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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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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
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.
An Unmissable Classic
I've had my ups and downs with the service at Clay Pit, most notably once when my boyfriend (now husband) and I were turned away at the door for not having reservations on a Thursday evening several years ago (it wasn't even that crowded? we definitely got a bad vibe that time and we were never sure why...), but mostly the experiences have been positive and the food is superb every time. This most recent time using OpenTable made the evening flawless.
My wife and I took some friends to the ...
My wife and I took some friends to the restaurant, and they loved it. We all had a very enjoyable experience and the food was marvelous.
Having been disappointed by Indian food ...
Having been disappointed by Indian food in the past I decided to give it one more try. The Clay Pit was wonderful! The food was very fresh and seasoned perfectly. The naan was warm and delicious. My wife and I had a great meal and plan to return soon as the menu is so diverse it was hard to make a choice.
This is my second visit to the Clay Pit. ...
This is my second visit to the Clay Pit. We had to drive an hour to visit the restaurant but it was well worth it. The food and service were outstanding. I will return often. The subtleties of Indian food tickle the palate with numerous new flavors.
A great meal of Indian dishes
This is a must if you are into Indian food and are in Austin. As good as similar places in London or even Delhi
Dowstairs in the "cave" is really quiet ...
Dowstairs in the "cave" is really quiet and cool. I took four of my indian colleagues here and they were all very happy with the food and ambiane, plus excellent friendly service!
Ended up Eating at the Bar for Happy Hour
The bartender was friendly and gave us great service. The 1/2 price apps and discounted drinks for happy hour was a great find. Food was good and hot. Served and presented well. Great time, nice ambiance.
solid Indian food performer with great atmosphere.
Also book ahead and expect a great greeting. If you don't book you can wait in the bar which is a really lively scene. Starters are terrific and make sure you do not go extreme on the heat as the Hot is really hot. Enjoyable after so many years.
Best Indian food I've had ... ever!
I've eaten Indian food in countries spanning 4 continents (including India). This is hands down the best food I've ever had. The flavours were so layered yet the food tasted light, not heavy or overdone. The restaurant itself is lovely ..... an old general store beautifully restored to an open and airy restaurant with great atmosphere. Although the rooms are big, the sound is well insulated so you can have a good conversation without a loud ambiance noise. Loved this place! If I didn't live in Seattle, I'd be a regular patron.
We had the worst service. My boyfriend a ...
We had the worst service. My boyfriend and I had a reservation at 9pm. We arrived slightly early and were immediately seated. We then proceeded to wait 10 minutes before we were asked for our drink orders. 20 minutes later the drinks came out. Dinner arrived 45 minutes into the experience. The food was good. Our server became more and more apathetic as dinner went on. This was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. We were very disappointed
The food and drinks were incredible! Try ...
The food and drinks were incredible! Try the samosas chaat to start. We will definitely be going back for more. Ask to be seated downstairs for the ambience.
1. Not the best Indian food in Austin. For the price, you'd think they would have at least asked our spice preference (ended up getting zero spice and paying for a side of spicy stuff to put into the dishes ourselves). 2. The lighting is awful - please replace your LED high beams with something more restraunt-appropriate. 3. I think our server was stoned or something, which really detracted from the overall experience, as well. Listen, I might be biased growing up eating Indian food, but we live in Austin, TX where every restaurant is a critics choice establishment - step it up or people will continue choosing Garaj Mahal.
I have had great experiences at the Clay ...
I have had great experiences at the Clay Pit, but I've been lucky enough to be seated in the basement both times. It is quiet and great ambiance, low lighting and intimate.
Great food Service in need of improvement
This was my second time at the Clay Pit. As before the food was excellent. Service was a little slow and impersonal.
My family really enjoyed the experience! ...
My family really enjoyed the experience! They thought that the food was excellent, and the spiciness of the curry was just right. The mango cheesecake was the best part. This will certainly be a restaurant that we will return to!
Restaurant has been around more than 20 years but is unusual in that it keeps getting better, not tired.Menu tasty and well-executed. Definitely a local best for Indian, and a pleasure. Historic building has seen at least 6 restaurants in 70 or so years--this by far the best.
Fabulous, as usual.
The Clay Pit has to be one of the best restaurants in Austin. Always great food and fantastic service.
I've never been so disappointed in my life!
I've never been so disappointed in my life with a restaurant! My fiancé had bragged about it for over a year so as a surprise I took her there and what an aweful experience. The kitchen really messed up! The fish was dry and partly burnt. They didn't bring our whole order out at the same time. The ambiance was uncomfortable due to spotlights glaring in our eyes and the noise was overbearing and the waiter dropping a full set of plates didn't help. We felt a little insulted when the waiter offered us a discount for the un-edible food we were served, the manager did make that right by not charging us at all and trying regain our business he gave us a $25 gift certificate but I can assure you we won't be going back! Just go to their lower cost restaurant Tarka, it's 100% better and you'll always get a perfect meal.
Very Good Indian Cuisine
The food here is very good. Austin hardly has a large Indian community so as someone from out of town finding a restaurant this good was a pleasant surprise and a truly memorable meal. Highly recommend.
Great Indian Food
Always on my bucket list of places to eat whenever in Austin. Buffet is a great way to sample several different dishes. Call ahead to confirm buffet hours and availability.
Best Indian Food Restaurant in Austin
Really, the food is authentic and consistently delish.
The building was beautiful and a little ...
The building was beautiful and a little mysterious. There is an upstairs and downstairs which we did not get the chance to go. Very nice place, would go again next time in Austin.
I think the food at Clay Pit is really outstanding.This visit we were placed downstairs which I had never dined in before.Very intimate..really special.
The food was fresh and delicious!
The food was fresh and delicious!
My son chose the Clay pit for his 21st birthday. The food was awesome and our waitress was great! The hostess at the front however was quite rude and acted like we were a nuisance. Not sure why since we had a reservation, we were on time and the restaurant was not crowded. Luckily, that first impression was the only sour spot. Everything else was everything we hoped it would be.
One of our Favorites
My wife and I have enjoyed Clay Pit for special occasions for many years. Great for a date night! Great martinis, the try the Lal Toofan with 4 kinds of rum. Fantastic food! Reserve a table for two in the cellar! Very romantic :)
Great food with subpar service
The food here was excellent! We tried the chicken tikka masala and the mixed grill, both delicious and spicy as requested. The service unfortunately was fairly poor. We never received the appetizers we ordered, never received the naans we ordered (which kind of inhibits dipping into the curry sauce), no drink refills, and never saw our waitress to bring these issues to staff attention except when she took our order and brought the bill. I would expect a much higher standard if service from somewhere such as The Clay Pit which is more of an upscale Indian restaurant than other cheaper alternatives.
There are a lot of reasons one might go to any given restaurant, but at the end of the day, doesn't truly amazing food seem like it should be a top reason? Clay Pit is some of the best food I have ever had. So, it was just bonus that the service, ambiance, and value were also super groovy. EAT HERE ASAP.
We just move here from London and were told not to get our hopes up for finding Indian food of the same caliber. We did a bit of research and decided on The Clay Pit. We were not disappointed. I would recommend them to any of my English friends and anyone interested in a break from the smoked brisket. We will be back soon!
We Love the Clay Pit!
The Clay Pit is one of my go-to special occasion places in Austin. The food, atmosphere, and service are always over the top. And I love the historic building (heard there's a ghost - if friendly, would love to meet it)! I live an hour away. If I lived in Austin I would probably consider it my dining room.
Unique Valentines Day
Everything was great, honestly. We felt a bit rushed, but I think that's just due to it being Valentines Day.
Not up to the usual standard. Samosas s ...
Not up to the usual standard. Samosas seemed to be reheated from days earlier and overcooked. Forty minutes after ordering the waiter came by and said the kebob we ordered wasn't available, except we didn't order that at all. Ordered lamb vindaloo and it was served with chicken and not lamb. No apology for anything from the waiter or manager. Won't be heading back soon.
Valentine's Day Done Right
Never been to Clay Pit, but made reservations for VDay after reading the reviews available. We were seated down in the cellar - great mood for a date. My wife is vegan and she couldn't believe how many options she had. We don't eat much Indian food, but our meals were fantastic. Nothing was greasy - it was hot and delicious. I had several types of seafood and they were all very good. We can't wait to go back to try out more of the menu. The location is off the beaten path when you're looking for a downtown scene, but the whole building is very cool so it's sort of a destination in itself.
Indian food at its best
When we have a craving for Indian food, the only place we think of is Clay Pit.
Good food, good service
Absolutely loved this place! Food was spectacular and service was top notch. Will definitely be coming back again soon.
Did not disappoint!
Came at 5:30 on a weeknight, so no crowds! After reading the reviews, I had the mussels, basket of naan, and the chai creme brûlée. All were AWESOME. Server was very knowledgeable and not intrusive. I chose the restaurant because it was walking distance from my hotel-but will definitely make a return trip!
Have been to the Pit several times over the last four years while visiting our son. He has been. attending UT. Good selection of Indian food you don't always get at the other Indian food establishments. We had another great dinner with the calamari apps and the Vindaloo, Beryani and Marsala as our mains. Very knowledgeable waitress, and good sense of humor. We will be back.
Our server was great. She recommended adjusting the spice level on our entrees perfectly, gladly substituted a drink order when I wasn't happy with my original order, and boxd up our leftovers happily. The food was wonderful too. I'm not familiar with Indian food, but I was very happy with our dinner.
We used to enjoy dining at Clay Pit. We did not however see one ethnic person from India working there, which was to say the least very odd and disappointing. The food was sub-par and they do not serve a variety of chutney's specifically mango (a favorite). The lights were piercing and uncomfortable...the room where we ate was more like a rec-room than a dining area. The server removed my entree dish took the cutlery and failed to bring me another set, had to track someone down to ask for cutlery. The peshwari naan bread was cold, this was on a Monday evening that was not so busy. Did not like the rice.
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