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/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
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.
I realize that the general public isn't ...
I realize that the general public isn't on its best behavior regarding you buffet, but the tandoori chicken and samosas ran out really quick. I have not eaten there in aprox. 20 years and came back for those two items. I waited and waited but finally had to go. I spent too much money without enjoying what I like.
I love Indian food and think Clay Pit ha ...
I love Indian food and think Clay Pit has some of the best spices and flavors. The goat curry was "the real thing" with bones and tough and tender bits and the spices outstanding.
We were in the cellar which was great because it was quieter, which I prefer.
Out of towners
Just picked this restaurant as it was close to our hotel and we could walk over. What an awesome and yummy surprise!!! We loved it❤️ The appetizers, the entree and desserts were wonderful. So much so that we went back another night! We are from Santa Fe, NM and have many outstanding restaurants.
Thank you for a wonderful experience X 2.
Clay Pit: De-lish!
Dining at the Clay Pit is always a pleasure. They have an array of Indian specialties to suit everyone, and it's always well prepared. Their calamari appetizer is among the best in Austin! We also had the Khuroos-E-Tursh and Mirch Masala curry with lamb -- both delicious! You can't go wrong with the Clay Pit.
Great food, poor service as usual
Great food, poor service as usual. As a non-Indian food lover, we continue to frequent the Clay Pit because my husband LOVES the food and thinks it is one of the best places in Austin to get good Indian food. Even though I do not care for Indian food as a whole, I can usually find something and it is consistently good. They also have great bar drinks! However, I gave the rating of 3 stars because they also consistently provide poor service. We always have to seek out our server to get water refills, place our order, ask for the check, etc.... On our last visit (5/30/16) I mentioned to the server that we were celebrating my husbands birthday hoping for better service.... that didn't happen. We had to ask the gentleman cleaning the table next to us for a beer refill for my husband and a fork for me because the server had not come back to the table once our food was brought out. I really wish there was an alternative Indian option that my husband liked because I get so frustrated every time we visit.
Great Indian food..
I haven't had Indian food in awhile, but I remember that The Clay Pit had some tasty dishes.. My girlfriend is not very adventurous when it comes to food, so I was surprised when she agreed to come here for dinner. She didn't love all the items, but I did and I have had Indian food before and knew what to expect. She really like the Tikka Masala and the jalapeno cream cheese na'an and the curry dishes. The advantage of being able to pick your spice level is good for newbies too..
Excellent food and outstanding service
We always enjoy our visits to Clay Pit. We chose to try some new dishes this time and were totally satisfied. We got great advice from our server, Jarvis. He gave great recommendations and his service was friendly, attentive, and entertaining without being overbearing. We had a great night all around!
Good Indian food for group dinners near ...
Good Indian food for group dinners near downtown and UT campus. The grilled proteins are recommended - the chicken is fantastic.
Getting there before the evening dinner rush is important. Otherwise, expect slower service. Happy hour at the bar is great. $1 off drinks and 1/2 price appetizers.
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