after we did. We asked for a status and was told we would get a table in the cellar as soon as it was cleared. Then, they seated us upstairs. We asked why, then, we were taken in the cellar where a few empty tables sat. The service and food was good once we sat down.

CW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and worth the 90min drive from San Antonio and surrounding cities. Highly recommend.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Service and food quality outstanding!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent. Unfortunately, too noisy because of the patrons and some unruly children - can’t really blame the restaurant or the management

JT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clay Pit is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. It is authentic Indian food and the service is great.

CC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere, great Margarita, delicious cuisine!

KP
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Clay Pit provided a pleasant dinning experience. Everything was good but there was nothing that made it stand out over and above other similar style restaurants. The only negative aspect was the check out process which took more time than we would have liked to accommodate our show schedule. However the food tasted good and our server was knowledgeable and courteous and even recommended a new Pinot Noir wine selection that was well liked and not too expensive.

A
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at the Clay Pit. The service is on point, the ambiance is super relaxed and the food is absolutely delicious. Every time people from out of town come in this is the place that I bring them to. 5-stars all the way!

DV
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always loved ClayPit. Their Indian cuisine is just excellent.

JT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the fine tasty Indian food. Our server did an excellent job of waiting on us. We each had shrimp with different sauces. We love this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful place! Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines and I happened to be dining with a visitor from India and we both thought it was amazing food, beautiful ambience, and friendly and smooth service. Though I’ve ordered takeout from Clay Pit before (the only place I order Indian from), this was my first time dining in. It definitely won’t be my last and my colleague from India wants to go again the next time he’s in town!

HR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food has been consistently good and we have been there many times but the service was poor this time. The waiter was painfully slow .

MH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

KF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a late reservation, so that may account for some of my thoughts on the food and its freshness. The Butter chicken was good, but, I just can't get over the fact that I felt like there was ketchup in the sauce. I felt like it tasted a little sweet. Since it was late, I also felt like we got the last of the prepared food, as the naan was a little hard and the rice was lukewarm. Again, we had a late reservation (9:15), so I understand, but I still wanted the 7pm freshness. Either way, we loved everything, including the mango cheesecake and the mango margarita. I had a great birthday dinner here. Elizabeth was awesome and Kelly was helpful.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is always fantastic! Somewhat busy night, so you'll have to wait for your food. So, just know that, and enjoy the great Indian dishes they have to offer. Otherwise, was as expected--good Indian food, at a busy restaurant, with friendly staff.

WB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience overall, a few things they need to fix - don't advertise happy hour at the table if its only available in the bar. Also, the prices on the online menu are outdated, not substantially, but still an easy fix that a high end establishment should have already made.

TT
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Staff seemed a little overwhelmed ... strange for a sunday evening, but past experiences have been great.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server was the best. We could see he was a hard worker, very attentive, and knowledgeable of the food and drinks.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Kitchen was slow. Only so-so food.

A
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food and service. It is VERY loud in here, and I'm not sure why-people are not speaking particularly loud. I will also note that we visited during the infamous "boil water" time in Austin, and I was a bit surprised that they did not have bottled sodas or other drinks available that were not fountain drinks. Food-everything was amazing. I always love coming here. Parking can be a pain in the butt, though-but the food is worth it.

D
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience3

SLOW service. We came with kids and it took over an hour to get ANY food on the table. Server said we didn’t order the dish we wanted the most, we know we ordered it. BUT when the food did come it was great! It was a 3 hour dinner though. I will only have takeout from them.l in he future.

s
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Have been here several times. I truly enjoyed it, but the service was a little iffy. Maybe the water problem was to blame. Will give it another try.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Best Indian cuisine I’ve had in Texas! Just the right spices

O
Austin
128 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Clay Pit always delivers! On the first day of the Austin "Boil Water" edict, Clay Pit continued to operate and serve their entire menu. Their calamari appetizer is one of the best in Austin, and our entrees were delicious as well. You can't go wrong with the Clay Pit for Indian food.

GP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always excellent here. Don't miss the mussels

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We have visited as party of 8 on several occasions and unfortunately this was the worst experience ever.

The food was bland and unappetising and the service was really poor.

It appears that The Clay Pit has changed hands or has a new Chef. Wouldn’t rush back anytime soon.

ET
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent. Use the naan bread to get all of the sauce!!

DW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Have been here twice. The sauces and naan bread are wonderful. Service was alittle slow as we had to ask for water, dessert menu, and check. Would definitely return, though.

JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, subpar bar. Service was excellent. The goat was THE GOAT!

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food came two hour later

C
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I have been going to the Clay Pit since it opened many years ago, and still the best curry in town. Sadly, the service on this visit was not good - had to ask 3 times before we got water, twice to get popadoms, and the appetizer we ordered didn’t ever make it to the table. The manager gave us a complimentary dessert to make up for it, which was nice.
I would say that portion size has definitely decreased over the years, but the food remains delicious.
The Clay Pit deserves its reputation, but not somewhere to go if you want a lot of conversation with your party - it’s really noisy.
Despite our below par visit, we will still continue to go to The Clay Pit, and hope next time is better.

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