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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (35)
Spicy (30)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
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Casual (25)
Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Romantic (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Worth the Drive (15)
Vegan (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Fun (12)
Healthy (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great Indian Food. Good Service. If you want a review you shouldn't ask for a specific amount of characters in the written review. All questions were already answered!!

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful place for our first anniversary celebration. We requested to sit downstairs which was a unique experience. The food was amazing and our server was as well. Sitting downstairs was also unique in the fact that sound echos so if there is a noisy diner down there with you it can be a little loud. I understand that this is in no way the restaurants fault and would not deter me from eating down there just something to keep in mind if you dine with people sensitive to that kind of thing. The upstairs looked very nice as well. Overall a 5 out of 5 experience. Portion size and quality were more than worth what we spent on the meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Spicy, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very helpful staff.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food, terrible waiter. Threw plates on table.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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·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!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·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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 (Austin)·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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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Birthday!! It was great

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food is better than any Indian restaurant I’ve visited in Austin. Service and ambiance can be improved, but are acceptable.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Superior Indian with a romantic basement and efficient online reservations

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Clay Pit was such a great dining experience! Very creative and authentic Indian cuisine! This is one of our favorite restaurants, and we dine here any time we visit our he Austin area. Downtown Austin, so great scenery and atmosphere is a given. Love, love this place!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The restaurant is bright and decor looks nothing like their pictures. Service was horrible. Our waiter took the drink order and took forever to bring our drinks. Then he dropped off 2 drinks and proceeded to serve a bottle of wine to the table next to us. We were a party of eight, I had go to the hostess and tell her to get somebody to help our waiter because I was embarrassed about the lack of service at our office Christmas party dinner. The staff are untrained and unprofessional. Yelp reviews are misleading. This is not a upscale restaurant, period.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Just LOVE Clay Pit!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I've been frequenting Clay pit since the early 2000's. It's always pretty good although never so great you wanna slap somebody!

But pretty good is good enough!

I honestly go for the infused vodka although this last time it didn't seem as infused as in the past. Not as spicy or "whoo" as I'd prefer. But again pretty good!

The Mussel Sauce (kind of a thinner version of the Tikka Masala) is always delightful! And any Naan you choose is a great sponge for it!

I wish they would add a few gluten free items to the appetizer list. I'm surprised that since they use chickpea flour in the pakoras that they couldn't just make them gluten free. And what happened to the Lentil Cracker thingys you used to get with your chutney!!!????

All in all it was pretty good! Was it the best meal I have ever had? Nope, but it never has been!

Consistently "good enough" for 15+ years!

Our server Barry was a corny delight!

Pretty good job guys!

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

I took my staff there for our holiday lunch. Clay Pit always comes through with good service and food! And, the historic building that the Clay Pit is in is such a great property! We had a great time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Our 1st visit. Super food in historic building. Food arrived comfortably quick...but not rushed. Waiter Barry was informative and attentive—but not over bearing. Excellent wine recommendation.

Was pleasant, fun dinner before Bass performance. We’ll be back

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2017

A wonderful restaurant. The food is always delicious.

Tags: Spicy, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Have really enjoyed Clay Pit in the past, but the last few visits have left me feeling unsatisfied. The food went from authentic and soulfull, to lacking in taste and composition. The waited did well in managing orders and checks but was less than personable. The reservation was ready and the host was cheery, prompt, and very helpful. The bar staff was also accommodating and eager to assist, but the overall dining experience was the last strike for me and I will not be returning.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We've been going here for years. Have even reserved their private rooms on multiple occasions for events and celebrations. Would come here more often if parking was more convenient.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dated restaurant with low quality curry with no spice

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We're never disappointed at The Clay Pit. Try the Mussels (one of their signature dishes. Delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent, authentic Indian food, slow service!

I reserved a table a month in advance for five family members to celebrate my husband's birthday. The day before the reservation, I called The Clay Pit to inquire about having a cake delivered to our table after dinner. They told me I would have to call back the day of the reservation and ask for it again, not sure why. The five of us ended up sharing the complimentary piece of cake given to my husband.

The evening of our reservation we were served by a woman named "Cat" who was friendly. However, getting our beverages took a long while and the dinner took even longer. We sat down at 6:45pm and didn't receive our food until much later...8:30pm or so.

The Clay Pit is excellent for something casual but I would not recommend it for a special occasion.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Spicy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I met up for inner with friends that were staying nearby at the DoubleTree Hotel on 15th. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal ... the food and service were excellent. We all agreed we would come here again and recommend Clay Pit to our friends.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fantastic food!!

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious but our wait person seemed a little pre-occupied and service was slow.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Goat curry heavenly. Service very good. Can’t wait to do it again

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Special birthday occasion. First they gave away our table to someone else. Once they fixed that (after 20 minutes of waiting after a reservation), they asked us if this was a special occasion, after we had already mentioned during our reservation process that the was a birthday celebration. Ok!! So we finally get to dessert and there is nothing special. No candle, no congrats. They comped one of our desserts. Big deal. The local taco joint did more for my birthday than you guys did. And I spent a tenth of the money. Sorry to see this from you guys. You used to be better. That’s the story of Austin. Good restaurants get popular and forget customer services. Will think twice about recommending ClayPit again to my coworkers.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

i was blown away by the quality and taste of the food. the only reason we gave 4 stars for service was because our food was delivered early just after we had received our appetizers.

As vegetarians we do have one recommendation and that is to cook your grilled veggies in a completely seperate grill instead of sharing the same grill with the meat and putting them on one side. because we noticed our grilled veggies had the flavor of smoked steak. that was the only unappetizing part about the meal. everything else was 5 star fantastic. well be back for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Organic, Casual, Business Meals, Fun
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Very good Indian cuisine; service was quite slow tonight, but still a great experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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