About 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.

1601 Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian

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

Cross Street:
16th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 322-5131

Website:
http://www.claypit.com/

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.

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.

Public Transit:
Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Balinder Singh, Navdeep Singh

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

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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Private Dining

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

Clay Pit Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Spicy (34)
Authentic (32)
Good Vegetarian Options (30)
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Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (24)
Casual (24)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Vegan (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fun (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Business Meals (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Healthy (10)
Cozy (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

I go to Clay Pit about 2-3 times a month. The food is almost always great. This time the food was more room tempature and not hot. The food served in the metal bowls seemed hotter but my curry came in a kindof soup bowl. The portions also seem to be getting smaller for some reason this past year. The service was great and if you like Indian Food, this is the place to go in Austin.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Had been told by a handful of people that Clay Pit was the “best” Indian food in Austin. It was also advised that one needed reservations. For my boyfriends 25th birthday I️ made reservations 6 weeks ahead of time and we were both very excited. Therefore, unbelievably disappointed when they seated us in the back room against a wall (weren’t even crowded, definitely didn’t need reservations). Furthermore, we arrived early so that we could specifically get a drink at the bar, but were instructed by the very unfriendly hostess that we needed to wait for our table.
The simosas and chicken tikka masala was luke warm and the naan was actually cold. Our waiter was very nice, but clearly our food had been sitting or not heated up properly, therefore the nice waiter didn’t quite make up for the overall disappointing food and ambience. We live on the east side of Austin so it was a hassle to get over the Clay Pit, especially when we have other Indian food options within walking distance.

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

Waiter was apologetic, but very tardy and overworked. We weren't in a hurry, but if we had been, it would be been frustrating to be there about 45 minutes longer than necessary. Good food. So disappointed that they don't put any free offering on the table like the little crackers with the sauces that we'll be reluctant to go back except maybe for a happy hour. Even when we mentioned it, it didn't occur to waiter to bring us some--he just said that many people weren't eating them, so they quit offering them.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always fantastic! We live in Houston but travel to Austin frequently. This is our favorite restaurant to visit when we are in town. Great food and service in a warm atmosphere...it never disappoints!
Special kudos to the Clay Pit for turning my picky eater daughter into an absolute fan of Indian food!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Not what I expected from claypit at all. I've dined here many times before (even had my birthday for 13 people there last year) and usually have had good experiences.
That said, I typically don't dine on a weekend and this time we went on a Friday night. Perhaps that's why things were not good this time?
Our server seemed way too busy and our food was luke warm at best. Our lamb dish was way too gamy and our musssels gritty. I regret not saying something when we were there but we were celebrating a special occasion and I didn't want to ruin the evening. I think next time we will try a different Indian restaurant

Tags: Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Nighttime ambiance of Clay Pit is like a brightly lit garage or cafeteria, which we didn't like. Food is just average for Indian, but I've been spoiled with great Indian spots in India, UK, San Francisco and New York — so I may be biased! Most of our sauced dishes were room temperature and over-blended. Servers pushed alcohol a bit too much. Menu is a bit banal and could use some more exciting options.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding in every way. Terrific food and atmosphere. Helpful staff. Great on recommendations. The cucumber salad was amazing with just the right amount of spice. The ribeye was a great value. Great To share with other dishes.

We will definitely be back!!!

Jeff and Melissa

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Spicy, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our waiter was new so we were trying to be understanding, but it was obvious that he wasn’t trained very well before letting him handle his own table. It did affect our enjoyment of the evening.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was fine- not the best indian food i've had nor the worst. the portion sizes for the main entrees were great- everyone was well fed, but the portion size of the appetizers was really small. when we got to the restaurant we were seated after a couple of minutes so there was not a long wait and we did have a reservation. however, after we ordered our meal we waited for nearly an hour until our main dishes came. we were a party of 5, and it was ridiculous that it took so long for our meals to come. even at the end of the evening we wanted to pay it took a while for the waitress to come back to collect the credit card. it wasn't a super busy evening. we went on a thursday night and by the time we were leaving, the place was mostly empty so i don't know why it took so long to get the waitress to come pick up the check.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vegan
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Most amazing evening with a very attentive staff and manager. A very memorable evening for our son and his bride. The food was wonderful, fresh and a great authentic food fest.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a wonderful evening and our waitress was amazing !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I have always liked the Clay Pit but had not been for awhile. It had gotten much better since the last time I was there. I would not have believed this possible. The simplified menu is also much easier to manage.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Spicy
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We took a group of 16 people here on a Tuesday for a team dinner. Our waitress was wonderful, running around grabbing drinks and clearing plates and generally being everywhere at once. We ordered (it felt like) one of everything and ate family style. The pacing was perfect. Apps came out, we annihilated those, and then we had time to digest, grab a drink, and gab before the mains came. This way we weren't overfull and could actually enjoy trying everything. We never felt rushed, the food was great, and the staff was friendly and fun. 10/10 would go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was very slow. I suggest making a reservation ahead of time to avoid long waiting times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of my favorites! Always good food, great atmosphere.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Been going to clay pit for years. Love it !!! Great fresh food - service good for the most part only bad thing - last time I went. Chai tea horrible and warm not hot
No hummus last night

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Why did it take so Long to Get back to the Clay Pit? I really dont know. They are Fine. The Food is Excellent! Great Service .... A Must if You are in Austin Texas...

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was excellent and our server was great! We ordered the achari paneer kabobs, shahi paneer, chicken mirch masala and Mughlai chicken along with garlic naans and a tandoori roti.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I love the Clay Pit. Whenever I come to Austin I try to make it in there. The food is always amazing. The service is generally very good. Last night seemed a bit off. The music is a little loud. Those are the only two negatives I have found. Great restaurant!!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great, authentic Indian food with fast, friendly service.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food is always amazing and the service is great. Jrm

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The cellar is a very romantic spot to sit and dine. Also, everything we tried was amazing - definitely the best Indian food I have ever had. Will return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food here was great, had the chicken vindaloo (hot) I may get the hotter version next time. The Samosas were lovely and the New Delhi Cocktail delicious! This was my second visit and both times were perfectly lovely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was amazing, as always, but our server was particularly horrible. Ordering took forever, then she forgot an appetizer. It took her 20 minutes to check in with us after the food was dropped off even though we were trying to make eye contact with her for a solid 10 minutes. Every single one of her tables around us were having bad service too. She was just lucky we had nowhere to be because it took us an hour and a half to get out of there from when we were seated... and we didn't even order dessert or ask for to go boxes.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was delightful. Service was mediocre. AND bad service is easy to fix with a manager visit or a free dessert. Had fun, cause we really needed the night out and food was good but won't be back...will still let friends know food is great, but will also alert them to bad service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Bar was a little slow with delivering drinks, but everything else was great.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food is excellent. Service is poor: from check-in through the check. Even with a reservation, a long wait and poor welcome. Then, a VERY impatient waiter, if not with guests, I would have left based upon the wait staff interaction. I was happy we left and had dessert elsewhere.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Clay pit is very authentic and freshly prepared. Each dish arrives piping hot and the aromas and smells that make one's mouth water.
The service is very attentive and ambience fantastic - especially the basement.
Don't miss this gen.

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was great as always. My only problem was we had two coupons each for two people and they wouldn't let us use them if we sat at the same table which I thought was exceptionally stupid. But it's a great place, it was very noisy but the food is just fantastic

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always outstanding. I discovered their Vodka infused with Mango and Ginger, out of this world.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It was okay, not as good as I had hoped from the reviews.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The vibe was buzzing and the food was fantastic but the server did not refill our drink automatically, otherwise dinner was great.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Vegan, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The best Indian restaurant in Austin, in a terrific historical building.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent food , very tasty and well presented. Room we were in was a little noisy because it was smaller. Enjoyed the meal nonetheless

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and a fun atmosphere. Staff were very helpful with the menu and made excellent recommendations.

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

The Clay Pit is my go-to place for in-town dining. I'm never disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

First time here and not impressed. Service was slow and management was unprofessional .

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Clay Pit continues to provide amazing Indian cuisine in Austin! We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

If I want a friend/family member to experience good Indian food for the first time, or I want to provide a solid slightly-above-casual dining experience, the Clay Pit is my go-to restaurant. Lively atmosphere in a really lovely stone building downtown. Good bar, interesting house drinks, good food, and terrific service.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Spicy, Fun
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always get a tasty meal with good service. Korma is very nice.

Tags: Spicy
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