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Clay Pit

908 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Authentic (32)
  • Spicy (29)
  • Good Vegetarian Options (26)
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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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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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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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 908 People Are Saying
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NewYorkTexan (Austin)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent waiter. Fantastic food. Will be back.

SarahM (Austin)
5.0  Dined 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!!!

vipTallMomma (Portland)
4.0  Dined 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...

vipoenophile (Austin)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined 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.

VeganFoodie (Cleveland)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We didn't touch half of our food and the server never asked us how we liked anything. Service ware really slow.

vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We were seated in the main area at a busy time so the noise level was a little high but the service and food were excellent. Of course we were seated right away since we had reservations from Open Table.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a Great Choice for Fine Foods .......... Love It ...

MusicMan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I eat at Clay Pit more than a dozen times a year. It's close to UT, the parking is easy (usually free), and the bar is quite wonderful. The food is more-or-less generic Indian, always good but not all that inventive. The staff is efficient, friendly, and quick. The only negative I might venture is that the main course always arrives right after the appetizer---sometimes with it, and occasionally before it, even if I ask them to take their time. The trick is NOT to order the main course until the appetizer has arrived, I guess. But this is a tiny criticism...I love Clay Pit.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Good number of choices on the menu and everything we ordered was excellent. Not too noisy to have a conversation.

DavidV (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

So much fun dining in and touring the historic Austin Bertram building. Our waitress was amazing, and could recite the buildings history. It's where my great grandmother, who was part of the Bertram family, worked in the 1880s during the construction of the Capitol. The food was excellent!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We did have to wait a little bit for food but it was a busy Friday night so understandable. When the food arrived it was delicious and warm.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We had dinner here with Indian friends. They guided us to try dishes we hadn’t had before. Delicious! I really liked the Saag Panner stuffed Naan, goat curry and especially Kashmiri Kofka Corma, (I think that’s the spelling). It is potato Panner balls served in an amazing creamy cashew almond sauce. The meal was fantastic!

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Went for dinner to celebrate my wife’s Birthday. Made reservations 5 days ahead. It was Friday night and they seemed overwhelmed with the crowd. Our drinks came fairly prompt but my wife’s signature cocktail was just like drinking flavored water. We ordered our main meal and the appetizers were good, samosa chat didn’t have any flavor but grilled vegetables were great. When the main meal came, they forgot the naan and didn’t bring it until we were done with the curries and rice. We didn’t order dessert even though they offer free dessert for the birthday person. They didn’t seem to care either. Overall food was good but the service sucked because the waiting staff has no clue about how to serve Indian food, Naans don’t come at the end. For them it seemed, ignorance was bliss!! I wouldn’t go again.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Took my girlfriend here for a birthday dinner. Fantastic food and perfect for her as she is a vegetarian and the restaurant has a huge selection of vegetarian and vegan options. Plenty for the carnivores like myself as well. The mango lemonade is a must try! Great experience overall.

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The Clay Pit is such a great restaurant. From the moment you walk in, the aroma from the kitchen comes into play and gets you in the mood to enjoy amazing Indian food.

I can't wait to come back!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The Clay Pitt food is always delicious but Friday nights are obviously busy so be ready for a wait. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us a little early, which we thought was good. However, even though we ordered immediately after we were seated, we had to wait an hour and fifteen minutes before our food arrived. We’ll be back but we’ll make sure we plan the 2 + hours for our dinning experience.