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The Clay Pit

1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701-1212
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Ranked #178 of 3,133 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $30
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 16th Street
Transit: Capital Metro offers a stop right across the road in front of the restaurant.
Description: 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.
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English first
Bloomington, Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The atmosphere is great, very happening but cozy (semi-upscale, though prices are very reasonable). We went for dinner, the food was very good (I love the curry dishes and the naan, wasn't that crazy about the chicken kabobs, though they were pretty good as well). Service was outstanding! Not the 100% authentic Indian experience, so sure, you probably can find... More

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Austin, Texas
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162 reviews 162 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

There are at least 3 or 4 Indian food restaurants in Austin that are better than the Clay Pit. The food here is not bad but if you're looking for high quality, skip this one.

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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We ate at the Clay Pit last year during the Grand Prix and decided to try it again. Twelve hours later i came down with a case of food poisoning that ensured my flights home were a nightmare. Beware of the Lamb Birhani!

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Corpus Christi, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Good price and great food. Very nice atmosphere and perfect if you are looking for a good place to go with your friends to have a good dinner before hiting 6th Street.

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San Marcos, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I've been searching for a place that beats it, but the Clay Pit is the best Indian food I've ever had. Some of the grilled options were a little dry, but the curries are definitely their strong suite. The Khorma and Tikka Masala are regular favorites; each curry is so rich and flavorful that they taste home cooked. Service was... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled on this restaurant while visiting Austin and were delighted because my wife and I both like Indian food. Our entrees were both very tasty and the basmati rice with a cardamom pod and a stick of raw cinnamon was a nice touch. My one complaint is that the service was slow. On the way out we realized just... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Went for a friend's b day dinner. Not sure what to expect, and was not disappointed. If you like a choice of foods with full flavor and spices, this is you place! Try the naan with garlic and basil! Yum Yum! Waitress was great and the setting is really laid back. I should of been eating here forever!! Going back... More

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Bangalore, India
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85 reviews 85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Went with high expectations for a birthday dinner n the overall experience was below average. The appetisers - samosas were good but the paneer tikka was poor, filled with oil n lacked the finishing. The daal makhani was not cooked well, while the chole masala was better. The service was very very slow n simple drinks took a long time... More

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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were recently there with friends. While the food is very good, and the restaurant is attractive, the experience was marred by the terrible acoustics. We had to shout at each other and could barely hear the person we were next to, let alone across the not-very-big table.

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Our favorite Indian food restaurant in Austin. Very affordable, delicious food. Highly recommend the chicken tikka masala. Also, for a more romantic setting, as to be put downstairs in the cellar. (However, I think that it is only available on Friday and Saturday nights).

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Additional Information about The Clay Pit

Address: 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701-1212
Phone Number: 512-322-5131
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
Cuisine: Indian

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