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.
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
$30 and under
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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.
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.
Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.
Balinder Singh, Navdeep Singh
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Clay Pit offers several private onsite dining options, including a banquet room that can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Clay Pit Ratings and Reviews
Food was good, but my steak came out a l ...
Food was good, but my steak came out a little bit cold. My wife and I felt that our waitress was spending most of her attention on her bigger tables than us. Service was mediocre. Usually we have a great time at Clay Pit.
The food was very good and the creative ...
The food was very good and the creative cocktails were great, but they ran out after one. The waiter forgot about the non alcoholic drinks.
Even though I mentioned to the maitre d and the waiter that we were celebrating my daughter's birthday, they forgot and even brought the bill without ever asking whether we wanted dessert, so not too festive for her.
FWIW... review by an American-born North ...
FWIW... review by an American-born North-Indian: Food is 4/10-5/10 if comparing against the rest of the world, 6/10 if comparing against Indian restaurants around the US... 6/10-7/10 against other Austin-area restaurants. The real kicker is the horrendously slow service and poor communication. I feel like a majority of that is slow back-of-the-house operations; but, the front of the house doesn't help by not giving updates, checking in with the table, forgetting to bring items, minding drink orders, refilling water. We sat down at 8:05p-8:10p on a Sunday (a busy time there), got our appetizers at 8:45p, got our entrees at 9:30p. Minimal communication by the waitress, but it seemed like it was just something she was used to as there were no explanations nor apologies for the ridiculous wait times. I had been there twice before: 1st for a meeting, so it was buffet style and I couldn't really knock them because one can only expect so much from those; 2nd for a date. On this 3rd visit, I had deja vu and remembered that it was the slow service that turned me off the last time. I have a feeling the reason they survive is because of their lunch-buffets, and their location. There are not many other Indian restaurants to compete in that area. Well, there is Teji's... their food is much better, and service way faster; but, the ambiance is more of a dhaba-style (ie, hole-in-the-wall). And, not a hell of a lot of Indians in this area (or non-Indos who would have a breadth of experience for comparison) to make a significant impact on their practices. Doubt this review will change much there, but there's my 2 shiny pennies worth of thoughts anyhow. Cheers!
Sadly The Clay Pit has lost its edge. S ...
Sadly The Clay Pit has lost its edge. Service was marginal to downright poor. The table settings looked plain and industrial. Meals used to start with what I believe were Papadums and a couple of dipping sauces. I get to Austin a couple of times a year and used to look forward to my Clay Pit visit. Not so much anymore. A friend said it sounds like the accountants have gotten ahold of the restaurant.
Clay Pit is a reliable place to dig in t ...
Clay Pit is a reliable place to dig in to some quality Indian food. It's popular and gets pretty manic on the weekends. If you arrive early, grab a cocktail, glass of wine or Kingfisher draft in the bar area.
The samoosa starter comes with two insanely delicious dipping sauces. Naan and pappadams highly recommended to see you through your main courses. The veggie korma stood out as a winner, level Indian-hot did not disappoint!
Don't expect polished service but try go with the flow and enjoy the bustling atmosphere and tasty dishes.
The food was excellent as usual. However ...
The food was excellent as usual. However, the wait time to be served our food was almost an hour and the service was not up to par as in the past. You did not get the feeling that they cared whether you were there or not.
Really loved this spot. We ate in the ba ...
Really loved this spot. We ate in the basement, which was like a Spanish castle with low curved ceilings and brick walls. Cocktails were really nice. But the food truly was wonderful. This is now our favorite Indian place in Austin.
My wife and I plan our anniversary dinne ...
My wife and I plan our anniversary dinners here and reserve a cozy table downstairs. Flowers and champagne are waiting at our table and always makes my wife smile. The atmosphere always rekindles our love for each other and the menu serves to our taste for special out of the ordinary dinners. We have been spending our anniversaries here for five years now and we will do it again next year as we have set this up as our tradition. The building itself is rich in Texas history and a thrill to take it all in.
Second visit, food and service were exce ...
Second visit, food and service were excellent both times. Our request for a quiet table--small infant and teenager with noise issues was accommodated. Their vodka infusions and cocktails are innovative. The only complaint was that the medium Vindaloo wasn't as spicy as expected, seemed more like mild. The Shrimp Korma Medium and Chicken Tikka Masala Mild were both perfect. Definitely will return on my next visit to Austin.
Warm, inviting atmosphere. The food is a ...
Warm, inviting atmosphere. The food is always flavorful and seems to be prepared with care. Servers are attentive and good about refilling water. I recommend Clay Pit to those who want to try Indian food but maybe don't know where to start -- the naan and curry are excellent and won't disappoint!
We love Clay Pit. My husband and I driv ...
We love Clay Pit. My husband and I drive from Houston to dine there. Have for years. Although we usually hit one of the new foodie hotspots as well on our weekend trips there, if we only have one night, we make it Clay Pit. I have said repeatedly that their mussels would be my choice for my last meal. Like my LAST meal. Ever. So it was to our great disappointment that our meal there was just ok, certainly not worth a 2-hour drive. We ordered our usual, the mussels, garlic basil naan and mirch masala. None was up to par. Even our drinks, infused vodka martinis, were off. So cloyingly sweet we had to send them back. We hope this was just a rare "off" night for our beloved Clay Pit. If not, we're jumping ship to G'Raj Mahal. 😢
We go to the Clay Pit when we are cravin ...
We go to the Clay Pit when we are craving exceptional Indian Food in a nicer setting and it's not too much of an effort to go downtown. Our waiter was exceptional. I have found a new favorite - their Tandoori Vegetables. We'll go back.
My husband and I like Clay Pit for the f ...
My husband and I like Clay Pit for the food, prices, and atmosphere. It was a little loud this last time. We like the main dining room as opposed to the more lighted secondary room. The main room has candles and low lit and I also like the windows which incorporates outside ambiance. The rib eye is great as are the curries. The service this last time was quick and efficient but a little "cut--and-dried". We try to come during the happy hour which makes the evening a little more inexpensive, so we can come more often. I do find the benches that are outside and chained together concerning. I always wonder why they are chained, like do people steal them? One time there were "street people" laying all over them. It is still our favorite place. We go out to eat maybe once a month, sometimes twice. Hopes this helps.
Chicken was served raw from Tandoor... M ...
Chicken was served raw from Tandoor... Manager fought me when stating beef tasted sour/spoiled, and stated it was marinated in yogurt, this was not a yogurt sour flavor.(menu didn't state yogurt marinated as well...)
Loved Clay Pit. The food is always amazi ...
Loved Clay Pit. The food is always amazing! No matter what we've gotten, it's always been great. Any creamy or curry dish with lamb is our favorite and the garlic naan. We booked through OpenTable and requested a corner table (for privacy sake), and we were very pleased to see that with an almost full dining room, they were able to accommodate our request. The servers are always very pleasant. Love coming to Clay Pit for nice dates.
I love the Clay Pit and eat here every t ...
I love the Clay Pit and eat here every time I'm in Austin. It was our first time to sit in the basement level which is very intimate with low ceilings, brick walls, and candles. The restaurant is in a refurbished warehouse with exposed brick throughout. They did a great job with ambiance/interior design. We both had the Chicken Tikka Masala which is my absolute favorite (which I order every single time). I need to spread my wings. Delicious Indian food and a great date night (or any night) restaurant.
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