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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.
Austin, TX 78701
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
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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, 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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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 is excellent. Service is poor: from check-in through the check. Even with a reservation, a long wait and poor welcome. Then, a VERY impatient waiter, if not with guests, I would have left based upon the wait staff interaction. I was happy we left and had dessert elsewhere.
The food was great as always. My only problem was we had two coupons each for two people and they wouldn't let us use them if we sat at the same table which I thought was exceptionally stupid. But it's a great place, it was very noisy but the food is just fantastic
If I want a friend/family member to experience good Indian food for the first time, or I want to provide a solid slightly-above-casual dining experience, the Clay Pit is my go-to restaurant. Lively atmosphere in a really lovely stone building downtown. Good bar, interesting house drinks, good food, and terrific service.
It's gotten too Americanized. Ordered the "desi" (very hot) spicing and it barely made medium. My bland-loving table-mate ate it and thought it was pretty boring.
I understand keeping tables cleared, but we were pretty much chased out by aggressive table clearing. Not pleasant, and left feeling they'd gotten my money and it was time for us to move on.
I've eaten here several times of the years. I think this was the last time. Better food with better ambience can be had in innumerable other Indian restaurants around town.
Clay Pit is an excellent restaurant. We tried a variety of dishes and liked them all. Our favorites were Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka Masala. Their tandoori dishes are very good and are not the of traditional preparation. The staff is very friendly and eager to please. Our server, Dez, was great. He is friendly, knowledgeable and added to our positive experience. If you like Indian cuisine, you must try this restaurant.
Food was delicious and service was decent.
Our reservations were for 6:45 and some guests arrived before me but they being seated until all other guests were present even though I conformed the reservation the day of.
Cocktails were weak, sticking with wine the next time.
Had our table ready at our reservation time. Everyone was dressed casually. It was a light hearted and fun environment. Like most restaurants it was a little loud so hearing the waitress was difficult at times. But when asked about "popular" items she was quite helpful.
The food itself was quite delicious. The price was a tad on the high side but nothing to deter from going back.
Will definitely go back.
I've been going to Clay Pit for years and this meal was inconsistent. The mussels were amazing like always and the Naan delicious (we had onion and paneer). My dish, Tandoori Shrimp Cesar, was salty and overdressed. I get this dish every time I come and have never been disappointed until this visit. An entree ordered "medium" heat was bland. Our wait person was not very good. I was shocked at the difference since my last visit. I may try once more before it's off my list since I had years of quality dining but this was a let down.
Eat here frequently. Disappointed w/wait staff service. Had to request one glass of iced tea three times. Two of us ordered the same dinner, one "hot" and one "medium." The dinners were not placed correctly, so I ended up with the "hot" dish (not knowing it - had never ordered it before), and friend ended up w/the "medium" dish (again, knowing it, but was disappointed that it very hot/spicy). No problems with any previous visit.
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