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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
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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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, 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
I really like Clay Pit but was misinformed as to the buffet for Mother's Day. I called a few weeks previous to ask if we could order from the menu and was told we could. The buffet was mediocre at best. Weird fried bread balls for dessert tasted like fried oil - really bad! I will return for dinner but NEVER the buffet. Disappointing.
I have eaten at Clay Pit a number of times and it never disappoints. I had the Lamb Korma and the sauce is so good you'll want to drink it through a straw. The other diners ordered Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Mughlai (may be spelled incorrectly) and all were outstanding. The service is attentive and the food came out quickly. It was a Saturday evening and the restaurant was very crowded - reservations are a must! Bring a sweater as their air conditioning system is powerful being that it is in an old building and the configuration is such that the cold air blows through the center of the restaurant. Even crowded and busy, it was chilly. However, that diminishes nothing from the amazing food and friendly, attentive service. It is one of my favorite places to eat when I visit Austin.
While visiting Austin to pick up our daughter from UT, we all decided that Indian cuisine was the ticket for that evening. After reading several reviews online, we opted for the Clay Pit and were not disappointed. The food was well prepared with seemingly fresh ingredients and without delay. The Mexican Martini (I know, sounds crazy at an Indian restaurant) was outstanding though I got the impression that they do not serve them often as our waiter had no idea what I was talking about though it was clearly on their drink menu. The service is more what you would expect at a casual restaurant and keeps the dining experience a notch or two from "fine dining". We had six entree-like dishes, all quite tasty. Portions were ample. The gulab jamun for dessert was delicious. So far as ambiance, simple off-white stone walls lent to an appealing atmosphere though the noise level was quite high. I would certainly eat there again though not among my top 5 Austin restaurants.
The options to dine here and eat healthful gluten-free delicious food were great! The menu allows from mild to spicy Indian herbs and The Clay Pit knows how to mix spices and sauces together. We had shared a platter of various roasted vegetables and a platter of lamb and vegetables and that was after a well created side salad. All was worth the trip from far north Austin. We will definitely be back!
The ambiance is the only reason for a star rating. Wait time 15 mins for getting seated (for reserved table!), wait time for food 45 mins and finally when the food arrives, tastes very mediocre and under cooked. The restaurant came highly recommended but was shocked and sorely disappointed. This was for dinner service on a Sunday.
Awesome experience! Delicious food and great value. Good service and extra points for the server teaching me how to get my curry sauce out of my shirt. (Cold water and soap that's it). can't wait to go back again. Everything was delicious but the mussels are a must - amazing! And I love how you can adjust the spice level for every dish. I never had spicy tikka masala before! Could not have been more pleased. And the bengaltini was delish!
Clay Pit is my favorite place to take special visitors to Austin. The smell when you walk in the door is sensually divine and enhances the actual food from a sensory perspective. The bartender made us cucumber mojitos which are not a regular thing there and they were perfect!
Awesome Austin experience for any occasion.
Not allergy friendly - I visited Clay Pit recently for my vegan daughters 19th birthday. We have visited before but this time we had our 3 year old with a severe peanut allergy. The server went to the kitchen to ask the chef about a particular dish and came back and reported they could not confirm that it hadn't been in contact with cumin (a spice that can cause a reaction in peanut allergies.) We asked about a second item and he told us he could not go ask the chef about every item and we needed to assume everything had cumin contact. Ironic as at Landry's Rain Forest café recently they brought out the chef and he discussed her peanut allergy with us and prepared and delivered my daughter's food personally. (Nice touch) I was disappointed at the handling of my child's life threatening allergy and she ate Cheerios and bread while we hurried through my oldest daughters birthday dinner. I expected more out of a nice restaurant.
Food was great but service was laughably terrible. The waitress was openly inpatient and rude with us. When clearing our table she came by with a bunch of used sauces and plates from another table and dumped everything together right in front of us. Whaaaat?
Clay Pit is one of my go-to restaurants for dining before the theatre, friends' get-togethers, birthday observations, and other occasions. The food is really wonderful, and it's a great value for a special occasion dinner.
This visit, the food was delicious as usual. The service was slower than normal, even though the restaurant wasn't full. Our server forgot several requests, and I suspect our dinner wasn't brought out as soon as it was ready (it wasn't really hot). And the restaurant was really freezing cold -- cold enough that we needed jackets.
Clay Pit is a fine Indian restaurant and perfect for a change of dining options. Our service was outstanding and the food was scrumptious. We started with chicken Tandoori bites with a tasty sauce. Goan shrimp curry was mild with spicy seasoning served on the side, and lamb jeera saag was wonderfully spicy. The naan was hot and a perfect accompaniment. Overall, the quiet atmosphere and food made this a wonderful experience. Our server, Ally, was charming and attentive.
The Good: Everything here was delicious. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
The Bad: Service was really the only issue I had this time around. Server was extremely inattentive and kind of ruined the night. We had to remind her to get our drink orders twice as apps came out before drinks and our second drink order took about 30 minutes, but were apparently sitting at the bar for awhile. I think she could tell we were a bit annoyed and her joke comparing me to an 8 year old because I 'made a mess' while eating fell flat. I'll probably be back, but there a few other places I've been meaning to check out.
The Clay Pit has been a long standing staple in the Austin dining scene. We generally make it in at least once a year or so. Again the food did not disappoint, but the service I thought was not as good as in previous visits. It was adequate, but not exceptional. It just seemed to be a little lackluster and slow.
Went to Clay Pit for an early dinner on a Saturday, it was busy but the staff was very attentive. We had 5:45pm reservations, but arrived a bit early and were seated right away. The server was very attentive, and very nice. We ordered the curried mussels(must try!!!!) and a couple of types of naan it was great. For entrees my daughter's decided to order if of the appetizer menu( hummus+ naan and calimari) my husband ordered chicken tikka masala, and I ordered goat saag. The food was soooooo good! They brought out 1 tray of rice with the entrees but let us know more was available upon request. It looked like there were all type of parties: dates, friends, families. I would totally go back, and recommend you give this place a try.
As USA TODAY's First Road Warrior of the Year, I travel a lot. And though The Clay Pit is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin, I had not been there in a long while. Too long. My husband and I started with the luscious mussels, which we shared then each ordered our own dinner. The sauce with the mussels was so good we asked for an extra order of Naan to enjoy it, and took the rest home. I ordered the Vegetable Korma (mild) and my husband ordered the Lamb Kebobs. Our server Francisco did an excellent job, in spite of serving a number of other parties at the same time. The food was wonderful---as usual---and we even took some home for dinner the next night. I never liked Indian food (too spicy), until I was convinced to try this restaurant. In fact, I was miserable, when I went to India, because they don't know what "not spicy" means. But at The Clay Pit, you can really "have it your way": Mild, Medium, Spicy, or Super Spicy. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a superior and reasonably priced lunch or dinner. It won't be so long until I am there again.
Just an overall great experience! Fourth time here and will likely visit more often. Our waitress was the bomb; just unfortunate about the timing of food and beverage delivery - lagged a little more than normal for a late night seating. FYI...the Goat Saag, Curried Mussels, and Chicken/Veggie Samosas were pretty amazing; be sure to order extra Garlic & Basil Naan to soak up all that awesome sauce.
I brought someone new to Clay Pit and they loved it. We all (5 of us) really enjoyed our food, everything was so good as usual, and our waitress was just terrific. She was cheery, accommodating, and knew a lot about the menu, her suggestions were spot on and she made our experience so wonderful. The food at Clay Pit is so authentic and scrump-deli-icioius! I am vegan and the options are amazing and so varied. And the space itself has a lot of history and ambience. I Highly recommend Clay Pit if you are into Indian food and all the wonderful flavors and spices therein.
We haven't been to Clay Pit in years - mostly because we didn't know what to order. This time, we were very fortunate, our server was very helpful. He described the dishes very well. He made suggestions that we all loved. The only part we were disappointed with was the spicy part of the food. We were expecting very hot, but it was very mild. The flavor of the food was wonderful, we just like to have it with a little heat. Our friend who doesn't like heat, thought the 'hot' was mild. There is a reason the Clay Pit stays competitive after all these years, the quality of the food and service.
Our meals were tasty but not heated enough. We didn't see the need to send them back, but all the sauces over the chicken and lamb dishes were not hot.
What's disappointing about making a reservation on line, even 4 days ahead of the dinner event, is that we wanted 7 or 7:30 pm. Open Table indicated that the only times available were before 6:15 or after 8:45. We arrived at 6:15 and left by 7:30. There were ample empty tables that had no guests during our dinner, so we could have eaten at a later time. Not sure if I will make a reservation next time.
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