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Clay Pit

4.4
886 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Authentic (30)
  • 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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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 886 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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terzlover (Austin)
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Very slow service, which made for an excruciatingly long meal. Cold food. Bright lights. Food on the floor. Not a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Pretty rude server (he looked hungover...) and the server-in-training would say she was going to take care of something and would disappear for what seemed like a long time. Two times, I saw her some back into the dining area empty handed and then apparently remembered what she was going to do, e.g. bring dessert menus, and left again and returned again. About 15 minutes went by with 3 requests for one guest to get a second beer.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Very helpful staff.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

The Clay Pit is a always a great choice especially when vegetarians and meat eaters are dining together. The food was delicious as always and we sat in the quieter downstairs dining room. Our food took a little longer to arrive than we would have liked this visit, but that isn't a great surprise on a busy Saturday night.

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Sparky (Austin)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great food, terrible waiter. Threw plates on table.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

I've never had a bad meal. I've taken lots of friends and everyone has always enjoyed their meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0
Dined on January 3, 2018

We love it & would go more often if it were closer to us!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Clay Pit was amazing and we can’t wait to go back! We went on a New Year’s Eve double date. It was easy to get a reservation even when numerous other restaurants were booked and the food, service, and atmosphere was perfect. My husband even decided he really wanted a steak even though we were at an Indian restaurant. That was one of the best steaks we’ve had! This is definitely a new favorite when we’re in Austin!!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

We have visited this restaurant several times and had wonderful meals and great service over the past two years but this time was different. The service was horrific. We sat waiting to be acknowledged. We waited for our food for a longer than acceptable time. The food was very good but not hot just kind of warm. We waited 25 min for our check. This was my 2nd birthday celebration at the Clay Pit and probably my last.

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Thanksgiving (Austin)
5.0
Dined on December 30, 2017

I'm not an expert on Indian food, but this was very good. I brought my daughter and girlfriend who have never eaten Indian food before and they liked it. Our server was very nice as well..

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