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For 2
Sun, 2/25
8:30 PM
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Clay Pit

908 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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 6 days ago

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

3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.