About Clay Pit
Austin, TX 78701
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
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 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
Well done getting seated but the place was busy and they could have used more help as the waiters seemed a bit stressed, which caused a level of hurriedness that you could feel. Our guy did a pretty good job of working through it. Wine by glass had that "too much for a cheap wine" quality. If I'm going to pay $10 or more for six ounces I really appreciate a restaurant that doesn't make me feel like I'm being gouged. Indian food at Clay Pit is good but not great. Lots of options and they tracked and delivered on the spice level requested but again, for the price I would have expected more contrast in the flavors. Placed was packed so I suppose my opinion is in the minority. Next time I want Indian fare we'll probably head out to Bombay Bistro.
Never disappointing, we have had our special valentines dinner there for years. The food is authentic Indian, and has a large array of choices. We have indoctrinated numerous friends who have never had Indian food at the Clay Pit. If you arrive late, parking can always be a challenge in Austin, but we seem to have never had that much difficulty finding a convenient spot. Don't do a special day if you are in a hurry, but our server took great care of us.
Best Indian food I've had in forever and the service was impeccable. We were in town for the weekend and restaurant found out about our engagement and gave us dessert and champagne. Adam was the best, amazing knowledge of menu and great recommendations that let us try a lot of great dishes. My new fave Austin place to eat! Thanks for a fabulous night!
I had to ask to turn on the heat as I was extremely cold and I noticed everyone was wearing their coats while they were eating. Even the hostess has a jacket on. It was not a comfy warm eating environment until I asked for the heat to be turned up but the food is amazing.
Excellent meal and a great attentive waiter (e.g., noticed that our rice dish was empty and brought more before we asked). Terrific naan, papadum, and sauces. I departed from my usual chicken saag and tried the goat saag (described in the menu as meat on the bone); delicious saag and goat, but too many bones; will stick with my usual in the future.
The food at the Clay Pit is always outstanding, but we can never figure out why service is so slow. Took a long time to be greeted by our server, long time for drinks and a long time for our food to arrive.
Also, the restaurant was freezing cold in December.
We always go back for the food!
We came here as a group of eight and as first time guests, we enjoyed the restaurant in all aspects. The service was great and the food was outstanding! Although our group was quite big, our orders arrived relatively quick, and our server was very professional and friendly. I will definitely recommend this to a friend. We will return!
Well, it was our 1st time and we where asking questions and the waitress new it was and she didn't help much at all she didn't even ask my Nephew if he wanted anything to drink she just walked off. So our service was terrible she didn't even offer us any refills some other waitress did. I wish the lady with the blue hair with tattoos was our waitress because she was sweet & she didn't have to offer us a refill because that wasn't her job it was our blonde waitress job. I operate my own starbucks I am the store manager & this kind of thing would never happen under my watch.
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